HC Deb 21 April 1994 vol 241 c616W
Mr. Byers

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the training budget for 1994–95 of each training and enterprise council; and what it was for each year since their inception, at 1994–95 prices.

Miss Widdecombe

Government offices are currently finalising contracts with training and enterprise councils for 1994–95 budgets and the information is not yet available.

The information must remain commercially confidential while TECs are negotiating with their providers, and for this reason I am not prepared to give information about individual TEC budgets for 1994–95 until after the beginning of October.

With regards to TEC budgets since their inception, I refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 13 December 1993, Official Report, column 512, to my hon. Friend the Member for Basingstoke (Mr. Hunter). This provides details of TEC budgets agreed with the Employment Department for the last three years in cash and real terms using prices from the first year's funding.