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Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (6th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:00 pm on 25th January 2017.

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Photo of Baroness Wolf of Dulwich Baroness Wolf of Dulwich Crossbench 4:00 pm, 25th January 2017

My Lords, I thank the Minister for his full reply, though if anything I am now more confused than ever. Either the validation issue is a serious one, in which case presumably the OfS will be giving out degrees in large quantities, or it is not, in which case I am not quite sure why we have these massive powers. I hope the Government revisit the whole validation issue. I actually have no idea when it appeared on the scene; it was not the case for many years, and I assume it was created by government for a purpose. This is an issue we will want to return to on Report, but at the moment I am happy to see the clause stand part of the Bill.

Clause 47, as amended, agreed.

Clause 48 agreed.

Clause 49: Unrecognised degrees

Amendments 338ZA and 339ZB not moved.

Clause 49 agreed.

Clause 50 agreed.

Amendment 338A not moved.

Clause 51: Use of “university” in title of institution