§ Mr. Coombs
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has for the expansion and future development of the information technology education centre programme; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Butcher
My Department has now achieved its target of establishing 175 ITeCs. We shall continue to provide pump-priming financial support to individual centres for a three-year period after their establishment. Following the expiry of this period it is intended that ITeCs will be in a position to become partially self-supporting as a result of their own commercial activities.