After section 20

Part of Standards in Scotland's Schools etc Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 4:30 pm on 7th June 2000.

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Photo of Peter Peacock Peter Peacock Labour 4:30 pm, 7th June 2000

I have dealt with that point many times in Parliament, and I have no desire to do so again. I will continue with the point that I was making.

There is nothing to stop managers of educational establishments applying for a grant from Scottish ministers under section 73 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980. However, the proposal to impose an explicit requirement that consent to such funding should not be unreasonably withheld would unduly restrict the discretionary power to award such grants. When making funding decisions, ministers need to consider a wide range of general funding priorities, and not just the circumstances of individual schools. For those reasons, I recommend that we reject the amendment.