§ Mr. Canavan
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will instruct the Student Awards Agency for Scotland to ensure that all eligible students at Falkirk College of Further and Higher Education receive payment of their grants before Christmas. 
§ Mr. Wilson
[holding answer 12 December 1997]: I have been monitoring the progress made by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland since it became clear that there were delays in the payment of student grants for academic year 1997–98.
The Agency is confident that all new students at Falkirk College who submitted properly completed applications by mid November would have had them processed before Christmas.