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The Smith Institute and the ippr on the public teat

One would think that the left wonk establishment would keep its collective head well below the parapet, but no.

I have found the following in Hansard written answers from yesterday:

"Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding the British Library has provided to the IPPR or IPPR Trading Ltd. in each year since May 1997; and what the purpose was of such funding. [123896]

Mr. Lammy: The only record of a payment to IPPR made by the British Library is one of £10,000 in 2005-06. This was a contribution to the cost of a study on intellectual property rights"

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money from the public purse (a) her Department and (b) its agencies gave to (i) the Smith Institute and (ii) its subsidiary SI Events Limited in each year since 1997; and for what purpose each payment was made. [123106]

Mr. Lammy: On the basis of available information the Department has made the following three payments to the Smith Institute during the period in question relating to a new technology seminar and a cultural research project:

Amount (£)

25 August1999


30 July 1999


7 March 2000



Meanwhile, elsewhere in the sprawling metropolis:

"Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the timetable is for the Charity Commission investigation into the Smith Institute; and if she will make a statement. [120689]
26 Feb 2007 : Column 1017W

Edward Miliband: This is a matter for the Charity Commission as the non-ministerial Government Department responsible for the regulation of charities in England and Wales. The chief executive of the Charity Commission will write to the hon. Member and a copy of his reply will be placed in the Library for the reference of Members". Source

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Blogger kinglear said... 10:14 am

Lammy is a complete ineffective drip  

Blogger Newmania said... 1:12 pm

an "independent "think tank that produces policy ideas "associated with the left-liberal New Labour movement, presented as upholding values of social justice," democratic reform and environmental sustainability.

Quite an amusing Wik. these amounts are very small C and I’m sure they are delighted to discuss them . The real question is what has been given to the Labour part as a consequence of the access the Smith Institute provides . Guidot is all over it as ya` know . the official figures are , in fact suspiciously in order if anything

Is Guido the only one who thinks there might, in the circumstances, be a serious conflict of interest in her not only sitting on the board of the Smith Institute but also having HM Treasury as a paying client? Who commissioned and paid for this survey of "opinion leaders"? How did she get the HM Treasury contract? Was it by competitive tender?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 1:20 pm

KL - No disagreement here.

N - I passed it on to Fawkes, but so far he hasn't bitten.  

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