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Local Education Authority Awards

Volume 976: debated on Tuesday 20 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will take steps to amend the regulations governing local education authority awards with a view to correcting the anomaly whereby children of British parents working in Brussels are not entitled to be considered for a higher education grant.

I do not consider the awards regulations to be anomalous in this respect. Students who are resident abroad solely because their parents are temporarily employed abroad, but who would otherwise be ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, are eligible for mandatory awards subject to the normal conditions. Students who do not qualify for mandatory awards, including those who are resident abroad with their parents other than temporarily, may be considered by local education authorities for discretionary awards.