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Higher education (freedom of speech) bill: progress of the bill

Auteur(s) :  Joe Lewis

Editeur(s) :  House of Commons Library

Date :  04/2022


The Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill was introduced in the House of Commons on 12 May 2021. It would implement legislative proposals included in a Department for Education policy paper published in February 2021, which set out the Government’s view that freedom of speech was under threat across higher education.
The Bill would extend and strengthen existing legislation intended to uphold freedom of speech and academic freedom in registered higher education providers and students’unions.
The Bill passed its second reading in the House of Commons on 12 July 2021 and its committee stage on 21 September 2021. A date for report stage and third reading has not been announced. A carry-over motion has been tabled by the Government for 25 April 2022. If agreed, the Bill would continue its progress in the 2022-23 parliamentary session.


1 Background
1.1 The current legal framework
1.2 The issues the Government wants to address
1.3 What the Bill would do
2 Second reading debate
2.1 Support for the Bill
2.2 Opposition to the Bill
2.3 Vote on the Bill
3 Committee stage
3.1 Summary
3.2 Evidence sessions
3.3 Detailed consideration of the Bill
4 Carry-over motion


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