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National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills: Thurrock

Volume 498: debated on Thursday 29 October 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the funding package for the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills in Thurrock; and if he will make a statement. (295803)

[holding answer 28 October 2009]: The NSA Creative and Cultural has a key role to play in the regeneration of the Thames Gateway through transforming the delivery of skills to meet business needs in this important sector. It will be play a valuable role in the development of technician skills in the Performing Arts in the run up to the 2012 Olympics and will provide a centre of excellence in these skills not available elsewhere. I discussed the Creative and Cultural National Skills Academy with my hon. Friend the Member for Stevenage (Barbara Follett) the then Minister for Culture and Tourism, during the recess.