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Higher And Further Education (Top-Up Fees)

Volume 301: debated on Tuesday 25 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will take steps to prohibit the charging of top-up fees by institutions of higher and further education. [17600]

My right hon. Friend has made it clear that top-up fees play no part in the Government's plans for higher education and that no university or college should proceed on the basis of introducing such additional fees. We are considering whether or not it is necessary to seek legislation on this issue.