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Higher Education Act 2004


72.The commencement section provides for some provisions to come into force on Royal Assent, and the remainder to be commenced by order by the Secretary of State, the National Assembly for Wales or the Scottish Ministers (as appropriate). The reasons for early commencement are to ensure that systems for producing plans in relation to the charging of higher fees in England can be put in place in time for students to have adequate notice of fee arrangements before applying for entrance in 2006, and to safeguard public funds in relation to bankruptcy.

73.The transfer of functions to the National Assembly for Wales is to be commenced by the National Assembly by order, with the consent of the Secretary of State.

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