§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what assessment she has made of current and projected skills shortages in the aerospace sector. 
§ Mr. Battle
My Department works closely with the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC) who are taking forward a programme of activities under the DTFs Competitiveness Challenge. Through the Competitiveness Challenge the SBAC have commissioned the Institute for Employment Services (IES) to conduct a survey into a number of aspects of people-management in the aerospace sector, including skills shortages. The IES's findings will be made public at the end of March.