Gareth Thomas (Harrow West, Labour)
To ask the Attorney-General on what dates (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) senior officials in the Law Officers' Departments have met representatives of (i) the Institute for Public Policy Research, (ii) the Taxpayers' Alliance, (iii) the Institute of Economic Affairs, (iv) ResPublica, (v) the Centre for Social Justice and (vi) Policy Exchange; and if he will publish the minutes and agendas of these meetings.
Dominic Grieve (Attorney General; Beaconsfield, Conservative)
I have met with the Centre for Social Justice once and Policy Exchange on two occasions. The Solicitor-General has met with representatives of Policy Exchange on one occasion. Agendas or minutes for these meetings are not available.
The Director of Public Prosecutions and the CPS' Director of Strategy and Policy have both held discussions with a representative from Policy Exchange to discuss research on the role of prosecutors being currently undertaken by Policy Exchange. No agendas or minutes have been kept by the CPS.
No member of the Treasury Solicitor's Department (TSol) has met representatives of the Institute for Public Policy Research, the Institute of Economic Affairs, ResPublica, the Centre for Social Justice or the Policy Exchange.
TSol organised and hosted Continuous Professional Development events at which the Taxpayers’ Alliance gave a presentation on public finances and efficiencies. These events were led by the then Corporate Services Director of TSol, and were primarily attended by finance staff from TSol and other Government Departments.