§ Mr. Alfred Morris
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what calculation or estimate she has made of the percentage of employers to whom the employment provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 will not apply. 
§ Mrs. Gillan
The employment provisions of the Act do not apply to those employers who employ fewer than 20 employees. This will therefore exclude about 96 per cent. of employers.
However, it is more relevant that 80 per cent. of employees work for employers who will be within the scope of the employment provisions of the Act. Merseyside Training and Enterprise Council
§ Mr. Matthew Banks
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) what is the budget of Merseyside TEC in(a) 1995–96 and (b) 1996–97; 
(2) if he will list the members of the board of Merseyside TEC, their relevant previous experience and dates of appointment. 
§ Mr. Paice
The Government office for Merseyside contracted with Merseyside training and enterprise council for expenditure of £42.44 million in 1995–96. Negotiations for the 1996–97 contract are due to start shortly and no figure is available presently.148W
The members of the board of Merseyside TEC are:
Name Date of appointment Mr. L. Howell 17 December 1990 Mr. T. Atherton 7 September 1995 Mr. M. H. Bennett 10 January 1991 Mrs. L. J. Bloomfield 19 November 1990 Mr. I. H. Carnall 4 July 1994 Mr. M. F. Cogley 23 April 1990 Mr. R. Currie 5 April 1993 Mr. G. J Haywood 13 September 1993 Mr. D. G. Henshaw 23 April 1990 Mr. R. W. Lofthouse 23 April 1990 Mr. A. Lowe 23 April 1990 Mr. R. I. S. Meadows 9 January 1992 Mr. I. S. Parr 28 February 1995 Mr. L. Sterling 12 November 1992
The basic requirement for membership of a TEC board is that the person holds the office of chairman or chief executive or top level operational manager at local level of a company within the private sector or their equivalents from education, economic development, trade unions, voluntary organisations or the public sector. The members of the Merseyside TEC board meet this requirement.