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Vocational Training: Finance

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether his Department has undertaken research into the efficacy of Government funding to businesses to move staff on to part-time working and providing training part-time. (248848)

[holding answer 19 January 2009]: The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills has not conducted research specifically on the issue of Government funding to businesses to move on to part-time working and provide training part-time.

The Government recognises the importance of part-time study in higher-education. We were the first to introduce statutory financial support for part-time students. For 2008/09 the maximum course grant is £255 and maximum fee grant is £1,180.