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Part of Higher Education and Research Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:00 pm on 13th October 2016.

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Photo of Gordon Marsden Gordon Marsden Shadow Minister (Education) 4:00 pm, 13th October 2016

I do not believe that at this hour of the afternoon, even allowing for the Chair’s indulgence, we should get involved in trading statistics, but the Minister might like to reflect on the fact that, because there has been an expansion in the number of students—I referred to this when I talked about graduates in the north-west earning only £16,000 or £17,000—many of the figures that he and his colleagues merrily chirp about are based on past experience. None of us can say what the situation will be in 10 years, but we know, and a variety of reports show, that the graduate premium is rapidly decreasing.