Higher Education Bill — New Clause 1 — General Duties of the Director — 31 Mar 2004 at 14:15

The majority of MPs voted against a proposal that the Director of the Office for fair Access (Offa) ought: ensure access to higher education is based upon academic ability and potential; promote equality of opportunity; maintain university independence; and impose a minimal regulatory burden on institutions.

The rejected new clause which had been proposed read:

  • (1) The Director must perform his functions under this Part in such a way as to ensure full access to higher education based upon academic ability and potential.
  • (2) In performing his functions under this Part the Director shall also have regard to—
  • (a) the desirability of promoting equality of opportunity in connection with access to higher education,
  • (b) the requirement to maintain the independence of the procedures for the admission of students of individual institutions, and
  • (c) the desirability of securing that his powers are exercised in such a way as to impose the minimum necessary burdens of cost and compliance with regulation on institutions.

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 (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con0 151 (+2 tell)093.9%
DUP0 60100.0%
Ind0 1050.0%
Ind Con0 10100.0%
Lab375 (+2 tell) 0092.4%
LDem0 52096.3%
PC3 0075.0%
UUP0 50100.0%
Total:378 216093.0%

Rebel Voters - sorted by name

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

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NameConstituencyPartyVote
no rebellions

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