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Students' Allowances

Volume 205: debated on Monday 9 March 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish details of any changes in students' allowances for session 1992–93.

I am publishing today the main rates of allowances payable under the postgraduate students' allowances scheme for vocational postgraduate courses which do not attract student loans, together with the rates of various supplementary allowances payable to both undergraduate and vocational postgraduate award holders. The main rates of maintenance allowance for undergraduates will remain frozen at their 1990–91 cash levels following the introduction of student loans.Details of the new rates have been placed in the Library. The increases in these rates are broadly in line with the 4·5 per cent. increase in the overall provision for student maintenance announced by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education and Science.