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Remploy

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to ensure that Remploy’s procurement targets are being met. (202900)

[holding answer 1 May 2008]: It is Remploy’s responsibility to ensure its procurement targets are met.

However, the Department is leading work with Remploy, Trade Unions, Office of Government Commerce and British Association for Supported Employment using Article 19 of the new public sector procurement Directive as a means of securing more public sector contracts for Supported Businesses including Remploy through the Public Procurement Regulations.

The Department has established an Implementation Monitoring Group which includes representatives from Remploy, Trade Unions and the Department. The group tracks progress against the modernisation plan, including procurement.

Officials also chair a quarterly review meeting with the Remploy executive team to discuss performance against targets.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what cost savings were made by Remploy management in each of the last five years. (202901)

[holding answer 1 May 2008]: The changes in the total costs of Remploy businesses and central costs (outturn prices) since April 2003 are in the table.

£ million

Total costs

Cumulative change since 2003 +/-

Yearly changes in costs +/-

2002-03

158.8

2003-04

148.1

-10.7

-10.7

2004-05

157.2

-1.6

+9.1

2005-06

155.0

-3.8

-2.2

2006-07

154.8

-4.0

-0.2

2007-08

150.1

-8.7

-4.7

Source:

Remploy Management Information

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on (a) redundancy payments and (b) other costs associated with redundancy in respect of each closed Remploy factory. (202902)

[holding answer 1 May 2008]: Information about the other costs associated with redundancy in respect of each closed Remploy factory is not available.

The available information about redundancy payments is in the following table.

Total redundancy payments to end April 2008

£

Aintree

1,287,005

Barnsley

608,956

Bradford

328,944

Brixton

844,129

Brynamman

235,455

CCU

950,932

Chandlers Ford

98,925

Halifax

313,447

Hartlepool

1,174,275

Hillington

696,164

Hull

715,355

Jarrow

491,750

Leatherhead

287,311

Lydney

350,613

Mansfield

1,242,239

Medway

771,775

Newcastle-under-Lyme

461,373

Pinxton

1,603,036

Plymouth

525,807

Redruth

366,447

Southend

330,523

St. Helens

4,297,883

Stockport

799,235

Stockton

804,650

Treforest

1,443,502

Wisbech

219,298

Woolwich

724,270

York

704,007

Ystradgynlais

199,263

Source:

Remploy management information.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff have successfully (a) transferred from one Remploy factory to another and (b) unsuccessfully applied for transfer following closure of a Remploy factory. (202903)

[holding answer 1 May 2008]: The number of disabled people who have transferred from one Remploy factory to another is 185.

All disabled people eligible to apply for transfer (that is in the 11 Remploy merging sites) were given the opportunity to do so.