HC Deb 05 March 1990 vol 168 cc499-500W
Mr. Hannam

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if, following the recent announcement on the privatisation of the Skills Training Agency, he will make a statement on the future of those employment rehabilitation centres that are located on the same sites as skill centres.

Industry training organisation Staff Percentage of sector covered
1 Management and training Total Employees in sector Firms Employees
British Agriculture and Garden Machinery Association 1.20 1.50 20,000 77 90
Agricultural Co-operatives Training Council 2 2 2 2 2
United Kingdom Agricultural Supply Trade Association 0.50 1.25 60,000 65 83
Foreign Airlines Training Council 0.20 0.25 9,000 73 78
AFA Technology (Atomic Energy) 2 2 2 2 2
Aviation Training Association 4.00 6.00 150,000 16 48
Federation of Bakers 0.15 0.25 50,000 100 100
National Association of Master Bakers, Confectioners and Caterers 0.50 0.60 2 83 2

Mr. Eggar

Arrangements will be made to ensure the continuation of employment rehabilitation services in localities currently served by employment rehabilitation centres. In most cases they will remain on existing sites for up to three years but in some areas it may be necessary to find alternative premises. The future role of the employment rehabilitation service is being considered in the context of the review of the Department's services for people with disabilities.

Mr. Hannam

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment whether he plans to continue monitoring the number of trainees with disabilities receiving training at skill centres, following the Skills Training Agency's privatisation.

Mr. Eggar

I do not anticipate that the privatisation of the Skills Training Agency will have any immediate effect on the existing monitoring arrangements.