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Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Industrial Development Act 1982 (28 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My honourable friend the Minister for Business and Enterprise has today made the following Statement. I would like to inform the House that the Government are today publishing a response to the consultation on modernising the Industrial Development Act 1982 (IDA). This confirms the Government intention to remove the automatic 100% assisted area status of Northern Ireland and to make a number...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Finance: High-interest Loans (27 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: The Government are committed both to curbing unsustainable lending and to strengthening consumer protections, particularly for the most vulnerable in society. Our vision is to empower consumers to make better choices for themselves so that they are free to borrow if that is what they decide is in their best interest, as well as to have in place a safe and fair regulatory framework for credit....

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Insolvency Service: Performance Targets (27 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My honourable friend the Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs, has today made the following Statement. I have today agreed to the publication of the Insolvency Service's performance targets for the period 2012-13. Over the past two years there has been a significant fall in the number of bankruptcies, which has driven down the number of new compulsory insolvency...

Written Answers — House of Lords: EU: Space Weather (26 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: The UK Space Agency is working with the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop a space situational awareness programme. An element of this programme covers the development of operational space weather monitoring facilities, including space borne instruments, ground based sensors and telescopes. A further element of the programme addresses the provision and dissemination of space weather...

Women: Training and Upskilling — Question (25 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, we want to build a stronger, more prosperous nation and to help women who are on career breaks or upskilling, who wish to return to work or to improve, to make a full contribution to our economic future. We recognise that the skill needs and barriers to opportunity vary widely for each individual, with women often having a more fragmented career path. That is why we are reforming...

Women: Training and Upskilling — Question (25 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: The noble Baroness, Lady Prosser, chaired the Women and Work Commission, the Women's National Commission and is now deputy chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, so to answer a question from her required a bit of study on my part. She was kind enough to let me have sight of her supplementary question. The Women and Work Sector Pathways Initiative was indeed very successful. That...

Women: Training and Upskilling — Question (25 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My noble friend Lady Harris is very kind in allowing me to say that I do not have the data with me. I will send a list to her and a copy in the office. I know that 56% of women are now in full-time work, which is useful to know, and the number of women employed rose by 23,000 this quarter. Sadly, I cannot give her the data sets today. We are working hard to make sure that the apprenticeships...

Women: Training and Upskilling — Question (25 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: I am delighted to answer that question. We are starting in schools; we have an all-age careers service, which will come into schools to talk to girls much earlier than we have done in the past, to give them much more idea of what is available. We have more than 200,000 different apprenticeships available now, including in nuclear decommissioning and all sorts of wondrous things that girls can...

Women: Training and Upskilling — Question (25 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: I agree completely with what the noble Baroness has said, and I will continue to make sure that we watch what is going on. I visited a building site recently where women who had been long-term unemployed were training as electricians. I was very taken with a mother and daughter who decided to make a team, because they realised that most electricians were male and put all the plugs in the...

Women: Training and Upskilling — Question (25 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: There is no doubt that the world is moving on and we just have to learn new words such as upskilling.

Women: Training and Upskilling — Question (25 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: I, too, remember WISE. I also remember the noble Baroness on these Benches who was one of the first woman engineers in the country and she was very keen on WISE. It is sad that it has gone but we like to think that the things we are doing now are being taken across the board to ensure that girls get the opportunity to do everything available to them.

Women: Training and Upskilling — Question (25 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: Further education is a special area, about which we are very concerned. We are very keen to make sure that there are all-age apprenticeships and, from 2013, we will introduce further education loans so that people will not be restricted from taking up new opportunities because they are unable to take part.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Pensions (21 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: The Government do not hold any liability in respect of the continuing Royal Mail Pension Plan (RMPP). As the RMPP is not a public sector pension scheme the Government's proposals in relation to public sector pension schemes will not apply to the RMPP. However, key changes proposed to public sector schemes-increased retirement ages and a move to career average accrual-mirror reforms made to...

Directors' Pay — Statement (20 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: In answer to my noble friend's first question, company law captures only UK companies. However, overseas companies must comply with the listing rules. We will work with the FSA to consider how the listing rules need to change in view of these reforms. I hope that is a helpful answer. In answer to his second question, companies will be able to make exit payments only within the envelope that...

Directors' Pay — Statement (20 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: I am very happy to reassure the noble Lord that we mean pay-all of it-and that is why we said in the Statement that there would be one figure. One figure means you do not have to work your way through myriad figures and arrangements, et cetera, so that it will be clear to everybody exactly what that person is getting. I did hear the interview this morning. It was with two businessmen; one...

Directors' Pay — Statement (20 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My noble friend is right. We are very keen to make sure that shareholders feel that they are getting a fair deal. It is very useful for the very big shareholders to be able to get in and take on the companies for these pay arrangements. I have sat in FTSE 100 company meetings when the room is absolutely full of people who have only got a few shares. Up go all the hands for the vote and we add...

Directors' Pay — Statement (20 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: The right reverend Prelate is right; one of the big worries is the great differential which has gradually opened up between the top pay and that of other employees in the company. As we said in the Statement and as I am happy to repeat now, we will be making sure that companies are looking at the increments and the pay rises that are happening at all levels. I know the right reverend Prelate...

Directors' Pay — Statement (20 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: We have engaged extensively with businesses and investors to come up with a robust, workable and enduring package that helps shareholders to sustain the increasing activism which we have seen.

Directors' Pay — Statement (20 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: I read that to make sure I was absolutely correct because the noble Lord has been quoting paragraph numbers. I would not like him to say that I had made a mistake or moved a comma. Perhaps he will forgive me on that. It is a radical package. For the first time companies will be bound by a policy approved by shareholders. As to why shareholders did not do more and do it on their own, as the...

Directors' Pay — Statement (20 Jun 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: The answer to my noble friend's last assumption is yes. When it comes to employees getting their voices heard, we encourage them to make more use of the tools that they already have, and to which I have already referred, in airing their views on pay, for example. Existing information and consultation arrangements are a potentially powerful mechanism for employees and have been underutilised...


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