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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