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University Students: Compensation for Lost Teaching and Rent (15 Apr 2021)

Chi Onwurah: Last month, I held an open meeting with students in my constituency. They raised issues including financial hardship—current funding is wholly inadequate—and mental wellbeing, lack of planning, tuition fees, rent, professional accreditation and digital exclusion. This is not a question of consumer rights, as the Minister suggests; it is a question of students’ futures after the...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Universities: Coronavirus (15 Apr 2021)

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish his plans for the return of university students to their term-time addresses.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Facebook: Data Protection (15 Apr 2021)

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Information Commissioner's Office on the Facebook data leak of 2019; how many UK Facebook users were informed of that leak; and whether UK users data remains compromised.

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

Chi Onwurah: Q Hi, David and Bob. It is great to see you both and thanks for giving your time. I do not know whether you have been able to follow our evidence sessions, but we have had a lot of discussion about the purpose and remit of ARIA and the extent to which it addresses fundamental failings—if there are fundamental failings—in how the UK chooses and commercialises research. I would like to ask...

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

Chi Onwurah: Q As a chartered engineer, I am always happy to put engineering in anything. The Advanced Research and Engineering Projects Agency would be AREPA. Your point, which has come up a number of times, is whether this is about, if you like, cutting-edge research, or whether it needs to be looking at transformational translation of existing research, or whether it needs to do both. Certainly, the...

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

Chi Onwurah: Q Thank you for both of those responses. To follow up, you both emphasised the importance of procurement and market pull. It seems to me that there is such a vast range of areas, issues or challenges that ARIA could look at. What are your views on who should decide what it looks at? Is there a need for a mission, and who should that be set by? If it is left to four, five or six individuals...

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

Chi Onwurah: Thank you. I could ask you lots more questions, but I will stop there and hand over.

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

Chi Onwurah: Q If nobody else has a question, I will take the opportunity to come back on that point, particularly on procurement. I remember having a great deal of difficulty persuading the Prime Minister that the American Department of Defence was far better at buying stuff from UK small businesses than the UK Ministry of Defence, as the figures show. What do you think we could do, or what should...

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

Chi Onwurah: Q Thank you very much, Mrs Cummins. I shall endeavour to restart the exact sentence I was saying. It is noticeable that, while the Bill provides a minimum length of time for ARIA’s existence of 10 years, there seems to be no provision for a minimum length of time for funding. Those research scientists who have recently lost their funding at very short notice because of cuts to the overseas...

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

Chi Onwurah: Should the UK get a return on this investment?

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

Chi Onwurah: Thank you very much for your answers.

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

Chi Onwurah: Q Thank you very much. Adrian, I was very interested in what you said about the number of people in organisations who want to influence the terms of the mission. Obviously, if the Government set the mission, they have a democratic mandate. If the CEO or the director sets the mission, how would you suggest that we can test that he or she is not simply being influenced by their pet projects...

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

Chi Onwurah: Q So you think it is only trust, and there has to be trust in governance?

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

Chi Onwurah: Q As my first question was for both the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineers, I will start with a question to Ms Burch. Neither the ARIA Bill nor the explanatory notes refer to private sector investment. Is that an issue, and is it possible for ARIA to achieve its mission without engaging with the private sector? Can you suggest improvements to the Bill or its context in order to...

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

Chi Onwurah: Q Just to come back briefly, you have made an important point that echoes some of what we have heard already today. In terms of setting out a mission, or where ARIA should be looking, do you feel that more direction needs to come from Government or from public engagement, or should that be left more generally to the executives? As to ensuring private sector engagement, we echo the...

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

Chi Onwurah: Q Thank you very much, those are excellent answers. I see that we have been joined by Professor Sir Jim McDonald, so before my next question I want to welcome all three witnesses and say how much we appreciate your joining us this afternoon. For Adrian Smith and Professor Sir Jim McDonald: we have, very recently indeed, achieved some clarity on this year’s science budget. I know that that...

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

Chi Onwurah: Q Thank you very much. Professor Sir Jim McDonald?

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

Chi Onwurah: Can I follow up briefly with Adrian and Sir Jim? Thank you very much for your responses—[Interruption.]

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

Chi Onwurah: Q Thank you very much to our guests for joining us and bringing your experience. It is a real pleasure to have an all-female panel. It is a real rarity when it comes to discussions of science generally. There is some confusion about what ARIA should be. Should it be focused on cutting-edge research, should it be about the transformational translation of existing research, or should it bring...


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