§ Mr. Colvin
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what response he has received from the business community about the establishment of training and enterprise councils; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Eggar
I have been very encouraged by the excellent response from employers throughout the country to our invitation to form training and enterprise councils (TECs).
More than 50 groups of senior employers in England and Wales have applied for development funding; the table lists the areas from which we have had applications and indicates their status.
List of training and enterprise councils that have applied for development funding South East Milton Keynes Approved Hertfordshire Approved Essex Approved Hampshire Approved Isle of Wight Approved Thames Valley Approved Oxfordshire Approved Kent Under consideration London Kingston/Merton Approved London East Under consideration South London Under consideration South West Devon/Cornwall Approved Dorset Approved Somerset Approved Avon Under consideration West Midlands Birmingham Approved Walsall Approved Staffordshire Approved Coventry/Warwickshire Under consideration Dudley Approved Wolverhampton Approved East Midlands and Eastern North Nottinghamshire Approved Norfolk/Waveney Approved Suffolk Approved Greater Peterborough Approved Bedfordshire Under consideration Central and South Cambridgeshire Under consideration Yorkshire and Humberside Sheffield Approved Calderdale/Kirklees Approved North Yorkshire Approved Rotherham Approved Leeds Under consideration Barnsley/Doncaster Under consideration
List of training and enterprise councils that have applied for development funding North West Cumbria Approved East Lancashire Approved Rochdale Approved Oldham Approved South and East Cheshire Approved Wigan Approved Manchester Under consideration Stockport/High Peak Approved Bolton/Bury Under consideration St. Helens Under consideration Northern Teesside Approved Tyneside Approved Wearside Approved County Durham Approved Northumberland Approved Wales Mid Glamorgan Approved North East Wales Approved West Wales Approved North West Wales Approved South Glamorgan Approved Gwent Under consideration