§ Mr. Gordon Marsden
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what analysis has been carried out by the Learning and Skills Council on how the skills base in seaside and coastal towns compares to the national average. 
§ Margaret Hodge
This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council. I have therefore asked John Harwood, the Council's Chief Executive, to write to my hon. Friend with the information requested and to place a copy of his reply in the Library.