Student Finance — Opposition Day Debate — 4 Nov 1997
The majority of MPs voted against continuing expansion of higher education funded in part by students and against the view that means-tested maintenance grants make an important contribution to improving access to higher education for students from low-income backgrounds.
The text of the rejected motion, which had been put forward by the Conservative opposition, stated:
That this House
- welcomes the expansion of higher education which has taken place in recent years;
- shares the view of the Dearing Committee that a further period of expansion is desirable;
- believes that part of the cost of this expansion should be met by students themselves, but agrees with the Dearing Committee that means-tested maintenance grants make an important contribution to improving access to higher education for students from low-income backgrounds and deeply regrets the Government's hurried decision to reject this advice; and
- finds incomprehensible the Government's proposal that students from other EU countries should be able to attend four-year courses at Scottish universities on terms more favourable than those available to home students living in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.
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 (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||0||136 (+2 tell)||0||85.2%|
|Lab||329 (+2 tell)||0||0||79.6%|