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 Margaret Hodge Margaret Hodge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education and Employment) (Employment and Equal Opportunities) 11:45 am, 3rd April 2001

I hope that I have given the assurances that the hon. Gentleman sought.

I am delighted that the hon. Gentleman approves of the provisions in proposed new section 28J(2)(d), which will enable hearings to be conducted in the absence of any member other than the chairman. That has happened occasionally in SEN hearings, but always with the consent of all the parties involved. Obviously, it would occur only in exceptional circumstances, for example where a member had been unavoidably delayed.