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Higher Education: Business

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and (b) the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship on a national network of university enterprise clusters. (206943)

In line with its strategies for enterprise, innovation, and high level skills, Government announced an additional £300,000 per annum of funding for the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE) for it to establish university enterprise networks. Ministers in this Department and that of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform have asked officials to ensure that NCGE bring forward robust plans to develop and manage networks of higher education institutions which will encourage widespread adoption of best practice in enterprise education.