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star this property date less than 2019-10-07more like thismore than 2019-10-07
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Universities more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that UK universities stay competitive with universities elsewhere in the world. more like this
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth more like this
star this property uin HL18042 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-08more like thismore than 2019-10-08
star this property answer text <p>The UK has a world-class reputation, with globally renowned teaching and cutting-edge research and innovation. We want to deliver better outcomes and value for students, employers and taxpayers who underwrite the system.</p><p>The Office for Students (OfS) is now fully operational and puts students and student choices at the heart of the higher education (HE) sector and its regulation. By encouraging diversity and innovation in high quality provision, the government is supporting the sector to meet the needs of all students in HE, whatever their background or study choices, as well as opening up the sector to greater competition.</p><p>The OfS has formally adopted the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) as its scheme for assessing the quality of HE provision in England. Participation in the TEF is a condition of registration for English HE providers with more than 500 undergraduates. Participation is voluntary for smaller HE providers and for those in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The TEF encourages excellent teaching to flourish by re-balancing the priority given to teaching and learning compared to research.</p><p>The TEF will provide strong incentives to HE providers to prioritise the student learning experience. In due course we will lay before Parliament the report of the independent review of the TEF, which has been conducted by Dame Shirley Pearce.</p><p>In August 2019, my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister, announced a new fast-track immigration route aimed at allowing a wider pool of scientific talent to come to the UK. This route will ensure that those with specialist skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects can come to the UK and make an important contribution to our leading science and research sectors, significantly enhancing the intellectual and knowledge base of the UK. The route will be uncapped, ensuring that those with the required skill set can secure places.</p><p>The UK is a great place for research, accounting for 4% of the world's researchers, 11% of all citations, 14% of the world’s most highly cited articles and 4 of the world’s top 10 universities. The government recognises the important contribution of our universities to research, innovation and working with business. This contribution is critical to achieving the ambitions of our modern Industrial Strategy, including delivering 2.4% spend of GDP on research and development by 2027. In the autumn, the government will set out plans to significantly boost public funding on research and development, provide greater long-term certainty to our scientific and research community and accelerate our ambition to reach 2.4% of GDP.</p><p>Additionally, on 11 September, my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister, announced a new graduate immigration route that provides an opportunity for international students who have been awarded their degree to stay and work in the UK at any skill level for 2 years. This represents a significant improvement in our offer to international students and will help ensure that our world-leading HE sector remains competitive internationally.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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less than 2019-10-08T16:13:41.433Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-08T16:13:41.433Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth more like this
1146305
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-09-25more like thismore than 2019-09-25
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Office for Students: Registration more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how long, on average, it takes for an application by an institution for registration with the Office for Students to be processed; and what has been (1) the longest, and (2) the shortest, time taken for such an application, broken down by institution type. more like this
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath more like this
star this property uin HL17800 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-07more like thismore than 2019-10-07
star this property answer text <p>There is no meaningful average time for higher education establishments receiving an outcome on their Office for Students (OfS) registration application. This is because the time taken from initial receipt of the application to a final registration decision is dependent on a number of factors.</p><p> </p><p>These factors include the completeness of the application initially submitted, the scale of the clarificatory information requested by the assessor during the assessment process and the length of time taken by the provider to respond to such information requests. In addition, other factors include the time taken for the provider’s access and participation plan to be negotiated and approved and the likelihood of the provider to breach its ongoing conditions of registration, including the ways in which that would impact its students. Furthermore, consideration is also given to the overall readiness of the provider to be regulated.</p><p> </p><p>Cases where decisions that have been reached more quickly often relate to circumstances where the provider has submitted a near-complete application or where queries during the assessment have been minimal. More timely decisions can be made where the risk assessment suggests that the provider is unlikely to breach any of its ongoing conditions of registration.</p><p> </p><p>Cases that have taken longer to assess have typically involved several attempts to obtain relevant information from the provider.</p><p> </p><p>The risk assessment may also suggest either that the provider does not satisfy one or more initial conditions of registration (in which case the provider may make representations against the proposed decision to refuse registration), or that the provider may be at increased risk of breaching one or more of its ongoing conditions of registration, once registered.</p><p> </p><p>In these cases, the OfS is likely to conclude that the interests of students are best protected by taking regulatory action with which the provider must comply, such as applying specific conditions of registration or enhanced monitoring arrangements. Such occurrences would lengthen the timeframe for a decision on an application.</p><p> </p><p>The OfS will be publishing an analysis of the key themes that arose during the initial registration process in the autumn.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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less than 2019-10-07T11:44:55.51Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-07T11:44:55.51Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
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2024
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Hunt of Kings Heath more like this
1145211
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-09-05more like thismore than 2019-09-05
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Students: Rents more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the rents levied by developers of student accommodation. more like this
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Lord Beecham more like this
