HC Deb 05 February 1997 vol 289 cc630-1W
Mr. Salmond

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was spent on student grants in Scotland in each year from 1990–91 to 1996–97 at current 1996–97 prices. [13902]

Mr. Raymond S. Robertson

[holding answer 31 January 1997]: The information requested is set out in the table.

The figures represent expenditure on maintenance grants, travel and tuition fees for award-holding Scottish domiciled students undertaking full-time courses of higher education; and on tuition fees for eligible European Union students undertaking similar courses in Scotland. They are not strictly comparable year on year because, since academic year 1990–91, a growing proportion of the maintenance provision for these students has been met by loans rather than grants.

Financial Year Actual expenditure Expenditure at 1996–97 prices
1990–911 176,813 215,769
1991–92 279,734 320,817
1992–93 337,647 371,799
1993–94 370,195 395,945
1994–95 324,646 341,190
1995–96 289,060 296,287
1996–972 289,728 289,728
1 Excluding grants for full-time higher national certificate courses which were covered by the education authorities up to and including 1990–91
2 Estimated