B935 - Expansion of Science Parks Bill 2016

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B935 - Expansion of Science Parks Bill 2016, TSR Conservative and Unionist Party
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Expand the number of science parks nationwide to provide skilled jobs to local communities, attractive new offices and green spaces for businesses, and to put the UK at the forefront of hi-tech economies.


BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Expansion of Science Parks
20 science parks are to be built across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland by the end of 2016. They will contain numerous high-tech industries (both locally, domestically and internationally) including: research and development, computer programming, engineering, medical equipment and computer parts.

2 Interpretation
In this Act—
“science park” refers to a space that is devoted to research and development of new technologies and for technological industries;
“high-tech industries” refers to an industry using or involving advanced methods and the most modern equipment.

3 Short title and extent
(1) This Act may be cited as the Expansion of Science Parks 2016 Act 2016.
(2) This Act extends to the whole of the United Kingdom.

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Spoiler: show High-tech industries are essential for the UK to advance both economically and technologically. It is one of the fastest growing industries that is sustainable and flexible due to the wide variety of fields.

The geographical spread of high-tech jobs is also a major concern. Too much investment in the south has left the north, Scotland and Wales with very few of these jobs, not because their education is substandard but because the south is more attractive to them. With the creation of more science parks, focussed more in the north, more can remain and grow their local economies and contribute to the northern powerhouse. Scotland saw the biggest growth in high-tech industry in 2013 and is expected to remain - we can only facilitate this growth with more science parks to provide businesses an attractive option to invest.

Science parks not only can host businesses, but they can also support education - specifically STEM education which is significantly lacking and in a report it was stated the one of the only ways for this industry to accelerate like in China, US and Germany is to provide better education through business sponsored UTCs and expanded university campuses.

The average cost of a science park is around £30 million, however each can provide up to 10,000 jobs. An investment of £600 million is crucial for the UK to keep up with rival countries and to remain at the forefront of cutting-edge technology. This can be gained from both the tax payer as well as major corporations - which I am sure we will easily get considering numerous large firms including Cisco is investing £1bn in high-tech industries.

Completion will be due by 2025 and each science park will have a business and university sponsor. The two sponsors will work together to develop a coherent plan which will facilitate a large R&D/office building for the business sponsor, laboratries for the university sponsor as well as space (a maximum of 70 hectares) for other businesses, researchers and educational establishments.

This large programme also has the potential to bring a national "university business incubator" which provides support for academics to get mentorship and financing to commercialise their research. This will further the cause of making the UK the hub for high-tech industries and the leading nation of high-tech economies.

How big will a new science park be?
They will be a minimum of 50 hectares big, and placed in convenient locations near roads, rail services and airports.

What will each science park provide?
– one large R&D hub for the main sponsor corporation
– laboratories for the university students and researchers
– buildings available for kick-starters
– buildings for at least 50 hi-tech companies
– spacious, green surroundings
– a low carbon emission program
– gyms, cafés, parks and day care centres
– land available for UTCs

Where will the money come from to fund each science park?
£12 million will come from the main sponsor corporation
£9 million will come from the main sponsor university
£9 million will come from tax-payers

How many jobs will be created?
Each science park will create up to 10,000 jobs, therefore overall 200,000 jobs will be created by the end of the programme.
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Aye ! This will expanded the science, technology and engineering sector and we provide investment into Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and will create hundreds of new jobs hence promoting the industry
Although there is one big typo which puts the whole bill in jeopardy.
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An excellent proposal, Aye!
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Aye. This is a very sensible proposal and I am sure it will have overwhelming support.
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"By the end of 2015"
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Aye ! This will expanded the science, technology and engineering sector and we provide investment into Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and will create hundreds of new jobs hence promoting the industry
Although there is one big typo which puts the whole bill in jeopardy.
Cracking. Where's the typo?

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An excellent proposal, Aye!
(Original post by Quamquam123)
Aye. This is a very sensible proposal and I am sure it will have overwhelming support.
Thank you!

However, I'm sure there will be some on the left saying the money is better spent elsewhere... if you want to reduce poverty, increasing welfare isn't the solution - giving people a job is.
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"By the end of 2015"
This seems the only drawback I can find in the Bill, which could be included in a second reading. I'd hope that science parks could also be sited somewhere which is accessible easily by public transport, cycling or walking.
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"By the end of 2015"
This was indeed discussed prior to the New Year, hence this typo, which I'm sure will be corrected for Division/Second Reading.
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This seems the only drawback I can find in the Bill, which could be included in a second reading. I'd hope that science parks could also be sited somewhere which is accessible easily by public transport, cycling or walking.
The other issue I have is I'm not sure this should be a bill. Legislating the building of something seems weird. I belive it should be a motion.
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This seems the only drawback I can find in the Bill, which could be included in a second reading. I'd hope that science parks could also be sited somewhere which is accessible easily by public transport, cycling or walking.
This is a must. However long-term, it's best for them to be built slightly out-of-town. This way there is space for housing and retail developments in the future.
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(Original post by barnetlad)
This seems the only drawback I can find in the Bill, which could be included in a second reading. I'd hope that science parks could also be sited somewhere which is accessible easily by public transport, cycling or walking.
Hear Hear. I commend the Conservatives on an excellent idea and bill
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Aye. I don't see anything wrong with this.
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Aye, but a bit optimistic on the completion dates

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Aye! Aye! Aye!

Worthy investment, both into local communities and STEM industries.
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Hear Hear. I commend the Conservatives on an excellent idea and bill
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Aye. I don't see anything wrong with this.
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Aye, but a bit optimistic on the completion dates

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We'll see about that
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Aye and sorry for not spotting and correcting the typo (or relic of the last year, I'm not sure).
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Aye.

(Is it appropriate to aye my own bill?)
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Aye and sorry for not spotting and correcting the typo (or relic of the last year, I'm not sure).
If you just want to change 2015 to another year I'd be happy to make that change now.
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Not sure whether incentives might be needed to bring high-tech industry to the parks but otherwise a great idea. We need to de-Londonise our economy.
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Aye, but a bit optimistic on the completion dates

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Well, we still hope to have completed this before the MEU is completed
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