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New skills ministers appointed


Two more new appointments has been made within the Department for Education and Skills - one of which is likely to come under some scrutiny.

John Healey MP has been appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State with responsibility for Adult Skills, an area which the government has been increasingly giving more prominence over the last four years. He'll also take responsibility for workforce development. Mr Healey was previously a member of the Education and Employment Select Committee and Parliamentary aide to the Chancellor Gordon Brown. He has been Member of Parliament for Wentworth in South Yorkshire since 1997. Mr Healey has also been a part time tutor at the Open University’s Business School.

Ivan Lewis has been appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State with a general remit. Having been Member of Parliament for Bury South since 1997. From 1999 to 2001 Lewis moves across from the Department for Trade and Industry, where he was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Stephen Byers.

Malcolm Wicks, formerly Malcolm Wicks, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Lifelong Learning has moved to the newly formed Department for Work and Pensions to become Parliamentary Under Secretary (Work), as deputy to the Minister for Work on all work issues, IB/ Medical Policy, Housing Benefit, Bereavement Benefits Social Fund, Fraud and Methods of Payment reform and IS (Working Age)/JSA.


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