Part of Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 28th February 2013.

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Photo of John Thurso John Thurso Chair, Finance and Services Committee, Chair, Finance and Services Committee 9:30 am, 28th February 2013

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to him in writing on 17 January, which said that both the catering service and the Parliamentary Estates Directorate were considering options for apprenticeship schemes. In addition, discussions with a number of major contractors, such as Royal Mail, suggest that they operate apprenticeship schemes within their larger businesses. The Department of Facilities is aware of three apprentices employed by a large contractor working on the parliamentary estate and the director general of facilities would be happy to discuss this further with the hon. Gentleman.