University Tuition Fee Cap — Set Basic Limit at £6,000 Per Year — 9 Dec 2010 at 17:12

Owen Smith MP, Pontypridd voted against raising the tuition fee cap to £6,000 per year for courses for which there are no plans in place to promote access and student finance information.

The majority of MPs voted to approve raising the "basic" tuition fee cap to £6,000 per year. The "basic" cap applies to courses for which there are no plans in place to promote access and student finance information.

Technically the vote was on the motion[1]

The regulations set the "basic amount" under section 24 of the 2004 Higher Education Act[3] at £6,000. That is the maximum fee an institution can charge in the absence of a plan under section 33 of the 2004 Higher Education Act[4]. Such plans require institutions to set out how they are to promote awareness of financial and access arrangements for the course, and with such a plan institutions can charge up to £9,000 per year. (This division was preceded by another vote which raised the overall tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year.[5])

The "plans" referred to in the legislation are the documents known as "access agreements" by the "Office for Fair Access". Access agreements can be viewed on the OfFA website[6].

Ministerial guidance as to the content of the plans has been issued.[7]

The regulations passed included provisions to cap tuition fees at £3,000 per year for final years and sandwich course years where there is a shorter than usual amount of attendance required at the institution.

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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
Alliance0 10100.0%
Con296 (+1 tell) 6099.0%
DUP0 7087.5%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent0 10100.0%
Lab0 253 (+2 tell)099.2%
LDem27 (+1 tell) 21086.0%
PC0 30100.0%
SDLP0 30100.0%
SNP0 60100.0%
Total:323 302097.8%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

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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Philip DaviesShipleyCon (front bench)no
David DavisHaltemprice and HowdenConno
Julian LewisNew Forest EastCon (front bench)no
Jason McCartneyColne ValleyConno
Andrew PercyBrigg and GooleCon (front bench)no
Mark RecklessRochester and StroodCon (front bench)no
Annette BrookeMid Dorset and North PooleLDem (front bench)no
Menzies CampbellNorth East FifeLDem (front bench)no
Michael CrockartEdinburgh WestLDemno
Tim FarronWestmorland and LonsdaleLDem (front bench)no
Andrew GeorgeSt IvesLDem (front bench)no
Mike HancockPortsmouth Southwhilst LDem (front bench)no
Julian HuppertCambridgeLDem (front bench)no
Charles KennedyRoss, Skye and LochaberLDem (front bench)no
John LeechManchester, WithingtonLDem (front bench)no
Stephen LloydEastbourneLDem (front bench)no
Greg MulhollandLeeds North WestLDem (front bench)no
John PughSouthportLDem (front bench)no
Alan ReidArgyll and ButeLDem (front bench)no
Dan RogersonNorth CornwallLDem (front bench)no
Bob RussellColchesterLDem (front bench)no
Adrian SandersTorbayLDem (front bench)no
Ian SwalesRedcarLDem (front bench)no
Mark WilliamsCeredigionLDem (front bench)no
Roger WilliamsBrecon and RadnorshireLDem (front bench)no
Jennifer WillottCardiff CentralLDemno
Simon WrightNorwich SouthLDem (front bench)no

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