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Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Consumer Focus (23 Jan 2013)

Jo Swinson: The information requested is included in the following table. This provides a breakdown of the budget between funding for the energy and postal sectors (recovered through a levy) and BIS funding for general ‘Rest of the Economy’ consumer work. £ million Financial year Energy Post BIS Total 2009-10 6.50 3.82 4.68 15.00 2010-11 5.53 2.90 4.93 13.36 ...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: HMV (23 Jan 2013)

Jo Swinson: I have no plans to review the rules. Gift voucher holders are unsecured creditors of a company and, should it become insolvent, they rank equally with all other unsecured non-preferential creditors. The decision on whether or not to honour these will be one for the administrator to make depending on the circumstances of the case and in line with their duty to act in the interests of all...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Office of Fair Trading (23 Jan 2013)

Jo Swinson: Contact volumes to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) since 2002 are as follows:   Written contacts Telephone contacts 2002 9,020 n/a 2003 12,867 n/a 2004 23,135 50,886 2005 26,274 69,723 2006 25,246 49,159 2007 26,897 83,098 2008 28,201 93,042 2009 24,251 72,173 2010 20,349 64,646 2011 20,208 66,421 2012 20,293 62,542 Total...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Pay (23 Jan 2013)

Jo Swinson: The Government supports the living wage and encourages businesses to take it up where possible. Government sponsored campaigns are aimed at promoting coalition policy, in particular in areas where communication by private or third sector organisations are insufficient or non existent. For the lowest paid workers, the Government's aim is to have a minimum wage rate that helps as many low-paid...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Pay (23 Jan 2013)

Jo Swinson: The Government supports the living wage and encourages businesses to take it up where possible. However, when setting wages we need to take into account cost, employment, and the effect on services therefore the decision on what wages are set are for employers and workers. As the National Minimum Wage is statutory we make every effort to communicate those rates and enforce their application....

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Pay (23 Jan 2013)

Jo Swinson: No formal conversations with other ministerial colleagues have taken place on this issue.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Pay (23 Jan 2013)

Jo Swinson: The Government has not commissioned research in this area. We do however continue to keep our research plans under review. The Government supports the living wage and encourages businesses to take it up where possible however the decision on what wages are set is for employers and workers. The Government’s primary policy for helping the low paid is the national minimum wage. The...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Sick Leave (23 Jan 2013)

Jo Swinson: Sickness absence is treated very seriously in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. BIS has clear policies to help managers tackle sickness absence. Currently the Department is also running a series of workshops with line managers to help them manage issues including too much intermittent sickness absence. We are also in the process of reviewing the attendance management policy...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Amazon (22 Jan 2013)

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and its agencies do not hold a central contracts database from which this information can be obtained. An exercise is underway to create a central database and in the interim we have provided the following information relating to spend with Amazon in the years requested:   Spend with Amazon (£) (a) 2010/11 0 (b) 2011/12...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Citizens Advice and Consumer Focus (22 Jan 2013)

Jo Swinson: The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, my right hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), has not met with either the Chief Executive or Chair of Consumer Focus in the last year. He met briefly with the Chief Executive and Chair of Citizens Advice ahead of delivering the keynote speech at Citizens Advice's annual conference at Exeter University on 12...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Construction: Fines (22 Jan 2013)

Jo Swinson: .../ca 98/decisions/bid_rigging_construction A number of the companies fined appealed the OFT's decision to the Competition Appeal Tribunal (the CAT). In 2011 the CAT issued judgments upholding the overwhelming majority of the OFT's findings on liability but reducing the level of fines the OFT had imposed on the appealing parties. The relevant judgments are available on the CAT website at:...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Dell (22 Jan 2013)

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and its agencies do not hold a central contracts database from which this information can be obtained. An exercise is under way to create a central database and in the interim we have provided the following information relating to spend with Dell in the years requested:   Spend with Dell (£) (a) 2010/11 0 (b) 2011/12...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Departmental Responsibilities (22 Jan 2013)

Jo Swinson: The policy implementation priorities of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills can be found in the Department's Structural Reform Plan, progress against which is reported on the Government's Business Plan website: http://transparency.number10.gov.uk/business-plan A broader look at implementation progress can be found in the Government's Mid-Term Review document:...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Google (22 Jan 2013)

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and its agencies do not hold a central contracts database from which this information can be obtained. An exercise is under way to create a central database and in the interim we have provided the following information relating to spend with Google in the years requested:   £ (a) 2010/11 0 (b) 2011/12 0 (c) 2012/13 0...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Oracle Corporation UK (22 Jan 2013)

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and its agencies do not hold a central contracts database from which this information can be obtained. An exercise is under way to create a central database and in the interim we have provided the following information relating to spend with Oracle in the years requested: (a) 2010/11: £139,602 (b) 2011/12: £234,518 (c) 2012/13:...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Pay (22 Jan 2013)

Jo Swinson: The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, my right hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), nor BIS Ministers have recently had meetings with businesses or business organisations specifically to discuss the living wage. The Government supports the living wage and encourages businesses to take it up where possible. However, the decision on what wages to set are...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Pay (22 Jan 2013)

Jo Swinson: No Ministers have met Citizens UK to discuss the living wage and none have any plans to do so currently.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Pay (22 Jan 2013)

Jo Swinson: The Government supports the Living Wage and encourages businesses to take it up where possible. However, the decision on what wages to set is for employers and workers. The Government also wants to encourage companies to consider wider employee pay when deciding on the remuneration of directors. As part of comprehensive reforms to improve the governance of directors' remuneration, the...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Regulated Industries Unit (22 Jan 2013)

Jo Swinson: We continue to develop governance plans for the Regulated Industries Unit (RIU), working with our delivery partners, Consumer Focus, Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland (the Citizens Advice Service). Consumer Focus will re-form into the RIU in April 2013 and, until transition to the Citizens Advice Service in 2014, its work will be overseen by the Consumer Focus Board.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Regulated Industries Unit (22 Jan 2013)

Jo Swinson: We have not yet allocated partner body budgets for 2013-14. We have, however, indicated that levy contributions from the regulated energy and postal services sectors are expected to be set at the same levels as 2012-13 (£5.771 million for energy; £3.111 million for post). BIS's contribution to funding has yet to be determined.


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