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Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Disabled Students' Allowances (3 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: The Interdepartmental Ministerial Group on Disability, which I attend, has discussed the proposed changes to the disabled students allowance (DSA). The changes should improve the effectiveness of the scheme, and ensure that there is a proper balance between the responsibility of Higher Education Institutions to make reasonable adjustments and a central scheme, the DSA, that provides funding...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (3 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: The Government intend to implement section 74 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, with appropriate transitional provisions, before the end of the current parliamentary session, following public consultation on those transitional provisions.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (3 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: The European Consumer Centre Network is primarily involved in cross-border consumer disputes with traders. The Government do not intervene in such complaints. Nor has it received any information from the Network in relation to complaints against UK-registered companies involved in the copying of artistic design articles. Accordingly, the Government have made no assessment of such complaints.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (3 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: The Government plan to publish its Impact Assessment and consultation document on the timing of the repeal of section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (i.e. the implementation of section 74 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (“ERRA”)) later this year. Once the consultation process has concluded, the Government intend to introduce the secondary legislation to...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Higher Education: Yorkshire and the Humber (3 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: The latest available information on applicants is shown in Table 1. Comparable figures for North Yorkshire are not held centrally. Table 1: UCAS applicants to full-time undergraduate courses from Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency, and Yorkshire and the Humber   Year of entry: Area of domicile 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Harrogate and Knaresborough           ...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Space Technology: Northern Ireland (3 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: The UK Space Agency recognises the strengths and interest of the Northern Ireland space sector. The Agency has recently established a small team to focus on supporting the development of a vibrant regional small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) community across the UK. It is already engaged with the Northern Ireland space office and will work with them to help them to understand the...

Disabled Students Allowance — [Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] (2 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: I am not sure that this extra time will be as good as that in the Belgium versus United States match, but I will do my best. I welcome hon. Members who have come for the next debate and apologise to them. I was starting to wind up the debate, explaining why it is legitimate to carry out the review and why the term “modernisation” is legitimate. One argument in that regard was about...

Disabled Students Allowance — [Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] (2 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: I was going to get to that point in a moment. We are still consulting—it is a genuine consultation—so I cannot give the House a specific figure, because that will depend on a host of things, including exactly how the proposals are implemented and wider effects. However, it is a budget that has grown rapidly. Incidentally, the right hon. Gentleman said that that growth had stopped. There...

Disabled Students Allowance — [Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] (2 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: I will give way briefly to the hon. Member for Huddersfield, but I have a lot of specific points to make, so after doing so I shall make progress.

Disabled Students Allowance — [Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] (2 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: That is a separate issue. The graduate repayment system is a fair, sustainable and viable way of financing our universities, and it would be a mistake to try to reverse that. I turn to some of the specific issues that have been raised. Let me say clearly to right hon. and hon. Members that we will fund non-medical help that would not be a reasonable adjustment for higher education...

Disabled Students Allowance — [Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] (2 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: That will be the last intervention that I take, because time is tight. We are consulting, and we will produce guidance that will help make the crucial distinction between what institutions can legitimately be expected to do and where individual funding is required. We are talking about education, and I want to come back to that, because several Members raised the topic. It is a distinct...

Disabled Students Allowance — [Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] (2 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: Thank you, Mr Hood. I was trying to go almost too fast, because there is so much material to cover. I was trying to clarify the issue of specific learning difficulties and dyslexia, which has arisen in the debate. My announcement used the term “complex needs”, and I wish to make it clear that DSA will support those for whom the impact on their higher education needs is most severe. That...

Disabled Students Allowance — [Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] (2 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: It is a pleasure to respond to this important debate, and I congratulate the hon. Member for Cambridge (Dr Huppert) on securing it. I want to make it absolutely clear that we are not abolishing DSA. Some Members who intervened have assumed it would disappear. It is a substantial item of spending now running at about £125 million, but we envisage that there will continue to be significant...

Disabled Students Allowance — [Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] (2 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Disabled Students Allowance — [Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] (2 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way; he is rattling through a lot of important points very quickly. It is important to recognise that universities are of course under an equality duty. The House has voted under successive Governments to introduce that duty, and at no point has there been the suggestion that extra funding has to be given to a public or private body to enable it...

Disabled Students Allowance — [Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] (2 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Disabled Students Allowance — [Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] (2 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: There is no picking or choosing. Universities have an equality duty. They have more funding for teaching, and they also have more funding in relation to access agreements—more than £700 million. Under the hon. Gentleman’s approach, that funding might not exist. Does he accept that, in my letter to the Office for Fair Access on how universities discharge their access obligations, I...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Medicine: Scotland (2 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, the right hon. Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), has made no assessment of the effect of funding for medical research in a separate Scotland. The “Scotland Analysis: Science and Research” report published in November 2013 examined the current UK framework for funding, infrastructure, co-ordination and collaboration. It...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Science: Research (2 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: The Government recognise that science and research is vital in driving economic growth. Our ambition is to make the UK the best place in the world to do science and research. In 2012, Government expenditure on science and research through the Research Councils and the Higher Education funding bodies was £4.9 billion, equal to 0.3% of GDP. In the same year, total public spending on science...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Agriculture: Research (30 Jun 2014)

David Willetts: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ expenditure on agricultural research is through the UK Research Councils and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) as per the figures given below: Research Council funding for agriculture research £000 Council 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council 87,200 90,200 87,900...


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