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Union Modernisation Fund

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which Minister approved the decision to classify the audit reports of the Union Modernisation Fund as commercially confidential. (323950)

The audit reports are prepared using the standard terms of engagement for independent accountants involved in the verification of public sector grant claims. These terms were agreed between the Government and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

My hon. Friend the Member for Bradford, South (Mr. Sutcliffe), the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment Relations, announced the Government’s response to the public consultation on how the Union Modernisation Fund should operate and the intention to use the standard terms of engagement agreed with the ICAEW for the administration of the Union Modernisation Fund.