Third Sector

Wales written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Owen Smith Owen Smith Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent assessment she has made of progress towards the objective in her Department's Business Plan to help develop and communicate the Government's vision for the big society in Wales.

Photo of David Jones David Jones The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales

Since the Department's Business Plan was published we have held an all-Wales seminar on the big society (September 2011), established a Wales Office Big Society Advisory Forum, which is due to meet next on 12 July, and we are in the process of planning a joint event with Cardiff metropolitan university on social investment which will be held in September.

I have also held several meetings with key figures, such as the Minister for Civil Society, my hon. Friend Mr Hurd, as well as stakeholder groups, for example the Urdd, to discuss the big society in relation to Wales. It is regrettable the Welsh Government have not yet engaged with the UK Government on big society themes; however, I will continue my attempts to secure that they do so.

Further, in December the Secretary of State for Wales, my right hon. Friend Mrs Gillan, presented the Prime Minister's big society award to Creation Development Trust which operates in Blaengarw. Representatives of the trust also recently attended a reception for big society award winners in Downing Street.

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