New Clause 4 - Appointment of the Director for Freedom of Speech and Academic Freedom

Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill – in the House of Commons at 7:30 pm on 13th June 2022.

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“(1) A person may not be appointed as the Director for Freedom of Speech and Academic Freedom (‘Director’) if the person has at any time within the last three years made a donation to a political party registered under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.

(2) The person appointed as the Director may not whilst in office make any donation to a political party registered under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.

(3) The appointment for the Director shall be made by an independent advisory panel to be established by regulations made by the Secretary of State.

(4) The appointment of the Director for Freedom of Speech and Academic Freedom shall be subject to a confirmatory resolution of the relevant Select Committee of the House of Commons.

(5) A statutory instrument containing regulations under subsection (3) may not be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before and approved by resolution of each House of Parliament.”—(Matt Western.)

This new clause would ensure that the Director of Freedom of Speech and Academic Freedom has not and cannot whilst in office donate to a political party and ensure they are only appointed subject to confirmation of an independent advisory panel, the Select Committee of the House of Commons and a resolution of each House of Parliament.

Brought up, and read the First time.

Question put, That the clause be read a Second time.

Division number 11 Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill — New Clause 4 - Appointment of the Director for Freedom of Speech and Academic Freedom

Aye: 151 MPs

No: 278 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

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Nos: A-Z by last name

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The House divided: Ayes 150, Noes 282.

Question accordingly negatived.