Education Maintenance Allowance

Part of Scottish Executive Question Time — General Questions – in the Scottish Parliament at 11:40 am on 2nd December 2010.

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Photo of Michael Russell Michael Russell Scottish National Party 11:40 am, 2nd December 2010

In addition to securing the education maintenance allowance—which, of course, has not happened south of the border—we are committed to ensuring that the level of support for students in the coming year remains consistent with this year's level. That has been very difficult to achieve, but it has been achieved, and I welcome the support of, for example, the NUS for that. In addition, the number of places that are available in colleges and universities will be maintained, which is a considerable achievement, for which I pay tribute to the college principals and boards of governors and the universities.