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Backbench Business: Violence against Christians: Central African Countries — [Rushanara Ali in the Chair] (23 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: It is a pleasure to speak as vice-chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on international freedom of religion or belief. I thank our chairman, the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) not only for securing this debate and for an excellent, passionate speech but for his enduring commitment to freedom of religion or belief. I, too, want to focus on Nigeria. There are multiple...

Backbench Business: Violence against Christians: Central African Countries — [Rushanara Ali in the Chair] (23 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: My hon. Friend raises a very pertinent point. The impact of this violence on the young and the upcoming generation is acute. Indeed, a recent UNICEF report stated that 1 million Nigerian children are missing school due to mass kidnappings. Their parents are now too frightened to send them to school. The knock-on effects of that on their loss of education and their ability to earn a livelihood...

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill: New Clause 5 - Unfair dismissal (22 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: I hear what the Minister says, as well as the comments from other Members, but there is still a lack of clarity. The Minister said that an employment tribunal will decide if a dismissal has been fair or not fair, and may take into account academic freedom.

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill: New Clause 5 - Unfair dismissal (22 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: The Government might want to continue to consider this issue as the Bill progresses.

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill: New Clause 5 - Unfair dismissal (22 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: I agree; the Government should consider the matter in the light of the nature of academic contracts, which have been discussed in the course of the Committee’s proceedings. I will not press new clause 5 to a vote, but I do ask the Minister to consider the matter carefully and to be aware that it is likely that colleagues in the House may want to revisit it as the Bill proceeds. I beg to ask...

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill: New Clause 5 - Unfair dismissal (22 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill: New Clause 5 - Unfair dismissal (22 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: New clause 5 would ensure that employment tribunals had jurisdiction to hear claims relating to the duty in new section A1 of the Higher Education and Research Act 2017. This Bill has been introduced in part because of the high-profile instances of academics being dismissed. Many of the controversial examples have involved extramural speech rather than research or teaching, which again...

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill: New Clause 5 - Unfair dismissal (22 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: That may require some consideration, but as I am sure the right hon. Member knows, tenure is attained only after very many years of often insecure academic life on the part of academics, and that is one of the issues of which we need to be acutely aware when looking at the Bill.

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill: New Clause 5 - Unfair dismissal (22 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: I am not entirely taking the right hon. Gentleman’s point—it probably requires some reflection on my part—but I thank him for raising it, and no doubt the Minister might do the same. Professor Nigel Biggar noted that “appeal to the courts is expensive and risky. It seems to me that academics who have lost their job ought to have readier access to lodge a complaint than through the...

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill: Clause 8 - Director for Freedom of Speech and Academic Freedom (22 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: I am actually very glad that the right hon. Member mentioned that point. That is the other issue that was mentioned in the press report that appeared to cause concern to the students who complained about it. Conversion therapy is going to be the subject of a Government consultation. It is a current, contentious issue, on which people have different views.

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill: Clause 8 - Director for Freedom of Speech and Academic Freedom (22 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: I want to speak to the amendment because it is important that there is public understanding of what the amendment calls the “nature of complaints made”. I am not sure whether the amendment would add anything to the regular reviews and reports in the amendment proposed by my right hon. Friend the Member for South Holland and The Deepings, which the very thoughtful Minister—she has...

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill: Clause 8 - Director for Freedom of Speech and Academic Freedom (22 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: Actually, I think the endeavour is to cancel this in the future.

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill: Clause 8 - Director for Freedom of Speech and Academic Freedom (22 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: No, but it is my opinion that the endeavour is to cancel this in the future. The definition of Islamophobia was actually debated in this place just a few days ago. The Under-Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, my hon. Friend the Member for Walsall North (Eddie Hughes), said: “we cannot accept a definition of Islamophobia that shuts down legitimate criticism and...

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill: Clause 8 - Director for Freedom of Speech and Academic Freedom (22 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: I thank my right hon. Friend for that comment. Finally, the Wilberforce Academy has been held at Oxbridge colleges for the last 11 years. I have actually spoken at one of its conferences; the students who attend the conference are serious young people seeking to inform themselves about issues of the day. We need to encourage that, not shut it down.

Covid-19: Vaccination of Children — [Dame Angela Eagle in the Chair] (21 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: My hon. Friend the Member for Penistone and Stocksbridge (Miriam Cates) is making an excellent speech, and she is quite right that the Government’s vaccination roll-out programme has been very positive. However, does she share my concerns about the message it sends out regarding parental authority if children as young as 12 are allowed to challenge their parents’ decision regarding their...

Covid-19: Vaccination of Children — [Dame Angela Eagle in the Chair] (21 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: My hon. Friend the Member for Penistone and Stocksbridge (Miriam Cates) is making an excellent speech, and she is quite right that the Government’s vaccination roll-out programme has been very positive. However, does she share my concerns about the message it sends out regarding parental authority if children as young as 12 are allowed to challenge their parents’ decision regarding their...

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill: Clause 5 - Regulation of duties of registered higher education providers (20 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: I had hoped to speak for a moment against the amendment but, before the Minister concludes, I draw the Committee’s attention to the written evidence that was submitted by Professor Kaufmann, I believe after he gave his verbal evidence. He confirmed that the number of cancelled events is tiny—just a handful among some 10,000—and he gave us some very interesting survey data about the much...

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill: Clause 3 - Civil claims (20 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: I remind the hon. Gentleman that even though the complaint that I made was upheld, it was futile, because only a year or two later there was an attempt to no-platform me again by the same group, in the same college. That is why this Bill and the recompense—this tort that we are talking about now—are so necessary.

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill: Clause 3 - Civil claims (20 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: I do not know whether the hon. Gentleman has ever been involved in litigation, but I have—not in a professional capacity, as a solicitor, which I am, but as the subject of litigation. It is traumatic and personally debilitating not only for the individual but for their family. We need to remember that most people do not enter into litigation lightly, and it is unlikely that these young...

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill: Clause 2 - Duties of students’ unions (16 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: I thank my hon. Friend for her encouraging words. Could she reflect on whether the code of practice is a vehicle that could be used to respect freedom of religion or belief in this context?


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