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Higher Education

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 7th July 2011.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which of the proposals in the Higher Education White Paper will require (a) primary legislation and (b) secondary legislation to implement; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Minister of State (Universities and Science)

holding answer 4 July 2011

The Regulatory Framework for Higher Education is currently set out in the Education Reform Act 1988, the Further and Higher Education Act 1992, the Teaching and Higher Education Act 1998, and the Higher Education Act 2004. Any changes to the regulatory framework, including changes to the role and function of HEFCE and OFFA, as defined by these acts is likely to require primary legislation and secondary legislation. Over the summer we will consult on a new regulatory framework, which will set out clear and demanding conditions for an organisation to be recognised as a provider of higher education in England. As part of this consultation we will consider changes to the process and criteria for obtaining university title and taught degree-awarding powers. We are currently consulting on the potential introduction of an early repayment mechanism for student loans. Depending on the outcome of this consultation we may need to introduce primary and/or secondary legislation.

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