§ Tony Cunningham
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her policy is on funding adult education courses which do not lead to a recognised qualification. 
§ Mr. Ivan Lewis
In setting the remit for the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), the Government stressed that qualifications are very important and accreditation will continue to be appropriate for many courses. But we also want to see the LSC provide a wide range of opportunities including learning not leading to awards. The Government are increasing funding for adult education secured through local education authorities and now funded through the LSC. Nationally the budget is £167 million in 2002–03, an increase of 9 per cent. on the previous year.