Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th March 1990.

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Photo of Michael Howard Michael Howard Secretary of State for Employment 12:00 am, 13th March 1990

I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on drawing on his footballing past for the analogy in his question. I do not accept the suggestion of second division status in any respect. The latest labour force survey statistics show a substantial increase in the number of employees in receipt of training. We propose to build on that increase, and the training and enterprise councils will ensure that we succeed.