Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] -
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Clause 6
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
63     Page 4, line 12, after ("may") insert ("after consulting providers or their representatives and such persons as it thinks fit") 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
64     Page 4, line 15, leave out paragraph (a) and insert--
    ("(a)  require any person receiving financial resources from the Council to provide the Council with such documents as requested by the Council as relate to their application for that financial resource;")
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
65     Page 4, line 15, after ("allowed") insert ("such") 
66     Page 4, line 16, after ("given") insert ("such") 
67     Page 4, line 18, at end insert ("as are necessary for the carrying out of its functions") 
68     Page 4, line 34, at end insert--
 
    ("(3A)  Any conditions imposed under subsection (3) above shall not take effect until incorporated in an order made by the Secretary of State.")
 
  
Clause 7
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
69     Page 5, line 11, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Where an education authority has existing sixth form provision the Council must make a grant per sixth form pupil consistent with real terms value as defined in the average of the three financial years 1999-2001.")
 
70     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
 
71     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 BARONESS BLATCH
 
72     Page 5, line 18, after ("of") insert ("appropriate") 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
73     Page 5, line 19, after ("of") insert ("appropriate") 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
THE LORD ADDINGTON
THE LORD RIX
THE BARONESS DAVID
 
74     Page 5, line 25, at end insert (", and
    (c)  persons with learning difficulties who receive it and who have not attained the age of 25")
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
75     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
 
76     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 BARONESS BLACKSTONE
 
77     Page 6, line 9, leave out subsection (1) 
78     Page 6, line 13, leave out ("fill the vacancy") and insert ("be a member of the governing body of an institution which-- 
 
    (a)  falls within the further education sector (within the meaning given by section 91(3) of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992), and
    (b)  mainly serves the population of England")
1992 c. 13.
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
79     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 substituted by paragraph 9 of Schedule 8 to this Act) is satisfied.")
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     The Baroness Blatch gives notice of her intention to oppose the Question that Clause 11 stand part of the Bill. 
  
Clause 12
 
  
BY THE LORD ADDINGTON
THE BARONESS BLATCH
THE BARONESS DARCY DE KNAYTH
THE BARONESS DAVID
 
80     Page 6, line 18, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  The Council shall carry out research into specific groups of learners and the learning process as relevant to such groups.")
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
81     Page 6, line 26, leave out ("is") and insert ("are") 
82     Page 6, line 27, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  The Secretary of State shall publish any request he makes under this section.")
 
83     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.")
 
84     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.")
 
85     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
 
86     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 BLACKSTONE
 
87     Page 6, line 29, leave out ("or advice") and insert (", advice or guidance") 
  
BY THE BARONESS DAVID
THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
88     Page 6, line 29, leave out ("or advice") and insert (", advice and guidance") 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
89     Page 6, line 29, after ("advice") insert ("or guidance") 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLACKSTONE
 
90     Page 6, line 29, at end insert ("(including employment)") 
  
Clause 13
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
THE LORD ADDINGTON
THE LORD RIX
 
91     Page 6, line 30, leave out ("and 3") and insert (", 3 and 8") 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
THE LORD ADDINGTON
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
92     Page 6, line 36, leave out ("adequate") and insert ("sufficient and appropriate") 
  
After Clause 13
 
  
BY THE LORD ADDINGTON
THE BARONESS DARCY DE KNAYTH
THE BARONESS BLATCH
THE BARONESS DAVID
 
93     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  The Council shall secure the provision of financial resources to persons providing transport to enable people with learning difficulties to participate in post-16 education and training.
 
    (2)  The Council must make and publish a plan for the delivery of appropriate transport services and support for people with learning difficulties.
 
    (3)  The Council may pilot dedicated transport schemes, in partnership with statutory and voluntary organisations, for people with learning difficulties up to the age of 25.
 
    (4)  In undertaking an assessment of the transport needs of people with learning difficulties and in establishing pilot schemes, the Council shall have regard to individual needs in relation to orientation and personal safety when utilising transport options, such as the prevention of bullying and abuse.
 
    (5)  Local learning and skills councils must secure the provision of mobility training requested by people with learning difficulties participating in post-16 education and training.
 
    (6)  For the purposes of this section transport includes--
    (a)  the use of public transport;
    (b)  the use of general transport provided by institutions, employers and training providers;
    (c)  the use of transport provided by voluntary sector providers;
    (d)  the use of private hire vehicles and other forms of private transport;
    (e)  the use of specialist transport provided for disabled people.
    (7)  For the purposes of this section a recipient of financial resources shall include people with learning difficulties up to the age of 25 who have extra transport costs in accessing post-16 learning.
 
    (8)  For the purposes of this section mobility training includes enabling disabled people to access vehicles safely, orientate themselves on vehicles, travel in safety and deal confidently with the street environment.")
Transport provision for persons with learning difficulties.
  
Clause 14
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
94     Page 7, line 17, at end insert ("and to each local authority") 
  
Clause 15
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
95     Page 7, line 29, leave out from second ("year") to end of line 31 and insert ("and which should reflect the education and training needs of each local learning and skills council area") 
96     Page 7, line 33, at end insert--
 
    ("(5)  The Council must send a copy of the financial plan to the Secretary of State and to each local authority.")
 
  
Clause 16
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
97     Page 7, line 34, after ("a") insert ("workforce development") 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
98     Page 7, line 42, at end insert--
    ("(c)  how it intends to achieve such objectives within its budget")
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
99     Page 7, line 42, at end insert--
 
    ("(4)  In formulating the strategy the Council must consult relevant government departments and local authorities.")
 
  
Clause 18
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
100     Page 8, line 19, leave out subsection (4) 
     The Baroness Blatch gives notice of her intention to oppose the Question that Clause 18 stand part of the Bill. 
  
After Clause 18
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
101     Insert the following new Clause-- 
 ("Local authorities 
     .--(1)  A relevant local authority may exercise in relation to its area such of the Council's powers as the Council specifies.
 
    (2)  In relation to each financial year the Council must prepare guidance for each relevant local authority.
 
    (3)  The guidance must include--
    (a)  objectives which the Council wishes the relevant local authority to achieve, and
    (b)  time limits within which it might achieve those objectives.
    (4)  The Council must consult its relevant regional development agency on the guidance.
 
    (5)  The relevant local authority must, at the Council's request, prepare a statement of the needs regarding education and training of the population of the local authority's area over a period which the Council shall specify.")
Powers and duties of local authority.
  
Clause 19
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
102     Page 8, line 31, at end insert ("and a co-ordinating committee for the five committees in London") 
  
BY THE LORD BOARDMAN
 
103     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 BARONESS BLATCH
 
104     Page 8, line 34, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  No less than 40 per cent. of the members shall include persons who have current or recent non-public sector business or commercial experience.")
 
105     Page 8, line 34, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  No less than 25 per cent. of the members shall be nominated by the local authorities within the local council area.")
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
106     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.")
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
107     Page 8, line 35, leave out subsection (3) and insert--
 
    ("(  )  The council must elect one of its members as Chief Executive for a period not exceeding 5 years.")
 
108     Page 8, line 37, after ("may") insert ("not") 
109     Page 8, line 37, leave out ("(but need not be)") 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     The above-named Lords give notice of their intention to oppose the Question that Clause 19 stand part of the Bill. 
 
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