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Skills Development

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 15 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what figures he collated for annual expenditure on skills development for persons over 16 (a) by publicly-financed and (b) by private sector providers in the last three years. [112202]

Latest figures for expenditure and training by my Department on education and training over the last three years will be contained in the Departmental Report which was published on Wednesday 14 May 2003. Information is not available on expenditure on skills development by all private sector providers. A survey conducted in 2000 estimated that the cost of providing off-the-job training for employers with 10 or more employees is £9 billion per year, excluding trainee wages, and that employers with 10 or more employees incur total costs on training of £23.5 billion per year, including trainee wages and on-the job training.