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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; 
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; 
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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. 
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. 
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. 
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.; 
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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.
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. 
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.
|Barking and Dagenham||4|
|Bath and North East Somerset||20|
|Blackburn with Darwen||15|
|Brighton and Hove||22|
|Bristol, City of||71|
|Derby, City of||44|
|East Riding of Yorkshire||82|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||17|
|Isle of Wight||16|
|Kensington and Chelsea||7|
|Kingston-upon-Hull, City of||52|
|Leicester, City of||40|
|North East Lincolnshire||45|
|Redcar and Cleveland||27|
|Telford and Wrekin||35|
|Windsor and Maidenhead||32|
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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