Opposition peers warn the Government

3rd July 1998 at 01:00
Opposition peers have warned the Government that its attempt to reinstate the so-called Scottish anomaly in the Teaching and Higher Education Bill may be blocked again.

Both Conservative and Liberal Democrat sources say the clause which means students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will pay four years' tuition fees for a Scottish degree, whereas Scots and other members of the EC will pay for three, was heavily defeated in the House of Lords.

They say peers may object on a matter of principle following the "arrogance" of the Prime Minister, who said their will would be reversed because it was Government policy. If peers carry out their threat, the Bill may ping- pong between the two Houses, causing a delay which potentially could affect students starting courses this October.

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