Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill — New Clause 1 — Human Rights Abuses — 7 Jun 2021 at 20:15

“No ARIA resources may be used in any way that would contravene human rights.” -(Stephen Flynn.)
This new clause is intended to ensure that ARIA is not able to contravene human rights.
This new clause would set ARIA’s primary mission as supporting health research and development and would make the Department of Health and Social Care the Agency’s main client.
This new clause requires ARIA to be certified carbon-neutral annually, and to direct 25% of its annual budget to research and development that will assist the UK’s transition to net-zero. In carrying out its functions, ARIA must have regard to its carbon-neutrality requirement and the UK’s transition to net-zero.
This amendment sets the primary mission for ARIA to support the development of technologies and research that support the UK’s transition to net zero carbon emissions or reduce the harmful effects of climate change.
This amendment would allow for Parliamentary scrutiny of any contracts awarded by ARIA to a person connected to a member of the Government.
This amendment would require ARIA to consider its core mission in exercising its functions. For the ten years following the Act passing, that core mission would be supporting the achievement of Net Zero. Thereafter, its mission will be established by statutory instrument subject to the draft affirmative procedure.
This amendment would require ARIA to have regard for the benefits of its activities across the nations and regions of the UK in exercising its functions and includes a reporting function, with Parliamentary oversight, on the impact of those activities in each nation and region of the UK.
“Subject to paragraph 3(1B) of Schedule 1,”
This amendment is consequential to Amendment 3.
“Subject to paragraph 2(3B) of Schedule 1,”
This amendment is consequential to Amendment 5.
This amendment would require ARIA to share information with the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee when requested.
This amendment would make ARIA subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Public Contract Regulations 2015.
This amendment would require the Secretary of State to consult the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee before dissolving ARIA.
This amendment requires both Houses of Parliament, under the affirmative resolution procedure, to approve the name of the proposed Chair. ARIA may not exercise any functions, nor may the Secretary of State make any grants to ARIA until its first chair has been appointed.
This amendment requires both Houses of Parliament, under the affirmative resolution procedure, to approve the name of the proposed Chief Executive Officer. ARIA may not exercise any functions, nor may the Secretary of State make any grants to ARIA until its first Chief Executive Officer has been appointed.
This amendment would require the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee to approve the Secretary of State’s nominated executive and non-executive members, as well as their remuneration.
This amendment would remove ARIA’s exemption from the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
This amendment would make ARIA subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
“radical innovation, which is different from grand missions and grand challenges.”––[Official Report, Advanced Research and Invention Agency Public Bill Committee, 14 April 2021; c. 20, Q16.]
“£800 million is not a large sum of money, so if we have a plethora of missions, then I think we will go wrong. ARIA has to have focus of mission and a commitment to the model over the long-term”.––[Official Report, Advanced Research and Invention Agency Public Bill Committee, 14 April 2021; c. 63, Q62.]
“currently acting as an anti-regional policy”.
“will spend hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ money on high risk projects but the government apparently wants it to be less accountable to the public than parish councils-which are subject to FOI.”
“In exercising its functions, ARIA must have regard to the desirability of doing so for the benefit of the United Kingdom, through…economic growth…scientific innovation...or improving the quality of life”,
“have regard to the desirability of doing so for the benefit of the United Kingdom.”
“reflect the wide talent and geographical spread of the United Kingdom”,
“ARIA’s primary mission will be to support the development of technologies and research that support the UK’s transition to net zero… or reduce the harmful effects of climate change.”
“there is a judgment call about the burden of administration”.––[Official Report, Advanced Research and Invention Agency Public Bill Committee, 14 April 2021; c. 9, Q4.]
“utterly undermining of sensible government”
“If you are trying to take a difficult decision and you're weighing up the pros and cons, you have frank conversations...And if those conversations then are put out in a published form that afterwards are liable to be highlighted in particular ways, you are going to be very cautious.”
“if you are asking people to go out on a limb to really push the envelope, I would assert that there is an argument, which has some validity, that you make it psychologically much easier for them if they do not feel that they are under a microscope.” ––[Official Report, Advanced Research and Invention Agency Public Bill Committee, 14 April 2021; c. 29, Q21.]
“In terms of the level of transparency, transparency is a good and wonderful thing in most areas, but if you are asking people to go out on a limb to really push the envelope, I would assert that there is an argument, which has some validity, that you make it psychologically much easier for them if they do not feel that they are under a microscope. Many people tend to step back when they are there.”
“about the procedures to be adopted for dealing with conflicts of interest”.

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Alliance0 10100.0%
Con354 (+2 tell) 0097.8%
DUP7 0087.5%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent1 10100.0%
Lab0 197097.5%
LDem0 110100.0%
PC0 30100.0%
SDLP0 20100.0%
SNP0 44 (+2 tell)095.8%
Total:362 260097.5%

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