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Further Education

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 22 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will place in the Library a copy of the options analysis for post-19 provision as referred to in the regulatory impact assessment for Raising Expectations: Enabling the system to deliver. (196769)

Following the creation of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills in June 2007 the Secretary of State, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Skills and I led an internal review of the post-19 skills landscape. The review considered a functional analysis of England's skills policy delivery mechanisms and was informed by stakeholder and other expert views given in confidence. The options examined for possible reconfigurations of the functions of the skills landscape were wide-ranging and comprehensive, as befits an organisational review following a major change in the Machinery of Government. The mechanism for the review was a series of ministerial submissions and discussions, focusing in on preferred options in an iterative process; no consolidated ‘options analysis’ covering the entire work of the internal review was compiled. The internal review resulted in the proposals published in Raising Expectations: Enabling the system to deliver, which are presented for external consultation until 9 June 2008.