HC Deb 04 March 1992 vol 205 cc180-1W
Mr. Butterfill

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list those measures taken by his Department since 1987 which have benefited employment, training, small businesses and tourism in Bournemouth.

Mr. Jackson

A wide range of measures which benefit employment, training, small businesses and tourism are provided by this Department in Bournemouth, as elsewhere.

The Department funds a wide range of training and enterprise programmes including youth training, employment training, training credits, high technology national training, career development loans, opening learning, the loan guarantee scheme and loan funds of the Prince's Youth Business Trust.

The establishment of the network of 82 training and enterprise councils in England and Wales, and 22 local enterprise companies in Scotland, to plan and deliver training locally, ensures that the needs of the labour market are considered in identifying and targeting training to meet skill needs. The TECs also encourage and support new and existing small businesses through locally tailored counselling and consultancy schemes and the enterprise allowance scheme.

The Government's commitment to the success of the tourist industry includes direct funding of tourist boards, support of the seaside resorts campaign and grants to other organisations such as English Heritage and the Countryside Commission. The relaxations in the liquor licensing laws, the introduction of brown and white signs for tourist attractions, facilities for the disabled, care of the environment and improvements in training are among other measures which are benefiting the industry.