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Adult Learning

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

19. To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what support his Department provides for informal adult learning. (187387)

We have safeguarded an annual budget of £210 million to 2010/11 to provide personal and community development learning, to widen participation in informal learning and to ensure that people who live in pockets of deprivation do not lose out.

The consultation that I launched last month, “Informal Adult Learning: Shaping the Way Ahead”, re-affirms our commitment to this kind of learning and its importance in meeting the basic human need for creativity and stimulation—as well as improving health and well-being in our communities.

I have been greatly encouraged by the tremendous response of our partners, stakeholders and learners in taking this important consultation forward.