§ Mr. Coaker
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what progress has been made on the review of training and enterprise councils in England. 
§ Dr. Howells
The Government issued a consultation document on 9 July 1998 on the future role of TECs/CCTEs in meeting our strategic objectives. Copies of the document have been circulated widely to the many organisations and individuals with whom TECs work at local, regional, national and sectoral level. We have asked for comments by 30 September so that we can take them into account before issuing new Strategic Guidance for TECs in the Autumn. Copies of the consultation document have also been placed in the Library and sent to all Members.