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United Kingdom Accreditation Service: Grayling Political Strategy

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what payments (a) the United Kingdom Accreditation Service and (b) UFi made to Grayling Political Strategy in each of the last five years; and on what date and for what purpose the payment was made in each case. (202264)

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service is a private company and I do not have detailed information about their payments to Grayling Political Strategy. However, I understand they pay them approximately £12,000 per annum for general political monitoring services. The payments made by UFI at this level of detail are not collected by my Department. This is an operational matter for UFI since they determine any payments to local providers, partners and other organisations that are necessary to support the delivery of the UFI’s key priorities and targets. Sarah Jones, UFI’s chief executive, will write to the hon. Member with further information. A copy of her reply will be placed in the House Library.