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Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill

Government Bill

Originated in the House of Commons, Session 2021-22

Bill (3)

Full text of the Bill as introduced and further versions of the Bill as it is reprinted to incorporate amendments (proposals for change) made during its passage through Parliament.

Bill 167 2021-22 (As Amended in Public Bill Committee)
23 September 2021
Commons
Bill 012 2021-22 (as introduced)
12 May 2021
Commons
Bill 012 2021-22 (as introduced) - large print
12 May 2021
Commons

Tracked changes versions of the Bill, showing amendments made in Committee of the whole House and in Public Bill Committees in the House of Commons. Please note that these are unofficial versions and may not be completely accurate.

Bill showing changes after Committee stage
4 October 2021
Commons

Documents to explain the purpose of the Bill.

Bill 012 EN 2021-22
12 May 2021
Commons
Bill 012 EN 2021-22 - large print
12 May 2021
Commons

The Government provide a delegated powers memorandum for all public (including hybrid) bills to justify the delegation of powers, usually to Ministers, in the bill. For reports of the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee, see “Select Committee Reports”.

Memorandum from the Department for Education
12 May 2021
Commons

Full list of amendment papers relating to the Bill. Individual amendment papers will be replaced with consolidated lists before the amendments are discussed. Page and line references in amendment papers refer to the PDF version of the Bill.

Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 22 September 2021
22 September 2021
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Notices of Amendments as at 21 September 2021
21 September 2021
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Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 20 September 2021
20 September 2021
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Notices of Amendments as at 17 September 2021
17 September 2021
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Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 16 September 2021
16 September 2021
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Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 15 September 2021
15 September 2021
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Notices of Amendments as at 14 September 2021
14 September 2021
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Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 13 September 2021
13 September 2021
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Notices of Amendments as at 9 September 2021
9 September 2021
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Notices of Amendments as at 8 September 2021
8 September 2021
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Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 7 September 2021
7 September 2021
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Notices of Amendments as at 6 September 2021
6 September 2021
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Notices of Amendments as at 14 July 2021
14 July 2021
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In the House of Commons, amendments are grouped together so that amendments relating to a particular topic or issue are discussed together.

Chair’s provisional selection and grouping of amendments in Committee - 22 September
22 September 2021
Commons
Chair’s provisional selection and grouping of amendments in Committee
20 September 2021
Commons
Chair’s provisional selection and grouping of amendments in Committee
16 September 2021
Commons
Chair’s provisional grouping and selection of Amendments
14 September 2021
Commons

Details of proceedings in Public Bill Committee or Committee of the whole House, on any report (consideration) stage, and on any consideration of Lords Amendments or any subsequent Lords Messages. The documents contain the text of amendments considered at each sitting and show whether it was agreed to, negatived (not agreed), not called, not moved or withdrawn.

All proceedings up to 22 September 2021 at Public Bill Committee Stage
23 September 2021
Commons

House of Commons Library and House of Lords Library briefing papers aim to be politically impartial, containing factual information as well as a range of opinions on each subject. Briefing papers on Bills are produced before Second Reading and, in the Commons, after Committee Stage.

Briefing Paper on Second Reading
5 July 2021
Commons

Archive of press notices related to the Bill.

Have your say on the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill
13 July 2021
Commons

The Government human rights memorandum is prepared by the Government to assist the Joint Committee on Human Rights with its scrutiny of the Bill’s human rights implications.

ECHR memorandum from the Department of Education
20 May 2021
Commons

Written submissions from outside bodies and individuals are circulated to MPs appointed to examine the Bill during committee stage in a Public Bill Committee. The following written submissions were sent to this committee.

