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Clause 2

Part of Education and Skills Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:15 pm on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Gordon Marsden Gordon Marsden PPS (Mr Michael Wills, Minister of State), Ministry of Justice 5:15 pm, 5th February 2008

As ever, the hon. Gentleman gilds the lily, but I am deeply appreciative of his comments. He mentions the national apprenticeship service. We have only just had the statement and do not know the details of how that will pan out eventually. Is it not perfectly possible to have a national apprenticeship service that is strategic and focused and is not supply based in the way that he envisages? I do not see the necessity of saying that because we are to have a national apprenticeship service, it will automatically be supply based rather than demand led. It is perfectly possible to have a scheme that strategic that is demand led.