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Power to make alternative payments

Part of Higher Education and Research Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:30 pm on 13th October 2016.

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Photo of Gordon Marsden Gordon Marsden Shadow Minister (Education) 3:30 pm, 13th October 2016

My hon. Friend is making a powerful and excellent case for the new clauses, which illustrates the strong convictions that he has held throughout this process. On the subject of why any Government would make this change to student loans, there is a saying that desperate times require desperate measures. Does he share my concern that this is a fundamental unravelling of the settlement that the Government thought would lead them to the promised land, but has left them with potential deficits and black holes for years to come?