Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] - continued        House of Lords
PART IV, INSPECTIONS IN WALES - continued
Additional functions - continued

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Area inspections.     80. - (1) If asked to do so by the National Assembly, the Chief Inspector for Wales must inspect-
 
 
    (a) the quality and availability of a specified description of education or training, in a specified area in Wales, for persons who are aged 16 or over;
 
    (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 for Wales may, without being directed to, arrange for such an inspection to be conducted.
 
      (3) The education or training that may be made the subject of an area inspection is any education or training within the remit of the Chief Inspector for Wales (whether as a result of this Part or of any other enactment).
 
      (4) A person providing education or training which is the subject of an area inspection must provide the Chief Inspector for Wales with any information reasonably asked for by the member of the Inspectorate who is conducting the inspection.
 
      (5) The Council and any local education authority within the area which is the subject of an area inspection must provide the Chief Inspector for Wales with such information as the person conducting the inspection may reasonably ask for in connection with the inspection.
 
      (6) The National Assembly may by regulations make further provision with respect to the obligation to provide information imposed by this section.
 
      (7) Subsections (3) to (9) of section 74 apply to a report under this section as they apply to a report under that section.
 
      (8) "Area inspection" means an inspection under this section.
 
Studies across Wales or of provision made outside Wales.     81. - (1) The National Assembly may direct the Chief Inspector for Wales to carry out-
 
 
    (a) a survey of Wales, or of a specified area within Wales, in respect of specified matters relating to policy concerned with education or training for persons aged 16 or over; or
 
    (b) a comparative study of the provision made outside Wales in respect of specified matters relating to such education or training.
      (2) The Chief Inspector for Wales may, without being directed to, carry out a survey or study of that kind.
 
Annual reports.     82. - (1) The annual report of the Chief Inspector for Wales required by section 5(7)(a) of the School Inspections Act 1996 must include an account of the exercise of functions of the Chief Inspector for Wales under this Part.
 
      (2) The power conferred by that section to make other reports includes a power to make reports with respect to matters relating to education or training which is brought within the remit of the Chief Inspector for Wales by this Part.
 
Defamation.     83. - (1) For the purposes of the law of defamation, any report under this Part is privileged unless its publication is shown to have been made with malice.
 
      (2) Nothing in subsection (1) limits any privilege subsisting apart from that subsection.
 
 
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