To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of families have residual incomes which would mean that their children (a) would be entitled to claim a full grant and (b) would be entitled to claim a partial grant under the terms of the Higher Education Bill, broken down by constituency.
The information requested is not available by constituency. Based on the proposals for the single combined up-front grant of £2,700 in 2006/07, as detailed in the Departmental paper "Moving toward a single combined grant for higher education", we would expect:
around 30 per cent. of students to be entitled to a full grant (of which we expect around two thirds to be dependent students); a further 50–55 per cent. to be entitled to a full or partial grant.
Future numbers and proportions of students receiving grants also depend on changes in demand for higher education and the future rate of growth of real incomes.