Some of Britain’s most prestigious universities do not offer a high enough “quality and intensity of teaching” to demand students pay £9,000 a year, a leaked government document has revealed.

Notes for a Number 10 meeting caught on camera reveal ministers believe there is a “problem” that some universities are charging the highest tuition fees rate despite not proving their worth.

The private memo will lead to fears parents are getting ripped off by some Russell Group universities and lead to calls the government reveal which institutions they have concerns about.

The notes also throw into doubt David Cameron’s pledge to double the number of poor children going to university by citing ministers saying it will “never” be achieved.

The Business Department believes it is impossible to hit the target for “established” universities because the grades demanded are too high and they do not want to grow the number of places.

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