The following is an extract from the affirmative resolution date:
The hon. Gentleman focused mainly on costs. I understand his point about ensuring that there are short-term costs in the region of £37 million to make the transition from the Learning and Skills Council to the Skills Funding Agency and the Young People’s Learning Agency. He cited a debate in another place, involving my noble Friend Baroness Morgan, but he failed to mention the full quote from my noble Friend, so let me put it on the record:
“I reiterate that, over time, those changes are expected to generate net annual savings of £77 million from rationalisation of premises, IT, shared services and streamlined contracting and data collection processes. The new system is expected to be revenue-neutral for providers, with prudential savings through reduced bureaucracy.”—[Official Report, House of Lords, 15 March 2010; Vol. 718, c. GC216.]
[Official Report, 22 March 2010, Vol. 508, First Delegated Legislation Committee c. 9.]
Letter of correction from Mr. Iain Wright:
At the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 (Consequential Amendments) (England and Wales) Order 2009 affirmative resolution debate, which took place on 22 March 2010, I quoted a figure of £77 million Official Report, House of Commons, 22 March 2010, column 9, when it ought to have been £17 million. This error occurred because the Minister quoted Official Report, House of Lords, 15 March 2010; Vol. 718, c. GC216. The Official Report, House of Lords has subsequently acknowledged their error in recording this amount and issued a correction notice Official Report, House of Lords, 22 March 2010, column 836.