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Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Women: Poverty (7 Jun 2023)

Mims Davies: This government believes work is the best way to help people, including young women, to improve their financial circumstances. With over a million vacancies across the United Kingdom, our focus is firmly on supporting people to move into and to progress in work. Specialist employment support for young people under 25 is available through our national network of JCPs.

Written Answers — Treasury: Research and Development Tax Credit (7 Jun 2023)

Victoria Atkins: ...leaving the level of R&D related business investment in the economy unchanged. The SME scheme cost twice as much as the Research and Development Expenditure Credit (RDEC), and its cash value to firm was three times that of RDEC - yet it incentivised as little as 60p of additional R&D for each £1 spent, compared to as much as £2.70 additional R&D per £1 of RDEC. Following the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Restraint Techniques (7 Jun 2023)

Damian Hinds: ...ensure it meets minimum standards and be robust for the purpose of its intended use and scrutiny. This is be considered alongside other priorities for data publication, and therefore there is not firm date for publication.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Venture Capital: Ethnic Groups (6 Jun 2023)

Kevin Hollinrake: ...by ethnic minority entrepreneurs across the UK, including access to finance. Better data collection is key and the British Business Bank has piloted ethnicity data collection from venture capital firms, the findings from which will be published later this year. To help founders from ethnic minority backgrounds secure venture capital funding, the British Business Bank’s Finance Hub...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Manufacturing Industries: Rules of Origin (6 Jun 2023)

Nigel Huddleston: ...exporters further opportunities to qualify for preferential market access. It is not possible to model the full range of real-world potential benefits and impacts as it depends on individual firm’s supply chains and investment decisions. As the CPTPP is implemented, UK business could diversify critical supply chains and further benefit from the Rules of Origin.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Mohammad Ghobadloo (5 Jun 2023)

David Rutley: The UK Government is firmly opposed to the death penalty in all circumstance and every country, especially Iran. We raise human rights at all appropriate opportunities, including with the Iranian Embassy in London and through our Ambassador in Tehran. We last raised our objections to the death penalty on 17 May. On 9 January and 8 December, the Foreign Secretary ordered the summoning of...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Apprentices: Taxation (5 Jun 2023)

Lord Knight of Weymouth: To ask His Majesty's Government what percentage of the apprenticeship levy in 2021–22 was (1) spent by levy payers on apprenticeships in their own organisations, (2) handed down to supply chain firms to spend on apprenticeships, and (3) spent by His Majesty’s Government on apprenticeships training for SMEs.

Written Answers — Treasury: Consumers: Protection (5 Jun 2023)

Baroness Penn: ...a final Policy Statement on 27 July 2022 on its new Consumer Duty. The Consumer Duty will clarify and raise expectations for the standard of care that should be provided by financial services firms to consumers. The rules will come into effect for new and existing products in July 2023.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Syria: League of Arab States (1 Jun 2023)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...the region. We therefore do not support Syria's readmission to the Arab League in current circumstances. Ahead of the decision to re-admit Syria to the Arab League we encouraged Arab states to set firm conditions on refugee return, detainee release and justice reform. We continue to encourage our Arab partners that their further engagement is staggered and supportive of the conditions set...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Passports: British National (Overseas) (31 May 2023)

Anne-Marie Trevelyan: ...Fund in Hong Kong. The root of the problem is the Chinese Government's decision not to recognise the British National (Overseas) (BN(O)) passport as a valid identity document in Hong Kong. The UK firmly opposes the discrimination of BN(O)s in this way. We have urged the Hong Kong authorities to facilitate the early drawdown of funds as is the case for other Hong Kong residents who move...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Companies: Closures (30 May 2023)

the Earl of Minto: The number of UK businesses decreased by 1.5% between 2021 and 2022, equivalent to 82,000 businesses.[1] This includes a significant amount of churn within the business population, with firms entering as well as closing. The government provides extensive support and advice to businesses, including the free Business Support Helpline, 38 Growth Hubs across England and the Help to Grow:...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Powers of Entry: Meters (26 May 2023)

Mike Freer: It is not yet possible to commit to a timescale for a decision on the improvements to be made to the collection of information concerning applications for rights of entry warrants by energy firms. This is because any changes would need to be applied to the systems and processes of both HM Courts and Tribunals Service and the energy firms. Changes need to be costed, agreed, and prioritised...

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Hikvision: CCTV (26 May 2023)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any (1) security, and (2) ethical, risks posed by the installation of 38 new CCTV cameras made by Chinese state-owned firm Hikvision as part of security arrangements for His Majesty the King's Coronation.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Small Businesses: Electronic Commerce and Intellectual property (25 May 2023)

Kevin Hollinrake: ...by Trading Standards. The Government recently introduced the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill to establish a new pro-competition regime that will force the most powerful tech firms to treat businesses in the UK fairly – including small businesses. The options available to a business which believes its intellectual property (IP) is being infringed online depend on the type...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Iran: Capital Punishment (25 May 2023)

David Rutley: The UK Government is firmly opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances and every country, especially Iran. We raise human rights issues at all appropriate opportunities, including with the Iranian Embassy in London and through our Ambassador in Tehran. We last raised our objections to the death penalty on 17 May. On 9 January and 8 December, the Foreign Secretary ordered the summoning...

Written Answers — Treasury: Bank Services: Companies (25 May 2023)

Baroness Penn: Access to banking facilities is important for the economy. The provision of banking services is a commercial decision for firms based on a variety of factors, including the local law, regulation of individual countries, an assessment of profitability, or other commercial drivers. The Government regularly engages with industry to understand the impacts of regulation on businesses’ ability...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Journalism: Russia (24 May 2023)

Drew Hendry: ...his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of giving (a) legal and (b) financial support for journalists who are the subject of strategic litigation against public participation lawsuits undertaken by (i) businesses and (ii) individuals linked to the Russian state.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Chemicals (24 May 2023)

Lord Benyon: ...and industry volunteers preparing model dossiers. The requirements for the registration of novel chemicals to EU or UK REACH remain the same. We do not hold information on the costs faced by firms in complying with regulatory regimes outside Great Britain. Although values of chemical exports are increasing, this is not generally reflected in volume, suggesting that inflationary pressures...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: BGI Genomics: Queen Mary Bioenterprises Innovation Centre (23 May 2023)

Anne-Marie Trevelyan: We continually monitor threats to our data, and will not hesitate to take action if necessary to protect our national security. We expect all firms to fully comply with UK privacy laws. Those which do not may be investigated and subject to enforcement action. We have also strengthened measures to prevent the transfer of assets or technology that could pose national security risks. This...

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Music: Artificial Intelligence (23 May 2023)

John Whittingdale: ...holders to develop a code of practice on text and data mining, a process used in the development and training of AI models. To inform the code of practice, the Government is convening a group of AI firms and rights holders, in the music industry and other parts of the creative sector, to identify barriers faced by users of data mining techniques when accessing copyright materials, and to...


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