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Students (Grants)

Volume 414: debated on Thursday 25 October 1945

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asked the Minister of Education whether she has considered the recommendation of the Association of University Teachers, a copy of which has been sent to her, that all grants to students should cover full fees, plus £156 per year living allowance or £196 in the case of London students; and if she proposes to take action along those lines.

The grants made by my Department to students at universities, other than intending teachers, provide for the payment of fees and of maintenance allowances according to need, which are based on standard figures of maintenance recommended to the Department by the various university scholarship committees. The rates are reviewed triennially, and the last review was conducted earlier this year. No general alteration was recommended, but several committees suggested that the figures should be reconsidered early in 1946. This will be done, and the rates recommended by the Association of University Teachers will be borne in mind.