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The RRAC's work has involved Ministers in the Cabinet Office, the Home Office, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department of Health, and others, as important players in their respective fields. Case studies have focussed on risk aversion in policing, implementation of appropriate health and safety measures by small organisations, and the promotion of community resilience. The consensus on appropriate policy action,
which emerges from on-going work facilitated by the RRAC, has been discussed with relevant Ministers and other key stakeholders including the heads of ACPO, HMIC and HSE, to allow better coordination, development and adaptation of new and existing policies where necessary.
The RRAC's period of operation ends in April 2009. Soon after this the council will publish further information on the case studies, as well as a report summarising the findings of the RRAC. Specific recommendations may be published at this time, both in relation to areas studied in depth, and as a consequence of overarching conclusions the council have been able to draw on how government and society might better respond to public risk.
John Penrose: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what annual budget was allocated to the Risk and Regulation Advisory Council in the last year for which figures are available; and how much was budgeted for, including on (a) council members' salaries, (b) council members' expenses and (c) secretarial and administrative costs. 
Ian Pearson: The Risk and Regulation Advisory Council was set up in January 2008 for a time-limited period, with its period of full-scale operation due to end in April 2009. The RRAC's only full financial year of operation is therefore 2008-09. As this financial year is not yet completed, the following figures are the best indicative figures available currently.
(a) The seven council members are unpaid volunteers, and receive no salary from the RRAC.
(b) Total expenses reimbursed to all council members in 2008-09 are forecast to be £1,400.
(c) Secretarial and administrative costs budgeted for the RRAC for 2008-09, comprised of staff salaries and associated costs for the support team in BERR, are £258,000.
Mr. McFadden: Royal Mail has spent or committed £600 million on modernisation so far and expects to draw down the full £1.2 billion of debt facilities Government have made available to it over the next two years to fund its existing modernisation plans.
However, Royal Mail needs to modernise further and faster if it is to cope with the challenges it faces. It will also need to find new sources of revenue by moving into new areas of business. It is clear Royal Mail will need more capital but in such a fast developing market it is not possible to give a precise indication of the amount, however it is likely to be in the order of hundreds of millions of pounds.
Emily Thornberry: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will put in place mechanisms to prevent onward sale of shares in Royal Mail which are sold to a preferred partner. 
Mr. McFadden: It is expected that the legally binding agreements to be agreed between HMG and its preferred partner will place restrictions on any shares sold to the partner. The detail of these arrangements will be subject to negotiation with the successful bidder.
Mr. Marsden: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many meetings the Chair of Royal Mail's pension fund has had with Mr. Richard Hooper since he published his report. 
Mr. McFadden [holding answer 2 March 2009]: Richard Hooper's review of the postal services sector was submitted last year and published on 16 December 2008. Since then, I understand that Jane Newell, chair of Royal Mail Pension Trustees, and Richard Hooper have met once, on 3 March 2009.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, columns 397-8W, on Saudi Arabia: arms trade, whether there is any extant cover for (a) the Salam Project and (b) any other BAE Systems' military sales to Saudi Arabia; and if he will make a statement. 
Tony Baldry: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform by what means businesses in Banbury constituency may access the Small Business Finance Scheme. 
Ian Pearson: The Small Business Finance scheme announced in the pre-Budget report was launched as the Enterprise Finance Guarantee on 14 January 2009 and is available from 26 approved lenders including all the main UK high street banks.
Businesses across the UK have access to a comprehensive range of support through Real Help Now, including the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme and the Capital for Enterprise Fund. These schemes can be accessed through:
Mr. Prisk: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many meetings of the (a) Small Business Lending Monitoring Panel, (b) Small Business Lending Forum, (c) Regional Risk Finance Forum, (d) West Midlands Council of Economic Advisers and (e) Joint Economic Commission for the North West have taken place to date; who the members of each of the bodies are; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of each meeting. 
The SME Lending Monitoring Panel discusses commercially sensitive data and as such no minutes are published. It is made up of officials from the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, the Bank of England and HM Treasury.
It is comprised of UK banks (RBS, Barclays, HBOS, Abbey, Lloyds TSB, HSBC, Clydesdale & Yorkshire Bank), the Bank of England, the British Bankers' Association (BBA), key small business representative bodies (CBI, BCC, IoD, FSB, FPB, SEC, EEF, FLA) as well as individual entrepreneurs and small businesses. They also include representation from the regional development agencies (RDAs), the devolved Administrations, BERR's Access to Finance Expert Group, the Women's Enterprise Taskforce, the Ethnic Minority Business Taskforce, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, and HM Treasury.
2005: 16 June and 4 October
2006: 14 February, 20 June and 21 November
2007: 27 February, 26 June and 2 October
2008: 5 February, 20 May, 7 October and 1 December
2009: 3 March.
Government office for the North West
Leaders' Forum (4NW)
North West Development Agency
Voluntary Sector North West
CBI North West
Federation of Small Businesses
North West Business Leadership Team
Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
North West TUC
Private Sector Partners NW
Learning and Skills Council
Homes and Communities Agency
North West Universities Association
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