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 James Clappison James Clappison Conservative, Hertsmere 10:30 am, 4th March 2004

There are a number of assumptions in what the hon. Lady says. Although universities can encourage applications, they cannot control them or determine that applications should come from a certain source. There is another important assumption that I think she has accepted, given her earlier intervention: if the universities control admissions, she assumes that that will somehow have an effect on applications from particular schools. She can correct me if I am wrong, but I think she is on record as saying that although OFFA will be concerned with applications, in her view it should also be concerned with admissions. I shall give way if she wants to correct that or enlarge on it.