Inflation warning to students
Students' claims for increased grants could suffer in the battle against inflation said the Education Secretary, Mrs. Margaret Thatcher.
“It may be that we shall not be able to increase grants as much as students wish,” she told the Conservative Central Council conference in Newcastle. “Fighting inflation is a painful business for us all.
“If you allowed one special case through you would find yourself allowing another, and so on. Allowing one through tends to mean that you give up the battle altogether.”
Mrs. Thatcher said she saw little hope of legislating the Inner. London Education Authority out of existence in the immediate future. The Labour-controlled ILEA has proposed a fully comprehensive system.
“It would be a very controversial step to take, and I regret that the review clause was struck out of legislation by the last Government, but has not been reinstated,” she said.