§ Mr. Bowis
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the amount allocated by his Department to training and enterprise councils for work-related further education for the coming year and the current year; what was the equivalent for each of the past five years; what steps he has taken to ensure that in future this money will be ring-fenced; and whether such ring fencing will continue for the foreseeable future.
As announced, training and enterprise councils will assume responsibility from 1 April 1991 for payment of funds under my Department's work-related further education programme. A total of £105 million will be allocated to TECs for this in 1991–92. This money is earmarked for the local education authority further education service. In 1991–92 each LEA will receive the same amount of WRFE money as it would have done if my Department had continued to operate the arrangements.
The total expenditure year by year on the work-related further education programme by the Employment Department is as follows:
£ million 1986–87 110 1987–88 106 1988–89 110 1989–90 102 1990–91 103
Arrangements for the funding of WRFE in future years will be the subject of agreement between the Secretary of State for Education and Science, the Secretary of State for Wales and myself.