An MP’s question that makes you go hmm………

Jackie Doyle-Price (Thurrock, Conservative)

“To ask the Secretary of State for Education under what circumstances his Department is authorised to intervene in a local education authority under the provisions of Section 11 of the Education Act 1996”.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 16 March 2011, c424W)

Tim Loughton (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Education; East Worthing and Shoreham, Conservative)

“Section 11 of the Education Act 1996 places a duty on the Secretary of State, in exercising his powers to regulate the educational provision made in schools in England and Wales, to improve standards, encourage diversity and increase opportunities for choice.

“The Secretary of State pays due regard to those duties in exercising his powers of intervention under section 497A of the Education Act 1996 and under part 4 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006.

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