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Ethnic Minority Business Forum

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 11 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the process applied to the selection of members of the Ethnic Minority Business Forum; what review system of the selection methods is in place; and if she will make a statement. [117343]

The process of recruiting and selecting members to serve on the Ethnic Minority Business Forum (EMBF) is governed by the Government's Code of Practice for all Non-Department Public Bodies (NDPBs).Members of the EMBF are appointed from a broad spread of ethnic minority backgrounds and business sectors to achieve a balanced mix as an advisory body. There is an on-going programme to rotate the EMBF membership periodically.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what public monies have been made available in each year since 2001 to (a) the Ethnic Minority Business Forum, (b) individuals who are members of that Forum and (c) organisations and companies connected with individuals who are members of that Forum. [117344]

(a) Members are currently unpaid but are reimbursed for travel and subsistence, according to the rates applicable to senior civil servants.

Name and TitleOrganisation/Company
(Chair) Yvonne Thompson MsManaging Director, ASAP Communications Ltd.
Numan Azmi Mr.Skills Manager, William Lee Innovation Centre at UMIST
Vlaxine James MsPartner, Equinox Consulting
Vlichael Davis-Bingham Mr.Head Economic Development Environment & Economy—Borough of Telford and Wrekin
Jaswin MacDonald Mrs.Administrator/Committee member, Anjuman
Rita Patel Mrs.Project Manager, Belgrave Baheno Peepul Centre
Tony Sealey Mr.Business franchise operator, MacDonald' s restaurants
Leslie Fairclough Mr.Managing Director, Premier Care
Kam Kothia Mr.Managing Director, E-Marketing Services Ltd.
Sfiyazi Enver Mr.Managing Director, Nice and Easy Printing
Dr. Haider ImamDirector, Durham Organics Ltd.
Councillor Mohammed Afzal KhanPartner, law firm Hussain Singh Khan & Co.
Mai Sim Lei MsPartner, Pridie Brewster Chartered Accountants
Adeeba Malik MsDeputy Chief Executive QED
Sir Gulam Noon MBEChairman and Managing Director, Noon Products
Prof. Monder RamProfessor of Small Business Research, De Montfort University
Askar Sheibani Mr.Chief Executive, Comtek Group
Mohammed Isap Mr.Director, Manchester Print Graphics

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the material publicly available in respect of the Ethnic Minority Business Forum, with particular reference to the members of that forum. [117347]

Details of the Ethnic Minority Forum members are published on their website www.ethnicbusiness.org, which is managed by the Small Business Service and in the Forum's annual report.