Motion A

Part of Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - Commons Amendment – in the House of Lords at 6:00 pm on 10 May 2023.

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Photo of Baroness Lawlor Baroness Lawlor Conservative 6:00, 10 May 2023

My Lords, I seek some clarification of the new subsection (3)(b) proposed in Amendment 10F, which provides:

“A person may bring proceedings under subsection (1) only if … a decision has been made under that scheme as to the extent to which the complaint was justified”.

I seek clarification that an institution cannot delay the proceedings of decision-making indefinitely, because some institutions have quite a number of funds at their disposal and quite good administrative back-up, whereas an academic making a complaint and taking a tort action may be alone and without the same back-up. I hope that there is some provision for a time limit on an institution reaching a decision.