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star this property date less than 2015-07-06more like thisremove minimum value filter
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading Overseas Students more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that overseas students continue to consider studying in the United Kingdom. more like this
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Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
star this property uin HL1082 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction true more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-07-16more like thismore than 2015-07-16
star this property answer text <p><ins class="ministerial">The UK welcomes genuine international students and there is no cap on the number that can </ins>study here. The Government promotes study in the UK through the Britain is GREAT marketing campaign and through the British Council, which promotes UK education in over 100 countries, connecting millions of people with the United Kingdom.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Government also has major education agreements with overseas partners. Key programmes include the UK-China Partners in Education Programme, the UK-India Education Research Initiative and engagement in Brazil’s ‘Science without Borders’ scholarship scheme. It has also tripled funding (to £48m) in 2014/15 for Chevening scholarships for international students with leadership potential.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Government also supports student exchange, such as through the Erasmus Scheme, which enables international students to take short placements in the UK and British students to gain valuable overseas experience.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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less than 2015-07-16T13:03:31.463Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-16T13:03:31.463Z
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less than 2015-07-17T10:31:32.473Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-17T10:31:32.473Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-09-07more like thismore than 2015-09-07
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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 Pregnancy: Discrimination 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 many potential tribunal claims for pregnancy-related detriment or dismissal were notified to Acas under the early conciliation scheme in 2014-15; and how many of those claims (i) were settled by conciliation by Acas, (ii) progressed to a tribunal claim and (iii) were not settled by conciliation by Acas but did not progress to a tribunal case. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Cardiff Central more like this
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Jo Stevens more like this
star this property uin 9119 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction true more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-09-10more like thismore than 2015-09-10
star this property answer text <p><del class="ministerial">This information is not available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.</del></p><p> </p><p><ins class="ministerial">The total number of potential tribunal claims for pregnancy-related detriment or dismissal notified to Acas under the early conciliation scheme by individuals in 2014-15 was 1,851. Of these:</ins></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><ins class="ministerial">· 308 were settled by Acas at early conciliation stage and recorded on a COT3 settlement document;</ins></p><p> </p><p><ins class="ministerial">· 545 progressed to a tribunal claim being taken, 264 of which were subsequently settled on an Acas COT3 following further conciliation;</ins></p><p> </p><p><ins class="ministerial">· 998 were not settled through Acas, but did not progress to a tribunal case.</ins></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><ins class="ministerial">An additional 18 notifications were made by employers. Seventeen of these were settled by Acas and the other was neither settled nor progressed to a tribunal.</ins></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><ins class="ministerial">The Government does not have data on the number of private settlements which settled claims before reaching a tribunal. The independently commissioned survey of early conciliation (a sample across all jurisdictions) found that 61 per cent of claimants (and their representatives) who did not settle but decided not to submit a tribunal claim reported that Acas was a factor in their decision.</ins></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><ins class="ministerial">Please note: (i) The jurisdictional provided to Acas is only indicative based on the information given by the prospective claimant; (ii) Counted individually there were a total of 1,882 notifications which means that a small number of claimants notified against more than one respondent.</ins></p><p> </p><p> </p>
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 2015-09-10T16:40:49.2Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-10T16:40:49.2Z
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less than 2015-09-14T09:48:13.74Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-14T09:48:13.74Z
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star this property label Biography information for Nick Boles more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Orpington more like this
star this property answering member printed Joseph Johnson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jo Stevens more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-09-09more like thismore than 2015-09-09
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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 Low Pay 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 steps he is taking to support people on low pay. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Boston and Skegness more like this
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Matt Warman more like this
star this property uin 901341 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction true more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-09-15more like thismore than 2015-09-15
star this property answer text <p><del class="ministerial">Apprenticeships are the best form of further education, and we will fund as many as we can. Beyond that we target funding on those who most need help: people of all ages without English and maths, young adults to achieve level 2 or level 3 qualifications, and unemployed people who need help to get a job.</del></p><p><br /><ins class="ministerial"> </ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">Nearly 3 million low-paid people will directly benefit from the National Living Wage from April next year. A full-time worker on the current National Minimum Wage will be made £1,200 better off, per year, as a result. Our long-term economic plan is working and we will ensure that the hard work of the British people is recognised through our new National Living Wage.</ins></p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </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 2015-09-15T15:38:22.647Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-15T15:38:22.647Z
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less than 2015-09-15T15:48:20.183Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-15T15:48:20.183Z
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star this property label Biography information for Nick Boles more like this
