§ Mr. Marlow
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what number and proportion of those at universities who are assumed to receive 315W parental contribution to their upkeep, receive full parental contribution and partial parental contribution, respectively.
§ Mr. Mark Carlisle
I refer my hon. Friend to the survey carried out on behalf of my Department and the Scottish Education Department by the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys, a copy of which is available in the statistics section of the Library. This contains information concerning the proportion of students who receive their assessed parental contribution in full or in part; and relates to the 1974–75 academic year, the latest for which detailed information is available. Since that date there has been a significant increase in the proportion of dependent students attending universities who are assessed for a nil parental contribution. This has risen from 12 per cent. in the 1974–75 academic year to an estimated 31 per cent. in 1980–81.