Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] -
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Clause 14
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Page 7, line 19, at end insert ("and to each local authority") 
  
Clause 15
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Page 7, line 31, leave out from second ("year") to end of line 33 and insert ("and which should reflect the education and training needs of each local learning and skills council area") 
     Page 7, line 35, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  The Council must send a copy of the financial plan to the Secretary of State and to each local authority.")
 
  
Clause 18
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Leave out Clause 18 
  
Clause 19
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 8, line 33, at end insert ("and a co-ordinating mechanism for the local councils established in greater London") 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Page 8, line 36, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Not less than 40 per cent. of the members shall include persons who have current or recent non-public sector business or commercial experience.")
 
     Page 8, line 36, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Not less than 20 per cent. of the members shall be nominated by the local authorities within the local skills council area.")
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 8, line 36, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  In appointing members of a local council, the council shall ensure that the majority are representative of different providers of education and training in the area, and of local authorities, and that all members shall have experience relevant to the council's functions.")
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Page 8, line 39, after ("may") insert ("not") 
     Page 8, line 39, leave out ("(but need not be)") 
  
Clause 21
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Page 9, line 12, at end insert ("and in doing so must confirm the proportion of a local council budget which may be allocated at the discretion of the local council") 
     Page 9, line 13, leave out ("the regional development agencies and") 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 9, line 13, after ("agencies") insert (", providers") 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Page 9, line 17, leave out subsection (6) 
  
Clause 22
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Page 9, line 23, at end insert ("which must reflect the skill needs of the local labour market") 
     Page 10, line 1, leave out paragraph (b) and insert--
    ("(b)  any strategy prepared by any relevant local authority under section 4(1) of the Local Government Act 2000.")
 
     Page 10, line 2, at end insert--
    ("(c)  the local education authority's education plan.")
 
     Page 10, line 4, leave out paragraph (a) 
     Page 10, line 8, leave out from ("it") to end of line 10 
     Page 10, line 21, leave out paragraphs (a) and (b) 
  
Clause 25
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Page 11, line 12, at end insert (", or
    (b)  the reorganisation of education for persons from the age of 16 to 19, where such education is currently the responsibility of the education authority")
 
  
Clause 26
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Leave out Clause 26 
  
Schedule 3
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Leave out Schedule 3 
  
Clause 31
 
  
BY THE LORD RIX
THE LORD BAKER OF DORKING
THE LORD ADDINGTON
THE BARONESS DAVID
 
     Page 12, line 32, 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 BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Page 13, line 9, leave out paragraph (d) and insert--
    ("(d) make the most cost-effective use of resources consistent with the effective provision of services.")
 
  
After Clause 39
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  The Council may only exercise the power conferred by section 39 in a case where it has reasonable cause to believe that the governing body of the 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 39.
  
Clause 51
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 20, line 30, leave out ("for persons") and insert ("provided in the further education sector and special needs education sector and which is suitable to the requirements of those") 
     Page 20, line 30, leave out ("19") and insert ("16") 
     Page 20, line 38, at end insert--
    ("(  )  all institutions within the further education sector and special needs education sector other than those that fall wholly within the remit of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools in England;")
 
     Page 20, line 38, at end insert--
    ("(  )  all institutions within the further education sector other than those which fall wholly within the remit of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools in England;")
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Page 20, line 39, after ("training") insert ("other than higher education") 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 20, line 41, at end insert--
    ("(  )  facilities for providing information, advice or guidance about education or training or connected matters secured by the Council under section 12(5) of this Act or by the Secretary of State under section 9 of the Employment and Training Act 1973 for persons over the age of 19")
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
     Page 20, line 41, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Higher education" is education provided by means of a course of any description mentioned in Schedule 6 to the Education Reform Act 1988.")
 
  
Clause 52
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Page 21, line 9, at end insert ("and
    (  )  whether the provision of education and training within its remit accords with the principles of equality of opportunity")
 
     Page 21, line 27, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  The Inspectorate and the Chief Inspector must have regard to the assessment of needs included in the local learning and skills council's annual plan under section 22.")
 
  
After Clause 53
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  The Chief Inspector of Adult Learning may, on his own initiative, conduct an inspection of--
    (a)  the quality and availability of a specified description of education or training, in a specified area of England, 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 of Adult Learning must carry out such an inspection if asked to do so by the Secretary of State.
 
    (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 Adult Learning Inspectorate's remit; or
    (b)  the remit of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools for England.
    (5)  If, in connection with an area inspection, the Chief Inspector asks Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools for England for advice on a matter relating to education or training within his remit, he must give such advice as he considers likely to be appropriate for the purposes of the inspection.
 
    (6)  A person providing education or training which is the subject of an area inspection must provide the Chief Inspector with any information reasonably asked for by him in connection with the inspection.
 
    (7)  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.
 
    (8)  Area inspection" means an inspection under this section.")
Area inspections by the Chief Inspector.
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  On completing an area inspection, the Chief Inspector of Adult Learning must make a written report.
 
    (2)  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)  Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools;
    (d)  the Regional Development Agencies;
    (e)  each local education authority whose area, or part of whose area, falls within the area which is the subject of the inspection; and
    (f)  such other persons as he considers appropriate.
    (3)  The Chief Inspector must arrange for the report to be published in such manner as he considers appropriate.
 
    (4)  For the purposes of the law of defamation the report is privileged unless its publication is shown to be made with malice.
 
    (5)  Nothing in subsection (4) limits any privilege subsisting apart from that subsection.")
Area inspections: report by the Chief Inspector.
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  This section applies if the Chief Inspector of Adult Learning publishes a report of an area inspection conducted under section (Area inspections by the Chief Inspector).
 
    (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.")
Area inspections: action plans.
 
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