HC Deb 06 May 2004 vol 420 c1775W
Mr. Willis

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will estimate for each English university the net benefit from tuition fees if(a) the maximum fee is charged to all students, (b) the maximum fee is charged to 50 per cent. of students and (c) the maximum fee is charged to 25 per cent. of students. [166853]

Alan Johnson

[holding answer 21 April 2004]Information on the additional income from fees in different scenarios is contained in the Regulatory Impact Assessment published on 8 January alongside the HE Bill. Because of the nature of a variable scheme, the additional net income from fees will vary not only according to the number of students an institution recruits, but also depending on decisions the higher education institutions themselves take on the level of fee and the cost of any measures, such as bursaries for students from lower income backgrounds, that they put in place to safeguard access. Figures for extra fee income cannot therefore be estimated precisely. Copies of the Regulatory Impact Assessment were placed in the Library of the House; it is also available on the Department for Education and Skills website.