§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what grants are available to help with the capital cost and revenue costs of setting up privately a training centre which offers courses fully approved by various official training boards, for the benefit of industry and commerce in any area.
§ Mr. Harold Walker
I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that a number of industrial training boards make available grants towards the setting up and development of employers' group training centres, but there is no general scheme functioning through either industrial training boards or the Training Services Agency to pay grants towards the capital cost of setting up a training centre to be run as a commercial enterprise. The Training Services Agency operates a scheme whereby local authorities are authorised to raise loans to cover the capital cost of extending their college premises to offer courses under TSA's Training Opportunities Scheme.