Clause 5 - Unopposed Appeals

Part of Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:00 pm on 29th March 2001.

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Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Education and Employment 2:00 pm, 29th March 2001

Yes. The clause relates to appeals against a decision by a local authority not to make a statement of special educational needs, not to reassess an existing statement, not to make an assessment of special educational needs, and not to substitute a school named in a statement for a different school named by the parents.

More complex types of appeal have been excluded for the reason mentioned by the hon. Gentleman: it might be appropriate for the tribunal to consider the parents' appeal in greater detail—for example, it might be helpful for a tribunal to consider the contents of a statement.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 5 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 6 ordered to stand part of the Bill.