Clause 9

Part of Children, Schools and Families Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 4:30 pm ar 2 Chwefror 2010.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools) 4:30, 2 Chwefror 2010

I was impressed by the Minister’s response. He is right that the law is improved by clause 9 and that, in putting right a law, he does not want to create the unintended consequences of having to provide full-time education for children who clearly, for a variety of reasons, cannot cope with it. I now understand that he  is also cognisant that, in trying to tackle any potential unintended consequence, he does not want to create more of such consequences. As such, he has agreed to take away clause 9(3), which will insert proposed new section 19(3A) into the Education Act 1996, and I am grateful to him for doing so. I do not claim that my amendment is perfectly drafted, and I understand why he wants to take further advice. If he wishes to consult, Opposition Members will be happy to participate in that and make the legislation exactly right. I know that people outside the House, particularly the National Autistic Society and Barnardo’s, will be pleased with the Minister’s response. With those few words, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.