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Health Services: Training

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in developing a National Skills Academy for Social Care; and if he will make a statement. (245763)

My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills announced in October that the expression of interest in developing a national skills academy for social care had been approved by the Learning and Skills Council to go into business planning. Work is proceeding to develop a business plan that meets the requirements of the Learning and Skills Council to be submitted in spring 2009 together with some programmes.