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Local Enterprise Companies

Volume 168: debated on Wednesday 28 February 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many consortia bids have been received by groups wishing to run local enterprise companies in Scotland.

I have received 24 applications from consortia in Scotland wishing to form local enterprise companies.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what are the tasks of the training standard advisory services in relation to local enterprise companies; and to whom the former body will be accountable.

The training standards advisory service, which is at present accountable, through the Training Agency office for Scotland, to the Secretary of State for Employment, will provide advice and an independent assessment of the quality of training provision delivered by each local enterprise company. Under the terms of the Enterprise and New Towns (Scotland) Bill, the training standards advisory service staff in Scotland will become part of Scottish Enterprise, which will be accountable to the Secretary of State for Scotland. Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise will wish to consider in due course how best to make provision for the Highlands and Islands area.