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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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star this property label Biography information for Nick Boles more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Matt Warman more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-09-07more like thismore than 2015-09-07
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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 Tickets: Touting more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in setting up the review of consumer protection measures for the secondary ticketing market. more like this
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Lord Clement-Jones more like this
star this property uin HL1888 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction true more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-09-17more like thismore than 2015-09-17
star this property answer text <p /> <p>An announcement on who will lead the review, terms of reference and how it will run is expected shortly.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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less than 2015-09-17T11:23:01.327Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-17T11:23:01.327Z
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less than 2015-09-24T13:52:58.447Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-24T13:52:58.447Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Jones more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Clement-Jones more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-09-15more like thismore than 2015-09-15
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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 Overseas Trade: Iran more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice and clarification on trading sanctions they have given to United Kingdom businesses wishing to develop trading opportunities in Iran. more like this
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Lord Storey more like this
star this property uin HL2228 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction true more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-09-25more like thismore than 2015-09-25
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) is working with Foreign Office, BIS, the Export Control Organisation, HMRC and HMT to provide coordinated communications to UK industry on sanctions. Activities include 1:1 meetings with major UK companies; group briefings held at the Foreign Office; clear sanctions guidance and FAQs on GOV.UK.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>UKTI has tailored its outreach to reflect the needs of business as reflected in its survey of over 1000 companies earlier this year. BIS Helpline operators and Trade Advisors have been briefed on the latest sanctions information.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Maude of Horsham more like this
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less than 2015-09-25T11:33:06.183Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-25T11:33:06.183Z
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less than 2015-09-29T16:43:42.987Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-29T16:43:42.987Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Maude of Horsham more like this
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star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Storey more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-10-09more like thismore than 2015-10-09
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 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 Employment: Females 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 steps the Government plans to take to reduce the incidence of women being asked about their plans to have children during job interviews with prospective employers. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Lancaster and Fleetwood more like this
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Cat Smith more like this
star this property uin 11220 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction true more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-10-20more like thismore than 2015-10-20
star this property answer text <p><del class="ministerial">Skills provision must meet the needs of employers. This is why employer-led Trailblazers are currently leading the way in the design and delivery of new more rigorous apprenticeship standards.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">Standards relating to several chef roles have already been developed and these are intended to cover specialisms such as Indian cuisine. Employers in the curry industry may therefore wish to contact the Trailblazer leads Kathryn.Porter@Hilton.co.uk or Annette.Allmark@people1st.co.uk for more details of how to get involved in the standards’ development. If they identify a particular skills gap not accommodated by the existing standards, then they could come together and apply to develop a specific standard to meet their needs.</del></p><p><ins class="ministerial">In 2014 the Government commissioned an extensive research project into perceived pregnancy and maternity discrimination in Great Britain. The research was jointly managed and funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, supported by the Government Equalities Office.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">This is the largest ever study of pregnancy and maternity-related discrimination conducted in Great Britain. Interim findings were published in July 2015 and can be found at: <a href="http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/publication/pregnancy-and-maternity-related-discrimination-and-disadvantage-first-findings-surveys-employers-and-0" target="_blank">http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/publication/pregnancy-and-maternity-related-discrimination-and-disadvantage-first-findings-surveys-employers-and-0</a>.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">The final report, due to be published later this year, will inform the Government’s response.</ins></p>
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 2015-10-20T15:35:04.37Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-20T15:35:04.37Z
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less than 2015-10-20T16:51:21.267Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-20T16:51:21.267Z
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star this property label Biography information for Nick Boles more like this
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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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star this property label Biography information for Nick Boles more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Cat Smith more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-10-12more like thismore than 2015-10-12
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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 UK Membership of EU more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the result of the Federation of Small Businesses poll showing that 47 per cent of small businesses would vote to stay in the European Union. more like this
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Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
star this property uin HL2536 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction true more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-10-26more like thismore than 2015-10-26
