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Volume 468: debated on Wednesday 28 November 2007

9. To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his Department’s procurement policy is in relation to Remploy factories in Scotland; and if he will make a statement. (167465)

As one of the smallest Government Departments with a limited procurement budget, the Scotland Office does not currently procure goods or services from Remploy although we are currently reviewing our procurement policies. It is the case that this Government will contribute £555 million over the next five years as part of Remploy’s restructuring programme. This will ensure the future of many Remploy factories, including that in my hon. Friend’s constituency.