§ Mr. Boswell
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will make a statement on the(a) adequacy and (b) sufficiency of further education funding in the East Midlands. 474W
Scottish Units of delivery with a smaller percentage than the Scotland average Sustained unsubsidised jobs As a percentage of New Deal starts Ayrshire 1,147 27 Dumfries and Galloway 323 27 Glasgow 1,922 23 Caithness and Sutherland 71 27 Orkney 18 26 Shetland 14 23
§ Dr. Godman
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many(a) males aged under 25 years, (b) females aged under 25 years, (c) males aged over 25 and, (d) females aged over 25, in (i) Inverclyde, (ii) Renfrewshire and (iii) Scotland as a whole have participated in the New Deal; of these how many entered full-time employment afterwards; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Wicks
[holding answer 28 February 2000]: Analysis undertaken by the FEFC as part of its monitoring of potential risks to adequacy and sufficiency of provision indicates that there are seven, out of a total of 33 colleges funded by the FEFC within the East Midlands, assessed as category C. That classification implies that a college is financially weak or may become dependent on the goodwill of others. The Council has instigated strategies in regard to these institutions. Where there is any risk to adequacy and sufficiency the Council will be taking a proactive role in working with those colleges needing support.
§ Mr. St. Aubyn
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will make a statement on the change in the number of full-time equivalent students in further education sector colleges funded by the Further Education Funding Council since 1997. 
§ Mr. Wicks
The Further Education Funding Council estimate that full-time equivalent student numbers were 1 per cent. lower in 1998–99 than in 1997–98, reflecting the clampdown on the unacceptable aspects of franchising which grew up under the previous Administration. The 475W FEFC will be consulting on measures to support recruitment in line with our plans, which provide for an increase of 700,000 students in FE by 2001–02.