New Clause 7

Part of Further Education and Training Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:00 am on 14th June 2007.

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Photo of Phil Hope Phil Hope Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Skills), Department for Education and Skills 10:00 am, 14th June 2007

The hon. Gentleman has made some sweeping statements about how he wants to remove bureaucracy, but rather dishonestly from my point of view, he has refused to say exactly what that would entail. I have just received, regrettably, a copy of the submission to the shadow Cabinet from the Conservative economic competitiveness policy group, “Skills Training for a More Competitive Economy”. It makes no mention of any of the changes that he suggests need to be made, but states:

“the flow of funds should be from the DfES to the trainee’s local authority, and from the local authority, on behalf of an individual trainee, to a training provider”.

Perhaps the hon. Gentleman would like to explain how the system he suggests would work in a way that reduces bureaucracy on further education colleges.