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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 remove filter
answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
question first answered
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
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 remove filter
answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-06-30T16:36:52.8147083Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
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
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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 remove filter
answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
question first answered
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
63556
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 Educational Testing 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, what current contracts (a) his Department and (b) each of his Department's executive agencies or non-departmental public bodies hold with the Educational Testing Service or any of that organisation's subsidiaries. more like this
tabling member constituency Bognor Regis and Littlehampton more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Nick Gibb more like this
uin 202232 more like this
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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 Department does not have any contracts with the Educational Testing Service or any of its subsidiaries.</p><p /> <p>I have approached the Chief Executives of the Department's Executive Agencies (Insolvency Service, Companies House, National Measurement Office, Intellectual Property Office, UK Space Agency, Ordnance Survey, Met Office, Land Registry and the Skills Funding Agency) and they will respond to my Hon. Friend directly.</p><p /> <p>Information for non-departmental public bodies is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire remove filter
answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-07-01T14:12:38.2176926Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-01T14:12:38.2176926Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
attachment
1
file name Executive Agency letters - UIN202232.pdf more like this
title Executive Agency letters more like this
tabling member
111
label Biography information for Nick Gibb 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 remove filter
answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
question first answered
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
63554
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 Performance Appraisal 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 proportion of (a) disabled and (b) all other staff employed by his Department received each level of performance rating in their end of year performance assessment for 2013-14. more like this
tabling member constituency South Shields more like this
tabling member printed
Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
uin 202047 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-07-01more like thismore than 2014-07-01
answer text <p>In common with most other Government Departments, BIS currently has three performance categories; category 1 (top), category 2 and category 3. The following table sets out the percentage of employees who have declared a disability within each performance category, and the percentage of all other staff in each performance category for the 2013-14 reporting year. The percentage of all other staff includes those who have either declared that they do not have a disability, have chosen the option of ‘prefer not to say' or have not made a declaration. 6.5% of staff BIS have currently declared that they have a disability.</p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Percentage</p></td><td><p>Category 1</p></td><td><p>Category 2</p></td><td><p>Category 3</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Those who have declared a disability</p></td><td><p>16%</p></td><td><p>54%</p></td><td><p>30%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>All other staff</p></td><td><p>23%</p></td><td><p>59%</p></td><td><p>18%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>BIS undertakes a number of activities to mitigate against the risk of discriminatory performance markings including training for managers and staff on unconscious bias and specific guidance on making reasonable adjustments for disabled employees.</p>
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire remove filter
answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-07-01T14:16:54.3212437Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-01T14:16:54.3212437Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
4277
label Biography information for Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
64271
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-06-26more like thismore than 2014-06-26
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 Energy 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 estimate he has made of his Department's consumption in kWh of (a) gas and (b) electricity in each month since June 2010; and what the cost of such consumption has been in each such month. more like this
tabling member constituency Rutherglen and Hamilton West more like this
tabling member printed
Tom Greatrex more like this
uin 202700 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-07-02more like thismore than 2014-07-02
answer text <p>This information is currently being collated and I will arrange for this data to be deposited in the libraries of the House as soon as possible.</p> more like this
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire remove filter
answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-07-02T15:15:38.6793166Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-02T15:15:38.6793166Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
4047
label Biography information for Tom Greatrex more like this
64650
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-06-30more like thismore than 2014-06-30
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 Conditions of Employment 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 assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Flexible Working Regulations 2014 on workers with zero hours contracts. more like this
tabling member constituency Edinburgh South more like this
tabling member printed
Ian Murray more like this
uin 203174 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-07-03more like thismore than 2014-07-03
answer text <p> </p><p>Under the new regulations, which were brought into force on the 30 June, all employees with 26 continuous weeks of service have the right to request flexible working from their employer. Individuals on zero hours contracts, and who are employees, can request a change in their contracts which could also include a request to move to a fixed hours contract.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Individuals on zero hours contracts may be employees or workers, depending on the contract agreed between them and their employer. The Government does not keep records on the proportion of individual zero hours contracts workers on either employee or worker contracts.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>While individuals on zero hour contracts, and who are not employees, do not have a statutory right to request flexible working, they can make an informal request to their employer to vary their hours or their working pattern. An employer can also choose to offer contractual rights that are more generous than those provided for in statute.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire remove filter
answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-07-03T14:45:09.4096601Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-03T14:45:09.4096601Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
3966
label Biography information for Ian Murray more like this
64458
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-06-27more like thismore than 2014-06-27
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 Comet Group 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, when he expects the report from the Insolvency Service into the collapse of Comet to be published. more like this
tabling member constituency Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle more like this
tabling member printed
Alan Johnson more like this
uin 202955 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-07-07more like thismore than 2014-07-07
answer text <p>The Insolvency Service's fact-finding inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the insolvency of Comet Group Ltd is being conducted under section 447 of the Companies Act. Publication of the findings of such investigations is prohibited by law although when an inquiry results in the winding up of the company, or the prosecution or disqualification of its directors, this is publicised.</p> more like this
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire remove filter
answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-07-07T15:49:37.8050675Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-07T15:49:37.8050675Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
376
label Biography information for Alan Johnson more like this
64639
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-06-30more like thismore than 2014-06-30
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 Apprentices 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 apprentices there are in his Department. more like this
tabling member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
tabling member printed
Andrew Jones more like this
uin 203019 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-07-07more like thismore than 2014-07-07
answer text <p>BIS currently employs 58 apprentices. A further 10 apprentices will be appointed under the Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship scheme in September 2014.</p> more like this
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire remove filter
answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-07-07T15:47:21.1920127Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-07T15:47:21.1920127Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
3996
label Biography information for Andrew Jones more like this