Results 141–160 of 2317 for speaker:Baroness Wilcox

Written Answers — House of Lords: Exports (4 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: The UK is a strong supporter of free trade and investment. We have a very effective policy of promoting UK exports including through the work of UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), which provides information and advice to businesses about trading internationally and investing in the UK. Further detail on our strategy for securing the benefits of trade is set out in the trade and investment White...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Employee Ownership (4 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My honourable friend the Minister for Employment Relations, Consumers and Postal Affairs (Norman Lamb) has today made the following Statement. Graeme Nuttall has today published the final report of his review of employee ownership. He will launch it at a summit hosted by the Deputy Prime Minister. Sharing Success: the Nuttall Review of Employee Ownership collates the evidence into the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Apprenticeships (3 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: To encourage businesses to take on apprentices, Government contribute towards the cost of their training; for 16-18 year-olds the Government fully fund the training costs. The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (introduced from 1 April) aims to increase the number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) offering apprenticeship places to young people. Up to 40,000 incentives are available this...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Artists' Resale Right (3 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: Under the Artist's Resale Right Directive 2001 /84/EC, and the Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006, Government are not required to collect or retain any information on sales or royalties paid. Consequently the Government do not hold the data asked for in this question. However, figures from the independent Szymanski report, commissioned by the previous Government, show that during the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Companies: Directors' Pay (3 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: We encourage employees to make use of the tools that they have to express their views on directors' pay. Under regulations implementing the information and consultation directive, all employees of organisations with 50 or more staff have the right to request an information and consultation (MX) agreement. The request must be supported by 10% of employees. The employer is then obliged to...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Companies: Directors' Pay (3 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: The current consultation on revised remuneration reporting regulations includes a question on whether the forward-looking, policy section of the remuneration report should include a statement on whether and if so how a company sought employee views on the remuneration policy. The Government look forward to analysing all the responses after the consultation closes on 26 September 2012.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Companies: Directors' Pay (3 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: The reforms will apply to all UK incorporated, listed companies, of which there are around 1,000.

Written Answers — House of Lords: EU: China (3 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: Trade-related issues are discussed in Europe both bilaterally and in formal EU committees, for example at the Trade Foreign Affairs Council on which I represent the Government, and at the Trade Policy Committee (Full Members) where a senior BIS official represents the Government. The Government engages fully in these fora. During these discussions, China regularly features in relation to...

Written Answers — House of Lords: EU: China (3 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: Ministers and officials regularly discuss trade and investment issues on a bilateral basis with the Chinese Government. I myself have met with Chinese officials on a number of occasions, including my visit to China from 26 May to 1 June 2012, and raised protectionist policies. Other recent examples include meetings between the Prime Minister and senior Communist Party official Li Changchun...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Government Departments: Apprentices (3 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: On 1 June 2012 the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills employed a total of 19 apprentices, only one of whom is under the age of 21.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Regional Growth Fund (3 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: 412 applications have been received for the third round of Regional Growth Fund. Of these, 240 are from applicants who in their application have indicated that the principal recipient of RGF funds is a small or medium sized enterprise. The results of the third bidding round are expected to be announced in the autumn.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Local Enterprise Partnerships (2 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: Government do not intend to formerly evaluate any of the local enterprise partnership pathfinder projects but are looking with interest at the progress both Leicester and Leicestershire and Birmingham and Solihull have made and what the growth impact of the projects will be.

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Copyright (2 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: Today the Government are announcing part of their response ("the response") to the recent Copyright Consultation ("the consultation"). These are Government proposals to take powers to authorise orphan works and voluntary extended collective licensing schemes, and put in place statutory codes for collecting societies that do not adhere to voluntary ones. The Government have considered the...

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: Foreign Languages — Question (28 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, UK Trade and Investment provides a subsidised service, available to SMEs, which helps them to overcome language and cultural barriers in overseas markets. The service can provide a bespoke written report with in-depth advice and information on types of language learning and rates, and on recruiting students and foreign nationals to provide in-house language skills. The service also...

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: Foreign Languages — Question (28 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: Right-information on the Export Communications Review, along with all other UKTI services, will be available at Olympic business-related events. Details of the help that will be available have already gone out. We certainly wish to use the opportunity to make sure that people from our small and medium-sized businesses meet as many people from foreign businesses as possible. We are very...

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: Foreign Languages — Question (28 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: I will certainly take up that suggestion from the noble Baroness.

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: Foreign Languages — Question (28 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: I am very impressed to hear that my noble friend is the head of such an august organisation and am only too delighted to know that he is there. I will support him in everything that he does in taking us forward, making sure that we get the growth that we need and that we can all communicate widely.

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: Foreign Languages — Question (28 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: If anyone would like to look up UKTI on the web to find out what is available to everyone, they will see that it is doing an absolutely marvellous job. When I came to answer this Question, I was delighted to see just how much it was doing, including being able to provide bespoke services. Small and medium-sized businesses often need to gain an all-round understanding of how to behave when...

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: Foreign Languages — Question (28 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: Of course I agree with my noble friend. He will know that last week we announced our proposals for the primary national curriculum. The teaching of a foreign language will be compulsory throughout key stage 2, and that will include Latin and Greek.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Food: Retailers (28 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: Following a review and consultation in 2011, the Government announced reforms to the public competition framework on 15 March 2012, which will help businesses, consumers and the economy. As part of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, we now intend to create a single Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and modernise its competition toolkit with the aim of: improving the quality of...


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