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These initiatives were driven by Lord Soley, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.
MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.
Lord Soley has not been granted any Urgent Questions
Lord Soley has not been granted any Adjournment Debates
Lord Soley has not introduced any legislation before Parliament
Lord Soley has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting
Any educational provider which offers a full-time education to 5 or more pupils of compulsory school age, or to 1 or more pupils of compulsory school age who are also looked after, or have an education, health and care plan, is required to register with the Department for Education. It is a criminal offence to conduct an independent school that is not registered. If convicted of this offence, a person could be subject to an unlimited fine, and/or imprisonment for up to 6 months.
Section 99 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 outlines that Ofsted must inspect all proposed new independent schools against the Independent Schools Standards, and make a report to my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education, on the extent to which these standards are likely to be met following registration. The Secretary of State for Education must then decide, taking that report and any other evidence he has on the proposed school into account, whether the standards are likely to be met if it is to be registered as an independent school. If he is satisfied that the standards are likely to be met, he must register the school.
In practice, it is nearly always the case that where an inspection report shows that the standards are not likely to be met, the registration application is rejected. However, there are rare exceptions: for example, if remedial building work has been arranged, but has not yet been undertaken at the time of the inspection. In such cases, if the school is subsequently able to show that the work has been carried out successfully, so as to address all of the issues identified in the report, it is possible to register the school without the need for a further inspection.
Full guidance on registering an independent school is available through the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/independent-school-registration.
The Government announced a £10 million funding package for England’s fishing and aquaculture sectors on 16 April. The fund will help businesses within the sector meet the fixed costs they face, including insurance, equipment hire and port costs, and will help secure the long-term future of the English fishing industry.
This includes a £1 million Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme, which will fund projects to help seafood businesses in England increase the supply of local seafood to domestic markets.
Further information and guidance is available on MMO’s website.
We have so far announced £7.4 billion of additional funding to the devolved administrations to support people, business and public services in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This means £3.8 billion for the Scottish Government, £2.3 billion for the Welsh Government and £1.3 billion for the Northern Ireland Executive.
This is equivalent to £700 per head of the Scottish population, £730 per head of the Welsh population and £680 per head of the Northern Ireland population. The differences in these per head figures are partly due to the differing extent of devolved responsibilities and partly due to the nation-specific elements of the Barnett formula.