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Part of Higher Education and Research Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:00 pm on 13th October 2016.

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Photo of Gordon Marsden Gordon Marsden Shadow Minister (Education) 3:00 pm, 13th October 2016

My hon. Friend states our case strongly. Does she share my sense of regret that, despite the inadequate consideration by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments and despite our request that the Government bring the matter to the Floor of the House, it took an Opposition day motion to have the change debated? The Government’s majority in that Opposition day debate—from memory, I believe it was 16—was one of the lowest they had in that Parliament.