Higher Education Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:09 pm on 14th June 2004.

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Photo of Baroness Carnegy of Lour Baroness Carnegy of Lour Conservative 5:09 pm, 14th June 2004

My Lords, I am most grateful to the noble Baroness for giving way. In the consultation by the funding council, perhaps the Minister could ascertain and make sure that consultation is also done with the Scottish funding councils. The Open University exists in Scotland. In fact, it has a higher recruitment per head in Scotland than almost anywhere else in the country. Funding for students of the Open University in Scotland, which will be done through the Scottish funding councils, needs to match that.

I understand that, currently, a lot of consultation is going on in Scotland and that there is very little interest in the matter of part-time students. The Open University in Scotland exists as well.