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Clause 2

Part of Education and Skills Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:15 pm on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners) 4:15 pm, 5th February 2008

To help the Committee, I draw hon. Members’ attention to pages 26 and 27 of the impact assessment, paragraphs 5.20 to 5.27, which deal with the costs to employers. The impact assessment states:

Labour Force Survey (LFS) analysis for 2006 shows around 40% of the 20,750 16-17 year olds in JWT work part-time.”

It then goes on to deal with medium-sized firms, small firms and the sorts of assumption made. I particularly advise looking at paragraph 5.27, which talks about the fact that the new arrangements are not coming in for some time. That allows large businesses in particular to  adjust to what is going to happen over the next five years and to respond accordingly.