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Students: Public Participation

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost of his Department’s student juries. (190234)

Costs for the five student juries, held between November 2007 and February 2008, totalled just over £30,600. The student juries were an important preliminary to the work of the National Student Forum, which will have its first meeting on 28 February 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the budget for the National Student Forum is for 2008-09; and if he will make a statement. (190261)

A budget of £51,700 has been allocated for the core activity of the National Student Forum this academic year. Up to £70,000 for additional activity, such as the development of a website, is also available as necessary. The forum’s chair will be paid an honorarium of £5,000 per annum. In addition, we will pay reasonable travel, access and subsistence expenses for the forum members and chair.

The Department will consider requests from the forum, to be agreed through the chair, for independent research up to the sum of £50,000 annually. The funding will be held by the Department and can only be used in compliance with the Department’s procurement procedures and Government Accounting rules.

The National Student Forum will have its first meeting on Thursday 28 February. The forum is a demonstration of our commitment to amplifying the student voice in government.