Thursday, 5 December 2013
The Secretary of State was asked—
What steps he is taking to support small businesses.
How many regulations affecting small businesses the Government have (a) introduced and (b) removed since May 2010.
What recent estimate he has made of the number of apprentices being paid below the apprenticeship minimum wage.
What steps he is taking to encourage more people to become engineers.
What assessment he has made of the ability of businesses to recruit staff with appropriate IT skills.
What assessment he has made of the potential opportunities for manufacturers in onshore construction of offshore wind turbines.
What progress he has made in setting up a business bank operating regionally and locally.
If his Department will make an assessment of the main causes of insecurity in the workplace.
If he will make it his policy to increase investment in higher education.
What progress he has made on his review of zero-hours contracts.
What steps he is taking to support small businesses in Newcastle upon Tyne Central constituency.
If he will bring forward legislative proposals for regulations under the EU machinery directive to protect disabled people.
What steps he is taking to encourage exports.
If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.
Will the Leader of the House give us the business for next week?
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Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—(Claire Perry.)
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