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Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Apprenticeships (11 Dec 2017)

Anne Milton: We are determined to reach 3 million apprenticeship starts in England by 2020. There have been 1.1 million new apprenticeship starts since 2015, but quality is also important. I am pleased that there were 24,600 starts on new employer-designed apprenticeship standards in 2016-17. That is a huge increase from 4,300 the year before.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Apprenticeships (11 Dec 2017)

Anne Milton: If he talks to employers, the hon. Gentleman will find that it is only because of the reforms we have introduced, which have allowed employers to be at the very heart of the process, that we have made the progress we have. Numerous Governments have attempted to do something about apprenticeships, but it is only now that we are seeing real change.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Apprenticeships (11 Dec 2017)

Anne Milton: This is critical. I have talked to apprentices and employers about apprenticeships, and there is no doubt that we have a skills shortage. Employers are absolutely determined to make sure that they have the workforce they need to deliver the skills they will need for their businesses in future.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Apprenticeships (11 Dec 2017)

Anne Milton: I am delighted to join my hon. Friend in congratulating Fareham College. In fact, I recently met an employer who has started an innovative co-operation with that college, which is doing a brilliant job and really addressing the skills shortages in the area. It is good to see employers coming together, working successfully with a local college, and making sure that they have the power behind...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Apprenticeships (11 Dec 2017)

Anne Milton: Yes. We are doing a huge amount of work; I know that my hon. Friend, as chairman of the all-party group on apprenticeships, is doing a lot of work himself. We have specific targets: we want people with learning disabilities to represent 20% of all apprenticeship starts by 2020. We have made progress, and the trajectory for people with learning disabilities is going up.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Apprenticeships (11 Dec 2017)

Anne Milton: We have put in place key reforms to drive investment in apprenticeships: employer-designed apprenticeship standards to meet their needs and drive up quality; and the apprenticeship levy to encourage sustained employer investment. By 2019-20, spending on apprenticeships in England will reach £2.4 billion, which is double what it was in 2010 in cash terms.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Apprenticeships (11 Dec 2017)

Anne Milton: I would be extremely happy to meet my hon. Friend. In fact, I recently met my hon. Friend the Member for Taunton Deane (Rebecca Pow) to discuss this issue. We need to ensure that apprenticeships work for every community, wherever they are and in whatever sector.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Apprenticeships (11 Dec 2017)

Anne Milton: I am a bit disappointed that the right hon. Member for Twickenham (Sir Vince Cable) is not the Chamber to listen to the rest of this question. If the hon. Member for Oldham West and Royton (Jim McMahon) looks at the figures more closely, he will see that there was a sharp spike of 46% between February and April this year compared with the situation in 2016. This year’s starts are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (11 Dec 2017)

Anne Milton: I would be delighted to meet my hon. Friend, and I praise the work that he has done on apprenticeships. It was a delight to see him at WorldSkills UK in Birmingham. I also praise the work that he is doing on the year of engineering.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (11 Dec 2017)

Anne Milton: A lot of work and a lot of money is going into making sure that young people with learning difficulties can access apprenticeships. That is why we have set targets so that 20% of all apprenticeship starts will be people with learning difficulties by 2020.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (11 Dec 2017)

Anne Milton: It was a delight to launch the careers strategy last week. Its spine will be the Gatsby benchmarks, which are critical. The pilot in the north-east demonstrated just how much progress we can make if schools meet all those targets.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (11 Dec 2017)

Anne Milton: As the hon. Lady will know, transport is the responsibility of local authorities. We are determined to make sure that there are no barriers to anybody taking up an apprenticeship. As I go around the country, it is amazing to hear stories about the programme. I am delighted by its success so far.

Sanitary Products — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Anne Milton: It is a pleasure to serve under you today, Mr Sharma; I do not think that we have done so before. I congratulate the hon. Member for Oxford West and Abingdon (Layla Moran) on securing this debate. She is absolutely right that this topic remains taboo. I think we can go back 1,000, 2,000 or 3,000 years to find some of the origins of the taboo. Even today, some of the cultural issues around...

Sanitary Products — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Anne Milton: With the greatest respect, I do not know this, because I have not looked into it, but I would imagine that that was not to do with the subject. I have no doubt that the Government were not unhappy to discuss periods; we are having this debate today, so there is no question of that. I have no doubt that there are other reasons for what she describes. I am sure that if the hon. Lady made...

Sanitary Products — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Anne Milton: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention. I particularly commend him on being here, because it shows that we are all prepared to talk about the issue. Sex and relationships education and religious education definitely came up as issues. We need to do a great deal more to educate young people about the alternatives. Mooncups are one option; I should think that a lot of people do not know...

Sanitary Products — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Anne Milton: I know it is against the rules of the Chamber, but please indulge me, Mr Sharma; I am going to place a Mooncup on the desk. They were invented after I stopped having periods, but I should be able to talk—

Sanitary Products — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Anne Milton: Sorry, Mr Sharma. I will put it back in my handbag. I do not go on marches as a point of principle, but I will be interested in the feedback of the hon. Member for Dewsbury from that event. I do not feel under political pressure, because although we may argue about welfare benefits and poverty—we obviously do—and the route out of those things, we do not disagree on periods and sex...

Sanitary Products — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Anne Milton: If I give way now, I will not have time to make all my points. I ask the hon. Lady to bear with me for a minute. Members are aware of the long-running campaign for sanitary products to be exempt from VAT and the Government’s commitment to zero-rate such products once our leaving the EU offers us the discretion to do so. There are good and bad sides to Brexit, and that is perhaps one of...

Sanitary Products — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Anne Milton: I have seven minutes left, so I will not at the moment. I will give way if I have a bit of time at the end. We have increased the national living wage, which means that a full-time worker is now £1,400 a year better off. We have increased the personal allowance again, meaning that a basic rate taxpayer is now £1,000 better off than they would have been in 2010. We have doubled the...

Sanitary Products — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Anne Milton: What we need is credible and robust evidence about the issue. There are a number of other issues, such as young men in school who possibly have to be clean shaven. There is an issue about razors for boys, which are very expensive. They are probably the item in the supermarket that is more frequently shoplifted than anything else. As a former public health Minister, I know that toothpaste is...


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