In this first contribution of the day Lord Bilimoria speaks in the debate for amendment 166 stresses the importance of having individuals from a business background, especially a science based business background as it aids in understanding the importance of innovation.
In this question Lord Bilimoria notes the reversal made by the Government to increasing National Insurance contributions for the self-employed is to avoid breaking a manifesto pledge. He states his belief as to why there was opposition to the increase and asks the minister if he agrees that that the main role of the Government is to promote growth of jobs and entrepreneurship. The response from Lord Young is also provided.
In this contribution to the debates on amendments Lord Bilimoria states his support for the amendment and discusses international students and their importance to the UK as well as the global environment for Higher Education and notes the incentives by other countries to attract international students to them. He argues that it is economic illiteracy not to promote international students. He concludes by stressing the importance and the need for international students.
In this contribution to a question Lord Bilimoria discusses UK exports and notes the relationship with the EU that the UK’s exports have. He stresses that trade is about more than goods and services but also about the free movement of people. He concludes by stating that exports are crucial to the UK economy.
In his contribution to the debate on the Budget Statement Lord Bilimoria discusses the proposal to increase national insurance contributions for the self-employed. He also raises questions about issues such as public spending, pensions and tax simplification. He notes that universities were not mentioned in the budget and stresses the contribution of universities and immigrants to the economy. He also notes the issues that Brexit will bring up and adds his criticism that it does not appear to have been addressed by the budget.
In this contribution to the debate on an amendment to the Higher Education and Research Bill Lord Bilimoria asks the Minister, Viscount Younger of Leckie, a question relating to TEF ratings. He concludes by stressing that the Government should listen again on the issues he asks about.
In this contribution to the debate on amendments to the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill Lord Bilimoria notes the permanent nature of the decision to leave the EU and argues that parliament should have a full say on the nature of the UK’s exit from the EU in order to protect the future. Also included here are questions from Lord Tebbit and Lord Finkelstein to Lord Bilimoria and these answers are also included.
In this second debate of the day Lord Bilimoria stresses the contribution of foreign students to UK universities and their contribution of £25 billion to the UK economy. He notes the uncertainty they currently face and the effect that this uncertainty will have on the UK economy. He concludes by asking the Government to take this matter seriously.
In this first debate of the day on amendments to the Higher Education and Research Bill Lord Bilimoria offered two contributions. In his first contribution he stressed the importance of lifelong learning and adult education and the need to encourage progression. He further adds for the need for access and participation to be acknowledged in the bill. In his second contribution he discusses the introduction of tuition fees and their effect along with the withdrawal of funding. He highlights that universities operate in a difficult environment but acknowledges their international excellence.
In this second contribution of the day Lord Bilimoria notes the effect of uncertainty stemming from the EU referendum on the universities. He stresses the contributions of the EU and foreign nationals to UK universities through both funding but also through collaborations in areas such as research. He states that this is in jeopardy and asks the Minister to give as much certainty as possible in this area.