HC Deb 13 April 1999 vol 329 c171W
Mr. Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what assessment he has made of the reason for the fall in modern apprenticeship starts over the calendar year 1998; and if he will make a statement. [79916]

Mr. Mudie

Information from Training and Enterprise Councils about Government-supported training in 1998 is not yet final. I expect the June revision of these figures to bring them closer to the total for 1997 and that the number of MA starts in the 1998–99 operational year will match that in 1997–98.