Clause 19 - Procedure

Part of Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:45 am on 3rd April 2001.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools) 11:45 am, 3rd April 2001

I have a small and detailed point, not made by my hon. Friend, which I hope can be dealt with easily. Proposed new section 28J(3) stipulates that the proceedings of the tribunal are to be held in private. We all welcome that, as it would be inappropriate to do anything else. However, it would be helpful to have an assurance from the Minister that it will be considered appropriate, when the tribunal publishes its conclusions, to refer to some aspects of the proceedings, as long as all parties are happy with that. Some issues that arise during the course of the tribunal's proceedings will have a direct bearing on its conclusions, and it may be appropriate to air them.

If all parties are happy with such references, it is appropriate for such aspects of the proceedings to be made public. It may be implicit that that will happen, in which case there is no problem. However, if that is not implicit, will the Minister say something about the matter?