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Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Skills and Further Education (3 Feb 2009)

David Willetts: I have already given way to the right hon. Gentleman. What we need is very simple: less bureaucracy, less interference in further education colleges and fewer fake announcements. We need more real apprenticeships, more adult learning, and more assistance to get young people who are not in education, employment or training into work. We need a more robust and responsive skills system. That is...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Skills and Further Education (3 Feb 2009)

David Willetts: I appreciate that the Secretary of State has recognised the problem faced by FE colleges. Could he add a bit more information about the number of colleges whose plans are "in the pipeline", and on the value of those projects, so that we can have a rough idea of the scale of the disappointment that he is talking about?

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Skills and Further Education (3 Feb 2009)

David Willetts: I am grateful to the Secretary of State for giving way a second time. I understand what he is saying, and I appreciate the suggestion that he will make information available, but will he undertake to come to the House with such a statement? Can he tell the House when he might be able to give us the information? The uncertainty is itself part of the problem for the FE sector.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Apprentices (3 Feb 2009)

David Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 8 July 2008, Official Report, column 1521W, on apprentices, what progress has been made in increasing the number of apprentices in his Department; and how many apprentices his Department employs.

Written Answers — Home Department: Apprentices (10 Feb 2009)

David Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 11 June 2008, Official Report, column 332W, on apprentices, how many apprentices her Department employs.

Written Answers — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Higher Education: Admissions (10 Feb 2009)

David Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) applicants and (b) successful applicants of each sex and socio-economic group there were to study (i) medicine, (ii) engineering, (iii) physics, (iv) chemistry, (v) veterinary medicine, (vi) accountancy, (vii) dentistry and (viii) economics at university in each year since 2002.

Written Answers — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Perfect Gift Scheme (10 Feb 2009)

David Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what evaluation has been made of the Perfect Gift scheme; and if he will place a copy of the evaluation report in the Library.

Written Answers — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Train to Gain Programme (10 Feb 2009)

David Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much was spent on Train to Gain brokers in 2007-08; and what percentage of Train to Gain expenditure in that year this figure represents.

Written Answers — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Vocational Guidance (10 Feb 2009)

David Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much has been spent on the provision of careers advice to (a) young people and (b) adults by agencies for which his Department is responsible in each year since 1997.

Written Answers — Defence: Apprentices (11 Feb 2009)

David Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 21 May 2008, Official Report, column 308W, on apprentices, how many apprentices his Department employs.

Written Answers — Defence: Apprentices (11 Feb 2009)

David Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 21 May 2008, Official Report, column 308W, on apprentices, what progress his Department has made towards the Government's commitment to employ over 1,000 apprentices in central Government Departments and agencies in 2008-09.

Written Answers — Home Department: Apprentices (11 Feb 2009)

David Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 11 June 2008, Official Report, column 332W, on apprentices, what progress her Department has made towards meeting its share of the Government's commitment to employ over 1,000 apprentices in central Government Departments and agencies in 2008-09.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Apprentices (11 Feb 2009)

David Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 2 June 2008, Official Report, column 614W, on apprentices, what progress has been made on increasing the number of apprentices in her Department; and how many apprentices her Department employs.

Bill Presented — Northern Ireland Bill: Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill (23 Feb 2009)

David Willetts: I want to ask the Secretary of State about the announcement today of 21,000 new apprenticeships in the public sector. Can he assure the House that these will indeed be new opportunities for young people in new apprenticeships and new posts? Or will this instead involve a redefinition of existing training programmes and courses in the public sector?

Bill Presented — Northern Ireland Bill: Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill (23 Feb 2009)

David Willetts: Does not the hon. Gentleman think that he is making an excellent case for a proper independent careers service that can go into schools and provide such information?

Bill Presented — Northern Ireland Bill: Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill (23 Feb 2009)

David Willetts: We have had a very useful debate. One of the pleasures of this debate has been that the two Departments that focus on schools and skills, which came out of the single Department for Education and Skills, have come together to debate and scrutinise the legislation. In fact, I do not think that we have yet had any legislation since the departmental split that has not been joint legislation...

Bill Presented — Northern Ireland Bill: Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill (23 Feb 2009)

David Willetts: Perhaps I can tell the Secretary of State about my experience at the North of England Education Conference this year, but before I do, I will take a brief intervention.

Bill Presented — Northern Ireland Bill: Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill (23 Feb 2009)

David Willetts: FE colleges certainly want the freedoms that we gave them in 1992 and they certainly want to engage with local employers, but the question is whether the extraordinary muddle of quangos that they will now have to face—17 regulatory bodies, as identified by Andrew Foster in his inquiry, set up by the Government themselves to look into the amount of hassle and bureaucracy encountered by FE...

Bill Presented — Northern Ireland Bill: Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill (23 Feb 2009)

David Willetts: The Secretary of State appears not to recognise a statistic from his own Department's statistical release. I have that release to hand and the statistics show that for the year 2006-07 there were, indeed, 97,000 people in advanced apprenticeships, as against the year 2000—the first year in the table in the release— when the figure was 126,000, and every year in between the number went...


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