HC Deb 28 June 1994 vol 245 cc542-4W
Mr. Redmond

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment which TECs currently offer extended child care places to children aged five years and over outside normal school hours and during school holidays; and how many places each TEC has available.

Miss Widdecombe

From April 1994, all training and enterprise councils will be making grants available to help establish new after-school and holiday-care places under the Government's out-of-school child-care initiative. A total of 50,000 new places are expected to be created across Britain by March 1996.

In 1993–94 a limited number of TECs ran the initiative. Latest available figures in the following table show the number of places notified by each TEC as created up to March 1994.

Cumulative places created by March 1994
Quarter 4
England 4,019
Heart of England 0
Kent 164
Milton Keynes 0
Thames Valley 248

Quarter 4
London East 24
North London 58
South Thames 133
Bedfordshire 168
Hertfordshire 555
Norfolk and Waveney 144
Avon 24
Devon and Cornwall 181
Dorset 0
Gloucestershire 64
Somerset 41
Wiltshire 62
Central England 126
Coventry 292
Hawtec 24
Shropshire 60
Walsall 52
Greater Nottinghamshire 0
Leicester 0
Lincolnshire 0
North Nottinghamshire 80
Humberside 96
Sheffield 222
Rotherham 92
Calderdale/Kirklees 55
Rochdale 140
South and East Cheshire 211
Cumbria 136
County Durham 80
Northumberland 52
Teeside 40
Tyneside 245

Mr. Vaz

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many(a) black and (b) Asian people serve on each TEC; and if he will make a statement.

Miss Widdecombe

Information on the ethnic origin of training and enterprise council board members is provided voluntarily by the TECs. The following table shows that there are 38 TEC board members of ethnic origin on the board of 28 TECs. This information may not give the complete picture of the ethnic origin of TEC board members. TECs are private companies and are responsible for the composition of their own boards.

Number of TEC board members of ethnic origin
Training and Enterprise Council Number
Avon 1
Bedfordshire 2
Birmingham 3
Bolton/Bury 1
Calderdale/Kirklees 1
CAMBSTEC (Central/South Cambridgeshire) 1
CILNTEC (City and Inner London North) 1
Coventry and Warwickshire 1
Greater Nottingham 1
Greater Peterborough 1
Hampshire 1
Hertfordshire 1
Leeds 1
Leicestershire 2
London East 1
Manchester 1
Milton Keynes and North Bucks 1
North London 3

Training and Enterprise Council Number
North West London 3
Oldham 1
Rochdale 1
Rotherham 1
Sandwell 1
Shropshire 1
South Thames 2
Walsall 1
Wolverhampton 1

Mr. Byers

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many civil servants in his Department took early retirement on being seconded to work for a training and enterprise council.

Miss Widdecombe

None. While on secondment working for a training and enterprise council, all departmental staff remained employees of the Department.

Mr. Morgan

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment, pursuant to his answer of 18 May,Official Report column 505, what information was given to the chairman of the training and enterprise councils, concerning the rights of civil servants seconded to the TECs to be eligible for the voluntary early retirement scheme and pertaining to their permanent employment with those TECs after completion of their secondment period.

Miss Widdecombe

Training and enterprise councils were told that the early retirement schemes were not meant for secondees who intended taking up TEC employment.

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