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Area inspections.     63. - (1) If asked to do so by the Secretary of State, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools in England must inspect-
 
 
    (a) the quality and availability of a specified description of education or training, in a specified area in England, for persons who are aged 16 or over but under 19;
 
    (b) the standards achieved by those receiving that education or training; and
 
    (c) whether the financial resources made available to those providing that education and training are managed efficiently and used in a way which provides value for money.
      (2) The Chief Inspector may conduct such an inspection on his own initiative.
 
      (3) If the Learning and Skills Council or a local education authority has applied financial resources in respect of education or training which is being inspected under this section, the inspection may extend to considering the manner in which the Council or that authority has applied those resources and whether they have been applied in a way which provides value for money.
 
      (4) The education or training that may be made the subject of an area inspection is any education or training within-
 
 
    (a) the Chief Inspector's remit (whether as a result of this Chapter or of any other enactment); or
 
    (b) the Adult Learning Inspectorate's remit.
      (5) If, in connection with an area inspection, the Chief Inspector asks the Chief Inspector of Adult Learning for advice on a matter relating to education or training within the Inspectorate's remit, he must give such advice as he considers likely to be appropriate for the purposes of the inspection.
 
      (6) If the Chief Inspector asks the Chief Inspector of Adult Learning to undertake a specified part of an area inspection, he must do so.
 
      (7) A person providing education or training which is the subject of an area inspection must-
 
 
    (a) provide the Chief Inspector with any information reasonably asked for by him in connection with the inspection;
 
    (b) provide the Chief Inspector of Adult Learning with any information reasonably asked for by him in connection with the inspection.
      (8) Any local education authority whose area, or part of whose area, is within the area which is the subject of an area inspection must provide the Chief Inspector with such information as the Chief Inspector may reasonably ask for in connection with the inspection.
 
      (9) "Area inspection" means an inspection under this section.
 
Reports of area inspections.     64. - (1) On completing an area inspection, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools in England must make a written report.
 
      (2) In preparing the report the Chief Inspector must ensure that the views of the Chief Inspector of Adult Learning in relation to the subject matter of the inspection, so far as-
 
 
    (a) the Chief Inspector is aware of them, and
 
    (b) they relate to matters within the Inspectorate's remit,
  are properly recorded in the report.
 
      (3) The Chief Inspector must send a copy of the report to-
 
 
    (a) the Secretary of State,
 
    (b) the Learning and Skills Council for England;
 
    (c) the Adult Learning Inspectorate;
 
    (d) each local education authority whose area, or part of whose area, falls within the area which is the subject of the inspection; and
 
    (e) such other persons as he considers appropriate.
      (4) The Chief Inspector must arrange for the report to be published in such manner as he considers appropriate.
 
      (5) For the purposes of the law of defamation the report is privileged unless its publication is shown to be made with malice.
 
      (6) Nothing in subsection (5) limits any privilege subsisting apart from that subsection.
 
Action plans following section 63 inspections.     65. - (1) This section applies if Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools in England publishes a report of an area inspection conducted under section 63.
 
      (2) The Secretary of State may direct the Learning and Skills Council for England to prepare a written statement of the action which it proposes to take in the light of the report and the period within which it proposes to take it.
 
      (3) The Secretary of State may direct a local education authority whose area is wholly or partly in the area covered by the report to prepare a written statement of the action which they propose to take in the light of the report and the period within which they propose to take it.
 
      (4) In preparing the statement the Council or the authority must consult such persons as the Secretary of State may direct.
 
      (5) The person making the statement must-
 
 
    (a) publish it within such period, and in such manner, as may be prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State; and
 
    (b) send copies of it to such persons as may be so prescribed.
Further powers of the Chief Inspector.     66. - (1) Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools in England may give advice to the Secretary of State on any matter relating to education or training of a kind brought within his remit by this Chapter.
 
      (2) The Chief Inspector may-
 
 
    (a) inspect any education or training of that kind;
 
    (b) report to the Secretary of State on any such inspection; and
 
    (c) arrange for any such report to be published in such manner as he considers appropriate.
 
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