Results 141–160 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: Topical Questions (6 Mar 2014)

David Willetts: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. To encourage more women into science, we have specifically said that when universities bid for the new capital funding we are allocating to them, they will be required to show what they are doing to attract women into those essential subjects.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Life Sciences Sector (23 Jan 2014)

David Willetts: We are supporting this key sector through our life sciences and agri-tech strategies, which back research and development and promote manufacturing. Since the Prime Minister launched our strategy two years ago, industry has announced investment of £2 billion, which is a vote of confidence in what we are doing.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Life Sciences Sector (23 Jan 2014)

David Willetts: There is a lot of interest in our new centres for agricultural innovation. We expect to announce the bidding process for the first one in the spring and we will consult on themes for the other centres. I congratulate my hon. Friend on reminding us of the case for York as a possible centre. Of course, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State was brought up there, but we will try not to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Manufacturing (23 Jan 2014)

David Willetts: Manufacturing businesses are among the most innovative in the UK. In 2012, they spent £12 billion on research and development. We are investing in R and D alongside them. In particular, we are backing eight great technologies that are shaping the industries of the future.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Manufacturing (23 Jan 2014)

David Willetts: I congratulate my hon. Friend on the interesting and imaginative work she is doing on this subject with other hon. Friends. Through our support for R and D—notably but not solely through our catapult centres—we are rewarding innovation that ensures that businesses operate with lower overheads.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Reshoring (23 Jan 2014)

David Willetts: There is great potential for business reshoring to Britain. We surveyed manufacturing small and medium-sized enterprises and found that 11% have reshored some production to the UK in the past 12 months. The Automotive Council has identified £3 billion of additional sourcing opportunities. Businesses are bringing activities back to Britain as we become a more flexible and competitive economy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Reshoring (23 Jan 2014)

David Willetts: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. We are, of course, an open economy and we export and welcome companies from abroad that invest here, but we can do more to support our supply chains so that more prime manufacturers in Britain also purchase from SMEs across the country. Indeed, I remember visiting the company to which he refers. It is an excellent example of what we are talking about.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (23 Jan 2014)

David Willetts: There are of course no caps on the number of legitimate, properly qualified students who can come to study in Britain, and I take every opportunity to visit India, as does the Prime Minister, to communicate that message there. Properly qualified Indian students are welcome here.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (23 Jan 2014)

David Willetts: My hon. Friend is a great advocate for the Malvern cyber-security hub, and I do indeed very much hope to visit it. I am sure it is well worth a visit.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (23 Jan 2014)

David Willetts: We certainly understand the value of the work of the student opportunity fund. Indeed, I have visited Sheffield Hallam university and have seen the excellent work that it does.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (23 Jan 2014)

David Willetts: I should be happy to meet the hon. Lady to discuss the matter, but let me make two things clear. First, universities decide their own admissions criteria, which is right, and secondly, as we increase the number of students and remove artificial caps, it will be possible for universities to recruit all the students who are qualified to benefit from going to university.

Intellectual Property Bill [Lords] (20 Jan 2014)

David Willetts: With the leave of the House, I would like to respond briefly to the many issues raised in this useful debate. Although many of the interventions went beyond what is in the Bill, I appreciated the general welcome for the specific proposals, in recognition of the importance of protecting intellectual property. It is sometimes said that behind every fat person is a slim person trying to get out;...

Intellectual Property Bill [Lords] (20 Jan 2014)

David Willetts: I did not know that I had confirmed that! I must have strayed into that confirmation, as I was about to say that we are also fortunate in having a Minister for intellectual property. On several occasions when Members were talking about the need for a Minister for intellectual property, I could see that Minister up in the Gallery. Those comments were a disservice to my colleague, Viscount...

Intellectual Property Bill [Lords] (20 Jan 2014)

David Willetts: I am not aware of Simon and Garfunkel having gone around Derbyshire—

Intellectual Property Bill [Lords] (20 Jan 2014)

David Willetts: Sorry, was it Durham? I am not aware of Simon and Garfunkel prosecuting folk musicians for singing their version of “Scarborough Fair”. I do not think they ever did that, and I very much doubt that the law would have sustained them if they had tried to do it. What the Government intend to do on copyright exemptions is to lay down the regulations in February, and they will then be subject...

Intellectual Property Bill [Lords] (20 Jan 2014)

David Willetts: Several Members have raised this issue. As the hon. Gentleman rightly said, London will be one of the divisions. How many divisions there are and where they are will depend on the pattern of need and demand. We absolutely understand the importance of accessibility to these services across Scotland. We are working closely with the devolved Administrations and court services in Scotland and in...

Intellectual Property Bill [Lords] (20 Jan 2014)

David Willetts: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. I am delighted to bring the Intellectual Property Bill from the other place to this House. The Government believe in business, large and small, and in removing obstacles that prevent growth. That is why we have pledged to invest a further £4 billion in the industries of the future and why legislative changes, such as those before us...

Intellectual Property Bill [Lords] (20 Jan 2014)

David Willetts: My hon. Friend speaks very well on behalf of Dyson in his constituency. I recently met representatives of Dyson. They have a very important concern, which I hope we will be able to address in Committee. I was paying tribute to ACID’s efforts. Following consideration and consultation, one of the central proposals in the Bill is to introduce a criminal sanction for those who set out...

Intellectual Property Bill [Lords] (20 Jan 2014)

David Willetts: I will, of course, consider all these issues as the Bill is debated in Committee. I think we have got the balance broadly correct on that issue, but I am happy to consider it further in Committee.

Intellectual Property Bill [Lords] (20 Jan 2014)

David Willetts: We will be able to apply the provision to any companies active within the UK. If the goods are manufactured abroad, there will nevertheless be some distribution or other entity within the UK.


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