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

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Fee repayments for graduates employed in public sector professions

   

Mr Phil Willis
Mr David Rendel

NC12

To move the following Clause:—

       'The Secretary of State shall make provision for fee repayments to be met out of public funds for graduates employed as—

      (a) teachers in state maintained schools,

      (b) public law enforcement officers,

      (c) staff in the National Health Service,

      (d) social workers by local authorities, and

      (e) any other public sector worker specified by regulations who is required to have a graduate level qualification to enter that profession.'.


Repayment of student loans through voluntary service or prescribed employment

   

Mr Graham Allen

NC13

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.'.


Education subsidy

   

Mr Graham Allen

NC14

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 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.'.


Increase in threshold for loan repayment

   

Mr Graham Allen

NC15

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 "£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).'.


Post-legislative scrutiny

   

Mr Graham Allen

NC16

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 at 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.'.


Government interest rate and fee deferral

   

Mr Graham Allen

NC17

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   All fees shall be deferred, to be repaid on an income contingent basis at a government rate of interest.

    (2)   A government rate of interest shall also be charged on all student loans.

    (3)   All monies raised from interest payments shall be used to finance loans to students, to be repaid on terms set out by the Secretary of State, which must take into account a student's personal and household financial circumstances.'.


Publicising of information

   

Mr Graham Allen

NC18

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.'.


Commencement of liability for repayment of loans

   

Mr Harry Barnes
Frank Cook

NC19

To move the following Clause:—

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

    (2)   After regulation 11(1), there is inserted—

      "(1A) A borrower shall not be liable to repay any of his student loan before the first day of the first year of assessment which falls more than fifteen years after the date on which his eligibility terminates under regulation 8 or 35 of the Education (Student Support) (No. 2) Regulations 2002.".'.


Commencement of liability for repayment of loans (No. 2)

   

Mr Harry Barnes
Frank Cook

NC20

To move the following Clause:—

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

    (2)   After regulation 11(1), there is inserted—

      "(1A) A borrower shall not be liable to repay any of his student loan before the first day of the first year of assessment which falls more Than ten years after the date on which his eligibility terminates under regulation 8 or 35 of the Education (Student Support) (No. 2) Regulations 2002.".'.


Commencement of liability for repayment of loans (No. 3)

   

Mr Harry Barnes
Frank Cook

NC21

To move the following Clause:—

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

    (2)   After regulation 11(1), there is inserted—

      "(1A) A borrower shall not be liable to repay any of his student loan before the first day of the first year of assessment which falls more than five years after the date on which his eligibility terminates under regulation 8 or 35 of the Education (Student Support) (No. 2) Regulations 2002.".'.


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

   

Mr Simon Thomas

NC22

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.'.


   

Mr Tim Yeo
Mr Tim Collins
Chris Grayling
Mr Mark Francois
Mr Phil Willis
Mr David Rendel

6

Page     8,     line     26,     leave out Part 3.

   

Dr Ian Gibson
Jim Dobbin
Mr John Grogan
Dr Brian Iddon
Jon Trickett
Dr Desmond Turner

Mr Dai HarvardGeraldine SmithLynne Jones
Mr Simon ThomasMr Robert N. WareingMr Kelvin Hopkins
Gordon Prentice

128

Page     8,     line     37,     leave out Clauses 22 to 27.

   

Mrs Anne Campbell
Peter Bradley
Dr Alan Whitehead
Mr Martin Salter
Valerie Davey

129

Page     8,     line     38     [Clause     22],     leave out from beginning to 'a' in line 40 and insert 'The Secretary of State must, when making any grant to a funding body under section 68 of the 1992 Act or section 7 of the 1994 Act, impose under subsection (1) of the section concerned'.

   

Mrs Anne Campbell
Mr John Grogan
Valerie Davey
Mr Harry Barnes

32

Page     8,     line     41     [Clause     22],     leave out '23' and insert '[condition by English funding bodies in relation to fees of prescribed amount]'.

   

Mr Phil Willis
Mr David Rendel
Valerie Davey
Mr Harry Barnes

53

Page     8,     line     41     [Clause 22], leave out '23' and insert '[condition that may be required to be imposed by English funding bodies (No. 2)]'.


   

Mrs Anne Campbell
Mr John Grogan
Mr Phil Willis
Mr David Rendel
Valerie Davey
Mr Harry Barnes

33

Page     9,     line     11,     leave out Clauses 23 and 24.

   

Mr Graham Allen

88

Page     9,     line     18     [Clause     23],     at end insert 'but which can increase by a minimum of 0.5 per cent. above the rate of the retail price index in each academic year'.

   

Mr Graham Allen

89

Page     9,     line     18     [Clause     23],     at end insert 'and that at least 10 per cent. of its fee income is supplied for distribution amongst institutions, as directed by the Secretary of State'.

   

Mr Graham Allen

90

Page     9,     line     18     [Clause 23],     at end insert 'and that there is provision to students, as directed by the Secretary of State, of a bursary equivalent to at least 10 per cent. of the fee, or £300, whichever is the greater sum'.

   

Mr Tim Yeo
Mr Tim Collins
Chris Grayling
Mr Mark Francois

18

Page     9,     line     25     [Clause     23],     at end insert—

    '(d)   to ensure that, in respect of any qualifying course, no qualifying fees are charged to any eligible student for any academic year beyond the first four years of a first degree course.'.

 
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