HL Deb 15 July 2004 vol 663 c157WA
Baroness Sharp of Guildford

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What was the cost of strategic area reviews in 2003–04; and what will be the cost in 2004–05. [HL3636]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Baroness Ashton of Upholland):

The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) was established in 2001 to plan and fund post-16 education and training. LSC-led strategic area reviews were introduced in April 2002 and are an integral part of this planning role. No extra funding was allocated to carry out these reviews and it is therefore not possible to dissaggregate their specific cost from the overall cost of the wide range of planning activities carried out by local LSCs.