Clause 25

Part of Further Education and Training Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:30 pm on 14th June 2007.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Secretary of State for Education 1:30 pm, 14th June 2007

I should like to make a few brief remarks. First, Liberal Democrats are very much in favour of transferring more powers to the Welsh Assembly. If we had our way, we would transfer all sorts of other things, but that is not under discussion today. I am less concerned about the process than the Conservatives. However, I am sorry that we did not have the chance to consider the explanatory memorandum and hope that we will have the opportunity to do so on Report, if questions arise.

Finally, it is notable that clause 17 does not allow Welsh colleges the freedom to award foundation degrees, and clause 25 does not give the Welsh Assembly the power to confer that freedom. Will the Minister tell us the reason for that decision?