Results 61–80 of 2676 for in the 'Written Answers' speaker:Jo Swinson

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Staff (12 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: Employment status is a complicated issue affecting many areas of employment law. As such a number of teams from across the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have been feeding into the employment status review.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Procurement (10 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Government has overhauled public procurement to open it up to businesses of all sizes. On 25 February 2015, we announced that central government spent an unprecedented £11.4 billion with SMEs in 2013-14, a record 26.1% of direct and indirect spend. This meets our aspiration, set in 2010, that 25% of government procurement spend would be with SMEs by the end of this Parliament. The...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Billing (10 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: In the period April 2014 to February 2015 the core Department paid 96% of undisputed invoices within 5 days. Figures for non-departmental public bodies are not held centrally and Departmental Agencies have been asked to respond separately. Their responses are attached. Responses from BIS agencies. (PDF Document, 1.11 MB)

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Billing (10 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Department does not record or hold details, for itself or for its non-departmental public bodies, of the number of suppliers that are signatories to the Prompt Payment Code. Departmental Agencies have been asked to respond separately. Their responses are attached. Responses from BIS agencies. (PDF Document, 1.03 MB) Response from the Insolvency Service (PDF Document,...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Money Lenders (10 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The National Trading Standards Board (NTSB) and Trading Standards Scotland (TSS) have been responsible for tackling Illegal Money Lending since April 2012. They collect and report information on their work to the Department by financial year. Convictions for Illegal Money Lending since April 2012: Team 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 (to 4/3/2015) England 34 55 36 Wales 2 2 5 ...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Billing (10 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Department’s standard terms and conditions requires that where a contactor/supplier uses a sub-contractor a provision is included which requires the contractor/supplier to pay for any goods or services within 30 days of the contractor/supplier receiving a correct invoice from the sub-contractor. The Department fully supports the need for its suppliers to pay sub-contractors...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Billing (10 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Department does not hold details, for itself or for its non-departmental public bodies, of the proportion of suppliers that pay subcontractors within 30 days. Departmental Agencies have been asked to respond separately. Their responses are attached. Responses from BIS agencies. (PDF Document, 1.18 MB)

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Directors (10 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Departmental Board met five times in the period 4 March 2014 – 4 March 2015. The dates and attendees were: 6 March 2014 Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP – Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills (Chair) Rt Hon David Willetts MP – Minister of State for Universities and Science Allan Cook – Lead...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Mental Illness (10 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: Since signing the Pledge the Department has been actively engaging employees at all levels in a wide range of positively regarded and innovative initiatives. Focussing on building awareness and capability, this has included: • introducing a mental health buddies scheme for managers; • running workshops on managing employees with mental health illnesses; • championing...

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

Jo Swinson: I regret that it has not yet proved possible to publish the report. The detailed and full responses we received have led to officials making further inquiries into a number of issues. It is important that the views of interested parties are properly considered, and that we take the necessary time to do this. We will issue the report as soon as possible.

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

Jo Swinson: Neither my noble Friend the Minister for Intellectual Property nor I have met with any organisations to discuss this review. However, officials have met with a number of organisations which responded to our Call for Evidence on this issue including at a stakeholder event organised last year.

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

Jo Swinson: No timetable has been set as no decision has been taken to provide civil injunctive powers for businesses, in respect of copycat packaging, under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. We will issue a report on this subject as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Post Offices: Rural Areas (9 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Government has committed nearly £2 billion since 2010 to maintain, modernise and protect a network of at least 11,500 branches, securing its long-term sustainable future. The Post Office is continuing to meet strict access criteria that see, for example, 99% of the rural population living within three miles of a Post Office outlet. The Post Office is modernising and improving...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Offshore Industry: Conditions of Employment (9 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 sets out the legislative framework in relation to our international obligations, such as the International Labour Relations Convention 87. There is no requirement to monitor the compliance of this legislation for any particular sector or company.

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

Jo Swinson: The Government recognises that some people do find unsolicited mail to be a nuisance, which is why we have ensured that there are preference services in place for anyone who wants to stop receiving such mail. There are currently two ‘opt out’ services run by the Direct Marketing Association (DMA): the Mailing Preference Service (MPS) will stop addressed mail and the...

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...

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

Jo Swinson: We intend to publish in due course.

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...


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