To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how and when the Scottish committee of the proposed Universities Funding Council will be established; and what its remit will be.
Appointment of the Scottish committee must await establishment of the Universities Funding Council, the legislation for which is currently before Parliament. The council will be responsible for appointing its Scottish committee, after consultation with my right hon. and learned Friend. The remit of the committee will also be a matter for the council in the light of its own remit, but I expect it to have regard to the statement in the House on 1 April last year, at columns 1107–8, by my right hon. and learned Friend on publication of "Higher Education — Meeting the Challenge" (Cm. 114).