§ Ms. Coffey
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what plans she has to allow the TECs more flexibility within their training budgets so that they can pay higher unit placement rates to the providers of quality engineering training.
§ Mr. McLoughlin
TECs have the flexibility to allocate funds to their training providers in the light of local labour market conditions and needs. A TEC is free to take into consideration the differing costs of training in the various occupational categories when determining the payment arrangements for each of its training providers.