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Friday 5th November 2004


STANDING COMMITTEE A

SCHOOL TRANSPORT BILL


   

Dr John Pugh
John Thurso

1

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     1,     at beginning insert 'sustainable'.

   

Dr John Pugh
John Thurso

2

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     12,     at beginning insert 'sustainable'.

   

Dr John Pugh
John Thurso

21

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     14,     after 'may', insert ', after consultation with school governing bodies and other relevant admissions bodies,'.

   

Sir George Young
Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

23

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     15,     leave out 'or any part'.

   

Dr John Pugh
John Thurso

22

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     15,     at end insert ', or in conjunction with another local authority, make a school travel scheme for the whole or any part of their area'.

   

Roger Casale
Mr David Drew

56

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     15,     at end insert—

    '1A   In making a school travel scheme, a local authority must demonstrate that it has engaged in reasonable consultation about the proposed scheme with parents of children for whom transport to and from school is currently provided by that local authority.'.

   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

30

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     16,     at end insert—

    '2  Prior to making a scheme, the scheme authority will consult with interested parties including, but not limited to—

      (a) the Schools Forum,

      (b) representatives of denominational schools whose pupils might be affected by the scheme,

      (c) teachers' organisations,

      (d) representatives of special schools whose pupils might be affected by the scheme,

      (e) parent governors of schools whose children will be affected,

      (f) further education colleges,

      (g) parents whose children are already in receipt of transport provided by the scheme authority,

      (h) bus operators, and

      (i) other organisations with an interest in the education of children in the scheme area.

    (1) The scheme authority will publish the details of the proposed scheme and seek comments from interested parties, who will have 28 days from the date of publication of the scheme to comment.

     (2) The scheme authority will submit to the appropriate national body a summary of the responses to the consultation together with the scheme authority's own response to the consultation.'.

   

Dr John Pugh
John Thurso

3

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     17,     after 'A', insert 'sustainable'.

   

Sir George Young

24

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     5,     at end insert 'and shall set out their reasons for introducing such a scheme.'.

   

Dr John Pugh
John Thurso

4

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     6,     after 'A', insert 'sustainable'.

   

Mr David Kidney

29

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     8,     at end insert—

      '(aa) arrangements for the safety of children embarking or disembarking from the transport provided,'.

   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

47

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     8,     at end insert—

    '(aa)   arrangements for the safety of the transport under the scheme,'.

   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

53

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     12,     at end insert—

    '(3)   A school travel scheme must include arrangements to ensure that any person engaged in driving or escorting a child with special educational needs or a disability to and from school shall be required to have an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check before they start work.

    (4)   A school travel scheme must include arrangements to ensure that any person engaged in driving or escorting a child with special educational needs or a disability to and from school shall be required to receive appropriate disability equality training.'.

   

Dr John Pugh
John Thurso

5

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     13,     after 'a', insert 'sustainable'.

   

Sir George Young

25

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     16,     after 'suitable', insert 'and safe'.

   

Sir George Young

26

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     18,     after 'within', insert 'safe'.

   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

32

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     29,     leave out 'has the meaning given by section 444(5)' and insert 'means 1 mile.'.

   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

48

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     30,     at end insert—

'Exclusion on grounds of misbehaviour

    (3A)   No pupil shall be entitled to transport under a school travel scheme where his behaviour puts at risk the safety of other pupils using the same mode of transport.'.

   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

54

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     30,     at end insert—

    '(3A)   The scheme shall have regard to the need to be consistent with the scheme authority's transport policy statement prepared under section 509AA of the Education Act 1996.'.

   

Roger Casale
Mr David Drew

57

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     30,     at end insert—

'Children with mobility difficulties

    3A (1) If a child has mobility difficulties, the scheme authority must provide transport to and from the school at which he is a registered pupil, regardless of whether the child lives inside the walking distance as defined in section 444(5).

    (2)   For the purposes of this paragraph "mobility difficulties" means that a child cannot walk to and from school with safety and reasonable comfort because of his special educational needs or disability.'.

   

Dr John Pugh
John Thurso

9

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     31,     leave out from beginning to end of line 11 on page 3.

   

Dr John Pugh
John Thurso

6

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     32,     after 'A', insert 'sustainable'.

   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

49

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     33,     at end insert 'and this shall include—

      (a) the basis on which the charge will be calculated,

      (b) the arrangements for increasing the charges,

      (c) the availability of concessionary fares, and

      (d) the method of collection.'.

   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

33

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     33,     at end insert—

    '(1A)   Income from the charges shall be applied only to furthering the objectives of the scheme.'.

   

Roger Casale
Mr David Drew

58

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     36,     leave out from 'scheme' to end of line and insert—

      '(a) for a protected child is provided free of charge; and

      (b) for a child with a disability or special educational needs that incurs additional expense, and where this provision is necessary because a child has a disability or special educational need, is paid for by the scheme authority.'.

   

Dr John Pugh
John Thurso

7

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     38,     after 'a', insert 'sustainable'.

   

Dr John Pugh
John Thurso

8

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     40,     after 'a', insert 'sustainable'.

   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

42

Clause     1,     page     3,     line     4,     at end insert ', or

      '(d) who is a registered pupil at the nearest denominational school of the religion to which his parents adhere.'.

   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

43

Clause     1,     page     3,     line     4,     at end insert ', or

      '(e) who is a registered pupil at a Welsh-language school.'.

   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

44

Clause     1,     page     3,     line     4,     at end insert ', or

      '(f) who has mobility problems which are certified by a doctor and who lives within the statutory walking distance to the nearest suitable school.'.

   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

45

Clause     1,     page     3,     line     4,     at end insert ', or

      '(g) who attends a specialist school having passed an aptitude test for admission to that school.'.

   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

46

Clause     1,     page     3,     line     4,     at end insert ', or

      '(h) who is a child with special educational needs attending a school which is deemed to be suitable by virtue of the provision made for particular needs.'.

   

Dr John Pugh
John Thurso

10

Clause     1,     page     3,     line     5,     after 'a', insert 'sustainable'.

 
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