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Adult Education: Liverpool

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of adult education in Liverpool. (146063)

We have increased investment in further education by 48 per cent. in real terms between 1997-98 and 2005-06. Spending on adult learning will continue to increase with over £3 billion in 2007-08, up 7 per cent. on 2005-06.

Our funding priorities have been clearly set out in the Learning and Skills Council’s (LSC) ‘Annual Statement of Priorities—Raising our Game’ for 2007-08

(www.lsc.gov.uk/Aboutus/LSCStrategy/AnnualStatementofPriorities/).

In Liverpool, as elsewhere in England, we are focusing public funding on helping those who need it most. This prioritises those without the basic and Level 2 skills for employment and further progression in learning while protecting provision for those with learning difficulties and disabilities as well as community learning. We will also develop new progression pathways that focus explicitly on the skills and learning needed for progression from Entry levels and Level 1 to a full Level 2 qualification. These local circumstances as well as the national priorities will be taken into account by the LSC when planning provision in consultation with local partners.

The Department does not hold information at local or regional levels. Mark Haysom, the Learning and Skills Council’s chief executive, will write to my hon. Friend with the information about adult education in Liverpool and a copy of his reply will be placed in the Library.