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Higher Education: Standards

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent meetings on university targets (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have attended. (321676)

Government remains committed to the long-term goal that 50 per cent. of young people should enter higher education. Alongside our aim of a greater diversity of learners, we want to continue to deliver widening participation and to equip both our future and existing workforce with the skills that globalisation and a knowledge economy demand.

Higher education Initial Participation Rate is at 43 per cent. for 2007-08 (with 2008-09 figures to be published at end of March), so we are ahead of trajectory against our target indicator. There have been no recent meetings with Ministers or officials on this matter.