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Debt Levels For Students On Longer Courses

EDM number 875 in 2001-02, proposed by David Rendel on 25/02/2002.

That this House notes that the average student debt on graduation exceeds ú10,000; further notes that students on longer degree courses face larger accumulative debts; also notes the BMA's annual survey of medical students' finances for 2000-01, which found that average final year debt for medical students increased by 23.6 per cent. on the previous year to ú13,350 and that over 40 per cent. of final year students had debts of over ú15,000; believes that people from all backgrounds should have an equal opportunity to benefit from higher education, but is concerned that debt and fear of debt act as a significant disincentive, particularly for those from lower-income backgrounds; further believes that the introduction of tuition fees and the abolition of maintenance grants has significantly worsened the situation; congratulates the partnership administrations in Scotland and Wales for taking firm steps to reform student finance and widen access to higher education; and calls on the Government to follow their example by abolishing tuition fees and restoring maintenance grants for the poorest students across the United Kingdom.

This motion has been signed by a total of 35 MPs.

David Rendel25/02/2002NewburyLiberal DemocratProposed
Evan Harris25/02/2002Oxford West & AbingdonLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Holmes25/02/2002ChesterfieldLiberal DemocratSigned
Lembit 25/02/2002MontgomeryshireLiberal DemocratSigned
Alistair Carmichael25/02/2002Orkney & ShetlandLiberal DemocratSigned
Sandra Gidley25/02/2002RomseyLiberal DemocratSigned
Phil Willis25/02/2002Harrogate & KnaresboroughLiberal DemocratSigned
Bob Russell26/02/2002ColchesterLiberal DemocratSigned
Lady Hermon26/02/2002North DownUUPSigned
Lynne Jones26/02/2002Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
Andrew George26/02/2002St IvesLiberal DemocratSigned
Mike Hancock26/02/2002Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Burstow27/02/2002Sutton & CheamLiberal DemocratSigned
Vincent Cable27/02/2002TwickenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Tyler28/02/2002North CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Simon Thomas28/02/2002CeredigionPlaid CymruSigned
Brian Cotter28/02/2002Weston-Super-MareLiberal DemocratSigned
Roy Beggs28/02/2002East AntrimUUPSigned
Matthew Green01/03/2002LudlowLiberal DemocratSigned
Nigel Jones05/03/2002CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Harold Best05/03/2002Leeds North WestLabourSigned
Robert Wareing05/03/2002Liverpool, West DerbyLabourSigned
Alan Simpson07/03/2002Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Tom Brake07/03/2002Carshalton & WallingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Sue Doughty07/03/2002GuildfordLiberal DemocratSigned
Kerry Pollard11/03/2002St AlbansLabourSigned
Simon Hughes26/03/2002North Southwark & BermondseyLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Keetch26/03/2002HerefordLiberal DemocratSigned
Annette Brooke26/03/2002Mid Dorset & North PooleLiberal DemocratSigned
Archy Kirkwood03/04/2002Roxburgh & BerwickshireLiberal DemocratSigned
Alan Meale10/04/2002MansfieldLabourSigned
Jenny Tonge10/04/2002Richmond ParkLiberal DemocratSigned
Tony McWalter11/04/2002Hemel HempsteadLabour Co-operativeSigned
David Chidgey11/04/2002EastleighLiberal DemocratSigned
Marsha Singh18/04/2002Bradford WestLabourSigned

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