HC Deb 06 December 1995 vol 268 c306W
Mrs. Anne Campbell

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to her answer of 21 November 1995,Official Report, column 101, if she will make a statement on the procedures in place to cross-check the income of parents seeking help under the assisted place scheme with other Government-held records. [4196]

Mrs. Gillan

Schools participating in the assisted places scheme administer means testing within the regulations and guidance provided by the Department. Parents are required to supply to the schools full corroborative documentary evidence of their income, for example, by means of a P60 or schedule D tax assessment. Schools are expected to satisfy themselves that it is complete and accurate, and may ask parents to obtain written confirmation from the Inland Revenue or other source where necessary. The Department conducts regular audit surveys of random samples of parental income assessments carried out by participating schools to check compliance with the regulations and guidance.