§ Mr. Matthew Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many new discretionary awards were offered to students on educational courses; and what was the value of the awards in(a) England as a whole and (b) in each local education authority for the year 1992–93 and for the year 1993–94, broken down in each case for higher education level courses and further education level courses.
§ Mr. Boswell
Provisional figures for the academic year 1992–93, the latest available, indicate that 131,500 new discretionary awards were made by local education authorities in England. Information on the value of new discretionary awards is not collected centrally. Information on the numbers and value of discretionary awards made by individual local education authorities and on the level of the courses supported is not yet available.