[holding answer 26 February 2010]: I regret that due to an administrative error the Department’s Parliamentary Unit issued the wrong answer to the hon. Member’s question tabled on 10 December 2009 (307712). I apologise to the hon. Member. The answer should have been:
The Government have made available £45 million in the academic year 2009/10 through the Access to Learning Fund to provide financial support for students who need extra help to access or remain in higher education. The fund is administered by the universities and colleges which make their own decisions on how best to use their ALF allocation, including whether or not to make short-term loans (for whatever reason). Information on the uses to which the universities and colleges are putting their 2009/10 allocation is not available.