Higher Education Bill — Second Reading — Increase in University Tuition Fees — 27 Jan 2004 at 18:38

The majority of MPs voted in favour of university tuition fees increasing from £1125 per year to up to £3000 per year, and to make other changes to higher education funding and regulation arrangements.

The majority of MPs voted to allow the Higher Education Bill 2004 to move to its Second reading, and continue its path to becoming law.

The main provisions of the bill were:

  • To allow University tuition fees to increase from the fixed £1125 per year to up to £3000 per year.
  • To create the Office for Fair Access to regulation higher education institution's charging of fees.
  • To create the Office of the Adjudicator in Higher Education - a complaints body - higher education institutions became legally bound to deal with.
  • To create the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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Debate in Parliament | Historical Hansard | Source |

Party Summary

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.

PartyMajority (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Con1 158 (+2 tell)098.8%
DUP0 60100.0%
Independent0 20100.0%
Independent Conservative0 10100.0%
Lab314 (+2 tell) 72195.3%
LDem0 540100.0%
PC0 40100.0%
SDLP0 30100.0%
SNP0 50100.0%
UUP0 50100.0%
Total:315 310196.8%

Rebel Voters - sorted by constituency

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

Sort by: Name | Constituency | Party | Vote

NameConstituencyPartyVote
Eric IllsleyBarnsley CentralLabno
Michael ClaphamBarnsley West and PenistoneLabno
Mike WoodBatley and SpenLabno
Clare ShortBirmingham, LadywoodLabno
Lynne JonesBirmingham, Selly OakLabno
Roger GodsiffBirmingham, Sparkbrook and Small HeathLabno
Joan HumbleBlackpool North and FleetwoodLabno
Llew SmithBlaenau GwentLabno
Dennis SkinnerBolsoverLab (minister)no
David CrausbyBolton North EastLab (minister)no
Desmond TurnerBrighton, KemptownLabno
Chris McCaffertyCalder ValleyLabno
Jon Owen JonesCardiff CentralLabno
Julie MorganCardiff NorthLabno
Lindsay HoyleChorleyLab (minister)no
Gerry SteinbergCity of DurhamLabno
Gwyneth DunwoodyCrewe and NantwichLabno
Jon CruddasDagenhamLab (minister)no
Andrew BennettDenton and ReddishLabno
Iain LukeDundee EastLabno
Gavin StrangEdinburgh East and MusselburghLabno
Colin BurgonElmetLabno
John AustinErith and ThamesmeadLabno
Michael ConnartyFalkirk EastLab (minister)no
Rudi VisFinchley and Golders GreenLabno
Ian DavidsonGlasgow PollokLab (minister)no
Martin CatonGowerLab (minister)no
Diane AbbottHackney North and Stoke NewingtonLabno
Brian SedgemoreHackney South and ShoreditchLabno
Alice MahonHalifaxLabno
Glenda JacksonHampstead and HighgateLabno
John McDonnellHayes and HarlingtonLabno
Jon TrickettHemsworthLab (minister)no
Jim DobbinHeywood and MiddletonLabno
Frank DobsonHolborn and St PancrasLabno
John CryerHornchurchLabno
Jeremy CorbynIslington NorthLabno
Kevin McNamaraKingston upon Hull NorthLabno
Roger BerryKingswoodLabno
George MudieLeeds EastLab (minister)no
Harold BestLeeds North WestLabno
Jim MarshallLeicester SouthLabno
Harry CohenLeyton and WansteadLabno
Tam DalyellLinlithgowLabno
Peter KilfoyleLiverpool, WaltonLabno
Robert WareingLiverpool, West DerbyLabno
Denzil DaviesLlanelliLabno
Kelvin HopkinsLuton NorthLab (minister)no
Tony LloydManchester CentralLabno
Robert Marshall-AndrewsMedwayLabno
Dai HavardMerthyr Tydfil and RhymneyLab (minister)no
Geraldine SmithMorecambe and LunesdaleLabno
Jim CousinsNewcastle upon Tyne CentralLabno
Doug HendersonNewcastle upon Tyne NorthLabno
Paul FarrellyNewcastle-under-LymeLab (minister)no
Paul FlynnNewport WestLab (minister)no
Harry BarnesNorth East DerbyshireLabno
David TaylorNorth West LeicestershireLabboth
Ian GibsonNorwich NorthLabno
Alan SimpsonNottingham SouthLabno
Michael MeacherOldham West and RoytonLabno
Gordon PrenticePendleLabno
Helen ClarkPeterboroughLabno
Tony ColmanPutneyLabno
John GroganSelbyLabno
Mark FisherStoke-on-Trent CentralLabno
Bill EtheringtonSunderland NorthLabno
Kate HoeyVauxhallLabno
Neil GerrardWalthamstowLabno
Robert JacksonWantagewhilst Conaye
Rob MarrisWolverhampton South WestLab (minister)no
Terry LewisWorsleyLabno
Ian LucasWrexhamLab (minister)no
Albert OwenYnys MônLab (minister)no

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