Clause 2

Part of Further Education and Training Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 12th June 2007.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Shadow Minister (14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships) 11:00 am, 12th June 2007

The Minister is right. There were exchanges on Second Reading about costs. I want to be absolutely clear and candid about that, as I am sure that the Minister does, too. Is he saying that there will be an immediate saving as a result of the measure he just described, or that that saving will accrue once the reorganisation is in place? How much of that saving has already been announced? He would not want to be in the business of double accounting, any more than we would.

Will the Minister clarify what was meant by what the Secretary of State and others said on Second Reading about the savings only kicking in after some time?