The Councils of UKRI

Part of Higher Education and Research Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:45 am on 18th October 2016.

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Photo of Gordon Marsden Gordon Marsden Shadow Minister (Education) 10:45 am, 18th October 2016

I thank the Minister for introducing that reflection. I agree with him. We are not saying that UKRI is likely to be an impediment to that process. For what it is worth, I entirely agree with the points the Minister has made; my concern—shared by the Royal Society and others—is that the Bill will need both to stand the test of time and to work well in its first years because of the post-Brexit complications and because there is a need for UKRI to be established as a strong, independent and credible force. With due respect, I do not see that the point that the Minister has made deflects or undercuts the points made by others, including the Royal Society.