Employment (Warrington)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 1st March 2007.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey The Financial Secretary to the Treasury 10:30 am, 1st March 2007

I can indeed, and I welcome the fact that phase 1 of the Omega project was given planning go-ahead just before Christmas. As a member of the Select Committee on Education and Skills, my hon. Friend knows that the huge investment over the past 10 years means that skills in the UK are improving—more than 1.4 million people have improved their basic skills and levels of qualification in the work force are increasing. However, she knows, too, that international challenges and competition and demand from employers mean that for the future our task will be even greater. I assure her that we accept the scale of the challenge set out by the Leitch report and Lord Leitch's approach for tackling it, and we are working on ways to implement his recommendations.