The practices of debate are for Weber inherent to the very concept of scholarship. My aim in this essay is to offer along this line a parliamentary interpretation for Weber’s writings on the status of values in the research process. My focus lies in Weber’s Wertfreiheit essay and his university writings. I discuss Weber’s concept of academic freedom with Quentin Skinner’s neo-Roman opposition between freedom and dependence and its application to the Westminster parliamentary politics in terms of free mandate and free speech of the members. Weber’s distinction between Wertfreiheit (value freedom) and Wertbeziehung (value relation) rougly corresponds to dualism between debates on the items on the parliamentary agenda and the procedural debates of parliamentary agenda-setting. Although the parallels between parliamentary and academic debate are incomplete, parliamentary analogies to scholarly debates are worth discussing. I further illustrate the parliamentary model of debates and Weber’s applications of it with examples from contemporary university politics. It is not difficult to detect striking parallels to the situation of the Wilhelmine Germany and contemporary tendencies to build new forms of dependence for both agenda-setting and debate.