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Remploy

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many public contracts have been awarded in England to supported employers to (a) Remploy and (b) other similar organisations since January 2006; and if he will take steps to increase the number of contracts awarded to such employers. (112383)

Remploy has been awarded approximately 8,000 public contracts since January 2006 worth approximately £37 million. Often these are national contracts covering England, Scotland and Wales.

Information as to how many public contracts have been awarded to similar organisations in England is not available.

We are keen to see Remploy and other such organisations make the most of public procurement opportunities and as a first step officials have already arranged a meeting with Remploy, the GMB union National Secretary and officials from the Office of Government Commerce to discuss how to take this forward.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total workforce is of Remploy; what proportion of the Remploy budget in 2006-07 is being spent on supporting those jobs; and what his policy is on redundancies in Remploy businesses. (118752)

The information is shown in the following table.

Number of people employed

As a percentage of the Remploy budget

Remploy Workforce Businesses

5,731

78

Employment Services Workforce

500

15

Number of WORKSTEP participants supported by Remploy Employment Services

4,057

Other Costs (pensions deficit etc.)

7

The policy is that there are to be no compulsory redundancies for disabled employees employed in Remploy businesses.