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Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (6th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:15 pm on 25th January 2017.

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Photo of Lord Lucas Lord Lucas Conservative 5:15 pm, 25th January 2017

My Lords, I am very grateful to my noble friend for that explanation, which I shall go away and chew over. It is not that the university might be running a tiddlywinks club for money that worries me, but that it may well be selling the same higher education product as commercial training outside the university sector, or internationally online. These are both money-making activities where the university is concerned about commercial confidentiality but, under the Bill’s current wording, researchers might be asked to look at and gather data on them.

I shall have to do some work between now and Report, but I hope the Government will look again at what I have said today. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment 416 withdrawn.

Amendments 417 to 419 not moved.

Clause 63 agreed.

Amendment 419A not moved.

Clause 64: Registration fees