Clause 14

Part of Further Education and Training Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:30 pm on 12th June 2007.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Shadow Minister (14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships) 12:30 pm, 12th June 2007

I am seeking clarification because I am beginning to regret the fact that we sped through clause 10—it sounds like we should have had an immensely detailed debate on it. However, will the Under-Secretary be absolutely clear? He said that if the Learning and Skills Council was to act in an unreasonable or perverse way, the Secretary of State would have the power to intervene. Could that be stimulated by an appeal? Would there be an opportunity for those affected to make a case to the Secretary of State? Are there circumstances in which his scrutiny would be required?