Is my hon. Friend aware that the Expenditure Committee is shortly to publish its report on higher education? May we have an assurance that there will not be much delay, as there are on some reports, in giving the departmental replies to it?
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that this and many other parts of the White Paper have received a considerable amount of criticism from certain informed quarters, particularly about the lack of opportunity for many pupils who will qualify for university education but will be unable to get it if the right hon. Lady's proposals are carried out? Does he not think that he ought to ask his right hon. Friend to reconsider the provision and realise that if it is necessary to make economies in certain areas of education they should not be made in the provision of teaching facilities?
I am sure that well-informed quarters will know that the proportion of young people having a chance of higher education in 1981 will be half as great again as they are now—22 per cent. in 1981 compared with 15 per cent. in 1971—and if there are any quarters that are not informed about that I am sure the hon. Lady will do her best to spread the good news.