§ Mr. Purchase
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what projects have been funded since January 1990 under the arrangements, consequent to the winding up of the Co-operative Development Agency, for providing £200,000 a year for three years for innovative co-operative projects; if he will list the dates on which the funding commenced and the amount provided; and how many applications were rejected.521W
§ Mr. McLoughlin
[holding answer 19 July 1993]: The Government have contributed or committed in excess of £475,000 since January 1991 to fund 16 development projects to help improve the business performance and
Contractors Project(s) Start date Budget United Kingdom Co-operative Council (UKCC) Pump-priming United Kingdom Co-operative Council 1 April 1991 90,000 Industrial Common Ownership Movement (ICOM) Kitemark-Workers Code of Practice 3 April 1992 30,000 Industrial Common Ownership Movement (ICOM) Promotion of Co-ops to Corporate Purchasers 3 April 1992 40,000 David Hall Partnership Co-op Research - Successful Co-operation 26 June 1992 26,157 United Kingdom Co-operative Council (UKCC) Pump-priming United Kingdom Co-operative Council 1 April 1992 45,000 Industrial Common Ownership Finance (ICOF) Financial Needs Analysis 17 June 1992 39,422 Scottish Wholefoods Collective Warehouse (SWCW) Consultancy Network 7 July 1992 23,325 Scottish Co-op Development Company (SCDC) Phoenix Co-operative Initiative 13 May 1992 40,500 Plunkett Foundation Training provision for Directors of Co-ops 26 March 1992 18,802 Plunkett Foundation Ownership options for Public Services 26 March 1992 20,388 Open University Community Care 17 June 1992 32,943 Industrial Common Ownership Movement (ICOM) Turnaround Courses 4 February 1993 4,700 Nottingham Co-operative Development Agency Marketing Group Guides 15 March 1993 4,339 Industrial Common Ownership Movement Dissemination of Promotion of Co-ops to Corporate Purchasers September 1993 6,500 Plunkett Foundation Dissemination of Ownership Options for Public Services September 1993 7,745 Plunkett Foundation Dissemination of Training provision for Directors of Co-ops October 1993 7,500 Open University Dissemination of Community Care Project September 1993 4,700 Open University Directory of Worker Co-ops in the United Kingdom June 1993 9,988 Open University Workshop on Co-op Development Activities June 1993 3,067 Scottish Co-operative Development Company (SCDC) Dissemination of Phoenix Co-operative Initiative September 1993 8,000 Baker Brown Associates Pathways to Co-operation June 1993 22,266 United Kingdom Co-operative Council (UKCQ/Industrial Common Ownership Movement (ICOM) Co-ops for One Stop Shops September 1993 30,000 Scottish Wholefoods Collective Warehouse (SWCW) Printing and Dissemination of Consultancy Network Report August 1993 4,200
§ Mr. Purchase
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what proposals he has to continue funding innovative co-operative projects; and what sums are available in the current financial year.
§ Mr. McLoughlin
[holding answer 19 July 1993]: My Department is currently supporting a number of development projects relating to co-operative businesses and has already committed over £100,000 to these in the current financial year. We do not plan to make any further funding available specifically to support co-operative projects but will be assisting in their relationships with business links.522W
competitiveness of co-operative businesses. Twenty-eight proposals have not been supported. The list of supported projects is shown in the table.
§ Mr. Eggar
[holding answer 22 July 1993]: The appointments of British Coal Corporation members are subject to the provisions of the Coal Industry Nationalisation (National Coal Board) Regulations 1946.
Regulation 3 in essence requires members
- (a) to disclose to my right hon. Friend full particulars of any interest or securities held or acquired in any undertaking carrying on a business similar to that at any time carried on by the corporation; and
- (b) to disclose at a meeting of the members of the corporation any direct or indirect interest in a contract made or proposed by the Corporation.
I have no present plans to revise those regulations.