Productivity - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:29 am on 7th November 2017.

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Photo of Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lord Wallace of Saltaire Liberal Democrat 11:29 am, 7th November 2017

My Lords, there is substantial evidence that a large number of companies are using the new apprentice levy to train people already employed, often in mid-executive positions, rather than going out and finding young people and training them up as new apprentices, which is what one understood the scheme was for. Are the Government going to look into that and do their best to persuade companies that they should be training young apprentices as the first priority?