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Assisted Places Scheme

Volume 982: debated on Tuesday 1 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has given further consideration to the assisted places scheme; and, in particular, if he has decided on an income scale to be used in Scotland for the calculation of parental contributions for the purposes of the scheme.

I have decided to consult interested parties on an income scale similar to that announced on 7 February by my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Science in reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Streatham (Mr. Shelton) and to the hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed (Mr. Beith).—[Vol. 978, c. 288–290.] I have decided also that the assistance will be based on actual fees approved by me and not, as suggested in the consultative paper, on a notional fee. Other decisions on the scheme will be taken as soon as possible in the light of comments received from interested parties.