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Amendments to be debated in the House of Lords

Here you can browse the Amendments to the Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] to be moved in Committee in the House of Lords.

  
Clause 1
 
  
BY THE LORD BOARDMAN
 
     Page 1, line 9, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  The Council is to make coherent provision for individual learning and workforce development which is responsive to persons receiving or intending to receive post-16 education and training and has regard to the needs of the local areas of England and Wales.")
 
  
Clause 2
 
  
BY THE LORD HASKEL
 
     Page 2, line 4, at end insert--
    ("(  )  training suitable to the requirements of employers as expressed by employers and through their training organisations")
 
  
Clause 3
 
  
BY THE LORD HASKEL
 
     Page 2, line 34, at end insert--
    ("(  )  training suitable to the requirements of employers as expressed by employers and through their training organisations")
 
  
BY THE LORD BOARDMAN
 
     Page 2, line 35, leave out ("reasonable") and insert ("proper") 
  
Clause 4
 
  
BY THE LORD BOARDMAN
 
     Page 3, line 23, at end insert--
    ("(  )  encourage persons to provide post-16 education and training")
 
  
Clause 5
 
  
BY THE BARONESS DAVID
 
     Page 3, line 43, leave out ("or advice") and insert (", advice and guidance") 
  
Clause 7
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Page 5, line 14, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Grants made under this section must be earmarked for individual schools or colleges and must maintain the current funding per student in real terms.")
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 5, line 17, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Prior to imposing conditions made under subsection (2) above, the Council shall consult providers or their representative organisations, whichever is the most appropriate for the circumstances concerned.
 
    (  )  In imposing conditions made under subsection (2) above, the Council shall have regard to any guidance from the Secretary of State.")
 
  
Clause 8
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 5, line 19, after ("of") insert ("appropriate") 
     Page 5, line 29, at end insert ("or older as may be determined by the Secretary of State") 
  
Clause 9
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Divide Clause 9 into two Clauses, the first (Assessments) to consist of subsections (1) and (2) and the second (Means tests) to consist of subsections (3) and (4) 
  
Clause 11
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 6, line 15, at end insert--
 
    ("(4)  The power conferred in subsection (2) may only be exercised if one or more of the conditions specified in section 57(2) of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 (as amended by paragraph 9 Schedule 8 to this Act) is satisfied.")
 
  
Clause 12
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Page 6, line 27, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  The Council must publish annually information about the number of students in each age cohort obtaining any qualification approved under section 87.")
 
     Page 6, line 27, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  The Council must publish annually information about the number of students in each age cohort working towards any qualification approved under section 87.")
 
     Page 6, line 27, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  The Council must publish annually information about the number and percentage of people in each age cohort achieving each level of qualification approved under section 87 making due allowance for individuals achieving more than one approved qualification.")
 
  
BY THE LORD HASKEL
 
     Page 6, line 27, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  The Council shall collect statistics concerning staff, such as salaries and qualifications, in institutions and organisations delivering programmes funded by it and shall publish those statistics")
 
  
BY THE BARONESS DAVID
THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 6, line 29, leave out ("or advice") and insert (", advice and guidance") 
  
Clause 16
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 7, line 34, after ("a") insert ("workforce development") 
     Page 7, line 42, at end insert--
 
    ("(4)  In formulating the strategy the Council must consult relevant government departments and local authorities.")
 
  
Clause 19
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 8, line 31, at end insert ("and a co-ordinating committee for the five committees in London") 
  
BY THE LORD BOARDMAN
 
     Page 8, line 31, at end insert--
 
    ("(1A)  A local council is to make coherent provision for individual learning, workforce development and regeneration initiatives which has regard to the needs of its local area.")
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 8, line 34, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  In appointing the members of a local council, the Council shall ensure that the majority are representative of the different providers of education and training within the area, and of local authorities, and that all members have experience relevant to the Council's functions.")
 
  
After Clause 19
 
  
BY THE LORD HARRIS OF HARINGEY
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  The Council must establish a body called the London Learning and Skills Co-ordinating Committee ("the Committee") to co-ordinate the activities of any and all learning and skills councils which are established in London ("the London learning and skills councils") by the Council pursuant to a direction by the Secretary of State under section 19 above.
 
    (2)  The Committee shall consist of not less than 12 and not more than 16 members to be appointed by the Council.
 
