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Bureaucracy (Universities)

Volume 410: debated on Monday 18 August 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) when he expects to receive the findings of the Committee chaired by David Van de Linde in relation to bureaucracy in universities; and if he will make a statement; [128415](2) if he will make a statement on the work in progress of the Better Regulation Review Group under Professor Van de Linde. [129994]

Professor Van de Linde has been asked to chair the Better Regulation Review Group, a committee of senior stakeholders from across higher education, to consider the issue of bureaucracy in higher education. The Group first met in March, since when it has been in regular discussions with the Department on regulatory matters, notably the Regulatory Impact Assessment of the White Paper The future of higher education, and aspects of it, such as the development of the Office for Fair Access. An important responsibility of the Group is to oversee the implementation of the recommendations of the Better Regulation Task Force report Higher education: Easing the burden. I look forward to receiving an interim report on the status of the recommendations from Professor Van de Linde in November.