Education: Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

House of Lords written question – answered on 25th February 2014.

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Photo of Lord Storey Lord Storey Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers and responsibilities the Secretary of State for Education is charged with in relation to (1) Welsh, (2) Scottish and (3) Northern Irish matters.

Photo of Lord Nash Lord Nash The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Secretary of State for Education has responsibility for a small number of matters in relation to Wales. Schedule 7 to the Government of Wales Act 2006 specifies which matters, including education and training, are devolved to the Welsh Government, subject to certain exceptions such as research councils, intercountry adoption, the Children's Commissioner, and family law and proceedings. The Secretary of State also retains responsibility for the Teachers’ Pay and Pensions Document, which is produced in connection with the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Order, made under section 122 of the Education Act 2002. The Secretary of State may also make regulations as regards teachers' pensions under Schedule 2 to the Public Service Pensions Act 2013 in, or as regards, England and Wales.

The Scotland Act 1998 devolved responsibility for education to the Scottish Parliament. There is no reservation in Schedule 5 to the Scotland Act 1998 specifically relating to education.

The Secretary of State has no powers or responsibilities in Northern Ireland. There are no excepted or reserved matters in these areas under the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

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