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Adult Education: Social Exclusion

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 20 February 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the role of non-accredited adult learning in tackling social exclusion; and if he will make a statement. (184663)

Ministers and civil servants meet regularly as part of the process of policy development and advice. It is not normal practice to disclose details of such meetings. However, Cabinet Office Ministers will continue to work closely with colleagues to ensure that people can lead healthy and fulfilling lives by participating fully in training, education and work.

The Families at Risk Review demonstrates the importance of parental learning to improve outcomes for all family members and participation in non-accredited learning is often the first step into more formal learning programmes for many disadvantaged adults and parents. Both formal and non-accredited learning have the potential to improve economic opportunity, health and well-being as well as promoting social and community cohesion, helping to improve the life chances of disadvantaged families.