§ 16. Gillian Merron
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to support links between schools and business. 
§ Mr. Stephen Twigg
We welcome links between schools and business, which help raise pupils' achievement, motivation and attendance, and prepare them for adult and working life.
We have allocated £25 million this year to fund a range of activities, through local Learning and Skills Councils contracting with Education/Business Links Consortia. These include professional development placements for teachers, work experience and mentoring for young people, and enterprise activities.