Advanced Research and Invention Agency Act 2022

The Advanced Research and Invention Agency Act 2022 is an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom that creates the Advanced Research and Invention Agency. It was introduced in the House of Commons by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Kwasi Kwarteng on 2 March 2021.

Act of Parliament
Long titleA Bill to make provision for and in connection with the establishment of the Advanced Research and Invention Agency.
Citation2022 c. 4
Introduced byKwasi Kwarteng, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Commons)
Lord Callanan, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Lords)
Territorial extent England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Dates
Royal assent24 February 2022
Commencement24 February 2022 (Sections 10-14 and paragraph 11 of Schedule 1 and section 1(2) and (3) so far as relating to it)
All other provisions shall commence by secondary legislation.
Status: Current legislation
History of passage through Parliament
Text of statute as originally enacted
Text of the Advanced Research and Invention Agency Act 2022 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from legislation.gov.uk.

BackgroundEdit

The Government have said that the Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA) is an attempt to emulate the United States' Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) and similar governmental agencies such as in Germany and Japan.[1]

Former adviser to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Dominic Cummings, is credited with inspiring the Government to push forward with this policy.[2] Cummings was called in front of the Science and Technology Select Committee's inquiry into the plans for ARIA.[3]

Notable amendmentsEdit

Purpose of ARIAEdit

The SNP's Business spokesperson Stephen Flynn and Labour's Shadow Minister for Science, Research and Digital Chi Onwurah pushed an amendment to a division that would have changed the primary objective of ARIA to focus on net-zero technologies. All parties supported the amendment except the Conservatives and the DUP. The amendments failed.[4]

Freedom of InformationEdit

Labour also put forward an amendment that would have put ARIA under the scope of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as the Act has an exemption. This amendment also failed.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA): policy statement". GOV.UK. Retrieved 2022-06-29.
  2. ^ CaSE. "ARIA, Dominic Cummings and science funding". www.sciencecampaign.org.uk. Retrieved 2022-06-29.
  3. ^ Parliament of the United Kingdom (4 March 2021). "Dominic Cummings and Kwasi Kwarteng give evidence".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ a b Hansard (7 June 2021). "Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Division 17".