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London Metropolitan University

Volume 712: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to secure the future of London Metropolitan University. [HL3611]

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to meet senior staff at London Metropolitan University to discuss student numbers and funding. [HL3612]

It is an important principle set out in legislation (Sections 65(1) and 68(2b) of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992) that Ministers cannot intervene in the funding decisions of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Ministers therefore have no role in decisions about student numbers and funding of individual universities.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will appoint an independent committee to investigate the funding and administrative systems at London Metropolitan University. [HL3613]

The Government fully supported the funding council’s decision to commission an independent review of its own handling of the situation at London Metropolitan University. It has also always been our view that a similar review should be conducted into the actions of the university itself, and that has been made clear in discussions with the funding council. The Government are therefore pleased that London Metropolitan has now commissioned Sir David Melville and Deloitte to conduct such a review. We believe that this must look at all aspects of what happened at London Metropolitan, including issues of governance.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what powers they have to investigate claims made by London Metropolitan University for funds to finance students not undertaking courses. [HL3614]

Inappropriate claims for funding are a matter for the funding council to investigate. The funding council has an overriding duty to the taxpayer to reclaim funding that has been inappropriately claimed.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps are being taken to safeguard the future of the Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition at London Metropolitan University. [HL3615]

Reclaiming of funding paid inappropriately to support teaching costs does not affect the funding that a university receives that is ring-fenced for research.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place to ensure the continuation of the work on nutritional standards for low income families being conducted by the Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition at London Metropolitan University. [HL3616]

Reclaiming of funding paid inappropriately to support teaching costs does not affect the funding that a university receives that is ring-fenced for research.