The Government defended its decision to treble university tuition fees after independent experts said fewer young people were applying for courses.
An independent commission was set-up to establish whether there is any link between student numbers and tuition fees, which the Government has raised to a maximum of £9,000 a year.
Independent Commission for Fees chairman Will Hutton told BBC Radio 4's Today programme:
University fees are not going up in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales and the long-term trend of rising applications that we have seen in England is carrying on in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. There is a discernible difference.
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