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

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Educational subsidy

   

Mr Graham Allen

NC7

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   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 taxpayer 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

NC8

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.'.


Increase in threshold for loan repayment

   

Mr Graham Allen
David Taylor

NC9

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   The Education (Student Loans) (Repayment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000/944) are amended as follows.

    (2)   In the regulations specified in subsection (3), for "£10,000", there shall be substituted the words "£10,000 up to the year ending 5th April 2005, and £20,000 with effect thereafter".

    (3)   Those regulations are—

      (a) regulation 13(4);

      (b) regulation 15(5)(a);

      (c) regulation 15(5)(aa);

      (d) regulation 29(2)(a);

      (e) regulation 29(2)(b);

      (f) regulation 56(4)(a).'.


Equity of funding for part-time students

   

Mr Graham Allen
Dr Hywel Francis

NC10

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   In deciding the funding of qualifying institutions the funding body shall ensure that there is equity of treatment between institutions predominantly providing full-time higher education and institutions predominantly providing part-time higher education.

    (2)   In this section—

       "funding body" means—

      (a) the Higher Education Funding Council for England,

      (b) the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales,

      (c) the Teacher Training Agency;

       "qualifying institutions" has the same meaning as in Part 2.'.


Research and development funding

   

Mr Graham Allen

NC11

To move the following Clause:—

       'The Secretary of State shall establish a fund to be distributed to institutions, as directed by the Secretary of State, for the purposes of research and development-related activities, to be financed through a levy on businesses investing below a minimum proportion of their turnover in their own research and development activities, to be determined by the Secretary of State.'.


Publicising of information

   

Mr Graham Allen

NC12

To move the following Clause:—

       'The Secretary of State shall ensure that there is the widest possible public dissemination of information relating to grants and fees, made available through—

      (a) schools and other educational institutions,

      (b) local and national media,

      (c) electronic means, and

      (d) careers information advice, guidance, services and support services.'.


Transfer of functions under section 26 of the 1998 Act to the Assembly

   

Mr Simon Thomas

NC13

To move the following Clause:—

       'The functions of the Secretary of State under section 26 of the 1998 Act (imposition of conditions as to fees at further or higher education institutions) shall be transferred to the Assembly so far as they relate to student fees in Welsh institutions.'.


Lifelong learning bond

   

Mr Graham Allen

NC14

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   Sums repayable for fees and loans may be offset by bonds held in an account (a "Lifelong learning account").

    (2)   "Lifelong learning accounts" shall be opened for all individuals in receipt of any form of child benefit and shall operate on terms to be determined by the Secretary of State.

    (3)   Such accounts shall reach maturity when an individual attains the age of 16, only redeemable against fees and charges payable in respect of further or higher education.'.


ORDERS OF THE HOUSE [27th JANUARY AND 5th FEBRUARY 2004]

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

Committal

    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.


ORDERS OF THE COMMITTEE [10th AND 12th FEBRUARY
AND 2nd MARCH 2004]

    That—   

    (1)   during proceedings on the Higher Education Bill the Standing Committee (in addition to its first sitting on Tuesday 10th February at 9.10 am) do meet on that day at 2.30 pm, and thereafter on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9.10 am and 2.30 pm, except that the Committee shall not meet on Tuesday 17th February or Thursday 19th February;

    (2)   the proceedings shall be taken in the following order, namely Clauses 1 to 13, Schedules 1 and 2, Clause 14, Schedule 3, Clauses 15 and 16, Schedule 4, Clauses 17 to 29, Schedule 5, Clauses 30 to 45, Schedule 6, Clause 46, Schedule 7, Clauses 47 to 50, new Clauses, new Schedules;

    (3)   the proceedings on Clauses 1 to 13, Schedules 1 and 2, Clause 14, Schedule 3, Clauses 15 and 16, Schedule 4 and Clauses 17 to 20 (so far as not previously concluded) shall be brought to a conclusion at 11.20 am on Thursday 12th February;

    (4)   the proceedings on Clauses 21 to 29, Schedule 5 (so far as not previously concluded) shall be brought to a conclusion at 8.00 pm on Tuesday 2nd March;

    (5)   the proceedings on Clauses 30 and 31 (so far as not previously concluded) shall be brought to a conclusion at 5.00 pm on Thursday 4th March;

    (6)   the proceedings on Clauses 32 to 38 (so far as not previously concluded) shall be brought to a conclusion at 11.25 am on Tuesday 9th March;

    (7)   the remaining proceedings on the Bill (so far as not previously concluded) shall be brought to a conclusion at 6.55 pm on Tuesday 9th March.


RESOLUTION OF THE COMMITTEE [2nd MARCH 2004]

That the Committee recommends that the Order of the House of 27th January (Higher Education Bill (Programme)) be further amended by the substitution in paragraph 2 (time for conclusion of proceedings in Standing Committee) for the words 'Thursday 4th March' of the words 'Tuesday 9th March'.


 
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