Letter from the Baroness
Blackstone, Minister of State, Department for Education
I am sorry that I have not been
able to let you have a substantive reply to your letter of 2nd
July 1998 earlier but in view of the points made by the Committee
I thought that I should take further legal advice. This has now
The conclusion of the legal advice
is that although the position is by no means clear on balance
the powers in Schedule 4 to the Further and Higher Education Act
1992 are wide enough to enable the Articles of Government of a
further education corporation to delegate powers to the Principal.
I attach as an Annex to this letter a summary of the legal advice
which we have received [not printed].
As I say our advice is that the
issue is far from clear and we intend to put the matter beyond
doubt by amendment of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992
at the next legislative opportunity.
19th March 1999