§ Mr. Bryan Davies
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what is her Department's estimate for the total parental contribution to higher education student maintenance awards. 
§ Mr. Forth
[holding answer 7 March 1996]: The total assessed parental contribution to mandatory awards made by local education authorities in England and Wales for the academic year 1993–94, the latest year for which data are available, was £621 million.