Clause 30 - General duties of relevant authority

Part of Higher Education Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:15 am on 4th March 2004.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling Shadow Minister (Education) 11:15 am, 4th March 2004

I am a little puzzled by the hon. Gentleman's comments. I said clearly that I thought

that it was important to leave universities to decide what happens to the admissions process and that it is not for politicians to interfere with that. Politicians may voice their views, but they certainly should not interfere. However, I do not recall suggesting that A-levels should not be part of the process. Does the hon. Gentleman not agree that the worst possible development would be the regulation of universities so that students who did not have A-levels and had not made the grade were admitted?