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star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2014-10-20
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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 Work Experience 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 recent proposal by the Child Poverty and Social Justice Commission that unpaid internships should be illegal. more like this
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Baroness Berridge more like this
star this property uin HL2219 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-29more like thismore than 2014-10-29
unstar this property answer text <p>This Government is absolutely clear: exploitation of interns is unacceptable and we don’t hesitate to act where we find that employment law has been broken and someone who is entitled to the minimum wage hasn’t been paid it.</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.</p><p> </p><p>Research shows that internships and work experience programmes can be valuable opportunities for young people taking their first steps in the labour market. Our work on interns and the National Minimum Wage aims to achieve the right balance between ensuring that opportunities for young people are not cut off and minimising the risk of exploitation.</p><p> </p><p>Our concern, if we were to prohibit unpaid internships, is that this may lead to employers recruiting interns through informal and privileged networks with adverse effects on social mobility or have adverse consequences on the number of available opportunities.</p><p> </p><p>There is no definition of an internship in minimum wage legislation and interns are considered in the same way as everyone else with regards to whether the minimum wage is due. The key issue is whether or not they are workers as defined by minimum wage legislation. If they are, then they are eligible for the minimum wage unless a specific exemption applies. Volunteers are not workers and are not eligible for the minimum wage.</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 2014-10-29T16:15:22.2220144Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T16:15:22.2220144Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-07-07more like thismore than 2014-07-07
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
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 Housing: Disability 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 plans they have to ensure that estate agents are trained to help disabled people find suitable accommodation. more like this
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Lord Swinfen more like this
star this property uin HL872 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-28more like thismore than 2014-07-28
unstar this property answer text <p> </p><p>The Government has no plans to provide training in this specific area. However, we understand the National Association of Estate Agents provides customer services training for those employed in this field including understanding the customer’s needs. It is in the interests of Estate Agents to understand the needs of all their potential customers, including the disabled customers, so that they can compete effectively to win new business and grow. The Government sets the open, market framework in which companies can compete for business on fair terms.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Government does however encourage companies to make their businesses more accessible to disabled people and embrace the positive business opportunities presented by disabled customers; guidance is available on the gov.uk website for both employees and employers. It covers what businesses must do to comply with the law, to ensure that everyone they employ or serve is treated equally and according to their needs.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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less than 2014-07-28T14:40:12.1123792Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-28T14:40:12.1123792Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Swinfen more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-07-07more like thismore than 2014-07-07
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
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 Regional Growth Fund: North East 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 how much of each of the first four allocations of Regional Growth Fund for the north-east has been spent. more like this
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Lord Beecham more like this
star this property uin HL882 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-21more like thismore than 2014-07-21
unstar this property answer text <p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The North East has been allocated £240.8 million across Rounds 1-4 of the Regional Growth Fund. This is expected to create or safeguard 25,700 jobs and leverage £1.1 billion of private sector investment. The table below shows the total allocation by Round, the amount that has been paid out and the amount spent. The North East has been allocated £57 million in Round 5.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Round </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Allocation (£m)</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Amount paid to date (£m)</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Amount spent to date (£m)</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>£34.3</p></td><td><p>£33.8</p></td><td><p>£33.8</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>£64.3</p></td><td><p>£56.3</p></td><td><p>£54.8</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>3</p></td><td><p>£112.5</p></td><td><p>£45.9</p></td><td><p>£29.5</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>£29.7</p></td><td><p>£2.1</p></td><td><p>£1.5</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The difference in amount paid versus amount spent relates to those regional programmes, which are paid quarterly in advance, ahead of them administering grants to small and medium-size businesses in the region.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </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 2014-07-21T14:30:44.2273859Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-21T14:30:44.2273859Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Beecham more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-07-08more like thismore than 2014-07-08
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
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: Seas and Oceans 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 how many United Kingdom jobs were created in 2013–14 as a result of investment in offshore wind projects by the Green Investment Bank. more like this
