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Results 141–160 of 4000 for in the 'Written Answers' speaker:Alun Michael

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: TVR (4 May 2006)

Alun Michael: The Northwest Regional Development Agency is working with Blackpool borough council to retain TVR within the immediate vicinity. They are working on the latest requirements outlined by the company. A previous specific offer of new premises was rejected and a more suitable location has now been identified. TVR has indicated that this offer is more in line with their future operational...

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Utilities (New Developments) (4 May 2006)

Alun Michael: Ministers are periodically contacted on matters relating to connections in relation to gas, electricity and telecommunications. However, these are ultimately matters for the relevant regulators, Ofgem and Ofcom.

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Company Law Reform Bill (3 May 2006)

Alun Michael: holding answer 2 May 2006 I have met the Corporate Responsibility Coalition to discuss the Company Law Reform Bill on two occasions since the publication of the Company Law Reform White Paper in March 2005. DTI officials have also had a number of discussions with the Corporate Responsibility Coalition as part of the ongoing consultation with interested parties on the Company Law Reform Bill.

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Company Law Reform Bill (3 May 2006)

Alun Michael: holding answer 2 May 2006 My noble Friend the Minister for Science and Innovation set out the Government's intentions for replacing Part 31 of the Company Law Reform Bill in another place on 30 March 2006. He announced that, the Government will take specific powers in clearly defined areas, in particular capital maintenance, company charges, and reporting and accounting provisions.

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: National Minimum Wage (3 May 2006)

Alun Michael: DTI spent the following on National Minimum Wage (NMW) press advertising via the Central Office of Information: £ (excl VAT) 2005 357,300 2004 352,996 In addition DTI spent £20,000 in both 2004 and 2005 (excl VAT) via Citizens Advice Northern Ireland on NMW press advertising in Northern Ireland. There was no NMW radio advertising carried out in either year.

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Public Procurement Procedures (3 May 2006)

Alun Michael: holding answer 2 May 2006 The new procurement directives, simplify, clarify and modernise public procurement procedures. These were implemented in the United Kingdom on 31 January 2006. There are new provisions on framework agreements, competitive dialogue for complex procurements, central purchasing bodies and electronic procurement methods such as e-auctions and dynamic purchasing...

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Cold Calling (2 May 2006)

Alun Michael: The Department introduced the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) scheme in 1999, under the Telecommunications (Data Protection and Privacy) Regulations, which were updated by Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations in 2003. The TPS scheme provides protection to consumers from cold calling if they have previously notified the caller that they do not wish to receive...

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Shareholders' Voting Rights (2 May 2006)

Alun Michael: The Government are committed to encouraging the exercise of share ownership rights. That is why we have already required all quoted companies to seek shareholder approval for the directors' remuneration report, and continue to support the work of the Shareholder Voting Working Group. The Company Law Reform Bill builds on this by including provisions to ensure that voting processes are more...

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Departmental Policies (2 May 2006)

Alun Michael: The Department for Trade and Industry has responsibility for driving our ambition of 'prosperity for all' by working to create the best environment for business success in the UK, helping to increase productivity through the promotion of enterprise, innovation and creativity and investing in world-class science and technology. It ensures that a successful economy is underpinned by secure,...

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Entrepreneurs (27 Apr 2006)

Alun Michael: The Government encourage people of all ages to become entrepreneurs and I recognise the considerable potential that exists among people also over the age of 50 years. Most business support is available to people over 50, but we do recognise a need for specific advice and assistance to increase entrepreneurial activity in this age group. ONE North East has produced the North East of England...

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: EU Structural Funds (27 Apr 2006)

Alun Michael: On 20 December 2005 I made a written statement to the House on the outcome of the European Council regarding reform of the EU structural and cohesion funds. My statement set out the implications of the budgetary agreement for the UK for the 2007–13 financial perspective. The progress made was very good news for the UK and a positive achievement of the UK presidency. The position remains as...

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Home Computing Initiative Scheme (25 Apr 2006)

Alun Michael: holding answer 18 April 2006 I am unable to provide a statistical breakdown of how many Individuals have participated in the Home Computing Initiative Scheme in each year since 1999 or by region. This information is not available. A recent estimation provided by the HCI Alliance (BT, Intel and Microsoft) indicates that over 500,000 units have been loaned under the Home Computer Initiative...

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: South West Regional Development Agency Offices (25 Apr 2006)

Alun Michael: The South West of England Regional Development Agency has provided the information on the cost of overseas offices as follows: £ Australia China Japan North America Total 2001–02 0 0 180,846 451,873 632,719 2002–03 0 0 264,938 448,698 713,635 2003–04 0 0 410,732 409,939 820,671 2004–05 67,000 50,000 339,530 145,470 601,999 2005–06 70,000...

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: South West Regional Development Agency Offices (25 Apr 2006)

Alun Michael: These offices are funded by the South West of England Regional Development Agency in support of its statutory purposes under the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998, subject to financial arrangements and reporting requirements also set out in the Act. The Agency assesses its overseas teams principally in terms of their contribution to foreign direct investment in the South West of England...

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Business Links (24 Apr 2006)

Alun Michael: As from April 2005, responsibility for the local delivery of Business Link services was transferred from the Small Business Service to the regional development agencies. Regional development agencies are independent bodies. As scheduled bodies under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000, the public sector race duty requires regional development agencies to have a duty to make race equality...

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Computer Access (Disadvantaged Groups) (24 Apr 2006)

Alun Michael: Discussions are already taking place between my Department, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and other Government Departments on addressing the important issue of digital inclusion. The Government digital strategy, Connecting the UK", sets out a number of actions that contribute to digital inclusion and encourage and facilitate participation in a digital society. We need to now find...

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Entrepreneurs (South-West) (24 Apr 2006)

Alun Michael: A breakdown of the Small Business Service Household Survey of Entrepreneurship 2003 results by city is not possible since there are too few interviews in many cities to provide statistically reliable estimates. However, the percentages of would-be entrepreneurs for the whole of the south west, and for all of England, are available. Of those aged 16 to 24 years in the south west Government...

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Home Computing Initiative Scheme (24 Apr 2006)

Alun Michael: holding answer 18 April 2006 I am unable to provide a statistical breakdown of how many small businesses enrolled in the Home Computing Initiative Scheme in each year since 1999 or by region because this information is not available. However, recent figures provided by the Office of Trading tell us that nearly 4,000 approvals or HCI Group Directions under s101 (8) Consumer Credit Act (CCA)...

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Icstis (24 Apr 2006)

Alun Michael: ICSTIS's current method of providing statistics on fines goes back to 2001. The table provides figures back to 2001. Fines issued Number of fines Maximum fine imposed (£000) 2001 142 100 2002 214 75 2003 211 75 2004 155 100 2005 145 100 The total value of fines imposed from 2001–05 was £9,456,800.00.

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Invoicing (24 Apr 2006)

Alun Michael: I have made no such assessment. Section 349 of the Companies Act 1985 provides that the company's name must appear on its invoices. Section 305 of the Companies Act 1985 provides that either all, or none, of the directors' names must appear on business letters where the company's name appears. Both of these provisions apply to both companies limited by shares and by guarantee.


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