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Volume 301: debated on Tuesday 25 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will make a statement on Remploy's performance against the targets set in its 1996–97 annual performance agreement. [17926]

Now that Remploy has published its Annual Report and Accounts for 1997 and audited figures are available, I am, on behalf of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, delighted to confirm that Remploy has exceeded its 1996–97 targets. The targets and achievements are listed in the following table. Copies of Remploy's 1997 Annual Report and Accounts are available in the Library.

The average number of disabled people employed by Remploy:At least 9,4009,662
Average number of disabled people employed under the Interwork scheme:At least 2,4002,704
The number of disabled employees to move from Remploy factories to Interwork having been employed there for at least 1 year, or from Interwork or factories to open employment:At least 175182
Remploy will keep within a unit cost target (operating deficit per disabled worker) of:£10,170£9,967
The unit cost of Interwork to be no more than:)£4,540£4,230
Remploy to keep within an operating deficit (including reorganisation costs) of:£99 million£98, million