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Students: Loans

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the likely effect on administrative costs of requiring students to have an identity card to apply for a student loan; and if he will make a statement. (192337)

There are no plans to require students to have an ID card to apply for a student loan or any other form of student support, therefore no estimates of the cost have been made.

The policy on the introduction of identity cards on a voluntary basis rests with the Home Office. Currently either a passport or a birth certificate (accompanied by an identity confirmation form signed by a person of good standing) is required as proof of identity for students applying for a Government student loan. We have no current plans to change this, although the process for verifying the identity of applicants is kept under review.

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many recipients of (a) student loans and (b) education maintenance allowance there are in Bassetlaw constituency, broken down by ward. (193299)

The information requested on student loans is not available at constituency or ward level. 10,580 students from Nottinghamshire local authority received a maintenance loan in academic year 2006-07, and 10,080 received a tuition fee loan.

The Learning and Skills Council operate the education maintenance allowance for the Department for Children, Schools and Families and hold the information about take-up and payments made under the scheme. Mark Haysom, the LSC's chief executive, will write to the hon. Gentleman with the information requested and a copy of his reply will be placed in the House Library.