§ Mr. Dobson
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 25 November 2002,Official Report, column 96W, whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department were consulted about the proposal to merge Imperial College and University College, London. 
§ Margaret Hodge
[holding answer 2 December 2002]: Neither Ministers nor officials were consulted. The Provost of University College and the Rector of Imperial College sent me a letter on the day they announced their proposals, informing me of their plans.