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star this property date less than 2015-12-17more like thismore than 2015-12-17
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
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star 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
star this property hansard heading Prisons: Education more like this
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 educational provision there is for offenders who are unable to read or write. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency South Shields more like this
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Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
star this property uin 20704 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2016-01-18more like thismore than 2016-01-18
star this property answer text <br /> <br /><p>The Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) arrangements deliver a broad range of provision in adult prisons across England, operating within funding rules set by the Skills Funding Agency. Those funding rules require providers to deliver a core curriculum, commissioned by the prison Governor or the lead Governor for a cluster of prisons, in conjunction with the Skills Funding Agency, which must include mandatory initial assessment of English (and maths) for all prisoners on reception to custody as well as English, maths and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provision.</p><br /><p><strong></strong></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 2016-01-18T16:58:02.58Zmore like thismore than 2016-01-18T16:58:02.58Z
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star this property label Biography information for Nick Boles more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck remove filter
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-12-17more like thismore than 2015-12-17
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 remove filter
star 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
star this property hansard heading Prisoners: Literacy 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, how many non-remand prisoners are classified a illiterate; and how many such prisoners there were in each prison in each of the last 10 years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency South Shields more like this
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Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
star this property uin 20699 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2016-01-18more like thismore than 2016-01-18
star this property answer text <br /><p>There is no formal definition for illiteracy but English at Level 2 is defined as the desirable level for day-to-day life. Mandatory English and maths assessments for newly-received prisoners (except individuals who have been assessed recently, and those who already have maths and English at Level 2) were introduced from academic year 2014/15. The outcomes for the English education assessments in 2014/15 are published online at the FE Data Library (link below).</p><br /><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/473764/feandskills-OLASS-participation-english-and-maths-assessments.xls" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/473764/feandskills-OLASS-participation-english-and-maths-assessments.xls</a></p><p><strong></strong></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 2016-01-18T17:00:01.837Zmore like thismore than 2016-01-18T17:00:01.837Z
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star this property label Biography information for Nick Boles more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck remove filter
433725
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-12-02more like thismore than 2015-12-02
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 remove filter
star 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
star this property hansard heading Offshoring more like this
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 assessment his Department has made of the (a) effect to date and (b) potential future effect on the UK skills base of the outsourcing of UK manufacturing and energy supply chain contracts to other EU member states. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency South Shields more like this
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Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
star this property uin 18515 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-12-07more like thismore than 2015-12-07
star this property answer text <p>I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 7 December 2015 to Question UIN <a href="http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2015-12-02/18533/" target="_blank">18533</a>.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Broxtowe more like this
star this property answering member printed Anna Soubry more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 18518 more like this
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less than 2015-12-07T16:10:35.977Zmore like thismore than 2015-12-07T16:10:35.977Z
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star this property label Biography information for Anna Soubry more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck remove filter
433726
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-12-02more like thismore than 2015-12-02
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 remove filter
star 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
star this property hansard heading Wind Power: Scotland more like this
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 assessment he has made of the potential economic effect on Scotland of Buchan Deep supply chain work being awarded to a company that will undertake the work overseas. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency South Shields more like this
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Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
star this property uin 18518 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-12-07more like thismore than 2015-12-07
star this property answer text <p>I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 7 December 2015 to Question UIN <a href="http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2015-12-02/18533/" target="_blank">18533</a>.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Broxtowe more like this
star this property answering member printed Anna Soubry more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 18515 more like this
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less than 2015-12-07T16:10:36.027Zmore like thismore than 2015-12-07T16:10:36.027Z
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star this property label Biography information for Anna Soubry more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck remove filter
