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Union Modernisation Fund

Volume 489: debated on Friday 20 March 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2009, Official Report, column 1700W, on the union modernisation fund, if he will ask his Department's Accounting Officer to assess the appropriateness of the practice of the Supervisory Board of not keeping formal records of its decisions. (263224)

[holding answer 12 March 2009]: The functions and remit of the board, which was established following a public consultation, includes:

“The board will be advised and supported by BERR officials. Subject to this the board is responsible for determining its own procedures, including protocol in cases of possible conflicts of interest.”

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2009, Official Report, column 1700W, on the union modernisation fund, how decisions of the Supervisory Board are (a) recorded and (b) communicated to Ministers. (263225)

Action records are kept of the decisions taken and these are communicated to Ministers by the secretariat.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2009, Official Report, column 1700W, on the union modernisation fund, if he will make it his Department's policy to require the Supervisory Board to produce formal minutes in line with the guidance documents of (a) the Records Management Code and (b) Managing Private Office Records. (263226)

[holding answer 12 March 2009]: The UMF Supervisory Board's remit was set following a consultation. Part of its remit is:

"The board will be advised and supported by BERR officials. Subject to this the board is responsible for determining its own procedures, including protocol in cases of possible conflicts of interest".

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform who the (a) members and (b) chairmen of the Union Modernisation Fund Supervisory Board are. (263227)

[holding answer 12 March 2009]: The members of the Supervisory Board are:

Sir Bill Connor (Chair)

Bruce Warman

Professor Willy Brown, CBE

Jeannie Drake, CBE

Danny Carrigan

Adrian Askew

In addition two new board members have joined this month they are:

Professor David Gordon

David Lebrecht