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 Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Education and Employment 7:00 pm, 3rd April 2001

The hon. Gentleman is right to say that we want the final version of the revised code of practice to reflect and provide guidance on the relevant provisions of the Bill, and on the ensuing regulations. The code must therefore follow on from the debates on the Bill. I give him my assurance that it is our intention to introduce a final draft of the revised code of practice, together with the revised education SEN regulations and the education SEN information regulations, soon after the Bill has received Royal Assent. These will be laid before both Houses as soon as possible and the new code of practice debated so that the final version can be made available to local education authorities and schools before the SEN element of the Act comes into force this September. As the hon. Gentleman said, they will then know exactly what the new duties and regulations are.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 43, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Schedules 1 to 9 agreed to.

Further consideration adjourned.—[Mr. Betts.]

Adjourned accordingly at eight minutes past Seven o'clock till Thursday 5 April at Nine o'clock.