HC Deb 19 April 2000 vol 348 cc530-1W
21. Mr. Rowlands

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will meet the Assembly Secretary for Education to discuss education maintenance allowances in Wales. [118456]

Mr. Hanson

I regularly meet the Assembly Secretaries to discuss a variety of issues.

There are currently 15 pilot areas in England covering a wide range of social and geographical circumstances that will allow for valid conclusions to be drawn for Wales.

Once the pilots are completed, the National Assembly for Wales will take the opportunity to consider the information collected and whether or not the scheme should be introduced in Wales.