§ 30. Mr. Corlett
asked the Minister of Education whether he is now in a position to indicate his policy in regard to State scholarships and other awards in 1947 for the purpose of enabling students to follow university careers.
§ Mr. Tomlinson
Yes, Sir. It has been decided to increase the number of State scholarships in 1947 from a maximum of 360 to a maximum of 750. Steps will be taken to ensure that the increased number of awards are distributed fairly among the universities and university colleges. At the same time scholarships to a maximum of 100 will be offered to enable suitable students from establishments of further education, particularly those following part-time courses, to enter on full-time university courses. There will also be scholarships up to a maximum of 20 available to enable students of mature age who have shown special ability to follow a university course. Details of the procedure to be followed in regard to all these awards have been worked out with the co-operation of the universities and are being announced today. I rely on local education authorities to maintain and, where necessary, extend their present provision of major awards, and on this basis the new arrangements will materially extend the opportunities for university education.
§ Mr. Corlett
While I thank the Minister for his welcome reply, may I ask if he could give the cost of this?
§ Mr. Hastings
May I ask the right hon. Gentleman if any of these scholarships apply to the training of doctors and dentists?
§ Mr. Skinnard
In the case of the welcome provision for students of mature age, is it contemplated that maintenance allowance will be given to the wives?