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Departmental Public Participation

Volume 468: debated on Monday 26 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the likely cost of student policy juries in 2007-08. (164850)

In October, John Denham announced an ambitious listening programme which will put the voices of England’s 2.3 million university students at the heart of Government. This new approach will ensure students are able to make their views and ideas heard through a range of mechanisms with Ministers responding to specific issues raised.

The student juries being run between now and Christmas are one element of the student listening programme. Costs for the five student juries, to be held in November and December 2007, have been budgeted at £20,000 in total (excluding VAT). We will also pay participants’ reasonable expenses.