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Volume 468: debated on Monday 26 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) if he will make a statement on the proposed closure of the Telent site in Chorley; (167595)

(2) what discussions his Department has had with the Pensions Corporation on pension rights for existing Telent employees;

(3) what support has been given to Telent by (a) the North West Development Agency and (b) Government Office North West.

Discussion with the Pension Corporation over the pension rights for Telent employees is a matter for the pensions regulator. BERR has had no such discussions.

I have also been advised that neither the Northwest Development Agency or nor the Government office for the north-west have given assistance or support to Telent Ltd. However, the NWDA is willing to meet either my hon. Friend or the company if that would help.