Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Matthew Hancock, made a statement in the House of Commons on Thursday 14 March 2013, on the future of apprenticeships
Shadow Business, Innovation and Skills Minister, Gordon Marsden, responded on behalf of the Opposition.
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Statements normally relate to matters of policy or government actions. At the end of a statement, MPs can respond or question the government minister on its contents.