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.
In this first contribution to debates over the amendments to the bill Lord Bilimoria asks a question to Lord Strathclyde about whether the Home Secretary’s promise to give Parliament a say can be trusted. Lord Strathclyde’s response is included
Lord Bilimoria asks the Minister if he agrees that UK universities are the best in the world and states that this is due to the large number of foreigners who are academics in these institutions.
In his contributions to this debate Lord Bilimoria spoke twice. In his first contribution he notes his past and interests with regard to beer and British Pubs. He discusses the various amendments and their impacts on pubs and concludes with his full support for the amendments, although they are not the full solution to the problems facing pubs, as they work to protect British pubs. His second contribution is to note that the Lord speaking at the time, Lord Hodgson, does not appear to him to be speaking for the pub industry and certain groups that represent them support the amendments.