||Terminated||Terms of reference
||Date and subjects of any reports
|Advisory Group on Consumer Affairs Status
||11 Nov 1999||No termination date at present
advise Ministers on the implementation of the Consumer Strategy White Paper
consider issues arising in consumer affairs, and recommend to Ministers areas for action by government, business and consumer groups
consider research recommendations from the Research Committee, and identify topics for further research.
|None||Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Consumers and Corporate Affairs (Chair)
Local Government Association
National Consumer Council
Office of Fair Trading
British Chambers of Commerce
British Retail Consortium
|Better Payment Practice Group
||To develop measures to enable businesses to ensure that their customers pay promptly and to propose and develop measures to enable businesses to manage their credit effectively.
19 members, including civil servants and private sector
|Clusters Policy Steering Group
||To assess existing clusters-related activity in the UK, informed by the results of a mapping study and all relevant sources of expertise and information.
||No report published, but minutes of meetings are available on the DTI website
||Lord Sainsbury (Chair; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Science and Innovation, DTI)
15 members, including Ministers, civil servants, public servants and private sector
|Company Law Steering Group
||Jun 1998||Apr 2001
||To consider how core company law can be modernised in order to provide a simple, efficient and cost-effective framework for carrying out business activity.
||None||Richard Rogers (Chair; Company Law and Investigations, DTI)
31 members, including civil servants, public servants, voluntary/charity sector and private sector
|Database Market Strategy Group
||Nov 1997||No termination date at present
||To monitor the impact, including the economic impact, of copyright, database rights, exceptions to rights and licensing agreements on suppliers and users in the light of changes in technology and markets.
||None||Kim Howells MP (Chair; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Competition and Consumer Affairs, DTI)
13 members, including a Minister, civil servants and private sector
|Genome Valley Steering Group
||Apr 2000||Apr 2001
identify and prioritise specific measures to address the key areas for action
identify appropriate people or organisations to take forward these measures
assess and respond to progress in the key areas for action
communicate progress to the biotechnology industry, venture capital groups, the media, consumers and the public, and obtain feedback.
|Report due in Apr 2001
||Sir Gareth Roberts (Chair; Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield University and President of the Institute of Physics)
15 members including civil servants, public servants, NGO members, academics and industry
|Information Age Partnership
||Mar 1998||No termination date at present
||To provide a forum for regular, open dialogue between Government Ministers and the CEOs of the main companies in the ITEC industries, with the aim of accelerating the UK's adoption of Information Age technologies and improving its overall competitive position.
||Stephen Byers (Chair; Secretary of State for Trade and Industry)
48 members including Ministers, civil servants, public servants and private sector
|Kosovo Task Force||Jun 1999
||Not yet known||To promote and co-ordinate the UK's commercial responses to the Kosovo situation.
||No reports anticipated
||18 members, including civil servants, public servants and private sector
|Review of Company Rescue and Business Reconstruction Mechanisms
||Jan 1999||Due in early 2001
||To review aspects of company and insolvency law and practice in the UK and elsewhere relating to the opportunities for, and the means by which, business can resolve short to medium term financial difficulties, so as to preserve maximum economic value; and to make recommendations.
||Initial report - May 2000 (to be published for public consultation by Oct 2000)
||Desmond Flynn (Chair; DTI)
12 members, including civil servants and private sector
|Review of the Way Risk is Used by Scientific Advisory Committees
||Apr 2000||Not known
||Review of Risk Procedures used by the Government Advisory Committee dealing with Food Safety
||Sir Robert May (Chair; Head of the Office of Science and Technology)
5 members, including civil servants and private sector
|Rover Task Force||17 Mar 2000
||3 Jul 2000||To assess the impact of BMW's decision to sell parts of Rover to the Phoenix Consortium on the people, businesses and communities of the region.
||Final Report - 3 Jul 2000
||Alex Stephenson (Chair; AWM)
23 members, including civil servants, public servants and private sector
|Task Force on Potentially Hazardous Near Earth Objects
||4 Jan 2000||No termination date at present
||To consider how the UK might best contribute to international efforts related to near earth objects.
||Report due 2000||Harry Atkinson (Chair; Loss Prevention Council)
3 members, including public servants and academics
|Tech Stars Steering Group
||Dec 1997||Not known
||To identify and agree an agenda for action to address the barriers to growth faced by small/merging technology based firms; and to manage the interface between these actions and the issues being considered by other Groups if necessary.
||None||Ronald Cohen (Chair; Apax Partners & Co)
8 members, including civil servants, public servants and private sector