HC Deb 21 April 1995 vol 258 cc283-4W
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. [19944]

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.