§ Mr. Tony Lloyd
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many people are employed in his Department's Training Agency; and if he will give a breakdown of their main responsibilities.
§ Mr. Lee
On 1 June 1989, the latest date for which figures are available, the numbers of permanent staff employed in the Department's Training Agency were 11,893. Of these, 9,501 (including 2,623 Skills Training Agency staff) were employed in field offices on delivery and72W
caused a 50 per cent. reduction in the average length of attendance at employment rehabilitation centres; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Nicholls
The average length of stay of all clients in ERCs has reduced because many more people are finding short courses of assessment and guidance are meeting their needs. However, in 1989 the length of stay on rehabilitation courses was 35 days and has remained consistent over the last five years. I am also pleased to report that the number of people helped by the ERS has increased from 12,000 in 1984–85 to about 26,000 in 1988–89.
§ Mr. Ashley
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on the future of the employment rehabilitation centres which share sites with skillcentres, when the Skills Training Agency is moved into the private sector.
§ Mr. Thornton
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many letters and representations he has received concerning the future of the construction industry training board and its statutory levy since the publication of his paper "Employment for the 1990s".