star this property uin HL17738 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction true more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p><del class="ministerial">It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Prorogation. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.</del></p><p><ins class="ministerial">Higher education providers are autonomous bodies, independent from the government. The department plays no direct role in the provision of student residential accommodation.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial"> <ins class="ministerial">The department assesses student accommodation rent levels through the Student Income and Expenditure Surveys that have been undertaken at regular intervals since the mid-1980s. Information on student rents is also reported in the Accommodation Costs Surveys published jointly by the National Union of Students and the student housing charity, Unipol.</ins></ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial"> <ins class="ministerial">The report published by the independent panel supporting the Post-18 Review of Education and Funding recommends that the Office for Students:</ins></ins></p><blockquote><p><ins class="ministerial"><ins class="ministerial"> <ins class="ministerial">examines the costs of student accommodation; and</ins></ins></ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial"><ins class="ministerial"><ins class="ministerial"><ins class="ministerial">works with students and providers to improve data about costs, rents, profits and quality.</ins></ins></ins></ins></p></blockquote><p><ins class="ministerial">The department has not yet taken decisions on these recommendations but will consider the panel’s proposals in due course.</ins></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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less than 2019-09-09T16:46:52.663Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T16:46:52.663Z
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less than 2019-10-03T16:40:06.417Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-03T16:40:06.417Z
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4218
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
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134418
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Beecham more like this
1144089
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Higher Education: Registration more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about the registration process administered by the Office for Students following the denial of registration to Spurgeon's College in respect of financial sustainability; and what plans they have, if any, to review that process. more like this
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Lord Beith more like this
star this property uin HL17577 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p>The department is unable to comment on individual cases related to the Office for Students (OfS) registration. The department supports the OfS as an effective independent regulator in its aim of safeguarding a fair market for students of all backgrounds to undertake higher education. Neither the department nor our ministers can intervene in judicial reviews of the decisions of the OfS.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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less than 2019-09-09T16:46:47.843Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T16:46:47.843Z
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4218
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Beith more like this
1144149
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Higher Education: Registration more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what access a college which has been refused registration by the Office for Students has to an independent appeals process. more like this
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath more like this
star this property uin HL17637 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p>The Higher Education and Research Act (HERA) sets out the procedure under which the Office for Students (OfS) refuses registration applications should a higher education provider not meet one or more of the OfS initial conditions of registration. The OfS will inform a provider to tell it they are minded to refuse its application. The provider then has an opportunity to make representations to the OfS, and it is only after considering these representations that the OfS takes a final decision. A provider may subsequently seek to challenge the decision through judicial review.</p><p> </p><p>While the OfS took on some of the responsibilities of the Higher Education Funding Council for England following its closure, the OfS was set up as a new organisation with a new remit and responsibilities. The OfS regulatory framework and its guidance to providers sets out how applications for registration are assessed. The department is unable to comment on individual cases related to the OfS registration process. Neither the department nor our ministers can intervene in judicial reviews of the decisions of the OfS.</p><p> </p><p>The OfS considers the impact on both current and prospective students before taking registration decisions. A decision to refuse is not taken lightly, but HERA is clear that a provider which does not meet the OfS initial conditions of registration must be refused. Circumstances for current students will vary at different providers. However, the OfS will always seek to work with the provider to ensure that students are supported to complete their studies – either at their current provider where existing students can continue to access student support for the purposes of teach out, or at a new provider. Higher education providers should have systems and policies in place to offer appropriate mental health support and signposting to specialist help where necessary.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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HL17638 more like this
HL17639 more like this
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less than 2019-09-09T16:50:12.933Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T16:50:12.933Z
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4218
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
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2024
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Hunt of Kings Heath more like this
1144150
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Higher Education: Registration more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have received about the reasons for the Office for Students refusing registration of institutions that have been operating successfully under the previous Higher Education Funding Council for England regulatory framework, including its financial sustainability test, such as Spurgeon’s College, despite the circumstances of an institution remaining unchanged. more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath more like this
