Results 81–100 of 2317 for speaker:Baroness Wilcox

Written Answers — House of Lords: EU: State Aid Modernisation (25 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: We do not intend to hold a formal public consultation. We shall however, consult widely on an informal basis. This will include all levels of government and industry bodies. The European Commission will also hold full public consultations on all proposed revisions to frameworks and guidelines. There will therefore be plenty of opportunity for interested parties to have their points included...

Written Answers — House of Lords: EU: State Aid Modernisation (25 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: We anticipate that the modernisation process will include a proposal to increase the amount of aid available for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) investment and consultancy available under the general block exemption regulation (GBER). We also expect that the risk capital guidelines will be revised to help bridge the equity gap faced by SMEs. The UK shall also work with the Commission...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Metrication (25 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: Metric units of measurement were adopted as the primary system of measurement by the public sector and for the majority of trade uses on 1 October 1995. Failure to adopt the metric system would have had a negative effect on the UK's international competitiveness. However, imperial units can continue to be used as supplementary indications alongside metric units for as long as businesses or...

Written Answers — House of Lords: NHS: Mergers (25 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: In certain circumstances, where it would otherwise be uncertain as to whether the Enterprise Act 2002 general merger control regime for enterprises in the UK would apply to cases involving NHS foundation trusts, the Health and Social Care Act 2012 applies the Enterprise Act 2002 merger control provisions to NHS foundation trusts. These circumstances are where two or more NHS foundation trusts...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] — Third Reading (24 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, in our discussion of Clause 2 of the Bill on Report, I mentioned that we had identified that it would be sensible to bring Article 11 of the groceries supply order 2009 up to date to reflect the Arbitration (Scotland) Act 2010. I said that we would consider a minor and technical amendment to the Bill to facilitate this, and we are now proposing such an amendment. This was helpfully...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] — Third Reading (24 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, the relationship between this Bill and the groceries supply order is evidently an important one. The noble Lord, Lord Knight, has proposed a technical amendment to ensure that references to the groceries supply order will refer to the order as varied, if that order is subsequently varied. There is no general rule of construction as to whether references to an instrument include...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Cleaning and Support Services Association (23 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: I am grateful to the Cleaning and Support Services Association for its recent report Employment Growth: The Case for Cleaning. Officials would be happy to discuss the paper further with the association. It covers a number of areas of policy, such as reviewing burdensome regulation, where the Government are already taking specific actions to support business growth.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Higher Education: Principal Regulators (23 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: The Secretary of State for Education was appointed as the principal regulator for sixth form colleges with effect from 1 August 2011. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is working closely with the Cabinet Office to identify and appoint a principal regulator for further education colleges. Due to the large number of exempt charities, the Cabinet Office has been working to a...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Patents (23 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: UK patent legislation does not permit the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) to apply different criteria to applications for patents according to the size of company involved. However, its patent granting processes are certified to the international quality standard ISO 9001:2008, and the IPO does try to tailor how it delivers its services to meet the needs of its customers, including small...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Disabled People: Manufactured Goods (18 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: The Government have no current plans to undertake a comprehensive formal assessment of UK legislation.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Higher Education: Bogus Colleges (18 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: I assume the noble Lord is referring to the sudden closure last year of a number of independent colleges that recruited mainly international students following changes in the UK Border Agency's requirements for international recruitment. Privately-funded colleges, run as education businesses, are not required to register with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, neither are...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Higher Education: Bogus Colleges (18 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: I refer the noble Lord to my response to his previous question. Privately-funded colleges, run as education businesses, are not required to register with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, neither are they required to be inspected by the Government's school and inspection body, Ofsted. BIS has no power to close them down although we are aware of a number that closed following...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Higher Education: Men (18 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: The department published a report in 2008 which investigated the factors affecting male and female participation in higher education (HE). The report Gender Gaps in Higher Education Participation: An Analysis of the Relationship between Prior Attainment andYoung Participation by Gender, Socio-Economic Class and Ethnicity is available here: http://www.bis.gov...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Enterprise Act 2002 (17 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: The OFT has a number of powers under the Enterprise Act 2002 (EA02) where it is required to consider the interests of consumers who may include NHS patients. Merger Control The OFT already has expertise in handling cases in the healthcare sector (such as those involving private hospitals or dental practices with a substantial proportion of NHS patients). It expects to enhance this expertise...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Capital for Enterprise Ltd (17 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My honourable friend the Minister of State for Business and Enterprise (Mark Prisk) has today made the following Statement. The triennial review of Capital for Enterprise Ltd will commence during October 2012. The coalition Government made a commitment to review public bodies, with the aim of increasing accountability for actions carried out on behalf of the state. BIS has agreed with the...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Competition and Markets Authority (17 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (Vince Cable) has today made the following Statement. I have decided to appoint Lord Currie as the chair designate to the Competition and Markets Authority. Lord Currie will commence his appointment in the summer which will be for an initial period of four years. His appointment as chairman...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, the adjudicator's obligation to maintain strict standards of confidentiality is integral to the Bill. I therefore thank the noble Lord, Lord Browne, for his careful consideration of how we can make these standards exacting. As I said in Committee, the Government are confident that the deputy adjudicator and people acting on behalf of the adjudicator would be bound by the duty of...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, the amendments tabled by my noble friends Lord Howard of Rising and Lord Eccles are ones that we have discussed before. As I said in Committee, the Government's intention to fund the adjudicator via a levy is clearly set out in the Bill and in previous policy statements, so I see no need to require an order to be made first. Regarding the suggestion of consultation on any increase...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord True, for bringing forward this interesting amendment. While we cannot support this specific amendment, I am able to take into account the noble Lord's broader points about ensuring that sub-headings are accurate and clear. First, italicised sub-headings in themselves are not a recent innovation. For example, the Slave Trade Act 1873 groups its clauses...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I fully understand the sentiments behind these amendments. All three parties have expressed their agreement that an adjudicator is needed, and the Government have no wish to enable the abolition of the adjudicator without proper parliamentary scrutiny. I remind noble Lords that the intention of Clause 16 is to bring the Bill into line with the broader policy on sunsetting and...


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