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Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Carbon Reduction Targets (12 Dec 2017)

Jo Johnson: The UK was the first country to introduce legally binding emissions reduction targets through the Climate Change Act 2008. We have made excellent progress towards meeting our targets: we met our first carbon budget and are on track to exceed the second and third.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Carbon Reduction Targets (12 Dec 2017)

Jo Johnson: The clean growth plan has been broadly and warmly welcomed. Low-carbon innovation is at the very heart of our approach to our industrial strategy, with more than £2.5 billion of Government investment from 2015 to 2021.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Carbon Reduction Targets (12 Dec 2017)

Jo Johnson: Our clean growth strategy is rightly ambitious, and the Climate Change Act allows us to be flexible in our means of achieving the goals that we have set out. As I have just said, we are ahead of our targets on the second and third carbon budgets.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Carbon Reduction Targets (12 Dec 2017)

Jo Johnson: As I have said, our position is that we have met our first carbon target, and we are on track to exceed the second and third. The Government are taking this agenda exceptionally seriously. In fact we are leading the world on it, having legislated with the Climate Change Act and put clean growth at the very heart of this country’s industrial strategy.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (12 Dec 2017)

Jo Johnson: UK participation in Horizon 2020 has held up remarkably well since June 2016. We remain one of the strongest performers across the EU system. As the hon. Lady will have seen, last Friday’s joint report between the Commission and the UK Government painted a very positive outlook for our continued participation in this valuable programme.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (12 Dec 2017)

Jo Johnson: Yes, indeed. Cambridge is leading the way in this respect, as in many others. We want to see more collaboration between our universities and the world of business to drive commercialisation and to make the most of the R and D we are investing in.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Leaving the EU: University Staffing (11 Dec 2017)

Jo Johnson: EU staff make an important contribution to our universities. The UK and the EU have reached an agreement on citizens’ rights that will allow EU citizens to continue living here broadly as now, which will help to provide certainty to such staff in our institutions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Leaving the EU: University Staffing (11 Dec 2017)

Jo Johnson: That uncertainty is completely unnecessary. I point the universities to the joint report issued last Friday by the Commission and the UK Government that points to our continued participation in programmes such as Horizon 2020 not just up until March 2019, but until the end of 2020. They should appreciate that important reassurance.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Leaving the EU: University Staffing (11 Dec 2017)

Jo Johnson: They can take reassurance from the statement that was put out on Friday. We will participate in Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ beyond the point of Brexit—until the end of 2020. That is of fundamental importance to our scientific endeavour.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (11 Dec 2017)

Jo Johnson: The National Audit Office rightly pointed out that students want value for money, which has been the guiding objective of our entire suite of HE reform programmes. That is why we have set up the Office for Students, which will ensure that universities are held to account for the teaching quality and value for money that they deliver to our students.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (11 Dec 2017)

Jo Johnson: Data published by UCAS today shows that the 18-year-old entry rate to full-time education in Walsall North has increased by 54% compared with 2006. In our last guidance to the director of fair access, we asked that areas with the poorest progression to university received particular attention.

University Tuition Fees — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (27 Nov 2017)

Jo Johnson: I am grateful to the petitioners for giving us the chance to have this debate as well as to the hon. Member for Hartlepool (Mike Hill) for introducing it. Enabling people from all backgrounds to take advantage of the opportunities provided by higher education is obviously an important goal for the Government. Since reforming the student finance system in 2012, the Government have been able...

University Tuition Fees — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (27 Nov 2017)

Jo Johnson: I want to respond to the points made by the hon. Member for Poplar and Limehouse (Jim Fitzpatrick), and then I will give way to the hon. Member for Glasgow North West (Carol Monaghan). The hon. Member for Poplar and Limehouse clearly does not support the wholesale abolition of tuition fees, which I understand to be the present policy of the Labour party. However, I hope he will acknowledge...

University Tuition Fees — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (27 Nov 2017)

Jo Johnson: The Government recognise that the cost needs to be shared in proportion to the benefits that flow from higher education. There are public benefits, which the Government make a contribution to on behalf of taxpayers, and there are private benefits, which individual students should make a contribution to. We have a mixed economy for our higher education system, which makes it sustainable and fair.

University Tuition Fees — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (27 Nov 2017)

Jo Johnson: Indeed they would, but it is also important that they make a direct contribution that relates to the benefit they have received, which has been provided for them by a public funding contribution.

University Tuition Fees — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (27 Nov 2017)

Jo Johnson: I would just note that higher education is a devolved policy responsibility in the United Kingdom. Those parts of the United Kingdom that have the present level of fees that we have in England have been able to lift student number controls. Other Administrations, which have made their own policy choices, have not been able to lift student number controls. As a result, under those...

University Tuition Fees — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (27 Nov 2017)

Jo Johnson: My hon. Friend is right: putting the funding of nursing places onto the sustainable basis that other students are on will enable far greater participation, and result in an uplift in the numbers of nursing students in this country. Taxpayers already contribute around half of the costs of the higher education system. We believe that it is right that graduates should also contribute, and that...

University Tuition Fees — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (27 Nov 2017)

Jo Johnson: That is right. The amount that someone repays is linked to the amount that they earn in any one year, and the repayment will be more rapid for someone on a higher level of income. The current student finance system removes the financial barriers for those hoping to study, and avoids students facing upfront tuition fee costs. We have maintained the universal accessibility of the system, which...

University Tuition Fees — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (27 Nov 2017)

Jo Johnson: My hon. Friend raises some interesting points. A longstanding feature of the system has been that it uses RPI, as that includes costs that are relevant to the basket of goods and services that students consume, including housing costs and mortgage interest costs. That is why RPI has been embedded in the student finance system historically. International students make a massive contribution to...

University Tuition Fees — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (27 Nov 2017)

Jo Johnson: I take note of the hon. Lady’s comments. The Sutton Trust has been engaged in this area of study for many years and has had plenty of opportunity to take on board points from her party over the years, but it has evidently chosen not to do so. The Government remain committed to widening participation in HE. England’s sustainable student finance system has enabled record numbers of...


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