There was an interesting parliamentary answer in yesterday's Hansard regarding the Smith Institute.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money from the public purse (a) his 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. 
Alan Johnson: The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) has made the following payments to the Smith Institute:
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We have no record of any payments made to its subsidiary SI Events Ltd. Unfortunately, we cannot supply further information on the nature of these payments as the Department does not have immediate access to the original invoices on which the payments were based.
So can anyone shed any light on why the DfEE would pay the Smith Institute £5,000 in 2000/2001?