Amendments proposed to the Higher Education Bill - continued House of Commons

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Post-legislative scrutiny


Mr Graham Allen


*To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   The effects of this Act shall be reviewed twice a year by the Education and Skills Select Committee of the House of Commons which shall make a report to that House on that outcome of such reviews.

    (2)   If any any time after the passing of this Act—

      (a) the name of the education and Skills Select Committee is changed; or

      (b) the functions discharged by that Committee at the passing of this Act, or functions substantially corresponding thereto, are discharged by a different Committee of the House of Commons.

       references in this Act to the Education and Skills Select Committee shall be construed as a reference to that Committee by its new name or, as the case may be, to the Committee for the time being discharging those functions.

    (3)   Any question arising under subsection (2) shall be determined by the Speaker of the House of Commons.'.

Educational subsidy


Mr Graham Allen


*To move the following Clause:—

       'All English and Welsh funding bodies shall present students with a voucher, redeemable only at an agreed course and institution, equivalent to the full support from the tax payer for the fee and cost of that course.

    (2)   Such a voucher shall specify the amounts contributed by the taxpayer and by the individual graduate.'.

Repayment of student loans through voluntary service or prescribed employment


Mr Graham Allen


*To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   The Secretary of State may make regulations allowing any borrower to repay any student loan, in whole or in part, through the performance of voluntary service or employment in a particular occupation.

    (2)   Any such regulations may prescribe the type of voluntary service or the occupations which are eligible for such repayment, and the minimum period for which the eligible service or employment is to be performed.

    (3)   Any such regulations may make different provision for different circumstances.

    (4)   Any such regulations shall be laid before Parliament at least two calendar months before they are due to take effect, and shall be subject to scrutiny in such form as both Houses of Parliament may prescribe.'.


That the following provisions shall apply to the Higher Education Bill:


    1.   The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

Proceedings in Standing Committee

    2.   Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 4th March 2004.

    3.   The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

Consideration and Third Reading

    4.   Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.

    5.   Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day.

    6.   Sessional Order B (programming committees) made on 28th June 2001 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

Programming of proceedings

    7.   All other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further Messages from the Lords) may be programmed.

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