Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills

– in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 7th February 2013.

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The Secretary of State was asked—

  • Workplace (Women) (8 speeches)

    What steps his Department plans to take to increase the number of women in the workplace.

  • Net Lending (Businesses) (17 speeches)

    In how many months net lending to businesses has (a) increased and (b) fallen since January 2011.

  • Life Sciences Sector (11 speeches)

    What support his Department is providing to the life sciences sector.

  • Business Certainty (10 speeches)

    What assessment he has made of the need for business certainty for firms to secure investment and long-term growth.

  • Higher Education (Student Fees) (10 speeches)

    What recent assessment he has made of the effects of his reforms to higher education and student fees; and if he will make a statement.

  • Regional Growth Fund (North-west) (6 speeches)

    What assessment he has made of the effect of the regional growth fund on job creation in the north-west.

  • Royal Mail Privatisation (10 speeches)

    What discussions he has had with Royal Mail regarding its privatisation; and if he will make a statement.

  • Tobacco Industry Exports (Egypt) (4 speeches)

    What the tobacco industry exports which created 2% of Egypt’s sovereign debt owed to UK Export Finance were used for; when those exports were made; and whether they were to the Government...

  • Strategic Defence Review (8 speeches)

    What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the development of the Government’s strategic defence review.

  • Debt Advice (6 speeches)

    What assessment he has made of the effect on consumer behaviour of Government advice on debt.

  • Export Support Services (6 speeches)

    What steps he has taken to raise awareness of export support services among small and medium-sized enterprises.

  • Apprenticeships (12 speeches)

    What proportion of new over-18 apprenticeships have been taken by people in existing employment since May 2010.

  • Topical Questions (46 speeches)

    If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.