Esther McVey: I call the Minister, mindful that we will have a winding-up speech from Peter Dowd at the end.
Esther McVey: Before I call Back Benchers to speak, I remind Members that in this 90-minute debate we will be calling the Front Benchers no later than 3.40 pm, and obviously Peter Dowd will be winding up again after the Minister.
Esther McVey: I remind hon. Members participating physically and virtually that they must arrive for the start of debates in Westminster Hall. Members are expected to remain for the entire debate. I also remind Members participating virtually that they are visible at all times to each other and to us in the Boothroyd Room. If Members attending virtually have any technical problems, they should email the...
Esther McVey: We are drawing to a close. I am mindful of the time—we have literally two minutes left—so we might as well end slightly early.
Esther McVey: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: Amendment 10 in schedule 1, page 6, line 26, at end insert “with the consent of the Science and Technology Select Committee of the House of Commons.” This amendment would require that the Secretary of State seeks and obtains the consent of the Science and Technology Committee of the House of Commons for the appointment of...
Esther McVey: With this it will be convenient to discuss amendment 9, in schedule 1, page 6, line 24, at end insert— “(5) The Secretary of State must, in appointing the members of ARIA, have regard to the diversity of the members including the representation of those with protected characteristics. (6) In this section, ‘protected characteristics’ has the meaning given by Part 2, Chapter 1 of...
Esther McVey: As the remaining amendments to clause 1 are consequential to amendment 2, to which the Committee has just disagreed, I will not call amendments 3 or 4, as it would be inconsistent with the decision that the Committee has just reached.
Esther McVey: With this it will be convenient to discuss amendment 6, in schedule 1, page 6, line 2, at end insert— ‘(c) the Chief Executive Officer of UK Research and Innovation; and’. This amendment would make the CEO of UKRI a non-executive member of ARIA in order to achieve greater collaboration and communication between the two bodies.
Esther McVey: We are now sitting in public and the proceedings are being broadcast. Before we begin, I have a few preliminary announcements. Members will understand the need to respect social distancing guidance. In line with the Commission’s decisions, face coverings should be worn in Committee unless Members are speaking or medically exempt. Hansard colleagues would be grateful if Members could email...
Esther McVey: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: Amendment 3, in clause 1, page 1, line 5, leave out “ARIA” and insert “AREPA”. This amendment would reflect a modification to the name of the Advanced Research and Invention Agency to the Advanced Research and Engineering Projects Agency. Amendment 4, in clause 1, page 1, line 6, leave out “ARIA” and insert...
Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans his Department has to bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that sentencing is commensurate with the severity of the crime.
Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support his Department plans to provide to businesses following the completion of the new Help to Grow programme.
Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether there will be an application process for business mentors to get involved in the Help to Grow programme.
Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the credentials of the providers of the Help to grow programme announced on 3 March 2020.
Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the types of businesses that the 'help to grow' scheme announced 3 March 2021 is seeking to support.
Esther McVey: Q We will now hear oral evidence from Professor James Wilsdon of the University of Sheffield, Professor Marianna Mazzucato from University College London, and Professor Philip Bond from the University of Manchester. We have until 11.25 am for this session. Could the witnesses please introduce themselves for the record? I call, first, Professor James Wilsdon—[Interruption.] James cannot...
Esther McVey: Again, I will start with Chi Onwurah, move across to the Minister, and then go side to side between the parties. After I have been to Stephen Flynn, I will ask Members to indicate whether they want to ask a question. I think we will get through everybody, as we were quite successful last time.
Esther McVey: Professor Bond, did you want to comment?
Esther McVey: Minister?
Esther McVey: Before I go to Stephen Flynn, can I just have an indication of who wants to ask questions? I have got Sarah, Daniel, Aaron, Jane—okay. Thanks very much indeed.