§ Dr. Gibson
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what plans he has to review the research assessment exercise in higher education establishments. 
§ Dr. Howells
None. The research assessment exercise is a matter for the higher education funding bodies, which are currently reviewing the conduct and outcome of the 1996 exercise. I understand that they intend to consult on future options in the light of any relevant 103W recommendations from the National Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education, which is expected to report shortly.