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 Mr David Rendel Mr David Rendel Shadow Minister (Higher Education), Education & Skills 11:15 am, 4th March 2004

I shall say two things about that. First, I apologise if the hon. Gentleman thought that I was accusing him of saying that A-levels had no part to play. I was not; I said that he had talked about a friend of his who in spite of getting comparatively bad A-levels—grades that might normally not have resulted in a place at Cambridge—nevertheless showed potential and was able to go with those lower grades. I accept entirely that university success, qualifications and proof that one has reached a certain standard can play a part in university applications and in being granted a university place.

It being twenty-five minutes past Eleven o'clock, The Chairman adjourned the Committee without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order.

Adjourned till this day at half-past Two o'clock.