[holding answer 30 January 2007]: I have been asked to reply.
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.