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

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:45 pm on 25th January 2017.

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Photo of Lord Liddle Lord Liddle Labour 4:45 pm, 25th January 2017

My Lords, the amendments in my name are relevant to the points that the noble Baroness, Lady Wolf, has just made. I am concerned with the scope that the OfS has to levy charges on the sector; effectively, it is a provision to tax the sector for unlimited purposes, which are not clear, and there needs to be some mechanism of control and full consultation on any proposed charges. Just as regulators impose limits on rises in fees on institutions in line with the cost of living, similarly the regulators should be under an obligation to try not to put up their charges on the sector above the rate of increase that universities can themselves charge.