To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what circumstances Her Majesty's inspectors inspect private colleges of higher education.
My right hon. Friend has a duty to cause inspections to be made of all further and higher education institutions within the PCFC funding sector and those which are maintained or assisted by local education authorities. He has no such duty in respect of independent institutions. However, he may at the request of the management of such institutions, cause an inspection to take place. In those circumstances Her Majesty's inspectorate may participate in a supporting assessorial role.