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Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many of his Department's public service agreement targets (a) take and (b) do not take account of rural proofing. 
PSA 1: Raise the productivity of the UK economy;
PSA 6: Deliver the conditions for business success in the UK;
PSA 7: Improve the economic performance of all English regions and reduce the gap in economic growth rates between regions.
PSA 7 on regional economic performance aims to ensure that the Governments policies nationally, regionally and locally are aligned to maximise the potential for sustainable economic growth. Recognising that there may be trade-offs between policies to lift growth at different spatial scales, the delivery plan commits the Government to carry out further analysis to examine the trade-offs and, in particular, minimise the risk to increasing disparities between peripheral rural areas and other parts of a region.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2007, Official Report, column 1080W, on Departments: trade unions, what other projects implemented by domestic trade unions his Department has funded in the last period for which figures are available. 
Mr. McFadden: Since 1997 the Government have had three strategic funds to encourage better industrial relations and increase modern working practices. The Partnership at Work Fund and the Strategic Partnership Fund were available to both companies and unions.
|(a) Funds committed to unions 2000-03|
|Union||Year in which commitment made||Amount given (£)||Fund|
|(1) The Partnership at Work Fund was a Government grant scheme established by the DTI created in 1999 to encourage the development of industrial relations by encouraging employers and employees to work together effectively. The Partnership at Work Fund supported partnership projects within individual organisations. The fund is now closed.|
|(b) Funds paid to unions|
|(1) Strategic Partnership projects reach out beyond single company projects to assess sectoral and regional issues.|
(2) The Union Modernisation Fund provides financial assistance to independent trade unions and their federations in support of innovative projects, which contribute to, or explore the potential for transformational change in the organisational effectiveness of efficiency of a union or unions, in the light of the changing needs, aspirations and behaviour of workers and employers in the changing UK Labour market.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans his Department has to bring forward proposals to amend legislation or regulations on the conduct of ballots for industrial action by trade unions. 
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether his Department has undertaken the analysis set out in paragraph 13 of the response of the Department for Trade and Industry to the Office of Fair Tradings review of undertakings by Macfarlan Smith Limited (SML), published in September 2006. 
Mr. Thomas: The Home Office is responsible for licensing and has lead responsibility for implementing the Government Action Plan. The work to which the hon. Member refersanalysis of the effect of Macfarlan Smith Limiteds position of customers in other countriesis ongoing.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many meetings have taken place between his Department and its predecessor and the Scottish Executive's (a) Enterprise, Energy and Tourism Directorate and (b) Marine Directorate since May regarding the devolution of further powers for the Scottish Parliament under UK marine legislation. 
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