Legislative responsibility for youth provision under 1996 Education Act, as amended

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Dear Department for Education,

1. Who is the Secretary of State with ultimate responsibility for sections 508 and 507a and 507b of the Education Act 1996 as amended by the Education and Training Act 2006?

2. Has a Minister been appointed re such departmental responsibilities with Education?

3. If not, which Minister, in which department, if any, holds such a responsibility and to which SoS is s/he responsible?

4. Are the duties imposed by s508(1) and (3) and 507(a) and (b) statutory upon LEAs?

5. What monitoring of LEA adherence and performance is under those sections carried out by the Department of Education?

6. S507b(1): " so far as reasonably practicable" - does the Department accept that fiscal grounds ALONE can determine this caveat?

Yours faithfully,

Jan Cosgrove

Dear Department for Education,

This is now overdue please respond

Yours faithfully,

Jan Cosgrove

Dear Department for Education,

Legislative responsibility for youth provision under 1996 Education Act, as amended

This request is now well past due date, please inform me as to when a response can be expected

Yours faithfully,

Jan Cosgrove

Dear Department for Education,

Please indicate when a response will be made

Yours faithfully,

Jan Cosgrove

Department for Education

Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 30 August 2016.

I am sorry for the delay in responding to you. The information you requested in relation to sections 508 and 507a and 507b of the Education Act 1996 is the responsibility of number of Departments, which has delayed the preparation of our response. I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

In relation to your specific questions:

1) Sections 507a and b are associated with youth services. Responsibility for this policy area was passed to the Minister for the Cabinet Office in 2012 and will be passed to the Secretary of State for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport this month. The responsibility for youth services in Wales is devolved to the National Assembly of Wales, as provided for in section 508.

2) The responsibilities are detailed above.

3) N/A

4) Yes – sections 507a and 507b of the Education Act 1996 are statutory.

5) The Department for Education does not monitor performance in relation to these duties.

6) Statutory guidance on this duty was last issued in June 2012 - http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/fil....

Again I would like to apologise for the delay in responding to your query.

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you should make a complaint to the Department by writing to me within two calendar months of the date of this letter. Your complaint will be considered by an independent review panel, who were not involved in the original consideration of your request. The reference number for this case is 2016-0040430.

Yours sincerely

Nick Ceadel

Healthy Pupils Unit

Dear Department for Education,

Thank you, most helpful. Are there aspects of s508 not transferred to DCMS and if so which,and who retains responsibility?

Yours faithfully,

Jan Cosgrove

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