Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Twentieth Report


Letter from the Baroness Blackstone, Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment


I am sorry that I have not been able to let you have a substantive reply to your letter of 2nd July 1998 earlier but in view of the points made by the Committee I thought that I should take further legal advice. This has now been received.

The conclusion of the legal advice is that although the position is by no means clear on balance the powers in Schedule 4 to the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 are wide enough to enable the Articles of Government of a further education corporation to delegate powers to the Principal. I attach as an Annex to this letter a summary of the legal advice which we have received [not printed].

As I say our advice is that the issue is far from clear and we intend to put the matter beyond doubt by amendment of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 at the next legislative opportunity.

19th March 1999

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