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Departments: Targets

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills for which public service agreement targets of the former (a) Department for Education and Skills and (b) Department of Trade and Industry his Department has responsibility. (147746)

The public service agreements are listed as follows.

Improve the basic skills levels of 2.25 million adults between the launch of Skills for Life in 2001 and 2010, with a milestone of 1.5 million in 2007.

Reduce by at least 40 per cent. the number of adults in the workforce who lack NVQ2 or equivalent qualifications by 2010. Working towards this, one million adults in the workforce achieve level 2 between 2003 and 2006.

By 2015, increase participation in higher education towards 50 per cent. of those aged 18 to 30 and also make significant progress year on year towards fair access, and bear down on rates of non-completion.

Improve the relative international performance of the UK research base and increase the overall innovation performance of the UK economy, making continued progress to 2008, including through effective knowledge transfer among universities, research institutions and business.