§ Mr. Woolas
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will make a statement on his plans for the location of the local arms of the Learning and Skills Council. 
§ Mr. Wicks
My noble Friend the Minister for Education and Employment in the Lords announced in October 1999 the boundaries of the 47 local arms of the Learning and Skills Council. She is today announcing, subject to the passage of the legislation to set up the Learning and Skills Council, the location of the offices of the local Councils. In reaching decisions, she has taken account of the need to get best value for public money by using, where appropriate, premises currently occupied by Training and Enterprise Councils, and of the need for locations that will facilitate effective operation of the LSC.
The announcement relates to England only. Letters giving details have today been sent to all hon. Members with English constituencies, the contents of which have been placed in the Library.