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Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Direct Selling (9 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: ...unaddressed mailings delivered by Royal Mail. More information about Royal Mail’s service can be found on its website (www.royalmail.com). By registering with all three services, consumers can stop the vast majority of unsolicited mail being received. Registration is free. The Government also encourages the direct marketing industry to improve targeting and reduce the amount of...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Estate Agents: Greater London (9 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: This Department does not hold information on the number of complaints made against estate agents to the Property Ombudsman. However, the Property Ombudsman Annual Report 2013 (http://www.tpos.co.uk/downloads/reports/TPO_Annual_Report_2 013.pdf ) and the 2014 Interim Report (http://www.tpos.co.uk/downloads/reports/TPO-Interim-Report- 2014.pdf ) set out the number of complaints received and...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Appeals (6 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Government is still considering some of the complex issues raised in the consultation before fully considering the way forward. Steps have been taken to address one of the issues raised as part of the consultation. The Government has made provisions in the Consumer Rights Bill to allow for a widened pool of judges to sit as Chairs of the Competition Appeals Tribunal. This reform...

Business of the House: International Women’s Day (5 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: It is a great pleasure to respond to this important and enjoyable debate and to follow the hon. Member for Feltham and Heston (Seema Malhotra). I join her in congratulating the wide range of groups and organisations that do so much to campaign for the rights of women and girls, particularly on the subject of representation, which is key to this whole agenda. We have heard excellent speeches...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Employment (5 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: We intend to publish in due course.

Opposition Day: [Un-allotted Half Day] — Future Government Spending (4 Mar 2015)

Division number 168 See full list of votes (From The Public Whip)Aye Mr Bob Ainsworth Mr Douglas Alexander Heidi Alexander Rushanara Ali Graham Allen David Anderson Jonathan Ashworth Ian Austin Adrian Bailey William Bain Ed Balls Gordon Banks Kevin Barron Hugh Bayley Dame Anne Begg Hilary Benn Joe Benton Luciana Berger Clive Betts Roberta Blackman-Woods Hazel Blears Tom Blenkinsop Paul...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Electronic Government (4 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: As the focal point of delivery of all government-funded consumer advice and information, the Citizens Advice Service is a one stop shop where consumers can find advice about their rights from a team of consumer advice experts but if they feel they have had poor service from a fact checking websites. Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland can advise on consumers’ rights under the...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Carers: Pay (4 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Government encourages employers that choose to pay the Living Wage when it is affordable and not at the expense of jobs. However decisions on what wages to set are for employers and workers to agree as long as employers pay at least the national minimum wage. We are taking action to improve compliance with the national minimum wage in the social care sector. We are working closely...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Fairtrade Initiative (4 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The power of Fairtrade, championed by some of Britain's best brands, is undeniable. While it remains a commercial decision on whether or not to stock Fairtrade products and adopt Fairtrade Principles, sales of Fairtrade products in the UK rose by 14% in 2013/14 to £1.78bn. Policy on Fairtrade products rests with the Department for International Development who have invested...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Foreign Companies (4 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Takeover Code governs takeovers of UK public companies in order to provide an orderly framework for the conduct of bids and to ensure that shareholders are treated fairly and equally. However, the Code does not contain any rules about product standards following a takeover. These would only be regulated by the Takeover Panel if the bidder had made a specific commitment or intention...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Business: Sustainable Development (4 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The UK already requires quoted companies to report, where necessary for an understanding of their business, on environmental matters. Companies are required to report their policy, principle risks and outcomes. In addition, UK will implement directive 2014/95/EU that requires reports to cover, amongst other matters, environmental policy. This disclosure will include a discussion of the...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Insolvency Act 1986 (3 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Deregulation Bill and the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, both currently before Parliament, contain a number of proposals relating to insolvency which will amend the Insolvency Act 1986. Amongst these proposals are: deregulatory and Red Tape Challenge measures aimed at reducing unnecessary regulations and costs in insolvency proceedings; measures to strengthen and improve...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Measures to improve transparency in insolvency practitioner fees and handling of cases in the courts (3 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: I am today laying regulations requiring insolvency practitioners to provide additional information to creditors about their fees and expenses. Insolvency practitioners are given strong powers by legislation to administer insolvencies. They take decisions and actions that can have a significant financial impact on those affected. Their fees are paid out of the assets in cases. It is important...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Procurement (2 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The total value of contracts the core Department has with private sector providers is set out in the table below. Records prior to April 2011 are not available. 2011-12 £144.2M 2012-13 £137.0M 2013-14 £216.4M 2014-15 (YTD) £239.8M

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Utilities (2 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has not issued guidance to utility and energy companies on the supply of information of customers to consumer credit reference agencies. These matters are regulated under the Data Protection Act (DPA). Compliance with the DPA is regulated and enforced by the Office of the Information Commissioner which maintains guidance relating to the Act.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Working Mothers: Breastfeeding (2 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Government encourages breastfeeding and recommends employers enable women to breastfeed as a matter of best practice. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is conducting research on pregnancy and maternity-related discrimination and disadvantage in the workplace; which includes the experiences of mothers returning to work from maternity leave. This research will...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Minimum Wage (2 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: In the last five years the Government has named: Year Number of employers named for non-compliance with the National Minimum Wage 2015 to date 107 2014 55 2013 0 2012 1 2011 0 In total these employers owed workers a total of over £476,000 in arrears and have been charged financial penalties totalling over £181,000. On 1 October 2013 the scheme was...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Apprentices (2 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The answer is as follows: (a) one apprentice, aged 19 to 24, not previously employed by the Government. (b) None

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Equal Pay (2 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: Regulations requiring an employment tribunal to order an equal pay audit where an employer is found to be in breach of equal pay law came into force on 1st October 2014. We are not so far aware of any cases where an audit has been ordered.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Apprentices (27 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: I refer the hon Member to the answer I gave to question UIN 225059.


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