§ Mr. Sheerman
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the estimated level of expenditure on training in the private sector was in each of the last 10 years. 
§ Margaret Hodge
The total expenditure on training by employers in England was estimated at approximately £23 billion for 2000. This figure is based on the Learning and Training at Work 2000 survey. It includes indirect costs—the largest component is the wage costs of the trainees while in training. Comparable figures for earlier years and a breakdown into public and private sector expenditure are not available.