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Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Insolvency (19 Jan 2015)

Jo Swinson: I regularly receive representations from those who are owed monies by insolvent companies. Unfortunately it is the inevitable consequence of insolvency that some creditors will remain unpaid, but the Government is committed to making sure that we have the fairest possible insolvency regime for when things go wrong. Measures contained in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill will...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Insolvency (19 Jan 2015)

Jo Swinson: I occasionally receive representations from creditors of companies in liquidation about priority of payments in those cases. In broad terms, the principle applied in insolvency cases is that creditors are treated equally, and will receive any payment they are due after the fees, costs and expenses of the liquidation have been paid. This is not an area which the Government has any current...

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

Jo Swinson: The Government has taken decisive action to restore the link between top pay and performance. In October 2013 new laws comprehensively reforming the governance of company directors’ pay came into force, boosting transparency so that shareholders have adequate information, and giving them the power to hold companies to account. We are also seeing good signs of improved engagement...

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

Jo Swinson: The Government is taking action to improve compliance with the National Minimum Wage (NMW) in the social care sector. We are working closely with the Department of Health, Communities and Local Government and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Over the period 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2013, HMRC have made enquiries into 224 employers in the social care sector. Over half of these were paying less...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Staff (19 Jan 2015)

Jo Swinson: The majority of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) training budget is delegated to the individual business units. This enables them to target resources to their learning priorities. BIS does not centrally collate details of individual course attendances. The spend on training in core BIS in the last five years is Year Spend £ 2010/11 2,340,575 ...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Members: Correspondence (16 Jan 2015)

Jo Swinson: A reply to the Rt. Hon. Member was sent on 15 January.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Social Services: Minimum Wage (16 Jan 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Government will name all employers that do not comply with National Minimum Wage regulations unless they meet one of the exceptional circumstances or have arrears of £100 or less. The Government has named 92 employers, including a care provider. Between them they owed workers a total of over £316,000 in arrears and have been charged financial penalties totalling over...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: New Businesses: Females (16 Jan 2015)

Jo Swinson: There are more women-led businesses than ever before. In 2013 990,000 SMEs were either run by women or by a team that was over 50% female, an increase of nearly 140,000 since 2010. But we know more needs to be done, which is why we are working with other Government Departments to increase the number of women who start and grow their own businesses. We have, for example, recently created a...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Equality (15 Jan 2015)

Jo Swinson: Equality is at the heart of all policy and decision making by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. To help comply with the Equality Act 2010, analysis conducted of the impact on equality of its key policies and decisions are regularly published by the department and available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications?commit=Refresh+re...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Homophobia (15 Jan 2015)

Jo Swinson: This Government has made tackling bullying in schools, including homophobic bullying, a top priority. It is unacceptable for anyone to be victimised, harmed or bullied in any way. All schools must have a behaviour policy which includes measures to prevent and tackle all forms of bullying and the Government has provided schools with advice which sets out the steps that schools can take to...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Postal Services: Harrow (13 Jan 2015)

Jo Swinson: Parliament gave Ofcom, as an independent regulator for postal services, the powers and tools it needs to assess the effects of competition on the provision of the universal service and to take appropriate action if the universal service is ever found to be at risk from competition. Ofcom has an effective monitoring regime in place, which includes a notification condition requiring...

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

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) currently has 9 Ministers, 7 of whom share offices with other Government Departments. There are no external appointees currently working in BIS ministerial offices. The total number of civil service appointed Private Office staff as at 6 January 2015 is 33. BIS is unable to provide any historic data due to changes to the HR systems.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Business: Regulation (12 Jan 2015)

Jo Swinson: The trades referral industry can help consumers to identify reliable tradespersons. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills currently has no plans to carry out a review of the trades referral industry. With regard to repair, maintenance and improvement of homes my Department licenses the TrustMark scheme which enables consumers to select with confidence tradespersons who have been...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Staff (8 Jan 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) seeks to ensure its procurement policy is aligned with wider Government policy as led by the Crown Commercial Service, part of the Cabinet Office. It is not currently BIS policy to request diversity data of the staff working for companies contracted by the Department, but we will keep this option under review.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Estate Agents: Fees and Charges (8 Jan 2015)

Jo Swinson: We have worked closely with the Property Ombudsman on this matter. Last month he published specific guidance to estate agents underlining their obligations under the Ombudsman’s Code of Practice which is available at: http://www.tpos.co.uk/members_index.htm These obligations include requirements for transparency of information, avoidance of conflicts of interest and fairness...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Citizens' Advice Bureaux: Wales (7 Jan 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) fund the national umbrella body for the Citizens Advice Service in England and Wales – Citizens Advice – on behalf of all Government departments and the Welsh Government. Central Government does not fund individual Citizens Advice Bureaux who receive funding from a variety of public, charity and private sources, with...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Housing: Sales (7 Jan 2015)

Jo Swinson: There are government funded consumer websites such as the Money Advice Service and Citizens Advice that provide advice and guidance to home sellers who wish to sell their property quickly and may be considering businesses offering a quick sale service. In 2013, the Office for Fair Trading published a report on quick house sales and as a result targeted advice and tips were developed for...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Cosalt (7 Jan 2015)

Jo Swinson: A report on the directors’ conduct was submitted by the administrators of Cosalt plc to my Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986. When considering whether to seek a director’s disqualification The Insolvency Service has to consider the seriousness of the misconduct alleged and whether...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: City Link (7 Jan 2015)

Jo Swinson: In the first instance, it will be for the appointed Administrators to investigate the events leading up to the collapse of Citylink. The Administrators also have a statutory obligation to report confidentially to The Insolvency Service about the conduct of the directors. If misconduct is alleged the Secretary of State then has a discretionary power to seek the disqualification of the...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: City Link (7 Jan 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills was notified of the impending administration of City Link Limited on 23 December 2014. It is typical that an insolvent company has insufficient money to pay their creditors in full (including employees). This is why there are special arrangements for employees who are made redundant under the insolvency provisions of the Employment...


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