asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will ensure the retention in Kirkby of the annexe to the St. Helens skillcentre.
The Manpower Services Commission is consulting local interests about a proposal that the adult training classes now running at the Kirkby annexe should be transferred to other skillcentres on Merseyside and at Preston. The transfer would achieve savings which could be used to increase the total training activities on Merseyside. The intention would be to make better use of the resources available for training and not to reduce them, and the Commission is considering possible alternative uses of the annexe—for example, to provide training on other employment related measures for young people or adults. The Commission expects to consider responses to this consultation at its meeting on 21 May.