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Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 27 (14 Mai 2024)

Lord Willetts: My Lords, I rise briefly to support the points made by the noble Baroness, Lady Drake, and to explain why I have put my name to her amendment. She makes a powerful case, and what I hope sways the Minister is that her case rests very much on the policies enunciated by the DWP and the Chancellor, who are very keen to see pension funds take a broader view of their responsibilities and take...

Skills: Importance for the UK Economy and Quality of Life - Motion to Take Note ( 9 Mai 2024)

Lord Willetts: I am very grateful to the Minister for the full answer she has already given. Can she give her assurance that the measure of enrolments, which I understand is not the same as the number of students, going back to the baseline that I referred to, will be in her letter to me?

Skills: Importance for the UK Economy and Quality of Life - Motion to Take Note ( 9 Mai 2024)

Lord Willetts: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Marks of Hale on a wonderful maiden speech. He is assured of a very warm welcome to our House. He gave an important and topical reminder of the dangers of anti-Semitism. For many of us, Lord Sacks is an excellent example of how the wisdom of the Jewish tradition can be of value to us all. The athleticism of the noble Lord, Lord Marks of Hale, is...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 21 ( 7 Mai 2024)

Lord Willetts: I am grateful to the Minister for engaging with the points that have been made. I will certainly want to look at some of her observations carefully; the business investment guidelines, for example, are potentially a very important concession and piece of advice. However, I think the mood on all sides of the Committee is one of deep scepticism about whether these provisions really will help...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 21 ( 7 Mai 2024)

Lord Willetts: My Lords, we have been going for quite a long time. I will try to keep this brisk because there is apparently still a lot of business to get through today. I should declare my interests in the register, particularly my role as a member of the council of the University of Southampton, because I think university councils could be among the bodies covered by this proposed legislation. Although I...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 14A (17 Ebr 2024)

Lord Willetts: My Lords, I intervene briefly, if I may, in support of Amendment 54, which is calling for a comprehensive list to be laid before Parliament. This debate is getting a bit metaphysical about public bodies, and it is revealing that there is no authoritative shared definition of a public body and no single authoritative list of public bodies. The term “public body”, on which the Bill rests,...

Higher Education - Motion to Take Note ( 7 Maw 2024)

Lord Willetts: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Blunkett, on initiating this debate. Finding myself standing opposite him in the Chamber responding to a debate that he has initiated reminds me of when I was his shadow in another place years ago. It reminds me in particular of an incident when, as I spoke, I could see the then Secretary of State looking increasingly uncomfortable and challenged....

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Second Reading (20 Chw 2024)

Lord Willetts: My Lords, in her opening speech, the Minister rightly reminded us of the very difficult circumstances, particularly in Israel and Gaza, that are the background to the Bill, while we have just heard in that powerful intervention a reminder of the lively public debate about the case for and against boycotts, divestment and sanctions. However, whatever we may think of those issues, surely across...

Workers (Economic Affairs Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note ( 8 Chw 2024)

Lord Willetts: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Bridges on an excellent opening to this debate and all members of the committee on a really topical and important review—made even more topical by Monday’s ONS announcements, revealing how little we understand what is happening to the labour market and making his call for better data particularly important. I would like to draw on my position...

Industrial Strategy - Motion to Take Note ( 1 Chw 2024)

Lord Willetts: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to welcome the maiden speech from the noble Lord, Lord Rosenfield, to congratulate him on the points that he made and to welcome him to this House. By happy accident I follow him in this debate, and I realised that there were some rather significant career parallels. We both began our careers as Treasury officials and both then moved to 10 Downing Street. He...

Autumn Statement 2023 - Motion to Take Note (29 Tach 2023)

Lord Willetts: My Lords, it gives me great pleasure to welcome my noble friend Lady Vere to her post in the Treasury. I also draw her attention to my entry in the register of interests, especially my role as president of the Resolution Foundation, on whose analysis of the Autumn Statement I will draw. I agree with my noble friend Lord Frost that we must not fall into the trap of miserabilism, but I could...

King’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (14 Tach 2023)

Lord Willetts: My Lords, I begin by congratulating the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Newcastle on her excellent maiden speech. We look forward to her future contributions to our debates in this House, and I think her powerful speech today was part of a Newcastle theme that is already running through this debate. The right reverend Prelate spoke of her commitment to that city. We heard from the noble...

Lifelong Learning (Higher Education Fee Limits) Bill - Report: Amendment 1 ( 5 Med 2023)

Lord Willetts: My Lords, the amendments reflect widespread cross-party support for the Bill and its principles; they are not intended to destroy the Bill in any way. I see the case for the Bill, which of course I warmly welcome, as opening up new possibilities. We genuinely do not know the circumstances in which people may take them up and we do not know whether debt aversion is much more of an issue among...

Lifelong Learning (Higher Education Fee Limits) Bill - Second Reading (19 Meh 2023)

Lord Willetts: My Lords, I welcome the Bill. I begin by drawing the House’s attention to my interests as an honorary fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, and a visiting professor at King’s College London. I also look forward to the two maiden speeches from new Members of this House, although it appears that both of them are significantly older than 29. We look forward to learning of their experiences....

Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - Commons Amendment: Motion A (10 Mai 2023)

Lord Willetts: My Lords, we are now reaching the conclusion of what has been a long, time-consuming, complex process, and I think the process of revising and scrutinising this legislation has meant that we have ended up with a Bill that is better designed and stronger and more effective than when we started. The further amendment which the noble Earl, Lord Howe, has introduced today, having been passed in...

Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - Commons Reason: Motion A1 (as an amendment to Motion A) (21 Maw 2023)

Lord Willetts: My Lords, I want briefly to reflect on the important points that have been made. First, I think there is widespread recognition that there is a problem. Of course I understand the problem; I have been on the receiving end of exactly the kind of threats to freedom of speech that this law is trying to tackle. I have seen student unions protect my right to speak and I have seen student unions...

Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - Commons Reason: Motion A1 (as an amendment to Motion A) (21 Maw 2023)

Lord Willetts: My Lords, I declare my interest as a visiting professor at King’s College London and an honorary fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. I warmly welcome the Minister’s assurances about how this legislation will work. I particularly welcome his commitment, and that of other Members of this House, to support the amendments in my name. These amendments bear a striking resemblance to amendments...

Budget Statement - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (16 Maw 2023)

Lord Willetts: My Lords, I was sitting like a coiled spring about to praise the excellent maiden speech from my noble friend Lady Moyo when we had the interruption of the Urgent Question and the brief adjournment, so it is a pleasure and an honour to resume the debate and, although my noble friend is no longer in her seat, to say how excellent her maiden speech was. Her most recent book, Edge of Chaos: Why...

Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - Report: Amendment 22 ( 7 Rha 2022)

Lord Willetts: I would like to seek the opinion of the House on this amendment. It has been a really valuable and important debate, and I recognise the enormous contribution the Minister has made to our deliberations. However, the OfS is a very powerful mechanism. It is not some patsy that is in the pockets of vice-chancellors; it is a very effective regulatory mechanism which is further strengthened in...


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