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Lord Willetts

Conservative Peer , 23 Nov 2015 –

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Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Higher Education: Part-time and Mature Students (14 May 2018)

Chris Williamson: ...Minister will be aware that since the Government tripled tuition fees to £9,000, the number of part-time student applications has fallen by a staggering 59%. Even the former Universities Minister David Willetts has said that that is a disaster. Will the Minister take this opportunity to apologise to a whole generation of would-be part-time students and outline in a little more detail...

Economy: Spring Statement - Motion to Take Note (15 Mar 2018)

Lord Taverne: ...the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Lincoln. Let me refer to the findings of the Resolution Foundation, which was, after all founded by a very distinguished Conservative ex-Minister, the noble Lord, Lord Willetts, generally known as David “Two Brains” Willetts. It says that the plans of the Government depend profoundly on further deep cuts in public spending. There will be...

Funding Higher Education — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (28 Feb 2018)

Gordon Marsden: ...increased them to £9,250. That agenda has hit students—particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds—harder and harder since 2012. The cutting, one by one, of all the concessions that David Willetts introduced to temper the impact has been just as damaging. Those concessions were dismantled deliberately. The National Union of Students lists them in its briefing for the...

University Tuition Fees — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (27 Nov 2017)

Gordon Marsden: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Hartlepool (Mike Hill) for introducing the debate, with crispness but with insight. The truth of the matter is that a lot of water has run under the bridge since the e-petition was initiated. Members will have seen in the Library briefing that it was put together before the general...

Intergenerational Fairness in Government Policy - Motion to Take Note (26 Oct 2017)

the Bishop of Salisbury: ...with either a higher-than-average income or parental help, but many have neither. I have been struck by the quality of contributions to this debate so far, particularly that of the noble Lord, Lord Willetts, but I too disagree: this burden of student debt is not just a technical debt but a real one—and it is not just a financial burden. The noble Lord said that it was dispiriting....

Scottish Parliament: Universal Credit (Roll-out) (3 Oct 2017)

Alison Johnstone: ...that payment is less by hundreds, sometimes thousands, of pounds. The analysis that I have offered today is shared by groups across the political spectrum. The Resolution Foundation, which is chaired by Conservative MP and former minister David Willetts, argues that universal credit now is different from the original proposal because of “the increasingly tight financial restraints...

Scotland: Demography and Devolution — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (9 Mar 2017)

Robert Goodwill: ...for Perth and North Perthshire (Pete Wishart) a very happy birthday. I am informed by my Parliamentary Private Secretary that the hon. Gentleman’s birthday is shared by our former colleague, David Willetts, famed for having one more brain than the rest of us. I, too, want Scotland to continue to be a prosperous nation whose citizens are able to take full advantage of the...

Autumn Statement: Economy - Motion to Take Note (29 Nov 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: ...million will be significantly worse off. Some 4 million children are in poverty, two-thirds of them with a parent in work. People will now be even poorer under universal credit. Far from transforming lives, the Resolution Foundation which is chaired by David Willetts—the noble Lord, Lord Willetts—states that universal credit has become, “little more than a vehicle for...

Education and Social Mobility (22 Nov 2016)

Lucy Powell: ...London it is 45%. The tiny number of free school meal children who attend grammar schools is not comparable with the tens of thousands of free school meal children elsewhere. There are just 3,000 of them. David Willetts described grammar schools as “an arms race of private tuition for rich parents”. The inequalities that we have described get greater and greater in this system....

Immigration: Overseas Students - Motion to Take Note (17 Nov 2016)

Baroness Smith of Newnham: .... In the previous Government my understanding is that BIS, as it was then, was absolutely committed to the importance of higher education while the department was led by Vince Cable—a Liberal Democrat but with David Willetts, now the noble Lord, Lord Willetts, at his side. They understood it as a major export for the United Kingdom and the person who disagreed was one Theresa May,...

Grammar and Faith Schools (8 Nov 2016)

Mike Kane: ...schools will not improve the lives of the many. As the hon. Member for Southport (John Pugh) has just pointed out, it is not desirable to fail children at the age of 11. Even the former Prime Minister, David Cameron, said that rejecting the stale old grammars debate was a “key test” of whether the Conservative party was fit for government. He described the debate as...

National Minimum Wage (Workplace Internships) Bill (4 Nov 2016)

David Nuttall: ...difficulties in trying to ascertain an accurate number? In 2010, a briefing note on interns and the national minimum wage was sent to the then employment relations Minister, Ed Davey, and the then universities Minister, David Willetts. Sadly, that briefing note has been heavily redacted. I wish it had not been, because it would have been very interesting to read the whole document. Perhaps...

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education and Research Bill: Grants to UKRI from the Secretary of State (18 Oct 2016)

Jo Johnson: ...the Committee that this Government are fully committed to the fundamental principle that funding decisions should be taken by experts in their relevant areas. As my predecessor in this role, David Willetts, said in 2010: “excellence is and must remain the driver of funding decisions, and it is only by funding excellent research that the maximum benefits will be secured for the...

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education and Research Bill: Power to make alternative payments (13 Oct 2016)

Paul Blomfield: ...funding changes were introduced. In previous sittings the Minister has spoken about how they did not have the anticipated impact on widening participation, but he will also remember how his predecessor David Willetts and other Ministers said on occasion after occasion that one of the principles they could be proud of in the proposals was having maintenance grants for poorer students....

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education and Research Bill: General duties (13 Sep 2016)

Gordon Marsden: ...will come up later when we talk about new providers, but the Minister will be well aware, not least because I reminded him of it on Second Reading, of the BPP problems in 2011, which exposed the limits of competition, and which led his older—I will not say on this occasion whether he is wiser—colleague David Willetts to abandon the Government’s proposals at that time. It...

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education and Research Bill: The Office for Students (8 Sep 2016)

Paul Blomfield: ...simply seeking to ensure that that function has the authority to deal with universities, to get the sort of change of culture and practice that we are all trying to achieve. I was a supporter of David Willetts’s appointment of the current director, which was not uncontroversial at the time. That was a signal from the previous Government that there was an intention to see change and...

Fourth Industrial Revolution (8 Sep 2016)

Jesse Norman: ...University’s greatest professor at a time when it was, along with other Scottish universities, one of the greatest universities in the world. Smith was wise on many fronts. He was, alongside David Hume, a Unionist above all. He said: “The Union was a measure from which infinite good has been derived” to Scotland. He was wise in economics, by pointing to the importance of...

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education and Research Bill: Examination of Witnesses (6 Sep 2016)

Paul Blomfield: Q I was going to ask much the same question as Ben, so perhaps I could drive that home a bit further. Since you were not an uncontroversial appointment by David Willetts, you have been extremely successful. What do we have to hang on to from that success, in integrating the Office for Fair Access into the office for students?

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