§ Mr. Don Foster
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what the National Council for Vocational Qualifications has cost to run in each year of its existence. 
§ Mr. Paice
The National Council of Vocational Qualifications is funded through its co-sponsoring Departments of Employment, Education, Wales and Northern Ireland and from other sources—primarily national vocational qualification fees payable by awarding bodies and subscriptions to the national database of vocational qualifications. Grant in aid funding, which has contributed towards NCVQ's operating costs has been provided since it was established in 1986 is shown in the following table:
Year £ 1986–87 520,000 1987–88 3,708,698 1988–89 3,750,000 1989–90 3,000,000 1990–91 2,621,000 1991–92 3,700,000 1992–93 3,900,000 1993–94 3,826,000 1994–95 1,928,000
Other funding has been provided to NCVQ by the Employment Department and the Department for Education for specific activities to support Government activities. Details of NCVQ's other income are set out in the council's annual reports and accounts, copies of which are available in the Libraries.