§ The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Fiona Mactaggart)
I am today placing in the Library of the House copies of the report of the fifth annual meeting, held on 5 May 2004, to review the compact on relations between Government and the voluntary and community sector.
The meeting reviewed the significant achievements made across Government and the voluntary and community sector to implement and develop the compact. The compact is the blueprint for improving partnership working between Government, at all levels, and the sector.
The challenge now is to make sure the compact is used as a practical tool to improve public services and citizens' everyday lives.
The compact action plan in the report of the fifth annual meeting sets out our priorities for driving the relationship between Government and the sector forward this year.