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Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will publish the business case made in relation to the proposed relocation of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority from London to Coventry; (100523)

(2) whether a race impact assessment has been undertaken of the proposed move of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority from London to Coventry;

(3) what provisions have been made for those staff who work for the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority who would not wish or be able to relocate should proposals go ahead to move the authority’s function from London to Coventry.

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) has no plans to publish its business case for relocation out of London. Its business case did contain a race impact assessment. The QCA will adopt policies to facilitate staff moving from London to the Coventry area. For staff who are unable or unwilling to relocate, a comprehensive redundancy policy will apply.