Higher Education: Principal Regulators

House of Lords written question – answered on 23rd July 2012.

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Photo of Lord Willis of Knaresborough Lord Willis of Knaresborough Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government which body is the charitable regulator for (1) further education colleges, and (2) sixth form colleges.

Photo of Baroness Wilcox Baroness Wilcox The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Secretary of State for Education was appointed as the principal regulator for sixth form colleges with effect from 1 August 2011.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is working closely with the Cabinet Office to identify and appoint a principal regulator for further education colleges.

Due to the large number of exempt charities, the Cabinet Office has been working to a planned and phased timetable of implementation. In line with this timetable sixth form colleges were identified in the second phase of implementation. Further education colleges are in the third phase and we are looking to formalise the appointment of the principal regulator for further education colleges by early 2013.

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