Results 181–200 of 4000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Willetts

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: University Students: Liverpool (24 Oct 2013)

David Willetts: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend and congratulate him on his commitment, particularly to education as it affects Liverpool.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: University Students: Liverpool (24 Oct 2013)

David Willetts: We have been able to help people from deprived areas in Liverpool and across the country through the fact that the combination of the value of the maintenance grant and the maintenance loan is higher now for people from poorer backgrounds applying to university than it ever was before.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Copyright (24 Oct 2013)

David Willetts: This change will allow people to make personal copies of content they have bought. For example, it will allow an individual to copy their CDs on to an iPad. Many people already do this without realising it is illegal under copyright law. Most people think it is reasonable and should not be prevented by copyright. The Government agree and our new law will recognise this. This change will not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Copyright (24 Oct 2013)

David Willetts: The reason is very simple: those European countries have introduced far wider exemptions than we are proposing. Many of them allow content borrowed from friends, families and libraries to be shared very widely. That damages creators, so they need to provide compensation, but our proposal is carefully targeted to protect what happens, as we all know, in almost every family in the country...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (24 Oct 2013)

David Willetts: What we are seeing is a continuing increase in the number of overseas students applying to come to study in Britain. We all make it clear whenever we visit overseas markets that there is no cap on the number of legitimate overseas students coming to Britain; they are very warmly welcome.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (24 Oct 2013)

David Willetts: This is a very important event—investment in our transport infrastructure to make it smart and innovative. It is backed with £50 billion of BIS money, with support from the Department for Transport—and, most importantly, with substantial business support, as well.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (24 Oct 2013)

David Willetts: My hon. Friend is absolutely right; indeed, today is the day, 50 years ago, when the then Conservative Government accepted the Robbins report. We are marking the 50th anniversary with more funding going into universities, with more students and with more applications from students from disadvantaged backgrounds than ever before, so we can be proud of our record on higher education.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (24 Oct 2013)

David Willetts: That is an issue, which is why the Higher Education Funding Council for England has provided an extra £25 million of support for next year’s post-graduate students. We will increase that amount to £75 million for the following year, because we do not wish to see people who could benefit from post-graduate education missing out.

Backbench Business — High-cost Credit: North-East Independent Economic Review (5 Sep 2013)

David Willetts: None the worse for that.

Backbench Business — High-cost Credit: North-East Independent Economic Review (5 Sep 2013)

David Willetts: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Hexham (Guy Opperman), the hon. Member for Bishop Auckland (Helen Goodman) and the right hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne East (Mr Brown) on securing this lively debate. I have occasionally felt like I have found myself in a meeting of the north-east parliamentary caucus, which is clearly a very lively group. It just needs a little more...

Backbench Business — High-cost Credit: North-East Independent Economic Review (5 Sep 2013)

David Willetts: I really must correct the record. What the hon. Lady said about apprenticeships is outrageous. We have spread apprenticeships across all age groups, including among older people. We are not devaluing apprenticeships; we are doing absolutely the opposite. We are saying that for an apprenticeship to be real, it has to involve genuine employment with an employer—that is what an apprenticeship...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Medical Education and Research (13 Jun 2013)

David Willetts: The Government are committed to well-funded medical education and research and to maintaining long-term funding in these areas. In 2013-14 we will spend £330 million on health education and £630 million on health research.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Medical Education and Research (13 Jun 2013)

David Willetts: It is a global strength for the UK, and that is why we have protected the Medical Research Council’s budget in real terms. Only last week we had the topping-out ceremony at the Crick institute—the opening of the new laboratory of molecular biology. On the particular issue that the hon. Lady raises, I cannot do better than to quote the Chancellor of the Exchequer, who said the other day:...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Medical Education and Research (13 Jun 2013)

David Willetts: I know that my hon. Friend has a particular interest and expertise in this area. Of course, the number of students who come through for medical training is very carefully planned, taking account of the needs of the NHS for future doctors.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Medical Education and Research (13 Jun 2013)

David Willetts: I am happy to give the assurance that we are committed to the Haldane principle and it is important that medical research remains subject to it. That is essential for all parts of the science family. I can do no better than repeat the Chancellor’s assurance that we will make sure that the money is not used for other things, and that if there is any change the vital, basic research that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Export Week (13 Jun 2013)

David Willetts: Export week was launched by my colleague Lord Green in May and included over 80 events across the UK, attended by more than 3,600 businesses focusing on 20 high-growth markets.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Export Week (13 Jun 2013)

David Willetts: We are absolutely aware of the international export opportunities presented by major infrastructure projects and are strengthening the commercial role of our embassies in key target markets such as Azerbaijan to ensure that we secure a fair share of those contracts.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Export Week (13 Jun 2013)

David Willetts: My hon. Friend is absolutely right on the importance of reaching out to businesses in her constituency and across the midlands. Indeed, we are trying to strengthen the ability of chambers of commerce located in our key target markets to communicate with small and medium-sized enterprises back home. We are specifically helping smaller companies with the cost of going to their first...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (13 Jun 2013)

David Willetts: The Department has given a clear remit to local enterprise partnerships to work on raising skills in their areas. It is obviously important that they work with further education colleges, and in our legislation in 2011 we removed much of the red tape and regulation that had prevented further education colleges from contributing to that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (13 Jun 2013)

David Willetts: We are absolutely committed to ensuring that such loans are taken up. We are very much looking forward to ensuring that they help to spread training opportunities for adult learning, to which we have a clear commitment.


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