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Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the Secretary of State’s official engagements were during his visit to India in January 2009. (252356)

My right hon. and noble Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform undertook a number of official engagements during his visit in January 2009. These meetings are listed as follows by date and location.

19 January 2009—New Delhi

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Partnership Summit

Meeting with Mr. Sushil Kumar Shinde, Minister of Power and Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Minister of State in the Departments of Commerce and Power accompanied by a UKTI nuclear delegation

Meeting with Mr. Kapil Sibal, Union Minister of Science and Technology

Lunch with Indian Economic Commentators

Meeting with Mr. P. C. Gupta, Minister for Corporate Affairs

Reception with UK India Business Council (UKIBC) Advisory and Executive Boards

Televised panel discussion with Mr. Kamal Nath and Indian business leaders

20 January 2009—New Delhi

Meeting with Mr. Ratan Tata, CEO Tata Group

Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) Ministerial meeting with Mr. Kamal Nath, Minister of Commerce and Industry, followed by keynote speech to JETCO Plenary session

Meeting with Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission

Meeting with Mr. Vineet Nayar, CEO of HCL Technologies Ltd.

Meeting with Indian inward investors

Drinks with leading members of the British Business community in Delhi

Dinner with Mr. Kamal Nath, Minister of Commerce an Industry

21 January 2009-Pune

Symposium on International Automotive Technology

Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA)—lunch with board members and British Business Group Pune

Visit to Bajaj Group R and D centre with Rahul Bajaj, Chairman, Bajaj Group

22 January 2009—Mumbai

Breakfast hosted by the British Business Group, Mumbai

Meeting with Benoy Ltd.

Visit to Larsen and Toubro Ltd.

Opening of UKIBC Mumbai office

CII/UKIBC Business reception

23 January 2009—Mumbai

Meeting with Indian Minister of Law and Justice, Mr. Hansraj Bharadwaj

Launch of “Setting up in the UK for Indian Law Firms” Brochure

Meeting with Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI)

Meeting with Mr. Ashok Chavan, Chief Minister of Maharastra

Dinner with MDs of Tata Group companies

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which (a) individuals and (b) organisations Ministers from his Department met during their visit to India in January 2009. (252357)

My noble Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform visited India on 19-23 January 2009. I refer the hon. Member to the reply I have given him today to his question 252356 which gives a list of official engagements. During his visit Lord Mandelson met numerous individuals and organisations at various events. A full list could be produced only at disproportionate cost.