Tuition Fees

Part of Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 9:01 pm on 30th November 2010.

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Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Minister of State (Universities and Science) 9:01 pm, 30th November 2010

I will of course undertake to look at the specific point that my hon. Friend has raised on behalf of the Open university. Will he also accept from me that, contrary to what we were told by the Opposition, it is already the case that we will be helping two thirds of first degree part-time students with our proposal to extend access to fee loans to them? The only way in which the Opposition can attain their figures is by including, for example, part-timers doing a second degree, and the only reason that they are not included in the policy is that it was the Labour Government's ELQ-equivalent or lower qualifications-policy that excluded them in the first place.