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Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Autumn Statement (3 Dec 2014)

David Willetts: May I warmly congratulate the Chancellor on extending the new loans to postgraduates? With increasing numbers of jobs requiring a postgraduate qualification, that really does remove a significant barrier to social mobility. Does he agree that if more people are able to stay on and do masters courses, that is an opportunity to look at broadening the range of subjects that they study at early...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Student Loans (20 Nov 2014)

David Willetts: Does my hon. Friend agree that the resource accounting and budgeting charge is not a fixed cost, a cost that is being incurred today or public expenditure, but, essentially, a highly speculative forecast of what income tax receipts might be up to 2050? He is right: we have a system that is in rude health, with more people applying to universities, more funds for universities, and more...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (20 Nov 2014)

David Willetts: With the extraordinary technical achievement of the Rosetta landing last week and the announcement of crowdfunding for Lunar Mission One this week, will the Minister responsible for science take this opportunity to congratulate the British space community on its scientific excellence and its enterprise?

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Access to Higher Education (11 Sep 2014)

David Willetts: May I welcome the Minister to his post and congratulate him on those excellent figures for participation in university? Will he confirm, however, that many of the best access initiatives, such as bursaries and summer schools, are financed from the income from fees above £6,000 and that if fees were reduced to £6,000, those excellent initiatives, which have improved participation, would have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (11 Sep 2014)

David Willetts: I was hoping to ask the Minister about Glasgow and to confirm that in a nationwide competition, Glasgow city won the funding to get £25 million of investment in smart city technologies. Do we not think that the best way for Glasgow to remain a smart city is for it to remain part of the United Kingdom?

bill presented: Mitochondrial Replacement (Public Safety) (1 Sep 2014)

David Willetts: I appreciate this opportunity to speak from the Back Benches, perhaps for the first time in 20 years, so I apologise if I am a bit rusty. This is an important debate and I would like to comment briefly on the issue, drawing on my experience as Minister with responsibility for science. To put my cards on the table, I think that this is a great piece of British scientific advance. We should...

bill presented: Mitochondrial Replacement (Public Safety) (1 Sep 2014)

David Willetts: I will give way once.

bill presented: Mitochondrial Replacement (Public Safety) (1 Sep 2014)

David Willetts: I confirm that my understanding is also that Lord Winston supports the advances in this area. The evidence is pretty clear that this could alleviate human suffering, but I am not a simple-minded believer that the consequences justify whatever we do. Looking at my hon. Friends assembled in the Chamber today, many may say, “All right, this alleviates mitochondrial disease, but the price—the...

bill presented: Mitochondrial Replacement (Public Safety) (1 Sep 2014)

David Willetts: I believe I can give way a second time.

bill presented: Mitochondrial Replacement (Public Safety) (1 Sep 2014)

David Willetts: It is a difference between quality and quantity. It is a change of 0% of the nuclear DNA that gives us our characteristics. It is a change in the membrane of the cell so that the battery function continues, but it does not affect human identity even by 0.1%. That is why I do not believe that there is an issue of dignity or integrity of the individual. There is an argument that this is an...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Brain: Research (15 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: The results of the initial phase of the Human Brain Project (HBP) will provide more detail on how it will address its objectives. The UK Research Councils, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) will hold discussions with UK researchers at that point to decide on...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Disabled Students’ Allowances (15 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: There is a range of support available under the four disabled students’ allowances (DSAs) (specialist equipment, non-medical help, travel, general). It is expected that students will in future receive a different balance of support between HEI reasonable adjustments and funding via DSAs. For example, some may receive all of their non-medical help support via their HEI rather than via DSAs,...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Higher Education: Admissions (15 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: The information for Oxbridge is not held centrally. Figures published by UCAS in July 2013 show that, in 2010, the application rate of 18-year-olds in state schools in England who had received free school meals at age 15 was 13.2%, compared to 32.2% for those who had not received them. In 2013, the rates were 14.8% and 32.9% respectively. The application rate measures the percentage of...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Higher Education (14 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: The Government remains committed to making publicly funded and published research freely and openly available. In the long term we believe the most effective form of Open Access (OA) will be Gold OA. I last commented on this subject in November 2013 in the Government’s response to the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee report on OA and this answer updates on progress since that...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Healthcare UK (10 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: Yes, public sector organisations from the devolved administrations have been invited to participate in Healthcare UK's Business Forum for stakeholders on 24 July 2014.

Written Ministerial Statements — Business, Innovation and Skills: National Physical Laboratory (10 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: I want to update the House on the progress since my statement of 27 November 2012, Official Report, column 6WS. Following a formal competitive process, I have selected the universities of Strathclyde and Surrey to work to develop a strategic partnership with Government and NPL. This new partnership will help to provide future leadership of NPL, subject to reaching a formal agreement. The...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: British Library Business and IP Centre (9 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: The Intellectual Property Office worked with the British Library Business and IP Centre (BIPC) to develop a national blueprint that other libraries can use to develop a business and IP service in key UK cities. A programme to initially embed the blueprint into Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool and Sheffield was launched in July 2013. It is too early to provide impact data...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: British Library Business and IP Centre (9 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: The Intellectual Property Office worked with the British Library Business and IP Centre (BIPC) to develop a national blueprint that other libraries can use to develop a business and IP service in key UK cities. A programme to initially embed the blueprint into Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool and Sheffield was launched in July 2013. To date performance data is only...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: British Library Business and IP Centre (9 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: The Intellectual Property Office worked with the British Library Business and IP Centre (BIPC) to develop a national blueprint that other libraries can use to develop a business and IP service in key UK cities. A programme to initially embed the blueprint into Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool and Sheffield was launched in July 2013. It is too early to provide impact data...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Business: Cybercrime (9 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: The UK Cyber Security Strategy, published in November 2011, sets out how the UK will support economic prosperity, protect national security and safeguard the public’s way of life by building a more trusted and resilient digital environment. A £860 million National Cyber Security programme is in place to 2016 to deliver the objectives of the strategy. These objectives include making the UK...


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