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Local Authority Grants

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 October 1950

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asked the Minister of Education to what extent local education authorities are encouraged by his Department to give financial aid towards university education to young men under the age of 25 years who, having secured an intermediate arts, science or engineering degree whilst working in factories, seek to go to the university for a full-time honours degree course.

Local education authorities have wide powers under the Education Act to give grants to enable suitably qualified students to read for degrees. I have not drawn the special attention of authorities to any particular group of candidates, since it is my policy to encourage them to help every student who has shown by his work that he ought to be enabled to undertake full-time studies for an honours degree.