§ Mr. Rowlands
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many modern apprenticeships have been started in706W 1997–98 in each TEC area to the latest date, and which of the TECs have exhausted their approved starts and budgets for 1997–98. 
§ Mr. Hain
The number of Modern Apprenticeship starts up to 30 November 1997 by TEC area in Wales is shown in the following table. These figures will be subject to updates in future periods. At this date none of the TECs in Wales were indicating that they had exhausted their approved starts and budgets for 1997–98. Welsh Office officials are monitoring the situation closely.
Modern Apprenticeship Starts to period 8 (30 November 1997) TEC Starts CELTEC 480 Gwent 745 Mid Glamorgan 592 Powys 109 South Glamorgan 244 West Wales 900 Total 3,070
Source: TEC Management Information.