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star this property date less than 2014-06-24more like thismore than 2014-06-24
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 remove filter
star 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
star this property hansard heading Performance Appraisal more like this
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star this property 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
star this property tabling member constituency South Shields more like this
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Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
star this property uin 202047 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-07-01more like thismore than 2014-07-01
star this property 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>
star this property answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
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less than 2014-07-01T14:16:54.3212437Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-01T14:16:54.3212437Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck remove filter
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star this property date less than 2015-03-11more like thismore than 2015-03-11
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 remove filter
star 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
star this property hansard heading Surveys 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 proportion of (a) disabled and (b) all other staff in his Department reported experiencing bullying or harassment at work in the most recent Civil Service People Survey. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency South Shields more like this
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Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
star this property uin 227146 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-03-18more like thismore than 2015-03-18
star this property answer text <p>In the 2014 People Survey, 15% of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) respondents declaring a long-standing physical or mental health condition, illness, impairment or disability reported that they had personally experienced bullying or harassment at work in the past 12 months.</p><p>5% of BIS respondents declaring that they did not have a long-standing physical or mental health condition, illness, impairment or disability reported that they had personally experienced bullying or harassment at work in the past 12 months.</p><p>Overall, the BIS scores for bullying or harassment at work in the past 12 months are better than the Civil Service benchmark. 7% of all BIS respondents reported that they had personally experienced bullying or harassment at work in the past 12 months. This is 3 points lower than the Civil Service benchmark (10%).</p><p><strong>Actions to improve results include:</strong></p><ul><li>Delivering the Civil Service Talent Action Plan and the BIS Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&amp;I) Strategy to continue to build an increasingly inclusive Department where everyone is treated fairly. This includes actions relating to disability, which is identified as a priority demographic within the Department. Examples of deliverables under the Plan and Strategy include:</li></ul><p> </p><ol><li>The appointment of disability, race and gender champions at Director level to work with our Board level ED&amp;I Champion and the Diversity Networks to support and highlight barriers so they can be addressed at an early stage.</li><li>Professor Binna Kandola ran 3 unconscious bias sessions for managers last autumn to raise greater diversity awareness and address issues across BIS.</li><li>Mandated unconscious bias e-learning for all line managers to ensure that we attain a baseline of awareness across all BIS managers.</li><li>Piloting non-executive board members’ providing coaching and mentoring to under-represented SCS staff.</li><li>Launched a Reverse Mentoring programme where 2 Directors General and 6 Directors receive mentoring from a junior BME and/or disabled member of staff. The programme aims to lead to more inclusive decision making and a better understanding of perceptions and behaviour.</li></ol><p> </p><ul><li>Providing further guidance and information to staff and managers on our approach to performance management to mitigate against a more robust system potentially being misinterpreted as unfair treatment, bullying or harassment.</li></ul><p> </p><ul><li>Engaging staff in groups through e.g. surveys and conversations, to identify particular areas of concern, causes, and potential actions to take forward locally.</li></ul><p> </p><p><strong>Points to note: </strong></p><p>The Civil Service People Survey asks the question “Do you have any long-standing physical or mental health condition, illness, impairment or disability?” The survey does not include a question that specifically identifies disability status.</p>
star this property answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
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less than 2015-03-18T09:25:29.017Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-18T09:25:29.017Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
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226215
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-03-10more like thismore than 2015-03-10
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 remove filter
star 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
star this property hansard heading Surveys 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 proportion of (a) disabled and (b) all other staff in his Department responded that they were treated fairly at work in the most recent Civil Service People Survey. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency South Shields more like this
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Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
star this property uin 226957 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-03-17more like thismore than 2015-03-17
