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

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 6:30 pm on 25th January 2017.

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Photo of Lord Mackay of Clashfern Lord Mackay of Clashfern Conservative 6:30 pm, 25th January 2017

There are commencement provisions in relation to Clauses 80, 81 and 82, which is why, I assume, the noble Lords, Lord Sharkey and Lord Willis, have put in a commencement provision. What they have done is not inconsistent, because it says that the provision comes into force as law when the Bill is passed, and the Bill says that it will come in in 2018. This is an important difference between what the Secretary of State proposes, which is pretty open—although it seems to relate only to the Welsh aspect of the matter. So there is a point in this relationship that has to be looked into.

Amendment 438 agreed.