§ Mr. Willis
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) what is his estimate of the cost of redundancy payments for staff of the Further Education Funding Council and individual TECs following the setting up of the national and local learning and skills councils; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) how many staff will be made redundant from the Further Education Funding Council and individual TECs as a result of setting up national and local learning and skills councils. 
§ Mr. Wicks
As the Explanatory Notes to the Learning and Skills Bill explain, we estimate that the new arrangements will lead to a reduction of between 15–20 per cent. in the total number of staff employed to administer post-16 education and training.
However, the transition to the new arrangements is taking place over a relatively long period. During this period there will be routine turnover of staff within the organisations affected as well as the opportunity to work with those organisations to manage staff numbers in such a way as to reduce the need for redundancies.
We are currently going through a detailed exercise with TECs and other organisations affected which will provide a clearer picture of numbers by the end of June. if
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redundancies are necessary, we are committed to working with the organisations involved to ensure that these are handled in an open, fair and sensitive way.