Business, Innovation and Skills
Gordon Marsden (Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills); Blackpool South, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effect on English for speakers of other languages learners in further education colleges of the removal of basic skills qualifications in literacy and numeracy after academic year 2012-13.
John Hayes (The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, The Minister for Universities and Science; South Holland and The Deepings, Conservative)
I can confirm that funding for English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) qualifications will continue for the academic year 2012/13, and this Department is currently considering the future shape and content for qualifications for ESOL learners for the academic year 2013-14.