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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-12-11more like thismore than 2014-12-11
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading Travel 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, how much his Department has spent on (a) taxis, (b) first class train tickets and (c) business class air travel in each of the last five years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Manchester Central more like this
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Lucy Powell more like this
star this property uin 218466 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction true more like this
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star this property answer text <p>In each of the last five financial years the following amounts have been spent by the Department (BIS and UK Trade and Investment) on first class train tickets and business class air travel. Figures for the total amount spent on taxis prior to 2012-13 cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate cost as these costs were included in individual travel and expense claims and not centrally collated.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><strong> Financial Year</strong></td><td><strong> Rail<ins class="ministerial"> - 1st Class</ins></strong></td><td><strong><del class="ministerial"> 1st Class </del>Air<ins class="ministerial"> - Business Class</ins></strong></td><td><strong><del class="ministerial"> Business Class </del>Taxis</strong></td></tr><tr><td>2009-2010</td><td>£761,381.87</td><td>£2,061,066.16</td><td>£n/a</td></tr><tr><td>2010-2011</td><td>£179,884.52</td><td>£1,177,664.09</td><td>£n/a</td></tr><tr><td>2011-2012</td><td>£47,316.35</td><td>£1,379,266.78</td><td>£n/a</td></tr><tr><td>2012-2013</td><td>£18,974.65</td><td>£1,282,766.02</td><td>£92,301</td></tr><tr><td>2013-2014</td><td>£21,277.50</td><td>£1,725,998.87</td><td>£79,701</td></tr></tbody></table><p><br />Note: The use of first class rail travel is restricted for those with health issues and exceptional business need. In both cases prior approval is required in line with the Department’s travel policy. The use of business class flights is restricted to long haul and the figures above will include some costs relating to multi leg journeys made up of economy and business class elements; these cannot be separated without incurring disproportionate costs.</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 2014-12-18T11:51:08.513Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-18T11:51:08.513Z
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less than 2015-02-02T11:18:45.667Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-02T11:18:45.667Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
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35491
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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1513
star this property label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
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4263
unstar this property label Biography information for Lucy Powell more like this
106200
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-04more like thismore than 2014-11-04
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading Higher Education: Admissions more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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 spending by his Department of abolition of the cap on higher education student numbers announced in the Autumn Statement 2013. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Hodge Hill more like this
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Mr Liam Byrne more like this
star this property uin 213239 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Details of estimates and costs are in the 2013 Autumn Statement document at <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/263942/35062_Autumn_Statement_2013.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/263942/35062_Autumn_Statement_2013.pdf</a>.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Tunbridge Wells more like this
star this property answering member printed Greg Clark more like this
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213835 more like this
213836 more like this
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less than 2014-12-18T16:58:48.103Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-18T16:58:48.103Z
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1578
star this property label Biography information for Greg Clark more like this
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1171
unstar this property label Biography information for Liam Byrne more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-05more like thismore than 2014-11-05
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading Higher Education: Admissions more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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, when his Department plans to publish updated student numbers as a result of the abolition of the cap on student numbers. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Hodge Hill more like this
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Mr Liam Byrne more like this
star this property uin 213631 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Confirmed student numbers for 2014/15 and future years are not yet available. The Higher Education Statistics Agency will publish data on Higher Education entrants and enrolments for 2014/15 in January 2016.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Tunbridge Wells more like this
star this property answering member printed Greg Clark more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 213632 more like this
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less than 2014-12-18T16:55:38.71Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-18T16:55:38.71Z
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1578
star this property label Biography information for Greg Clark more like this
star this property tabling member
1171
unstar this property label Biography information for Liam Byrne more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-05more like thismore than 2014-11-05
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading Higher Education: Admissions more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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 his most recent estimate is of the increase in student numbers as a result of the decision to abolish the cap on student numbers; and what his updated estimates of student numbers is for (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Hodge Hill more like this
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Mr Liam Byrne more like this
star this property uin 213632 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Confirmed student numbers for 2014/15 and future years are not yet available. The Higher Education Statistics Agency will publish data on Higher Education entrants and enrolments for 2014/15 in January 2016.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Tunbridge Wells more like this
star this property answering member printed Greg Clark more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 213631 more like this
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less than 2014-12-18T16:55:38.617Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-18T16:55:38.617Z
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1578
star this property label Biography information for Greg Clark more like this
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1171
unstar this property label Biography information for Liam Byrne more like this
143348
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-07more like thismore than 2014-11-07
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading Higher Education: Admissions more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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 the effect has been on public sector net debt of abolition of the cap on higher education student numbers announced in the Autumn Statement 2013. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Hodge Hill more like this
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Mr Liam Byrne more like this
star this property uin 213836 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Details of estimates and costs are in the 2013 Autumn Statement document at <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/263942/35062_Autumn_Statement_2013.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/263942/35062_Autumn_Statement_2013.pdf</a>.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Tunbridge Wells more like this
