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Departmental Information

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 24 September 1997

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To ask the President of the Council if she will place in the Library a copy of the internal departmental guidance on the dissemination of information; and if she will make a statement. [16284]

In my small Department it has not bee necessary to issue detailed guidance on the dissemination of information.

Maximum loan available to students and estimated length of repayment under new student support arrangements
Earnings (as a percentage of average earnings)
Number of years of studyMaximum loan available (1990–00 prices) (£)50 per cent.75 per cent.85 per cent.100 per cent.125 per cent.150 per cent.200 per cent.300 percent.
Number of years taken to repay loans
1 Loans never fully repaid. 'Average earnings' have been taken from the 'New Earnings Survey 1997'. Average graduate earnings would be expected to increase more rapidly than average earnings for full-time workers as a whole, thus reducing the average length of the repayment period for any given amount of loan;
Repayments will not begin until a graduate has a gross annual income of £10,000 and will stop if at any time their income falls below this threshold;
The figures for 'maximum loan available' are based on the assumption that the graduates enter higher education in 1999–2000 and are therefore eligible for a 100 per cent. maintenance loan (as opposed to the 75 per cent. loan available in the 1998–99 transitional year). They also assume that loans will be uprated annually in line with inflation