§ Mr. Merchant
To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans she has for the future settlement of college fees.612W
§ Mr. Boswell
My officials have written today to the Higher Education Funding Council for England asking it to advise my right hon. Friend on the annual adjustment of the average college fee at the Oxford and Cambridge colleges from 1995 onwards. The council has been asked to base its advice on the annual movement in public funding at universities with a similar mission. In this way, the annual adjustment of college fees with reflect trends in public funding per student elsewhere in higher education. The Department will no longer engage in negotiations with the Oxford and Cambridge colleges. The funding council has also been asked to advise on future arrangements for the setting of college fees at the universities of Durham, Kent, Lancaster and York.