Clause 115

Education and Skills Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:30 pm on 28th February 2008.

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Directions under section 113: information

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)

I beg to move amendment No. 207, in clause 115, page 64, line 29, leave out ‘in connection with the Secretary of State’s functions’.

Mr. Bayley, listening to you read the numbers of the preceding series of clauses made me think that if you need another job, bingo calling might be the one for you.

Clause 115 carries forward provisions already in place in existing legislation. It enables the sharing of information between relevant authorities to prevent an unsuitable person from working with children by participating in the management of an independent educational institution. Relevant authorities are the chief inspector, the Secretary of State, Welsh Ministers, the Independent Barring Board and the General Teaching Councils for both England and Wales. This will assist relevant authorities to discharge effectively their statutory functions to protect children and vulnerable adults from those who might cause them harm.

The amendment allows the Secretary of State to share with the authority responsible for making the direction under clause 113 any information which may be relevant to consideration of a direction to prohibit a person from participating in the management of an independent educational institution. It will bring consistency between England and Wales and allow the Secretary of State to share any information that may be relevant.

Amendment agreed to.

Photo of Hugh Bayley Hugh Bayley NATO Parliamentary Assembly UK Delegation

I did not want to interrupt the Minister in full flow, but as an accomplished and experienced part-time bingo caller, I should remind him that numbers above 100 do not appear on the bingo card.

Clause 115, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 116 ordered to stand part of the Bill.