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star this property date less than 2014-10-20more like thismore than 2014-10-20
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Work Experience remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the recent proposal by the Child Poverty and Social Justice Commission that unpaid internships should be illegal. more like this
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Baroness Berridge more like this
star this property uin HL2219 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-29more like thismore than 2014-10-29
star this property answer text <p>This Government is absolutely clear: exploitation of interns is unacceptable and we don’t hesitate to act where we find that employment law has been broken and someone who is entitled to the minimum wage hasn’t been paid it.</p><p> </p><p>Complaints from interns about non-payment of the minimum wage are prioritised by HMRC for investigation and HMRC will investigate every complaint made to the Pay and Work Rights Helpline.</p><p> </p><p>Research shows that internships and work experience programmes can be valuable opportunities for young people taking their first steps in the labour market. Our work on interns and the National Minimum Wage aims to achieve the right balance between ensuring that opportunities for young people are not cut off and minimising the risk of exploitation.</p><p> </p><p>Our concern, if we were to prohibit unpaid internships, is that this may lead to employers recruiting interns through informal and privileged networks with adverse effects on social mobility or have adverse consequences on the number of available opportunities.</p><p> </p><p>There is no definition of an internship in minimum wage legislation and interns are considered in the same way as everyone else with regards to whether the minimum wage is due. The key issue is whether or not they are workers as defined by minimum wage legislation. If they are, then they are eligible for the minimum wage unless a specific exemption applies. Volunteers are not workers and are not eligible for the minimum wage.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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less than 2014-10-29T16:15:22.2220144Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T16:15:22.2220144Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
100266
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Work Experience remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2014 to Question 209803, how many of the people undertaking work experience have since entered paid employment. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 211299 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-24more like thismore than 2014-10-24
star this property answer text <p>Research with claimants published earlier this year shows that 36 per cent of work experience participants were in employment at the time of interview, and 42 per cent had at least been in employment at some point (even if they were not at the time of the interview).</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/284017/rr865-youth-contract-customer-experiences.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/284017/rr865-youth-contract-customer-experiences.pdf</a></p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wirral West more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
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less than 2014-10-24T12:40:48.9595497Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-24T12:40:48.9595497Z
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4084
star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
142329
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star this property date less than 2014-11-06more like thismore than 2014-11-06
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Work Experience remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people (a) were referred by jobcentres to, and (b) have participated in, his Department's work experience scheme in each year since 2011. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 213751 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-11more like thismore than 2014-11-11
star this property answer text <p>The following table presents the number of work experience placements starts by people of all ages for every year since 2011. Data is only available up to and including May for 2014. The information is published as part of the Youth Contract Official Statistics: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/pre-work-programme-and-get-britain-working#youth-contract" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/pre-work-programme-and-get-britain-working#youth-contract</a></p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Period</p></td><td><p>Work experience placement starts</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>January - December 2011</p></td><td><p>37,920</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>January - December 2012</p></td><td><p>66,500</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>January - December 2013</p></td><td><p>84,200</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>January - May 2014</p></td><td><p>55,750</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Notes:</p><p> </p><p>1. The table shows the number of starts rather than people. Some claimants may have started more than one work experience placement</p><p> </p><p>2. A work experience start is defined as the date the claimant accepted their work experience placement with the employer. This is input by an adviser to the Jobcentre Plus' Labour Market System.</p><p> </p><p>3. Data relating to work experience referrals are not available</p><p> </p><p>4. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Wirral West more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
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less than 2014-11-11T14:18:39.4303364Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-11T14:18:39.4303364Z
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4084
star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey more like this
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163
unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
170270
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-12-15more like thismore than 2014-12-15
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Work Experience remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage and support the remuneration of internships. more like this
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Lord Storey more like this
star this property uin HL3766 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-23more like thismore than 2014-12-23
