§ Helen Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) when his Department was first notified of concerns over the use of European Social Fund money by Global Business Dimensions Ltd.; to whom these concerns were reported; and what action was subsequently taken; 
(2) when his Department began its investigation into Global Business Dimensions Ltd.; what the result of that investigation was; and if he will place a copy of the report in the Library. 
§ Ms Jowell
[holding answer 26 July 2000]: Information raising concerns regarding Global Business Dimensions Ltd. was received by Government Office for the West Midlands on 16 December 1999. As a result of this information an investigation was initiated by the Department's ESF Unit and carried out by the Special Investigation Unit (SIU). As the SIU investigation is still continuing, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.