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Lord Berkeley more like this
star this property uin HL894 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-28more like thismore than 2014-07-28
unstar this property answer text <p> </p><p>The Green Investment Bank has provided finance to five offshore wind farm projects. Estimated information about the number of jobs supported by these is provided to the Bank by the operators. Complete data is not currently available as one operator has yet to report. The data received in relation to the other four projects is set out below and indicates that these support around 1,330 construction jobs and 250 ongoing operational jobs.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Project</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Year of GIB investment</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Construction jobs</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Ongoing operational jobs</strong></p><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Walney</p></td><td><p>2012/13</p></td><td><p>N/A</p></td><td><p>40</p><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Rhyl flats</p></td><td><p>2012/13</p></td><td><p>N/A</p></td><td><p>19</p><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>London Array</p></td><td><p>2013/14</p></td><td><p>N/A</p></td><td><p>100</p><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Gwynt y Mor</p></td><td><p>2013/14</p></td><td><p>1,330</p></td><td><p>90</p><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Westermost Rough</p></td><td><p>2013/14</p></td><td><p>Data not yet supplied</p></td><td><p>Data not yet supplied</p><p> </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </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 2014-07-28T11:42:28.1987804Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-28T11:42:28.1987804Z
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4284
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Berkeley more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-07-14more like thismore than 2014-07-14
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
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 Postal Services: Competition 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 whether Ofcom has conducted any analysis of regulatory options to protect the universal postal service in the event of a significant increase in end-to-end competition. more like this
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Lord Whitty more like this
star this property uin HL1071 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-28more like thismore than 2014-07-28
unstar this property answer text <p> </p><p>The regulatory options to protect the universal service are set out in the Postal Services Act 2011.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Parliament has given Ofcom the primary statutory duty to secure the provision of the universal service and the powers and tools its needs to do so.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Ofcom has carried out a consultation on end-to-end competition in the postal services sector and published a Guidance paper on the use of its regulatory options and the circumstances under which it would intervene to protect the universal service from any serious threat from competition. More information about Ofcom’s consultation on end-to-end competition and its Guidance (“Final Guidance on Ofcom’s approach to assessing the impact on the universal service”) can be found on its website (<a href="http://www.ofcom.org.uk/" target="_blank">www.ofcom.org.uk</a>).</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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less than 2014-07-28T14:41:38.1100905Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-28T14:41:38.1100905Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Whitty more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-07-14more like thismore than 2014-07-14
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
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 Postal Services: Competition 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 how long it would take Ofcom to undertake a review of the impact of the increase in end-to-end competition on the universal postal service. more like this
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Lord Whitty more like this
star this property uin HL1072 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-28more like thismore than 2014-07-28
unstar this property answer text <p> </p><p>Ofcom has set out its approach towards carrying out a full assessment of end-to-end competition in its Guidance published in March 2013 (“Final Guidance on Ofcom’s approach to assessing the impact on the universal service”). Although it has not set out a specific timescale for a full review, Ofcom has in place a continuous monitoring regime and access to key confidential data from Royal Mail and other postal operators which would enable it to anticipate any potential threat to the universal service.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Ofcom has said that they are keeping market developments under close monthly review and if this monitoring identified cause for concern they would be able to carry out a review very quickly.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>More information about Ofcom’s regulatory framework can be found on Ofcom’s website (<a href="http://www.ofcom.org.uk/" target="_blank">www.ofcom.org.uk</a>).</p><p> </p><p> </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 2014-07-28T14:42:36.3252311Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-28T14:42:36.3252311Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Whitty more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-07-14more like thismore than 2014-07-14
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
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 Postal Services: Competition 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 calculation of the percentage of United Kingdom addressees needed to be reached by end-to-end postal delivery companies other than Royal Mail before there is a threat to the financial sustainability of the universal postal service. more like this
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Lord Whitty more like this
star this property uin HL1073 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-24more like thismore than 2014-07-24
