§ Mr. Stephen Twigg
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will announce the outcome of the Quinquennial Review of Investors in People UK. 
§ Mr. Mudie
Against the background of the established practice of carrying out quinquennial policy and financial reviews of non-Departmental Public Bodies, the Department conducted a thorough review of Investors in People UK during 1998.
The first stage was a policy review of whether the functions were still needed, and also what framework was most efficient to deliver them. It was concluded that Investors in People UK should continue to carry out the functions with an NDPB framework.
Stage 2 consisted of a financial management survey of the organisation. The financial management survey, carried out for the Department by external consultants Pannell Kerr Forster, concluded that the Company achieves value for money in Grant-in-Aid terms and has achieved excellent performance against its objectives.
The combined quinquennial review is published today and a copy is being placed in the Library. Further copies can be obtained on request from: Jane Binney, Department for Education and Employment, Workplace Learning Division, Area Ebb, Moorfoot, Sheffield S1 4PQ, telephone number 0114 259 4232.