star this property answer text <p>The term “intern” is not defined in any legislation: entitlement to the minimum wage depends on whether or not an individual is a worker. If an internship meets the legal definition of a worker, then they must be paid at least the minimum wage from the start. Given the dependency on employment status, it is vital that employers and workers understand how this is determined.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Last November, the Minister for Employment Relations launched a series of posters and an information video alongside 200 letters to employers to increase awareness of employers and interns rights and responsibilities in relation to the National Minimum Wage. This was followed by a Facebook campaign. The Facebook messages reached 160,000 young people and HMRC are currently evaluating the impact of the letters sent to employers.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In addition, complaints from interns about non-payment of the minimum wage are prioritised by HMRC for investigation and HMRC will investigate every complaint made to the Pay and Work Rights Helpline. Any worker who believes that they are being paid below the minimum wage should call the helpline on 0800 917 2368.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Determining an individual’s employment status can be complicated; this is why the Business Secretary announced a review of employment status in October this year, to help ensure an employment status framework in the UK that meets the needs of everyone. This is an internal review and will present findings to ministers early next year.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Wallace of Saltaire more like this
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less than 2014-12-23T12:48:32.783Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-23T12:48:32.783Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Wallace of Saltaire more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Storey more like this
171519
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-12-18more like thismore than 2014-12-18
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Work Experience remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many interns are employed to work in the office of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in his Department, the hon. Member for Keighley. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Leicester South more like this
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Jonathan Ashworth more like this
star this property uin 219478 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-15more like thismore than 2015-01-15
star this property answer text <p>None.</p><p> </p><p>More broadly, the Department is committed to offering internships through a number of Whitehall and departmental programs. The majority of our interns are recruited from central Civil Service Diversity programs. This includes the Whitehall Internship, a 2 week funded residential placement aimed at improving workplace skills for students aged 16-18 from underrepresented groups, and the Fast Stream Summer Diversity Internship, which aims to encourage a more diverse mix of applicants for the Civil Service Fast Stream program. Our departmental internships are short-term development opportunities hosted by the Department, which are advertised on the Civil Service jobs website.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Keighley more like this
star this property answering member printed Kris Hopkins more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 219477 more like this
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less than 2015-01-15T17:30:08.99Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-15T17:30:08.99Z
star this property answering member
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star this property label Biography information for Kris Hopkins more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jonathan Ashworth more like this
175901
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-01-27more like thismore than 2015-01-27
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Work Experience remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to promote equal access to intern opportunities for all; and how many disabled people have received help from the Access to Work Fund in order to participate fully in internship programmes. more like this
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Lord Allen of Kensington more like this
star this property uin HL4481 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-02-10more like thismore than 2015-02-10
star this property answer text <p /> <p>Her Majesty’s Government promote equal access to intern opportunities through a series of communications strands such as:</p><p> </p><p>· The rising awareness of Disability Confident Britain and it’s media profile will help increase awareness of the Access to Work (AtW) support available;</p><p>· Continually improving and developing Advisory knowledge and skills in supporting Disabled People into work and remaining in work, and;</p><p>· Marketing the Jobcentre Plus offer directly to employers and other organisations and institutions.</p><p> </p><p>Moreover, Access to Work gives practical support and help to meet additional costs to overcome barriers. AtW can usually support people only in paid internships, however we have extended Access to Work to cover the Supported internships scheme for young people with special educational needs and for young people undertaking Traineeships. DWP does not have a robust means of reporting programme volumes for internships.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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less than 2015-02-10T17:36:41.257Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-10T17:36:41.257Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Allen of Kensington more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-10-09more like thismore than 2015-10-09
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Work Experience remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government has taken in response to the recommendation in the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission's report, State of the Nation 2014: Social Mobility and Child Poverty in Great Britain, published in October 2014, that unpaid internships should be eliminated by 2020. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill more like this
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Phil Boswell more like this
star this property uin 11169 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-10-20more like thismore than 2015-10-20
star this property answer text <p>The Government believes in fair wages for fair work and opportunity for all. When an intern meets the legal definition of a worker they must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage. We actively promote fair and open access to paid internships through the BIS-funded Graduate Talent Pool, and our Social Mobility Business Compact and Common Best Practice Code for High Quality Internships ask employers to ensure that any internships they offer are advertised openly and transparently and are paid fairly. We have also made it simpler to name and shame employers that do not comply with national minimum wage regulations and, in addition, complaints from interns are now fast-tracked by HMRC.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Grantham and Stamford more like this
