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Assisted Places Scheme

Volume 33: debated on Tuesday 30 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if, in view of its undersubscription, he will now withdraw the assisted places scheme.

There are now more than 8,500 assisted pupils, more than two-thirds of whom are from families with below average income. The scheme has been most successful in widening the range of educational opportunities and there are no grounds for its withdrawal.