Clause 29

Part of Further Education and Training Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:45 pm on 14th June 2007.

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Photo of Angela Smith Angela Smith PPS (Yvette Cooper, Minister of State), Department for Communities and Local Government 2:45 pm, 14th June 2007

The hon. Gentleman just mentioned the best of the apprenticeship system. Did not his Government dismantle the best of the apprenticeship system in the early 1980s, much to the detriment of many young people of the time, including my younger brother, who never got the opportunity to develop the skills that he should have developed as an apprentice?