HC Deb 17 September 2004 vol 424 c1817W
Mr. Clappison

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what support from university bursary schemes has been proposed for students from families with joint incomes above(a) £22,500 and (b) £33,533; which universities offer such support; and if he will estimate (i) the number of students likely to be helped and (ii) the total value of such help in the next three years. [189078]

Dr. Howells

The level of bursary and other financial support and the criteria for eligibility, will be a matter for the universities themselves to decide how to implement and operate, subject to approval by the Director of Fair Access to Higher Education. We expect institutions that wish to charge higher fees from 2006 to draw up their access plans, including details of bursary and other financial support, this autumn.

I have also commissioned Sir Alan Langlands to oversee a report on how the public sector and the professions can sustain and improve recruitment opportunities for graduates, especially those who do not qualify for the full £3,000 support.