Skip to main content

Union of Democratic Mineworkers

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) phone calls and (b) meetings took place between (i) Ministers and (ii) civil servants and (A) the Union of Democratic Mineworkers and (B) Vendside in (1) 1998, (2) 1999, (3) 2000 and (4) 2001. (155595)

The Department does not keep records of the number of phone calls between the Department and the Union of Democratic Mineworkers or Vendside. Officials have had formal business meetings with UDM/Vendside but we do not have comprehensive records of these, and an accurate number is not, therefore, available. I should also add that similar business meetings have also taken place with the Claimants’ Solicitors Group. There is no record of any Minister having met the UDM or Vendside.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many records there are of (a) gifts and (b) hospitality received by civil servants from his Department and its predecessors from solicitors acting for (i) the Union of Democratic Mineworkers and (ii) Vendside in cases concerning miners' industrial diseases in (A) 1998, (B) 1999, (C) 2000 and (D) 2001. (155596)

The Department keeps records of gifts and hospitality received but no records match these criteria.