Schedule 13 — Abolition of office of the Chief Executive of Skills Funding

Deregulation Bill (Programme) (No. 2) – in the House of Commons at 5:45 pm on 14th May 2014.

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Amendments made: 55, page 142, line 14, leave out paragraph 8 and insert—

‘8 Omit section 85 (provision of apprenticeship training etc for persons within section 83 or 83A).’.

This amendment repeals section 85 of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 (which imposes a duty on the Chief Executive of Skills Funding to make reasonable efforts to secure employer participation in certain apprenticeship training) instead of transferring the duty to the Secretary of State.

Amendment 56, page 142, line 40, leave out paragraph 13 and insert—

‘13 (1) Section 100 (provision of financial resources) is amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (1)—

(a) in the opening words, for “Chief Executive” substitute “Secretary of State”;

(b) in paragraph (a), for “Chief Executive’s remit” substitute “Secretary of State’s remit under this Part”;

(c) omit paragraph (f).

(3) Omit subsection (2).

(4) In subsection (3)—

(a) in the opening words, for “Chief Executive” substitute “Secretary of State”;

(b) in paragraph (c), for “Chief Executive” substitute “Secretary of State”.

(5) In subsection (4), for “Chief Executive” substitute “Secretary of State”.

13A (1) Section 101 (financial resources: conditions) is amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (1), for “by the Chief Executive” substitute “by the Secretary of State under section 100”.

(3) In subsection (3)—

(a) in paragraph (a), for “Chief Executive” (in each place where it occurs) substitute “Secretary of State”;

(b) in paragraph (b)—

(i) for “Chief Executive” (in each place where it occurs) substitute “Secretary of State”;

(ii) for “the functions of the office” substitute “functions under this Part”.

(4) In subsection (6)—

(a) in paragraph (a), for “Chief Executive” (in each place where it occurs) substitute “Secretary of State”;

(b) in paragraph (b), for “Chief Executive” substitute “Secretary of State”.

13B (1) Section 102 (performance assessments) is amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (1)—

(a) for “Chief Executive” substitute “Secretary of State”;

(b) for “Chief Executive’s remit” substitute “Secretary of State’s remit under this Part”.

13C (1) Section 103 (means tests) is amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (1), for “The Chief Executive” substitute “For the purpose of the exercise of the powers under section 100(1)(c), (d) or (e), the Secretary of State”.

(3) Omit subsection (2).’.—(Tom Brake.)

This amendment transfers the funding powers of the Chief Executive of Skills Funding under sections 100 to 103 of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 to the Secretary of State.

Bill to be further considered tomorrow.