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Volume 168: debated on Monday 5 March 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science when he expects to announce his decision about the future of Replan.

My right hon. Friend will announce his decision on the future of the Replan programme when he has considered the issues fully.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will publish the evaluation undertaken by his Department of the Replan project; and if he will make a statement.

The Replan programme was introduced in 1984 with the aim of creating better opportunities for unemployed adults. It was initially funded to run up to 1987, but was subsequently extended on four occasions and will continue in its present form up to October 1991. The Government are currently undertaking a policy review of the programme, and have commissioned the preparation of an evaluation study as part of that review. The final report of the study is expected shortly. My right hon. Friend will consider whether the findings of the evaluation study should be more widely available when the policy review is completed.