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Individual Learning Accounts

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much Capita Services has been paid by her Department in respect of its work on individual learning accounts; and what payments remain outstanding under the terms of the contract; [23110]

John Healey [holding answer 17 December 2002]: Payment to Capita Business Services together with the key operational indicators giving rise to these payments are confidential commercial matters for Capita Business Services Ltd. However, Capita announced to the London Stock Exchange on 25 July 2000, a contract value of £50 million in respect of work relating to individual learning accounts.

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 11 December 2001, Official Report, column 814W, on the Individual Learning Account centre, (1) how many shifts were worked on 23 November; and how many people worked on each shift; [23589]

John Healey [holding answer 17 December 2001]: On 23 November, the ILA centre operated a four-shift period with coverage from 8 am to 9 pm Monday to Friday

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and 8 am to 12 noon Saturday. The number of full and part-time staff employed at the ILA Centre is a confidential commercial matter for Capita Business Services Ltd.

Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will accept students for registration under the individual learning accounts scheme who could not register by the deadline of 7 December 2001 because of a subsequent decision to close the scheme on 23 November 2001; what representations have been made to her about such closures; and if she will make a statement. [26476]

John Healey [holding answer 11 January 2002]: The Department has received representations from hon. Members, learners and learning providers about the inability to register learning onto the ILA system between 23 November and 7 December.

The ILA programme was closed down on Friday 23 November following evidence of serious potential fraud and theft and it is the Department's first duty to safeguard both public funds and the interests of individual learners. I do recognise the impact the decision to withdraw the programme will have on learners; however, because the programme is now closed, learning that was not booked onto the ILA system before 23 November will not be eligible for a discount. We cannot therefore accept account holders for registration who could not register by the deadline of 7 December because of the decision to close down the programme on 23 November.

Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what meetings she has had with those representing providers of training under the Individual Learning Accounts scheme since 23 October 2001; what representations they made to her; and if she will make a statement. [26479]

John Healey [holding answer 11 January 2002]: Officials and I have met with a number of leading providers and provider representative organisations. They have offered us some helpful views on the previous ILA scheme as well as constructive ideas on what a new ILA-style programme might look like. We are now seeking the views of a wider group of providers and a range of other stakeholders.

Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 13 December 2001, Official Report, column 959W, on Individual Learning Accounts, whether further arrests have been made in relation to alleged fraud in the operation of the Individual Learning Accounts scheme; what further charges have been made; and if she will make a statement. [26501]

John Healey [holding answer 11 January 2002]: No further arrests or charges have been made.

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many people were employed by her Department on 23 November on the supervision of the contract between his Department and Capita Business Services Ltd.; [23578]

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John Healey: The Department employed a team of four who were responsible for day-to-day performance monitoring, issue resolution, contract finance and budget management. These people, supported by specialists employed within the Department were also engaged in matters relating to the 7 December planned closure of the individual learning account programme.

An assessment of the compliance of Capita Business Services in their provision of services at the individual learning account centre is integral to standard contract management arrangements.

LEAs (Repairs)

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the cost of estimated repair or renewal work needed over the next five years for each local education authority, as listed in the LEA asset management plans submissions to her Department. [24102]

John Healey: The table shows school premises repair or renewal costs over the next five years for each local education authority. The figures are derived from data supplied by LEAs from their asset management plans over the past two years. The costs relate to work needed to restore buildings to a serviceable state, but do not cover improvement, modernisation or sufficiency issues. Costs have been adjusted to current prices and to take account of regional variations in pricing levels.

Details have not been included for the City of London, Isles of Scilly and the 15 LEAs that are reassessing their condition needs following last year's AMP appraisal exercise.

Repair or renewal costs over the next five years
£ million

Total cost
Barking and Dagenham4
Barnet45
Barnsley36
Bath and North East Somerset20
Bedfordshire44
Bexley29
Birmingham135
Blackburn with Darwen15
Bolton50
Bournemouth18
Bracknell Forest11
Brent34
Brighton and Hove22
Bristol, City of71
Bromley28
Buckinghamshire60
Cambridgeshire64
Camden13
Cheshire49
Cornwall65
Coventry34
Croydon19
Cumbria55
Darlington19
Derby, City of44
Derbyshire143
Devon86
Doncaster71
Dorset56
Durham105
Ealing36
East Riding of Yorkshire82
East Sussex33
Enfield49
Essex164
Gateshead17
Gloucestershire45
Greenwich33
Hackney31
Halton18
Hammersmith and Fulham17
Hampshire248
Harrow19
Hartlepool16
Havering47
Herefordshire15
Hertfordshire84
Hillingdon25
Hounslow29
Isle of Wight16
Kensington and Chelsea7
Kent120
Kingston-upon-Hull, City of52
Kingston-upon-Thames21
Kirklees85
Knowsley35
Lancashire265
Leeds141
Leicester, City of40
Leicestershire73
Lewisham42
Lincolnshire35
Liverpool59
Luton27
Manchester91
Medway24
Merton19
Milton Keynes28
Newcastle-upon-Tyne71
Newham45
Norfolk75
North East Lincolnshire45
North Lincolnshire18
North Somerset26
North Tyneside33
North Yorkshire44
Northamptonshire64
Northumberland52
Nottingham53
Nottinghamshire110
Oldham61
Oxfordshire64
Peterborough32
Plymouth40
Poole16
Portsmouth21
Reading19
Redbridge33
Redcar and Cleveland27
Rochdale54
Rotherham63
Rutland4
Sandwell24
Sefton51
Sheffield71
Shropshire25
Slough19
Solihull22
Somerset52
South Gloucestershire33
South Tyneside31
Southend-on-Sea13
Southwark24
St. Helens24
Staffordshire83
Stockport73
Stockton-on-Tees47
Stoke-on-Trent65
Suffolk42
Sunderland54
Surrey69
Sutton16
Swindon44
Tameside33
Telford and Wrekin35
Thurrock19
Torbay11
Tower Hamlets28
Trafford38
Wakefield72
Walsall64
Waltham Forest28
Wandsworth50
Warrington26
West Berkshire17
West Sussex76
Westminster24
Wiltshire57
Windsor and Maidenhead32
Wirral58
Wokingham25
Wolverhampton44
Worcestershire61
Total6,383

Note:

Fifteen authorities are currently reviewing their assessments. More work is needed to confirm the data, but initial broad estimates are that these authorities' needs total £635 million.


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