HC Deb 20 June 1995 vol 262 cc169-70W
Mr. Llwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the average mandatory awards and loan expenditure on each student from Northern Ireland in 1994–95; what proportion of the figure went on (a) student loans, (b) fee expenditure and (c) maintenance expenditure; what were the corresponding figures for those studying at the universities of (i) Oxford and (ii) Cambridge; and if he will make a statement. [29038]

Mr. Ancram

The information is not available in the form requested. However, the average fee expenditure for the 1994–95 academic year is estimated at £1,244 and that for ordinary and supplementary maintenance at £1,456 and £171 respectively.

Final figures are not available for the average student loan in the current academic year. The latest year for which an actual figure is available is 1993–94 when the average student loan for Northern Ireland was £690.

Figures for those studying at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge are not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.