The Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - an update

On Monday 25 April 2022 a motion was passed in the House of Commons to “carry over” the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill to the next session of Parliament.

The Minister for Higher and Further Education, Michelle Donelan MP, commented in the debate on the motion:

“The Government remain committed to delivering on our manifesto pledge by strengthening freedom of speech in higher education. We have not changed, and never will change, our position, because we recognise that free speech is the absolute cornerstone of democracy and a liberal society. Our universities should be centres of inquiry and intellectual debate, and places of new and independent thinking from which will grow the knowledge, learning and science that we need to tackle future global challenges.”

The State Opening for the 2022-23 session of Parliament will be on 10 May 2022.

The next part of the process for this Bill will be the Report Stage, then the Third Reading of the Bill in the House of Commons, before it makes it way to the House of Lords.

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