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Volume 702: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How much funding was awarded to Cogent Sector Skills Council for nuclear skills training in each of the past five years. [HL4223]

The Cogent Sector Skills Council covers a number of science-based industries within its footprint. These include chemicals and pharmaceuticals, petroleum, polymer, nuclear and oil and gas. Cogent was licensed in February 2004 but was a trailblazer SSC before that.

Cogent SSC Ltd has received core funding from government for all the industries it covers, as set out below. This cannot, however, be split into specific sums for each industry. The science-using industries which Cogent covers are highly regulated and have many generic skills issues. Action to deliver skills solutions to address those issues therefore often needs to cover the whole of Cogent's footprint. Cogent's core funding was:

2003—£1.043 million;

2004—£1.25 million;

2005—£1.46 million;

2006—£1.25 million; and

2007—£1.6 million.

Cogent recognises the changing circumstances in the nuclear sector, particularly the need to re-skill the current workforce, with decommissioning and potential new build. Its response has included a successful bid and subsequent development of a national skills academy nuclear (NSAN). Government funding for the academy, which is matched to investment from industry, is as follows:

development year £0.5 million;

capital funding of £5.1 million over three years; and

revenue funding as follows:

year one (2008)—£1.8 million;

year two (2009)—£1.37 million; and

year three (2010)—£0.427 million.