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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 5th December 2013.

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Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Minister of State (Universities and Science) 9:30 am, 5th December 2013

Let us be clear, we inherited from the previous Government a complete rubber-stamping exercise under which there was no control whatsoever over alternative providers. We introduced controls. For example, in the last year, out of 87 applications from alternative providers, 18 were approved and 69 were rejected. That was effective quality control and we have taken further steps to ensure that the Department can remain within its budget.