§ Mr. McMaster
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many members of training and enterprise councils representing business and industry have been nominated by co-operative business; what are the criteria for business and industry nominations; and what steps are taken to ensure that nominations are received from co-operative business. 
§ Mr. Paice
The Department does not hold information on the numbers of training and enterprise council board members from co-operative business. As private companies, TECs are responsible for the selection of their own board members. The Government contract with TECs requires that two thirds of the board should be private sector employers who are chairmen, chief executives or top operational managers at local level of a182W company. Private sector directors should broadly reflect the mix of commerce and industry in the TEC area.