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Disabled Students

Volume 164: debated on Monday 8 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he has any plans to revise the guidelines to local education authorities concerning administration of the disabled students allowance; and if he will make a statement.

As I indicated in the reply that I gave to my right hon. Friend on 19 December 1989 at columns 219–20, guidance is normally issued to local education authorities following the revision of the mandatory awards regulations. My right hon. Friend will consider later this year what if any new guidance is needed on the disabled students' allowance, after he has reviewed the contents of the regulations in the light of representations received.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether students who become disabled during their course will continue to receive loans.

An eligible student who becomes disabled will remain eligible for loans.