HC Deb 18 November 1997 vol 301 c159W
Mr. Gapes

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what assistance his Department is giving to evacuees from Montserrat who wish to(a) study and (b) work in the United Kingdom. [15850]

Mr. Alan Howarth

Montserrat evacuees have full access to the education system. The Montserrat Emergency Awards Scheme has been set up to help with the fees and living expenses of higher education students. The evacuees are being helped by the Employment Service to find work and they may enter the Government's employment and training programmes, providing they meet the eligibility criteria.