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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-12-15more like thismore than 2014-12-15
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
hansard heading Scottish Power more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he received reports from the MacDonald Partnership in relation to mis-sold Scottish Power Power Plan warranties; what the titles of such reports were; and when he plans to respond to those reports. more like this
tabling member constituency Liverpool, Walton more like this
tabling member printed
Steve Rotheram more like this
uin 218595 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-17more like thismore than 2014-12-17
answer text <p>The initial report from Mr MacDonald was received on 17 July 2014 for review by the Insolvency Service. Further information including another more detailed report was received from him during September and October 2014, and these again have been reviewed by the Insolvency Service. The reports are confidential.</p><p> </p><p>The reports themselves do not require a direct response but I can confirm that the Insolvency Service has completed its review of this material and is in communication with Mr MacDonald.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
answering member printed Jo Swinson remove filter
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less than 2014-12-17T11:11:20.067Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-17T11:11:20.067Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
4035
label Biography information for Steve Rotheram more like this
63832
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-06-25more like thismore than 2014-06-25
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
hansard heading Motor Vehicles: Insurance more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will request that the Office of Fair Trading investigates the level of competition in the car insurance industry. more like this
tabling member constituency Rochdale more like this
tabling member printed
Simon Danczuk more like this
uin 202297 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-06-30more like thismore than 2014-06-30
answer text <p> </p><p>The competition powers of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) passed to the new Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on 1 April 2014. Like the OFT, the CMA is an independent authority, and therefore has complete discretion to investigate those cases, which, according to its prioritisation principles, it considers most appropriate.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In the case of the private motor insurance industry, the CMA is already conducting a market investigation, and on 12 June set out for consultation its proposed changes to the market. These include a cap on the charges to the insurer of an at-fault driver in an accident for the cost of providing a replacement vehicle to the non-fault driver; better information for consumers; and a ban on price parity agreements between price comparison websites and insurers. Further details are available via this link to the CMA press release:<a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cma-sets-out-changes-for-private-motor-insurance" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cma-sets-out-changes-for-private-motor-insurance</a></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
answering member printed Jo Swinson remove filter
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less than 2014-06-30T15:20:43.1074764Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-30T15:20:43.1074764Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
4059
label Biography information for Simon Danczuk more like this
63553
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-06-24more like thismore than 2014-06-24
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
hansard heading Public Houses more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to consult family and micro-brewery pub owners on the proposed mandatory code of practice. more like this
tabling member constituency North Swindon more like this
tabling member printed
Justin Tomlinson more like this
uin 202039 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-06-30more like thismore than 2014-06-30
answer text <p> </p><p>The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills consulted family brewers and micro-brewers as part of last year's public consultation on proposals for a Statutory Code and independent Adjudicator for the pubs sector.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We received 34 written responses to the consultation from pub companies and breweries with fewer than 500 pubs, and from micro-breweries. In addition to this, Ministers and officials met with family and micro-brewers and their representative bodies before, during and after the consultation to discuss our proposals to establish a Statutory Code and independent Adjudicator.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>For further information on stakeholders that ministers have met, I refer my hon Friend to the reply my hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff Central gave to the hon. Member for Chesterfield on 16 June 2014, Official Report, column 426W.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Department will continue to take an even handed approach to discussions with stakeholders from all sides of the debate as legislation proceeds through Parliament. Stakeholders, including family and micro-brewers, will also be given a further opportunity to comment on the Statutory Code through a further consultation once legislation is in place.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
answering member printed Jo Swinson remove filter
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less than 2014-06-30T15:11:16.0588763Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-30T15:11:16.0588763Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
4105
label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
63465
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-06-24more like thismore than 2014-06-24
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
hansard heading Employment Tribunals Service more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many times his Department has appeared at an employment tribunal to contest protective awards in each of the last five years. more like this
tabling member constituency Kingston upon Hull North more like this
tabling member printed
Diana Johnson more like this
uin 202008 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-06-30more like thismore than 2014-06-30
answer text <p> </p><p>The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has not appeared before an employment tribunal to contest a protective award.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Protective awards are determined by Employment Tribunals following applications made by former employees or their representatives.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>BIS is sometimes joined as a respondent in protective award claims, because under legislation, the Secretary of State guarantees the payment of protective awards made in favour of employees whose employer is insolvent, up to a certain amount.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>It is for the Tribunal to establish the facts in each case, considering evidence of the actions taken by employers and their representatives, and decide whether there was adequate consultation on redundancies BIS is not in a position to know the extent to which an employer or their representative consulted with employees and does not give evidence on that point nor take any particular position.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>BIS' responsibility is to establish what payments are due and who is entitled to receive them. We therefore make written representations to the tribunal on points of law or to seek clarification of who is covered by a protective award. We may appeal an award, but only if we consider that the tribunal has made the judgment based on an incorrect reading of the legislation.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The number of cases where BIS has made representations to an employment tribunal regarding protective award cases in the last 5 years is not readily available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
answering member printed Jo Swinson remove filter
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less than 2014-06-30T16:36:52.8147083Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-30T16:36:52.8147083Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
1533
label Biography information for Diana Johnson more like this
63995
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-06-25more like thismore than 2014-06-25
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
hansard heading Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what changes his Department plans to bring forward to the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988. more like this
tabling member constituency Bury North more like this
tabling member printed
Mr David Nuttall more like this
uin 202554 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-06-30more like thismore than 2014-06-30
