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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 21 March 2013

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Children and Families Bill


 

[Eleventh and Twelfth Sittings]


 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Withdrawn  78

 

Clause  27,  page  20,  line  38,  after first ‘provision’, insert ‘, health care provision’.

 

Mr Robert Buckland

 

Not called  48

 

Clause  27,  page  20,  line  40,  after ‘needs’, insert ‘and disabled children and young

 

people.’.

 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Not called  79

 

Clause  27,  page  20,  line  41,  after first ‘provision’, insert ‘, health care provision’.

 

Mr Robert Buckland

 

Not called  49

 

Clause  27,  page  20,  line  43,  after ‘needs’, insert ‘and disabled children and young

 

people.’.

 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Withdrawn  80

 

Clause  27,  page  20,  line  43,  at end insert ‘including provision in institutions

 

approved by the Secretary of State by virtue of section 41 of this Part.’.

 

Mr Robert Buckland

 

Withdrawn  50

 

Clause  27,  page  21,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

If the education and care provision referred to in subsection (1)(a) and (b) is

 

deemed insufficient to meet the needs of children and young people under

 

subsection (2), a local authority must—

 

(a)    

publish these findings; and

 

(b)    

improve that provision until it is deemed by those consulted in subsection

 

(3) to be sufficient to meet all the needs identified under section (22).’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 21 March 2013          

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Children and Families Bill, continued

 
 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Not called  81

 

Clause  27,  page  21,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

The local authority must assess the extent to which there is sufficient funding in

 

place to secure the provision detailed in subsection (1) for all the children and

 

young people and their families who require it.

 

(2B)    

Where a local authority exercising its duty under subsection (2A) finds that it

 

does not have sufficient funding in place to secure adequate provision for all

 

children and young people who require that provision, the authority must

 

consider jointly commissioning services for which it is exclusively responsible

 

with neighbouring local authorities, where this is appropriate.’.

 

Mr Robert Buckland

 

Not called  193

 

Clause  27,  page  21,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

‘(a)    

the governing bodies, proprietors or principals of institutions approved

 

by the Secretary of State under section 41 (independent special schools

 

and special post-16 institutions: approval).’.

 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Not called  82

 

Clause  27,  page  21,  line  27,  at end add—

 

‘(6)    

The local authority must demonstrate that any changes in services made as a

 

result of exercising its functions under this section will have the effect of

 

improving provision available for children and young people with special

 

educational needs and their families.’.

 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Not called  83

 

Clause  27,  page  21,  line  27,  at end add—

 

‘(7)    

The local authority must prepare and publish a report at least every 24 months

 

setting out how it has met its duties under this section.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Annette Brooke

 

Not called  200

 

Clause  28,  page  21,  line  37,  leave out ‘maintained nursery school’ and insert ‘the

 

providers of relevant early years education in its area’.

 

Mr Edward Timpson

 

Agreed to  60

 

Clause  28,  page  22,  line  21,  leave out from ‘which’ to end of line 22 and insert ‘is

 

under a duty under section 3 of the National Health Service Act 2006 to arrange for the

 

provision of services or facilities for any children and young people for whom the

 

authority is responsible;’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 21 March 2013          

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Children and Families Bill, continued

 
 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Withdrawn  84

 

Clause  28,  page  22,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

‘(n)    

the proprietors or management of early years settings providing

 

education other than nursery schools in its area or which are attended, or

 

are likely to be attend, by children and young people for whom the local

 

authority is responsible.

 

(o)    

the management or advisory board of Children’s Centres in its area or

 

which are attended, or are likely to be attended, by children and young

 

people for whom the local authority is responsible.

 

(p)    

any organisation providing out of school childcare or short break services

 

in its area or which are attended, or are likely to be attended, by children

 

and young people for whom the local authority is responsible.

 

(q)    

other local authorities.’.

