Clause 43 - Short title, interpretation, commencement and extent

Part of Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 7:00 pm on 3rd April 2001.

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Photo of Tim Boswell Tim Boswell Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow Spokesperson (Education and Employment) 7:00 pm, 3rd April 2001

I promise not to replay the previous debate. In your wisdom as Chairmen, Sir David, you and your colleague did not select amendment No. 10, which related to commencement. However, I should like the Minister's assurance that we are on track to have the code of practice done and dusted by September. We all understand that the Bill is one thing and the code of practice is another. That code is the serious operational part and has a huge impact on the conduct of SEN cases. It matters to the individuals, the parents and the local authority and we need to have it as soon as possible. I hope that the Minister will change from a perhaps slightly flippant tone to a deadly serious one. We were very grateful when the Government decided to return to the old formulation of specifying matter in a statement. That is the kind of assurance that we will seek in the code of practice. Will the Minister reaffirm the timetable and her readiness to debate the issue, and reassure us about the current state of play before the end of today's proceedings?