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Students: Loans

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many stop notices were issued by the Student Loans Company in relation to student loan repayments to HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. (125787)

[holding answer 6 March 2007]: As Minister responsible for Higher Education, I have been asked to reply to this question.

The Student Loans Company issued 23,403 stop notices in 2003-04, 34,353 in 2004-05 and 41,277 in 2005-06. The number of stop notices is increasing year on year as the number of borrowers in repayment increases and more people come to the end of repaying their loan.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many student loan overpayment refunds to customers were made by the Student Loans Company in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. (125788)

[holding answer 6 March 2007]: As Minister responsible for Higher Education, I have been asked to reply to this question.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 5 December 2006, Official Report, column 255W, to the hon. Member for Havant (Mr. Willetts).