Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 27th October 2014.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) 2:30 pm, 27th October 2014

The official statistics show a big fall in the number of apprenticeship starts for under-19s, from over 130,000 in 2010-11 to 95,000 last year. Why has there been that fall? Why has it been allowed to happen, and how optimistic is the Minister that the measures he has just announced will turn around that very disappointing state of affairs?