star this property answer text <p><del class="ministerial">The Government is focused on delivering a successful renegotiation: it believes it can succeed in reforming and renegotiating our relationship with the EU. The reforms we have in mind will benefit business and investment, and we know that many businesses are supportive of them. As the Prime Minister made clear in his Bloomberg speech, this is about providing the certainty and reform that businesses have asked for.</del></p><p><ins class="ministerial">The Government is focused on delivering a successful renegotiation: it believes it can and will succeed in reforming and renegotiating our relationship with the EU and campaigning to keep the UK in the EU on that basis. Many of the reforms we have in mind will benefit business and investment, and we know that many businesses are supportive of them. As the Prime Minister made clear in his Bloomberg speech, this is about providing the certainty and reform that businesses have asked for.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial"></ins></p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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less than 2015-10-26T14:59:34.287Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-26T14:59:34.287Z
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less than 2015-11-02T11:52:17.767Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-02T11:52:17.767Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-11-23more like thismore than 2015-11-23
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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 Foreign Investment in UK 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 many (a) foreign direct investment projects were developed in the UK which originated from other EU countries in (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14 and (iii) 2014-15, (b) jobs were created by those projects and (c) jobs were safeguarded by those projects. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Wolverhampton North East more like this
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Emma Reynolds more like this
star this property uin 17379 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction true more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-11-26more like thismore than 2015-11-26
star this property answer text <p>Below is a breakdown of all successful foreign direct investment projects from EU countries in 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 together with the estimated number of jobs created and safeguarded, as recorded by UK Trade &amp; Investment.</p><br /><p><strong>Number of Inward FDI Projects originating from EU recorded by UKTI</strong></p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><br /></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial"><strong>Projects</strong></del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial"><strong>New Jobs</strong></del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial"><strong>Safeguarded jobs</strong></del></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><del class="ministerial"><strong>2012-13</strong></del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial"><strong>485</strong></del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial"><strong>15,053</strong></del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial"><strong>34,824</strong></del></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><del class="ministerial"><strong>2013-14</strong></del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial"><strong>541</strong></del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial"><strong>19,933</strong></del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial"><strong>22,712</strong></del></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><del class="ministerial"><strong>2014-15</strong></del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial"><strong>634</strong></del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial"><strong>26,845</strong></del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial"><strong>6,076</strong></del></p></td></tr></tbody></table><table><tbody><tr><td><p><ins class="ministerial"></ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial"><strong>Projects</strong></ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial"><strong>New Jobs</strong></ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial"><strong>Safeguarded jobs</strong></ins></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><ins class="ministerial"><strong>2012-13</strong></ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial"><strong>504</strong></ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial"><strong>15,399</strong></ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial"><strong>35,073</strong></ins></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><ins class="ministerial"><strong>2013-14</strong></ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial"><strong>564</strong></ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial"><strong>20,432</strong></ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial"><strong>22,805</strong></ins></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><ins class="ministerial"><strong>2014-15</strong></ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial"><strong>658</strong></ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial"><strong>28,250</strong></ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial"><strong>6,686</strong></ins></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><em>Source: UKTI FDI projects database.</em></p>
star this property answering member constituency Broxtowe more like this
star this property answering member printed Anna Soubry more like this
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less than 2015-11-26T16:02:45.11Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-26T16:02:45.11Z
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less than 2015-12-01T14:55:44.53Zmore like thismore than 2015-12-01T14:55:44.53Z
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star this property label Biography information for Anna Soubry more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Broxtowe more like this
star this property answering member printed Anna Soubry more like this
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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 Emma Reynolds more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-12-07more like thismore than 2015-12-07
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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 Students: Loans more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of changes in student loan repayments to freeze the £21,000 income threshold cap on students and graduates from lower and middle incomes. more like this
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Baroness Burt of Solihull more like this
star this property uin HL4269 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction true more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-12-15more like thismore than 2015-12-15