star this property answer text <p>In the 2014 People Survey, 71% of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) respondents declaring a long-standing physical or mental health condition, illness, impairment or disability responded that they were treated fairly at work.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>80% of BIS respondents declaring that they did not have a long-standing physical or mental health condition, illness, impairment or disability responded that they were treated fairly at work.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Overall, the BIS score for the ‘Inclusion and fair treatment’ survey theme were in line with the Civil Service benchmark (75% positive). 78% of all BIS respondents reported that they had been treated fairly at work in the past 12 months, compared to 79% of respondents in the Civil Service.</p><p> </p><p><strong><em> </em></strong></p><p> </p><p><strong>Actions to improve results include:</strong></p><p> </p><ul><li>Delivering the Civil Service Talent Action Plan and the BIS Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&amp;I) Strategy to continue to build an increasingly inclusive Department where everyone is treated fairly. This includes actions relating to disability, which is identified as a priority demographic within the Department. Examples of deliverables under the Plan and Strategy include:</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>o The appointment of disability, race and gender champions at Director level to work with our Board level ED&amp;I Champion and the Diversity Networks to support and highlight barriers so they can be addressed at an early stage.</p><p> </p><p>o Professor Binna Kandola ran 3 unconscious bias sessions for managers last autumn to raise greater diversity awareness and address issues across BIS.</p><p> </p><p>o Mandated unconscious bias e-learning for all line managers to ensure that we attain a baseline of awareness across all BIS managers.</p><p> </p><p>o Piloting non-executive board members’ providing coaching and mentoring to under-represented SCS staff.</p><p> </p><p>o Launched a Reverse Mentoring programme where 2 Directors General and 6 Directors receive mentoring from a junior BME and/or disabled member of staff. The programme aims to lead to more inclusive decision making and a better understanding of perceptions and behaviour.</p><p> </p><ul><li>Providing further guidance and information to staff and managers on our approach to performance management to mitigate against a more robust system potentially being misinterpreted as unfair treatment, bullying or harassment.</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Engaging staff in Groups through e.g. surveys and conversations, to identify particular areas of concern, causes, and potential actions to take forward locally.</li></ul><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p><strong>Points to note: </strong> <strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p>The Civil Service People Survey asks the question “Do you have any long-standing physical or mental health condition, illness, impairment or disability?” The survey does not include a question that specifically identifies disability status.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
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less than 2015-03-17T16:20:01.117Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-17T16:20:01.117Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-12-17more like thismore than 2015-12-17
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 remove filter
star 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
star this property hansard heading Prisons: Education more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much has been spent on the education of illiterate offenders in a prison setting in each of the last 10 years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency South Shields more like this
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Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
star this property uin 20702 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2016-01-18more like thismore than 2016-01-18
star this property answer text <p>Information on the amount spent on the education of illiterate offenders is not centrally collected.</p><br /><p>The total funding available in the 2015-16 financial year to the Offender Learning and Skills Service is £128.9m as outlined in the Skills funding Letter:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/406881/Vince_Cable_and_Nick_Boles_to_Peter_Lauener_-__Skills_Funding_Agency.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/406881/Vince_Cable_and_Nick_Boles_to_Peter_Lauener_-__Skills_Funding_Agency.pdf</a></p><br /><p>It is the responsibility of the prison Governor in conjunction with the Skills Funding Agency to commission a curriculum based on the money they have been allocated each year.</p><br /><p>The Department does not hold information on the cost of individual types of provision but information on the number of learners participating in English courses by level is published online at the FE Data Library (link below). There is no formal definition for illiteracy but English at Level 2 is defined as the level required for day-to-day life. Reliable data for offender learning is available from 2010/11 onwards.</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/416721/feandskills-OLASS-participation-and-achievement.xls" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/416721/feandskills-OLASS-participation-and-achievement.xls</a></p><br /> <br />
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 2016-01-18T16:43:15Zmore like thismore than 2016-01-18T16:43:15Z
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star this property label Biography information for Nick Boles more like this
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4277
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-12-02more like thismore than 2015-12-02
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 remove filter
star 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
star this property hansard heading Private Sector: Procurement more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department has taken to encourage (a) UK-owned and (b) UK-based private sector companies to invest in UK energy and manufacturing supply chains. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency South Shields more like this
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Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
star this property uin 18531 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-12-07more like thismore than 2015-12-07
star this property answer text <p>The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has worked jointly with Department of Energy &amp; Climate Change (DECC) and UKTI to encourage investment in UK energy supply chains, in both UK-owned and UK-based companies, and to achieve higher levels of UK content in energy infrastructure. We have worked constructively with project developers to enhance the opportunities for UK-based companies to win contracts and with top tier suppliers to encourage them to invest in the UK.</p><p><strong></strong></p><p>BIS continues to work with DECC and the Oil &amp; Gas Authority (OGA) to encourage investment in the UK Continental shelf (UKCS) and these arrangements include the formation of a Supply Chain Board to promote development of the oil and gas supply chain. Subsequent to the Oil &amp; Gas Skills Analysis Report we maintain a regular dialogue with Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organisation (OPITO), the oil and gas skills body, who advise on skills gaps.