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

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:30 pm on 25th January 2017.

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Photo of Baroness Brown of Cambridge Baroness Brown of Cambridge Crossbench 5:30 pm, 25th January 2017

My Lords, I thank the Minister for her detailed reply and her very strong assurances in this area. I thank noble Lords who have contributed to the debate. As the noble Baroness, Lady Wolf, said, a healthy relationship between the regulator and the sector will be hugely important to success. The assurances that the Minister has given us, and indeed her agreement to look further into whether the OfS should sign up to the regulator’s code, are extremely helpful. Again, speaking as an engineer and a former vice-chancellor, I think the language of the Bill is sometimes quite hard for a novice reader to understand. The language of the regulator’s code is excellent; it is clear and simple and is about building an effective relationship between the regulator and the regulated. It would be a real assurance for the sector if the Government looked hard at the OfS signing up to it. I thank the Minister for her reassuring response, and beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment 420 withdrawn.

Clause 64 agreed.

Clause 65: Other fees

Amendment 421 not moved.

Clause 65 agreed.

Amendment 421A not moved.

Clauses 66 and 67 agreed.

Schedule 7: Costs recovery: procedure, appeals and recovery