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Higher Education Finance

Volume 450: debated on Friday 20 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the timetable is for the review of fees and capping in higher education; what the terms of reference of the review are; and if he will make a statement. (95609)

The then Secretary of State for Education and Skills my right hon. Friend, the Member for Norwich South, (Mr. Clarke) said in a written answer on 26 January 2004 that the independent review will look at all aspects of the new fee arrangements based on the first three years’ operation of the policy. Details of the timetable and arrangements for the Commission will be announced in due course.

The January 2004 statement proposed terms of the reference for the review which involved looking at three main areas. These are:

the impact of the new arrangements on higher education institutions;

the impact of the new arrangements on students and prospective students; and

recommendations on the future direction of the policy.