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Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Citizens Advice (29 Jan 2015)

Jo Swinson: The table below sets out the amount of funding the Department allocated to Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland in 2013-2014 together with funding levels as set out in their respective grant allocation letters for the current financial year (2014-15). Funding allocations for 2015-16 have yet to be confirmed. Financial Year Citizens Advice (£) Citizens Advice Scotland...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Insolvency (26 Jan 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Insolvency Service sets its fees in accordance with HM Treasury’s ‘Managing Public Money’ principles which require that the standard approach is to set charges to recover the full costs of dealing with the cases it administers. The costs which must be taken into account are set out in the Managing Public Money Guidance published by HM Treasury. The intention with...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Insolvency (26 Jan 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Insolvency Service reviews its fees and charges annually. The Insolvency Service is required to set fees to ensure full cost recovery. The last fee increases were made in April 2014.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Insolvency (26 Jan 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Official Receiver’s fees charged in compulsory liquidation cases are calculated in accordance with principles outlined in HM Treasury’s ‘Managing Public Money’ guidance which provides that the standard approach is to set charges to recover full costs. Fees are set to reflect the average cost of the Official Receiver administering a case and are set out in...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Post Offices: Rhyl (26 Jan 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Post Office’s directly managed Crown network has incurred heavy and historic losses (totalling £26 million in the Post Office’s last reported full financial year). Eliminating these losses is a key element of the Post Office’s strategy to provide for the long-term sustainable future of the network. As part of that strategy the Post Office is seeking to...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Insolvency (26 Jan 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Insolvency Service is required to set its fees in line with the principles laid out in HM Treasury’s “Managing Public Money” guidance, which specify that charges should be set to recover full costs. This approach is intended to make sure that the government neither profits at the expense of consumers nor makes a loss for taxpayers to subside. Fees charged are set out in...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Origin Marking (22 Jan 2015)

Jo Swinson: 329 organisations and companies were contacted and 45 interviews were conducted by the research company carrying out the study on the impact of compulsory country of origin marking on behalf of the Department. Respondents were asked for permission for their name to be included in the final report, but only 12 did so. We have asked the research company to contact all of those respondents that...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Working Hours: EU Law (22 Jan 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Working Time Directive was last negotiated in 2012 by European Social Partners. That negotiation ended without agreement in 2013 and the initiative is back with the European Commission. The Directive is not currently in negotiation, but the UK is making its priorities clear. The European Commission have just issued a public consultation on the Directive. The Government is preparing its...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Insolvency Service (20 Jan 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Insolvency Service has recently undertaken reviews of its systems and processes to identify ways to reduce costs. It also regularly reviews its fees. In addition, measures contained in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill will benefit creditors by saving an estimated £20m per year from the cost of all insolvency proceedings.

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

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills ran a formal consultation on the Product Safety and Market Surveillance Package from 10 July 2013 to 4 September 2013. Details of the Consultation can be found on the following link to the Gov.UK website: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/product-safety-a nd-market-surveillance-package-proposal-for-new-european-reg ulations In...

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

Jo Swinson: All products intended for use by consumers are regulated under the General Product Safety Regulations (GPSR) 2005 which implements the EU’s General Product Safety Directive (GPSD). A producer must not supply a consumer product unless it satisfies the general safety requirement (regulation 5 of the General Product Safety Regulations 2005). Further still there is also robust legislation,...

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...


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