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Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Thursday 13 October 2016

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

Parliamentary Star - whiteAmendments which will comply with the required notice period at their next appearance

 

Amendments tabled since the last publication: 314-336

 

Public Bill Committee


 

Higher Education and Research Bill


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments remaining before the Committee and

 

includes any withdrawn amendments at the end. The amendments have been

 

arranged in accordance with the Order of the Committee [6 September 2016, as

 

amended on 8 September 2016].

 


 

Joseph Johnson

 

246

 

Clause  83,  page  51,  line  23,  after “Innovation” insert “or, in Welsh, Ymchwil ac

 

Arloesedd y Deyrnas Unedig,”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment sets out the Welsh name for UKRI.

 


 

Gordon Marsden

 

Angela Rayner

 

330

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  9,  page  92,  line  11,  after “members” insert—

 

“(e)    

at least one member of the OfS Board with at least observer status”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure an interface between research and teaching.


 
 

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Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Paul Blomfield

 

304

 

Schedule  9,  page  92,  line  16,  after “chair” insert “and the House of Commons

 

Select Committees”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that the relevant House of Commons Select Committees are

 

consulted before any appointments are made.

 

Carol Monaghan

 

Roger Mullin

 

186

 

Schedule  9,  page  92,  line  18,  after “experience” insert “in the higher education

 

sector in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that the new research body, UKRI, would include appropriate

 

membership from the devolved nations.

 

Joseph Johnson

 

247

 

Schedule  9,  page  92,  line  21,  leave out “and new ideas” and insert “, new ideas and

 

advancements in humanities”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment provides that the Secretary of State must, in appointing members of UKRI, have

 

regard to the desirability of them having between them experience of the development and

 

exploitation of advancements in humanities (including the arts), as well as the development and

 

exploitation of science, technology and new ideas. A similar amendment is made to clause 85(1)(c)

 

in amendment 256.

 

Joseph Johnson

 

248

 

Schedule  9,  page  92,  line  37,  leave out “A Council may include” and insert “A

 

majority of the ordinary Council members of a Council must be”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment replaces the provision which made it clear that a Council of UKRI could include

 

persons who were neither a member of UKRI nor one of its employees and provides instead that a

 

majority of the ordinary members of a Council must fall into that category.

 

Carol Monaghan

 

Roger Mullin

 

187

 

Schedule  9,  page  92,  line  38,  at end insert—

 

“(6)    

UKRI must, in appointing members of each Council, have regard to the

 

desirability of the members (between them) having experience of research in the

 

higher education sector in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that the membership and strategy of the new research body, the

 

UKRI, takes proper account of the policies and priorities of the devolved nations.

 

Joseph Johnson

 

249

 

Schedule  9,  page  93,  line  34,  leave out “The Secretary of State” and insert “UKRI”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and amendments 251 and 252 provide that it is UKRI rather than the Secretary

 

of State who pays members of UKRI and Council members their remuneration, allowances,


 
 

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expenses, pension and compensation. The amounts paid are, however, still to be determined by the

 

Secretary of State.

 

Joseph Johnson

 

250

 

Schedule  9,  page  93,  line  35,  leave out “, allowances and expenses”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes an unnecessary reference in paragraph 7(1) of Schedule 9 to allowances

 

and expenses for members of UKRI or Council members as they are covered in paragraph 7(2).

 

Joseph Johnson

 

251

 

Schedule  9,  page  93,  line  37,  leave out “The Secretary of State” and insert “UKRI”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 249.

 

Joseph Johnson

 

252

 

Schedule  9,  page  93,  line  43,  leave out “the Secretary of State” and insert “UKRI”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 249.

 

Joseph Johnson

 

253

 

Schedule  9,  page  94,  line  8,  leave out “, allowances and expenses”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendment 254.

 

Joseph Johnson

 

254

 

Schedule  9,  page  94,  line  9,  at end insert—

 

    “( )  

UKRI must pay, or make provision for paying, to or in respect of a person who

 

is an employee of UKRI, such sums as UKRI may determine with the approval

 

of the Secretary of State in respect of allowances or expenses.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment makes the duty to pay allowances and expenses to UKRI employees consistent

 

with the power to pay such allowances or expenses to former employees inserted by amendment

 

255.

 

Joseph Johnson

 

255

 

Schedule  9,  page  94,  line  9,  at end insert—

 

    “( )  

UKRI may pay, or make provision for paying—

 

(a)    

to or in respect of a person who is or has been an employee of UKRI,

 

such sums as UKRI may determine with the approval of the Secretary

 

of State in respect of pensions or gratuities, and

 

(b)    

to or in respect of a person who has been an employee of UKRI, such

 

sums as UKRI may determine with the approval of the Secretary of

 

State in respect of allowances or expenses.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment makes clear that UKRI has power, subject to approval by the Secretary of State,

 

to make pension provision for its employees and former employees other than under the


 
 

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Superannuation Act 1972 (as provided for in paragraph 8(4) of Schedule 9), to pay them gratuities

 

and to pay former employees allowances or expenses.

 

Gordon Marsden

 

Angela Rayner

 

331

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  9,  page  95,  line  26,  leave out “any” and insert “some”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment seeks to clarify which functions UKRI intends to delegate to its Councils.

 

Gordon Marsden

 

Angela Rayner

 

332

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  9,  page  97,  line  1,  leave out “except with the consent of the Secretary of

 

State”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment seeks to understand how UKRI will work with the private sector.

