Valerie Vaz MP raised the issue of the ongoing discrimination against lecturers in Italy – reported in Hansard 4 July 2011 and below.
My thanks to Ms Vaz and UK Minister for Europe, David Lidington for his continuing support and robust response.
Valerie Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with its Italian counterpart on the rights of UK citizens teaching in universities in Italy. 
Mr Lidington: The Government continue to take their duty to uphold the principles central to the EU single market very seriously. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), raised this issue with Italian Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, in April. I also raised it with Franco Frattini my visit to Italy last month.
We continue to lobby the Italian Government hard on this issue, at ministerial level and through the British embassy, but the Government’s response to date has been that it is the responsibility of the Italian universities to seek a resolution. The Italian universities have said that they cannot resolve this issue without help from the Government.
We will continue to do all that we can to lobby the Italian Government to seek a resolution. While we are unable to get involved in Italian legal proceedings, we are nevertheless fully supportive of the British lecturers’ cause.