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Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 5:01 pm on 22nd January 2004.

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Photo of George Reid George Reid None 5:01 pm, 22nd January 2004

The result of the division is: For 71, Against 7, Abstentions 37.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

[Resolved,]

That the Parliament recognises that Scotland's distinctive higher education system is a valuable asset which must be maintained and developed for the good of the nation; further recognises that its competitive advantage must be maintained; welcomes the commitment in the Partnership Agreement that the Executive "will not support the introduction of top-up tuition fees" in Scotland; notes that the Enterprise and Culture Committee's report on its Scottish Solutions Inquiry considers that the Executive's decision to respond to developments in England by proceeding with a third phase of its higher education review in order to establish a robust evidence base "is wholly appropriate", and looks forward to this third phase of the review reporting in the early spring.