Government delay announcement of higher education plans

The government has delayed the publication of its plans to shake up higher education in England to take into account what level of fees universities might charge.

The Higher Education White Paper was due to be published by March 2011.

Universities minister David Willetts announced he was delaying this in part to see how "price-setting works this spring".

Speaking to vice-chancellors meeting in London, Willetts said, "We have decided to take more time on developing the White Paper - in part to test proposals more thoroughly among the sector, student and other experts; in part to learn from how price-setting works this spring".

A spokesman for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said the White Paper, which will set out the wider reforms to the university sector, is likely to be published before June.