I confess to being slightly confused. Subsection (8) states that the ``Appropriate authority'' is, for England, the Secretary of State and, for Wales, the National Assembly. The explanatory notes, however, state on pages 19-20 that the clause
``gives the Secretary of State the power to direct LEAs and schools in England and Wales''.
What is the reason for that difference? I am sure that it must be obvious, but I would be grateful for clarification.
I shall have to read the clause and the explanatory note. It may save the Committee's time if I respond in writing. On first reading, I do not understand the hon. Gentleman's problem, but may be able to help if he can explain it again.
I am sorry for being obtuse; it was not deliberate. It seems to me that the Secretary of State deals with matters regarding England and the National Assembly for Wales deals with matters in regard to Wales. The explanatory notes, however, seem to give the Secretary of State the power to direct LEAs and schools in both England and Wales.
I may be able to help. There are two different powers: the planning duty is a matter for the Secretary of State for Education and Employment and for the National Assembly of Wales; a failure to comply with a tribunal decision is a matter for the Secretary of State only. I hope that that assists the hon. Gentleman.
I think that that was exactly the point made by the hon. Member for Bridgend. One is a reserved matter, and one devolved, and that is why there is a difference in the explanatory notes. However, the Minister may still want to give the matter more leisurely consideration.
Question put and agreed to.
Clause 22 ordered to stand part of the Bill.