HC Deb 16 July 1984 vol 64 c11
9. Mr. Hooson

asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether he is satisfied that the Welsh educational system is providing the most desirable mix of well-qualified recruits to enable information technology companies to grow in Wales; and what consultations he plans with the employers and educational institutions most involved in this issue.

Mr. Nicholas Edwards

I have had widespread consultations with employers and educational institutions and will continue to do so.

Mr. Hooson

What specific steps have been taken to encourage the development of suitable courses in Wales?

Mr. Edwards

In the advanced further education pool for specific information technology courses in 1983–84, £100,000 was made available to support four courses offering 30 degree places and 30 sub-degree places at higher education institutions in Wales. That figure was increased in 1984–85. In the non-advanced further education area, support grants are being introduced in 1985–86 to encourage the development of information technology courses.