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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-12-15more like thismore than 2014-12-15
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills remove filter
hansard heading Scottish Power more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he received reports from the MacDonald Partnership in relation to mis-sold Scottish Power Power Plan warranties; what the titles of such reports were; and when he plans to respond to those reports. more like this
tabling member constituency Liverpool, Walton more like this
tabling member printed
Steve Rotheram more like this
uin 218595 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-17more like thismore than 2014-12-17
answer text <p>The initial report from Mr MacDonald was received on 17 July 2014 for review by the Insolvency Service. Further information including another more detailed report was received from him during September and October 2014, and these again have been reviewed by the Insolvency Service. The reports are confidential.</p><p> </p><p>The reports themselves do not require a direct response but I can confirm that the Insolvency Service has completed its review of this material and is in communication with Mr MacDonald.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-12-17T11:11:20.067Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
4035
label Biography information for Steve Rotheram more like this
164311
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-11-24more like thismore than 2014-11-24
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills remove filter
hansard heading Regeneration more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what investment in regeneration projects the Regeneration Investment Organisation has secured in the last six months. more like this
tabling member constituency Caerphilly more like this
tabling member printed
Wayne David more like this
uin 215654 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-17more like thismore than 2014-12-17
answer text <p>Having built up a ‘shovel ready’ pipeline of 41 projects within 12 months, UK Trade and Investment’s Regeneration Investment Organisation (RIO) will shortly announce its first win for this financial year. RIO hopes to deliver two more project wins this financial year.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Beyond this, RIO’s £112bn long-term pipeline has the potential to create 640,000 jobs. 41 out of a total 180 projects have undergone technical investment evaluation and this number will soon rise to 100 verified projects. RIO has prioritised its overseas investors from 7 key markets and continues to support investment and supply chain development into ongoing projects such as Manchester Airport City and Battersea Power Station.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency West Suffolk more like this
answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-12-17T16:16:40.763Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-17T16:16:40.763Z
answering member
4070
label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
previous answer version
30716
answering member constituency West Suffolk more like this
answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
answering member
4070
label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
tabling member
1398
label Biography information for Wayne David more like this
164313
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-11-24more like thismore than 2014-11-24
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills remove filter
hansard heading Iron and Steel more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he last met or spoke to representatives of the UK Certification Authority for Reinforcing Steels regarding the traceability and certification of Chinese and Turkish steel products imported to the UK. more like this
tabling member constituency Cardiff South and Penarth more like this
tabling member printed
Stephen Doughty more like this
uin 215766 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-17more like thismore than 2014-12-17
answer text <p>The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has maintained close contact with the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) who investigated a complaint about CARES from UK Steel about labelling and traceability of imports.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>UKAS concluded that CARES responded in an appropriate way to the concerns raised, in line with the expectations and requirements of the accreditation standard. That conclusion has been communicated to UK steel and to the All Party Parliamentary Group on steel.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We understand from UKAS that there has been an increase in CARES’ vigilance with increased sampling and checks.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>I have also been advised that, as a result of ongoing discussions between CARES and UK Steel, the association supplied samples of imported rebar and CARES testing found it was non-compliant. As a consequence we understand CARES visited the Chinese steel mill and conducted further sampling and testing but found no evidence of stock production being non-compliant.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
answering member constituency West Suffolk more like this
answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-12-17T16:25:04.867Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-17T16:25:04.867Z
answering member
4070
label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
previous answer version
30526
answering member constituency West Suffolk more like this
answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
answering member
4070
label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
tabling member
4264
label Biography information for Stephen Doughty more like this
167973
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-12-04more like thismore than 2014-12-04
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills remove filter
hansard heading Productivity more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government is taking to improve productivity. more like this
tabling member constituency Mid Sussex more like this
tabling member printed
Sir Nicholas Soames more like this
uin 217275 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-17more like thismore than 2014-12-17
answer text <p>Government policy focuses on delivering growth; this in turn partly depends on longer term improvements to productivity. As such, much of the Government’s economic policy is about raising productivity, including but not limited to:</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>Tax cuts</strong>: Government is actively working to reduce the tax burden where possible to help give businesses the confidence to invest and grow. Initiatives announced at this year’s Autumn Statement include a doubling of the Small Business Rate Relief for a further year, and a continued cap on the annual increase in business rates at 2% from April 2015 to March 2016. More widely the UK now has the lowest headline corporate tax rate in the G7 and 4th lowest in the G20. Budget 2013 announced further measures to reduce the main corporate tax rate to 20% by 2015.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>Deregulation</strong>: Government departments are working together to simplify and reduce the regulatory burden for UK businesses through the Red Tape Challenge, One In, One Out , and One In, Two Out policies. This will create a regulatory environment in which businesses have the confidence to invest and grow. This work is already showing significant signs of success; excluding EU regulation, the estimated annual net cost of regulation to UK business has fallen by £1.5bn since 2011.