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Ministerial Corrections

Volume 709: debated on Monday 28 February 2022

Ministerial Corrections

Monday 28 February 2022

Work and Pensions

Benefit Sanctions

The following is an extract from Work and Pensions questions on 7 February 2022.

The sanction regime has not changed. In fact, sanctions have been at a record low over the past year. We are applying a sensible approach, recognising the number of vacancies, so that we can help people to get back into work as quickly as possible.

[Official Report, 7 February 2022, Vol. 708, c. 677.]

Letter of correction from the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the right hon. Member for Suffolk Coastal (Dr Coffey).

An error has been identified in the response given to the hon. Member for Glasgow East (David Linden) in Work and Pensions questions.

The correct response should have been:

The sanction regime has not changed. In fact, sanctions have been at a record low in the past year. We are applying a sensible approach, recognising the number of vacancies, so that we can help people to get back into work as quickly as possible.

Health and Social Care

Special Educational Needs and Children’s Mental Health Services

The following is an extract from the Westminster Hall debate on Special Educational Needs and Children’s Mental Health Services on 9 February 2022.

The issue for many years has been the lack of a national strategy, but that is changing. What we want, when pilot studies show good initial results, is to roll them out across the country. In the next year, on top of the £1.5 billion spent in the past two years, we are providing an additional £1 billion of high-needs funding for the education of children with more complex needs. The aim of that funding is to reduce waiting lists and variations in practice, make navigation pathways less complex, and improve the speed and quality of diagnosis.

[Official Report, 9 February 2022, Vol. 708, c. 383WH.]

Letter of correction from the Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the hon. Member for Lewes (Maria Caulfield).

Errors have been identified in my remarks in the Westminster Hall debate on Special Educational Needs and Children’s Mental Health Services.

The correct remarks should have been:

The issue for many years has been the lack of a national strategy, but that is changing. What we want, when pilot studies show good initial results, is to roll them out across the country. In the next year, on top of the £1.5 billion spent in the past two years, we are providing an additional £1 billion of high-needs funding for the education of children with SEND. The aim of that £13 million funding is to reduce waiting lists and variations in practice, make navigation pathways less complex, and improve the speed and quality of diagnosis.

Education

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [Lords]

The following are extracts from debate on remaining stages of the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [Lords].

From 2025, our lifetime loan entitlement will give people access to loan funding to gain qualifications at levels 4 to 6, whether they are an 18-year-old leaver from Bradford, a 40-year-old career changer from Plymouth or a parent in Newcastle looking to return to paid work after a career break.

[Official Report, 21 February 2022, Vol. 709, c. 139.]

Letter of correction from the Secretary of State for Education, the right hon. Member for Stratford-on-Avon (Nadhim Zahawi).

An error has been identified in my speech.

The correction information should have been:

From 2025, our lifelong loan entitlement will give people access to loan funding to gain qualifications at levels 4 to 6, whether they are an 18-year-old leaver from Bradford, a 40-year-old career changer from Plymouth or a parent in Newcastle looking to return to paid work after a career break.

I am afraid I simply do not recognise the remarks of those who say the apprenticeship levy has failed. The figures often quoted on the Opposition Benches in respect of the drop in apprenticeships do not take account of the radical reforms that we made to apprenticeships a few years ago. We now have apprenticeships of higher quality and starts are improving year on year.

[Official Report, 21 February 2022, Vol. 709, c. 123.]

Letter of correction from the Under-Secretary of State for Education, the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Alex Burghart)

An error has been identified in my speech.

The correction information should have been:

I am afraid I simply do not recognise the remarks of those who say the apprenticeship levy has failed. The figures often quoted on the Opposition Benches in respect of the drop in apprenticeships do not take account of the radical reforms that we made to apprenticeships a few years ago. We now have apprenticeships of higher quality and starts are improving so far this academic year.