§ 15. Mr. Baldry
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many reports he has received in the last 12 months of the infringement of freedom of speech or freedom of assembly, within the law, in institutions of higher education; and how many he has taken up with the authorities of the institutions concerned.
§ 48. Mr. Peter Bruinvels
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what recent representations he has received regarding his policy towards the protection of freedom of speech in universities; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Kenneth Baker
No record is kept of the precise number. In recent months we have received frequent representations on the infringement of freedom of speech or assembly at institutions of higher education. In every case a report has been obtained from the authorities of the institution. The Government have decided to introduce a clause into the Education Bill currently before Parliament which will be designed to protect free speech at institutions of further and higher education.