HC Deb 24 July 1997 vol 298 c751W
Ms Kelly

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what assessment he has made of the(a) benefits and (b) costs of merging TECs and chambers of commerce. [9683]

Dr. Howells

In June 1995, this Department commissioned Pieda plc to evaluate the impact of mergers between training and enterprise councils and chambers of commerce. Pieda reported its findings to the Department earlier this year. It concluded that the merged organisations the study looked atappear to be well on the way to creating a much stronger and more influential business led organisation in the areas concerned. The study did not identify any major disbenefits of merger.

The report will be published on 11 August and a copy put in the House of Commons Library.

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