University Tuition Fees
In December 2010 Stephen Lloyd voted against increasing the upper limit on university tuition fees from £3290 per year to £9000 per year. The proposed increase was a response to the Browne Report, published in October of that year, which had proposed a complete removal of any upper limit on fees, together with other measures (largely adopted by the coalition government) to ease the burden of repayment.
In October 2010, Stephen Lloyd signed Early Day Motion 767: Science is Vital Campaign. The motion stated that the house "believes that continued investment in research is vital in order to meet the technological and social challenges of the 21st century, and to continue to attract high-tech industries to invest here; further believes that large cuts to science funding are a false economy, due to evidence that research investment fuels economic growth".
Religious Education in Schools
In January 2011, Mr Lloyd proposed EDM 1375: Religious Education and the English Baccalaureate, which stated:
- That this House notes the recent publication of league tables of school performance measuring the proportion of pupils obtaining the English Baccalaureate; further notes that the English Baccalaureate is awarded to pupils who gain GCSEs at Grade C or above in English, mathematics, science, a foreign language and a humanities subject; further notes with concern that this list of approved subjects does not include religious education; recognises that religious education is an academically rigorous subject with increasing popularity among pupils; further recognises that the rise of religious extremism around the world and in the UK means that a good understanding of all religions is vital to a well-rounded education; further notes that with the increasing emphasis on the English Baccalaureate as the primary qualification for 16-year-olds, schools are more likely to focus on the core subjects which make it up; and therefore calls on the Government to recognise the importance and relevance of religious education by including it as a core subject in the English Baccalaureate.
In February 2012 a new All Party Parliamentary group was set up to safeguard the teaching of RE in schools. Lloyd was the chairman. The formation of the group was supported by religious groups as well as by the British Humanist Association.
In the run-up to the 2015 general election, Mr Lloyd was asked a number of questions by the pro-life group LIFE. In his responses he indicated that he did not support a reduction of the abortion limit, although he did support measures to ensure that the current law was followed more precisely.
In February 2015 Stephen Lloyd voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to give birth to children who would not inherit the disease. An October 2014 briefing report by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which had been investigating the issue for three years, stated that there was no evidence to show that mitochondrial donation was unsafe. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.
- http://lifecharity.org.uk/surreyandsussex/2015/03/03/general-election-2015/ (also at Archive.org)
- http://www.stephenlloyd.org.uk/ (alternative URL: http://www.eastbournelibdems.co.uk/)
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