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Amendment Paper as at
Thursday 11th November 2004

STANDING COMMITTEE A


SCHOOL TRANSPORT BILL

   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

44

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

'(e) 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

'(f) 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

'(g) 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'.

   

Mr David Kidney

27

Clause     1,     page     3,     line     7,     leave out from 'that' to end of line and insert 'there are met in relation to the child such criteria as the scheme authority shall select from the following:

(a) that the child is within section 512ZB(4);

(b) that the child's parent or guardian is in receipt of Working Tax Credit; or

(c) that the child's home is in an area of rurality of a degree specified by the scheme authority.'.

   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

34

Clause     1,     page     3,     line     7,     leave out 'the child is within section 512 ZB (4)' and insert 'the parents or carers are in receipt of Child Tax Credit for that child.'.

   

Dr John Pugh
John Thurso

11

Clause     1,     page     3,     line     8,     after 'a', insert 'sustainable'.

   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

36

Clause     1,     page     3,     line     11,     at end insert—

    '(4)   No charge shall be paid in respect of a child in any family where charges are already paid in respect of three children.'.

   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

50

Clause     1,     page     3,     line     11,     at end insert—

'Expenditure under school travel scheme

    (7A)   Expenditure under the scheme may include—

(a) payment for transport arrangements,

(b) improving the safety of walking routes,

(c) purchase of assets that will be employed to further the objectives of the scheme, and

(d) infrastructure improvements that would meet the objectives of the scheme.'.

   

Dr John Pugh
John Thurso

12

Clause     1,     page     3,     line     13,     after 'A', insert 'sustainable'.

   

Mr David Kidney

28

Clause     1,     page     3,     line     14,     at end insert—

    '(1A)   In deciding whether or not to approve a school travel scheme the appropriate national authority shall have regard to its compliance with the terms of the prospectus published by the Secretary of State.'.

   

Dr John Pugh
John Thurso

13

Clause     1,     page     3,     line     15,     after 'A', insert 'sustainable'.

   

Roger Casale
Mr David Drew

59

Clause     1,     page     3,     line     17,     at end insert—

    '(3)   The appropriate national authority shall not approve a school travel scheme unless the local authority proposing the scheme can demonstrate a reasonable level of support for the scheme from parents of children for whom transport to and from school is currently provided by that local authority.'.

   

Dr John Pugh
John Thurso

14

Clause     1,     page     3,     line     19,     after 'a', insert 'sustainable'.

   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

55

Clause     1,     page     3,     line     19,     at end insert—

    '(1A)   In their application to the national authority, the scheme authority shall publish the measures that it will use to determine whether or not it should seek to exercise the powers set out in 9(1) during the pilot, including—

(a) the impact on traffic congestion,

(b) the proportion of children using different ways of travelling,

(c) the effect of charging on car usage,

(d) the impact on families on low incomes,

(e) the impact on children with special educational needs,

(f) the impact on after-school activities and extended schools, and

(g) the impact on school choice, including the education of children in accordance with the regligious, philosophical or linguistic preferences of their parents.'.

   

Sir George Young

61

Clause     1,     page     3,     line     20,     leave out sub-paragraph (2).

   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

37

Clause     1,     page     3,     line     41,     at end insert—

'Annual report by scheme authority

    11A (1) The scheme authority will present an annual report to the appropriate national authority setting out an assessment of the effectiveness of the scheme in the relevant school year to include—

(a) the revenue and costs of the scheme,

(b) the number of pupils affected,

(c) the number of pupils being charged,

(d) an assessment of the impact on children with special educational needs,

(e) an assessment of the impact of the scheme on school choice, including denominational schools and Welsh language schools, and

(f) an assessment of the impact of the scheme on traffic volumes.

    (2)   The annual report under subparagraph (1) shall be presented to the appropriate national authority by 31 December following the end of the school year to which the report relates.

Power of national authority to revoke scheme

    11B  Following the receipt of the annual report, the appropriate national authority may amend or revoke the scheme if it is failing to meet its objectives.

Annual report by appropriate national authority

    11C  The appropriate national authority shall lay before Parliament an annual report compiled from the reports received from scheme authorities as required under paragraph 11A(1).'.

   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

51

Clause     1,     page     3,     line     41,     at end insert—

'Guidance on compliance with human rights legislation

    (11A)   The Secretary of State shall publish his opinion on the way in which schemes should be structured so as to ensure compliance with the Human Rights Act 1998 (c. 42) including but not limited to compliance with Article 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights.'.

   

Roger Casale
Mr David Drew

60

Clause     1,     page     3,     line     41,     at end insert—

'(c) report to the appropriate national authority annually concerning the impact of the school travel scheme on children with special educational needs and on disabled children, including the number of such children for whom transport to and from school is currently provided by that scheme authority and what charges, if any, have been made for transport provided to such children.'.


   

Dr John Pugh
John Thurso

15

Clause     2,     page     4,     line     7,     after 'The', insert 'sustainable'.

   

Dr John Pugh
John Thurso

16

Clause     2,     page     4,     line     13,     after 'of', insert 'sustainable'.

   

Dr John Pugh
John Thurso

17

Clause     2,     page     4,     line     19,     after 'the', insert 'sustainable'.


   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

38

Clause     3,     page     4,     line     22,     leave out 'may' and insert 'shall'.

   

Dr John Pugh
John Thurso

18

Clause     3,     page     4,     line     22,     after second 'the', insert 'sustainable'.

   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

39

Clause     3,     page     4,     line     24,     leave out 'such date as may be specified in the order' and insert '1 August 2011.'.

   

Dr John Pugh
John Thurso

19

Clause     3,     page     4,     line     25,     after second 'the', insert 'sustainable'.

   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

52

Clause     3,     page     4,     line     27,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   The appropriate national authority shall publish the measures that it will use to determine whether or not the scheme should cease to have effect at the conclusion of the pilots, including—

(a) the impact on traffic congestion,

(b) the proportion of children using different ways of travelling,

(c) the effect of charging on car usage,

(d) the impact on families on low incomes,

(e) the impact on children with special educational needs,

(f) the impact on after-school activities and extended schools, and

(g) the impact on school choice, including the education of children in accordance with the religious, philosophical or linguistic preferences of their parents.'.

 
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