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Co-Operative Projects

Volume 229: debated on Friday 23 July 1993

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To ask the President of the Board of Trade what projects have been funded since January 1990 under the arrangements, consequent to the winding up of the Co-operative Development Agency, for providing £200,000 a year for three years for innovative co-operative projects; if he will list the dates on which the funding commenced and the amount provided; and how many applications were rejected.

[holding answer 19 July 1993]: The Government have contributed or committed in excess of £475,000 since January 1991 to fund 16 development projects to help improve the business performance and

ContractorsProject(s)Start dateBudget
United Kingdom Co-operative Council (UKCC)Pump-priming United Kingdom Co-operative Council1 April 199190,000
Industrial Common Ownership Movement (ICOM)Kitemark-Workers Code of Practice3 April 199230,000
Industrial Common Ownership Movement (ICOM)Promotion of Co-ops to Corporate Purchasers3 April 199240,000
David Hall PartnershipCo-op Research - Successful Co-operation26 June 199226,157
United Kingdom Co-operative Council (UKCC)Pump-priming United Kingdom Co-operative Council1 April 199245,000
Industrial Common Ownership Finance (ICOF)Financial Needs Analysis17 June 199239,422
Scottish Wholefoods Collective Warehouse (SWCW)Consultancy Network7 July 199223,325
Scottish Co-op Development Company (SCDC)Phoenix Co-operative Initiative13 May 199240,500
Plunkett FoundationTraining provision for Directors of Co-ops26 March 199218,802
Plunkett FoundationOwnership options for Public Services26 March 199220,388
Open UniversityCommunity Care17 June 199232,943
Industrial Common Ownership Movement (ICOM)Turnaround Courses4 February 19934,700
Nottingham Co-operative Development AgencyMarketing Group Guides15 March 19934,339
Industrial Common Ownership MovementDissemination of Promotion of Co-ops to Corporate PurchasersSeptember 19936,500
Plunkett FoundationDissemination of Ownership Options for Public ServicesSeptember 19937,745
Plunkett FoundationDissemination of Training provision for Directors of Co-opsOctober 19937,500
Open UniversityDissemination of Community Care ProjectSeptember 19934,700
Open UniversityDirectory of Worker Co-ops in the United KingdomJune 19939,988
Open UniversityWorkshop on Co-op Development ActivitiesJune 19933,067
Scottish Co-operative Development Company (SCDC)Dissemination of Phoenix Co-operative InitiativeSeptember 19938,000
Baker Brown AssociatesPathways to Co-operationJune 199322,266
United Kingdom Co-operative Council (UKCQ/Industrial Common Ownership Movement (ICOM)Co-ops for One Stop ShopsSeptember 199330,000
Scottish Wholefoods Collective Warehouse (SWCW)Printing and Dissemination of Consultancy Network ReportAugust 19934,200

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what proposals he has to continue funding innovative co-operative projects; and what sums are available in the current financial year.

[holding answer 19 July 1993]: My Department is currently supporting a number of development projects relating to co-operative businesses and has already committed over £100,000 to these in the current financial year. We do not plan to make any further funding available specifically to support co-operative projects but will be assisting in their relationships with business links.

competitiveness of co-operative businesses. Twenty-eight proposals have not been supported. The list of supported projects is shown in the table.

[holding answer 22 July 1993]: The appointments of British Coal Corporation members are subject to the provisions of the Coal Industry Nationalisation (National Coal Board) Regulations 1946.Regulation 3 in essence requires members

  • (a) to disclose to my right hon. Friend full particulars of any interest or securities held or acquired in any undertaking carrying on a business similar to that at any time carried on by the corporation; and
  • (b) to disclose at a meeting of the members of the corporation any direct or indirect interest in a contract made or proposed by the Corporation.
  • I have no present plans to revise those regulations.