HC Deb 25 June 1997 vol 296 c561W
Mr. John D. Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if Dundonald Training Centre has permission to recruit new trainees; and if she will make a statement. [4244]

Mr. Worthington

Responsibility for this subject has been delegated to the Training and Employment Agency under its chief executive, Mr. Ian Walters. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Ian Walters to Mr. John D. Taylor, dated 24 June 1997: The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has asked me, as Chief Executive of the Training and Employment Agency, to reply to your question on the recruitment of new trainees to Dundonald Training Centre. As you know, the Education and Training Minister, Mr Worthington, has announced that Dundonald Training Centre will remain in operation, at a reduced level of activity for a further year. The Centre has been authorised to recruit new trainees for the vocational classes which will be available from September this year. In addition, the Centre will continue to monitor and assess the progress of some 250 trainees who have completed their training at Dundonald and who will continue their NVQ based training and employers. I hope you find this information useful.