Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] - continued        House of Lords
PART V, MISCELLANEOUS AND GENERAL - continued
Sixth-form education - continued

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Inadequate sixth-forms.     102. - (1) Schedule 7 (inadequate sixth-forms) shall have effect.
 
      (2) Expressions used in that Schedule and in the School Inspections Act 1996 have the same meaning in that Schedule as in that Act.
 
 
Support for 13 to 19 year olds
Provision of services.     103. - (1) The Secretary of State may provide or secure the provision of services which he thinks will encourage, enable or assist (directly or indirectly) effective participation by young persons in education or training.
 
      (2) In securing the provision of those services the Secretary of State may, in particular-
 
 
    (a) make arrangements with local authorities and other persons for the provision of services;
 
    (b) direct local education authorities to provide services, to secure the provision of services or to participate in the provision of services.
      (3) Arrangements and directions under subsection (2) may include provision-
 
 
    (a) for grants, loans and other kinds of financial assistance to be provided by the Secretary of State (whether or not on conditions);
 
    (b) requiring persons with whom arrangements are made or to whom directions are given to have regard to guidance issued by the Secretary of State.
      (4) In this section "young persons" means persons who have attained the age of 13 but not the age of 20.
 
      (5) A direction under this section may be revoked or varied by a later direction.
 
Consultation and coordination.     104. - (1) Before providing or securing the provision of services of the kind mentioned in section 103(1) for residents of a particular place or area, the Secretary of State shall consult each of the following with responsibility for all or part of the place or area-
 
 
    (a) a local authority,
 
    (b) a Health Authority,
 
    (c) a chief officer of police,
 
    (d) a police authority,
 
    (e) a probation committee, and
 
    (f) a youth offending team.
      (2) The Secretary of State shall also consult-
 
 
    (a) any voluntary body which provides services for young persons in the place or area concerned and which the Secretary of State thinks it appropriate to consult, and
 
    (b) such other persons as he thinks appropriate.
      (3) Subsection (4) applies where the Secretary of State-
 
 
    (a) provides or proposes to provide, or
 
    (b) secures or proposes to secure the provision of,
  services of the kind mentioned in section 103(1) for the residents of a particular place or area.
 
      (4) Where this subsection applies, persons and bodies listed in subsection (1) with responsibility for all or part of that place or area shall-
 
 
    (a) exercise their functions so as to support and assist the services provided, secured or proposed by the Secretary of State, and
 
    (b) coordinate the exercise of their functions, so far as seems reasonable, with persons providing those services.
      (5) Subsection (4) shall not require persons or bodies to take action which would significantly interfere with the efficient or effective exercise of their functions.
 
Local education authorities.     105. - (1) A local education authority-
 
 
    (a) may enter into arrangements under section 103(2)(a) for the provision of services of the kind mentioned in section 103(1),
 
    (b) shall comply with a direction given to it under section 103(2)(b), and
 
    (c) may provide, secure the provision of or participate in the provision of services of the kind mentioned in section 103(1) otherwise than in accordance with paragraph (a) or (b).
      (2) Action which a local education authority takes in pursuance of subsection (1) may relate to services for a person from another area.
 
      (3) For the purpose of subsection (1) a local education authority may-
 
 
    (a) incur expenditure;
 
    (b) form companies;
 
    (c) employ officers;
 
    (d) enter into agreements for the supply of goods or services;
 
    (e) do anything else which they consider necessary or expedient.
      (4) Nothing in or done under section 103 shall prejudice any power of a local education authority to provide services or incur expenditure.
 
Educational institutions: information and access.     106. - (1) Where a person is involved in the provision of services in pursuance of section 103(1), an educational institution to which this section applies shall, for the purpose of the provision of those services-
 
 
    (a) provide him on request with the name and address of a pupil or student;
 
    (b) provide him on request with the name and address of a parent of a pupil or student;
 
    (c) provide him on request with information in the institution's possession about a pupil or student;
 
    (d) permit him to have access to a pupil or student on the institution's premises at reasonable times;
 
    (e) make available to him, so far as is reasonably convenient, facilities on the institution's premises for providing services to individual pupils or students or groups of pupils or students.
      (2) Information shall not be provided under subsection (1)(c)-
 
 
    (a) in the case of a pupil or student who has not attained the age of 16, if a parent of his has instructed the institution not to provide information of that kind under this section, or
 
    (b) in the case of a pupil or student who has attained the age of 16, if he has instructed the institution not to provide information of that kind under this section.
      (3) This section applies to the following institutions-
 
 
    (a) community, foundation and voluntary schools,
 
    (b) community or foundation special schools (other than those established in hospitals),
 
    (c) city technology colleges and city colleges for the technology of the arts,
 
    (d) pupil referral units,
 
    (e) institutions within the further education sector, and
 
    (f) institutions in receipt of funding from the Learning and Skills Council for England.
Inspection.     107. - (1) The Secretary of State shall arrange for the inspection of services provided in pursuance of section 103(1).
 
      (2) For the purpose of subsection (1) the Secretary of State may request Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools in England-
 
 
    (a) to arrange for an inspection of and a report about the provision by any person or institution of services which are provided in pursuance of section 103(1);
 
    (b) to advise, on the basis of matters arising in the course of inspections under paragraph (a), about any matter relating to those services.
      (3) The Chief Inspector shall comply with a request under subsection (2).
 
      (4) A request under subsection (2)-
 
 
    (a) may be general or in relation to specific matters,
 
    (b) may relate to specific persons or institutions, or to specific classes of persons or institutions, providing services, and
 
    (c) may relate to specific areas.
      (5) Subsections (6) and (7) apply where the Secretary of State makes a request under subsection (2)(a) for the inspection of the provision of services by a specified person or institution.
 
      (6) A person carrying out or participating in the inspection shall have the same powers as an Inspector of Schools under the following provisions of the School Inspections Act 1996-
 
 
    (a) section 3(3)(a) and (b) (right of access), and
 
    (b) section 42 (computer records).
      (7) Section 42A of the 1996 Act (publication of reports) shall apply.
 
Information: supply by Secretary of State.     108. - (1) The Secretary of State may supply information, including social security information, to any civil servant or other person for the purpose of the provision of services of the kind mentioned in section 103(1).
 
      (2) In this section "social security information" means personal information about a young person which is obtained by the Secretary of State in the course of the exercise of a function under-
 
 
    (a) the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992, or
 
    (b) the Social Security Administration Act 1992.
      (3) For the purposes of subsection (2) "personal information" means, in relation to a young person-
 
 
    (a) his name, address and age, and
 
    (b) the name and address of a parent of his.
      (4) A person commits an offence if he discloses information supplied to him under subsection (1) unless the disclosure is made-
 
 
    (a) for the purpose of the provision of services in pursuance of section 103(1),
 
    (b) in accordance with an enactment or an order of a court,
 
    (c) for the purpose of actual or contemplated proceedings before a court,
 
    (d) with consent given by or on behalf of the person to whom the information relates, or
 
    (e) in such a way as to prevent the identification of the person to whom it relates.
      (5) It is a defence for a person charged with an offence under this section to prove that he reasonably believed that his disclosure was lawful.
 
      (6) A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable-
 
 
    (a) on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, to a fine or to both, or
 
    (b) on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to both.
 
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