asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity whether she is aware that many firms are being charged a levy for industrial training facilities which are not yet available and whether she will take steps to alter the provisions governing the schemes so as to exempt such firms from payment of the levy.
No. Levy is not primarily a charge for services. Most of the levy is used to pay grants to employers for the training they provide. It finances improvements in training facilities in this way. Direct provision of training facilities by boards is a relatively small part of their activities.