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Clause 89: Transfers: England (27 Jun 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: Do the powers apply to Welsh TECs? Do the worries and concerns that the Minister has mentioned apply to the situation of Welsh TECs?

New Clause 6: Plans: Wales (27 Jun 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: My right hon. Friend the Member for Llanelli (Mr. Davies) and I tabled new clauses 2 and 3 and four amendments. Although I shall try to deal with each provision as briefly as possible, they relate to matters of considerable relevance to training needs in Wales, so it is essential that I make some vital points. New clause 2 aims to make it possible for the Employment Service to be the...

New Clause 6: Plans: Wales (27 Jun 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: I agree that we should expand opportunity, and that will require additional financial provision. If anything should be the subject of an objective 1-type funding scheme, it should be the proposal that I am putting forward. We need to train the infrastructure of minds and skills as well as developing the physical infrastructure in our community. Objective 1 funding could assist, promote and...

New Clause 6: Plans: Wales (27 Jun 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: I accept my right hon. Friend's point. However, he probably understands and shares the view that we have a cultural tendency not to bind business into education structures. I am being rather modest in my observations in that respect, but let us consider the composition of the original education and training action group for Wales. It was dominated by the education and further education...

New Clause 6: Plans: Wales (27 Jun 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: rose—

New Clause 6: Plans: Wales (27 Jun 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: I believe that what my hon. Friend has said is what I want, which is that the TECs' budget money that will now go to the National Assembly after their abolition, and, with the resultant employment problems, will be given to the council, and the council could disburse that money to the Employment Service, although the Employment Service budget is not within the National Assembly. Is that right?

New Clause 6: Plans: Wales (27 Jun 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: Will the National Assembly's regional committees be the watchdogs of the regional offices of the national council? I read out the answer to the question in the TEC brochure, which arrived in the post today, saying that the offices will have committees which advise the national council on regional policies. Are they the regional committees of the Assembly or will they be specially established...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Economy (24 May 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: I am sure that my right hon. Friend is aware of the importance to business and the Welsh economy of higher education standards. In that respect, is he aware that the National Assembly has not yet introduced a single pilot project to introduce education maintenance allowances to support the poorest students in our communities to stay on at school and college? Will my right hon. Friend seek...

Zimbabwe (3 May 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: I, too, welcome my right hon. Friend's decision to ban any further exports of military equipment to Zimbabwe. Is he aware of any other country, in particular a European Union partner, that may be trying to sell Zimbabwe such arms or military equipment? If so, will he make representations to ensure that the embargo is as effective as possible?

Energy Policy (17 Apr 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: Let us pursue that issue. Is my right hon. Friend confident that the European Commission will approve his scheme promptly, given the short-term nature of the coal aid, which will be made available only until 2002?

Orders of the Day — Learning and Skills Bill [Lords] (30 Mar 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: My hon. Friend has touched on an important point, and I am listening with great care. The key is to remove the funding distortions, which in many ways determine choice and lead to defensive arrangements as between schools and colleges.

Orders of the Day — Learning and Skills Bill [Lords] (30 Mar 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: I am following the right hon. and learned Gentleman very closely, and he is quite right—most of us threw our full support behind TECs in those years. I did not have any problem at all with either the nature or the structure of the operation—it is just that TECs did not deliver. I can only speak about my experience with the Mid-Glamorgan training and enterprise council. We thought that...

Orders of the Day — Learning and Skills Bill [Lords] (30 Mar 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: I do not think that the hon. Gentleman is right about the Welsh scene. Wales will not have local learning and skills councils. We will have voluntary bodies called CCETs, which will consist of about 20 people, almost all of whom will be from the further education sector. There will not be a comparable structure in Wales.

Orders of the Day — Learning and Skills Bill [Lords] (30 Mar 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: I think that the hon. Member for Maidenhead (Mrs. May) was elected to the House in 1997. Perhaps that explains the curious and unbelievable pre-1997 world of training that she described. I have been a Member of Parliament for more than 30 years. During 18 of them, I watched as Bill after Bill was introduced by the Conservative Government. They eroded the rights, responsibilities and duties of...

Orders of the Day — Learning and Skills Bill [Lords] (30 Mar 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: I do not condemn everything done by the previous Government. We should certainly have flexibility and diversity in training to meet the challenges of a more complex and diverse 21st-century economy. I was pointing out that deskilling was one of the consequences of that implosion and collapse, and of the deindustrialisation that occurred in communities such as mine. At the same time,...

Orders of the Day — Learning and Skills Bill [Lords] (30 Mar 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: The right hon. Gentleman makes an important point. Training is much more complex and diverse. To read future skills markets and needs is becoming increasingly difficult. If, as everyone says, the growth of our economy will be through small and medium-sized enterprises, they will need greater support in order to sustain and adapt training for their current and future work forces. We all accept...

Orders of the Day — Learning and Skills Bill [Lords] (30 Mar 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: There are many good programmes of the type that my hon. Friend has mentioned. I have described one in my community. I hope and believe that such schemes can encourage and extend best practice. My other hope and prayer is that the new training organisations will answer the catch-22 question in communities such as mine. Every economist that I have read or heard has told me that, for my...

Orders of the Day — Learning and Skills Bill [Lords] (30 Mar 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: Yes. For England the Bill is prescriptive, but for Wales this is a skeleton of a Bill. I believe in the legislative role of the House and the right of Members to play their full part. The Bill contains provisions for Wales, but we do not know what effect they will have, and there are clauses that do not apply to Wales. We know that there will be a set of new clauses on the youth service....

Orders of the Day — Learning and Skills Bill [Lords] (30 Mar 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: Although I appreciate that the Secretary of State can make announcements affecting only the English side, may I ask whether there will be an equivalent expansion of the pilot schemes in Wales?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Local Government (22 Mar 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: When my hon. Friend next meets the Welsh Local Government Association, will he tell it to get on with the fundamental review of the whole revenue support grant arrangement—which, over a number of years, has led to the most extraordinary distortions in council tax figures, and has particularly led to huge increases in some of our poorest authorities?


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