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Remploy: Closures

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what closures of Remploy sites are planned; how many (a) employees and (b) agency workers there are at each site; and what he expects the costs to be of the closures; (133084)

(2) which aspects of the PricewaterhouseCoopers report on Remploy he plans to implement;

(3) what deadlines have been set to turn around Remploy sites running at a financial loss; and if he will make a statement.

In my statement on 19 July 2006 I said I would be asking the board of Remploy to undertake the preliminary work to bring forward later this year a five-year restructuring plan with proposals both to modernise the business and to support substantially larger numbers of disabled people into work. It is currently working on that plan.