star this property answering member printed Nick Boles more like this
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11018 more like this
11168 more like this
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less than 2015-10-20T09:33:29.033Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-20T09:33:29.033Z
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3995
star this property label Biography information for Nick Boles more like this
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4388
unstar this property label Biography information for Philip Boswell more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-10-09more like thismore than 2015-10-09
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Work Experience remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government (a) has taken and (b) plans to take in response to the finding in the Institute for Public Policy Research's report, Why Interns Need a Fair Wage, published in July 2010, that the system of unpaid internships excludes young people who come from less well-off families and ensures that certain industries and professions continue to be dominated from particular backgrounds, perpetuating inequality and dampening opportunities for social mobility. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill more like this
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Phil Boswell more like this
star this property uin 11168 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-10-20more like thismore than 2015-10-20
star this property answer text <p>The Government believes in fair wages for fair work and opportunity for all. When an intern meets the legal definition of a worker they must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage. We actively promote fair and open access to paid internships through the BIS-funded Graduate Talent Pool, and our Social Mobility Business Compact and Common Best Practice Code for High Quality Internships ask employers to ensure that any internships they offer are advertised openly and transparently and are paid fairly. We have also made it simpler to name and shame employers that do not comply with national minimum wage regulations and, in addition, complaints from interns are now fast-tracked by HMRC.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Grantham and Stamford more like this
star this property answering member printed Nick Boles more like this
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11018 more like this
11169 more like this
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less than 2015-10-20T09:33:28.793Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-20T09:33:28.793Z
star this property answering member
3995
star this property label Biography information for Nick Boles more like this
star this property tabling member
4388
unstar this property label Biography information for Philip Boswell more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-10-09more like thismore than 2015-10-09
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Work Experience remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government (a) has taken and (b) plans to take in response to the finding on page 99 of the Final Report of the Panel on Fair Access to the Professions that internships operate as part of an informal economy where opportunities depend on personal contacts rather than ability. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill more like this
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Phil Boswell more like this
star this property uin 11018 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-10-20more like thismore than 2015-10-20
star this property answer text <p>The Government believes in fair wages for fair work and opportunity for all. When an intern meets the legal definition of a worker they must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage. We actively promote fair and open access to paid internships through the BIS-funded Graduate Talent Pool, and our Social Mobility Business Compact and Common Best Practice Code for High Quality Internships ask employers to ensure that any internships they offer are advertised openly and transparently and are paid fairly. We have also made it simpler to name and shame employers that do not comply with national minimum wage regulations and, in addition, complaints from interns are now fast-tracked by HMRC.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Grantham and Stamford more like this
star this property answering member printed Nick Boles more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
11168 more like this
11169 more like this
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less than 2015-10-20T09:33:28.95Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-20T09:33:28.95Z
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3995
star this property label Biography information for Nick Boles more like this
star this property tabling member
4388
unstar this property label Biography information for Philip Boswell more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-12-03more like thismore than 2015-12-03
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Work Experience remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2015 to Question 11169, what discussions the Government has had with the devolved administrations on the recommendation in the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission's report, State of the Nation 2014: Social Mobility and Child Poverty in Great Britain, published in October 2014, that unpaid internships should be eliminated by 2020. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill more like this
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Phil Boswell more like this
star this property uin 18611 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-01-18more like thismore than 2016-01-18
star this property answer text <p>No formal discussions on unpaid internships have taken place between the UK Government and the devolved administrations following the publication of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission’s report in October 2014. The UK Government recognises that a number of the levers that can be used to influence social mobility are the responsibility of the devolved administrations, and we are keen to work closely with all partners to help improve social mobility across the United Kingdom.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Grantham and Stamford more like this
star this property answering member printed Nick Boles more like this
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less than 2016-01-18T17:08:37.313Zmore like thismore than 2016-01-18T17:08:37.313Z
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3995
star this property label Biography information for Nick Boles more like this
star this property tabling member
4388
unstar this property label Biography information for Philip Boswell more like this