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Departmental Spending

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 15 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her estimate is of expenditure by her Department on the (a) Hearing Aid Council, (b) Consumer Communication for England, (c) British Hallmarking Council, (d) Ethnic Minority Business Advisory Forum, (e) Import Parity Price Panel and (f) Textiles and Clothing Industry Forum; if she will list the purpose of each; and if she will make a statement.[107385]

[holding answer 8 April 2003]: Latest available estimated expenditure by my Department for the following bodies are as follows.

£000
2002–032003–04
British Hallmarking Council1010.5
Ethnic Minority Business Advisory Forum7870
Import Parity Price Panel65
Consumer Communication for England (Sponsored by OFTEL)1532
The terms of reference for these bodies are set out in the Cabinet Office Publication Public Bodies 2002.The structure and purpose of the Hearing Aid Council is set out in the Hearing Aid Council Act 1968 and the Hearing Aid Council (Amendment) Act 1989. The departmental expenditure estimates for this body are:

£000
2002–0374
2003–0475
The Textiles and Clothing Industry Forum is a £3.8 million 4–year industry-led project aimed at contributing to the sector's competitiveness by improving the UK textiles and clothing supply chain, supported by a DTI grant of £1.5 million.