§ Mr. Chaytor
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if external institutions will have the same rights of access to learning and skills council development funds after April 2001 as further education colleges and private training organisations. 
§ Mr. Wicks
External Institutions will have the same access to core funding for learners as further education colleges and private training providers. The Further Education Funding Council will consult on proposals for the use of the FE Standard Fund in 2000–01. It is intended to extend the use of FE Standards Fund in 2000–01 to External Institutions, Specialist Colleges and other non-sector college providers of further education. The Department will consult separately this summer on the use from April 2001 of FE Capital Funds.