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Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: National Minimum Wage (25 Oct 2012)

Lord Marland: My honourable friend the Minister of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs (Jo Swinson) has today made the following Statement. I am pleased to announce that the Government have written to the Low Pay Commission setting out what we would like the commission to consider on the national minimum wage. The document contains the Government's interim evidence on economic and...

Written Ministerial Statements — Business, Innovation and Skills: National Minimum Wage (25 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: I am pleased to announce that the Government have written to the Low Pay Commission setting out what we would like the Commission to consider on the national minimum wage. The document contains the Government’s interim evidence on economic and non-economic issues, including the minimum wage rates, the youth labour market and apprenticeships. An updated version of the evidence will be...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Conditions of Employment (25 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: The Government are currently carrying out a consultation on the proposed new ‘employee owner’ employment status. As part of the consultation, we are seeking views on how we can implement the new status and its likely impacts including on growth and levels of labour market participation, employee engagement and labour market flexibility. The consultation closes on 8 November.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (25 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: The Government have no plans to commission further evidence gathering on this issue. I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 23 October 2012, Official Report, column 852W, for information.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (25 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: As the repeal of section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 has not yet been approved by Parliament, no date has been set for the commencement of a consultation on transitional provisions. Questions of what transitional periods might apply, including whether or not these might be granted on a case-by-case basis, would be matters for that consultation and have not been decided.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Secondment (25 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: The average length of a secondment undertaken by a member of staff from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to business and industry was just under 12 months in 2011-12 and is currently 13 months (for the period 1 April 2012 to 30 September 2012).

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Secondment (25 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: The average length of a secondment from business and industry to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills was a little over 10 months during 2011-12 and is currently around four months (for the period 1 April 2012 30 September 2012).

Previous Business – Lords: Select Committee (24 Oct 2012)

Justice, Institutions and Consumer Protection (EU Sub-Committee E). 4:00 pm; Room 1, Palace of Westminster; Private meeting
Witnesses: (at 4.05pm) Jo Swinson MP, Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills; on the Proposal for a Directive on alternative dispute resolution for consumer disputes, and the Proposal for a Regulation on online dispute resolution for consumer disputes.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (24 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: The repeal of section 52 is designed to clarify and update UK legislation in line with EU law. The Government took account of all relevant factors in making its decisions.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (24 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has no plans to make such estimates.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Employee Ownership Scheme (24 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: We are currently carrying out a public consultation on this proposal. As part of that consultation process we are seeking views on what restrictions, if any, should be attached to the issue of shares or type of shares. The consultation closes on the 8 November 2012.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Employee Ownership Scheme (24 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: holding answer 18 October 2012 There are currently no defined eligibility criteria which will apply to firms and employees taking part in the scheme. We are currently consulting on how the scheme will be implemented and how it will work in practice. The consultation closes on 8 November.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Employee Ownership Scheme (24 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: holding answer 19 October 2012 We are currently consulting on how the scheme will be implemented and how it will work in practice. The consultation closes on 8 November and the responses to the consultation will inform the scheme's design. Until this process is finished we are unable to provide an estimate of costs to companies.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Music: Licensing (24 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: holding answer 18 October 2012 The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, my right hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), has not assessed the cost to small businesses of the Performing Rights Society and Phonographic Performance Ltd. However, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Member for Kingston and Surbiton (Mr Davey),...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 (24 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: RCUK SSC Ltd has taken over the provision of procurement services on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) from the 1 August 2012. Currently, as part of this service provision and before commencing procurement, we ask the contracting authority to consider the subject matter of the contract and identify any non-commercial considerations which are relevant and...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Temporary Employment (24 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: Following the UN endorsement of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in June 2011, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs has been developing a UK strategy on business and human rights. The strategy, which he expects to launch shortly, will explain how the Government are meeting the state duty to protect the human rights of individuals within the United...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (23 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: holding answer 18 October 2012 I confirm that the impact assessment on ‘Copyright protection for designs’ was written in accordance with the Government's impact assessment guidance.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Employee Ownership Scheme (23 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: As part of the consultation process we are seeking views on what restrictions, if any, should be attached to the issue of shares or type of shares. The consultation closes on 8 November 2012.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Employee Ownership Scheme (23 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: Depending on the design of the forfeiture and buy-back requirements, and any tax requirements, a valuation of the shares may be needed. We are currently consulting on how the scheme will be implemented and how it will work in practice. The consultation closes on 8 November 2012.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Employee Ownership Scheme (23 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: There is no opt-out of this employment status as the offer of employee owner status is discretionary and its acceptance entirely voluntary. We are currently consulting on how the scheme will be implemented and how it will work in practice. The consultation closes on 8 November 2012.


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