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After Clause 13
 
  
BY THE LORD ADDINGTON
THE BARONESS DAVID
THE BARONESS BLATCH
THE LORD RIX
 
53     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.
  
Clause 14
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
54     Page 7, line 19, at end insert ("and to each local authority") 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLACKSTONE
 
55     Leave out Clause 14 and insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1) In exercising its functions the Council must have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity--
    (a)  between persons of different racial groups,
    (b)  between men and women, and
 
         6(c)  between persons who are disabled and persons who are not. 
     (2)  As soon as is reasonably practicable after the end of each financial year of the Council it must publish a report containing--
    (a)  a statement of the arrangements made under subsection (1) and having effect in the year;
    (b)  an assessment of how effective the arrangements were in promoting equality of opportunity.
    (3)  The report must also contain a statement of the arrangements which the Council has made, or proposes to make, under subsection (1) in respect of the financial year immediately following that referred to in subsection (2).
 
    (4)  The Council must send a copy of the report to the Secretary of State.
Equality of opportunity.
     (5)  Racial group" has the same meaning as in the Race Relations Act 1976.1976 c. 74.
     (6)  Disabled persons are persons who are disabled for the purposes of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.")1995 c. 50.
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
[As an amendment to Amendment 55]
 
56     Line 6, at end insert--
    ("(  )  between persons of different sexual orientation,
    (  )  between persons of all ages, and
    (  )  between persons of all religions.")
 
  
Clause 15
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
57     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;") 
58     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
 
59     Leave out Clause 18 
  
Clause 19
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
60     Page 8, line 33, at end insert ("and a co-ordinating mechanism for the local councils established in greater London") 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
61     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.")
 
62     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 council area.")
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
63     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
 
64     Page 8, line 39, after ("may") insert ("not") 
65     Page 8, line 39, leave out ("(but need not be)") 
  
After Clause 19
 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
66     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  In exercising its functions a local council must have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity--
    (a)  between persons of different racial groups;
    (b)  between men and women;
    (c)  between persons who are disabled and persons who are not;
    (d)  between persons of different sexual orientation;
    (e)  between persons of all ages; and
    (f)  between persons of all religions.
    (2)  As soon as is reasonably practicable after the end of each financial year of a local council it must publish a report containing--
    (a)  a statement of the arrangements made under subsection (1) and having effect in the year;
    (b)  an assessment of how effective the arrangements were in promoting equality of opportunity.
    (3)  The report must also contain a statement of the arrangements which a local council has made, or proposes to make, under subsection (1) in respect of the financial year immediately following that referred to in subsection (2).
 
    (4)  A local council must send a copy of the report to the Learning and Skills Council.
Equality of opportunity.
     (5)  Racial group" has the same meaning as in the Race Relations Act 1976.1976 c. 74.
     (6)  Disabled persons are persons who are disabled for the purposes of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.")1995 c. 50.
  
After Clause 20
 
  
BY THE LORD BAKER OF DORKING
THE BARONESS DARCY DE KNAYTH
THE BARONESS DAVID
 
67     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  Each local council must secure transport for those learners assessed under arrangements established under section 113 of this Act as requiring transport in order to access provision funded by the Council.")Transport for persons with learning difficulties.
  
Clause 21
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
68     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") 
69     Page 9, line 13, leave out ("the regional development agencies and") 
  
BY THE LORD TOPE
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
70     Page 9, line 13, after ("agencies") insert (", providers") 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
71     Page 9, line 17, leave out subsection (6) 
  
Clause 22
 
  
BY THE EARL OF SANDWICH
THE LORD TOPE
THE LORD NORTHBOURNE
 
72     Page 9, line 23, at end insert (", recognising the national and global dimension") 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
73     Page 9, line 23, at end insert ("which must reflect the skill needs of the local labour market") 
74     Page 9, line 23, at end insert--
    ("(  )  a statement of the training and skills needs of the labour market of the local council's area;")
 
75     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.")
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLACKSTONE
 
76     Page 10, line 1, leave out from ("strategy") to end of line 2 and insert ("of any relevant regional development agency prepared under section 7 of the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998 or published under section 7A of that Act")1998 c. 45.
77     Page 10, line 2, at end insert--
    ("(c)  any strategy prepared by any relevant local authority under section 4 of the Local Government Act 2000 (strategies for promoting well-being).")
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
78     Page 10, line 2, at end insert--
    ("(c)  the local education authority's education plan.")
 
79     Page 10, line 4, leave out paragraph (a) 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLACKSTONE
 
80     Page 10, line 5, leave out ("education") 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
81     Page 10, line 8, leave out from ("it") to end of line 10 
82     Page 10, line 21, leave out paragraphs (a) and (b) 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLACKSTONE
 
83     Page 10, line 26, at end insert--
    ("(d)  local authority" means a local authority as defined in section 1(a) of the Local Government Act 2000 and the Greater London Authority;
    (e)  a local authority is a relevant authority if any of its area falls within the area of the local council concerned.")
 
  
Clause 25
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLACKSTONE
 
84     Page 11, line 5, at end insert ("; and the directions may include any provisions described in subsections (2) to (2B)") 
85     Page 11, line 6, leave out ("include") and insert ("contain") 
86     Page 11, line 10, at end insert--
 
    ("(2A)  Subsection (2B) applies if the Secretary of State is satisfied that the Council--
    (a)  has failed to discharge a duty imposed by or under any Act, or
    (b)  has acted or is proposing to act unreasonably with respect to the exercise of a power conferred or the performance of a duty imposed by or under any Act.
    (2B)  In such a case directions may contain such provision as the Secretary of State thinks fit as to the exercise of the Council's powers and performance of its duties.
 
    (2C)  Directions may contain provision described in subsection (2B) despite any enactment making the exercise of a power or performance of a duty contingent on the Council's opinion.")
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
87     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")
 
 
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