§ Mr. David Watkins
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what steps are being taken by the Manpower Services Commission to make a region by region examination of training and retraining requirements.
§ Mr. Harold Walker
I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that each of the seven regions of the Training Services Agency has made a strategic assessment of the main training and retraining needs of its area over the next five years. For this purpose the agency has consulted widely with industrial training boards, local authorities and others with an interest in training matters. Regions will update these assessments regularly and the agency will use them to determine the amount and type of training that should be provided in each region and locality under the Training Opportunities Scheme.