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Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Acas (22 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: ACAS takes its responsibilities to ensure that it gives callers accurate and impartial advice very seriously. ACAS regularly monitors customers' usage, experiences and attitudes towards the ACAS helpline. The following results are based on the most recent independent evaluation of the ACAS helpline published in August 2012: Impartiality: 94% of callers agreed that the helpline adviser...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (22 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: holding answer 19 October 2012 The Designs Directive was negotiated in the late 1990s, under a previous Administration. It is an established convention that Minsters of one Administration cannot see the documents of a previous Administration. I am therefore unable to provide the information requested.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Females: Directors (22 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: We have received no formal announcement from the European Commission as to their proposed policy for women on boards. The Government agree with the Commission that increasing the representation of women on the boards of UK listed companies is an important issue. However we are not in favour of EU legislation or regulation, including quotas. National-level solutions are best and evidence shows...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Conditions of Employment (19 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has not received any representations from the International Labour Organisation on this issue.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Loans: Interest Charges (19 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: The Office of Fair Trading's (OFT) review of high-cost credit in 2009/10 assessed the provision of very high interest loans and the Consumer Credit and Personal Insolvency Review (CCPIR) in 2010/11 subsequently sought views on the OFTs recommendations. In launching the CCPIR call for evidence, the Government were particularly concerned about the way in which some forms of credit were...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Minimum Wage (19 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: I refer the hon. Member for North Ayrshire and Arran to the answer I gave on 15 October 2012, Official Report, column 253W.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Morecambe and Lunesdale: Funding (19 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: The Department does not hold details of funding allocated to each individual constituency and unfortunately the information requested can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Reserve Forces (19 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: The HR System in the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) does not hold this information. Therefore it is not known how many reservists are employed in the Department.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Third Sector (19 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: holding answer 13 September 2012 The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) views the Compact with great importance and is committed to implementing the NAO's recommendations. To this end BIS works closely with the third sector and maintains regular consultative dialogue with the third sector National Learning Alliance (TSNLA) to ensure that Third Sector interests are taken...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: US Securities and Exchange Commission (19 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: holding answer 18 October 2012 The rules introduced by the Securities and Exchange Commission are an important step in the creation of a global standard for transparency in the extractive industries. They provide a benchmark against which efforts to agree strong EU transparency laws will be measured. The Securities and Exchange Commission has included an economic analysis of its new rules...

Women and Equalities: Universal Credit (18 Oct 2012)

William Bain: ...) to their new positions. [ Interruption. ] And—how could I forget?—my neighbour, the Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, the hon. Member for East Dunbartonshire (Jo Swinson). Does the Minister accept that work needs to pay for all women, so how will she ensure that, when universal credit is introduced next year, 1 million lone parents do not lose out—as...

Women and Equalities: Tax and Benefits (18 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: I have had conversations with my ministerial colleagues on a range of issues. This Government are supporting women and their families, for example by extending child care support through universal credit, and by lifting 2 million of the lowest-paid workers out of income tax altogether—six out of 10 of whom are women.

Women and Equalities: Public Company Boards (18 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: The Government are working to implement a voluntary and business-led approach. We are supporting the excellent work of Lord Davies, which has resulted in an unprecedented increase in the number of women on boards. We are also putting in place a range of measures to ensure equal opportunities for women in the workplace, including help with child care, extending flexible working and introducing...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Companies: Narrative Reporting (18 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. Today I have published draft regulations that will improve the quality of narrative reporting by Britain's largest companies. These regulations will improve corporate accountability and transparency, and make it easier for shareholders to hold their...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Employment (18 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. My right honourable friend the Chancellor announced on 8 October the creation of a new employment status of employee owner. Today I am launching a consultation on how the Government will establish this new employment status. This coincides with...

Written Ministerial Statements — Business, Innovation and Skills: Employee Owner Status (Consultation) (18 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: My right hon. Friend the Chancellor announced on 8 October the creation of a new employment status of “employee owner”. Today I am launching a consultation on how the Government will establish this new employment status. This coincides with introduction of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill. Under the new employment status, employee owners will have a different set of employment rights...

Written Ministerial Statements — Business, Innovation and Skills: Narrative Reporting (Draft Regulations) (18 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: Today I have published draft regulations that will improve the quality of narrative reporting by Britain’s largest companies. These regulations will improve corporate accountability and transparency, and make it easier for shareholders to hold their companies to account. This package of proposals recognises and encourages the best in reporting, of which there are many examples, and without...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Apprentices (18 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. On 1 April 2011 the Government Equalities Office ceased to be a separate Government Department. The information requested will be included in the Secretary of State’s reply to your similar questions PQ 123089 and PQ 123090, which relates to the Home Department.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Companies: Codes of Practice (18 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: The Government has today published draft regulations to amend narrative reporting, after carrying out two detailed consultations. The Government have no plans to require companies to include grievance mechanisms in their annual reports.

Relationship, Drug and Alcohol Education (Curriculum): Clause 40 — Cartel Offence (17 Oct 2012)

John Redwood: ...to allow the UK Green Investment Bank to report to Ministers and to this House. I say to the Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, the hon. Member for East Dunbartonshire (Jo Swinson) that several of us will take a close interest in the bank. We hope that, when she implements the provisions, she will put in place the necessary procedures so that we can all see how...


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