§ Mr. Rendel
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the number of public sector employees who may be eligible for compensation because of the delay in implementing the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations. 
§ Mr. Ian McCartney
This will depend on how many people can show that they suffered damage as a result of the breach of the Directive. Legal action was brought on behalf of 1,473 people. However, no statement has yet been made of any damage caused to any of them, or the circumstances in which it may have been caused, which could lead to a decision on whether they are due compensation.