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Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to protect (a) jobs in and (b) contracts held by Remploy. (157327)

We have guaranteed that there will be no compulsory redundancies for disabled people. This was clearly highlighted in the written statement to Parliament on 19 July 2006 and reaffirmed by the then Secretary of State’s statement on 22 May 2007.

Where Remploy are proposing that a factory will close, disabled employees will be offered a range of options including voluntary redundancy, early retirement or a job with another local employer on their current Remploy terms and conditions, including membership of Remploy’s pension scheme. Some disabled employees will have the opportunity to transfer to another Remploy factory.

We have guaranteed that no recommendation for factory closure will be agreed without full scrutiny by Ministers.

DWP Ministers are currently pressing the case with Government colleagues for Remploy to retain and receive good quality public procurement work.