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Public Libraries (Computer-Stored Data)

Volume 959: debated on Monday 4 December 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is child tax allowances and fees, available to students eligible for (a) mandatory and (b) discretionary grants, in 1960–61 and in 1978–79, assuming parental income equal to 75 per cent., 100 per cent., 200 per cent. and 300 per cent. of average male manual earnings in each year, and that there are no disregards for mortgage, younger children, etc.

The current system of mandatory local education authority awards was introduced in 1962–63, data for which are compared with 1978–79 in the table below covering dependent students holding mandatory awards for study outside London, Oxford or Cambridge and living in college halls of residence.the total number of public libraries in the United Kingdom; and how many of these have direct access to a computer-stored data system.

The latest figure published by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting is for 1976–77, when a total of 5,703 public service outlets were being operated by the 165 library authorities in the United Kingdom. A survey recently carried out by Miss Stella Keenan of Loughborough university showed that 14 authorities' libraries had direct access to external computer-stored data systems and a further 11 authorities were planning to make similar arrangements within the next three years.