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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

I shall have one last go at trying to persuade the hon. Gentleman, and then leave it up to the Committee. I oppose the amendments because they are likely to leave less room for discretion. They will specify by order specific duties and arrangements, rather than leaving local flexibility. It is largely the local flexibility delivered by clause 39(5) which specifies support. That is for local interpretation, to provide local flexibility based on the individual circumstances of the vulnerable person and the specific range of services and facilities available in that locality. It is much more flexible than having us, centrally, here in Whitehall, dictate by order what duties and arrangements need to be put in place.