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Higher Education and Research Bill - Second Reading (6 Dec 2016)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: My Lords, I declare an interest as chancellor of Cranfield University, a postgraduate university that as its stock in trade works very closely with business to bring practical benefits to society. I am also a member of the Science and Technology Committee of your Lordships’ House. It is quite late and it is getting later. I thought I might just try standing up and saying, “I agree...

Agricultural Sector (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (22 Nov 2016)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: My Lords, I too congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Scott, on securing this debate and I acknowledge warmly all that she has achieved during what I might call her term of office. Her committee has produced an excellent report on price volatility and the steps that could be taken to help farmers adapt. The report draws on the experiences of farmers, banks and academia and, as we know, it was...

Drugs Policy - Question for Short Debate (21 Nov 2016)

Lord Rea: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lady Meacher on keeping drugs and the law on the agenda—not only in this House but on the world stage. She has done much to encourage other countries and the World Health Organization to revisit the UN conventions on narcotics, as she has told us. Until the last few years these were regarded as virtually set in concrete in a prohibitionist mode....

Immigration Rules (International Students) — [Mr James Gray in the Chair] (16 Nov 2016)

Stuart McDonald: My hon. Friend makes a valid point. I will turn later to how some of the thresholds set are unrealistic for specific sectors, and indeed specific parts of the United Kingdom. Post-study work is attractive, and it is important in attracting international students, because for them it is an opportunity to gain priceless experience of the business environment and culture in the UK. It allows...

Brexit: Impact on Universities and Scientific Research - Motion to Take Note (3 Nov 2016)

Lord Mendelsohn: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Soley for introducing this debate. It has been substantial, with a high degree of consensus across the House. We have heard many distinguished contributions from leaders in the fields of academia and research and in the administration of universities. I have two interests to declare. The first is that I have a daughter at Leeds University and three other...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: International Students (31 Oct 2016)

Joanna Cherry: Scottish business, the trade unions, the education sector and every political party in the Scottish Parliament, including the Conservative and Unionist party, agree that Scotland needs a return of the post-study route to allow talented students to remain and contribute to the Scottish economy. Similar views are shared by the all-party group on migration, the Home Affairs Committee, the...

Brexit: Domestic and International - Motion to Take Note (27 Oct 2016)

Lord Hunt of Chesterton: My Lords, I welcome the noble Lord, Lord Gadhia, another brilliant Ugandan, to this House. I would like to hear him talk more about Uganda, which I visited when my father was in the embassy there. We should thank the noble Lord, Lord Leigh, for this debate but also perhaps for exposing the questionable arguments for the UK’s prospective departure from the EU. This is a very important...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Report (3rd Day) (19 Oct 2016)

Earl Howe: My Lords, I hope that the House will allow me to speak at somewhat greater length than usual in responding to these amendments. I recognise the concern that lies behind them and I also recognise that, although we debated the Bill’s provisions on encryption in Committee, there is a need to correct a number of misconceptions that have been expressed and to set out the reality of the...

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education and Research Bill: Exercise of functions by Innovate UK (18 Oct 2016)

Gordon Marsden: I beg to move amendment 324, in clause 88, page 54, line 8, af ter “relate” insert “to maintain its focus on assisting businesses and”. This amendment seeks clarification that Innovate UK is intended to maintain its business facing focus as a Council of UKRI. The clause is relatively brief on the exercise of functions by Innovate UK....

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education and Research Bill: The Councils of UKRI (18 Oct 2016)

Jo Johnson: Again, I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving me the opportunity to reassure the Committee and to explain in more detail how the powers would be exercised. They would allow the Government to react to the evolving needs of the research landscape and to keep the UK at the forefront of global research and innovation, while ensuring that the science and humanities councils cannot be altered...

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education and Research Bill: United Kingdom Research and Innovation (18 Oct 2016)

Gordon Marsden: I beg to move amendment 331, in schedule 9, page 95, line 26, leave out “any” and insert “some”. This amendment seeks to clarify which functions UKRI intends to delegate to its Councils. This amendment relates to paragraph 12 of the schedule, “The delegation of functions by UKRI”. This probing amendment raised a metaphorical eyebrow when...

Grammar Schools - Motion to Take Note (13 Oct 2016)

My Lords, first, I declare my interest related to my work at TES. I congratulate my noble friend on her fine introduction to this debate. It is also a delight to follow the maiden speech of the noble Baroness, Lady Vere of Norbiton. Clearly, her expertise will make an important contribution to our work. I noticed on her Twitter timeline that she recently saw David Gilmour at the Albert Hall,...

Drug-Resistant Infections - Motion to Take Note (15 Sep 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, I have been in your Lordships’ House for less than a year and once again I am reminded of how much relevant expertise can be brought to an important subject—in this case an extremely important subject—even in the course of a short debate. I am most grateful to all noble Lords who contributed to the debate. It not only gave force to the report we are taking note of...

Budget Responsibility and National Audit (Fiscal Mandate) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (9 Sep 2016)

Baroness Kramer: My Lords, the Budget Responsibility and National Audit Act dates back to 2011 and the days of the coalition. It required the Government to set out in the form of a charter their fiscal objectives, their policy for management of the national debt and the means to achieve those objectives —in other words, the fiscal mandate. Significantly, that first charter, which was put in place at a...

Agriculture and Horticulture - Motion to Take Note (7 Jul 2016)

Lord Clark of Windermere: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord De Mauley, and congratulate him on initiating this debate, which is particularly timely in view of the Brexit decision 10 days ago, to which he alluded. When I speak in the Chamber on rural issues, I am always conscious that I see things from a slightly different perspective from many colleagues on either side of the House. I am not a landowner but I was...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (27 Jun 2016)

Lord Butler of Brockwell: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Lester of Herne Hill. It brings back the arguments we used to have about the powers of the intelligence agencies on dog walks around Brockwell Park—which, incidentally, is not my personal estate. He was then counsel in the Spycatcher case, I was about to be Cabinet Secretary. He did not trust me then and since he says now...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Second Reading (27 Jun 2016)

Earl Howe: My Lords, in the digital age, the convergence of the internet with social media, combined with the rise of cheap but sophisticated internet-enabled devices, has given criminals, terrorists and hostile foreign states new means to attack us. Those who engage in organised crime, child sexual exploitation, drug crime and terrorism are resorting to ever-more sophisticated means to avoid detection...


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