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 Phil Hope Phil Hope Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Skills), Department for Education and Skills 4:00 pm, 12th June 2007

As we debated on earlier clauses, if the LSC is deemed to have acted unreasonably, the Secretary of State could intervene. However, it would have to be demonstrated that the LSC had acted unreasonably or had not pursued its duties as spelled out in clauses and regulations. If such circumstances were to arise, the local authority could ask the Secretary of State to intervene. However, that would not cover a straightforward disagreement aboutthe right way forward. Clearly, if there were a disagreement, the LSC could make its decision and take it forward.