§ Ms Primarolo
To ask the Secretary of State for Education who is entitled to claim the mature students grant allowance; what plans she has to discontinue this allowance; and if she will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Boswell
The older students' allowance is payable under the current Education (Mandatory Awards) Regulations 1994 as part of a means-tested mandatory award. Students who are aged 26 and over at the start of their course and who meet an earning threshold are eligible. Most students starting new courses from 1 September 1995 will not be eligible for the allowance but transitional arrangements will protect the position of512W students who were in full-time further or higher education prior to that date.