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Lords concludes line by line check of Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill

23 November 2021

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Members of the Lords concluded their detailed examination of the Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill in committee stage on Monday 22 November.

The Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill seeks to establish the Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA) as a statutory corporation. ARIA is a new type of funding body for conducting, commissioning and supporting ambitious scientific research with a tolerance to failure.

Line by line examination

Committee stage, the first chance to check the bill in detail and make changes, took place in Grand Committee, away from the chamber. Any member can take part and decisions on amendments (changes) can be made but no votes can take place.

Proposed changes

Members put forward changes (PDF) (amendments) to the bill to be discussed on topics including subjecting ARIA to Freedom of Information requests and ensuring that ARIA supports obligations relating to the Climate Change Act 2008.

Get involved

Watch and read the debate

Find out about all the issues members discussed: catch up on Parliament TV or read the Lords Hansard transcript.

Explore further information

Read background information on the bill in the House of Lords Library Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill briefing.

Next steps

Report stage, an opportunity to closely scrutinise elements of the bill and make changes, is yet to be scheduled.

What's happened so far?

Committee stage day one: Wednesday 17 November

Proposed changes

Members put forward changes (PDF) (amendments) to the bill to be discussed.

The amendments covered a range of subjects, including;

  • giving ARIA a core mission to support the achievement of net zero emissions in the UK

  • ensuring devolved administrations are represented on ARIA

  • establishing ARIA committees in specific UK regions.

Catch up on Parliament TV or read a transcript in Lords Hansard.

Second reading: Tuesday 2 November

Members discussed the main issues in the bill during second reading. For example, developing, exploiting and sharing scientific knowledge and translating basic scientific research into more commercial technologies, as well as looking at grants and funding. 

Members speaking

Lord Callanan (Conservative), Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, opened the debate and responded on behalf of the government.

Members speaking in the debate included:

  • Lord Borwick (Conservative), Director and Trustee, Royal Brompton and Harefield Charity and former member of the Lords Science and Technology Committee
  • Lord Clement-Jones (Liberal Democrat), Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center
  • Lord Rees of Ludlow, (Crossbench), former President of the Royal Society and Astronomer Royal
  • Viscount Stansgate (Labour), Trustee, Parliamentary Science and Technology Information Foundation.

Find out more about the issues discussed: catch up on Parliament TV or read a Lords Hansard transcript. 

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