To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what plans he has to increase the funding available for access courses to higher education; and if he will make a statement.
The Government attach importance to the broadening of access to higher education. The White Paper "Higher Education: Meeting the Challenge" (Cm. 114) set out the Government's approach, which was reflected in the Government's expenditure plans announced by my right hon. Friend on 3 November. My right hon. Friend looks to local education authorities and institutions of higher education to take action within the resources available.