Results 1–20 of 2308 for speaker:Margot James

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Small Businesses: Government Assistance (15 Dec 2017)

Margot James: Although the future trading relationship with the EU is subject to negotiations, we are committed to minimising disruption and giving as much certainty as possible. That’s why the Government is pursuing a time-limited implementation period to allow business the time they need to adapt to new arrangements. Government will be working alongside trade associations and others to...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Fireworks: Sales (14 Dec 2017)

Margot James: The Government has no plans to make such an assessment. Certain classes of fireworks (display fireworks) can only be supplied to a person with specialist knowledge. Experience has shown that the current regulations strike the right balance between the enjoyment of fireworks by the public and restricting the sale of fireworks for public safety reasons.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Small Businesses: North West (14 Dec 2017)

Margot James: The Northern Powerhouse is at the core of our work to spread growth across the entire country, including the North West and a key aspect of our national Industrial Strategy. We are determined to boost business growth and strengthen levels of trade and investment to ensure the North is well placed to take advantage of global business opportunities, both now and when we leave the European...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Labour Turnover (14 Dec 2017)

Margot James: Since April 1 2017, when data is available for BEIS, 280 members of staff have left the Department. The nationalities of staff that leave is not collated and to do so would incur disproportionate costs.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: UK Trade with EU (14 Dec 2017)

Margot James: I have regular discussions with my colleagues at the Home Office on a wide range of topics of mutual interest. Although the changes business will face - as a result of the UK’s exit from the EU - are subject to negotiations with our EU partners, we want to achieve the best possible outcome and the strongest possible partnership - one that works for UK businesses. We already have...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Electricity: Prices (14 Dec 2017)

Margot James: The Government undertakes a triennial review of the Hydro Benefit Replacement Scheme. As part of the last review which completed in July 2016, we concluded that there was not a good case for a national fixed tariff for distribution as the move away from cost reflective charging risked increasing overall network costs for consumers across GB. Ofgem’s assessment of regional differences in...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Electricity: Prices (14 Dec 2017)

Margot James: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Small Businesses (14 Dec 2017)

Margot James: Supporting small businesses is central to our Industrial Strategy. We want to see the private sector flourish across the country—where innovative ideas can be taken from theory to practice and where businesses have the tools and resources they need to start-up and grow. Earlier this year, we launched the £400 million Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund for SMEs and have already...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Minimum Wage (14 Dec 2017)

Margot James: HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is responsible for ensuring that employers comply with National Minimum Wage (NMW) regulations. The Government has increased its enforcement budget to £25.3 million for 2017/18, up from £13.2 million in 2015/16. HMRC conducts risk-based enforcement in sectors or areas where there is perceived to be a higher risk of workers not getting paid the legal...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Brexit (13 Dec 2017)

Margot James: Holding answer received on 12 December 2017 The Government is undertaking a comprehensive programme of analytical work that will contribute to our exit negotiations, help to define our future partnership with the EU, and inform our understanding of how EU exit will affect the UK’s domestic policies and frameworks. We are examining all areas of the UK economy from a number of...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Business: Regulation (13 Dec 2017)

Margot James: The Government is committed to a system of better regulation that supports well-targeted and effective regulations which protect the public. Our Industrial Strategy, published on 27th November, sets out our commitment to working with businesses to inform development of an agile approach to regulation that promotes and supports innovation, growth of new sectors and the requirements of...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Royal Mail: Privatisation (13 Dec 2017)

Margot James: Almost all Royal Mail’s 142,000 staff are on permanent contracts and earn above the living wage. Employees own 12% of its shares. It has been a Times Top 50 Employer for Women for four consecutive years. This Government will protect workers’ rights, ensuring they keep pace with the changing labour market.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Consumers: Protection (13 Dec 2017)

Margot James: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 6 December 2017 to Question UIN 116927 to the hon. Member for Warwick and Leamington.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Post Offices: Finance (13 Dec 2017)

Margot James: Assessing the sustainability of its business models is the operational responsibility of Post Office Limited. The Post Office’s Local business model allows the hosting businesses to improve their retail offer, by removing the need for a fortress counter to free up space in the shop to sell other items, and by integrating the post office counter into the main retail counter enabling...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Tesco: Booker Group (13 Dec 2017)

Margot James: Competition investigations into mergers are a matter for the independent Competition and Markets Authority.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Royal Mail Privatisation (12 Dec 2017)

Margot James: Almost all Royal Mail’s 142,000 staff are on permanent contracts and earn above the living wage. Employees own 12% of its shares, and it has been a Times top-50 employer for women for four consecutive years. The Government will protect workers’ rights, ensuring they keep pace with the changing labour market.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Royal Mail Privatisation (12 Dec 2017)

Margot James: I heartily agree with the hon. Gentleman’s celebration of our postal workers today. As he says, they will deliver in all weather to 29 million addresses across the country over the festive season. I cannot agree, however, that renationalisation is the answer. Royal Mail is in negotiations with the Communication Workers Union, and progress has been made following mediation by Professor...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Royal Mail Privatisation (12 Dec 2017)

Margot James: I disagree with the hon. Gentleman. The pension scheme, if left unchanged, would result in virtual bankruptcy for Royal Mail. It would require an injection of £1.3 billion annually, against profitability of approximately £700 million. I think he can do the maths himself.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Royal Mail Privatisation (12 Dec 2017)

Margot James: I understand that Royal Mail’s offer of a pay increase to its workforce is far from frozen. I do not propose to comment much further, however, other than to say that the figures the hon. Gentleman refers to are misleading, because they go way beyond the chief executive’s base salary and include performance-related benefits, which are in line with a position of that stature.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Royal Mail Privatisation (12 Dec 2017)

Margot James: I certainly would not, Mr Speaker.


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