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Student Grants

Volume 32: debated on Wednesday 17 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the calculations of student grants in 1982–83 are being made in respect of superannuation and life assurance premiums according to the rule in section 37(e)(iv) of the "Guide to Students' Allowances 1982–83" published by the Scottish Education Department; if so, why the calculation of parental income is being made on a basis less favourable to students and parents in Scotland than the basis used for grants in England and Wales in the same academic year; and if he will alter his rule to conform with the more generous rule in England and Wales.

Grants are at present being calculated in accordance with paragraph 37(e)(iv) of the guide to which the hon. Member refers. However, these provisions are being reviewed in the light of the regulations recently made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Science.