HC Deb 13 April 1999 vol 329 cc168-9W
Mr. Jim Cunningham

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment in what ways the University for Industry will be used to encourage the growth of new environmentally friendly industries through the provision of training programmes which relate to environmental services and waste management. [79891]

Mr. Mudie

Environmental technology and services form one of four key sectors identified as initial priorities for Ufl Ltd's early activity. The growth rate in this sector is strong and there is considerable potential to create jobs, win exports and protect the environment. Ufl development work will target the 5,000 or so companies in these markets, many of which are small and recently established. They are likely to need high quality learning materials in a range of areas including general business and organisation capabilities, and technical, management, finance and export skills.