Student Finance — Opposition Day Debate — 4 Nov 1997
Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset voted disapproved of the existing (£1000/year) arrangements for tuition fees.
The majority of MPs expressed approval of tuition fees of £1000/year.
The text of the approved motion read:
That this House
- welcomes the decisive response of Her Majesty's Government to the report of the National Committee of Enquiry into Higher Education and to the crisis of funding in higher education bequeathed by the previous administration;
- notes with approval the new arrangements for supporting students. including fair repayment arrangements and targeted help for the most disadvantaged; and
- welcomes the commitment to ensuring that more people will have opportunities to participate in high-quality education to their benefit and to the benefit of the country as a whole.
-  David Blunkett MP, House of Commons, 4th November 1997 - During debate the "new arrangements" at this point were described as £1,000/year non means tested fees.
-  David Blunkett MP, House of Commons, 23 July 1997 - Statement in which David Blunkett MP announced the government's intent to introduce tuition fees.
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Lab||310 (+2 tell)||0||0||75.0%|
|LDem||0||42 (+2 tell)||0||97.8%|