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FOREIGN AFFAIRS – VIETNAM AND LINACRE COLLEGE, OXFORD [124937] - 15 February 2022

FOREIGN AFFAIRS – VIETNAM AND LINACRE COLLEGE, OXFORD [124937] - 15 February 2022

Dr Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what advice her Department has given to representatives of (a) Linacre College and (b) Oxford University on the (i) proposed acceptance of £155 million from a billionaire (A) based in Vietnam and (B) close to the Vietnamese Communist Government and (ii) planned renaming of Linacre College after the chairwoman of the company offering the donation; and what consideration was given, in formulating that advice, to the adverse findings by Human Rights Watch regarding restrictions on freedom of speech, opinion, association, religion and the press.  [124937]

[Due for Answer on 23 February]

ANSWER

The Minister of State for Asia and the Middle East (Amanda Milling): Universities are autonomous and will have their own fundraising and gift acceptance policies in place. University due diligence processes should consider reputational, ethical and security risks when deciding whether to accept any donation. FCDO Officials have given background information to Linacre College and the University of Oxford, at the request of these institutions, in line with the advice we offer UK organisations and businesses looking to work with Vietnamese entities.