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Access Business Group

Volume 301: debated on Friday 21 November 1997

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To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on what dates the Access Business Group has met; and how often it plans to meet in future. [17182]

The group met on 23 July and 6 October and will meet again on 25 November. It is expected to continue to meet at intervals of approximately two months as its programme of work requires.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what are the aims and objectives of the Access Business Group. [17184]

The objective of the Access Business Group is to help to make central and local government's regulatory advice and service more transparent, accessible and helpful. The Group aims to minimise bureaucracy and red tape by coordinating and modernising a wide range of regulatory advice, forms and guidance for business into a simpler, more unified service.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster who are the members of the Access Business Group; and how they were appointed. [17183]

I announced its membership on 23 July 1997, Official Report 1997 column 583. Councillor John Ryan was nominated by the Local Government Association to assist the group's work on local government regulatory advice and service. My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster invited Teresa Graham to join the group in her capacity as vice chair of the Better Regulation Task Force where she is responsible for advising the government on regulatory issues. The remaining members of the group are the Under-Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, my hon. Friend the Member for figures represent only the grant provided by the Museums and Galleries Commission. The figures exclude revenue support to the Service's museums provided by the five metropolitan district councils in the former Tyne and Wear Metropolitan County Council area which make up the bulk of the public funding to the TWMS.Wallasey (Angela Eagle), and the Minister for Small Firms, Trade and Industry in the Department of Trade and Industry.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what remuneration is provided to which members of the Access Business Group. [17185]