Academies Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:30 pm on 7th July 2010.

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Photo of Baroness Howe of Idlicote Baroness Howe of Idlicote Crossbench 7:30 pm, 7th July 2010

My Lords, I very much thank the Minister for the consideration that he has given. Of course, I am hardly completely satisfied, as he will understand. The conversation that followed the initial moving of the amendment expressed the view that we all share about the importance of governing bodies. I suspect that many other people in this room have been governors at some stage of their life. My experience goes back many years, to when there was not a great deal to be done other than consider meals and milk. I particularly thank the noble Lord, Lord Puttnam, for his contribution, because he put it in the wider community sense, and the noble Baroness, Lady Williams, for her point about the democratic process: how, so often, becoming a governor of a local school sparks off the base of the big society-as the Conservative side of the coalition was keen to put across to us all.

I will leave it at that. I thank all noble Lords, because quite a number spoke. I will withdraw my amendment and I certainly hope to have a meeting with the Minister and members of the NGA.

Amendment 15 withdrawn.

Consideration on Report adjourned until not before 8.40 pm.