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Jo Swinson: As I have said, we have taken action on zero-hours contracts, and the next Parliament will have to consider whether anything further needs to be done on that issue. We must keep the matter under review. This Government have been absolutely determined to build a stronger economy and a fairer society, and I wholeheartedly agree with that.
Jo Swinson: I welcomed last week the Government’s latest round of naming and shaming employers that have failed to pay the minimum wage—an area where state enforcement has actually had some success—so I urge the Minister to respond positively to the Taylor review’s recommendation that state enforcement of employment rights should be enhanced beyond just the minimum wage.
Presentation and First Reading ( Standing Order No. 57) Layla Moran, supported by Jo Swinson, Wera Hobhouse, Christine Jardine, Caroline Lucas, Hannah Bardell and Mhairi Black, presented a Bill to require school uniform policies to be gender-neutral; and for connected purposes. Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 22 March, and to be printed (Bill 350).
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the recommendations relevant to his Department's policy responsibilities made in the Foresight report on Mental Capacity and Well-Being, with particular reference to the costs to the benefits system of those with mental ill-health; and if he will make a statement.
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans he has to strengthen the obligation on absent parents to notify the Child Support Agency of a change of circumstances including a salary increase; (2) what obligation exists on absent parents to notify the Child Support Agency of a change of circumstances including a salary increase.
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Gaza; and what estimate he has made of the number of people (a) at risk of starvation, (b) without access to basic medical treatment and (c) without access to safe drinking water; and if he will make a statement.
Jo Swinson: Does my hon. Friend agree that it was entirely unjustified of the Government and, indeed, of the vast majority of Labour Back Benchers completely to ignore and deny the impact of the doubling of the 10p tax rate on the incomes of the low-paid, when the hardship that the measure would cause was crystal clear a year ago?
Jo Swinson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the take-up of research and development tax credits in each of the last five years; what estimate he has made of the percentage of potential recipients who have received the tax credits; and what the value of such tax credits was in each year.
Jo Swinson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what criteria are applied to requests from (a) the Scottish Executive to draw down money from the account held by the Treasury on its behalf and (b) Government Departments to draw down underspends; (2) what the balance is on the account held by his Department on behalf of the Scottish Executive.
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether there are any cases of families consisting of a married couple with children in which both parents are serving in combat overseas in HM armed forces; (2) whether there are any cases in which all legal guardians of a child are serving in combat overseas in HM armed forces.
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how much his Department spent on providing information to companies on compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 in relation to allergies in each of the last five years; (2) what information his Department provides to companies on compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 in relation to allergies.
Jo Swinson: holding answer 5 September 2012 Post Office Ltd is responsible for operational matters pertaining to the post office network, which includes the information requested. I have therefore asked Paula Vennells, the chief executive of Post Office Ltd, to respond directly to the hon. Member and a copy of her reply will be placed in the Libraries of the House.
Jo Swinson: The information requested is included in the following table. This provides a breakdown of the budget between funding for the energy and postal sectors (recovered through a levy) and BIS funding for general ‘Rest of the Economy’ consumer work. £ million Financial year Energy Post BIS Total 2009-10 6.50 3.82 4.68 15.00 2010-11 5.53 2.90 4.93 13.36 2011-12 577...
Jo Swinson: The Financial Stability Report acknowledges that the need to revise international accounting standards to improve the approaches taken to determining provisions for losses on loans has been recognised. The Government continue to press the International Accounting Standards Board and the European Commission to prioritise the development and agreement of an improved standard for use within the...
Jo Swinson: We want this scheme to be flexible and open to all companies and employees who would benefit from it. It will be up to the employer and employee owner to determine the conditions for buy-back including how to establish a fair price. The Government will be providing guidance to assist both parties in how to do this.
Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) was created on 5 June 2009 via a merger of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) which ceased to exist from that date. We do not hold training records centrally and to collate this information would incur disproportionate cost.
Jo Swinson: Statistics on the Freedom of Information performance of Government Departments since January 2010 are published by the Ministry of Justice. They are available at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-foi-sta tistics#2010-2012. The published statistics include the numbers of requests received by each Department, the numbers answered in full and where information was partly...
Jo Swinson: There are no direct Department for Business, Innovation and Skills employees paid less than the living wage, either nationally or in London. We do not centrally hold details such as ethnicity, of the staff working for companies contracted by the Department. On the 1 April 2014 the Secretary of State increased the wages of the lowest paid contractors to £7.85.
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 19 July 2017 to Question 4647, what steps he is taking to ensure firms comply with the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations with regard to the provision of basic rate customer services numbers; and if he will make a statement.
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 29 July 2018 to Question 137053 on Parental Leave, whether the Government has now commissioned the survey data referred to; and whether the review will consider the eligibility criteria for shared parental leave for people in (a) new employment and (b) self-employment.