Clause 16

Part of Further Education and Training Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:00 pm on 12th June 2007.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Secretary of State for Education 4:00 pm, 12th June 2007

I thank the Under-Secretary for giving way. His comments are very helpful. However, may I return to the point that I made at the end of my remarks? What would happen if there was a conflictof interest? What would happen if a local authority opposed a regional council’s proposal for a merger, or opening or closure of a college, because it felt strongly that the provision of places for 14 to 19-year-olds would be affected? I understand that the council will have a wider remit, but who has the lead on 14 to 19-year-olds and what would happen if the local authority disagreed?