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Lords continues examination of Skills and Post-16 Education Bill

20 July 2021

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The House of Lords concluded its detailed line-by-line examination of the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill in committee stage on Wednesday 21 July.

The Skills and Post-16 Education Bill makes provisions for further education, technical education and training to support people to develop skills. 

Line by line examination

Committee stage is the first chance to check the bill in detail and make changes.

Proposed changes

Members put forward changes (PDF) (amendments) to the bill to be discussed.

Members speaking discussed a range of subjects from the list of changes, including:

  • lifelong loan entitlement
  • special educational needs provision
  • funding for arts and creative subjects. 

Get involved

Watch and read the debate

Find out about all the issues members discussed: catch up on Parliament TV or read a transcript in Lords Hansard.

Explore further information

Find out more in the House of Lords Library Skills and Post-16 Education Bill briefing.

Next steps

Report stage, an opportunity to closely scrutinise elements of the bill and make changes, is yet to be scheduled. 

Whats happened so far

Committee stage day three: Monday 19 July

Proposed changes

Members put forward changes (PDF) (amendments) to the bill to be discussed.

Members speaking discussed a range of subjects from the list of changes, including:

  •  reviewing the Kickstart scheme
  •  the quality of careers advice
  •  legislating against cheating services.

Find out about all the issues members discussed: catch up on Parliament TV or read a transcript in Lords Hansard.

Committee stage day two: Thursday 15 July

Proposed changes

Members put forward changes (PDF) (amendments) to the bill to be discussed.

Members speaking discussed changes on a wide range of subjects, including:

  • ensuring the needs of students are considered and reviewed
  • the function of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
  • funding for other technical qualifications.

Catch up on Parliament TV or read a transcipt in Lords Hansard.

Committee stage day one: Tuesday 6 July

Proposed changes

Members speaking on day one of committee stage put forward changes (PDF) to the bill to discuss.

Members challenged the government on a range of subjects, including:

  • the scope of Local Skills Improvement Plans
  • membership of employer representative boards
  • the alignment of future skills, capabilities and expertise with the UK's net zero target.

Catch up on Parliament TV or read a transcript in Lords Hansard.

Second reading: Tuesday 15 June

Members discussed the main issues in the bill during second reading. For example:

  • Local Skills Improvement Plans
  • apprenticeships and technical education qualifications
  • part-time study and adult-education.

Members speaking

Speakers taking part reflected the depth of professional experience of the House's membership:

  • four former secretaries of state for education and two former ministers for universities and science
  • four former teachers
  • educators in specialist areas such as film and agriculture.

Baroness Berridge (Conservative), Minister for the School System, opened the debate and respond on behalf of the government.

Members speaking included:

Baroness Black of Strome (Crossbench), Pro Vice Chancellor for Engagement at Lancaster University, made her maiden speach.

Find out about all the issued discussed: catch up on Parliament TV or read a transcript in Lords Hansard.

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