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Thursday 16th December 2004

CONSIDERATION OF BILL


SCHOOL TRANSPORT BILL

   

Dr John Pugh
Mr Phil Willis
Mr David Rendel

6

Page     1,     line     15     [Clause     1],     at end insert 'either by itself or in conjunction with another local authority.'.

   

Dr John Pugh
Mr Phil Willis
Mr David Rendel

7

Page     1,     line     15     [Clause     1],     at end insert ', provided that consultations have taken place with relevant admissions bodies including representatives of denominational schools where such schools are affected by the proposed scheme.'.


   

Dr John Pugh
Mr Phil Willis
Mr David Rendel

8

Page     2,     line     3     [Clause     1],     at end insert 'or,

      (d) at independent schools or academies where such provision can be made at no net cost to the authority,'.

   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

12

Page     2,     line     12     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '2A (1)   Scheme authorities shall, prior to the submission of a proposed school travel scheme to the appropriate national authority, undertake a consultation process in accordance with regulations made by—

      (a) in England, the Secretary of State, and

      (b) in Wales, the Assembly for Wales.

    (2)   Regulations under subparagraphs (1)(a) or (b) may, in particular, include a list of statutory consultees to be asked for comments on the proposed scheme and provide for the nature of the consultation process.

    (3)   Power to make regulations under subparagraph (1) is exercisable by statutory instrument.

    (4)   Regulations under subparagraph (1)(a) shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.'.

   

Dr John Pugh
Mr Phil Willis
Mr David Rendel

9

Page     2,     line     28     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '(2A)   A school travel scheme may not—

      (a) reduce the current entitlement of the parent of any child who attends primary school and who lives more than two miles from that school,

      (b) reduce the current entitlement of the parent of any child who attends secondary school and who lives more than three miles from that school, or

      (c) remove an existing entitlement to free transport of the parent of any child in special education.'.

   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

2

Page     2,     line     30     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '3A(1)   A scheme authority or school may withdraw the entitlement to school transport where a child's behaviour puts at risk the safety of other pupils using the same mode of transport.

    (2)   A scheme authority exercising its right under 3A(1) will be deemed to have satisfied its obligations under section 444(4)(b)(i) of the Education Act 1996.'.

   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

1

Page     2     [Clause     1],     leave out lines 32 to 39.

   

Dr John Pugh
Mr Phil Willis
Mr David Rendel

10

Page     2,     line     36     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '(3)   The policy to be set out under sub-paragraph (1) shall not discriminate financially against parents and children in rural areas.'.

   

Dr John Pugh
Mr Phil Willis
Mr David Rendel

11

Page     2,     line     36     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '(4)   The policy to be set out under sub-paragraph (1) shall not discriminate financially against the parents of any child who attends his nearest denominational or other school as defined under the admission policy in force within the local education authority.'.

   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

13

Page     2,     line     36     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '(3)   The policy to be set out under subparagraph (1) shall include details of concessionary fares including, but not limited to, the following categories—

      (a) a child who is part of a family with two or more siblings,

      (b) a child who is not treated as a protected child under 7(1) below but whose family income is less than the average family income for the scheme authority's area, and

      (c) a child whose current transport costs are covered by a discretionary fare scheme.

    (4)   Where a concessionary fare scheme is not in place to cover a child in any of the categories in subparagraph (3) above, a statement shall be included in the policy explaining why such arrangements have not been made.'.


   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

14

Page     3,     line     3     [Clause     1],     after 'home', insert—

       'or,

      (ii) as a consequence of his special educational need or disability he is unable to use transport ordinarily available to children without that special educational need or disability who attend the same school and he attends either—

      (a) the nearest suitable school; or

      (b) another school, where it has been agreed with the scheme authority that he should be registered at that school as a consequence of his special educational needs,'.

   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

15

Page     3,     line     20     [Clause     1],     leave out subparagraph (1) and insert—

    '9(1)   A scheme may be amended or revoked by

    (a)   the national authority; or

    (b)   the scheme authority.'.

   

Mr Secretary Clarke

19

Page     3,     line     21     [Clause     1],     leave out 'powers' and insert 'power of amendment'.

   

Sir George Young

3

Page     3,     line     21     [Clause     1],     after 'powers', insert 'to amend'.

   

Mr Secretary Clarke

20

Page     3,     line     21     [Clause     1],     leave out 'are' and insert 'is'.

   

Mr Secretary Clarke

21

Page     3,     line     23     [Clause     1],     leave out 'a' and insert 'the'.

   

Mr Secretary Clarke

22

Page     3,     line     24     [Clause     1],     after 'power', insert 'of amendment'.

   

Sir George Young

4

Page     3,     line     24     [Clause     1],     after 'power', insert 'to amend'.

   

Mr Secretary Clarke

23

Page     3,     line     27     [Clause     1],     leave out 'a' and insert 'the'.

   

Mr Secretary Clarke

24

Page     3,     line     27     [Clause     1],     after 'power', insert 'of amendment'.

   

Mr Secretary Clarke
Sir George Young

5

Page     3,     line     30     [Clause     1],     leave out 'or revocation'.

   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

16

Page     3,     line     32     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '(6)   The scheme authority may exercise its power under subparagraph (1)(b) following representations from the statutory consultees in the scheme's area.

    (7)   Where the scheme authority does not revoke or amend the scheme under subparagraph (6), the statutory consultees may appeal to the relevant national authority to exercise its powers under subparagraph (1)(a).

    (8)   The national authority may only exercise its powers when an appeal is made under subparagraph (7) after it has consulted with the scheme authority and no later than 28 days after the appeal has been made.'.

   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

27

Page     3,     line     32     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '9A (1)   A scheme may be amended or revoked by—

      (a) the national authority; or

      (b) the scheme authority.

    (2)   The national authority may by regulation exercise its powers under subparagraph (1)(a) if the information received pursuant to paragraph 11 of schedule 35B indicates that the objectives of the scheme are not being met.

    (3)   The power to make regulations under subsection (2) above is exercisable by statutory instrument.

    (4)   Regulations under subparagraph (2) above when made by the Secretary of State shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.'.

   

Mr Secretary Clarke

25

Page     3,     line     33     [Clause     1],     leave out paragraph 10.

   

Mr Secretary Clarke

26

Page     3,     line     42     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

'Guidance

    11A     (1)   The appropriate national authority shall issue, and may from time to time revise—

      (a) guidance as to the matters which the authority will take into account in exercising its power under paragraph 8(1) or 9(2), and

      (b) guidance with respect to the discharge by a local education authority of functions under this Schedule.

    (2)   It shall be the duty of a local education authority when exercising functions under this Schedule to have regard to any relevant guidance under sub-paragraph (1)(b).

    (3)   The appropriate national authority shall publish the guidance for the time being in force under sub-paragraph (1).'.


   

Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Peter Atkinson

17

Page     4,     line     23,     leave out Clause 3.


ORDER OF THE HOUSE [28th OCTOBER 2004]

That the following provisions shall apply to the School Transport Bill:

Committal

    1.   The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

Proceedings in Standing Committee

    2.   Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on 11th November 2004.

    3.   The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

Consideration and Third Reading

    4.   Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.

    5.   Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day.

Programming Committee

    6.   Sessional Order B (programming committees) made on 28th June 2001 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

Programming of proceedings

    7.   Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further message from the Lords) may be programmed.


 
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