§ Ms Short
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many training and enterprise councils and local enterprise companies are involved in the skill choice initiative; what achievements have been made under the programme; how many TECs and LECs will receive skill choice funding in 1995–96; what are his future plans for the initiative and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Paice
Thirteen English training and enterprise councils and four local enterprise companies are involved in the two-year skill choice initiative.
Skill choice will complete its two-year programme on 31 March 1995, but existing TECs and LECs will receive funding in 1995–96 to cover residual commitments from 1994–95.
Since 1 April 1993, 170,000 individuals have been helped to obtain careers information, vocational guidance and assessment services which can lead to recognised vocational qualifications.
There are no plans to continue the initiative once current contracts have ended.