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Postgraduate Student Allowance

Volume 164: debated on Thursday 11 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what are his detailed criteria for deciding whether courses qualify for assistance under the postgraduate students allowances scheme.

All postgraduate courses which have been approved by a validating body are considered for assistance under the postgraduate students allowances scheme. Decisions on specific courses are made in the light of changing trends in education and vocational requirements and the bids received from institutions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland why the M.Sc. in finance at the University of Strathclyde does not qualify for assistance under the postgraduate students allowances scheme.

Assistance for higher postgraduate degree study is not offered under the postgraduate students allowances scheme and assistance for this course is the responsibility of the Economic and Social Research Council.