 

Mr Robert Buckland

 

Withdrawn  34

 

Clause  28,  page  22,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

The Local Government Ombudsman has jurisdiction for the purposes of this Part

 

over the partners set out in subsections (2)(a) to (2)(i).

 

(2B)    

The NHS Ombudsman has jurisdiction for the purposes of this Part over the

 

partners set out in subsections (2)(j) to (2)(m).’.

 

Mr Edward Timpson

 

Agreed to  61

 

Clause  28,  page  22,  line  39,  at end add—

 

‘(4)    

Regulations may prescribe circumstances in which a clinical commissioning

 

group that would otherwise be a local partner of a local authority by virtue of

 

subsection (2)(k)(ii) is to be treated as not being a local partner of the authority.’.

 

Mr Robert Buckland

 

Not called  188

 

Clause  28,  page  22,  line  39,  at end add—

 

‘(4)    

A local authority in England may co-operate with another local authority in

 

England to commission and provide services for children and young people with

 

low incidence special educational needs.’

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Withdrawn  85

 

Clause  29,  page  22,  line  44,  after ‘schools’, insert ‘including academies and free

 

schools’.

 

Annette Brooke

 

Not called  201

 

Clause  29,  page  22,  line  45,  leave out ‘maintained nursery schools’ and insert ‘the

 

providers of relevant early years education in its area’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 21 March 2013          

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Children and Families Bill, continued

 
 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Not called  86

 

Clause  29,  page  23,  line  1,  at end insert—

 

‘(g)    

non-maintained special schools;

 

(h)    

institutions approved by the Secretary of State under section 41;

 

(i)    

Ofsted-registered early years settings other than maintained nursery

 

schools.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Withdrawn  87

 

Clause  30,  page  23,  line  17,  leave out ‘it expects to be’ and insert ‘which is’.

 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Withdrawn  89

 

Clause  30,  page  23,  line  19,  after ‘needs’, insert ‘and their families’.

 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Not called  88

 

Clause  30,  page  23,  line  20,  leave out ‘it expects to be’ and insert ‘which is’.

 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Not called  90

 

Clause  30,  page  23,  line  22,  at end insert ‘and their families’.

 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Withdrawn  94

 

Clause  30,  page  23,  line  25,  at end insert ‘including provision in institutions

 

approved by the Secretary of State by virtue of section 41 of this Part.’.

 

Mr Robert Buckland

 

Not called  194

 

Clause  30,  page  23,  line  25,  at end insert ‘including institutions approved by the

 

Secretary of State under section 41’.

 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Not called  91

 

Clause  30,  page  23,  line  29,  after ‘young people’, insert ‘and their families’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 21 March 2013          

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Children and Families Bill, continued

 
 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Not called  97

 

Clause  30,  page  23,  line  30,  at end insert—

 

‘(f)    

services providing advice and support to the wider family of children and

 

young people with special educational needs.’.

 

Mr Robert Buckland

 

Withdrawn  51

 

Clause  30,  page  23,  line  33,  after ‘employment’, insert ‘, retaining employment

 

and accessing benefits’.

 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Not called  95

 

Clause  30,  page  23,  line  35,  at end insert ‘, including in online communities.’.

 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Not called  98

 

Clause  30,  page  23,  line  39,  at end insert—

 

‘(5A)    

Any revision to a local offer made by virtue of subsection (5) must be

 

communicated clearly to children and young people with special educational

 

needs and their families with whom the authority has had prior contact, as well as

 

described in an addendum to the revised document.’.

 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Not called  99

 

Clause  30,  page  23,  line  39,  at end insert—

 

‘(5B)    

In exercising its duty under subsection (5), the local authority must have regard

 

to any review carried out under section 27.’.

 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Not called  92

 

Clause  30,  page  23,  line  43,  leave out ‘parents’ and insert ‘families’.

