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 John Hayes John Hayes Shadow Minister (14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships) 10:00 am, 14th June 2007

It would be quite wrong for me to speak on behalf of my right hon. Friend the Member for Wokingham (Mr. Redwood) about the report that he published. Indeed, its relevance to the clause is pretty thin, given that it is not about FE college management or FE college regulation. What I can say with confidence about that report is that it is absolutely right   in wanting to slim down the funding and management process in FE. It is absolutely right in its analysis of the paucity of the Government’s policy in respect of driving up skills.

The Under-Secretary, who is a diligent Minister and a good Member of this House, must regard the figures for apprenticeship enrolments—his own Government’s figures—with a certain degree of shame. Now that he has read that first report, perhaps he will take the trouble to read the report that I published today on that subject. It shows not only that the number of people who are not in education, employment or training has grown by 15 per cent. since the Government came to office—