star this property answer text <br /><p><del class="ministerial">The budget for the Tradeshow Access Programme was £11.05M in 2014/15 and the estimated spend in 2015/16 is £10.25M.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">For 2016/17 and beyond, UKTI will be reviewing how the Tradeshow Access Programme is aligned with other Export Services as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review settlement. It is therefore not possible to confirm the budget at this stage.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">I will respond positively to a request for a meeting with the Sponsors Alliance subject to diary commitments.</del></p><br /><p><ins class="ministerial">The Government published an Equality Analysis of the impact of freezing the student loan repayment threshold on 25th November.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial"></ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">All borrowers whose earnings are above the repayment threshold will pay around £6 per week more (in nominal terms) by 2020/21. Those individuals with the lowest lifetime earnings will be affected the least, because they will either never earn above the earnings threshold, or will only do so for a more limited period of the loan’s life.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial"></ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">The full Equality Analysis is attached, but can also be found at the following link: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/479559/bis-15-635-freezing-student-loan-repayment-threshold-equality-analysis.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/479559/bis-15-635-freezing-student-loan-repayment-threshold-equality-analysis.pdf</a></ins></p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
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less than 2015-12-15T16:20:37.12Zmore like thismore than 2015-12-15T16:20:37.12Z
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less than 2015-12-21T13:24:16.81Zmore like thismore than 2015-12-21T13:24:16.81Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
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star this property file name HL4269 attachment -freezing-student-loan-repayment-threshold-equality-analysis.pdf more like this
star this property title Equality Analysis more like this
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star this property answering member printed Lord Maude of Horsham more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Maude of Horsham more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Burt of Solihull more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-11-30more like thismore than 2015-11-30
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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 Construction 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 he is taking to support the creation of painting and decorating opportunities in the construction sector. more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property answer text <p><del class="ministerial">Late payment remains an important issue for small businesses in the UK. The Government is taking significant steps to assist small businesses to recover late payment debts.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">Through the Enterprise Bill, currently before Parliament, we will legislate to establish a Small Business Commissioner to help small business resolve disputes with large companies, tackling, in particular, late payment. The Commissioner will act as a disincentive to unfavourable payment practices, and build the confidence and capabilities of small businesses to help them to assert themselves in contractual disputes and negotiate more effectively with larger businesses.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">This is part of a package of measures to tackle late payment. We have also legislated for new transparency measures in the public and private sectors. This will allow full public scrutiny of payment performance.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">We have also strengthened the Prompt Payment Code to ensure it is a recognised and demonstrated beacon of best practice, and we recently consulted on proposals to give representative bodies wider powers to challenge grossly unfair payment practices.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">Government promotes fair payment practices in construction through legislation (the &quot;Construction Act&quot;), the use of public procurement (promoting prompt payment to Tier 3 and the use of Project Bank Accounts), and by working with the industry through voluntary measures (such as the Prompt Payment Code and the Construction Leadership Council's Payment Charter).</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">The Payment Charter includes a commitment of zero retentions by 2025. To support this work, the Government recently announced a review of the practice of cash retentions under construction contracts.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">Tackling late payment is about creating a responsible payment culture where larger companies recognise the benefit of having a sustainable and robust supply chain, and smaller businesses feel able to challenge poor behaviour. Once implemented, the Government is confident that these measures will lead to significant changes in the UK's payment culture.</del></p><br /><p><ins class="ministerial">Opportunities in painting and decorating will be created through the steps Government is taking to increase demand in the construction industry, including its support for housebuilding in England.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial"></ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">Last week the Chancellor announced that the public housing budget for England is to double to over £2 billion per year, and the Housing Bill sets out plans to build 1 million homes in England by 2020.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial"></ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">To deliver Government ambitions for construction it is vital to attract new people to the industry. The government is committed to significantly increasing the quantity and quality of all apprenticeships in England to 3 million starts by 2020; the construction industry will have a significant part to play in achieving this target.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">However, skills policy (including apprenticeships policy) is a devolved matter and, in Northern Ireland (NI), is the responsibility of the Department of Employment and Learning.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">The Minister of Employment and Learning, Dr Stephen Farry, published <em>Securing our Success, </em>a new NI Strategy on Apprenticeships in June 2014. This Strategy aims to reform the system of apprenticeships in NI, introducing them in a much broader range of occupational areas and establishing them as an attractive route to gaining higher level qualifications including at degree level and above.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">The Construction Skills Network Report for NI suggests that there will be an annual recruitment requirement of 100 painters and decorators over the next five years, within a total requirement of 1,490 construction trades each year.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial"></ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">The Construction Industry Training Board NI has a role to encourage the adequate training of those employed or intending to be employed in the construction industry and to improve the skills and productivity of the sector. NI’s six Further Education Colleges provide professional and technical training for the painting and decorating trades.</ins></p>
star this property answering member constituency Grantham and Stamford more like this
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