Results 181–200 of 1000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Kelly Tolhurst

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Executive Pay (22 Oct 2019)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for his question. As I mentioned, CEO pay has fallen. There were reforms at the beginning of the year, to ensure that shareholders’ voices are heard more in the boardroom. There is a binding vote every three years on remuneration policy, and there is now an advisory vote every year. If it is not successful, pay has to be put before the next AGM. As he will...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Executive Pay (22 Oct 2019)

Kelly Tolhurst: My hon. Friend is right, and that is what the Government’s reforms have done. As I outlined, shareholders have a vote every three years and an advisory vote every year. Through the reforms, we have also enabled employee directors, non-exec directors or employee councils to have representation on the board. Companies now have to explain their wider pay policy and how it affects the whole company.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Executive Pay (22 Oct 2019)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank the hon. Lady for the work she is doing on the Select Committee. Thomas Cook did have clawback and malus arrangements in place for the recovery of directors’ bonus payments in specific circumstances, as required by the UK corporate governance code. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has asked the Insolvency Service to fast-track an investigation, and it will report back. As...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Executive Pay (22 Oct 2019)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my right hon. Friend for raising this. Part of the reforms in January was to make organisations report back on the effect of share price growth on executive pay outcomes. We published some evidence before the summer from a review undertaken on share buy-backs, and there was no clear evidence to suggest that they did have a perverse outcome.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Workplace Access Rights (22 Oct 2019)

Kelly Tolhurst: All workers in the UK have the right to join a union and to participate in union activities. That right is protected under trade union law, and 23% of UK employees are union members. That is higher than some European countries, including France and Germany, and it demonstrates that union rights to recruit and organise through individual members and officials are sufficient.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Workplace Access Rights (22 Oct 2019)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his question. It is the right of unions and employers to come to an agreement about representation in the workplace. The Central Arbitration Committee is available if that is refused. With regard to workers’ rights, the good work plan represents the biggest reform of workers’ rights in 20 years. We are determined to continue on that path, because workers’...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Workplace Access Rights (22 Oct 2019)

Kelly Tolhurst: It will come as no surprise that I completely disagree with the hon. and learned Lady. The Prime Minister has been clear: not only will we maintain workers’ rights, but we will enhance them. Even in my role as a Minister over the past 12 years, everything has been focused on ensuring we are ahead of the European Union. We are committed. We have never, ever, not once ever put forward a...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Workplace Access Rights (22 Oct 2019)

Kelly Tolhurst: The hon. Lady makes allegations about a particular organisation. She is welcome to write to me further about those allegations, but I remind her that sufficient workplace laws are in place. We have the Health and Safety Executive, for example. If she has evidence of certain employers breaking the law, I would expect it to be passed on to the relevant agencies. As I outlined, our Prime...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: New Mothers: Workplace (22 Oct 2019)

Kelly Tolhurst: The Government are wholly committed to women’s participation in the workforce, including by supporting new mothers to return to, and thrive in, work. That is why we recently consulted on a broad range of proposals to help families to balance their work and home commitments. We have also announced our intention to extend redundancy protection to new mothers returning to work.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: New Mothers: Workplace (22 Oct 2019)

Kelly Tolhurst: First, I pay tribute to my hon. Friend and Members across the House who participated in Baby Loss Awareness Week and the emotional debate in the House. The Government have committed to introducing parental bereavement leave and pay, which will apply to parents who lose a child under the age of 18, including parents with stillbirth. We plan to lay the regulations to implement the policy in...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: New Mothers: Workplace (22 Oct 2019)

Kelly Tolhurst: I point out that discrimination in the workplace is illegal; it is unlawful. I have just outlined that we have announced our intention to extend redundancy protection for those mothers who return to work.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (22 Oct 2019)

Kelly Tolhurst: Good-quality flexible working is important to all employees and is central to good work. Workers’ rights matter. Over 97% of employers offer some form of flexible working, and our recent consultation looked at how further to increase the prevalence of flexible working by advertising jobs as flexible and by requiring large employers to publish their policy.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (22 Oct 2019)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank the hon. Lady for her question and I am more than happy to meet her to discuss her constituency in further detail if she would require. There is no programme of closures and the Post Office is working extremely hard, where post offices do shut for any, sometimes unpredictable, reason, to find replacements. We do have outreach services that are available when there is a lack of...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (22 Oct 2019)

Kelly Tolhurst: I am not sure whether the hon. Lady is aware that we undertook one of the biggest recalls that has happened this year: the recall of Whirlpool tumble dryers. She will know that I have updated the House on the progress we have made on that. Since 12 June, when I announced the recall, we have had more than 90,000 contacts, with people getting in touch about recall. So we are continuing to...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (22 Oct 2019)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my hon. Friend for that question. I am happy to discuss particular issues in his constituency. I believe that the new banking framework and the increase in remuneration that postmasters will be receiving as part of that framework will make a significant impact for postmasters. But he is right to say that we must not stop there. I am working hard, with the Post Office and the National...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (22 Oct 2019)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank the hon. Lady for her question, but I have to disappoint her because my answer to it is no.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Two-factor Payment Authentication (16 Jul 2019)

Kelly Tolhurst: The implementation of strong customer authentication, which mandates two-factor authentication for some online payments, will introduce more secure payments for individuals and businesses. That was introduced by the second payment services directive. The Treasury published an impact assessment on the implementation of that EU directive in 2017.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Two-factor Payment Authentication (16 Jul 2019)

Kelly Tolhurst: I point out that there was £309 million-worth of fraud in e-commerce in 2016 versus £13.6 million in 1998. The hon. Gentleman will know that the European Banking Authority published an opinion on readiness for implementation and the Financial Conduct Authority published a statement in June. They are working on mitigations past the September implementation date. They are working with...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Product Safety (16 Jul 2019)

Kelly Tolhurst: We are providing £12 million a year of new funding through the Office for Product Safety and Standards to strengthen national capacity for product safety enforcement. The OPSS provides specialist expertise, scientific advice, support and training for trading standards, and it leads on national product safety challenges to protect consumers.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Product Safety (16 Jul 2019)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank the hon. Gentleman for raising that question. Last week we took part in a Westminster Hall debate secured by the hon. Member for Swansea East (Carolyn Harris). The OPSS is currently working with Electrical Safety First on various campaigns, to which we have an ongoing commitment. Consumer protection and consumer education are important.


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