HC Deb 25 June 2002 vol 387 cc821-2W
Mr. Andrew Turner

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many representations she has received in each month since August 2001 about(a) non-payments or delayed payments to ILA providers, and (b) imminent bankruptcy, liquidation or administration of ILA providers. [60230]

Mr. Ivan Lewis

[holding answer 10 June 2002]: The information requested, covering the period 1 August 2001 to 31 May 2002, is set out in the table. The table shows contact with providers by telephone, and through letter and email. Several of the telephone contacts may relate to one provider. While all correspondence is logged not all telephone calls have been recorded. This was particularly the case just prior to the closure and in the immediate aftermath when the level of incoming calls to the Department was very high. In addition, covering the same period, some 70,000 calls have been logged by the ILA centre in Darlington. These calls are not categorised and therefore are not included.

Telephone representations Written representations
Month Payment query Potential receivership Payment query Potential receivership
August 3
October 14 1 6
November 33 9 3
December 42 1 29 4
January 29 1 16
February 16 1 12 1
March 40 8 15 1
April 45 8 15 1
May 19 5 23 2