§ Fiona Mactaggart
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what support will be available to students in England and Wales in the academic year 2001–02. 
§ Mr. Wicks
The level of support available to students in 2001–02 will be 2.4 per cent. higher than for 2000–01, in line with forecast price increases. I am today placing a Memorandum in the Library giving details of the new loan, grant and fee rates for 2001–02. These rates will be incorporated in the Education (Student Support) Regulations, which cover support for eligible students under the current arrangements, and in the Education (Mandatory Awards) Regulations and Education (Student Loans) Amendment Regulations, which cover the small number of students who are still eligible for support under the previous arrangements. These Regulations will all be laid before Parliament in due course.