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National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills: Thurrock

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills during the summer adjournment on funding provision for the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills in Thurrock; and if he will make a statement. (295802)

My hon. Friend the member for Stevenage, then Minister for Culture and Tourism, discussed the Creative and cultural National Skills Academy with my hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff West during the recess.

The discussion highlighted the National Skills Academy's importance both to the cultural sector and to the regional and national economy.

My Department is working closely with colleagues at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to ensure that the skills needs for this important sector are met.