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Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 (20 Feb 2023)

Earl Howe: As I said, it would be extremely unlikely for any government to ignore the view of either House of Parliament if that view had been expressed in the form of a Motion that had been widely supported. Of course, no Government would ever say that they had a monopoly of wisdom in areas such as this. If there are any good ideas coming forward from any source, it is appropriate to review the...

Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - Report: Amendment 23 ( 7 Dec 2022)

Earl Howe: My Lords, Amendment 23 tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Sikka, seeks to ensure that the provision of grant funding for research does not interfere with the academic’s freedom to edit and publish their research. The only exceptions would be if there was a confidentiality agreement between those giving and receiving the grant made in advance or if a court finds that full publication would...

Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - Report: Amendment 17 ( 7 Dec 2022)

Earl Howe: My Lords, I begin by expressing my thanks to noble and noble and learned Lords from all Benches of the House for their thoughtful and helpful contributions to this debate, all of which I listened to with great attention. I think it would be helpful to the House if I begin my response by considering the tort in the round, before turning to the amendments tabled to this clause, bearing in mind...

Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - Report: Amendment 17 ( 7 Dec 2022)

Earl Howe: I am grateful to the noble Lord. It is not the only reason for the tort, as I shall go on to explain. I was going to say that we need to bear in mind that under a judicial review the court would consider standard judicial review grounds, such as a failure to take relevant considerations into account, rather than the substantive issue of whether reasonably practicable steps were taken....

Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - Report: Amendment 17 ( 7 Dec 2022)

Earl Howe: My Lords, the Government have tabled Amendments 17, 18 and 19 in response to an amendment tabled in Grand Committee by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Etherton. These amendments make clear on the face of the Bill what we have maintained is already the case: only a person who has suffered a loss as a result of a breach of the specified duties can bring a claim before the courts. This is not...

Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - Report: Amendment 9 ( 7 Dec 2022)

Earl Howe: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Grabiner. I think that is an extremely helpful suggestion which I will ensure is duly noted. Amendment 9 agreed. Amendment 10 not moved.

Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - Report: Amendment 4 ( 7 Dec 2022)

Earl Howe: My Lords, as we have heard, the amendments in this group relate to the important issue of academic freedom. I turn first to Amendment 4, tabled by the noble Baroness, Lady Fox of Buckley, which seeks to amend the definition of academic freedom set out in new Section A1 to make it explicit that academics can voice opinions about the institutions where they work, without fear of adverse...

Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - Report: Amendment 9 ( 7 Dec 2022)

Earl Howe: My Lords, government Amendments 9, 12 and 31 are officially classed as “minor and technical” although I would not want to downplay their significance. They will clarify that the term “members” in the Bill does not include a person who is a member solely because of having once been a student of a provider or constituent institution. The term “members” is intended to include those...

Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 48 (14 Nov 2022)

Earl Howe: I am grateful to the noble Lord. I shall reflect on that point and write to him, if he will allow me to clarify the Government’s position in that way. I have already set out how we envisage the tort will operate, so I will not repeat that. Suffice to say that, in the view of the Government, the statutory tort will provide an important legal backstop by giving individuals a specific right to...

Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 48 (14 Nov 2022)

Earl Howe: The point the noble Lord, Lord Collins, makes goes hand in hand with the point that I would like to reflect upon. The issue raised by a number of noble Lords was the sequence of events: whether the Bill should make clearer that the complaints process should have first been exhausted before a recourse to the courts is made. So if I may I will consider the noble Lords “chilling effect”...

Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 48 (14 Nov 2022)

Earl Howe: I take that point absolutely. I was not seeking to say that someone well funded by a pressure group could not, in certain circumstances, have recourse to the courts. It was simply a point made about pressure groups in themselves.

Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 48 (14 Nov 2022)

Earl Howe: My Lords, as noble Lords have indicated, today and at Second Reading, the issue of the proposed new tort is one that has given rise to a number of doubts, questions and worries, which I shall do my best to address. Whether I can entirely assuage those concerns remains to be seen, but I hope that noble Lords find what I say to be helpful at this stage. Amendment 48 from the noble and learned...

Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 48 (14 Nov 2022)

Earl Howe: My Lords, I hope the noble Lord will accept from me that I am not impervious to the points made by noble Lords from around the Committee on that issue, including the very powerful points that the noble Lord himself made. I will come in a minute to the position I have reached as a result of this debate. It may be helpful if I just explain first, though, that we should note that, to complain...

Previous Business – Lords: Grand Committee ( 2 Nov 2022)

Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) – committee stage (day 2) – Earl Howe – Baroness Barran. Legislation; 4:15 pm

Previous Business – Lords: Grand Committee (31 Oct 2022)

Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill – committee stage (day 1) – Earl Howe – Baroness Barran. Legislation; 3:45 pm

Draft Mental Health Bill Committee - Membership Motion ( 4 Jul 2022)

Earl Howe: My Lords, the Bill of Rights fulfils a key manifesto commitment of the Government. We have already conducted a thorough and detailed consultation on it, which is why we think it right to introduce the Bill now and let the whole House debate it. Having said that, I am sure my right honourable friend the Deputy Prime Minister and my noble and learned friend Lord Bellamy would be pleased to...

Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - Second Reading (28 Jun 2022)

Earl Howe: My Lords, this has been a memorably good debate. I thank all speakers for the knowledge and personal insights that they brought to it. I am grateful particularly to those noble Lords who felt able to give the Bill a broad welcome and I look forward to their constructive support as it proceeds. As we heard, by no means all who have spoken were so positive. Some, such as the noble Lords, Lord...

Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - Second Reading (28 Jun 2022)

Earl Howe: My Lords, “If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” George Orwell’s words from 1945 remain just as apposite today. I hope and believe that we are all in agreement that freedom of speech—the right to voice one’s opinion without fear of repercussion—is vital to the proper functioning of a democratic society. This principle is...

British Army: Troop Size - Question (27 Jun 2022)

Earl Howe: My Lords, the integrated review and defence Command Paper made clear that we must focus on defence capability rather than troop numbers in response to changing threats and priorities. Through Future Soldier, the Army will have a whole force of over 100,000, comprised of 73,000 regular service personnel and 30,100 Army Reserve. It is reorganising and re-equipping to face future threats. This...


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