I beg to move amendment No. 17, in page 4, line 11, at end insert—
'() is designed to assist persons whose first language is not English to achieve any level of competence in English language;'.
The amendment meets an undertaking given to the Committee. It will place within the Secretary of State's duty for further education a provision that is designed to assist those whose first language is not English and who need to improve their competency in English. This will be of particular benefit in meeting the needs of ethnic minorities and will enable them to play a full part in the economic and social life of our community.
Amendment made: No. 18, in page 4, line 16, at end insert—
'() An order shall not be made under subsection (2) above unless the Secretary of State has consulted—
as appear to him to be appropriate as to the amendments proposed to be made by the order.'—[Mr. Michael Forsyth.]