 

Mr Robert Buckland

 

Withdrawn  52

 

Clause  30,  page  24,  line  2,  at end insert—

 

‘(7A)    

Regulations must make provision about a national framework, including—

 

(a)    

the principles underpinning the local offer;

 

(b)    

how services in the local offer are to be reviewed;

 

(c)    

the scope of what should be covered by the local offer;

 

(d)    

the format in which a local offer will be prepared and published; and

 

(e)    

how services can be held to account for failing to deliver what is set out

 

in the local offer.’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 21 March 2013          

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Children and Families Bill, continued

 
 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Not called  100

 

Clause  30,  page  24,  line  2,  at end insert—

 

‘(7A)    

The Secretary of State shall lay a draft of regulations setting out the minimum

 

level of specific special educational provision, health care provision and social

 

care provision that local authorities must provide as part of their local offer, and

 

the regulations are not to be made unless they have been approved by a resolution

 

of each House of Parliament.

 

(7B)    

Once regulations under subsection (6A) have been made, the Secretary of State

 

must—

 

(a)    

issue guidance to local authorities on how to meet these regulations, and

 

(b)    

publish information on these regulations accessible to the families of

 

children and young people with special educational needs on the

 

Department’s website, and in any other way he sees fit.’.

 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Not called  101

 

Clause  30,  page  24,  line  3,  leave out ‘may make provision about’ and insert ‘should

 

specify’.

 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Not called  93

 

Clause  30,  page  24,  line  9,  leave out ‘parents’ and insert ‘families’.

 

Mr Robert Buckland

 

Not called  196

 

Clause  30,  page  24,  line  13,  at end insert—

 

‘(f)    

the arrangements to support all teaching staff to help children with

 

special educational needs.’.

 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Not called  96

 

Clause  30,  page  24,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

‘(ca)    

information on the steps the local authority is taking to improve general

 

provision for and inclusion of children and young people in mainstream

 

institutions;’.

 

Mr Robert Buckland

 

Not called  185

 

Clause  30,  page  24,  line  22,  at end insert—

 

‘(e)    

information about how transitional planning will be undertaken by

 

officers of the local authority;

 

(f)    

information on additional services for children with high incidence and

 

low severity needs.’

 

Mr Robert Buckland

 

Withdrawn  215

 

Clause  30,  page  24,  line  22,  at end add—


 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 21 March 2013          

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Children and Families Bill, continued

 
 

‘(4A)    

Where a service is set out in the local offer, the responsible agency has a duty to

 

deliver that service.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Not called  102

 

Clause  31,  page  24,  line  38,  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

Where a specified body does not comply with a request made under subsection

 

(1), and the requesting local authority is not satisfied with the reasons given under

 

subsections (2) and (3), the requesting local authority may make a request to the

 

Secretary of State for Health to investigate.

 

(3B)    

Regulations may provide for the timescales within which the Secretary of State

 

for Health should assess and complete investigations requested under subsection

 

(3A), as well as powers to be granted to the Secretary of State for Health to enable

 

him to uphold any such complaints.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Withdrawn  103

 

Clause  32,  page  24,  line  45,  after ‘and’, insert ‘children and’.

 

Mr Robert Buckland

 

Withdrawn  36

 

Clause  32,  page  25,  line  1,  after ‘information’, insert ‘in an appropriately

 

accessible form’.

 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Not called  105

 

Clause  32,  page  25,  line  2,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

Local authorities must ensure that in exercising their functions under subsection

 

(1), advice should be provided in the form of—

 

(a)    

printed materials;

 

(b)    

online resources, including signposting to resources published by others;

 

(c)    

face to face discussions;

 

(d)    

any other form which the local authority may deem necessary in

 

pursuance of its duties under the Equality Act.

 

(1B)    

Local authorities must not make, or allow any individuals or organisations

 

providing advice on their behalf to make, any charge to families of children with

 

special educational needs, or young people with special educational needs, in

 

exercising their functions under this section.’.


 
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