Votes: Higher Education and Research Bill

On 8th March 2017 the House of Lords voted on three amendments to the Government’s Higher Education and Research Bill. The Bishop of Oxford, the Bishop of Worcester, and the Bishop of Chester took part in the votes.

House of Lords Division Lobby

Lord Blunkett moved amendment 72, to leave out clause 26 and insert the new clause Scheme to provide information about the quality of higher education and higher education teaching.

The House divided:

Contents: 280 | Not Contents: 186 | Result: Government Defeat

The Bishop of Chester voted Content. The Bishop of Oxford voted Not Content.


Baroness Wolf of Dulwich moved amendment 116A, as an amendment to amendment 116, at end to insert: “( ) The OfS must not authorise a provider unless: (a) the provider has been established for a minimum of four years with satisfactory validation arrangements in place, or (b) the Quality Assessment Committee is assured that the provider is fully able to maintain the required standard expected for the granting of a United Kingdom degree for the duration of the authorisation, and may therefore be authorised to grant taught awards or research awards or both, and has reported to the Secretary of State; and the OfS is assured that the provider operated in the public interest and in the interest of students. ( ) In this section the “Quality Assessment Committee” is the Committee established under section 25 and “validation arrangements” has the same meaning as in section 47(4).”

The House divided:

Contents: 201 | Not Contents: 186 | Result: Government Defeat

The Bishop of Chester voted Content. The Bishops of Oxford and Worcester voted Not Content.

Lord Judge moved amendment 117, in clause 46, page 27, line 24, to leave out from “appeal” to end of line 27 and insert “shall be on the grounds that the decision was wrong.” The House divided:

Contents: 185 | Not Contents: 151 | Result: Government Defeat


The Bishops of Chester, Oxford and Worcester voted Content.