Tuition Fees

Part of Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 9:32 pm on 30th November 2010.

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Photo of Eric Ollerenshaw Eric Ollerenshaw Conservative, Lancaster and Fleetwood 9:32 pm, 30th November 2010

And as we found out under the Labour Government, fees do not seem to hinder people wanting to go to good universities.

As an ex-teacher, the test for me is how we can increase social mobility. I shall repeat points that others have made, because they are important and they are being lost in the issue of marches and the encouragement by some Members of what they call direct action-something from the old days of the 1980s. That is the hypocritical line they are selling some students. At least, we have maintained no up-front fees-as has been said by previous speakers. More important, a lot of students will pay far less in the future because the threshold has moved to £21,000, which is about £540 less.

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Simon Mair
Posted on 1 Dec 2010 5:03 pm (Report this annotation)

Is Eric Ollerenshaw not aware that the IFS attributes the rise in university students despite an increase in fees to the increase in grants that went hand in hand with it? Is Eric Ollerenshaw also unaware that the IFS predicted a drop in university applications of 4% per £1000 increase in tuition fees?