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Student Unions

Volume 979: debated on Thursday 21 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if, following his proposals for changes in the methods of financing student unions, he is making recommendations to university polytechnic and college authorities on the future legal status of unions, the procedures for allocation of funds to unions and the preferred means of negotiation of the distribution of funds.

I have no proposals in mind concerning the legal status of student unions. As I indicated in my answer to my hon. Friend the member for Wokingham (Mr. van Straubenzee) on 5 February, the amount of money to be made available for each union will be a matter for settlement at institutional and, where appropriate, local authority level.