Results 1–20 of 1202 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Andrew Griffiths

Forced Adoption in the Uk: Carillion (12 Jul 2018)

Andrew Griffiths: I congratulate the hon. Member for Leeds West (Rachel Reeves) not just on securing this debate, but on her brilliant work in leading the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee. It has done exactly what a Select Committee should do, which is hold business to account, question the Government, find answers, and bring transparency and openness to this issue. I commend her work and...

Insecure Work and the Gig Economy (20 Jun 2018)

Andrew Griffiths: As always, it is a great honour and pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr McCabe. It is also a great honour and pleasure to take part in what I think we all agree has been a very important, well-attended and very positive debate about the desire of Members from all parties in this House to protect the most vulnerable workers in our society. I congratulate the hon. Member for Barnsley...

Insecure Work and the Gig Economy (20 Jun 2018)

Andrew Griffiths: I will give way just once; Members will understand that I am short on time.

Insecure Work and the Gig Economy (20 Jun 2018)

Andrew Griffiths: I completely understand the hon. Gentleman’s point. That is why we have recognised that those opportunities come with risks, and that some in the workforce need greater protections. The UK’s flexible, dynamic labour market has allowed the economy to bounce back from Labour’s recession and has delivered record employment; unemployment is at the lowest rates for 40 years....

Insecure Work and the Gig Economy (20 Jun 2018)

Andrew Griffiths: I do not think that is right. I will write to the hon. Gentleman, but I assure him that those figures are wrong. The hon. Member for Batley and Spen (Tracy Brabin) asked what the Government have done about pregnancy and maternity discrimination—a subject that is dear to my heart and that of the hon. Member for North West Durham. In response to Taylor, we are working to improve the...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: High Street Businesses (12 Jun 2018)

Andrew Griffiths: The retail sector is an important part of our economy and our industrial strategy, as are the 3 million jobs employed in it. In March, I established the Retail Sector Council so that retailers can work together with Government to develop policies to support the sector. Last week, the Secretary of State and I held a roundtable in Downing Street with retailers to establish how to tackle the...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: High Street Businesses (12 Jun 2018)

Andrew Griffiths: As my hon. Friend will know, in April 2017, retailers saw a 6% reduction before inflation in their business rates, with £3.6 billion of transitional relief. We are doing what we can to support businesses. The Retail Sector Council will be looking at a range of issues, including business rates. The Government are determined to ensure that the taxation system is up to date and fit for...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: High Street Businesses (12 Jun 2018)

Andrew Griffiths: As the hon. Gentleman will know, I take a particular interest in the health of public houses up and down the country. He will know that this Government set up the Pubs Code Adjudicator to ensure that landlords and tenants across the country got a fair deal. It is still early days, but the adjudicator is getting on and making decisions. I know that the Under-Secretary of State for Business,...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: High Street Businesses (12 Jun 2018)

Andrew Griffiths: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his election to the Select Committee; I am sure he will do a great job in standing up for British business. He highlights a key issue, which is the transition from traditional bricks and mortar to online. Last year alone, we saw a 9% increase in online retail. Clearly that is a challenge for Government and business. That is why we are looking at the...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: High Street Businesses (12 Jun 2018)

Andrew Griffiths: I absolutely agree that it is important to ensure that our workforce are properly skilled, which is why that is an important part of our modern industrial strategy, but I am less pessimistic than her. Retail employment has been stable at about 3 million. Yes, those jobs are changing, but retail sales totalled some £362 billion last year, and jobs are being created in the retail sector.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: High Street Businesses (12 Jun 2018)

Andrew Griffiths: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his question. Yesterday I spoke to the chief executives of both House of Fraser and Poundworld to properly understand the challenges that those businesses face and what Government can do to support them. The hon. Gentleman talks about a sector deal. I politely point out that it was this Government who had to take action to bring together the Retail Sector...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (12 Jun 2018)

Andrew Griffiths: My hon. Friend, who makes some important points, will know that the Government have invested £2 billion in the post office network to ensure that across the country, in communities where retail banks are closing, the Post Office can step up and allow his constituents and businesses, among others, to access both personal and business banking in their local post office. That is good for...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (12 Jun 2018)

Andrew Griffiths: The hon. Lady will know that the retail sector is particularly impacted on by changes in consumer behaviour. More people are shopping online, and that is a challenge for the sector. There is no silver bullet, but through the retail sector we are sitting alongside industry and trying to understand the challenges it faces, such as on business rates and how we adapt to ensure that we not only...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (12 Jun 2018)

Andrew Griffiths: I thank my hon. Friend for his question and thank the Select Committees for their work on Carillion. They did a truly remarkable job in holding the directors of Carillion to account and uncovering exactly what went on with the Carillion collapse. I think the report was issued on 16 May, and the Government have 60 days in which to respond, but I can assure him that we are doing all we can to...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (12 Jun 2018)

Andrew Griffiths: The hon. Gentleman will know that through the industrial strategy we are doing all we can to support British business and make sure it gets the investment it needs, particularly through the British Business Bank, which is looking to release £20 billion of patient capital to give our businesses the rocket fuel they need to grow.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (12 Jun 2018)

Andrew Griffiths: I can assure the hon. Lady that, together with the retail industry, we are looking at business rates, their impact on businesses and our ability to ensure we have a fair taxation system.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (12 Jun 2018)

Andrew Griffiths: The Department keeps a close eye on developments of this kind, and I assure the hon. Lady that the matter is firmly on our agenda. We want to ensure, through the Matthew Taylor review and the work we are doing ourselves, that workers are treated fairly, receive the support that they need in business, and are fairly paid.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (12 Jun 2018)

Andrew Griffiths: I assure the hon. Lady that we are seeking to ensure that Companies House is fit for purpose. As she will know, in 2016-17 it brought some 3,182 prosecutions. Companies House is very attuned to the challenges that it faces, particularly in relation to money laundering. That is why we are introducing, for instance, measures relating to Scottish limited partnerships, which I am sure the hon....

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (12 Jun 2018)

Andrew Griffiths: As the hon. Gentleman will know, I spoke to the chief executive of Poundworld yesterday to try to understand the challenges that it faces. Through the official receiver, the special manager is seeking to do everything possible to rescue the business, and they are hopeful that there are buyers out there for at least part of it. We in the Government have pledged to do all that we can to ensure...


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