§ Mr. Sheerman
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many vice-chancellors have been sent a formal invitation to meet her to discuss(a) their institutions and (b) the university sector. 
§ Mr. Forth
It is not generally my right hon. Friend's practice to send individual vice-chancellors formal invitations to meet her. She does meet them and visit universities from time to time at their invitation and she has regular contact with their representative bodies. She wrote to the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals on 1 February inviting them to meet her shortly.