Higher Education

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:22 pm on 14th September 2004.

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Photo of Phil Willis Phil Willis Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills, Education & Skills, Shadow Spokesperson (Education) 1:22 pm, 14th September 2004

I am glad that the hon. Gentleman has hon. Members' support. However, the initial verdict on his party's policy has not exactly been encouraging.

Professor Nicholas Barr of the London School of Economics, who is regarded as one of the leading international experts in student finance, has said of the Conservatives' policy that it is

"deeply regressive, benefiting merchant bankers at the expense of nurses and teachers".