HC Deb 04 December 1991 vol 200 c131W
Mr. William Ross

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what sums are available and projected for the current financial year, and the next two financial years, for the training, enterprise and education directorate; when it is proposed to release finance to fund student course fees and expenses for the current term for English for speakers of other languages; how many ESOL students there are in England and Wales for the current year; what are his projections for the following two years; what were the sums available and expended in each of the last two years; and how many students were assisted.

Mr. Forth

Total planned expenditure in Great Britain on programmes administered by the Department's training, enterprise and education directorate is £2.9 billion in 1991–92, £2.8 billion in 1992–93 and £2.8 billion in 1993–94.

Support for English for speakers of other languages —ESOL—is provided as an integral part of the Department's training and enterprise programmes. The planning and delivery of these programmes is now the responsibility of training and enterprise councils and is determined by local needs and priorities. Information on expenditure and numbers trained is not separately identified.