Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] - continued        House of Commons
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Strategy.     16. - (1) The Council must formulate a strategy in relation to its functions and keep it under review.
      (2) The Council must have regard to the strategy in exercising its functions.
      (3) The Council must incorporate in the strategy proposals as to-
    (a) how it intends to achieve any objectives contained in directions of the Secretary of State;
    (b) how it intends to achieve such objectives within any time limits contained in such directions.
Use of information by Council.     17. In carrying out its functions the Council must have regard to information supplied to it by any body designated by the Secretary of State for the purposes of this section.
Supplementary functions.     18. - (1) The Council may do anything which appears to it to be necessary or expedient for the purpose of or in connection with the exercise of its other functions.
      (2) In particular it may-
    (a) acquire and dispose of land and other property;
    (b) enter into contracts;
    (c) invest sums not immediately needed for the purpose of exercising its other functions;
    (d) accept financial resources (whether as gifts or otherwise);
    (e) accept gifts of land and other property.
      (3) But the Council has no power-
    (a) to borrow money;
    (b) to lend money unless the Secretary of State consents;
    (c) to hold shares in a company, or otherwise become a member of a company, unless the Secretary of State consents.
      (4) The Secretary of State may by order confer or impose on the Council such supplementary powers or duties relating to the provision of post-16 education or training as he thinks fit.
      (5) For the purposes of subsection (4) a power or duty is supplementary if-
    (a) it is exercisable in connection with functions of the Secretary of State, and
    (b) it is relevant to the provision of facilities for post-16 education or training.
Local councils
Local councils.     19. - (1) The Council must establish a committee (to be called a local learning and skills council) for each area of England specified by the Secretary of State.
      (2) A local council is to consist of not less than 12 and not more than 16 members appointed by the Council with the approval of the Secretary of State.
      (3) The Secretary of State must appoint one of them as chairman after seeking the Council's advice.
      (4) Members of a local council may be (but need not be) members of the Council.
      (5) Schedule 2 contains provisions about local councils.
Functions of local councils.     20. A local council-
    (a) must perform in relation to its area such of the Council's duties as the Council specifies;
    (b) may exercise in relation to its area such of the Council's powers as the Council specifies.
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