Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (4th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 6:45 pm on 15th March 2017.

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Photo of Lord Oxburgh Lord Oxburgh Crossbench 6:45 pm, 15th March 2017

My Lords, I will speak to Amendment 173A. On the face of it, it appears that the provision, under “Supplementary powers”, in paragraph 16(3)(b) of Schedule 9 prevents the research councils from doing a number of things that are important to their fundamental function. Clearly, they should be able to continue to do them. I hope the Minister will be able either to explain to us that this amendment is unnecessary because of provisions elsewhere in the Bill that I have not spotted or to accept that this is something that needs to be changed.