Universities: Freedom of Expression

Department for Education written question – answered on 12th March 2018.

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Photo of Jo Stevens Jo Stevens Labour, Cardiff Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2018 to Question 121648, what discussions he has had with the National Union of Students on his Department’s support for the right of (a) the English Defence League, (b) Hizb-ut-Tahir iii) the Muslim Public Affairs Committee to speak on university campuses in opposition to the NUS' position of no-platforming.

Photo of Sam Gyimah Sam Gyimah Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Higher Education), Minister of State (Education)

The Department’s support for freedom of speech within the law has been made clear publicly on a number of occasions. We will continue to relay that position in any discussions with NUS officers.

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