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Amendments to the Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.]

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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 on Report in the House of Lords.

  
Clause 1
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Page 1, line 12, at end insert ("and one as Chief Executive, a post which shall subsequently be appointed by the Council as set out in Schedule 1 to this Act") 
     Page 1, line 12, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  In appointing the chairman, the Secretary of State shall ensure that the post is held by a person with current or recent non-public sector business experience and who commands national respect.")
 
     Page 1, line 12, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Not less than 40 per cent. of the members shall be persons who have current or recent non-public sector business or commercial experience.")
 
     Page 1, line 12, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Not less than 20 per cent. of the members shall be nominated by the Local Government Association.")
 
     Page 1, line 12, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  The chairman shall be appointed for a period of not less than three years and not exceeding five years.")
 
     Page 1, line 13, leave out ("a") and insert ("each") 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 1, line 15, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  In appointing a member the Secretary of State must have regard to the need to reflect the diversity of the population as a whole and to include those with an understanding of or an interest in achieving social inclusion and equality of opportunity in relation to race, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation or religion.")
 
  
Schedule 1
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 55, line 23, at end insert (", but shall normally serve for no more than two terms") 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Page 56, line 7, leave out sub-paragraph (3) 
     Page 57, line 5, leave out sub-paragraphs (6) and (7) 
     Page 57, line 16, leave out ("is entitled to") and insert ("may at the discretion of the Council") 
  
Clause 2
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 1, line 21, after first ("education") insert ("and training") 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Page 1, line 23, at end insert ("or of persons who are above the compulsory school age but have not attained the age of 25 and who did not acquire a level 2 qualification in the year in which they attained the age of 16") 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 1, line 23, at end insert ("or older as determined by the Secretary of State") 
  
BY THE LORD RIX
THE LORD BAKER OF DORKING
THE LORD ADDINGTON
THE BARONESS DAVID
 
     Page 1, line 23, at end insert--
    ("(  )  education (other than higher education) suitable for the requirements of persons with learning difficulties or disabilities (or both) who are above compulsory school age but have not attained the age of 25 and whose progress in education has been delayed by their learning difficulty or disability (or both),")
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 2, line 1, leave out paragraph (b) 
     Page 2, line 2, at end insert ("and training") 
     Page 2, line 4, leave out paragraph (d) 
     Page 2, line 6, after ("quantity") insert ("and quality") 
     Page 2, line 6, leave out from ("the") to end of line and insert ("needs of individual learners") 
     Page 2, line 8, leave out paragraph (b) 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Page 2, line 17, leave out paragraph (d) and insert--
    ("(d) make the most cost-effective use of resources consistent with the effective provision of services.")
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 2, line 20, after first ("education") insert ("and training") 
     Page 2, line 20, at end insert ("and training") 
     Page 2, line 21, leave out paragraph (b) 
     Page 2, line 23, at beginning insert ("education and") 
  
Clause 3
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 2, line 27, leave out ("reasonable") and insert ("proper") 
     Page 2, line 29, after first ("education") insert ("and training") 
     Page 2, line 31, leave out paragraph (b) 
     Page 2, line 32, at end insert ("and training") 
     Page 2, line 34, leave out paragraph (d) 
     Page 2, line 35, leave out from ("are") to end of line 37 and insert ("proper if they are of a quantity and quality adequate to meet the needs of individual learners") 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Page 2, line 41, at end insert--
    ("(  ) in relation to subsection (1)(c) above, take account of any undue burden falling upon small and medium-sized businesses, or voluntary sector providers;")
 
  
Clause 4
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Page 3, line 19, at end insert ("appropriate to their needs") 
  
Clause 6
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 4, line 12, after ("may") insert ("after consulting providers or their representatives and such other persons as it sees fit") 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Page 4, line 15, leave out paragraph (a) and insert--
    ("(a)  require the Council to be allowed access to relevant accounts and documents, and to be given rights in relation to computers, associated apparatus and materials which have been used in association with Council-funded provision;")
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 4, line 34, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  The criteria specified pursuant to subsection (3) above shall amongst other things take account of local circumstances.")
 
  
Clause 7
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Page 5, line 11, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  In making a grant to a local education authority, the Council must take account of a maintained school's choice to provide minority subjects or to provide mainstream subjects to low numbers of students when the consent of governors and parents is established.")
 
     Page 5, line 12, leave out subsection (2) 
  
Clause 8
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 5, line 19, after ("of") insert ("appropriate") 
     Page 5, line 25, at end insert ("or older as determined by the Secretary of State") 
  
After Clause 11
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  The Council may only exercise the power conferred by section 11 in a case where it has reasonable cause to believe that the governing body of an institution is managing the affairs of the institution or discharging any duty imposed on them by or for the purposes of the Education Acts or this Act in a way which is having, or is likely to have, an adverse effect on--
    (a)  the quality of education or training provided by the institution, or
    (b)  the proper use of public funds under the administration of the institution.")
Exercise of power conferred by section 11.
  
Clause 12
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Page 6, line 28, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  The Secretary of State shall publish any request he makes under this section.")
 
     Page 6, line 28, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  The Council must publish annually information about the number of students in each age cohort obtaining any publicly-funded qualification approved under section 90.")
 
     Page 6, line 28, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  The Council must publish annually information about the number of students in each age cohort working towards any publicly-funded qualification approved under section 90.")
 
     Page 6, line 28, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  The Council must publish annually information about the number and percentage of people in each age cohort achieving each level of publicly-funded qualification approved under section 90, making due allowance for individuals achieving more than one approved qualification.")
 
  
After Clause 13
 
  
BY THE LORD ADDINGTON
THE BARONESS DAVID
THE BARONESS BLATCH
THE LORD RIX
 
     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 all forms of post 16 education and training and such support must be made available for all who would find it either impossible or unreasonably difficult to access educational and training provision without it.
 
    (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, for example 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 recipients 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.
 
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