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Education Bill

Asked if there were any details on amendments to the ID Cards Bill, the PMOS replied that the changes that were being suggested in terms of how the Commons voted on it was a change in process, not a change of outcome. The Government’s commitment was always that there would be a vote before compulsion was introduced. All that had changed was the way in which that vote would take place, nothing else. As the PMOS understood it, we were putting down about five motions to overturn twelve Lords’ amendments, and therefore, the core proposals in the Bill remained exactly the same.

Asked to explain what the difference in the process would now be, the PMOS said that rather than having a positive affirmation vote in the House, there would be a short Bill. That was the only difference. The House of Lords threw out the idea of having a positive affirmation, so we thought on reflection, that the best way to do it was to have a separate Bill. What that did not in any way affect was that it was always going to be a two-stage process to compulsion, and the Government’s view on the necessity at some point to move to compulsion was still very much the same.

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