star this property uin HL17638 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p>The Higher Education and Research Act (HERA) sets out the procedure under which the Office for Students (OfS) refuses registration applications should a higher education provider not meet one or more of the OfS initial conditions of registration. The OfS will inform a provider to tell it they are minded to refuse its application. The provider then has an opportunity to make representations to the OfS, and it is only after considering these representations that the OfS takes a final decision. A provider may subsequently seek to challenge the decision through judicial review.</p><p> </p><p>While the OfS took on some of the responsibilities of the Higher Education Funding Council for England following its closure, the OfS was set up as a new organisation with a new remit and responsibilities. The OfS regulatory framework and its guidance to providers sets out how applications for registration are assessed. The department is unable to comment on individual cases related to the OfS registration process. Neither the department nor our ministers can intervene in judicial reviews of the decisions of the OfS.</p><p> </p><p>The OfS considers the impact on both current and prospective students before taking registration decisions. A decision to refuse is not taken lightly, but HERA is clear that a provider which does not meet the OfS initial conditions of registration must be refused. Circumstances for current students will vary at different providers. However, the OfS will always seek to work with the provider to ensure that students are supported to complete their studies – either at their current provider where existing students can continue to access student support for the purposes of teach out, or at a new provider. Higher education providers should have systems and policies in place to offer appropriate mental health support and signposting to specialist help where necessary.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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HL17637 more like this
HL17639 more like this
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less than 2019-09-09T16:50:12.993Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T16:50:12.993Z
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4218
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
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2024
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Hunt of Kings Heath more like this
1144151
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Higher Education: Registration more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what provisions and alternative finance arrangements are being put in place to support students who have been affected by the Office for Student's decision to refuse registration of their educational institutions; and what assessment they have made of the impact of such refusals on student mental health. more like this
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath more like this
star this property uin HL17639 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p>The Higher Education and Research Act (HERA) sets out the procedure under which the Office for Students (OfS) refuses registration applications should a higher education provider not meet one or more of the OfS initial conditions of registration. The OfS will inform a provider to tell it they are minded to refuse its application. The provider then has an opportunity to make representations to the OfS, and it is only after considering these representations that the OfS takes a final decision. A provider may subsequently seek to challenge the decision through judicial review.</p><p> </p><p>While the OfS took on some of the responsibilities of the Higher Education Funding Council for England following its closure, the OfS was set up as a new organisation with a new remit and responsibilities. The OfS regulatory framework and its guidance to providers sets out how applications for registration are assessed. The department is unable to comment on individual cases related to the OfS registration process. Neither the department nor our ministers can intervene in judicial reviews of the decisions of the OfS.</p><p> </p><p>The OfS considers the impact on both current and prospective students before taking registration decisions. A decision to refuse is not taken lightly, but HERA is clear that a provider which does not meet the OfS initial conditions of registration must be refused. Circumstances for current students will vary at different providers. However, the OfS will always seek to work with the provider to ensure that students are supported to complete their studies – either at their current provider where existing students can continue to access student support for the purposes of teach out, or at a new provider. Higher education providers should have systems and policies in place to offer appropriate mental health support and signposting to specialist help where necessary.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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HL17637 more like this
HL17638 more like this
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less than 2019-09-09T16:50:13.04Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T16:50:13.04Z
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4218
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
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2024
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Hunt of Kings Heath more like this
1144178
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Students: Loans more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to refund the £28.5 million of student loan overpayments made since 2009–10; and if so, when. more like this
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Lord Mendelsohn more like this
star this property uin HL17666 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p>The government has introduced a system that allows weekly sharing of data between HM Revenue &amp; Customs and the Student Loans Company (SLC) so that loan repayments and the clearing of balances can be updated more accurately. In the past, such data sharing has been on an annual basis, which could mean a delay before the repayment system recognised the loan had been paid in full.</p><p>The SLC allows customers who are within 23 months of repaying their student loan to repay it through direct debit. A letter confirming this is issued to eligible customers, along with their annual statement. Customers who sign up to the scheme then repay the set amount over the agreed time, at the end of which the balance will be cleared and any over-repayment avoided.</p><p>The SLC contacts all customers who, nonetheless, over repay on their student loan debt, to invite them to apply for a refund. This can prove difficult if the borrower has failed to keep their contact details up to date. Once the relevant details have been confirmed, the SLC will issue refunds.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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less than 2019-09-09T16:49:27.41Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T16:49:27.41Z
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4218
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
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4286
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Mendelsohn more like this
1144179
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Students: Loans more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how many students who have overpaid their student loans since 2009–10 have yet to be refunded. more like this
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Lord Mendelsohn more like this
star this property uin HL17667 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction true more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p><del class="ministerial">It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Prorogation. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.</del></p><p><ins class="ministerial"> The information is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.</ins></p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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less than 2019-09-09T16:46:35.963Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T16:46:35.963Z
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less than 2019-09-30T17:08:22.967Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-30T17:08:22.967Z
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4218
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
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star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Mendelsohn more like this