Higher Education: Freedom of Expression

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 17th February 2015.

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Photo of Lord Storey Lord Storey Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to encourage student unions fully to support freedom of expression on university campuses.

Photo of Baroness Neville-Rolfe Baroness Neville-Rolfe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Government fully supports freedom of expression on university campuses.

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill currently before Parliament proposes new measures to reduce the risk of terrorism; these measures, if agreed, will in turn reduce the threat terrorism poses to freedom of speech in universities and elsewhere.

We encourage Student Unions to actively support freedom of expression on campus. The Government works with the National Union of Students and supports them in tackling those who promote hatred, discrimination or intolerance based on gender, faith or race to ensure that campuses are safe, welcoming environments where free debate and discussion can take place.

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