Assembly takes law into hands

8th February 2008 at 00:00
The assembly government has moved one step closer to passing its own law for the provision of special learning needs.

A draft legislative competence order (LCO) on education has been approved and, if passed, will be the first such order under the 2006 Government of Wales Act which gave more law-making powers to Wales.

The LCO will enable ministers to put forward laws on education and training for people with additional educational needs, such as dyslexia or autism, to suit the particular needs of learners in Wales.

Wales's education minister Jane Hutt said: "We felt there should be a duty on local government regarding special needs, and I think this paves the way for a robust and effective system.

"It gives us the power to look at our policies and a measure to improve services and training from nursery to lifelong learning. We now have to look at how we want them to progress."

The order was put forward last year by former education minister Carwyn Jones and will now be passed on to Paul Murphy, the Secretary of State for Wales.

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