Clause 3 - Resolution of Disputes

Part of Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:30 pm on 29th March 2001.

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Photo of Tim Boswell Tim Boswell Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow Spokesperson (Education and Employment) 1:30 pm, 29th March 2001

I beg to move amendment No. 14, in page 4, line 38, at end insert—

`(ca)such other educational institutions within the maintained sector as may from time to time be designated by the Secretary of State with the approval of both Houses of Parliament.'.

I need not detain the Committee long. The other day, we had a discussion on the multiplication of various sorts of educational institutions, if not in substance, in nomenclature. Some of those may be and, in this case are, non-maintained but within the private sector, and local authorities may buy into them and secure provision for pupils with special educational needs. The amendment would ensure that no one is left out and that, if a new category comes along or there is some arrangement about which we had not previously thought, it can be relatively easily accommodated within the entirely sensible rules. We want people to be able to use a wide range of different educational establishments. It is concomitant on that that if disputes arise, the dispute procedure should cover the whole area, not part of it. I am sure that the Minister will say that that includes the private non-maintained sector as well as the maintained sector. That is a sensible approach and I look forward to her reassurances.