HC Deb 12 May 1998 vol 312 c91W
Mr. Barry Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what new moneys he has released to colleges of further education in Wales; and if he will make a statement. [41495]

Mr. Hain

In recognition of the pressures on the further education sector in Wales, we increased the Further Education Funding Council for Wales's 1998–99 grant by £5.4 million in November 1997. In March this year, we made £1 million capital available to the sector in 1997–98 and £360,000 for FE developments associated with the New Deal. Furthermore, arising from the Budget on 17 March, we have made an additional £3.5 million available to the FEFCW to set up an 'Education for Industry Challenge Fund' to meet local adult skills needs and develop outreach provision. This amounts to a total of over £10 million of new money to the further education sector.