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Mr. Skinner: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people formerly employed in Remploy factories which have been closed down in the last two years have found new jobs; and if he will make a statement. 
|Former Remploy disabled factory employees who opted to remain with Remploy|
A further 1,784 employees opted to take voluntary redundancy or early retirement with a voluntary redundancy payment. Remploy has written out to all employees who opted to take voluntary redundancy or early retirement to offer Remploy support if they wished to return to work. So far 153 of its former employees have used Remploy's services to find new employment and have obtained jobs.
Remploy has continued to offer support to other former employees. The remainder have not currently accepted the company's help to find alternative work or have advised Remploy they do not wish to return to work.
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Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect on demand for child care services and on the availability of child care services of the Social Security (Lone Parents and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2008; what steps he has taken to assess the adequacy of the availability of services; and if he will make a statement. 
We can, however, state that the availability of child care places has improved significantly. The stock of registered child care is now approaching 1.3 million places, more than double the 1997 level, representing an increase of well over 17 per cent. or 194,000 places, since March 2004.
The Childcare Act 2006 places a legal duty on local authorities in England and Wales to secure, as far as practicable, sufficient childcare to meet the needs of working parents, in particular for those on low incomes
and with disabled children. The position in Wales is slightly different in that the duty is an enabling power which the Welsh Assembly Government has the option of enacting. We have a published commitment that by 2010 there will be a child care place for all children in England aged between 3 and 14 years old, between the hours of 8am to 6pm each weekday.
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