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Assessing higher education: designated body

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at 9:06 pm on 21st November 2016.

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Amendments made: 26, page 79, line 6, leave out paragraph 1.

See explanatory statement for amendment 28.

Amendment 27, page 79, line 13, leave out from beginning to “consult” in line 14 and insert “The OfS may”.

See the explanatory statement for amendment 28.

Amendment 28, page 79, line 31, leave out sub-paragraphs (4) and (5) and insert—

“Recommendation

2A (1) This paragraph applies where the OfS has consulted in accordance with paragraph 2.

(2) The OfS must consider whether there is a body that is suitable to perform the assessment functions.

(3) If the OfS considers that there is only one body that is suitable to perform the assessment functions, the OfS must recommend that body to be designated to perform those functions.

(4) If the OfS considers that there is more than one body that is suitable to perform the assessment functions, the OfS must recommend the most appropriate body to be designated to perform those functions.

(5) ‘The most appropriate body’ means, out of those bodies, the body whose designation the OfS considers would be most appropriate for securing the effective assessment of the quality of, and the standards applied to, higher education provided by English higher education providers.

(6) If the OfS considers that there is no body that is suitable to perform the assessment functions, the OfS may not recommend a body to be designated to perform those functions.

(7) The OfS must—

(a) notify the Secretary of State of its recommendation or that no recommendation is made, and

(b) publish that notification.”

This amendment and amendments 26 and 27 make changes to clarify when and how the OfS may recommend to the Secretary of State that a body is suitable to be designated to perform the assessment functions. The new paragraph 2A replaces paragraphs 1 and 2(4) and (5) of Schedule 4.

Amendment 29, page 79, line 37, leave out “paragraphs 1 and 2” and insert “paragraph 2A”.—(Joseph Johnson.)

This amendment is consequential on amendments 26 and 28.

Schedule 6