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Departmental Conferences

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much was spent by his Department and its agencies on conferences they organised which were subsequently cancelled in each of the last three years; and what the title of each such conference was. (308819)

This Department does not hold this information centrally and this could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

I have approached the chief executives of the Insolvency Service, Companies House, the National Measurement Office and the Intellectual Property Office and they will respond directly to you.

Letter from Stephen Speed, dated 6 January 2010:

The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has asked me to reply to your question how much was spent by his Department and its agencies on conferences they organised which were subsequently cancelled in each of the last three years; and what the title was of each such conference.

In the last three years, The Insolvency Service has organised one conference which it subsequently had to cancel. The conference which was entitled ‘Encouraging Company Rescue’ was due to be held in September 2009, and the costs incurred by cancelling this event were approximately £200.

Letter from Gareth Jones, dated 6 January 2010:

I am replying on behalf of Companies House to your Parliamentary Question tabled 15 December 2009, UIN 308819, to the Minister of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Companies House has not spent any money in the last three years on conferences which were subsequently cancelled.

Letter from Peter Mason, dated 5 January 2010:

I am responding in respect of the National Measurement Office to your Parliamentary Question tabled 15 December 2009, to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The National Measurement Office has not spent anything on conferences they organized which were subsequently cancelled in the last three years.

Letter from Sean Dennehey, dated 22 December 2009:

I am responding in respect of the Intellectual Property Office to your Parliamentary Question tabled 15 December 2009, to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

There is a Nil Response from The Intellectual Property Office.