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Volume 927: debated on Tuesday 1 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will list the provisions contained in Acts of Parliament, regulations or rules which are the responsibility of her Department and which afford unequal treatment between an illegitimate and a legitimate child or between the parent of a legitimate child and the parent of an mate child.

There are no such specific provisions. However, the Local Education Authorities Awards Regulations 1975, as amended, require authorities to treat students who have dependent children and were married before the start of their course differently from those who are either unmarried or married after the start of the course.