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Liverpool University

Volume 489: debated on Thursday 19 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will make representations to the University of Liverpool on its proposal to close its departments of politics, philosophy, communications and statistics; and if he will make a statement. (264773)

Parliament decided in passing the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 that universities should be autonomous and that Ministers should have no role in deciding how individual subjects and courses are funded. This independence is a great strength of our world class sector. But it also means that judgments have to be made by universities themselves in developing their own priorities and sense of mission.