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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...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Scotland (17 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: holding answer 6 September 2012 The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, my right hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), and the Secretary of State for Scotland, my right hon. Friend the Member for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, meet regularly, including at the weekly Cabinet meeting, to discuss a range of topics. The last bilateral meeting between the...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Dairy Farming (13 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: The voluntary code of practice for the dairy sector is distinct from the Groceries Code, and will not change the provisions of the Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill. The Bill establishes an adjudicator to enforce and oversee the Groceries Code, which addresses contractual relationships between large supermarket retailers and their suppliers.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: European Patent Court (13 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: ...and the Prime Minister recently secured political agreement from heads of other participating member states to locate a vital part of the court in London. This will help to secure highly skilled jobs in the legal sector and associated professional services within the UK. We will continue to review and update our data on potential economic benefits to the UK as the detailed arrangements...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Farepak (13 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: I intend to publish as much of the report of the review into lessons learnt as possible except for any aspects that may be subject to data protection and legal professional privilege issues.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Post Offices: Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (13 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: Post Office Ltd currently provides a number of services on behalf of the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), and received approximately £40 million of revenue for these services in 2011/12. DVLA is currently procuring a wide range of counter services, including those currently provided by Post Office Ltd. As I am sure you will appreciate, it would not be appropriate to comment...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Publications (13 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: Costs for production of circulars, consultation documents and publications are not centrally held and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Written Ministerial Statements — Business, Innovation and Skills: Estate Agents Act/Property Misdescriptions Act (13 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: I am today publishing the Government’s response to consultations on amending the Estate Agents Act 1979 (EAA) and repealing the Property Misdescriptions Act 1991 (PMA). A limited deregulation of the EAA to take private sale intermediaries out of scope of the Act will provide clarity which the Government expect will also promote competition and potentially innovation, while retaining...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Intern Aware (12 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: No BIS Minister has met Intern Aware in the last 12 months.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Post Offices: Closures (12 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: holding answer 5 September 2012 The Government have made a clear commitment that there will be no programme of post office closures. This is supported by £1.34 billion funding to maintain a network of at least 11,500 branches, and also to modernise around 6,000 post offices by 2015 in a process known as Network Transformation. This is a completely voluntary process; no sub-postmaster is...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Post Offices: Credit Cards (12 Sep 2012)

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.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Postal Services: Crimes of Violence (12 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: Post Office Ltd and Royal Mail management are responsible for the day-to-day running of their respective companies, which includes the information requested. I have therefore asked both Paula Vennells, chief executive of Post Office Ltd, and Moya Greene, chief executive of Royal Mail, to respond directly to the hon. Member with regard to their respective companies; copies of their replies...

Whistleblowing (11 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Leigh, particularly as this is my first of no doubt many Adjournment debates in Westminster Hall. I congratulate the hon. Member for North Ayrshire and Arran (Katy Clark) on securing this important debate. She has a strong track record of campaigning, particularly for workers’ rights. I know that that was her background in...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Community Interest Companies (11 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: Companies House cannot provide a breakdown of community interest companies (CICs) by local authority area or parliamentary constituency, as their records are split into area postal codes, and to do so would be at disproportionate cost. Spreadsheets showing the number of CICs registered to each area postal code in each year since 2006 will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Consumers: Loans (11 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: ...loans, a package of measures based on an industry Code of Practice was the best way to proceed in this market. The Consumer Credit Trade Association, the trade association representing the vast majority of logbook loan companies, is responsible for the code. It recently estimated that around 80% of the industry has signed up to the code. As well as increasing existing consumer protections,...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Consumers: Protection (11 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: Consumers are already protected in law against faulty or substandard goods and services when they pay tradesmen for goods or services whether in cash or by other means. Depending on whether the consumer is paying for goods or services, the relevant legislation is the Sale of Goods Act 1979 or the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982, respectively. The Government are intending to bring...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (11 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: ...repeal was set out in the impact assessment and was endorsed by the Regulatory Policy Committee as fit for purpose. The Government have no current plans to provide further estimates of the impact on jobs or tax receipts on businesses associated with the manufacturing and import of replica furniture. Nor are there any plans to apply the changes retrospectively. As detailed in the published...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Insolvency (11 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: We are aware of the protections available to pre-payment customers under New Zealand consumer law, but we have no plans to commit resources to such a study at this time. We fully appreciate the significant impact that an insolvency can have on pre-payment customers and we have been working closely with the pre-payment industry and consumers, particularly those affected by the collapse of...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Overseas Trade: Environment Protection (11 Sep 2012)

Jo Swinson: A new OECD Recommendation on Common Approaches for Officially Supported Export Credits and Environmental and Social Due Diligence was adopted by the OECD Council on 28 June 2012 and all new applications for Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) support will be considered under its terms. ECGD would be permitted to support export contracts that fall within the ambit of 2012 OECD Common...


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