Results 161–180 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

Intellectual Property Bill [Lords] (20 Jan 2014)

David Willetts: I do not know to what extent you, Mr Speaker, would permit the debate to range across the entire Hargreaves agenda. We have introduced a small but perfectly formed Bill that delivers part of that agenda, but it is an important part that will help the design industry, in particular. I will try to focus my remarks on what is actually in the Bill. The Government, as a whole, have already...

Intellectual Property Bill [Lords] (20 Jan 2014)

David Willetts: Yes, I certainly envisage the report covering issues where further work may be needed. It will be a report on the IPO’s overall activities. I now turn to the set of provisions in part 3. I am pleased to be introducing a change that has been called for by the Justice Committee and by the UK’s higher education sector—an exemption to the general right to information under the Freedom of...

Intellectual Property Bill [Lords] (20 Jan 2014)

David Willetts: My hon. Friend has made that point to me and I have considered it. He is right that the Wellcome Trust has also raised it. Our view at the moment is that we should stick with the proposals in the Bill, because they have the merit of copying exactly what is already done in Scotland. Of course—I am looking across the House at representatives from Scotland—we are always keen to learn from...

Intellectual Property Bill [Lords] (20 Jan 2014)

David Willetts: That is a very good question. Above all, we will look to the further growth of innovative SMEs in our design sector. We have a fantastic network of designers, especially in small businesses, but many of their innovations are currently taken all too easily, sometimes by bigger companies that have almost a corporate strategy of copying and lifting what our smartest entrepreneurs and designers...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Engineers (5 Dec 2013)

David Willetts: In September the Government announced a £400 million boost for science, technology, engineering and maths teaching. Last month we launched the first annual Tomorrow’s Engineers week, during which the Government worked with more than 70 partners. Our recently published Perkins review of engineering skills calls for action from employers, educators and the profession to work with us to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Engineers (5 Dec 2013)

David Willetts: We strongly support such initiatives, which are absolutely what is required to ensure that employers get the skilled engineers they need.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Engineers (5 Dec 2013)

David Willetts: I certainly agree that we need to encourage engineering in schools. “Engineer” is not a restricted term, but we support professional titles such as “chartered engineer” or “engineering technician”, which are regulated, and we aim to register 100,000 apprenticeships with EngTech status by 2018.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Engineers (5 Dec 2013)

David Willetts: I completely agree with the hon. Lady, which is why the Government support fundamental research. Only last week I went to the launch of £250 million of public money for centres of doctoral training run by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Engineers (5 Dec 2013)

David Willetts: We are already working with the current largest infrastructure plan, Crossrail, to ensure that skills are available and that we take the opportunity to build up skills in crucial techniques such as tunnelling. We will take the same approach to HS2.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Engineers (5 Dec 2013)

David Willetts: STEMnet ambassadors are doing a fantastic job of going to schools to encourage young people to study those subjects. There is a surge in the number of young people taking A-levels in subjects such as maths and physics, which are often a requirement for going on to engineering.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: IT Skills (5 Dec 2013)

David Willetts: Our recent information economy strategy shows that employers find it hard to get people with the right IT skills, yet there is also relatively high unemployment among computer science graduates. That is why I recently convened a round-table with vice-chancellors and employers to tackle that mismatch. I know that issue is vital in the Malvern cyber-valley that my hon. Friend does so much to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: IT Skills (5 Dec 2013)

David Willetts: I do support that initiative and I hope it will be possible to visit my hon. Friend’s constituency, because I know how much she does to support the Malvern cluster, which will soon be rivalling the Cambridge cluster and tech city.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Higher Education (5 Dec 2013)

David Willetts: That is already our policy. Higher education is vital to our future productivity and economic growth. That is why we have reformed university finance and protected research spending. As a result of our reforms, total university income for teaching will rise from £7.2 billion in 2011-12 to £9.1 billion in 2014-15.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Higher Education (5 Dec 2013)

David Willetts: We have a fair and sustainable way of financing higher education. It is right to expect graduates to pay back the cost of their higher education if they are earning more than £21,000. That has enabled us to see more students going to university and increases in funding for teaching at universities, even while we have been tackling the budget deficit we inherited from the previous Government.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Higher Education (5 Dec 2013)

David Willetts: Let us be clear: these students are studying for HNCs and HNDs, which are all legitimate and valuable qualifications. Whereas under the right hon. Gentleman’s Government there was no control whatsoever of the designation of alternative providers, we have introduced controls. The number of students going to alternative providers has increased dramatically, and in order to maintain budgetary...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (5 Dec 2013)

David Willetts: We continue to provide support to students. The national scholarship programme has been shown to have less effect on young people choosing to go to university than some of the other support that is available through maintenance and student access programmes. We continue to work on the agenda set out by my right hon. Friend, ensuring that as many young people as possible from disadvantaged...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (5 Dec 2013)

David Willetts: Let us be clear, we inherited from the previous Government a complete rubber-stamping exercise under which there was no control whatsoever over alternative providers. We introduced controls. For example, in the last year, out of 87 applications from alternative providers, 18 were approved and 69 were rejected. That was effective quality control and we have taken further steps to ensure that...

First-Time Employers (1 Nov 2013)

David Willetts: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Macclesfield (David Rutley) on bringing this important subject to the House’s attention. May I also say how much I appreciate the opportunity to work with him on the challenges facing AstraZeneca in his constituency? He has worked incredibly hard to secure a strong and vigorous future for the Alderley Park site, and he knows that the Government...

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

David Willetts: We have placed increased responsibilities on universities to widen access. Universities and colleges plan to spend more than £700 million a year by 2017 on broadening access, and our highly successful student finance tour is running again this year, providing students and parents with information about the student finance available.

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

David Willetts: We are seeing an increase in the percentage of people from deprived areas who are applying to university and last year saw a national record overall. The figures in the Liverpool local authority area also show continuing increases in the percentage of people from poorer backgrounds applying to go to university. Of course, one of the great attractions of having a leading university in the city...


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