Higher Education: Staff

Prime Minister written question – answered on 30th October 2017.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Co-Leader of the Green Party

To ask the Prime Minister, whether the hon. Member for Daventry was acting on behalf of the Government when he wrote to university vice-chancellors requesting the names of academic staff who teach European affairs with a particular focus on the UK leaving the EU.

Photo of Theresa May Theresa May The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party

Free speech is one of the foundations on which our universities are built and this should be protected. This government respects the freedom and independence of universities, and the role they play in creating open and stimulating debate. The hon. Member for Daventry (Mr Heaton-Harris) was acting in his capacity as a member of parliament.

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