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

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:15 pm on 25th January 2017.

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Photo of Baroness Garden of Frognal Baroness Garden of Frognal Deputy Chairman of Committees 7:15 pm, 25th January 2017

My Lords, I thank the Minister for her detailed response. I bow, of course, to the remarks of the noble Lord, Lord Willetts. I remember working with him in coalition when I was Higher Education Minister in the Lords—heady days indeed.

In spite of his reassurances, I am still concerned that the less well-paid and less privileged students should not be disproportionately penalised or deterred by repayments. After all, they repay for longer than the better-paid students, and there are problems in that. I also support the amendments of the noble Lord, Lord Watson. I think that the noble Baroness, Lady Royall, will find that we may touch on those issues when we come to the amendments on international students. She makes, however, a very valid point that needs consideration. At this stage, however, and in the light of the Minister’s remarks, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment 444 withdrawn.

Amendments 445 and 446 not moved.

Amendments 447 and 448 had been withdrawn from the Marshalled List.

Amendments 449 to 449B not moved.

Clause 83: Qualifying institutions for purposes of student complaints scheme