Clause 17

Part of Education and Skills Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:00 pm on 19 February 2008.

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Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald Conservative, North East Hertfordshire 6:00, 19 February 2008

When Mr. Head gave evidence to the Committee, he talked about the young person

“who turned up to our NEET event in a brand new BMW series 3, who clearly was economically active”.——[Official Report, Education and Skills Public Bill Committee, 29 January 2008; c. 162, Q363.]

That raises the prospect that some of the 10 per cent. who will be encouraged into education may be people who, for example, are drug pushers. If someone turns up in a brand new BMW and information from health authorities or the police suggests that they have that sort of background, will it be possible to share that information with the staff, so that they can keep an eye on what is going on and ensure that the further education college does not end up being turned into a place where drugs are pushed? Can the information be used in circumstances in which it would defeat crime—that is, for a different purpose from that for which it was originally provided? If the Minister does not have the answer to hand, perhaps he will write to me.