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Deregulation Act 2015

Schedule 14: Abolition of the Office of the Chief Executive of Skills Funding

766.Schedule 14 amends Part 4 of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 (“ASCLA”) in consequence of the repeal of the post of the Chief Executive of Skills Funding (the “Chief Executive”) by section 64(1). See also the commentary on section 64.

767.Paragraph 2 omits section 81 of the ASCLA which will remove the requirement for there to be a Chief Executive. Paragraphs 4 to 6 and 17 transfer powers and duties from the Chief Executive to the Secretary of State in relation to the provision of apprenticeship training, while paragraphs 9 to 12 and 30 transfer functions from the Chief Executive to the Secretary of State in relation to the provision of education and training and paragraphs 19, 23, 24 and 28 transfer supplementary functions. Paragraph 26 provides that these functions are exercisable in relation to England only, except in relation to the functions conferred by section 107 (provision of services) which applies to the United Kingdom. Paragraphs 13 to 16 transfer the powers of the Chief Executive to provide financial resources to the Secretary of State. Paragraphs 3, 7, 8, 18, 20 to 22 and 25 repeal all other powers and duties of the Chief Executive in relation to apprenticeship functions and the provision of education and training.

768.The Schedule has the same extent as the provisions it amends and so, in the main, forms part of the law of England and Wales only. The exceptions are paragraphs 19 and 20 (amendments to section 107 and repeal of sections 108 and 109) which also form part of the law of Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Schedule comes into force at the end of the period of 2 months beginning with the day on which the Act is passed.

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