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Westminster Weekly (9-13 January 2017)

Friday 13-01-2017 - 16:59

Your weekly round-up of NUS' work in parliament.



Westminster this week:


Higher Education and Research Bill: House of Lords
The HE Bill had its first days of Committee Stage in the House of Lords this week.  You can read the debates here.

Technical and Further Education Bill: Report Stage and third reading, House of Commons
The TFE Bill was debated for the final time in the Commons on Monday and will now pass to the Lords. You can read Monday’s debate here.

Tristram Hunt MP resigns
Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central Tristram Hunt resigned today, prompting a by-election to decide on his replacement. This is in addition to the by-election to replace Labour MP for Copeland Jamie Reed, who resigned last month.

Prime Minister’s speech on mental health
Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans this week to tackle mental health problems, including a green paper (a consultation document) on children and young people’s mental health.


NUS in Parliament:


NUS was referred to during debates on the Higher Education and Research Bill in the House of Lords this week. Lord Stevenson of Balmacara, the Shadow Spokesperson for Education in the House of Lords, spoke in favour of enabling students to be appointed to or represented on the board of the Office for Students through NUS.

During the third reading of the Technical and Further Education Bill in the House of Commons, Gordon Marsden – Shadow Education Minister – referenced evidence given by NUS to the Bill Committee. He quoted Shakira Martin, NUS Vice-President for Further Education, speaking about the importance of protecting students’ education in the case of a college becoming insolvent.


What’s coming up?

  • The Higher Education and Research Bill will continue its committee stage in the House of Lords for the next two weeks
  • The National Citizen Service Bill will have its first debate in the House of Commons on Monday 16 January
  • The House of Commons will have a small debate (called an Adjournment debate) on sex and relationship education on Monday 23 January

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