HC Deb 27 November 2002 vol 395 cc299-300W
Stephen Hesford

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what she is doing to encourage regional development agencies to improve women's participation in the labour market. [83431]

Alan Johnson

RDAs are required to take an integrated and sustainable approach to the economic

Mr. Wilson

The available information is shown in the table. Prior to 1995, figures were not compiled on a "fuel used" basis but by type of station.

development of their regions, tackling competitiveness and productivity issues and also the underlying problems, including inequalities.

All RDAs have led the development of Frameworks for Regional Employment and Skills Action (FRESAs). These bring together key regional and local bodies to produce a shared analysis of the region's labour market, and an action plan for meeting the region's skills and employment needs and for giving individuals the opportunity and skills to find and progress in employment. The FRESAs enable regional partners together to identify and address key issues for the regional labour market and agree partners who will take responsibility for equal opportunity, including increasing female participation rates where necessary.

We are also working with the RDAs and interested Government Departments to identify and develop a role for the RDAs in encouraging and co-ordinating provision of childcare in their regions.

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