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Clause 2

Part of Education and Skills Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:00 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) 5:00 pm, 5th February 2008

Perhaps I should be clearer with the hon. Gentleman in respect of clause 39. Yes, we will issue guidance to local authorities about how they interpret it, in particular subsection (5), which says:

“The authority—

(a) must take all reasonable steps to secure that relevant support is offered to the person, and

(b) may not give the notice unless satisfied that the person has been afforded an opportunity to take advantage of the support offered.”

I hope that gives him the necessary reassurance about guidance and the fact that support will come before enforcement.