Maintenance Allowances

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th December 1973.

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Photo of Mr Ernest Armstrong Mr Ernest Armstrong , North West Durham 12:00 am, 11th December 1973

Is the Minister aware that the refusal of his Department to extend maintenance grants to those who are now at school because of the raising of the school leaving age—with which I fully agree—is causing real hardship? Will he institute another working party, like the 1957 one, to ensure parity between area and area throughout the country and to bring the grants into line with present-day costs?