</p><br /><p>For large renewable energy projects, developers are required to have their Supply Chain Plans approved by Government, setting out how they will boost competition, innovation and skills, before they are eligible to apply for price support under the Contract for Difference regime. BIS has supported the GROW: Offshore Wind programme to help SMEs in England to compete in the offshore wind supply chain and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult to help companies bring new technologies to market.</p><br /><p>Open competition is important to bring down the costs of energy and, in open competition, UK bidders do not always win the contracts. We have made no specific assessment of the impact of UK contractors failing to win contracts on the UK economy, including the Scotland economy, and on the UK skills base.</p><br /><p>More widely, the Government is taking a number of steps to strengthen UK manufacturing supply chains and help these businesses compete in global markets.</p><br /><p>First and foremost, we are building a strong economy and a competitive business environment. We are backing manufacturers by cutting corporation tax, slashing red tape by a further £10billion and investing £6.9billion in the UK’s infrastructure. This is creating the right economic conditions to encourage the business investment crucial to UK manufacturing productivity growth and jobs.</p><br /><p>Through the sectors councils we are working closely with manufacturing companies to understand their needs and remove barriers in their path. The Government continues to invest in our world leading aerospace, automotive, defence and transport sectors and has reformed procurement rules so the supply chain can reap maximum benefit; whilst the High Value Manufacturing Catapult shows how companies can adapt to new technologies reduce their costs and boost productivity. One in six manufacturers have reshored production over the past three years and around one third of the 2,000 new Foreign Direct Investment projects landed in 2014/15 were in the areas of advanced manufacturing and life sciences. Business has the confidence to invest and make things in the UK again because the Government is getting the fundamentals of the economy right and creating a highly competitive, pro-business environment.</p><br />
star this property answering member constituency Broxtowe more like this
star this property answering member printed Anna Soubry more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 18533 more like this
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less than 2015-12-07T15:16:50.663Zmore like thismore than 2015-12-07T15:16:50.663Z
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star this property label Biography information for Anna Soubry more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck remove filter
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star this property date less than 2015-12-02more like thismore than 2015-12-02
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 remove filter
star 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
star this property hansard heading Offshoring 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 estimate he has made of the effect on the UK economy of UK supply chain contracts being awarded to overseas bidders. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency South Shields more like this
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Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
star this property uin 18533 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-12-07more like thismore than 2015-12-07
star this property answer text <p>The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has worked jointly with Department of Energy &amp; Climate Change (DECC) and UKTI to encourage investment in UK energy supply chains, in both UK-owned and UK-based companies, and to achieve higher levels of UK content in energy infrastructure. We have worked constructively with project developers to enhance the opportunities for UK-based companies to win contracts and with top tier suppliers to encourage them to invest in the UK.</p><p><strong></strong></p><p>BIS continues to work with DECC and the Oil &amp; Gas Authority (OGA) to encourage investment in the UK Continental shelf (UKCS) and these arrangements include the formation of a Supply Chain Board to promote development of the oil and gas supply chain. Subsequent to the Oil &amp; Gas Skills Analysis Report we maintain a regular dialogue with Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organisation (OPITO), the oil and gas skills body, who advise on skills gaps.</p><br /><p>For large renewable energy projects, developers are required to have their Supply Chain Plans approved by Government, setting out how they will boost competition, innovation and skills, before they are eligible to apply for price support under the Contract for Difference regime. BIS has supported the GROW: Offshore Wind programme to help SMEs in England to compete in the offshore wind supply chain and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult to help companies bring new technologies to market.</p><br /><p>Open competition is important to bring down the costs of energy and, in open competition, UK bidders do not always win the contracts. We have made no specific assessment of the impact of UK contractors failing to win contracts on the UK economy, including the Scotland economy, and on the UK skills base.</p><br /><p>More widely, the Government is taking a number of steps to strengthen UK manufacturing supply chains and help these businesses compete in global markets.</p><br /><p>First and foremost, we are building a strong economy and a competitive business environment. We are backing manufacturers by cutting corporation tax, slashing red tape by a further £10billion and investing £6.9billion in the UK’s infrastructure. This is creating the right economic conditions to encourage the business investment crucial to UK manufacturing productivity growth and jobs.</p><br /><p>Through the sectors councils we are working closely with manufacturing companies to understand their needs and remove barriers in their path. The Government continues to invest in our world leading aerospace, automotive, defence and transport sectors and has reformed procurement rules so the supply chain can reap maximum benefit; whilst the High Value Manufacturing Catapult shows how companies can adapt to new technologies reduce their costs and boost productivity. One in six manufacturers have reshored production over the past three years and around one third of the 2,000 new Foreign Direct Investment projects landed in 2014/15 were in the areas of advanced manufacturing and life sciences. Business has the confidence to invest and make things in the UK again because the Government is getting the fundamentals of the economy right and creating a highly competitive, pro-business environment.</p><br />
star this property answering member constituency Broxtowe more like this
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