HC Deb 19 April 2000 vol 348 cc568-9W
Mr. Willis

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what plans he has to consult on changes to universities' constitutions and to reform the visitorial system of disputes resolution in old universities; and if he will produce a timetable. [119678]

Mr. Wicks

The Government have asked the Higher Education Funding Council for England to ensure that all higher education institutions have in place student complaint procedures which meet the requirements set out in the report of the Dearing Committee. I understand the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education will shortly launch a Code of Practice on student appeals and complaints which will make reference to university governance. The Government will consider the position in the light of the Code of Practice and discussions with representative bodies.