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Volume 487: debated on Monday 2 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the Answer of 21 May 2008, Official Report, column 329W, on apprentices, what progress has been made on increasing the number of apprentices in his Department; and how many apprentices his Department employed at the latest date for which figures are available. (251936)

In line with the Skills Strategy—Next Steps, the Department for International Development (DFID) has committed to putting in place five apprenticeships for each of the next two years. The Department currently has no apprenticeships under way.