Clause 30 - General duties of relevant authority

Part of Higher Education Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:00 am on 4th March 2004.

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Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Labour, Chatham and Aylesford 10:00 am, 4th March 2004

My hon. Friend is making an excellent speech. However, in talking about the percentage of working-class kids going to university, is not it important to remember that in the 1970s 90 per cent. of the population was defined as coming from those groups? That figure has now declined to 40 per cent. As a consequence the problem is smaller than it was. One needs to recognise the changes in society and the fact that university has allowed social mobility.