§ 21. Mr. Wallace
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what information he has about the involvement in training and enterprise councils of those engaged in running small businesses.
§ Mr. Forth
When TECs become operational my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State ensures that each TEC board has at least one director with experience of running a small business.526W
Over 100 TEC directors are from companies which have 30 or fewer employees. TECs have drawn up imaginative plans for helping small businesses to prosper and grow.
§ 23. Mr. Wilshire
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on the progress in setting up TECs.
§ Mr. Howard
Excellent progress is being made in setting up training and enterprise councils. All 82 TECs in England and Wales are now in place, with 75 fully operational. The whole network will be operational later this year, nearly two years ahead of schedule.