HC Deb 01 February 1999 vol 324 c481W
Ms Kelly

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what policies the Government are implementing to encourage carers to enter further and higher education. [67971]

Mr. Mudie

We are committed to widening participation in both further and higher education and our plans will enable many people, including carers, to pursue their studies. We are promoting flexible learning opportunities through our new initiatives such as the University for Industry and other possibilities for distance learning. Our enhanced student support arrangements for FE and HE will also promote access to learning; and the introduction of Individual Learning Accounts will give people the flexibility to decide what, how and when to learn, and empower them to take greater control of their own career and personal development needs.