Results 161–180 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: Support for Small Businesses (21 Jan 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I can reassure the hon. Lady that the Government completely back business, whether in the north or the south. We want businesses to grow wherever they are in the UK. That is highlighted by the fact that in her constituency alone there have been 193 start-up loans, representing £1.6 million. It is clear that the Government are willing to support entrepreneurs and all business owners who want...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Support for Small Businesses (21 Jan 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my hon. Friend for his question and welcome him to his place. I am really pleased that, so quickly into being an MP, he is out talking to as many businesses as he can. Clearly, access to finance is a key priority for many businesses. I have already outlined the applications to start-up loans. One interesting element is that applicants for start-up loans are able to have a mentor. He...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Support for Small Businesses (21 Jan 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my hon. Friend for her question and welcome her to her place. I know she has a particular interest in this area, with her experience before coming to the House. The Government are committed to helping small businesses become exporters. Over 580,000 trade internationally already. The Department for International Trade supports that via a range of projects. We want all SMEs who are able...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Support for Small Businesses (21 Jan 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: The hon. Gentleman knows that the tourism economy is particularly important for the UK. While I am happy to meet him, we hear representations from the sector regularly. Despite the earlier comment to the Secretary of State about a reduction in our engagement with businesses, we are actually stepping that up. He will know that we will bring forward plans on immigration and the floor that he...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Support for Small Businesses (21 Jan 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I welcome my hon. Friend back to the Chamber and thank him for his interest in this area. He knows that, as we leave the European Union, we want to ensure that we have a good distribution of engineering skills—not just in the south-east, but across the country—and help people to increase their skills. I am a great lover of apprenticeships, of what some small businesses are doing with...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: National Living Wage (21 Jan 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: The vast majority of jobs that are eligible to receive the national living wage are in compliance with the law, with only 1.5% of eligible jobs paid below in April 2019. Anyone entitled to be paid the national minimum wage should receive it. Last year, we ordered employers to pay a record £24.4 million in arrears and issued £17 million in penalties to non-compliant employers.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: National Living Wage (21 Jan 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I want to make it clear to the hon. Lady that this Government will enforce the national minimum wage and make sure that employers that are meant to be paying it do so. I think that is shown by the penalties and arrears that were recovered last year. We have doubled the enforcement budget. I remain committed to making sure that employers are able to easily comply with the law, but where there...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: National Living Wage (21 Jan 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my hon. Friend for raising the subject; yes, I would be very happy to meet him. The sector has been the subject of focus. Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, which is responsible for enforcing the national living wage, and cross-border agencies have been doing extensive work, but any details that my hon. Friend may supply would be helpful.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: National Living Wage (21 Jan 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I note the hon. Lady’s interest in this area, but I would just correct her: there have actually been 14 prosecutions for non-payment of the national minimum wage. I would also make it clear to the House that there are ways other than just bringing prosecutions to ensure that employers pay. Ultimately, we should focus on ensuring that businesses understand their obligations to their...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: National Living Wage (21 Jan 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: Absolutely. I thank my right hon. Friend for his comments and I very much recognise the role of the SME market in ensuring that some of the lowest paid workers get the minimum wage, and in happily sometimes paying higher than that. As the small business Minister, my priority is to ensure not only that we enforce the national minimum wage, but that we create the right environment in which SMEs...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: National Living Wage (21 Jan 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I would thank the hon. Lady for her comments, but I wonder whether she is living in a land of fiction. It is the Conservative party that is standing up for workers. It is this party that has given the largest increase in the national minimum wage, rising to £8.72—an increase of 6.2%. As I have already outlined, our enforcement has doubled. We remain committed to enforcement, and it is a...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (21 Jan 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my hon. Friend for raising this. The Government encourage businesses to be a force for good in our society. I warmly welcome the commitment from firms in her constituency to offer placements that connect these young people with the world of work, helping to identify their future roles.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (21 Jan 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my hon. Friend for his question. The Government recognise the importance of postal offices in rural communities, both throughout the UK and in his constituency. There are more than 11,600 post offices nationwide. Access to branches exceeds the national standard that the Government set, with 99% of rural populations living within 3 miles of a post office. The Post Office is currently...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (21 Jan 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank the hon. Lady for her question. I note her interest, her role and the work she has done on this issue, and I will be more than happy to meet her. It is important that everyone in the United Kingdom, no matter who they are, is able to access support from government. We want all entrepreneurs to thrive and I will be happy to work with her to be able to achieve that.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (21 Jan 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my hon .Friend for his question and very much welcome him back to this place, as an extremely valued member of the Select Committee on Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, on which he served with me—I am pleased to have him back. He raises an interesting idea. The UK has a highly competitive tax environment, and we need to do more to support our small businesses with the cost...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (21 Jan 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: The hon. Lady is correct; on 11 December, Post Office Ltd reached a settlement in the group litigation claim brought by 555 postmasters or former postmasters. This has culminated in a successful mediation, and a settlement of £57.7 million was reached, funded by the Post Office. The Government welcome the agreement by the parties to settle this long-running litigation. It is true to say...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (21 Jan 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank the hon. Gentleman for highlighting the self-employment market. We committed in our manifesto not only to look at self-employment but to make sure that the UK is the best place to work, and we will make sure that that includes flexibility. He will know that we are bringing forward an employment Bill. We are determined to make the UK the best place to work, and that includes shared...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (21 Jan 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: There will be a fundamental review of business rates, which many retailers will welcome. It will be a wide review and I am sure the issue my hon. Friend highlights will be looked into. I should highlight that we have managed to take a number of small retailers—I believe it is more than 685,000—out of paying any rates at all.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (21 Jan 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my right hon. Friend for his question. I am happy to meet him to hear more details on that matter.

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

Kelly Tolhurst: Average FTSE 100 CEO pay more than quadrupled from £1 million in 1998 to £4.5 million in 2012. Since then, the median average has fallen by £1.04 million. We have recently implemented a number of reforms to make further improvements to executive pay transparency and accountability through vehicles such as the UK corporate governance code.


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