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Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Shabana Mahmood Shabana Mahmood Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Higher Education Funding Council for England on the future of degree-awarding powers.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes The Minister for Universities and Science, The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) continues to be actively involved at official level in meetings and discussions on the proposed reforms to higher education, including the future of degree-awarding powers. For example, HEFCE was represented at two stakeholder meetings in September on the proposed regulatory framework as part of the Department's recent technical consultation, which ran until 27 October. These meetings included discussion of degree-awarding powers. HEFCE's own response to the consultation is available at:

http://www.hefce.ac.uk/reform/response.htm

In addition, I met with the chief executive and the chairman of HEFCE on 18 November to discuss various aspects of HEFCE's role in the future regulatory system.

A quarterly-updated list of all BIS ministerial meetings with external organisations is available at:

http://www.bis.gov.uk/transparency/staff

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