Clause 23 — Duty of Secretary of State to Impose Condition as to Student Fees, etc

Part of Orders of the Day — Higher Education Bill – in the House of Commons at 3:45 pm on 23rd June 2004.

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Photo of Tim Boswell Tim Boswell Shadow Minister, Home, Constitutional & Legal Affairs, Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow Minister (Constitutional Affairs) 3:45 pm, 23rd June 2004

As time presses, and without prejudice to the general arguments that we had in Committee on policy, but in the real world where the Government can sometimes get their way even if we do not believe that they should, will the Minister at least undertake to consider, in any brokering with another place, a compromise, which would freeze the commitment beyond year three at the existing fee? That would remove the difficulty of the argument that he has deployed but provide at least a limited income to the university without getting people into racking up additional commitments. That is the genuine concern of everyone who supports the amendment.