Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Thirty-First Report


Memorandum by the Department for Education and Employment


1. The Committee requested a memorandum on the following point:-

    "Explain the reference, in regulation 20(3), to Schedule 8 to the 1999 Regulations, given that those Regulations do not contain a Schedule so numbered. If (as appears to be the case) some words have been accidentally omitted in regulation 20(3), identify those words."

2. The Committee is correct that words were accidentally omitted from regulation 20(3). The words "the Act in accordance with" should have been inserted after the words "Schedule 8 to" and the word "and" should have been inserted after "Regulations" and before "approved", so that the regulation commenced "Any proposal published under paragraph 3 of Schedule 8 to the Act in accordance with the 1999 Regulations and approved by the school organisation committee...".

3. The Department apologises for the error. Fortunately, the Department is not aware of any proposal falling within the scope of regulation 20(3). It appears that the transitional provisions of regulation 20(3) have proved redundant, and the Department therefore does not propose amending the regulation.

6 November 2000

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