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Education Maintenance Allowances

Volume 81: debated on Friday 28 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what would be the cost of providing education maintenance allowances for all pupils remaining in schools or colleges for one year after the statutory school leaving age, at the rate of £27 per week, for one week, 38 weeks, 40 weeks, or 52 weeks and similarly for those remaining for two years and for three years, after deducting child benefit and existing education maintenance allowances.

The estimated cost of providing educational maintenance allowances for all pupils aged 16–18 remaining in schools and non-advanced further education beyond their 16th birthday is as follows:

£ million
Cost for:
1 week64112
38 weeks24316048451
40 weeks25616850474
52 weeks33321865617
The total sum of £617 million for 52 weeks replaces the answer given to the hon. Member for Denton and Reddish on 17 June at c. 6.


1. Figures for pupils and students are as at January 1984.

2. Expenditure figures have been rounded; consequently the figures for each age group do not precisely match the totals in the right hand column.