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Women and Equalities: Equal Pay (26 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The gender pay gap has fallen to its lowest level ever and has been entirely eliminated among full-time workers under the age of 40, but our goal must be to eliminate it entirely. We are tackling systemic pay inequalities through a range of measures: the Your Life initiative to get more girls into science, technology, engineering and maths; improved child care; extending flexible working; and...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Apprentices (26 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills currently employs 47 apprentices. 3 apprentices are aged (i) 16 to 18, 12 apprentices are aged (ii) 19 to 24 and 32 apprentices are aged (iii) 25 or over. 31 apprentices aged 25 or over were previously employed by the Government. None of the apprentices in the other age groups were previously employed by the Government. ...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Temporary Employment (26 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: ...their working pattern, for instance to request permanent hours. This is in addition to the Agency Worker Regulations 2010 which ensure all agency workers are entitled to information about relevant job vacancies within the hirer that would be available to a comparable employee or worker from day one of an assignment.

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Equal Opportunities (26 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: ...degrees taken by women to 30% by 2030. It also asks employers to take action to recruit and retain female talent. To help make sure young people are able to consider the widest possible range of jobs the Government is setting up a new careers and enterprise company to support greater engagement between employers, and schools and colleges. Chaired by Christine Hodgson (Chair of Capgemini...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Crimes of Violence: Females (26 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Coalition Government ring-fenced £40m as part of our strategy to end violence against women and girls. We have criminalised forced marriage, introduced new stalking offences and announced a new offence of coercive and controlling behaviour in relation to domestic abuse. The prevalence of sexual assault against women has fallen to a new low of 2.2%, the reporting of these hidden...

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day]: Members’ Paid Directorships and Consultancies (25 Feb 2015)

Division number 164 See full list of votes (From The Public Whip)Aye Diane Abbott Debbie Abrahams 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 Margaret Beckett Dame Anne Begg Hilary Benn Joe Benton Luciana Berger Clive Betts Paul Blomfield Mr Ben...

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day]: Bankers’ Bonuses and the Banking Industry (25 Feb 2015)

Division number 163 See full list of votes (From The Public Whip)Aye Diane Abbott Debbie Abrahams 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 Margaret Beckett Dame Anne Begg Hilary Benn Joe Benton Luciana Berger Clive Betts Hazel Blears Tom Blenkinsop...

Mining in Goa (UK-listed Companies) (24 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Dr McCrea. I congratulate the hon. Member for Hayes and Harlington (John McDonnell) on securing the debate and on taking us through a fascinating, if deeply worrying history of mining in Goa. He clearly has great constituency interest in the matter, as well as a personal one. He outlined details of the damage that can be caused to the...

Consumer Rights Bill — Commons Reason (24 Feb 2015)

Lord Clement-Jones: ...tenacious in his pursuit of the right solution and I pay strong tribute to him. I also pay tribute to my right honourable friend Vince Cable, my noble friend Lady Neville-Rolfe, my honourable friend Jo Swinson and their adviser Ashley Lumsden, who have been instrumental in forging a deal in BIS and in convincing their colleagues in the DCMS to adopt the solution before us today. When our...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (24 Feb 2015)

Jane Ellison: ...is an event tomorrow in Parliament organised by Rare Disease UK to mark rare disease day, at which the Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, my hon. Friend the Member for East Dunbartonshire (Jo Swinson), will be speaking?

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

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has introduced a requirement for large listed companies to include in their Strategic Report information on human rights issues. This requirement will be further enhanced by the Non-Financial Reporting Directive, due to come into force by 2017, which specifically includes human rights due diligence and supply chains. In December last...

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

Jo Swinson: The Government already makes clear in legislation and guidance that travel time between assignments should be paid at least the appropriate National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate. Whether a worker paid by the hour is entitled to the minimum wage for periods such as the time spent travelling between home and their first assignment and between their last assignment and home depends on the terms of...

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

Jo Swinson: There is no legal definition of a zero hours contract in UK domestic employment law. In general terms a zero hours contract is an arrangement under which an employer does not guarantee the individual any work, and the individual is not obliged to accept any work offered. The ONS in their Labour Force Survey describe a zero hours contract as a contract ‘where a person is not...

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

Jo Swinson: Information of the number of passport applications and renewals administered by post offices is the operational responsibility of Post Office Limited. As such I have therefore asked Paula Vennells, the Chief Executive of Post Office Limited, to write to the hon Member on this matter. A copy of her reply will be placed in the libraries of the House.

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

Jo Swinson: The Government understands the important role that post offices play in communities across the country and since 2010 has committed nearly £2 billion to maintain, modernise and protect a network of at least 11,500 branches that continues to meet strict access criteria that see, for example, 99% of the population nationally living within three miles of a post office outlet. This...

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

Jo Swinson: The provision of Post Office ATM’s at post offices is the operational responsibility of Post Office Limited. As such I have therefore asked Paula Vennells, the Chief Executive of Post Office Limited, to write to the hon Member on this matter. A copy of her reply will be placed in the libraries of the House.

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

Jo Swinson: The abolition of vehicle tax discs is a matter for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. My Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills has not held any discussions with the National Federation of SubPostmasters specifically on the subject of vehicle tax. Ministers meet the National Federation of SubPostmasters regularly to discuss a range of issues...

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

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) does not hold details of the future employment arrangements of all employees leaving BIS. The Business Appointment Rules (BAR) apply to civil servants who intend to take up an appointment or employment after leaving the Civil Service. These currently apply to members of the Senior Civil Service for two years after their last day of...

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

Jo Swinson: The Department has not seconded any employees from Rio Tinto plc.

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

Jo Swinson: The guidance is all staff should ensure they undertake at least 5 days of learning a year as part of the commitment in the Civil Service Reform Capabilities Plan. Learning takes place in many forms including shadowing, taking on development projects, seminars, coaching, e-learning, undertaking research and attending meetings as well as relevant courses.


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