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Dentistry

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (a) how many students were given NHS dental bursaries and (b) how much was paid out in NHS dental bursaries (i) in each of the last five years and (ii) in each primary care trust area in 2007-08. (255611)

The number of dental students who have been awarded an NHS bursary in each of the past five academic years is shown in the following table.

Academic year

Number of dental students awarded an NHS bursary1

2003-04

535

2004-05

572

2005-06

528

2006-07

589

2007-08

771

Total

2,995

1 Includes students who received a nil award following means testing, English domiciled students studying in other parts of the UK, and EU fees only students.

Source:

NHS BSA Student Bursaries Scheme database

The amount paid by the NHS Bursary Scheme to dental students for maintenance support and other allowances in each of the past five academic years is shown in the following table.

Academic year

Amount paid for maintenance support and other allowances1 (£)

2003-04

900,697

2004-05

886,568

2005-06

843,334

2006-07

1,053,332

2007-08

1,274,226

Total

4,958,156

1 Excludes students who received a nil award following means testing and EU fees only students

Source:

NHS BSA Student Bursaries Scheme database

The NHS Business Services Authority cannot break down this information by primary care trust area.