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Higher Education: Ministerial Responsibility

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which Minister in his Department has responsibility for (a) further and (b) higher education. (147744)

The ministerial responsibilities within my Department are set out as follows:

Minister of State, Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education, Bill Rammell, MP will be responsible for:

Further Education strategy and implementation

Skills strategy and implementation, including Leitch delivery

The Learning and Skills Council

Standards and performance in further education and skills, including the Quality Improvement Agency

Higher Education strategy and implementation, including widening participation and part-time learners

Employer Engagement in Higher Education

The Higher Education Funding Council for England

Student finance policy

Liaison between further and higher education

International relations and the Joint International Unit, including the Prime Minister’s initiative on overseas HE students

Liaison with the Department for Children, Schools and Families

Liaison with the Department for Work and Pensions

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Skills, David Lammy, MP will be responsible for:

The Commission for Employment and Skills

Sector Skills Councils and employer relations

The Train to Gain programme

National Skills Academies


Offender learning and skills

Skills competitions, World Skills, and links to the Olympics

Investors in People UK

Ufi learndirect

Industry Training Boards

Union learning, including union learning representatives and unionlearn

Leitch implementation plan

Diversity aspects of skills

Minister of State for Science and Innovation, Ian Pearson, MP will be responsible for:

Business and Science

The Research Base

The Research Councils


The Technology Strategy Board

British National Space Centre

National Weights and Measures Laboratory

The Design Council

The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, liaising with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Liaison with the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

Energy Technologies Institute

Commission for Environmental Markets and Economic Performance

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Intellectual Property and Quality, Lord Triesman will be Lords Minister for the whole Department and responsible for:

The Student Loans Company (and Customer First programme)

The student loan debt sale

Endowments and voluntary giving for higher education

Quality assurance of Higher Education

UK-Intellectual Property Office

Students as ‘customers’

Scenario building across DIUS

Departmental efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability.