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Arts: Higher Education

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment his Department has made of the likely effect on creative industries of the reduction in funding for equivalent and lower level qualifications; and if he will make a statement. (197358)

My Department has made no formal assessment of the likely effect on creative industries of the reduction in funding for equivalent and lower level qualifications. We have been in conversation with the Department for Innovation Universities and Skills (DIUS) to highlight some of the key issues for DCMS however, and how they intend to monitor the impact of the arrangements.

The first such review, which will be conducted by the Higher Education Funding Council England, is planned to take place in December 2008, in the light of entry data for the 2008-09 academic year.