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Written Answers — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Apprentices: Management (24 Apr 2009)

David Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people in each (a) age group and (b) region and of each (i) sex and (ii) ethnic group (A) started and (B) completed apprenticeships in management in each of the last five years.

Written Answers — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Students: Loans (24 Apr 2009)

David Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of the negative inflation figure for the retail prices index in March 2009 on people with outstanding student loans who took them out (a) prior to and (b) since 1998.

Written Answers — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Students: Finance (27 Apr 2009)

David Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people expecting to start higher education in 2009 have registered for financial support with Student Finance England; and how many such students had registered by the same time last year.

Written Answers — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Students: Loans (27 Apr 2009)

David Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of former students owing money to the Student Loans Company are making use of the five-year repayment holiday.

Written Answers — Duchy of Lancaster: Taxation: Income (27 Apr 2009)

David Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answer of 11 June 2008, Official Report, columns 308-9W, on taxation: income, if he will publish an updated copy of table 14A of the Effects of Taxes and Benefits on Household Income, broken down by the age of the household's reference person in five year bands from the ages of 20 to 80 years rather than by household...

Written Answers — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Building Colleges for the Future Programme (28 Apr 2009)

David Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2009, Official Report, column 656W, on further education: finance, from which further education colleges he has received representations on the Learning and Skills Council's list of colleges affected by changes to its capital spending programme.

Written Answers — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Building Colleges for the Future Programme (28 Apr 2009)

David Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what discussions he has had with the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) on representations made by further education colleges to the LSC on (a) the completeness and (b) the accuracy of the LSC's list of colleges affected by changes to the LSC's capital spending programme.

Written Answers — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Higher Education: Admissions (28 Apr 2009)

David Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) if he will recalculate the higher education initial participation rate for each year between 1999-2000 and 2005-06 using the same methodology as that used to produce the figures for 2007-08 issued on 31 March 2009; (2) what discussions his Department had with (a) higher education institutions, (b) bodies...

Oral Answers to Questions — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Apprenticeships (30 Apr 2009)

David Willetts: In a parliamentary answer on 20 April, the Under-Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, the hon. Member for Birmingham, Erdington (Mr. Simon), assured me that funding will allow every person who has started an apprenticeship to complete it. So why are providers approaching us to warn that funding cuts for next year are so severe that they cannot be confident even of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Apprenticeships (30 Apr 2009)

David Willetts: I heard what the Secretary of State said, but I have to tell him that there are training providers who, having seen the provisional proposals for their funding in 2009-10, are not sure that they will have the funding to continue providing the training for apprentices whom they have already recruited. We will be holding him to account for the assurance that he and the Under-Secretary have...

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Skills in the Recession (18 May 2009)

David Willetts: I beg to move, That this House regrets the Government's failure to deliver the skills training and education needed if the economy is to emerge stronger from the recession; condemns the incompetent management of further education colleges' capital projects; is concerned that the percentage of young people not in education, employment or training has risen significantly since the start of the...

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Skills in the Recession (18 May 2009)

David Willetts: Indeed, it was a tragedy when 3 million people were unemployed before. The aim of our debate today is to identify the measures that can avoid that happening again. That is what we are focusing on.

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Skills in the Recession (18 May 2009)

David Willetts: My hon. Friend makes a valid point. It is certainly an idea that needs to be considered. Although the recession has increased unemployment already, it is worth remembering that even in the boom years when the economy was growing, we were suffering from an increase in the rate of youth unemployment. The rate of unemployment among people aged 16 to 24 grew from 13.4 per cent. in 1997 to 14.4...

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Skills in the Recession (18 May 2009)

David Willetts: That is an interesting idea that is worth considering. Indeed, that is something else—going back to the intervention from my hon. Friend the Member for North-East Hertfordshire (Mr. Heald)—that we introduced in the early 1980s, when unemployment was high before.

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Skills in the Recession (18 May 2009)

David Willetts: For a terrible moment I thought my hon. Friend expected me to remember what was in that clause, without jogging my memory. I am grateful to him for reminding us. It is an issue about which he is rightly passionate, and he is correct. One of our concerns about the Government's approach to skills is that they are so obsessed with funding only the production of paper qualifications that people...

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Skills in the Recession (18 May 2009)

David Willetts: I shall give way to the hon. Member for Montgomeryshire (Lembit Öpik).

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Skills in the Recession (18 May 2009)

David Willetts: The hon. Gentleman may have been studying the widely read green paper that we produced on the subject, because that is absolutely our approach on the Conservative Benches.

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Skills in the Recession (18 May 2009)

David Willetts: I shall take one more intervention and then try to make some progress.

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Skills in the Recession (18 May 2009)

David Willetts: There have been savage reductions in adult education because of the priorities of the hon. Gentleman's Government and the way in which the Learning and Skills Council allocates funding only to those courses that produce paper qualifications. If the hon. Gentleman cares so much about the subject, he should sign the early-day motion that I and my hon. Friends have tabled, supporting adult...

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Skills in the Recession (18 May 2009)

David Willetts: My hon. Friend speaks for many Members, from all parts of the House, who are very concerned about what is happening to the proposals for their local further education colleges and their capital programmes.


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