1.In its letter to The Department for Education of 23 June 2021 the Joint Committee requested a memorandum on the following points:
Given (as stated in the sifting statement and paragraph 2.5 of the Explanatory Memorandum) that this instrument removes redundant legislation which ceased to be needed on 31 August 2017, explain why the commencement date is 1 September 2021.
2.This memorandum has been prepared by The Department for Education.
3.It is correct that we could have made the commencement date sooner. However, it was a policy choice to specify 1 September 2021 as the commencement date because, in accordance with Article 125 of the agreement on the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union( ), the UK is bound by the Convention defining the Statute of the European Schools until the end of the school year that is ongoing at the end of the transition period. Our participation in the European Schools system therefore lasts until 31 August 2021. The Department for Education felt that it would not be within the spirit of that agreement to commence the SI before that date.
Department for Education
25 June 2021