Results 81–100 of 2677 for in the 'Written Answers' speaker:Jo Swinson

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...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Fairtrade Initiative (4 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The power of Fairtrade, championed by some of Britain's best brands, is undeniable. While it remains a commercial decision on whether or not to stock Fairtrade products and adopt Fairtrade Principles, sales of Fairtrade products in the UK rose by 14% in 2013/14 to £1.78bn. Policy on Fairtrade products rests with the Department for International Development who have invested...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Foreign Companies (4 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Takeover Code governs takeovers of UK public companies in order to provide an orderly framework for the conduct of bids and to ensure that shareholders are treated fairly and equally. However, the Code does not contain any rules about product standards following a takeover. These would only be regulated by the Takeover Panel if the bidder had made a specific commitment or intention...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Business: Sustainable Development (4 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The UK already requires quoted companies to report, where necessary for an understanding of their business, on environmental matters. Companies are required to report their policy, principle risks and outcomes. In addition, UK will implement directive 2014/95/EU that requires reports to cover, amongst other matters, environmental policy. This disclosure will include a discussion of the...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Insolvency Act 1986 (3 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Deregulation Bill and the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, both currently before Parliament, contain a number of proposals relating to insolvency which will amend the Insolvency Act 1986. Amongst these proposals are: deregulatory and Red Tape Challenge measures aimed at reducing unnecessary regulations and costs in insolvency proceedings; measures to strengthen and improve...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Procurement (2 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The total value of contracts the core Department has with private sector providers is set out in the table below. Records prior to April 2011 are not available. 2011-12 £144.2M 2012-13 £137.0M 2013-14 £216.4M 2014-15 (YTD) £239.8M

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Utilities (2 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has not issued guidance to utility and energy companies on the supply of information of customers to consumer credit reference agencies. These matters are regulated under the Data Protection Act (DPA). Compliance with the DPA is regulated and enforced by the Office of the Information Commissioner which maintains guidance relating to the Act.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Working Mothers: Breastfeeding (2 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Government encourages breastfeeding and recommends employers enable women to breastfeed as a matter of best practice. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is conducting research on pregnancy and maternity-related discrimination and disadvantage in the workplace; which includes the experiences of mothers returning to work from maternity leave. This research will...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Minimum Wage (2 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: In the last five years the Government has named: Year Number of employers named for non-compliance with the National Minimum Wage 2015 to date 107 2014 55 2013 0 2012 1 2011 0 In total these employers owed workers a total of over £476,000 in arrears and have been charged financial penalties totalling over £181,000. On 1 October 2013 the scheme was...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Apprentices (2 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The answer is as follows: (a) one apprentice, aged 19 to 24, not previously employed by the Government. (b) None

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Equal Pay (2 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: Regulations requiring an employment tribunal to order an equal pay audit where an employer is found to be in breach of equal pay law came into force on 1st October 2014. We are not so far aware of any cases where an audit has been ordered.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Apprentices (27 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: I refer the hon Member to the answer I gave to question UIN 225059.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Staff (27 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The table below details the number of full time equivalent officials in the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) that are progressing sector strategies in teams responsible for supporting sectors. BIS does not as a matter of routine count officials in the way asked, because officials will typically fulfil more than one role. The information has therefore required judgements to...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: UN Conference on Women (27 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Government Equalities Office launched a women’s engagement roadshow and online survey to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. We are inviting women’s organisations across the UK to tell us what progress has been made towards gender equality and priorities for future action. Findings from both the series of events and online...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (27 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The UK Government is firmly committed to delivering its obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The UK’s seventh periodic report to the committee was submitted in 2012. Following the UK’s CEDAW examination in July 2013 the committee made a number of observations and recommendations. The Government has...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: UN Commission on the Status of Women (27 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Commission on the Status of Women is recognised worldwide as being the major international forum to progress women’s rights. The UK ‘s objectives for CSW59 are to: · Achieve a strong Political Declaration that publicly reaffirms commitment to the Beijing Platform for Action and calls for a strong and explicit commitment to achieve gender equality, the empowerment and the...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Apprentices (26 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills currently employs 47 apprentices. 3 apprentices are aged (i) 16 to 18, 12 apprentices are aged (ii) 19 to 24 and 32 apprentices are aged (iii) 25 or over. 31 apprentices aged 25 or over were previously employed by the Government. None of the apprentices in the other age groups were previously employed by the Government. ...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Temporary Employment (26 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: Investing in a permanent workforce can have business benefits, however it is for employers and individuals to decide whether this is appropriate in any given situation. The Government has taken some steps to encourage more individuals to discuss different working patterns with their employer where it suits them. As of 30 June last year, all employees with 26 weeks’ continuous service...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Equal Opportunities (26 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: According to the Labour Force Survey, women are most over-represented (80%+) in the childcare and nursing/caring professions, as well as in hairdressing and secretarial occupations. Men are most over-represented (90%+) in construction, engineering, electrical trades and transport. Changing these patterns needs to start in childhood and the Government is working hard to ensure that boys and...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Crimes of Violence: Females (26 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Coalition Government ring-fenced £40m as part of our strategy to end violence against women and girls. We have criminalised forced marriage, introduced new stalking offences and announced a new offence of coercive and controlling behaviour in relation to domestic abuse. The prevalence of sexual assault against women has fallen to a new low of 2.2%, the reporting of these hidden...


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