Results 81–100 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 — Prime Minister: Autumn Statement (3 Dec 2014)

David Willetts: May I warmly congratulate the Chancellor on extending the new loans to postgraduates? With increasing numbers of jobs requiring a postgraduate qualification, that really does remove a significant barrier to social mobility. Does he agree that if more people are able to stay on and do masters courses, that is an opportunity to look at broadening the range of subjects that they study at early...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Student Loans (20 Nov 2014)

David Willetts: Does my hon. Friend agree that the resource accounting and budgeting charge is not a fixed cost, a cost that is being incurred today or public expenditure, but, essentially, a highly speculative forecast of what income tax receipts might be up to 2050? He is right: we have a system that is in rude health, with more people applying to universities, more funds for universities, and more...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (20 Nov 2014)

David Willetts: With the extraordinary technical achievement of the Rosetta landing last week and the announcement of crowdfunding for Lunar Mission One this week, will the Minister responsible for science take this opportunity to congratulate the British space community on its scientific excellence and its enterprise?

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Access to Higher Education (11 Sep 2014)

David Willetts: May I welcome the Minister to his post and congratulate him on those excellent figures for participation in university? Will he confirm, however, that many of the best access initiatives, such as bursaries and summer schools, are financed from the income from fees above £6,000 and that if fees were reduced to £6,000, those excellent initiatives, which have improved participation, would have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (11 Sep 2014)

David Willetts: I was hoping to ask the Minister about Glasgow and to confirm that in a nationwide competition, Glasgow city won the funding to get £25 million of investment in smart city technologies. Do we not think that the best way for Glasgow to remain a smart city is for it to remain part of the United Kingdom?

bill presented: Mitochondrial Replacement (Public Safety) (1 Sep 2014)

David Willetts: I appreciate this opportunity to speak from the Back Benches, perhaps for the first time in 20 years, so I apologise if I am a bit rusty. This is an important debate and I would like to comment briefly on the issue, drawing on my experience as Minister with responsibility for science. To put my cards on the table, I think that this is a great piece of British scientific advance. We should...

bill presented: Mitochondrial Replacement (Public Safety) (1 Sep 2014)

David Willetts: I will give way once.

bill presented: Mitochondrial Replacement (Public Safety) (1 Sep 2014)

David Willetts: I confirm that my understanding is also that Lord Winston supports the advances in this area. The evidence is pretty clear that this could alleviate human suffering, but I am not a simple-minded believer that the consequences justify whatever we do. Looking at my hon. Friends assembled in the Chamber today, many may say, “All right, this alleviates mitochondrial disease, but the price—the...

bill presented: Mitochondrial Replacement (Public Safety) (1 Sep 2014)

David Willetts: I believe I can give way a second time.

bill presented: Mitochondrial Replacement (Public Safety) (1 Sep 2014)

David Willetts: It is a difference between quality and quantity. It is a change of 0% of the nuclear DNA that gives us our characteristics. It is a change in the membrane of the cell so that the battery function continues, but it does not affect human identity even by 0.1%. That is why I do not believe that there is an issue of dignity or integrity of the individual. There is an argument that this is an...

Disabled Students Allowance — [Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] (2 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: I am not sure that this extra time will be as good as that in the Belgium versus United States match, but I will do my best. I welcome hon. Members who have come for the next debate and apologise to them. I was starting to wind up the debate, explaining why it is legitimate to carry out the review and why the term “modernisation” is legitimate. One argument in that regard was about...

Disabled Students Allowance — [Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] (2 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: I was going to get to that point in a moment. We are still consulting—it is a genuine consultation—so I cannot give the House a specific figure, because that will depend on a host of things, including exactly how the proposals are implemented and wider effects. However, it is a budget that has grown rapidly. Incidentally, the right hon. Gentleman said that that growth had stopped. There...

Disabled Students Allowance — [Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] (2 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: I will give way briefly to the hon. Member for Huddersfield, but I have a lot of specific points to make, so after doing so I shall make progress.

Disabled Students Allowance — [Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] (2 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: That is a separate issue. The graduate repayment system is a fair, sustainable and viable way of financing our universities, and it would be a mistake to try to reverse that. I turn to some of the specific issues that have been raised. Let me say clearly to right hon. and hon. Members that we will fund non-medical help that would not be a reasonable adjustment for higher education...

Disabled Students Allowance — [Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] (2 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: That will be the last intervention that I take, because time is tight. We are consulting, and we will produce guidance that will help make the crucial distinction between what institutions can legitimately be expected to do and where individual funding is required. We are talking about education, and I want to come back to that, because several Members raised the topic. It is a distinct...

Disabled Students Allowance — [Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] (2 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: Thank you, Mr Hood. I was trying to go almost too fast, because there is so much material to cover. I was trying to clarify the issue of specific learning difficulties and dyslexia, which has arisen in the debate. My announcement used the term “complex needs”, and I wish to make it clear that DSA will support those for whom the impact on their higher education needs is most severe. That...

Disabled Students Allowance — [Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] (2 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: It is a pleasure to respond to this important debate, and I congratulate the hon. Member for Cambridge (Dr Huppert) on securing it. I want to make it absolutely clear that we are not abolishing DSA. Some Members who intervened have assumed it would disappear. It is a substantial item of spending now running at about £125 million, but we envisage that there will continue to be significant...

Disabled Students Allowance — [Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] (2 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Disabled Students Allowance — [Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] (2 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way; he is rattling through a lot of important points very quickly. It is important to recognise that universities are of course under an equality duty. The House has voted under successive Governments to introduce that duty, and at no point has there been the suggestion that extra funding has to be given to a public or private body to enable it...

Disabled Students Allowance — [Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] (2 Jul 2014)

David Willetts: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?


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