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Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 11 June 2008, Official Report, column 332W, on apprentices, how many apprentices her Department employs. (251905)

The Home Office HQ, United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA), Identity and Passport Service (IPS), and the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) are participating in the Government Skills Apprenticeships Pathfinder Programme and data on the overall take up is collated centrally. There are currently 260 members of staff registered with an apprentice provider under this programme, and a further 76 applications are being processed.

Data about other staff taking apprenticeships outside of this programme are not collected centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.