New Clause 20

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:45 am on 26th March 2009.

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Sharing of information for education and training purposes

‘(1) A person within subsection (3) may provide information to another person within that subsection, or a person within subsection (4), for the purpose of enabling or facilitating the exercise of any relevant function.

(2) A person within subsection (4) may provide information to a person within subsection (3) for the purpose of enabling or facilitating the exercise of any relevant function.

(3) The persons within this subsection are—

(a) the Chief Executive;

(b) the Young People’s Learning Agency for England;

(c) a designated person;

(d) a member of the Chief Executive’s staff;

(e) a member of staff of a designated person;

(f) a person providing services to any person within paragraphs (a) to (c).

(4) The persons within this subsection are—

(a) a local education authority in England;

(b) a person providing services to a local education authority in England in its capacity as such.

(5) In subsections (1) and (2), “relevant function” means—

(a) any function of the Chief Executive,

(b) any function of the Young People’s Learning Agency for England, or

(c) any function conferred on a local education authority in England in its capacity as such,

other than a function under this section.

(6) In this section—

“the Chief Executive” means the Chief Executive of Skills Funding;

“designated person” means a person by whom any function of the Chief Executive is exercisable by virtue of section 79(1);

“member of staff of a designated person” means a person—

(a) appointed by a designated person to assist the designated person in connection with the performance of any function exercisable by the designated person by virtue of section 79(1), or

(b) exercising any function of the Chief Executive by virtue of section 79(4);

“member of the Chief Executive’s staff” means—

(c) a member of the Chief Executive’s staff appointed by the Chief Executive under paragraph 3 of Schedule 4, or

(d) a member of staff provided to the Chief Executive by the Secretary of State under arrangements under paragraph 5 of that Schedule.

(7) Nothing in this section—

(a) affects any power to disclose information that exists apart from this section, or

(b) authorises the disclosure of any information in contravention of any provision made by or under any Act which prevents disclosure of the information.’.—(Jim Knight.)

This new clause replaces clause 119 to allow information sharing between bodies and persons replacing the Learning and Skills Council. It differs from clause 119 in not extending local education authorities’ existing statutory powers to share information with each other and in defining “member of the Chief Executive’s staff”.

Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.