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Scholarships (Regulations)

Volume 416: debated on Thursday 29 November 1945

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asked the Minister of Education if she is satisfied that local education authorities are making awards to students entering a university on the strength of the student's performance in examinations other than the Higher School Certificate; and in cases where such awards are made, whether it is her intention to allow the amount of the award to the Student to be reduced by the continued application of a means test based on parental income.

I advised authorities in a Circular issued in March, 1945, with the Regulations for Scholarships and Other Benefits, that suitability for an award should be judged on performance in the examination for the Higher School Certificate or another of equivalent standard, or on other special grounds. I am satisfied that the schemes which have been submitted by authorities are based on this principle. The amount of an award must be related to the student's needs, but authorities have been advised that the maximum value of a scholarship should be available where the net parental income does not exceed £600 a year, and that proportionately smaller awards should be made as income rises to the level of £1.500.