Debates between Lord Drayson and Baroness Neville-Rolfe during the 2019 Parliament

Ministers: Legal Costs

Debate between Lord Drayson and Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Tuesday 12th March 2024

(3 months, 1 week ago)

Lords Chamber
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Baroness Neville-Rolfe Portrait Baroness Neville-Rolfe (Con)
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On extremism, as the Prime Minister said in his very important speech two weeks ago, we have seen an unacceptable rise in extremist activity that seeks to divide our society and hijack our democratic institutions. It is our duty to ensure that the Government have all the tools that they need to tackle this ever-evolving threat.

Lord Drayson Portrait Lord Drayson (Lab)
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My Lords, part of the role of the Science Minister is to champion the scientific community within government and to protect it from political interference. What action are the Government taking to repair the damage caused by the Secretary of State’s highly regrettable actions and the libel case that followed?

Baroness Neville-Rolfe Portrait Baroness Neville-Rolfe (Con)
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I do not see it that way. The Secretary of State gave evidence this morning to the Lords Science and Technology Committee. There was a brief discussion of this matter. They then moved on to discuss important points about science, which she and this Government are extremely supportive of and have done so much to make sure that the UK is one of the leaders in the world in science and technology matters.