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Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Employment Agencies: Inspections (26 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: Across the agencies visited in Sheffield in February, the following potential breaches of the Conduct Regulations were found: Regulation 5 – Cannot make the provision of work-finding conditionally upon buying goods or services supplied by the agency Regulation 10 – Transfer fees for a temporary worker moving to a permanent position with a hirer or third party Regulation 13...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Employment Agencies: Inspections (26 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The most common breaches of the obligations under the Conduct Regulations are: Regulation 12 - Withholding payment for work undertaken Regulation 13 – Information to be given in writing about goods or services provided by the agency Regulation 14 – Terms to be agreed with a work-seeker Regulation 15 – Specific information to be contained in the terms agreed under...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate (26 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The resources in EAS have doubled this year and will increase again in the next financial year. Since November 2014, three staff who were on loan to HMRC have returned to EAS. We are currently undertaking a recruitment exercise to further increase EAS resources and the remaining EAS staff on loan may apply to return if they choose.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: EU Law (26 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: Since making the Reports on Payments to Government Regulations and the introduction of the Financial Conduct Authority rules in December 2014 the government has continued to have discussions with all stakeholders. The most recent meeting between the department, civil society and industry representatives was held in February 2015. I have since spoken to representatives from the Publish What...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Arts: Pay (26 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: We are committed to improving compliance with the National Minimum Wage. We do not currently have plans to publish guidance for individual sectors; however we will carefully consider the Low Pay Commissions (LPC) recommendations. We continue to work with the LPC and HMRC to ensure we provide clear and comprehensive information on the minimum wage rules, particularly in those sectors...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Public Houses (26 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: This Government is committed to supporting a fair and flourishing pubs sector. We have scrapped the beer duty escalator, and in Budget 2015 we cut beer duty for the third year in a row. Through the Community Right to Bid, we are giving community organisations in England a better chance to save their local pub by listing it as an Asset of Community Value (ACV). And, from 6 April, we will...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Natural History Museum (25 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is in regular contact with the Natural History Museum and, following its recent collaboration with Marks and Spencer on a dinosaur-themed clothing line, the Museum has confirmed it is working with the retailer to expand the range to include products for girls. Products in the Museum shop are displayed without gender differentiation for children and...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Staff (24 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: Table 1 gives the proportion of staff in each ethnic group in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. These proportions are statistical estimates derived from the 2014 Civil Service People Survey. Table 1: Ethnicity of staff in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Ethnicity Estimated Proportion White or White British 77% Asian or Asian British 5% ...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Easter (24 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: My Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills does not intend to bring the Easter Act 1928 into force in the near future. The Easter Act 1928 would set the date for Easter to fall on a Sunday between 9 and 15 April each year. The Easter Act 1928 remains on the Statute Book, but has not been brought into force. To do so would require an Order in Council, with the...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Ict (24 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: Staff are not prevented from downloading any news applications for use on their work-provided phones and tablets.

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Ict (24 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: GEO users are not prevented from downloading any news applications for use on their work-provided phones and tablets.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Investment (23 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Government has taken a variety of significant steps to promote stewardship and engagement on the part of institutional investors. A key focus has been to work closely with the investment industry on initiatives involving both institutional investors and asset managers, acknowledging that while some institutional investors engage directly with companies, many others delegate to asset...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Ouija Boards (23 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Government has no plans to regulate the sale of Ouija boards.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate (23 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate (EAS) enforce the Employment Agencies Act 1973 and the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 (both as amended). We have doubled EAS resource this financial year and will increase resource again for the financial year 2015/16. This additional resource is being used for targeted enforcement in high risk areas in...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Conditions of Employment (20 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: New tighter rules governing ‘off-payroll’ appointments in central government were established in May 2012 when the Chief Secretary to the Treasury published the Review of the Tax Arrangements of Public Sector Appointees. The recommendations of the Review mean that the most senior staff must go on the payroll, and departments are now able to seek assurance in relation to the tax...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Research (19 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: Information on the total amount of expenditure by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on both research and development and the total departmental spending on services is publically available on gov.uk as part of the Country and Regional Analysis (CRA) statistical release. This information covers 2009-10 through to 2013-14 and can be found at the following web link: ...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Pay (19 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: There are no direct employees in this Department paid less than the living wage, either nationally or in Scotland. We do not centrally hold details of the pay levels of staff working for companies contracted by the Department. However on 1 April 2014 my Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills confirmed a requirement for companies contracted by the...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Advertising (19 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: We estimate that spend in March on advertising and communications will be around £4m. Full details of our spend will be published in our Annual Report and Accounts later in the year. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has been responsible for running some major campaigns over the course of this financial year. These include promoting the take up and increasing...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Post Offices (19 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: Since the landmark £20 million Post Office Community Fund started accepting applications in June 2014 more than 340 Community post offices have applied for funding. More than 250 of these proposals have been approved to date and of these more than 85 have been completed, bringing significant benefits to communities, customers and subpostmasters across the UK. The fund remains open for...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Advertising (18 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 17th March 2015 by my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Cabinet Office (Francis Maude) to Question UIN 227295.


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