unstar this property answer text <p> </p><p>Ofcom as the regulator for postal services has the primary statutory duty of protecting the universal service and the regulatory powers to intervene if the universal service is ever at risk.b</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Ofcom has set out the circumstances under which it would intervene to protect the universal service from any serious threat from competition in their publication: “Final Guidance on Ofcom’s approach to assessing the impact on the universal service”.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Ofcom’s assessment would consider the financial sustainability of the universal postal service and the need for the universal service provider to be able to earn a reasonable commercial rate of return in connection with the provision of the universal service.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The percentage of addresses covered by end-to-end competitors to Royal Mail would clearly be a factor that Ofcom would consider, but as a part of a wider range of factors. Ofcom has therefore not set a threshold of end-to-end delivery coverage by alternative postal operators to determine a threat to the Universal Service. At the present time, end-to-end competition accounts for less than 0.5% of letter volumes in the United Kingdom.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </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 2014-07-24T15:10:04.2233585Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-24T15:10:04.2233585Z
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4284
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe remove filter
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2444
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Whitty more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-07-15more like thismore than 2014-07-15
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
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 Training 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 action, beyond the changes they are to make to apprenticeships, they intend to take in order to<b></b>prepare young people for the world of work and deliver businesses with a supply of<b></b>young people with appropriate skill sets for the business environment. more like this
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Lord Allen of Kensington more like this
star this property uin HL1136 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-30more like thismore than 2014-07-30
unstar this property answer text <p> </p><p>The Government is taking a range of actions to ensure young people have the skills and experience needed in the workplace.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Government published a Careers Inspiration Vision in September 2013 calling on schools and colleges to work closely with employers to provide more inspiration and career insights for children and young people for example through workplace visits, inspiring speakers, coaching and mentoring. To help schools achieve this we have published revised Statutory Guidance which underpins their duty to secure independent careers guidance. This makes it clear that schools should inspire their pupils through more real-life contact with the world of work. We have also published new departmental advice, which provides examples of good practice and case studies, demonstrating how schools can build closer links with employers.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </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 2014-07-30T16:48:18.2289171Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-30T16:48:18.2289171Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Allen of Kensington more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-07-16more like thismore than 2014-07-16
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
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 Business: Billing 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 current impact of late payments on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); and what steps they are taking to support SMEs to mitigate the impact of late payments. more like this
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Lord Barnett more like this
star this property uin HL1209 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-28more like thismore than 2014-07-28
unstar this property answer text <p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Government considered the impact of late payment on Small and Medium Enterprises in our discussion paper Building a Responsible Payment Culture. As a result we are working with industry to create greater transparency of payment practices and a more responsible payment culture. This will include a statutory requirement, via the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Bill, for large firms to publish their payment practices. In addition, we are committed to working with the Institute for Credit Management and businesses to strengthen the Prompt Payment Code.</p><p> </p><p> </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 2014-07-28T16:56:25.245607Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-28T16:56:25.245607Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Barnett more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-07-18more like thismore than 2014-07-18
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
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 Postal Services: Competition 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 when they expect Ofcom to undertake a review of the impact of end-to-end competitors on the universal postal service. more like this
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Lord Bradshaw more like this
star this property uin HL1276 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-09-01more like thismore than 2014-09-01
unstar this property answer text <p> </p><p>Ofcom is committed to carrying out a full review on end-to-end competition next year. It has also made clear that it would carry out an earlier review if market developments dictated the need to do so.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Ofcom has set out its approach towards carrying out a full assessment of end-to-end competition in its Guidance published in March 2013 (“Final Guidance on Ofcom’s approach to assessing the impact on the universal service”).</p><p> </p><p> </p><p><br></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Ofcom has in place a continuous monitoring regime and access to key confidential data from Royal Mail and other postal operators which would enable it to anticipate any potential threat to the universal service. They are keeping market developments under close monthly review and if this monitoring identified cause for concern Ofcom has said that they would be able to carry out a review very quickly.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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less than 2014-09-01T09:19:24.0915827Zmore like thismore than 2014-09-01T09:19:24.0915827Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Bradshaw more like this