answer text <p> </p><p>For the past ten months, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has been discussing with industry, enforcement authorities and the fire services, a proposal to bring forward changes to the match and cigarette tests in the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988. We believe this would bring benefits to both businesses and consumers by reducing the levels of potentially harmful flame retardant chemicals generally used to meet the requirements of the match test, while also improving fire safety. Any such changes would be subject to formal public consultation.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
answering member printed Jo Swinson remove filter
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less than 2014-06-30T15:21:52.7375641Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-30T15:21:52.7375641Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
4140
label Biography information for Mr David Nuttall more like this
63833
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-06-25more like thismore than 2014-06-25
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
hansard heading British Irish Council more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, in how many meetings of the British-Irish Council he has taken part. more like this
tabling member constituency East Londonderry more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
uin 202300 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-06-30more like thismore than 2014-06-30
answer text <p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>My Rt Hon Friend, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills has not held any meetings with the British-Irish Council within the last year.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
answering member printed Jo Swinson remove filter
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less than 2014-06-30T16:28:23.4974705Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-30T16:28:23.4974705Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
1409
label Biography information for Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
63989
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-06-25more like thismore than 2014-06-25
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
hansard heading NHS: Mergers more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much the (a) Competition Commission and (b) Office of Fair Trading spent on assessing mergers in the NHS in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14. more like this
tabling member constituency Oldham East and Saddleworth more like this
tabling member printed
Debbie Abrahams more like this
uin 202460 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-06-30more like thismore than 2014-06-30
answer text <p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Competition Commission's (CC's) inquiry into the proposed merger between Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals Foundation Trust and Poole Hospital Foundation Trust, which was concluded in 2013/14, was the Commission's only assessment of an NHS Foundation Trust merger. The cost of this inquiry was £710,000, which includes the cost of the staff on the inquiry amounting to £639,000 and direct costs of £71,000 (including survey costs).</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) did not collect specific information on the resources used in considering mergers involving NHS Foundation Trusts. However, the average approximate cost involved in scrutiny of a merger by the OFT was £20,000; in total, the OFT considered four mergers involving NHS Foundation Trusts in 2012-13 and 2013-14, of which only one was referred for further scrutiny by the CC.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
answering member printed Jo Swinson remove filter
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less than 2014-06-30T16:26:17.3525048Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-30T16:26:17.3525048Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
4212
label Biography information for Debbie Abrahams more like this
63464
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-06-24more like thismore than 2014-06-24
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
hansard heading Insolvency more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many times the Insolvency Service's Redundancy Payments Service has made payments in cases where Deloitte was appointed the administrator in each of the last five years; how many such cases also involved payments made for protective awards; and how much was paid out for (a) statutory entitlements and (b) protective awards in each such case. more like this
tabling member constituency Kingston upon Hull North more like this
tabling member printed
Diana Johnson more like this
uin 202007 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-06-30more like thismore than 2014-06-30
answer text <p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In the last five years, the Insolvency Service's Redundancy Payments Services have paid £77,233,534.54 in statutory entitlements, in 173 cases where Deloitte was appointed the administrator or liquidator.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Of these cases, 20 cases resulted in protective award judgments totalling £6,930,864.72 paid from the National Insurance Fund.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Due to the number of cases, it is not possible to disclose how much was paid in each individual case so a total has been provided instead.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
answering member printed Jo Swinson remove filter
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less than 2014-06-30T15:18:20.4258852Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-30T15:18:20.4258852Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
1533
label Biography information for Diana Johnson more like this
63993
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-06-25more like thismore than 2014-06-25
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
hansard heading Public Houses more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make it his policy to introduce a legal requirement for pubcos to offer a free-of-tie option in the public house sector. more like this
tabling member constituency Torbay more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Adrian Sanders more like this
uin 202502 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-07-01more like thismore than 2014-07-01
answer text <p>The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, introduced to this House on 25 June 2014, does not include provision for mandatory free-of-tie. The Government recognises that some tenant groups and campaigners support this option, which might appear to offer a simple way of ensuring that tied tenants are no worse off than free-of-tie tenants. We looked carefully at this measure but have decided not to introduce it.</p><p>The responses to the Government's consultation on a Statutory Code and Adjudicator for the pubs sector raised concerns that mandatory free-of-tie would create uncertainty for pub-owning companies and have an unpredictable impact on the wider pubs sector which could even undermine the tied model. Even among the polarised views in the industry, there is strong support for the tie as a business model. What is important to the Government is that there are protections in place so that the tied model operates fairly. The reforms being taken forward in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill will rebalance the relationship between pub-owning companies and their tied tenants, without threatening the balance of the wider industry.</p>
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
answering member printed Jo Swinson remove filter
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less than 2014-07-01T14:19:32.6875987Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-01T14:19:32.6875987Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
237
label Biography information for Mr Adrian Sanders more like this
63990
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-06-25more like thismore than 2014-06-25
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
hansard heading Companies: Ownership more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will ensure that his legislative proposals aimed at creating a public register of beneficial ownership ensure that information in the register has undergone verification. more like this
tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Tom Clarke more like this
uin 202441 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-07-01more like thismore than 2014-07-01
answer text <p>The Government recognises that register integrity is an important issue. This Department is carefully considering with Companies House and others what checks are necessary to ensure integrity of data and that the registration of company information in the UK remains quick, simple and inexpensive.</p><p>The current UK register is one of the most open in the world, and is accessed over 240 million times a year. This means the information is policed on a significant scale by the public, who report anomalies to Companies House for follow up.</p> more like this
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
answering member printed Jo Swinson remove filter
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less than 2014-07-01T14:22:27.771284Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-01T14:22:27.771284Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
583
label Biography information for Mr Tom Clarke more like this