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Cabinet Office written question – answered on 28th November 2014.

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Photo of Lisa Nandy Lisa Nandy Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the internal review by Geoff Mulgan published on 21 August 2014 on NESTA support for the Big Society Network, if he will publish all correspondence between (a) Lord Wei and NESTA and (b) Paul Twivy, Steve Moore, Giles Gibbons and Martyn Rose and his Department on NESTA funding for (i) the Big Society Network, (ii) Big Society Capital and (iii) any other project NESTA has been requested by his Department to support since May 2010.

Photo of Lisa Nandy Lisa Nandy Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the internal review by Geoff Mulgan published on 21 August 2014 on NESTA support for the Big Society Network, under what criteria it was decided to make a request to NESTA to support (a) the Big Society Network and (b) other similar projects.

Photo of Lisa Nandy Lisa Nandy Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the internal review by Geoff Mulgan published on 21 August 2014 on NESTA support for the Big Society Network, who authorised the approach by Lord Wei to NESTA on the funding of the Your Local Budget project; and which other bodies Lord Wei approached on the funding of that project.

Photo of Lisa Nandy Lisa Nandy Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies and procedures of the internal review by Geoff Mulgan published on 21 August 2014 on NESTA support for the Big Society Network; and what changes he plans to make to his Department's procedures and processes as a result.

Photo of Rob Wilson Rob Wilson The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

Whilst NESTA's internal review highlights that Lord Wei, among others, made a request suggesting that they consider various initiatives, no formal instruction from Government was made. NESTA’s internal review is also clear that this was not an instruction from the Government. Lord Wei was not a Government Minister.

We constantly keep procedures and policies under review. In this instance, NESTA’s internal review did not highlight anything of relevance in this regard.

Lord Wei did not request that that NESTA fund any organisations and, therefore, there is no such correspondence.

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