HC Deb 21 January 2003 vol 398 cc251-3W
Dr. Vincent Cable

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills who the members of the National Skills Task Force have been since its inception; what(a) expenses and (b) salary each received; and if he will make a statement. [91658]

Mr. Ivan Lewis

The Skills Task Force was established as an Executive NDPB by the previous Secretary of State for Education and Skills to advise him on the

Skills Task Force members
Name Organisation Position
Chris Humphries CBE British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), London Tel. 0207 565 2042 Director General Chairman of Skill Task Force
Llew Aviss Llew Aviss Associates Tel. 01792 208 558 Managing Director
Rita Britton Pollyanna (Barnsley) Ltd. Tel 01226 291 665 Director
Tony Dubbins Graphical, Paper & Media Union, Bedford Tel. 01234 351 521 General Secretary
Eric Drewery ABB Ltd., London Tel. 0207 753 2024 Chief Executive Officer
John Edmonds GM B, London Tel. 0208 947 3131 General Secretary
Denise Hall BT plc, London Tel. 0207 469 2601 Head of Government Health and Education Services
Sir Ken Jackson AEEU, Kent Tel. 0208 315 8224 General Secretary
Dr. DeAnne Julius Bank of England, London Tel. 0207 601 3788 Member Monetary Policy Committee
Eddie Maclntyre CBE Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies Tel. 0121 604 1000 (ext. 234) Principal
Ashwin Mistry OBE Brett & Randall Insurance Brokers, Leicester Tel. 0116 222 8222 Managing Director Board Member Leicestershire TEC
Terry Morgan British Aerospace Centre, Hampshire Tel: 01252 373 232 Director of Personnel
John V. Palmer Works from home Tel. 01785 841 664 Chairman—Steel Industry's NTO Chair of Steel Training Ltd.
Peter Rainbird CBE Rainbird Group, Essex Tel. 0127 721 5325 Chairman/Chief Executive Chairman, Essex TEC
lain Roxburgh Coventry City Council Tel. 02476 831 076 Chief Executive and Town Clerk
Sharon studer 3 COM Europe Ltd., Hemel Hempstead Tel. 01442 438 017 Vice President
Julia Tinsley Pitman Training Centre, Sheffield Tel. 0114 272 8392 Director

extent and nature of skills shortages and skills gaps and assist him on the development of a national skills agenda.

The Skills Task Force operated from April 1998 to June 2000 under the chairmanship of Chris Humphries, currently Director-General of City and Guilds, and represented the private sector, trade unions, FE and HE, local authorities, and National Training Organisations. A list of members follows.

As an Executive NDPB, Task Force members were not paid a salary, only reimbursed for their travelling costs to attend monthly meetings.

On 27 June 2000, the Task Force's fourth and final report, "Skills for all: proposals for a National Skills Agenda", was published. The report set out their recommendations drawn from their work programme over the last two years.

The Secretary of State for Education and Employment provided a final response to the work of the Skills Task Force in the pamphlet, "Opportunity and Skills in the Knowledge-Driven Economy", launched alongside the "Opportunity for All in a World of Change" White Paper on 13 February 2001.

Following these reports, much work has been taken forward that will be reflected in the Government's Skills Strategy which will be published in June 2003. This will be a major cross government strategy drawing together policies for meeting the skill needs of the economy and showing how this will raise productivity.

Skills Task Force members
Name Organisation Position
Adair Turner Confederation of British Industry, London Tel. 0207 867 3203 Director-General
Prof. Leslie Wagner CBE Leeds Metropolitan University Tel. 0113 283 3100 Vice Chancellor
Anne Weinstock CBE Rathbone CI, Manchester (on secondment to DfEE, Millennium Volunteers Unit, Sheffield) Tel. 0114 259 3595 Chief Executive