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Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Regulation (25 Feb 2013)

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has introduced 29 regulations between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013. The Statements of New Regulations 4 and 5, published on the BIS website in June 2012 and December 2012, give details of all measures that are within the scope of the One-In, One-Out methodology, measures dealt under the Red Tape Challenge and EU measures introduced...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Staff (25 Feb 2013)

Jo Swinson: The following table shows the number of staff(1) in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) broken down by their building location. Building Number of staff 1 Victoria street 2,703 2 St Paul's Place 258 Alexandra House 16 Apex Court 29 Arndale Tower 19 The Business Centre 7 The Axis—Birmingham 35 Bridge House 13 Cannon House 1 ...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Staff (25 Feb 2013)

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is responsible for a wide range of statutory obligations. Full details of the Department's responsibilities and their implementation are available in the Department's published business plan: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachm ent_data/file/31960/12-p58-bis-2012-business-plan.pdf Latest headcount and paybill...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: UK Intellectual Property Office (25 Feb 2013)

Jo Swinson: In relation to trade marks, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO)'s statutory duties are laid out in full in the UK Trade Marks Act 1994. Its duties are primarily concerned with the registration and maintenance of trade, certification and collective marks, together with the provision of a tribunal function for adjudicating on disputes relating to such rights. In particular, the IPO examines...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Unfair Dismissal (25 Feb 2013)

Jo Swinson: The principle of seeking flexibility for employers while protecting individual rights underpins the Government's employment law reforms. While we are taking forward a package of measures to improve the way businesses hire, manage and end employment relationships, including the extension of the qualifying period for unfair dismissal from one year to two years this is balanced against the...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Yorkshire and the Humber (25 Feb 2013)

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) does not have any members of staff employed in (a) Hull or (b) East Yorkshire.

Women and Equalities: Company Boards: Female Representation (14 Feb 2013)

Jo Swinson: In 2010 we asked Lord Davies to review the obstacles preventing women from making it on to corporate boards. Following his report, a range of steps have been taken. They include a voluntary code of conduct for executive search firms, amendments to the UK corporate governance code, changes to narrative reporting, and the establishment of the Women’s Business Council. Over the past year,...

Written Ministerial Statements — Business, Innovation and Skills: Political Opinions (Dismissal) (14 Feb 2013)

Jo Swinson: My noble Friend, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Viscount Younger of Leckie, has today made the following statement: The Government take the United Kingdom’s responsibilities to comply with human rights protections seriously. With that in mind, we are taking steps to amend our legislation following a recent European Court of Human Rights...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (14 Feb 2013)

Jo Swinson: The Government have not received representations from Professor Hargreaves on the repeal of section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (14 Feb 2013)

Jo Swinson: The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, my right hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), and my noble Friend, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Viscount Younger of Leckie, have regular meetings with officials at the Intellectual Property Office to discuss all matters related to IP policy. This has included...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (14 Feb 2013)

Jo Swinson: No such notification has been received.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Employment: Females (14 Feb 2013)

Jo Swinson: The Government are committed to building a stronger and more inclusive economy which draws on the talents of both women and men. BIS is playing a central role in helping women to enter, remain and progress in the workplace. The new system of shared parental leave will support women's participation in the workforce by giving parents the choice of equal access to paid parental leave in the...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Insolvency Service: Liverpool (14 Feb 2013)

Jo Swinson: ...instability in recent years, the root cause having been changes in demand for its largest area of work, bankruptcies and company liquidations. Difficult decisions will need to be taken about jobs, given the fall in demand, and there needs to be a reduction of overhead costs to put the service onto a more sustainable financial footing. This will include decisions on the service's estate,...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Intellectual Property (14 Feb 2013)

Jo Swinson: The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, my right hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), engages with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on a broad range of issues across the BIS policy portfolio. Officials working on intellectual property (IP) have regular discussions with HM Treasury on IP and related policy issues and these discussions inform advice to both...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Intellectual Property (14 Feb 2013)

Jo Swinson: The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), my right hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), engages with the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, the right hon. Member for Horsham (Mr Maude), on a broad range of issues across the BIS policy portfolio. Officials working on intellectual property have regular discussions with the Cabinet...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Marketing (14 Feb 2013)

Jo Swinson: Brands are valuable both domestically and in the export market. They can help develop strong companies, which in turn will contribute to a strong UK economy, providing jobs and growth. Research by the Westminster Business School estimated that £16 billion was invested in brand development in the UK in 2006. Further, research published by the UK Intellectual Property Office in 2011...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Royal Mail (14 Feb 2013)

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has a regular dialogue with Ofcom on a wide range of issues concerning the postal services market. Under the Postal Services Act 2011, Parliament established Ofcom as an independent regulator for postal services, and gave the regulator the primary duty to secure the provision of the universal service. All discussions between BIS and...

Deferred Divisions: Social Security (13 Feb 2013)

...(From The Public Whip)Aye Nigel Adams Adam Afriyie Peter Aldous Danny Alexander David Amess Stuart Andrew Mr James Arbuthnot Steve Baker Tony Baldry Harriett Baldwin Stephen Barclay Gregory Barker John Baron Gavin Barwell Guto Bebb Sir Alan Beith Henry Bellingham Richard Benyon Jake Berry Andrew Bingham Brian Binley Gordon Birtwistle Crispin Blunt Nick Boles Peter Bone Peter Bottomley...

Deferred Divisions: Social Security (13 Feb 2013)

...(From The Public Whip)Aye Nigel Adams Adam Afriyie Peter Aldous Danny Alexander David Amess Stuart Andrew Mr James Arbuthnot Steve Baker Tony Baldry Harriett Baldwin Stephen Barclay Gregory Barker John Baron Gavin Barwell Guto Bebb Sir Alan Beith Henry Bellingham Richard Benyon Jake Berry Andrew Bingham Brian Binley Gordon Birtwistle Crispin Blunt Nick Boles Peter Bone Peter Bottomley...

Science, Technology and Engineering (Careers Information in Schools): Local Government Finance (England) (13 Feb 2013)

...(From The Public Whip)Aye Nigel Adams Adam Afriyie Peter Aldous David Amess Stuart Andrew Mr James Arbuthnot Richard Bacon Steve Baker Tony Baldry Harriett Baldwin Stephen Barclay Gregory Barker John Baron Gavin Barwell Sir Alan Beith Henry Bellingham Richard Benyon Paul Beresford Jake Berry Andrew Bingham Brian Binley Gordon Birtwistle Nicola Blackwood Nick Boles Peter Bone Graham Brady...


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