To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
(1) what discussions she has had with the Learning and Skills Council on its recent decision on changing the way in which GNVQs are funded;
(2) if she will ask the Learning and Skills Council to fund GNVQs at the same rate in schools and colleges in 2005/06; and if she will make a statement.
My Department has not discussed with the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) its decision to change GNVQ funding rates for further education providers for 2005/06. I have no plans to ask the LSC to change the way it funds GNVQs. Decisions about funding rates in schools and colleges are a matter for the LSC. I understand that changes similar to those made for colleges will apply to school sixth-forms in 2006/07.