§ Mr. Newton
I beg to move amendment No. 13, in page 8, line 27, leave out clause 13.
The clause, which was added in Committee, would require the Secretary of State to lay before each House of Parliament annually such information as he had obtained from local authorities on the operation of the Education Act 1981 in respect of disabled people. The Government believe that this aditional requirement is unnecessary since the Secretary of State already has sufficient powers under section 92 of the Education Act 1944 to obtain any information that he requires from local education authorities. Moreover, statistical information about special education provision is already published in a document called "Statistics of Education: Schools". To impose this additional requirement would be an unnecessary additional load for both central and local Government. Therefore, I hope that the House will accept our amendment to delete clause 13.
§ Amendment agreed to.