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Student Finance

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on his plans to introduce university top-up fees in Northern Ireland. [111374]

It is my intention to consider carefully the implications for Northern Ireland of the DfES White Paper on the future of higher education in England, including the fee issue, over the next few months; to take into consideration the outcome of the consultation process in England and discussions with local stakeholders including the Northern Ireland Higher Education Council; and to bring forward recommendations for the way forward in Northern Ireland in due course.