HC Deb 27 October 2003 vol 412 cc82-3WS
Mr. Gibb

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Languages Pathfinders have been established in(a) West Sussex and (b) England so far this year; and if he will make a statement. [133828]

Mr. Ivan Lewis

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Pathfinders were established in 10 English regions (and one in the prison service) in September 2002 to run for approximately a year.

There is not an ESOL Pathfinder in West Sussex (there was not a bid from West Sussex). However, there is a Pathfinder in East Sussex and some of its partners have been working with colleagues at the West Sussex Lifelong Learning Partnership. The locations of the 10 Pathfinder partnerships are as follows.

  • Burnley and Pendle
  • East London and Lewisham
  • East Sussex, Thanet and Medway (South East Coast Pathfinder)
  • Exeter
  • Liverpool, Blackburn and the Wirral
  • Norfolk and Buckinghamshire
  • South Thames
  • Walsall and Birmingham
  • West London
  • West Yorkshire