Tuition Fees

Part of Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 7:32 pm on 30th November 2010.

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Photo of John Denham John Denham Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills 7:32 pm, 30th November 2010

I would have more respect for the Liberal Democrat position if they had not signed up to a total change in the philosophy of funding higher education. As I made clear, this is not a short-term measure because of budgetary pressures while the deficit is dealt with. It is the ending of the public funding of most university degrees. Surely if there was one principle that the Liberal Democrats were defending when they made that pledge, it was the idea that undergraduate higher education should be publicly funded.