Clause 30 - General duties of relevant authority

Part of Higher Education Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:30 am on 4th March 2004.

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Photo of Mrs Anne Campbell Mrs Anne Campbell Labour, Cambridge 10:30 am, 4th March 2004

Does the hon. Gentleman agree that if a university is to keep up its high standards, it is essential for it to attract the best applicants? Does he also agree that when only 9 per cent. of the applicants come from the lower social classes, it is obvious that that university is not attracting all the best applicants? Some applicants from the lower income groups are not applying to that university but should be, if it is to achieve the highest standards.