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Partnerships UK

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what remuneration Baroness Ford has received for her work for Partnerships UK on surplus public sector land in 2008-09. (252459)

This Department has not provided any direct remuneration to Baroness Ford.

Partnerships UK is a dedicated centre of expertise available to the public sector to provide strategic support for delivering successful projects and programmes and has an established framework agreement with Communities and Local Government. Communities and Local Government contracted with Partnerships UK, using its framework agreement, to provide work required by the Government to increase the pace of change in the surplus public sector land programme. The maximum fee payable to Partnerships UK for this work is £75,000 plus VAT. Partnerships UK in turn contracted with the Royal Bank of Canada Europe Limited to provide specialist advice in relation to that commission. Baroness Ford is employed by the Bank as its director of social infrastructure and has specialist knowledge of housing and regeneration. The contractual relationship that Communities and Local Government entered into was with Partnerships UK and this Department is not a party to their contractual arrangements with the Royal Bank of Canada, nor to the Bank’s contractual arrangements with Baroness Ford.