Results 1–20 of 227 for in the 'Written Answers' speaker:Kelly Tolhurst

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Parental Leave (20 Nov 2018)

Kelly Tolhurst: The most recent official data on average length of family-related leave taken by parents is from the Maternity and Paternity Rights Survey in 2009, which collected data from parents of children born in 2008 across Great Britain. This shows that in 2008,mothers took an average of 39 weeks of maternity leave, up from 32 weeks in 2006.amongst fathers who took some paternity leave, 16% took more...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Unpaid Work: Conditions of Employment (20 Nov 2018)

Kelly Tolhurst: Individuals on work trials who are asked to complete work for an employer are likely to be classed as ‘workers’ and are entitled to the National Minimum Wage. Work trials may only be unpaid if they are part of a genuine recruitment exercise. An unpaid trial work period lasting a few hours may be reasonable and legal, but an unpaid work trial lasting more than one day is probably excessive...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Minimum Wage: Young People (20 Nov 2018)

Kelly Tolhurst: The National Living Wage (NLW) is applicable for those aged 25 or older and will increase in April 2019 to £8.21 per hour. This will see a full-time NLW worker’s earnings increase by over £2,750 compared to its introduction April 2019’s rate increase is following recommendations from the independent and expert Low Pay Commission (LPC). The detailed assessment made by the LPC in...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Employment: Electronic Tagging (20 Nov 2018)

Kelly Tolhurst: 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: Fireworks: Packaging (19 Nov 2018)

Kelly Tolhurst: The Government promotes the safe and responsible use of fireworks by consumers and there is strict legislation in place which regulates their supply and use. The Government is currently working with a range of stakeholders to raise consumer awareness on firework safety. Under current UK legislation, there are clear requirements on manufacturers to categorise and label fireworks according to...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Employment: Pregnancy (19 Nov 2018)

Kelly Tolhurst: Last year, Acas published new comprehensive guidance on pregnancy and maternity discrimination and workplace rights and obligations. This summer we have reviewed the GOV.UK guidance material on the protections for people who are pregnant or on maternity leave and we are now updating and improving signposting.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Low Pay Commission: Public Consultation (19 Nov 2018)

Kelly Tolhurst: The Low Pay Commission’s consultation, on the effect of a higher minimum wage for non-guaranteed hours in a contract and alternative means for tackling one-sided flexibility, launched in March. The Low Pay Commission will publish their report, containing the findings from this consultation, in due course.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Industrial Relations (19 Nov 2018)

Kelly Tolhurst: In February 2018, the Government consulted on workforce and employee engagement as part of preparing its response to the Taylor review of modern working practices. We are grateful to the stakeholders who have taken time to comment. We are considering those comments and will be publishing our response in due course.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Employment: Standards (19 Nov 2018)

Kelly Tolhurst: Developing better jobs for everyone in the British economy is at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy. We are proud to be the first Government to have taken responsibility for both quality and quantity of work, and are working to promote good work across the UK. We will be setting out our next steps for measuring and improving the quality of work in due course.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Maternity Leave (19 Nov 2018)

Kelly Tolhurst: The most recent official data on average length of family-related leave taken by parents is from the Maternity and Paternity Rights Survey in 2009, which collected data from parents of children born in 2008 across Great Britain. This shows that in 2008, 23% of employed mothers took their full statutory entitlement of 52 weeks of maternity leave or more (e.g. by taking annual leave in...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: EU Competitiveness Council (19 Nov 2018)

Kelly Tolhurst: The agenda for the EU Competitiveness Council (internal market and industry day) taking place on 29 November 2018 was agreed on 9 November by EU Ambassadors. The main items will be legislative discussions on platform-to-business relations, the Single Market Programme and the general safety of vehicles and debates on industrial policy and the future of the single market. A Written Ministerial...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Multinational Companies: Tax Avoidance (19 Nov 2018)

Kelly Tolhurst: The UK has led international action to enhance tax transparency. This has included initiating the international work on country by country reporting during its G8 Presidency in 2013, and being the first country to commit to implement the OECD model for country by country reporting with legislation in the 2015 Finance Act. The issue of public country by country reporting is not on the agenda...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Post Offices (19 Nov 2018)

Kelly Tolhurst: The overall number of post offices across the UK remains at its most stable in decades with over 11,500 branches thanks to significant Government investment of over £2 billion since 2010. The Post Office branch network overall is reported annually in the Post Office Annual Network Report which is available at http://corporate.postoffice.co.uk/modernising-post-office. The most recent...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Post Offices: Bank Services (19 Nov 2018)

Kelly Tolhurst: Post Office Current Accounts can be serviced across the UK-wide network of over 11,500 Post Office branches, for deposits, withdrawals and balance enquiries. Services can also be accessed over the phone, online and via the Post Office Money Current Account app. The most recent information available (June 2018) on the Post Office network is available by Government Office Region online:...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Post Offices: Bank Services (19 Nov 2018)

Kelly Tolhurst: Financial services such as Everyday Banking, Bill Payment and Postal Orders are available in over 11,500 Post Offices around the UK. Additional Post Office Money services are available on-line, over the phone, and in selected Post Office branches.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Fireworks: Regulation (19 Nov 2018)

Kelly Tolhurst: Government takes firework safety very seriously and the Office for Product Safety and Standards is working with industry, retailers, charities and others, including the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. Promoting the safe and responsible use of fireworks, whilst taking robust action against those that break the rules, is the best way to reduce risk. We have reached more than a...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Public Sector: Disclosure of Information (19 Nov 2018)

Kelly Tolhurst: Employment Tribunal Statistics show that the number of claims related to Public Interest Disclosures brought to an Employment Tribunal hearing have increased from 1,489 in 2007/08 to 2,191 in 2017/18. Figures are not available to indicate how many of these claims related to public sector employers, nor to mental health or other disabilities.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Carbon Monoxide: Alarms (19 Nov 2018)

Kelly Tolhurst: Carbon monoxide alarms are regulated under the General Product Safety Regulations 2005 which require that products must be safe before they can be placed on the market. Local Authority Trading Standards have powers to take action to remove or recall products which do not comply with the regulations and the Office for Product Safety and Standards will work with them to monitor the safety of...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: WH Smith: Post Offices (19 Nov 2018)

Kelly Tolhurst: While the Government sets the strategic direction for the Post Office, it allows the company the commercial freedom to deliver this strategy as an independent business. Staff employment patterns and customer service are both operational matters of commercial judgement for Post Office management team. I have therefore asked Paula Vennells, the Group Chief Executive of Post Office Limited, to...


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