Students and Universities - Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee Contents

Letter of 17 April 2009 from the Committee Staff to Professor J S Brooks, Vice-Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University

  Thank you for your letter dated 3 April to Mr Willis, the Chairman of the Committee.

Mr Willis has asked me to reply.

  You state in the final paragraphs of your letter that, if the Committee considers that there is a "risk of being in contempt of the House", you are "willing to reconvene the [Academic] Board to reconsider this issue" and you seek the Chairman's view on the "appropriateness and efficacy of this course of action".

  Until the Committee has considered the matter again it is not possible for the Chairman to offer such advice; but if you and your advisers conclude that a contempt may have taken place, even if inadvertently, a possible reversal of the Board's decision would no doubt be an important factor for the Committee to take into account.

  Please let me know what you intend to do as soon as possible. This matter will be on the agenda of the private part of the Committee meeting scheduled to take place on 6 May. Once the Committee has considered the matter, I shall write to you. Your attendance on 6 May is not required.

April 2009

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