§ Mr. Peter Bruinvels
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received from the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals on his proposals to seek to amend the Education Bill [Lords] with respect to free speech in institutes of higher education; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Walden
The chairman of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals wrote to my right hon. Friend on 30 May about the Government's intention to introduce an amendment on free speech to the Education Bill. My right hon. Friend invited the CVCP and other bodies representing higher education institutions to a meeting on 5 June to discuss this. Consultations with these bodies on the possible form of the amendment to be introduced in this House are continuing at official level.