Clause 5

Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:45 pm on 11 July 2006.

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Regulated activity

Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Parmjit Dhanda Parmjit Dhanda Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Children, Young People and Families), Department for Education and Skills

Clause 5 provides that regulated activity relating to children and vulnerable adults will be set out in schedule 3. Regulated activity is a key term in the Bill. It is activity that will be prohibited for an individual on a barred list. Broadly speaking, it represents work involving close contact with children or vulnerable adults.

The clause will allow the Secretary of State to amend the definition of “regulated activity” by order, providing the flexibility to respond to changes in the work force and in how services are provided. Clause 46(3) provides that any order made under clause 5(3) to vary the meaning of regulated activity must be subject to the affirmative resolution procedure. The definition is key to the scheme. I commend the clause to the Committee.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 5 ordered to stand part of the Bill.