Results 181–200 of 2317 for speaker:Baroness Wilcox

Directors' Pay — Statement (20 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: Gosh, that is dreary. Private equity is something else again. We have promoted long-term stewardship and continue to do so today. I would not like to give the impression that the previous Government did nothing at all; they did what they could to try to change things. However, in the past few years, it has become increasingly obvious that the stretch of pay across a company has become too...

Directors' Pay — Statement (20 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: I thank my noble friend very much indeed. I am very glad that somebody thinks we have done the right thing today. I hope we will keep it up and that he will continue to be pleased with us.

Directors' Pay — Statement (20 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: I assume the noble Lord is talking about outside auditors, not the internal audit committee. I do not have an answer for him immediately but I will certainly go back and find out what we are thinking in respect of auditors. I think I have an Oral Question next week on auditors so that might be worth listening to. I apologise that I cannot answer that right now.

Directors' Pay — Statement (20 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: This is to do with the FTSE-100 companies as opposed to private equity, which is a completely different discipline.

Directors' Pay — Statement (20 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: The answer is yes. Amendments will be laid to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill. Next week, or soon afterwards, the draft regulations will be published.

Directors' Pay — Statement (20 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson, for his support for some of the things that we have done. Obviously he feels that we have not gone far enough, which is what I expected him to say. Of course, that allows me to say that in all the years that his Government were in power, they did not do any of this. Therefore, I hope that he will feel that we have at least made a decent start...

Directors' Pay — Statement (20 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: With your Lordships' permission, I should like to repeat a Statement made by my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in another place today. "I welcome this opportunity to set out the Government's proposals on directors' pay. This follows extensive consultation with business and investors. Since I first addressed the House on this issue, the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: EU: Generalised Tariff Preferences (20 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: Trade, alongside aid and investment, has a critical role to play in generating economic growth and tackling poverty in developing countries. Her Majesty's Government are a firm supporter of schemes that offer developing countries preferential access for their products to developed country markets. The European Union's (EU) Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) scheme is the main mechanism...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: National Minimum Wage: Seafarers (19 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My honourable friend the Minister for Employment Relations, Consumers and Postal Affairs (Norman Lamb) has today made the following Statement. I have today published an updated policy statement on enforcement of the national minimum wage (NMW). The Statement confirms that the Government will enforce the NMW on behalf of seafarers who ordinarily work in the UK and sets out our approach to...

Employment Tribunals — Question (18 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, the reforms we set out in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill will encourage more resolution of disputes outside the tribunals system by providing for ACAS to offer conciliation for all potential claims before they proceed to tribunal and by giving parties greater confidence to use settlement agreements. We are also taking steps to improve efficiency across the tribunals...

Employment Tribunals — Question (18 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: None of the things that protect people while they are working are being removed. That situation is not changing. However, the immediate rush to a tribunal is changing. The idea is that ACAS, which we all respect, provides for both the employer and the employee to have those discussions and to see whether they can come to an arrangement without having to go to a tribunal, with all the costs...

Employment Tribunals — Question (18 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My noble friend brings up a very interesting question. I had not really thought that through. This refers to someone who works on their own and is self-employed.

Employment Tribunals — Question (18 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: I will have to come back with the answer to that as I do not have it at the moment. I will make sure that a copy is put in the Library so that everyone else gets the answer too.

Employment Tribunals — Question (18 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: The idea of compensated no-fault dismissal is one of a wide range of employment law areas covered by the Beecroft report. We are already taking forward several areas set out in the report as part of the employment law review. Of his 23 main recommendations, we are taking action on 17, but we have no plans to take this forward any further.

Employment Tribunals — Question (18 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: The fundamental review of employment tribunal rules is being undertaken by Mr Justice Underhill. We will have the report on that shortly. I hope that the noble Baroness will be pleased to read it.

Employment Tribunals — Question (18 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: The Government are committed to a fair and flexible labour market that helps businesses to manage their staff productively. Nothing in the Bill removes individual employment rights and neither should it intend to. It is very important that we encourage businesses to take on more staff. That is what we require. That is what we all need, but we need a flexible workforce and flexible employers...

Apprenticeships: Ethnic Minorities — Question (18 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, final data for the 2010-11 academic year show that 8.7%-that is, 23,890-of new apprenticeships aged under 25 were from an ethnic minority background. This figure has increased from 7.2% in 2009-10.

Apprenticeships: Ethnic Minorities — Question (18 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: I agree with my noble friend that there is scope to ensure that apprenticeships better support learners from a wide range of backgrounds. I am aware of her interest and her expertise in this area and her excellent work for the Equality and Human Rights Commission. My colleagues in the other place and I are very keen that the apprenticeships programme should be genuinely accessible to all. I...

Apprenticeships: Ethnic Minorities — Question (18 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: I heard the question as being about Travellers. I do not have any information on that here with me now but I would be only too delighted to talk to the noble Baroness. We have seen an awful lot of programmes on the television recently about weddings and Travellers et cetera, and I think that we have all become much more familiar with the life they lead and the difficulties associated with...

Apprenticeships: Ethnic Minorities — Question (18 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My noble friend is quite right: there are things to celebrate. The number of apprenticeships is growing, and we want to ensure that they take people forward to the skills that we require. We have two pilot schemes running at the moment. Diversity pilots are investigating ways of increasing apprenticeship take-up and success, and a final evaluation of these will be done very soon. We have also...


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