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Individual Learning Accounts

Volume 407: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many learning providers have been paid compensation following the Ombudsman's report into the closure of the ILA scheme; what the timetable is for payment; and if he will make a statement.[120728]

As a result of the Ombudsman's report in response to a complaint by a learning provider, the Department has fully reimbursed that provider in respect of loss of income caused as a result of difficulties in booking learners onto the Individual Learning Account system.The Department is in the process of contacting other learning providers who may have been similarly disadvantaged. This process will have been completed by early July.

The timetable for completing the whole exercise depends on the volume and complexity of the claims received and the issues they raise and all claims will be subject to validation checks. It is important that Government Accounting requirements are met.