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Regional Planning and Development: Thames Gateway

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made on the Guarantee of Assured Progression in respect of further education in the Pan Gateway Skills Plan in the Thames Gateway area; if she will make a statement. (191948)

[holding answer 6 March 2008]: All universities and colleges in the Thames Gateway are committed to participation in the Gateway Guarantee of Assured Progression scheme. We expect to launch across Departments the second stage of a feasibility study this spring which will look at progression from level 2 to level 3.

Our aim is that every course in the Thames Gateway, particularly but not exclusively at vocational level 3, will lead directly to a place on an appropriate level 4 course.

Already a number of these progression agreements exist formally and informally but using Lifelong Learning Networks and other relevant partner networks our aim is to roll out a series of comprehensive transparent progression pathway options for every student achieving level 2 and above.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will attend future meetings of the Thames Gateway parliamentary group; and if she will make a statement. (191949)

[holding answer 6 March 2008]: In my new role as Minister with responsibility for Thames Gateway I am looking forward to engaging with hon. Members who have constituencies within the Thames Gateway boundary. This will include attendance at future meetings of the Thames Gateway parliamentary group.