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Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Redundancy (15 Oct 2012)

Jo Swinson: The Government decided to consult on changes to the collective redundancies rules in response to a Call for Evidence conducted between November 2011 and January 2012. The Call for Evidence asked specific questions on the impact of the current rules and on options for change. In response, businesses identified a number of areas where they would benefit directly and indirectly from change. The...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Bankruptcy (18 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: The estimates of time currently spent by judges and court staff in dealing with bankruptcy petitions in the Reform of the Process to Apply for Bankruptcy and Compulsory Winding Up consultation were based upon information provided by HM Courts and Tribunal Service.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Bankruptcy (18 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: The consultation document and its associated impact assessment considered the possible impact on all the groups who might be affected by the proposals. The issue of vulnerable debtors has been raised in some of the responses to the consultation. These are being carefully considered. I expect to make an announcement shortly.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Bankruptcy (18 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: The consultation on Reform of the Process to Apply for Bankruptcy and Compulsory Winding proposed that the adjudicator should be located within the Insolvency Service but be separate operationally from the office of the official receiver. Responses to the consultation are being carefully considered and I expect to make an announcement shortly.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Bankruptcy (18 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: Estimates were provided within the impact assessment that was published with the consultation document as to the proportion of applications in which judicial input would be required. The additional cost in those cases was factored in when coming to an estimate of the cost savings that would result from the new administrative process that was proposed. Responses to the consultation are being...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Consumers: Protection (18 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) does not operate a consumer protection unit. However, consumer policy is developed within the BIS Consumer and Competition Policy Directorate and is enforced by Trading Standards Departments and the Office of Fair Trading. Trading Standards play a critical role in protecting consumers and businesses in their local authority areas, in...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Cosmetics (18 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: Skin-lightening products are regulated on a European wide basis under Commission Directive 76/768/EC concerning cosmetic products, transposed in the UK by The Cosmetic Products (Safety) Regulations 2008. Under these Regulations mercury, potent steroids and hydroquinone have been prohibited for more than 10 years. Local Authority Trading Standards Services are responsible for enforcing...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Effect of UK Equity Markets On the Competitiveness of UK Business Review (18 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, my right hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable) has welcomed the Kay Review's final report, calling it an important and timely contribution to the discussion of how we achieve equity markets that play a vital part in ensuring we have well run companies providing sustainable returns for investors. The Government is...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Farepak (18 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: The Insolvency Service's costs of bringing disqualification proceedings in Farepak and European Home Retail were £909,586.99 since January 2011. These costs were met out of The Service's budget. In 2011/2012 1,151 directors were disqualified. Of these 231 disqualification orders were obtained at court and a further 292 undertakings were volunteered and accepted after proceedings were issued...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Manchester Declaration (18 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: The Department, its agencies and non departmental public bodies support the Government's commitment—in line with the 2005 Manchester declaration—to use digital technologies to transform the quality of public service, improving transparency; ensuring value for money and to support economic growth. The Manchester declaration has now been replaced by the Malmo declaration on which the...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Olympic Games 2012 (18 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport will publish details of Government use of tickets and hospitality in the autumn. This will include use of transport services which operated on the Olympic or Paralympic route networks.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Parking (18 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: holding answer 17 September 2012 As the UK's independent competition authorities, it is for the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), or an appropriate sector regulator, to assess any cases of possible anti-competitive behaviour. I understand that the OFT conducted an infrastructure ownership and control stocktake in 2010, which can be viewed at:...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Postal Services (18 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: holding answer 11 September 2012 As the Government made clear in its response to the public consultation on possible options for the mutualisation of Post Office Ltd, before it can be mutualised, the Post Office must be on a secure financial footing. Supported by £1.34 billion of Government funding, Post Office Ltd is making progress towards financial sustainability. 2011/12 saw revenues...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Departmental Contracts (18 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: Full details of all contracts held by the Department can be provided only at a disproportionate cost. However details of all contracts awarded greater than £10,000 are published on the contracts Finder website: http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/bdotg/action/detail?itemId=10 86320080&r.i=1086320014&r.I1= 1073861169&r.I2=1086363734&r.I3=1086319968&r.s= sc&r.t=RESOURCES&type=RESOURCES In addition...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Departmental Contracts (18 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: RCUK Shared Services Centre Ltd has taken over the provision of procurement services on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) from 1 August 2012. The BIS procurement policy does not include provision in relation to points (a), (b) and (c) above. This does not mean that these factors have not been evaluated within assessment offenders, merely that they are not...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Shareholders: Voting Behaviour (18 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: holding answer 14 September 2012 The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has not calculated its own estimates of institutional investor voting disclosure, but takes a close interest in the range of research studies produced by a number of organisations.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Shareholders: Voting Behaviour (18 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: holding answer 14 September 2012 The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has not undertaken its own research of this kind. However, research published by various organisations including the Investment Management Association and the TUC reflects that, while the level and quality of disclosure by fund managers varies, disclosure on both measures has generally increased in the...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Unfair Dismissal (18 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: The direct benefits to business of extending the qualifying period for unfair dismissal arise from reduced costs of defending employment tribunal claims. BIS used survey and administrative data to establish a likely reduction in employment tribunal claims, and the unit costs for businesses of defending employment tribunal claims. The Department estimates annual benefits to business in the...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Minimum Wage: Young People (18 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The Low Pay Commission have estimated that in April 2011 the number of 16 to 17-year-olds earning at the national minimum wage of £3.68 was nearly 19,000 (7.2% of all paid workers in this age group). The number of 18 to 20-year-olds earning at the minimum wage of £4.98 in April 2011 was nearly...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Minimum Wage: Young People (18 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Based on the most recent data from the 2011 Annual Survey of Household Earnings we estimate that for all 16 to 17-year-olds earning around the national minimum wage of £3.68 the average weekly hours was 15.0 hours (not including overtime). For 18 to 20-year-olds earning around the national minimum...


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