Clause 16

Part of Further Education and Training Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:45 pm on 12th June 2007.

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Photo of Peter Atkinson Peter Atkinson Conservative, Hexham 12:45 pm, 12th June 2007

With this it will be convenient to discuss the following amendments:

No. 19, in clause 16, page 11, line 10, leave out ‘and (2A)’ and insert ‘(2A) and (2B)’.

No. 20, in clause 16, page 11, line 16, at end insert—

‘(2B) The third requirement is that the council—

(a) has regard to any representation from a local authority which has children’s services and education responsibilities in the area in which the establishment or dissolution of a further education corporation is proposed, and

(b) provides such an authority with written reasons for any decision to establish or dissolve a corporation.’.

No. 36, in clause 16, page 11, line 16, at end insert—

‘(2B) The third requirement is that, when the council is  considering proposals to establish or dissolve furthereducation corporations, it must abide by guidance as set outin subsection (2C).

(2C) The council must, after considering representations, publish a policy statement which must include reference to—

(a) the preferred structure of provision of post-16 education;

(b) the need to ensure a choice of qualifications and courses at all levels;

(c) the impact of any new provision of post-16 education on existing providers of post-16 education;

(d) the procedure to be followed when two or more further education corporations are seeking to merge.’.