HC Deb 17 January 1996 vol 269 cc619-20W
Mr. Redmond

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what action heads of his Department's executive agencies are taking to safeguard the provision of pre-retirement courses in the event of those agencies seeking to make economies; and if he will make a statement. [9136]

Mr. Hague

Responsibility for the subject of the question has been delegated to Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments under its chief executive, Mr. T. J. Cassidy. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from T. J. Cassidy to Mr. Martin Redmond, dated 17 January 1996:

PROVISION OF PRE-RETIREMENT COURSES The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your Parliamentary Question about the provision of pre-retirement courses with respect to Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments. Cadw is an executive agency within the Welsh Office and all staff are employed by the parent Department. As a general rule, the agency does not run its own training courses. Cadw staff are eligible for in-house training courses provided by the Welsh Office (which include pre-retirement courses) and will also attend specialist courses provided by external trainers. All staff in the agency are encouraged to attend courses relevant to their needs at the appropriate time and it is my understanding that the Welsh Office intend to continue with the existing programme of pre-retirement training.

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