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

Yes, I can assure the Committee of that.

The hon. Gentleman's third point related to costs. Under the current system for the SEN tribunal, the regulations state that costs will be awarded only in exceptional circumstances. Indeed, they have been awarded in a handful of cases during the five years since the tribunal's creation. The regulations that we intend to make for the new tribunal will be replicated in disability cases. We do not want parents to be deterred by the prospect of costs.

The hon. Gentleman asked whether members would receive allowances, and we already pay fees to members, as well as travel and subsistence expenses. We will do so for new members.