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

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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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