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Student Support

Volume 202: debated on Thursday 23 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much money was made available to students in Wales through the access funds in the academic year 1990–91; and how many students benefited.

Access funds totalling £600,000 were distributed by the Welsh Office to further and higher education colleges outside the university sector in Wales for the academic year 1990–91. Allocations to individual institutions were made on the basis of eligible student numbers. According to returns from institutions £563,183 in access funds was actually disbursed to 1,930 students, which amounts to an average of about £300 per student assisted. The Universities Funding Council is responsible for the allocation of access funds to colleges of the University of Wales.