§ The Minister for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education (Alan Johnson)
The level of support available to students in the academic year 2004–05 will be 2.4 per cent. higher than for 2003–04, in line with forecast price increases. I am placing two memoranda in the Library giving details of the new loan, grant and fee rates for 2004–05. Those rates set out in memorandum 1 will be incorporated in the Education (Student Support) Amendment Regulations, which cover support for eligible students under the current arrangements. Those set out in memorandum 2 will be incorporated in the Education (Mandatory Awards) Amendment Regulations and the Education (Student Loans) Amendment Regulations, which cover the small number of students who in 2004–05 will still be receiving awards and loans under the pre-1998 arrangements. These regulations will all be laid before Parliament in due course.