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Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the review team looking at the future of Remploy Ltd. to present its final report; and if he will place a copy of the report in the Library once it has been presented to him. (81677)

I have not yet received PricewaterhouseCoopers' report on Remploy, but expect to do so shortly. A copy of the report will be placed in the Library in due course.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the recommendations on the future of Remploy Ltd. made in the final report of the current review of Remploy’s future business options, if he will consult interested parties prior to decisions being made on the future of Remploy Ltd. and any of its factories. (81678)

In conducting the review, PricewaterhouseCoopers have consulted a range of stakeholders, including employees, trade unions, customers, Remploy managers and DWP’s Disability Employment Advisory Committee. As the review team has not yet reported I have not formed any conclusions or developed proposals for the future strategic direction of Remploy. At this stage I cannot therefore determine whether further consultation is appropriate.