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

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 9:45 pm on 25th January 2017.

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Photo of Baroness Deech Baroness Deech Crossbench 9:45 pm, 25th January 2017

My Lords, I wish to add just a few words on this issue as virtually everything has been said. I remind the Committee how horrified everyone in this country has been at the apparent outbreak of hate incidents post the Brexit referendum. We deplore it yet we run the risk—I mentioned this in relation to the Prevent guidance—of allowing our most intelligent young people to pass through universities where an atmosphere of hate, disrespect for the “other” and bad language are being tolerated. If we want to live in a harmonious world post Brexit, we need to tackle this issue in schools and higher education institutions. In some ways this amendment does not go far enough. However, I think we all know what is at issue and, given the lateness of the hour, I shall not move the amendment.

Amendment 469 not moved.

Schedule 8: Higher education corporations in England