Amendment proposed: No. 79, in page 25, line 16, at end insert
'and in performing their functions under this subsection the Council shall have regard to such provision as is made as regards the assessment of the quality of education provided in institutions within the higher education sector in England and Wales in pursuance of section 68(1(a) of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 (assessment of the quality of education provided by institutions in England and Wales).'.—[Mr. Michael Forsyth.]
We particularly welcome Government amendment No. 3. We stress the importance of the quality assessment committee having an element of independence, and the proposal that at least half the members of the quality assessment committee should not be on the funding council meets our requirements. Therefore, we thank the Government for their amendment.