Higher Education Bill — Third Reading — 31 Mar 2004 at 19:20

The majority of MPs voted to allow the Higher Education Bill 2004 to move to its third 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.


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
Con0 153 (+2 tell)095.1%
DUP0 60100.0%
Independent0 1050.0%
Independent Conservative0 10100.0%
Lab309 (+2 tell) 18080.6%
LDem0 540100.0%
PC0 40100.0%
SDLP0 1033.3%
SNP0 50100.0%
UUP0 50100.0%
Total:309 248086.2%

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

Llew SmithBlaenau GwentLabno
Gerry SteinbergCity of DurhamLabno
Ian DavidsonGlasgow PollokLab (minister)no
Alice MahonHalifaxLabno
Glenda JacksonHampstead and HighgateLabno
John McDonnellHayes and HarlingtonLabno
Jeremy CorbynIslington NorthLabno
Robert WareingLiverpool, West DerbyLabno
Denzil DaviesLlanelliLabno
Jim CousinsNewcastle upon Tyne CentralLabno
Gordon PrenticePendleLabno
Helen ClarkPeterboroughLabno
Tony ColmanPutneyLabno
John GroganSelbyLabno
John LyonsStrathkelvin and BearsdenLabno
David DrewStroudLabno
Alan WilliamsSwansea WestLabno
Stephen HesfordWirral WestLabno

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