Student Finance — Opposition Day Debate — 4 Nov 1997
The majority of MPs voted against continuing expansion of higher education funded in part by students and against the view that means-tested maintenance grants make an important contribution to improving access to higher education for students from low-income backgrounds.
The text of the rejected motion, which had been put forward by the Conservative opposition, stated:
That this House
- welcomes the expansion of higher education which has taken place in recent years;
- shares the view of the Dearing Committee that a further period of expansion is desirable;
- believes that part of the cost of this expansion should be met by students themselves, but agrees with the Dearing Committee that means-tested maintenance grants make an important contribution to improving access to higher education for students from low-income backgrounds and deeply regrets the Government's hurried decision to reject this advice; and
- finds incomprehensible the Government's proposal that students from other EU countries should be able to attend four-year courses at Scottish universities on terms more favourable than those available to home students living in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.
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