This blog answers frequently asked questions about the SEN Law Reforms.
Friday, 2 November 2012
Question: What is this pre-legislative
process that the Education Select Committee is going through? Are they "getting it"?
Can they make the Government change its mind?
answer: It’s become more common in recent years for the Government to issue
legislation as a draft. The practice allows examination and amendments to be
made to the text and made more easily before their formal introduction to
Parliament as part of a Bill. We hope the Committee is ‘getting it’ (they have been asking some good questions), but will
continue to work to try to ensure that it does! The Committee can make recommendations
for changes to the Government, but cannot enforce those changes. If the draft
goes through unchanged to the Bill stage, it will then be up to MPs and peers
to try to change it. Parents talking and writing to their MPs will be a big part of this.