The government's long-awaited white paper for higher education pursues an agenda of creating more competition from a greater diversity of providers. The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has now published its "technical consultation" on a "new, fit-for-purpose regulatory framework for the Higher Education Sector". It is proposed that the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) becomes the lead, independent regulator for the higher education sector in England. The Financial Memorandum is to be replaced with a legally binding agreement with all "designated providers" ie all those which have been designated by HEFCE as capable of running courses for which students may receive student support funding. Such designated providers are to include higher education institutions, further education colleges and "alternatives providers", including organisations which do not receive any teaching grant from HEFCE and whether or not they have Degree Awarding Powers. It is proposed that conditions are attached to the designation for student support purposes, for example that the organisation must subscribe to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator which is responsible for operating a student complaints scheme. In addition, HEFCE is to be given a new duty to promote the student interest which envisages that it may make regulatory investigations and award compensation to groups of students in "collective interest" cases. The consultation also proposes that HEFCE becomes the single gateway for organisations wishing to obtain Degree Awarding Powers and University Title. The deadline for responses is 27 October 2011.