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Unions and their ULRs play a significant role in helping adults, particularly those who are poorly qualified and with no background in continuing their education, to become engaged and more confident with learning and improve their skills. In 2009-10 over 233,000 learners in workplaces across the country were helped back into learning by the union learning fund and union learning representatives.
Sajid Javid: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what payments were made to trade unions through the union modernisation fund in 2009-10; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr Davey: The information on how much has been paid to each trade union from the union modernisation fund in 2009-10 is as follows:
|FY April 2009-March 2010||£|
We have recently decided to publish the financial data of funds committed and paid to each union for rounds one and two of the UMF. This is now available on the BIS website from:
Equivalent information on round three will be published in due course.
John Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to announce the new Chair of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. 
Mr Hayes: I hope to announce the appointment of a new Chair for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills by the end of October.
Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 21 July 2010, Official Report, columns 411-12W, on the union modernisation fund, (1) how much each member of the Union Modernisation Fund Supervisory Board claimed in expenses under each category in each year since 2005-06; 
(2) where each Union Modernisation Fund Supervisory Board meeting was held; who attended each meeting; what the cost to the public purse of each meeting was; and what the Board's remit is. 
Mr Davey: I shall take these questions together.
The remit of the UMF Supervisory Board, established following a public consultation, is as follows:
The Board will advise Ministers on the projects which they consider should be supported by the Fund in each bid round in the light of their assessment against the selection criteria.
At the request of Ministers, the Board will advise Ministers on matters relating to the performance or operation of the Fund, including its future development.
The final authority for approving bids rests with Ministers.
Where Ministers do not follow the recommendations of the Board in full, they must give to the Board their reasons.
The Board will be advised and supported by DTI (now BIS) officials. Subject to this, the Board is responsible for determining its own procedures, including protocol in cases of possible conflicts of interest.
The Board has met three times, with the following attendees, to review bids to the union modernisation fund:
Sir Bill Connor
Sir Bill Connor
Sir Bill Connor
Also in attendance at each meeting was a small secretariat.
The cost and location of each meeting of the Supervisory Board was as follows:
Meeting of 23-24 November 2005 was held at:
The cost for this meeting was £4,265.46
Meeting of 2-3 July 2007 was held at:
30 Islip Street
The cost for this meeting was £4,708.09
Meeting of 21 July 2009 was held at:
30 Islip Street,
The cost to for this meeting was £3602.03
The following table lists the expenses claimed by each member of the Union Modernisation Fund Supervisory Board under each category in each year since 2005/06.
|Member||Daily fees||Air fares||Taxis||Rail Fares||Mileage||Holds||Subsistence||Total|
Jonathan Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make an assessment of the likely effects on Wales of his Department's planned spending reductions. 
Mr Davey: No departmental expenditure limits (DELs) have yet been set for the financial years beyond 2010-11. DELs for the four years from 2011-12 will be set in the spending review on 20 October 2010.
No assessment has been made of the likely effects on Wales of BIS's planned spending reductions in financial year 2010-11.
Matthew Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department and its predecessors spent on wine in each year since 1997. 
Mr Davey: The Department does not separately record spending on wine so the details could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. All expenditure has been incurred in accordance with the principles of Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety.
Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many jobs in Yorkshire were (a) created and (b) supported by funding from Yorkshire Forward between 1997 and 2010. 
Mr Prisk: Since being established in 1999, Yorkshire Forward has created over 225,000 jobs.
The following table sets out the total of jobs created by year.
|Total of jobs created|