Clause 50

Part of Education and Skills Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:15 pm on 21 February 2008.

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Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools) 4:15, 21 February 2008

I beg to move amendment No. 90, in clause 50, page 27, line 10, leave out ‘persons working in either of those ways’ and insert

‘service as a member of the armed forces of the Crown’.

Clause 50 deals with Crown employment and how Crown employees are treated in relation to the duties in the Bill. Amendment No. 90 is a probing amendment, designed to ascertain why there are regulations that institute exceptions and special rules for civil servants that do not apply to 16 and 17-year-olds in other employment. I understand why we need special arrangements for those serving in the armed forces. The amendment has therefore been drafted to keep the regulation-making powers in place as far as service as a member of the armed forces is concerned, but to take out reference to Crown employment. A simple explanation from the Minister would be helpful.