Westminster Weekly (16-20 January 2017)

Friday 20-01-2017 - 14:18

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

Westminster this week:

Prime Minister’s speech on Brexit
Theresa May made a speech on Tuesday outlining the plans for Brexit negotiations. She stated the UK would be leaving the single market, and announced several key priorities for negotiations.

Higher Education and Research Bill: House of Lords
The HE Bill had further sessions in Committee Stage in the House of Lords on Monday and Wednesday.  Discussions covered voter registration, Student Protection Plans and the link between TEF and fees. You can find the debates here.

National Citizen Service Bill: House of Commons
The NCS Bill had its first debate in the House of Commons on Monday. You can read the debate here.

New partnership with the EU questions: House of Commons
Following Theresa May’s speech, MPs debated the Government’s negotiating principles and priorities. MPs quizzed David Davis (Brexit Secretary) on issues including removing international students from net migration targets and the UK’s participation in Erasmus. You can read the session here.

NUS in Parliament:

NUS was referred to during debates on the Higher Education and Research Bill in the House of Lords this week. When making an argument against linking fee rises to the Teaching Excellence Framework, Lord Kerslake (Crossbench) referred to NUS’s opposition to the proposals. Shadow Education Spokesperson, Lord Watson of Invergowrie, referred to NUS research showing that student satisfaction with course quality has not risen with fees

What’s coming up?

  • The Higher Education and Research Bill will continue its committee stage in the House of Lords for the next 2 weeks.
  • The House of Commons will have a small debate (called an Adjournment debate) on sex and relationship education on Monday 23 January.
  • Sorana Vieru, Vice-President for Higher Education at NUS, will give evidence to the Education Committee on Brexit and Higher Education on Wednesday 25 January.




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