 


 

Gordon Marsden

 

Angela Rayner

 

314

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  84,  page  51,  line  39,  after “Secretary of State” insert “following

 

consultation”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure there will be a process of consultation before any changes are made

 

to the Councils of UKRI.

 


 

Gordon Marsden

 

Angela Rayner

 

315

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  85,  page  52,  line  8,  after “out” insert “basic, applied and strategic”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See amendment 316

 

Gordon Marsden

 

Angela Rayner

 

317

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  85,  page  52,  line  8,  after “humanities” insert “social sciences, arts”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that UKRI’s functions extend across the full breadth of research.

 

Gordon Marsden

 

Angela Rayner

 

316

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  85,  page  52,  line  9,  after “support” insert “basic, applied and strategic”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and amendment 315 would ensure a commitment to supporting basic, strategic

 

and applied research.


 
 

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Gordon Marsden

 

Angela Rayner

 

318

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  85,  page  52,  line  10,  after “humanities” insert “social sciences, arts”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that UKRI’s functions extend across the full breadth of research.

 

Gordon Marsden

 

Angela Rayner

 

319

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  85,  page  52,  line  12,  after “technology” insert “humanities, social sciences,

 

arts”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that UKRI’s functions extend across the full breadth of research.

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

336

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  85,  page  52,  line  12,  after “technology” insert “arts, social sciences and

 

humanities,”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment explicitly names the arts, social sciences and humanities as being part of the remit

 

of the UKRI.

 

Joseph Johnson

 

256

 

Clause  85,  page  52,  line  12,  leave out “and new ideas” and insert “, new ideas and

 

advancements in humanities”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment provides that UKRI may facilitate, encourage and support the development and

 

exploitation of advancements in humanities (including the arts), as well as the development and

 

exploitation of science, technology and new ideas.

 

Gordon Marsden

 

Angela Rayner

 

320

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  85,  page  52,  line  14,  after “humanities” insert “social sciences, arts”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that UKRI’s functions extend across the full breadth of research.

 

Gordon Marsden

 

Angela Rayner

 

321

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  85,  page  52,  line  16,  after “humanities” insert “social sciences, arts”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that UKRI’s functions extend across the full breadth of research.

 

Paul Blomfield

 

289

 

Clause  85,  page  52,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

“(h)    

provide postgraduate training and skills development, working together

 

with the OfS.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure UKRI reflects the current activities of the Research Councils as set


 
 

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out in their Royal Charters in respect of the learning experience of postgraduate research students,

 

and would require joint working on this with the OfS.

 

Carol Monaghan

 

Roger Mullin

 

180

 

Clause  85,  page  52,  line  21,  at end insert “but must be exercised in such a way as to

 

be for the benefit of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would place a general duty on UKRI to discharge its functions under section 85

 

for the benefit of the UK as a whole.

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Paul Blomfield

 

310

 

Clause  85,  page  52,  line  21,  at end insert—

 

“(2A)    

The functions conferred by paragraphs (a) – (e ) of subsection (1) may be carried

 

out in partnership with other funding bodies”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment allows other funding bodies to work with the UKRI.

 


 

Joseph Johnson

 

257

 

Clause  87,  page  53,  line  11,  leave out “Economic and other”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is a drafting amendment to simplify the way the field of activity of the Economic and Social

 

Research Council is expressed.

 

Joseph Johnson

 

258

 

Clause  87,  page  53,  line  15,  at end of entry in second column insert “aimed at

 

improving human health”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment provides that the Medical Research Council’s field of activity is limited to

 

medicine and biomedicine which is aimed at improving human health.

 

Joseph Johnson

 

259

 

Clause  87,  page  53,  line  16,  leave out “Earth sciences and ecology” and insert

 

“Environmental and related sciences”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment provides that the field of activity of the Natural Environment Research Council is

 

environmental and related sciences.

 

Joseph Johnson

 

260

 

Clause  87,  page  53,  line  18,  after “physics” insert “, space science, nuclear

 

physics”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment provides the field of activity of the Science and Technology Facilities Council

 

includes space science and nuclear physics.


 
 

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Gordon Marsden

 

Angela Rayner

 

322

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  87,  page  53,  line  34,  after “life” insert “and social and cultural wellbeing”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure the Bill includes the full breadth of research and innovation and

 

their benefits for humanity.

 

Gordon Marsden

 

Angela Rayner

 

323

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  87,  page  53,  line  36,  after “State” insert “following consultation”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure there was a process of consultation before any changes are made

 

to the Councils of UKRI.

 


 

Carol Monaghan

 

Roger Mullin

 

181

 

Clause  88,  page  54,  line  4,  at end insert “having regard to the economic policies of

 

the UK Government, the Scottish Government the Welsh Government and the Northern

 

Ireland Executive”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure the specific duty of Innovate UK will be to have regard to the

 

economic policies of the devolved administrations.

 

Gordon Marsden

 

Angela Rayner

 

324

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  88,  page  54,  line  8,  after “relate” insert “to maintain its focus on assisting

 

businesses and”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment seeks clarification that Innovate UK is intended to maintain its business facing

 

focus as a Council of UKRI.

 


 

Gordon Marsden

 

Angela Rayner

 

325

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  89,  page  54,  line  13,  at end insert—

 

“(1)    

Research England may—

 

(a)    

provide non-hypothecated funding to eligible higher education providers

 

for the purpose of supporting basic, strategic and applied research; and

 

(b)    

support knowledge exchange and skills provision.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would allow Research England to fund eligible higher education providers to

 

support basic, strategic and applied research and to support knowledge exchange and skills

 

provision.


 
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