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 Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Education and Employment 1:30 pm, 29th March 2001

The hon. Member for Daventry is right about the purpose of new section 332B(8). It will ensure that the resolution of disputes procedure is carried out in relation to disputes between parents and the broadest possible range of schools. That is the reason for the list. I assure the hon. Gentleman that the same would apply for any schools that came into being under future legislation. We do not believe that the amendment is necessary, for similar reasons to those that I outlined on Tuesday.

The Bill is not an appropriate vehicle to provide for categories of schools that may come into being in future. Any such schools will be created by primary legislation. Their classification will be subsequently inserted into the necessary legislation to achieve the effect that the hon. Gentleman wants. I agree that any future categories of schools that a Government might consider appropriate to determine would need to be covered by the dispute resolution measures. I assure the hon. Gentleman that our proposal would have that effect.