The House of Commons debated the issue of higher education funding and tuition fees on Thursday 9 December. MPs were asked to approve Government proposals to change the system of higher education funding and student finance
Watch and read the views expressed by MPs who took part in the debate. A list of those MPs that voted can be found at the end of the debate in Commons Hansard. The House of Lords debated and approved the proposals on Tuesday 14 December.
House of Lords debate
Members of the House of Lords approved Government proposals to change the system of higher education funding and student finance on Tuesday 14 December.
House of Commons Library analysis
The House of Commons Library regularly produce briefing notes which inform MPs about key issues.
The Library have produced two briefing notes on higher education funding. The first note provides background and analysis of "The Government’s proposals on higher education funding and student finance and their impact on access to higher education".
A second note provides an overview of the numbers and costs and is entitled "Changes to higher education funding and student support from 2012/13".
On 3 November 2010 the Government set out its proposals for changes to higher education funding and student finance. The proposals were based upon the recommendations of the Browne Review of higher education in England.
On 12 October 2010 Lord Browne published the report of the independent inquiry into higher education and student finance in England, Securing a sustainable future for higher education.
The Browne Review was an independent body which was set up to review the effect of the variable tuition fees scheme that was introduced in September 2006. The report made several recommendations and the Government announced that it endorsed the thrust of the report.