Tuition Fees

Part of Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 9:54 pm on 30th November 2010.

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Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Minister of State (Universities and Science) 9:54 pm, 30th November 2010

No, I will not give way.

We know what Labour does when it is under pressure. In its last public spending document before the election, it proposed £600 million of savings from higher education. There was no waiting around for a White Paper then, no consultation and no careful consideration; just one paragraph on £600 million of cuts. By contrast, we have a proper set of proposals to reform higher education, which, contrary to what the Opposition said, will not mean catastrophic losses in funding for universities. Money can get to universities in many ways, and under our proposals it will get there through the choices of students. We will provide them with the extra money to make those choices, and that is-