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Volume 467: debated on Thursday 15 November 2007

16. To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he is taking to improve the global competitiveness of the UK skills base. (164269)

To succeed in the global economy we must ensure that our work force has world-class skills, carry out world-class research, and drive innovation in all areas. That is why we are committed becoming a world leader on skills by 2020, and to making real progress towards that ambition by 2011. To support that, Government investment in further education and skills will increase by 7 per cent. in real terms between 2007-08 and 2010-11.