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Clause 233

Part of Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:15 am on 26th March 2009.

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Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools) 9:15 am, 26th March 2009

I am grateful to the Minister for that full response to the amendments, which raise serious issues. I am not totally convinced that it will work. She is saying that primary legislation is trumped by revised guidance, whose status is even less than that of statutory instruments. I worry that we are relying on guidance to provide a different interpretation of explicit legislation in new circumstances. It will work if the guidance is read, the school is well run, its staff have the guidance in front of them and all the teachers are aware of it. The concern is that that will not happen.