HC Deb 05 December 1989 vol 163 c141
3. Mr. Gill

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what representations he has received regarding training and enterprise councils in Shropshire.

The Minister of State, Department of Employment (Mr. Tim Eggar)

Representations from a number of groups have been made to Training Agency officials regarding the formation of a training and enterprise council in Shropshire. Discussions are taking place locally to ensure that a training and enterprise council is formed as soon as possible.

Mr. Gill

What assurance can my hon. Friend give me that any training and enterprise council established in the county of Shropshire will not be dominated by the large concentration of industry in Telford, to the detriment of the surrounding rural areas?

Mr. Eggar

In forming TECs local business men will have to take account of all parts of their community, particularly the kind of area for which they are seeking to train and into which they seek to introduce and improve enterprise. The national training task force will ensure that those factors are borne in mind when it examines TECs' business plans.