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Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Training (24 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The majority of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) training budget is delegated to the individual business units. This enables them to target resources to their learning priorities. BIS does not centrally collate details of number of days training undertaken. To collate this information would incur disproportionate cost.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Training (24 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The training budget for 2012/13 was £2,992,186 The training budget for 2013/14 was £2,735,104 The training budget for 2014/15 was £2,277,029

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Training (24 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The spend on training in the core Department was Year Spend (£) 2011/12 2,662,967 2012/13 2,070,999 2013/14 2,125,638

Isil: New Clause 1 — Termination of pregnancy on the grounds of the sex of the unborn child (23 Feb 2015)

...Nick de Bois Caroline Dinenage Thomas Docherty Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson Nadine Dorries Gemma Doyle Mr Iain Duncan Smith Philip Dunne Mark Durkan Michael Ellis Tobias Ellwood Charlie Elphicke Graham Evans Jonathan Evans Nigel Evans David Evennett Michael Fallon Mr Frank Field Mark Field Robert Flello Dr Liam Fox Mr Mark Francois Richard Fuller Roger Gale Mrs Cheryl Gillan Pat Glass John Glen...

Isil: New Clause 2 — Official Secrets Act 1989 (additional defence) (23 Feb 2015)

Division number 158 See full list of votes (From The Public Whip)Aye Diane Abbott Debbie Abrahams Mr Bob Ainsworth Rushanara Ali Graham Allen David Anderson Jonathan Ashworth Adrian Bailey William Bain Ed Balls John Baron Kevin Barron Hugh Bayley Guto Bebb Margaret Beckett Hilary Benn Luciana Berger Clive Betts Hazel Blears Tom Blenkinsop Paul Blomfield Mr David Blunkett Peter Bone Peter...

Isil: New Clause 17 — Mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse (23 Feb 2015)

Division number 159 See full list of votes (From The Public Whip)Aye Diane Abbott Debbie Abrahams Mr Bob Ainsworth Rushanara Ali Graham Allen David Anderson Jonathan Ashworth Adrian Bailey William Bain Kevin Barron Hugh Bayley Margaret Beckett Hilary Benn Luciana Berger Clive Betts Hazel Blears Tom Blenkinsop Paul Blomfield Mr David Blunkett Peter Bottomley Mr Ben Bradshaw Kevin Brennan Mr...

Isil: New Clause 19 — Child abduction warning notice (23 Feb 2015)

Division number 160 See full list of votes (From The Public Whip)Aye Diane Abbott Debbie Abrahams Mr Bob Ainsworth Rushanara Ali Graham Allen David Anderson Jonathan Ashworth Adrian Bailey William Bain Kevin Barron Hugh Bayley Margaret Beckett Hilary Benn Luciana Berger Clive Betts Hazel Blears Paul Blomfield Mr David Blunkett Mr Ben Bradshaw Kevin Brennan Mr Nicholas Brown Russell Brown...

Isil: New Clause 25 — Termination of pregnancy on grounds of sex of foetus (23 Feb 2015)

...of votes (From The Public Whip)Aye Debbie Abrahams Adam Afriyie Mr Bob Ainsworth Peter Aldous Heidi Alexander Rushanara Ali Graham Allen David Amess David Anderson Stuart Andrew Mr James Arbuthnot Jonathan Ashworth Richard Bacon Adrian Bailey William Bain Norman Baker Steve Baker Sir Tony Baldry Harriett Baldwin Ed Balls Stephen Barclay Gregory Barker John Baron Kevin Barron Gavin Barwell...

Isil: Clause 72 — Female genital mutilation protection orders (23 Feb 2015)

Division number 162 See full list of votes (From The Public Whip)Aye Diane Abbott Debbie Abrahams Mr Bob Ainsworth Heidi Alexander Rushanara Ali Graham Allen David Anderson Jonathan Ashworth Adrian Bailey William Bain Norman Baker Ed Balls Kevin Barron Hugh Bayley Margaret Beckett Hilary Benn Luciana Berger Clive Betts Tom Blenkinsop Paul Blomfield Peter Bone Peter Bottomley Mr Ben Bradshaw...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Groceries Code Adjudicator (23 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The jurisdiction of the Groceries Code Adjudicator is defined by the Groceries Supply Code of Practice. The Code governs the commercial relationships between the ten largest UK supermarkets and their direct suppliers, and reflects the findings of the Competition Commission’s market investigation into the supermarket sector conducted between 2006 and 2008. There will be a statutory...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Utilities: Billing (23 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: Charges for a paper bill must reflect only the additional costs actually incurred by the business concerned for providing this service. Consumers who believe they have been overcharged should consult the Citizens’ Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06 (www.adviceguide.org.uk). In many instances, consumers could re-negotiate or find an alternative provider to obtain better...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Working Hours: EU Law (23 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is in regular contact with the European Commission on a range of issues. In 2014 the European Commission requested national reports on the practical implementation of the Working Time Directive. The Government provided its response on 31 October 2014, setting out recent developments in case law, and evidence of the impacts of the Working Time...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund (19 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The number of people who have made applications to the Access to Elected Office fund by year is in the table. Financial Year Number of applicants 2012/13 27 2013/14 34 2014/15 (to date) 34 The total value of Grants awarded to date (from July 2012 to January 2015) is £399,061, and applications totalling £92,442 are currently pending. Total grant expenditure will...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Offshore Industry (17 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: A contractor’s employment protections will depend on the facts of the working relationship and the contract under which they are working. This is irrespective of whether the individual is being contracted for offshore work or not. Contractors who are actually workers or employees would be entitled to the same basic employment protections as other offshore workers with a similar status,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Universal Service Obligation (Mail Deliveries) (12 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The universal service obligation is not an optional extra—it is a fundamental duty enshrined in law and only Parliament could change that. In addition, it is the responsibility of the postal regulator, Ofcom, to ensure services are available throughout the UK at an affordable and uniform price, six days a week.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (12 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: I thank my hon. Friend for that question. I know that my hon. Friend the Member for Somerton and Frome (Mr Heath) has also been raising this issue assiduously. It is one that Members across the House are, understandably, very concerned about. The groceries code adjudicator is already proving to be a great success in her work with supermarket companies, by encouraging them to change their...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Minimum Wage (12 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: .... This means that BIS contractors are amongst the top 25% of contractors across Whitehall. We absolutely encourage suppliers to pay above the National Minimum Wage where affordable and without cutting jobs - but this is a decision that must be taken by the suppliers themselves. We will always award contracts on the basis of the best value for money for the taxpayer most often...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Tax Avoidance (12 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate (EAS) enforce the Employment Agencies Act 1973 and the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 (both as amended). These regulations apply only to employment agencies which place people permanently with employers, and employment businesses who place people temporarily with hirers. If an umbrella company...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Job Security (12 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The latest Workplace Employment Relations Study shows that employees’ views on job security are related to their individual circumstances and to underlying economic conditions. Job satisfaction increased from 2004 to 2011, but unsurprisingly insecurity rose during the recession. However, 1.4 million more people in employment since 2010 will have reduced this. The latest statistics show...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Conditions of Employment (12 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: All employees on zero hours contracts can already, after 26 weeks, request a move to fixed hours contracts under flexible working legislation, brought in on 30 June 2014. We are also currently banning exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts and the employment status review currently taking place is looking further at the employment rights zero hours workers have.


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