    (3)  The Council shall ensure that--
    (a)  every chairman of the London learning and skills councils shall be a member of the Committee;
    (b)  all other members shall be appointed by the Council having regard to their knowledge of the provision of training and skills in London, providing that there shall be a majority of members with business experience and members with experience of local government.
    (4)  The functions of the Committee shall be--
    (a)  to undertake research for and provide guidance to the London learning and skills councils on employment, skills, and the labour market in London;
    (b)  to plan and implement, with the London learning and skills councils, strategies for securing training provision in London;
    (c)  to approve the corporate plans of the London learning and skills councils;
    (d)  to co-ordinate the activities of the London learning and skills councils in relation to the London Small Business Service; and
    (e)  any other functions conducive to improving the provision of training and skills in London.
    (5)  The Committee shall appoint a chief executive for the Committee who shall be appointed a member.
 
    (6)  In carrying out its functions under subsection (4) above, the Committee shall ensure that it has consulted the London Development Agency and local authorities in the Greater London area.")
Co-ordinating Committee for London.
  
Schedule 2
 
  
BY THE BARONESS DAVID
THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 59, line 18, at end insert-- 
 ("Committees 
     8.--(1)  A local council must establish a young people's learning committee and an adult learning committee.
 
    (2)  Members of a committee may be (but need not be) members of the council.")
 
  
Clause 20
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 8, line 40, at end insert ("and the co-ordinating committee for London") 
  
Clause 21
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 9, line 7, at end insert ("including the need to ensure maximum flexibility in the application of funding formulae at local level, with the aim of ensuring that good sixth-form provision can be sustained, and where possible, strengthened,") 
     Page 9, line 9, at end insert ("and specify that proportion of the budget that may be spent at the discretion of the local council") 
     Page 9, line 10, after ("agencies") insert (", lifelong learning partnerships") 
     Page 9, line 10, after ("agencies") insert (", providers") 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Page 9, line 14, leave out subsection (6) 
  
Clause 22
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 9, line 43, at end insert--
    ("(  )  any strategy prepared by any relevant local authority under section 4(1) of the Local Government Act 2000")
 
     Page 9, line 43, at end insert--
    ("(  )  in London, the advice of the co-ordinating committee")
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Page 10, line 2, leave out paragraph (a) 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 10, line 3, at end insert--
    ("(  )  any relevant lifelong learning partnership;")
 
     Page 10, line 3, at end insert--
    ("(  )  any relevant local learning partnerships;")
 
     Page 10, line 3, at end insert--
    ("(  )  existing and potential learners;
    (  )  voluntary and community organisations with an interest in education and training;
    (  )  colleges;
    (  )  workplace training providers;")
 
  
BY THE BARONESS WARWICK OF UNDERCLIFFE
 
     Page 10, line 3, at end insert--
    ("(  )  any relevant institutions providing programmes of higher education")
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Page 10, line 6, leave out from ("it") to end of line 8 
     Page 10, line 19, leave out paragraphs (a) and (b) 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 10, line 24, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  A local council shall have power to amend its plan during the course of a financial year, subject to the consent of the Council.")
 
  
Schedule 3
 
  
BY THE BARONESS DAVID
THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 59, line 24, at end insert--
    ("(  )  must establish a quality recognition and improvement committee")
 
  
BY THE BARONESS DAVID
 
     Page 59, line 31, leave out ("education and training") and insert ("appropriate education and training to meet the reasonable needs") 
  
BY THE BARONESS DAVID
THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 60, line 22, at end insert-- 
 ("Quality recognition and improvement committee 
     .--(1)  This paragraph applies to the quality recognition and improvement committee.
 
    (2)  The committee must--
    (a)  establish quality thresholds which new providers must satisfy;
    (b)  provide arrangements for recognition of providers able to satisfy the quality threshold;
    (c)  investigate and secure improvements in quality in provision funded by the Council;
    (d)  secure arrangements for reviewing quality and funding in programmes which do not lead to qualifications.
    (3)  The committee is to have such other functions relating to the education and training of adults, as the Council specifies.
 
    (4)  The committee's members are to be appointed by the Council with the approval of the Secretary of State.
 
    (5)  The Secretary of State must appoint one of the members as chairman after seeking the Council's advice.
 
    (6)  In appointing a member the Council and the Secretary of State must have regard to the desirability of appointing a person who appears to them to understand the needs of quality issues.")
 
  
Clause 30
 
  
BY THE LORD ROBERTS OF CONWY
 
     Page 12, line 17, after ("members") insert (", not less than four of whom shall have business or commercial experience,") 
  
Clause 39
 
  
BY THE LORD HASKEL
 
     Page 16, line 26, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  The Council shall collect statistics concerning staff, such as salaries and qualifications, in institutions and organisations delivering programmes funded by it and shall publish those statistics.")
 
 
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