§ Mr. Boswell
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what plans he has to secure continuity for apprentices at Rover. 
§ Mr. Wicks
[holding answer 27 March 2000]: Through our contractual arrangements with Birmingham and Solihull Training and Enterprise Council, work is already well underway to ensure that the training programmes of apprentices at Rover continue with minimum disruption.
As an interim measure, where necessary, apprentices will continue full time training at local Colleges of Further Education while alternative employer placements are found.
The TEC has a wide network of training suppliers and employers in the area and is confident that alternative placements can be found quickly for all apprentices who may be affected.