star this property answering member printed Greg Clark more like this
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213239 more like this
213835 more like this
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less than 2014-12-18T16:58:48.183Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-18T16:58:48.183Z
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1578
star this property label Biography information for Greg Clark more like this
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1171
unstar this property label Biography information for Liam Byrne more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-07more like thismore than 2014-11-07
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading Higher Education: Admissions more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the cost to the public purse is of abolishing the cap on student numbers in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16, (c) 2016-17 and (d) 2017-18. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Hodge Hill more like this
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Mr Liam Byrne more like this
star this property uin 213835 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Details of estimates and costs are in the 2013 Autumn Statement document at <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/263942/35062_Autumn_Statement_2013.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/263942/35062_Autumn_Statement_2013.pdf</a>.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Tunbridge Wells more like this
star this property answering member printed Greg Clark more like this
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213239 more like this
213836 more like this
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less than 2014-12-18T16:58:47.993Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-18T16:58:47.993Z
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1578
star this property label Biography information for Greg Clark more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Tunbridge Wells more like this
star this property answering member printed Greg Clark more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Greg Clark more like this
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1171
unstar this property label Biography information for Liam Byrne more like this
170289
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading Minimum Wage more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will take steps to ensure that interns used for full-time work are paid at least the National Minimum Wage; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Warrington North more like this
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Helen Jones more like this
star this property uin 218759 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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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.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Given this dependency on employment status, it is vital that employers and workers understand how this is determined. We continue to carry out targeted awareness raising initiatives with interns and HMRC have been working with employers to identify potential non-compliance.</p><p> </p><p> </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. 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>
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 2014-12-18T12:13:10.193Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-18T12:13:10.193Z
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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 Helen Jones more like this
170298
unstar 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 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading Scottish Power more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what meetings he has had with his ministerial colleagues on what steps to take in response to allegations that Scottish Power mis-sold cashback warranties in the 1990s. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Liverpool, Walton more like this
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Steve Rotheram more like this
star this property uin 218620 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>No meetings have been held between myself, my Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills or other ministerial colleagues concerning this matter. The Secretary of State and I have both met with the Insolvency Service for briefing on their conclusions following review of material submitted by liquidators of two companies involved in administering the cash-back warranty scheme.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
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 2014-12-18T12:11:50.527Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-18T12:11:50.527Z
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1513
star this property label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
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4035
unstar this property label Biography information for Steve Rotheram more like this
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading Scottish Power more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how he plans to keep the people who lost money following the failure of firms involved in Scottish Power's cash back warranty scheme updated on progress on the review of whether there will be a further investigation of that matter. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Liverpool, Walton more like this
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Steve Rotheram more like this
star this property uin 218621 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Investigations conducted under section 447 Companies Act 1985 are confidential, therefore it is not possible to announce whether or not such an investigation is taking place, or to report on the investigation outside of strict statutory gateways.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Whether or not an investigation under section 432 Companies Act 1985 is being undertaken is something which can be announced, and I am able to confirm that such an investigation will not be commenced at this stage.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Because the liquidation of the companies involved in the scheme is still under way, I do not propose to make a public announcement about the outcome of any review. However the creditors of those companies will receive reports from the liquidators if they are to be paid further dividends.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
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 2014-12-18T12:10:36.33Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-18T12:10:36.33Z
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1513
star this property label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
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4035
unstar this property label Biography information for Steve Rotheram more like this
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading Company Investigations more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the Insolvency Service plans to conduct any inquiries under sections 432 or 447 of the Companies Act 1985 in the next six months. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Liverpool, Walton more like this
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Steve Rotheram more like this
star this property uin 218622 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>For the financial year 2014-15 The Insolvency Service anticipates conducting between 140 and 160 investigations under section 447 Companies Act 1985. This is part of the normal function of the Insolvency Service so I can confirm that investigations will be conducted using this power in the next six months, though it is not possible to say how many.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The circumstances giving rise to an investigation using section 432 Companies Act 1985 are much less common, and I cannot at present state whether any such investigations will be commenced within the next six months.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
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 2014-12-18T12:08:00.46Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-18T12:08:00.46Z
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1513
star this property label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
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4035
unstar this property label Biography information for Steve Rotheram more like this