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2.—(1) The Education Act 1996(1) is amended as follows.
(2) After section 537B, insert—
537C.—(1) Nothing in section 537, 537A or 537B above, nor any regulations made under those provisions, requires or authorises the provision of information—
(a)by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (“the Council”) if the information was received by the Council in its capacity as principal regulator (within the meaning of section 13 of the Charities Act 2006); or
(b)to the Council in its capacity as principal regulator.
(2) This section does not prevent the Council disclosing information under section 10A of the Charities Act 1993.”.
1996 c.56. Section 537 was amended by the Education Act 1994 (c.44), Schedule 7, paragraph 37; by the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (c.31), Schedule 30, paragraph 152, and Schedule 31; by the Learning and Skills Act 2000 (c. 21), Schedule 9, paragraph 60, and by the Education Act 2002 (c.32), Schedule 7, paragraph 6, and Schedule 22. Section 537A was inserted by the Education Act 1997, section 20, and substituted by the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, Schedule 30, paragraph 15. Section 537AA was inserted by the Education and Skills Act 2008 (c.25), Schedule 1, paragraph 8 (paragraph 8 of Schedule 1 to the 2008 Act is not yet in force). Section 537B was inserted by the Education and Inspections Act 2006 (c.40), section 164.
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