Short asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what will be the level of fees for home students and those from European Economic Community countries attending courses in further and higher education in the next academic year; how this compares with the fees for each of the previous three years; and what effect he expects such new fee levels to have.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
The only 1982–83 tuition fee to be settled is the fee for home students and those from EC countries on first degree and equivalent courses. Fees for such courses over the period 1979–83 are as follows:
Academic Year 1979–80 £595 1980–81 £740 1981–82 £900 1982–83 £480
As indicated by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State when announcing the fee for 1982–83 on 21 December 1981 in the course of his answer to a question from the hon. Member for Wokingham (Sir W. van Straubenzee)—[Vol. 15, c. 3151—the fee reduction will be accompanied by a compensating increase in the level of funds available for allocation on the recommendation of the University Grants Committee by the local authorities and by the Department of Education and Science, in the case of Voluntary and direct grant colleges, which should assist the management of the necessary restructuring of higher education.142W
Other fees are currently under consideration and will be announced shortly.