Results 101–120 of 2734 for in the 'Written Answers' speaker:Jo Swinson

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.

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

Jo Swinson: In the 2014 People Survey, 15% of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) respondents declaring a long-standing physical or mental health condition, illness, impairment or disability reported that they had personally experienced bullying or harassment at work in the past 12 months. 5% of BIS respondents declaring that they did not have a long-standing physical or mental health condition,...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Surveys (18 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: In the 2014 People Survey, 66% of Department for Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS – which includes the Government Equalities Office) respondents declaring a long-standing physical or mental health condition, illness, impairment or disability responded that they were treated fairly at work. 80% of DCMS respondents declaring that they did not have a long-standing physical or mental...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Policy (18 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Government Equalities Office has implemented all of the commitments in the Coalition’s Programme for Government that fall either wholly or in part to us. These were as follows: We will promote equal pay and take a range of measures to end discrimination in the workplace. We will look to promote gender equality on the boards of listed companies We will use our relationships...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Surveys (18 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: According to the 2014 staff survey, 9% of staff in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (which includes the Government Equalities Office) reported experiencing bullying or harassment at work. Due to the small numbers of staff involved, the data is not split between disabled or non-disabled staff for data protection purposes.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Surveys (17 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: In the 2014 People Survey, 71% of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) respondents declaring a long-standing physical or mental health condition, illness, impairment or disability responded that they were treated fairly at work. 80% of BIS respondents declaring that they did not have a long-standing physical or mental health condition, illness, impairment or disability responded that...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Money Lenders (17 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Department does not hold information relating to changes in the number of people using illegal lending sources as a result of new regulations and the annual levy on payday loan companies. However, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) works closely with the national Trading Standards Illegal Money Lending Teams (IMLTs) across the UK to monitor trends and police the market, and both have...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Advertising (16 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Department has been responsible for running some major campaigns over the course of this financial year. These include promoting the take up and increasing awareness of apprenticeships via the Get in, Go Far campaign and increasing awareness of rights for flexible working and shared parental leave. We have also encouraged businesses to grow and take advantage of support that is available...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: LighterLife UK (16 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: My Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, has received no representations on LighterLife UK's business practices.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: LighterLife UK (16 Mar 2015)

Jo Swinson: My Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills has received no representations from LighterLife UK franchise on that company’s business practices.

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...


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