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Students: Fees and Charges

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the potential impact of lifting the cap on top up fees in 2009 on application rates to university. (127769)

We have made no such assessment, which would be premature at this time. We have made clear our intention to establish an independent review of the introduction of variable tuition fees and the improvements to the student support system, which came into effect in autumn 2006. The review will be conducted by a commission, which will work on the basis of evidence from the first three years of operation of the variable fee arrangements. It will report to Parliament.