§ Mr. Beggs
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will examine the basis on which discretionary awards are allocated by the five education and library boards in Northern Ireland; and if he will give an assurance that there is equality of treatment of all applicants for such awards.
§ Mr. Scott
The allocation of discretionary awards is a matter solely for each education and library board to determine and is not one in which the Department of Education for Northern Ireland can intervene unless it is satisfied that a Board has acted unreasonably. I am, however, satisfied that the five boards make every effort to ensure that applicants for discretionary awards are treated equally.