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EU Exit Negotiations (17 Oct 2017)

Andrew Murrison: I am very grateful, Mr Speaker. What expectation does my right hon. Friend have that on Friday a decision will be made that sufficient progress has been made on the people issues of the island of Ireland, which would very much be welcomed, but that insufficient progress can be made, given that any decision on goods and services across what we hope will continue to be a soft border cannot be...

Petition - Myanmar’S Muslim Ethnic Minority: University Vice-Chancellors: Pay (11 Oct 2017)

Andrew Murrison: It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to introduce this Adjournment debate and to have two hours and 20 minutes in which to discuss this important matter. I would like to set out a bit of the context around my request for this debate. During the summer, a league table of vice-chancellors’ pay was published, showing that the average pay of a university vice-chancellor was somewhere in...

Petition - Myanmar’S Muslim Ethnic Minority: University Vice-Chancellors: Pay (11 Oct 2017)

Andrew Murrison: I absolutely agree with the hon. Gentleman. I will come on to some of the benefits later on in my remarks, and it will not surprise him to know—I suspect he has read the report, as I have—that the University of Bath features large in the University and College Union’s report on this subject, regrettably, as one of the arguably worst examples of what I certainly represent as...

Petition - Myanmar’S Muslim Ethnic Minority: University Vice-Chancellors: Pay (11 Oct 2017)

Andrew Murrison: Yes, up to a point. If my right hon. Friend will allow me, I will come on to performance-related pay later in my remarks, which I have a little over two hours to make.

Petition - Myanmar’S Muslim Ethnic Minority: University Vice-Chancellors: Pay (11 Oct 2017)

Andrew Murrison: The hon. Gentleman is obviously correct. That is why I am bringing this matter to the Floor of the House. There is an issue with Governments seeking to control pay in that way in the private sector, but not in the public and quasi-public sectors, where things are quite different due to the large sums of public money. It is perfectly legitimate for this place and for Ministers to be involved...

Petition - Myanmar’S Muslim Ethnic Minority: University Vice-Chancellors: Pay (11 Oct 2017)

Andrew Murrison: I absolutely agree. The functioning of remuneration committees in universities needs to be addressed. Ministers have recently set out a vehicle for doing so, and I will come on to discuss the Office for Students and how it might be used to increase transparency about remuneration. Remuneration committees are, to put it mildly, opaque. How they are constituted and how they operate varies, and...

Petition - Myanmar’S Muslim Ethnic Minority: University Vice-Chancellors: Pay (11 Oct 2017)

Andrew Murrison: I am particularly concerned about university accommodation, as I said earlier. As I understand it, the position at the University of Bath is that accommodation is ring-fenced, in the sense that receipts from halls of residence are ploughed back into more halls of residence. The position in Bath is slightly unusual and it would certainly not be right, from what I have seen, to suggest that the...

Petition - Myanmar’S Muslim Ethnic Minority: University Vice-Chancellors: Pay (11 Oct 2017)

Andrew Murrison: I am at a slight disadvantage on my right hon. Friend’s latter point, because my interest in this matter was sparked by Dame Glynis Breakwell, the vice-chancellor of the University of Bath. She is right at the top of the pay league table, so my local experience clearly does not bear his point out. I would not be surprised, however, if that was the case. The trouble is that the lack of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Political Situation (13 Sep 2017)

Andrew Murrison: While it lacks its 10 political members, the Northern Ireland Policing Board remains severely constrained. Although I hope that my right hon. Friend’s efforts bear fruit, in the event that the Executive are not restored, what contingency plans does he have to enable the Policing Board to function effectively?

Bill Presented: Passchendaele (13 Jul 2017)

Andrew Murrison: In debates of this sort, we have a tradition of fine oratory and thoughtful contributions, which we have certainly had today. I was interested in the intervention of the hon. Member for Barrow and Furness (John Woodcock); he rightly raised the issue of tone, which was the first question considered at the very beginning of this commemorative period, when the Government were drawing up their...

Bill Presented: Passchendaele (13 Jul 2017)

Andrew Murrison: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. The thing that impresses one most of all about this commemorative period is the extraordinary amount of work that has been done right across the country—some of it sponsored and assisted by the Government, some of it not, and some of it quite spontaneous in its evolution. Together, that forms a wonderful patchwork of commemorative activity, and...


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