§ Mr. Boswell
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment further to his answer of 23 November 1999,Official Report, columns 79–80W, on higher education funding, whether the higher education funding bodies for the United Kingdom apply the same degrees of selectivity in funding based on their common research assessment. 
A comparison of HEFCE, SHEFC and HEFCW research selectivity, 1999–2000 Research Allocations Rating transformations HEFCE/DENI SHEFC HEFCW 3b-1 3b-1 3b-1 Quality driven component (principal funding and QR funding) 3a-1.5 3a-1.55 3a-1.4 4–2.25 4–2.4 4–1.96 5–3.375 5/5⋆-3.72 5–2.744 5⋆-4.05 — 5⋆-3.293 (50% increase for each point from 3b to 5, and 20% premium for 5⋆) (55% increase for each point from 3b to 5,5⋆ level with 5) (40% increase for each point from h3b to 5, and 20% premium for 5⋆)
Table prepared by HEFCE Analytical Services Group—RAE ratings are from 5⋆ down to 1, with 5⋆ being the highest, 1 the lowest. Ratings 1 and 2 receive no funding.