All 3 Ministerial Corrections debates in the Commons on 16th Nov 2023

Ministerial Corrections

Thursday 16th November 2023

(6 months, 2 weeks ago)

Ministerial Corrections
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Thursday 16 November 2023

Work and Pensions

Thursday 16th November 2023

(6 months, 2 weeks ago)

Ministerial Corrections
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Youth Unemployment
The following is an extract from the Work and Pensions questions on 13 November 2023.
Lee Anderson Portrait Lee Anderson
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I visit businesses on a weekly basis, and one thing they tell me in Ashfield is that they struggle to recruit apprentices. One of the barriers is the requirement for English and maths, because a lot of these young people would make great apprentices but they either messed about at school or have not had that support. What more can we do to get those young people into apprenticeships, and then support them with their maths and English at a later stage?

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies
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We fund apprentices to achieve English and maths qualifications by the end of their apprenticeships. We understand how important they are for people’s long-term career prospects, and we are boosting the rate for those qualifications by 54% from January. We are also piloting flexible English and maths requirements for young people with learning difficulties or disabilities, to ensure that they are not overlooked when it comes to apprenticeship opportunities.

[Official Report, 13 November 2023, Vol. 740, c. 366.]

Letter of correction from the Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the hon. Member for Mid Sussex (Mims Davies).

An error has been identified in my response to my hon. Friend the Member for Ashfield (Lee Anderson). The correct response should have been:

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies
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We fund apprentices to achieve English and maths qualifications by the end of their apprenticeships. We understand how important they are for people’s long-term career prospects, and we are boosting the funding rate for those qualifications by 54% from January. We are also piloting flexible English and maths requirements for young people with learning difficulties or disabilities, to ensure that they are not overlooked when it comes to apprenticeship opportunities.

Work and Pensions

Thursday 16th November 2023

(6 months, 2 weeks ago)

Ministerial Corrections
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Supporting Parents into Work
The following is an extract from Work and Pensions questions on 13 November 2023.
Greg Smith Portrait Greg Smith (Buckingham) (Con)
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16. What steps his Department is taking to support more parents into work. [900017]

Guy Opperman Portrait The Minister for Employment (Guy Opperman)
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There have been transformational changes in childcare, skills, training and support for future employers, as announced at the spring Budget. It is absolutely the case that from April 2024, eligible working parents of two-year-olds will be able to access 15 hours of free childcare per week from the term after the second birthday, plus there will be the delivery of more support for working parents of children over the age of nine months with 30 free hours of childcare. There is nowhere in the world that compares with our childcare offer on an ongoing basis. We have virtually Scandinavian levels.

[Official Report, 13 November 2023, Vol. 740, c. 371.]

Letter of correction from the then Minister for Employment, the hon. Member for Hexham (Guy Opperman):

An error has been identified in my response to my hon. Friend the Member for Buckingham (Greg Smith) during Work and Pensions questions. The response should have been:

Guy Opperman Portrait The Minister for Employment (Guy Opperman)
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There have been transformational changes in childcare, skills, training and support for future employers, as announced at the spring Budget. It is absolutely the case that from April 2024, eligible working parents of two-year-olds will be able to access 15 hours of free childcare per week from the term after the second birthday, plus there will be the delivery of more support for working parents of children over the age of nine months with 30 free hours of childcare. Our childcare offer, on an ongoing basis, is at virtually Scandinavian levels.