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Business Council for Britain

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Prime Minister (1) what the remit is of (a) the Business Council for Britain and (b) the Chancellor’s high-level group; (148468)

(2) how often he expects to meet the members of the Business Council for Britain;

(3) what steps he plans to put in place to ensure that the work of the Business Council for Britain does not overlap with that of the Chancellor’s high-level group;

(4) whether minutes of the meetings of the Business Council for Britain will be published.

As Chancellor, I announced in the Budget 2006 a commitment to work with the financial sector to establish a high-level group to develop and support a new strategy to promote London as the leading international financial centre. My right hon. Friend the Chancellor will continue this work with the high-level group.

On the Business Council for Britain, which will assist the Government in putting in place the right strategy to promote the long-term health of the UK economy, I refer the hon. Member to my written statement on 28 June 2007, Official Report, column 36WS.