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Supplementary Provision

Volume 77: debated on Monday 15 April 1985

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I beg to move amendment No. 23, in page 4, line 27, after '1944', insert

'and section 231 of the Local Government Act 1972'.

It will be convenient to consider at the same time Government amendments Nos. 24, 25, 44, 45, and 46.

These amendments concern the service of documents on local authorities. At present, this is governed in England and Wales by section 231 of the Local Government Act 1972, which provides that documents are to be served by delivery or by posting to the authority's principal office or to any other office of the authority specified by it for the purpose. Section 190 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 makes similar provision for Scotland.

It is necessary to disapply those sections because, under the Bill and the regulations to be made under clause 2, parents of certain children will be serving a document on local authorities in the form of a return of their views. The children concerned are those in maintained nursery schools and those educated by an authority otherwise than at school, because in both cases the local authority will be the responsible body. In many instances it will be more convenient for parents to make the return direct to the nursery school or in some other way. This series of amendments makes it possible for the regulations to cover that point.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendments made:

No. 24, in page 4, line 28, leave out 'does' and insert 'do'.

No. 25, in page 4, line 30, after 'school', insert

'or the local education authority'.

No. 26, in page 4, line 35, after 'that', insert

'section [exemption from corporal punishment not ground for suspension, etc.] of this Act or'.

No. 29, in page 4, line 41, leave out from '1984' to 'may' and insert

'this and the preceding sections and the Schedule to this Act'. —[Mr. Dunn.]