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 Tim Boswell Tim Boswell Conservative, Daventry 11:00 am, 12th June 2007

On that point, I have had a most satisfactory correspondence with somebody whom I know at the LSC. I am satisfied that at least some aspects of the figures might have been overstated, but that does not mean that there is not a concern about bureaucracy. The Minister has said that he will cut the number of non-executive directors as part of the reform, which may slightly reduce costs. Can he assure the Committee that there will still be the same involvement at local level? It is important that people who are active locally in the business community are able to input to the LSC.

On the requirements for flexibility, from a cursory look at the Bill—I have not sought to amend it—it seems to me that the rigid structure that we criticised seven years ago will now be transferred to regions. If Ministers ever wanted to make things more flexible or to vary them, they would not appear to have the opportunity to do so through the Bill. Will the Minister consider whether that is worth re-examining?