HC Deb 28 October 1986 vol 103 c81W
72. Mr. Ron Davies

asked the Paymaster General what steps he is taking to ensure that special interests, women, ethnic minorities and the disabled will be adequately represented on the proposed National Council for Vocational Qualifications.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

The membership of the National Council for Vocational Qualifications was announced on 1 October 1986. Members were appointed on a personal basis and not as representatives of particular bodies or interests. I am concerned that the council should take full account in its work of the interests of women, ethnic minorities, disabled people and others with special needs, and I am confident that it will establish effective arrangements for doing so.

73. Mr. Colvin

asked the Paymaster General when he expects the new National Council for Educational Qualifications to be operative.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

The National Council for Vocational Qualifications was established as a company limited by guarantee on 17 September. It held its first council meeting on 13 October.