§ Mr. Andrew Turner
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance was given to local Learning and Skills Councils on the cost and location of their office accommodation. 
§ Margaret Hodge
Decisions on the location of local LSC offices were taken by Ministers in February 2000, before the LSC became operational. Factors taken into consideration included the need to get best value for public money by using, where appropriate, premises then occupied by Training and Enterprise Councils, regard was also had to ensuring locations that would facilitate effective operation of the LSC. Since it became operational the LSC has been responsible for its local office locations and costs.