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Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Temporary Employment (7 Jan 2013)

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has employed the following number of temporary staff each month between July and December 2012. Month in 2012 Number of temporary staff employed July 42 August 32 September 25 October 32 November 41 December 29 Total 201

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Payday Lenders (20 Dec 2012)

Jo Swinson: The Government are not aware of any robust research that quantifies the effect of payday loans on areas of social deprivation, but I expect that there are links. We are very concerned about the findings of the interim report from the Office of Fair Trading’s payday compliance review and strongly support any enforcement action that the OFT takes. Payday lending can work for some people...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Strike Action (20 Dec 2012)

Jo Swinson: We have no such plans.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (20 Dec 2012)

Jo Swinson: The hon. Gentleman is a strong supporter of businesses in his constituency. The red tape challenge is looking at a wide range of issues and he is right to highlight that. We need to ensure that there is proper paperwork when it is necessary, but we will review whether the current burden is appropriate and proportionate.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Debts: Advisory Services (20 Dec 2012)

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) provided a £27 million grant in 2011/12 to support face-to-face debt advice projects following the closure of the Financial Inclusion Fund. In April 2012, the Money Advice Service, which is an independent body established by HM Treasury in 2010 through the Financial Services Act, took over the funding and co-ordination of the...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Equality (20 Dec 2012)

Jo Swinson: The Department does not collect data centrally on individuals' learning activity. BIS is therefore unable to provide details of the proportion of staff who have received equality and diversity and Equality Act training. BIS offers a wide range of formal and informal training opportunities to its staff on these issues. These include specific events such as Diversity Week, talks from specific...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Financial Services: Education (20 Dec 2012)

Jo Swinson: On 1 April 2012, the Government published its response to the consultation on Empowering and Protecting Consumers, which set out the decision to establish a National Trading Standards Board (NTSB) for England and Wales. During 2012-13, the NTSB has continued to fund the Illegal Money Lending Teams. As well as arresting and prosecuting loan sharks, the teams also work with community partners...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Immigration (20 Dec 2012)

Jo Swinson: The Department does not routinely produce estimates of this nature. To do so would require the Department to incur disproportionate cost.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Money Lenders: Tees Valley (20 Dec 2012)

Jo Swinson: Until April 2012 the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) directly funded Trading Standards to take on complex cases which crossed individual local authority boundaries. This included setting up an Illegal Money Lending Team for England which had a specific local presence in the North East. On 1 April 2012, the Government published its response to the consultation on...

Written Answers — Treasury: Money Lenders (20 Dec 2012)

Jo Swinson: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The Financial Services Authority is not responsible for tackling illegal money lending. Until April 2012 the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills directly funded trading standards to take on complex cases which crossed individual local authority boundaries. This included setting up Tackling...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Debts: Advisory Services (19 Dec 2012)

Jo Swinson: All those offering consumers support with debt problems should be licensed by the Office of Fair Trading. They set the standards they expect to see from businesses (whether commercial or charitable) offering debt management services. The Government are also working closely with all sides of this industry, including creditors, to see whether a best practice protocol of debt management can...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Public Appointments (19 Dec 2012)

Jo Swinson: The following payments were made for the services of recruitment consultants in respect of the recruitments to the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Women's National Commission. £ Recruitment consultant 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Rockpools 46,588 0 0 0 0 0 Appointments Commission(1) 0 0 91,833 25,209 12,885 0 Gatenby Sanderson 0 0 0 0 0...

Justice and Security Bill [Lords] (18 Dec 2012)

Division number 125 See full list of votes (From The Public Whip)Aye Nigel Adams Adam Afriyie Peter Aldous David Amess Stuart Andrew Richard Bacon Tony Baldry Harriett Baldwin Stephen Barclay John Baron Gavin Barwell Sir Alan Beith Henry Bellingham Paul Beresford Andrew Bingham Gordon Birtwistle Bob Blackman Hazel Blears Crispin Blunt Nick Boles Peter Bottomley Tom Brake Angie Bray Julian...

Public Bill Committee: Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [Lords]: New Clause 3 - Sunsetting provisions and replacement of current code on statutory footing (18 Dec 2012)

Ian Murray: ...code on a statutory footing. If there were any breaches of the code or any competition issues, the Government could, as in many other instances, refer such issues to the Competition Commission or the OFT. Jo Swinson rose—

Public Bill Committee: Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [Lords]: New Clause 2 - Extension of groceries code (18 Dec 2012)

Jo Swinson: ...evidence from the Competition Commission. The new clause would allow significant regulatory creep. It would place new obligations on suppliers to other suppliers and potentially to retailers. Such a major extension should not be based just on anecdotal experiences and created on a whim by a ministerial decision that says, “Well, we should do this.” It should be based on proper...

Public Bill Committee: Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [Lords]: Clause 19 - Levy funding (18 Dec 2012)

Jo Swinson: The hon. Gentleman mentions the use of the word “may” and alludes to an amendment that he might table on Report. I suggest that it is a permission rather than a requirement to have differentiated levies. In the scenario where there were, for example, no investigations required, there were few arbitrations or nothing was found to have been done wrong by the retailers, the...

Public Bill Committee: Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [Lords]: Clause 23 - Orders (18 Dec 2012)

Amendment made: 12, in clause 23, page 10, line 21, l eave out ‘9(1) or’.—(Jo Swinson.)

Public Bill Committee: Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [Lords]: Clause 26 - Short title (18 Dec 2012)

Jo Swinson: I beg to move amendment 13, in clause 26, page 11, line 3, le ave out subsection (2). One of the lovely things about this place that one can move technical amendments relating to little-known procedures. Amendment 13 is routine and is necessary to remove the subsection that prevents the other place from having any control over money matters. I am informed that...

Public Bill Committee: Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [Lords]: Clause 18 - Confidentiality (18 Dec 2012)

Jo Swinson: Given the importance of the clause, I welcome the opportunity to probe it and to get clarity for the Committee about its strong protections of confidentiality. My hon. Friend was a key campaigner to ensure that we could have third-party complaints. It is important that there is confidentiality in terms of the climate of fear. It is therefore important to ensure that the Bill works as...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Employment: Redundancy (18 Dec 2012)

Lord Marland: My honourable friend the Minister of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs (Jo Swinson) has today made the following Statement. As part of the Government's ongoing review of employment law, and in response to the Red Tape Challenge, I have published today the Government response to the consultation on changes to the rules on collective redundancy. This sets out the Government's...


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