Supplementary memorandum from Mr Geoff
Hall, Director of Learning Programmes, Learning and Skills Council
I am writing to furnish you with the additional
information which David Chaytor MP requested when I presented
evidence to the Select Committee at their hearing of Wednesday
I would ask the Committee to accept my apologies
that it has proven more difficult to complete this task than I
would have wished; first because, as the Committee is aware, I
took up my new post in Nottingham on Monday 11 February and secondly,
LSC colleagues found that a number of key files had been archived
by FEFC and required retrieval.
I have now personally accessed those files and
as a result wish to correct my statement to the Committee that
advice had been given to a high level meeting in May 2000. In
fact, the meeting which I had in mind took place on 13 July 2000.
It was a meeting of the Quadripartite Group.
The Quadripartite Group comprised the Chief
Executives of the FEFC and the TEC National Council, 2/3 FEFC
National Directors, 2/3 TEC Chief Executives, and the Education
Officer of the Local Government Association. It was chaired by
the Director General of Lifelong Learning and attended by senior
officials mainly from that Directorate. It met termly and was
the highest level formally constituted contact meeting between
DfES and FEFC.
At the meeting of 13 July, FEFC was represented
by David Russell, Director of Finance, and myself. Minute 4.5
under the sub-heading `Individual Learning Accounts' records that:
`Nick Stuart [then Director General] noted the
concerns of FEFC members about the possibility that public funding
routed through ILAs might not be subject to the usual rigorous
quality arrangements, depending on the providers involved.'
I trust that this is the information which Mr
Mr Geoff Hall