Clause 25

Part of Further Education and Training Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:00 pm on 14th June 2007.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Shadow Minister (14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships) 2:00 pm, 14th June 2007

I am grateful to the Minister for coming to the Committee and giving us the benefit of his advice. I asked five questions. First, I asked why it was   decided to use primary legislation in this instance. The Minister said that it was because it would enable us to have a wider debate—I guess—on the subject. That seemed to be the inference of his answer. Secondly, I asked him why the explanatory memorandum was not sent to members of the Committee, and he has generously apologised for that oversight. I think that we have learned a lesson from that oversight and in future it is absolutely necessary that that type of material is made available to members of the Committee. Thirdly, I asked him whether this process was going to become the norm, in terms of the use of primary legislative powers. I am not absolutely sure that I received an answer to that question. Forgive me, but I am going to ask him to return to question three.