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

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:00 pm on 15th March 2017.

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Photo of Lord Bilimoria Lord Bilimoria Crossbench 7:00 pm, 15th March 2017

My Lords, in relation to Amendment 166, I want to emphasise again the importance of having individuals from a business background because, all too often with these initiatives, the Government have the best of intentions but there are people involved who do not have experience in business and have not run businesses, and it is when you run businesses that you realise that innovation and creativity are at the heart of it. I would go further and say that they must come from science-related business backgrounds. Any good business has to be innovative. In my industry—food and drink—you have to be innovative. But the key issue here is having people with business backgrounds at the top table.