I propose to take Questions Nos. 13 and 71 together.
The Government is at present drawing up a national plan for submission to Brussels in connection with the next round of Structural Funds. The plan will include proposals for expenditure on training and employment programmes by FÁS and other appropriate agencies both for the unemployed and those in employment.
Primary responsibility for training those at work will continue to rest with employers. However, FÁS will play an important role in promoting and encouraging the provision of training by employers for their employees. Increased investment by employers themselves in training for their workers is, I believe, of paramount importance in the context of the Single Market and the ever-increasing competition in the market place.
Industry will be assisted by the new industry division set up in FÁS in line with the Culliton recommendations to concentrate on training for those at work, and to quote from the recently published Employment through Enterprise,“to realise the objective of training the level of skills for work to best international levels”.