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Office of the Independent Adjudicator

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator in solving disagreements between students and universities; and if he will make a statement. (80595)

The provisions of the Higher Education Act 2004 require the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA) to produce an annual report which must include information about:

the complaints referred under the scheme;

the decisions and recommendations made by reviewers;

the extent to which recommendations made by the reviewers have been followed; and

the way in which the operator has used the fees paid in connection with the scheme.

We receive and monitor this information regularly and I will make an assessment on the basis of the OIA's annual report which will be published later this year.