§ Mr. John Fraser
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many skillcentre places will be lost in Lambeth, Waddon and Deptford as a result of the proposed skillcentre closure programme of the Manpower Services Commission; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Peter Morrison
The Manpower Services Commission proposes to support training for around 4,400 adults in south-east London in 1985–86, compared with around 3,200 in 1984–85 and to increase provision further the following year. This will lead to a slight increase next year in the amount of training business commissioned from skillcentres in the area, with a further increase forecast for 1986–87.
The skillcentre training agency's proposals in southeast London envisage retaining Deptford skillcentre, opening a new centre in Lambeth, and closing the skillcentre at Waddon, its annexe at Sydenham and the young persons training centre in Lambeth.