Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, today attacked the Government for causing confusion and anxiety among school leavers and students on the issue of university top-fees. On a visit to the Conservative Future branch at Leeds University, Mr. Lilley joined other leading Conservatives in supporting their campaign to highlight the failures of the Government?s policies for higher education.

    Peter Lilley said:

    “The Government have foolishly set an arbitrary target to get half of all school leavers to go to university. While I personally believe that we should aim to enable all those who can benefit from higher education to go to university, there is no reason to suppose that this constitutes precisely half the population.

    “Using top-up fees to finance the Government?s arbitrary target may result in many who could genuinely benefit being put off. I support Damien Green, Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills, in forcing the Government to come clean on where the Government stands on student finance. We need a full and open debate on this subject rather than the Government?s current strategy, which seems to be intent on spinning the issue of top-up fees in such a way that they become a foregone conclusion.?