Written evidence submitted by Professor John Heathershaw (Professor of International Relations, University of Exeter); Dr Tena Prelec (Research Fellow, Department of Politics and International Relations at University of Oxford); Professor Alex Cooley (Professor of Political Science, Barnard College / Columbia University); Aleksandra Stankova (Project Manager, University of Exeter) (HEFSB23)
23 September 2021
Commons
Written evidence submitted by Birkbeck Students' Union (HEFSB24)
23 September 2021
Commons
Written evidence submitted by Durham Students' Union (HEFSB25)
23 September 2021
Commons
Written evidence submitted by the Association of Colleges (HEFSB26)
23 September 2021
Commons
Written evidence submitted by HOPE not hate (HEFSB27)
23 September 2021
Commons
Written evidence submitted by the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (HEFSB20)
17 September 2021
Commons
Written evidence submitted by Professor Dennis Hayes, Director, Academics for Academic Freedom (HEFSB21)
17 September 2021
Commons
Written evidence submitted by Dr David Merry, Research Fellow, University of Nottingham (HEFSB22)
17 September 2021
Commons
Written evidence submitted by Free Churches Group of England and Wales (HEFSB10)
16 September 2021
Commons
Written evidence submitted by Professor Kathleen Stock OBE, Philosophy, University of Sussex (HEFSB11)
16 September 2021
Commons
Written evidence submitted by Dr David Renton, barrister, and Professor Alison Scott-Baumann, SOAS, SOAS ICOP project (HEFSB12)
16 September 2021
Commons
Written evidence submitted by The Russell Group (HEFSB13)
16 September 2021
Commons
Written evidence submitted by the Executive Committee of Beds SU, University of Bedfordshire (HEFSB14)
16 September 2021
Commons
Written evidence submitted by George Sullivan, Union Development Officer, The University of Nottingham Students' Union (HEFSB15)
16 September 2021
Commons
Written evidence submitted by Sheffield Hallam University (HEFSB16)
16 September 2021
Commons
Written evidence submitted by Professor Eric Kaufmann, Professor of Politics, Birkbeck College, University of London (HEFSB17)
16 September 2021
Commons
Written evidence submitted by the National Union of Students UK and the National Union of Students Charity (HEFSB18)
16 September 2021
Commons
Written evidence submitted by Smita Jamdar, Partner & Head of Education, Shakespeare Martineau (supplementary) (HEFSB19)
16 September 2021
Commons
Written evidence submitted by Benjamin Marler, Founder and Vice President of the Debate Society, Union of Students, University of Derby (HEFSB01)
13 September 2021
Commons
Written evidence submitted by Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe (HEFSB02)
13 September 2021
Commons
Written evidence submitted by Professor Nigel Biggar, CBE, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, University of Oxford (HEFSB03)
13 September 2021
Commons
Written evidence submitted by Taylor Vinters LLP (HEFSB04)
13 September 2021
Commons
Written evidence submitted by the University of Cambridge (HEFSB05)
13 September 2021
Commons
Written evidence submitted by Arif Ahmed MBE, Reader in Philosophy (and Fellow of Gonville and Caius College), University of Cambridge (HEFSB06)
13 September 2021
Commons
Written evidence submitted by Universities UK (HEFSB07)
13 September 2021
Commons
Written evidence submitted by Professor Ross Anderson FRS FREng, Professor of Security Engineering, Cambridge University and Edinburgh University (HEFSB08)
13 September 2021
Commons
Written evidence submitted by the Free Speech Union (HEFSB09)
13 September 2021
Commons

A collection of papers relevant to the bill

Higher education: free speech and academic freedom - report by the Department for Education
12 May 2021
Commons

List of related Impact Assessments

Impact Assessment
12 May 2021

Full transcripts

Committee Debates: compilation pdf of sittings so far
22 September 2021
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22 September 2021
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22 September 2021
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20 September 2021
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20 September 2021
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16 September 2021
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16 September 2021
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15 September 2021
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15 September 2021
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13 September 2021
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13 September 2021
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7 September 2021
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7 September 2021
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Link to the relevant section in the Commons Hansard Daily Report

Commons 2nd reading

2nd reading - Commons Hansard link
12 July 2021
Commons