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>Skills</strong>: Ensuring employers have access to workers with the right skills plays a crucial role in enhancing the UK’s productivity. This Government has driven up participation in education, employment or training for 16-24 year olds since 2011. Apprenticeship participation has risen by 77% from 2009/10 to 2012/13, and there have been over 2 million Apprentices started since 2010.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Government is giving employers more direct control over the design and delivery of training solutions to address skills shortages and improve business performance through the Employer Ownership Pilot (EOP) and its successor Employer Ownership Fund (EOF). The Government is completing round 2 of EOP which will be worth £238m and has announced targeted activity for the auto supply chain and engineering under EOF.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>Infrastructure</strong>: High quality infrastructure is essential for supporting productivity growth. Delivering the right infrastructure at a local, regional and national level, across the UK, is therefore key to the government’s long-term economic plan. Since 2010, this Government has completed 55 major roads and local transport projects, completed major improvements to Kings Cross station as well as 400 other stations, opened Heathrow Terminal 2 and introduced £22 billion of private sector investment in water assets.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The National Infrastructure Plan for 2014 outlines a £466 billion plan for the UK’s infrastructure, of which £189 billion is future investment. This includes £15 billion of road improvements, £38bn investment in rail and £46 billion investment in the gas and electricity network.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>Science and Innovation</strong>: The government funds and supports innovation in science, technology and engineering to help the UK’s high-tech industries to thrive. This has already seen £600m of government funding committed to the development and commercialisation of eight great technologies, a further £106m investment in new Centres for Doctoral Training, which will train more than 750 new students, and £42m in the creation of the Alan Turing Institute – a world-class research institute specialising in Big Data science. Details of the government’s on-going commitment to science and innovation will feature in the soon to be released Science and Innovation Strategy.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
answering member constituency West Suffolk more like this
answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-12-17T16:23:19.177Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-17T16:23:19.177Z
answering member
4070
label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
previous answer version
32571
answering member constituency Tunbridge Wells more like this
answering member printed Greg Clark more like this
answering member
1578
label Biography information for Greg Clark more like this
tabling member
116
label Biography information for Sir Nicholas Soames more like this
168580
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-12-08more like thismore than 2014-12-08
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills remove filter
hansard heading Iron and Steel: Wales more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Answers to Questions 58 and 86 in his oral evidence of 29 January 2014 to the Welsh Affairs Committee on the steel industry in Wales, HC 882-i, what progress he has made in initiatives to create supply chain groups. more like this
tabling member constituency Islwyn more like this
tabling member printed
Chris Evans more like this
uin 217589 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-17more like thismore than 2014-12-17
answer text <p>The Government has initiated a supply chain plan policy in the renewable electricity sector. To be able to take part in the allocation process for a Contract for Difference, developers of projects above 300MW must submit a supply chain plan providing evidence that the project will make a material contribution to the economic growth and viability of the industrial supply chain. Any plans assessed by Government to be unsatisfactory would not be allowed to enter the Contract for Difference round. In addition the Offshore Wind Industry Council – a partnership between industry and Government - is taking forward actions from the offshore wind supply chain review conducted by Matthew Chinn that was published last month.</p><p> </p><p>Through the industrial strategy programme, we are working in partnership with industry to develop strong supply chains in the UK. We have set out a range of measures in our sector strategies published last year, which we are continuing to deliver.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency West Suffolk more like this
answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-12-17T11:31:17.177Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-17T11:31:17.177Z
answering member
4070
label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
tabling member
4040
label Biography information for Chris Evans more like this
169364
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-12-10more like thismore than 2014-12-10
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills remove filter
hansard heading EU Trade: Trade Agreements more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many trade negotiations are being conducted by the EU on behalf of the UK. more like this
tabling member constituency Warley more like this
tabling member printed
Mr John Spellar more like this
uin 218050 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-17more like thismore than 2014-12-17
answer text <p>The European Commission is conducting, on behalf of the UK, nine bilateral trade negotiations, and a number of negotiations at the World Trade Organisation where the EU negotiates on behalf of the UK and the EU.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency West Suffolk more like this
answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-12-17T16:21:46.8Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-17T16:21:46.8Z
answering member
4070
label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
tabling member
318
label Biography information for John Spellar more like this
169723
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-12-11more like thismore than 2014-12-11
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills remove filter
hansard heading Small Businesses: Procurement more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received from small and medium-sized businesses about companies that require a supplier company to make a payment in order to join or to remain on a list of suppliers. more like this
tabling member constituency Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire more like this
tabling member printed
Simon Hart more like this
uin 218269 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-17more like thismore than 2014-12-17
answer text <p>The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has received a number of representations about this issue both from small business representative organisations and from small- and medium-sized businesses themselves. The recent media coverage relating to Premier Foods has prompted an increase in such representations. However, there is not a consensus amongst correspondents: some are in favour of company investment and/ or discount schemes and have explained how they have helped them thrive as a supplier; others are against such schemes and have highlighted the negative impact of their imposition.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency West Suffolk more like this
answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-12-17T16:20:33.687Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-17T16:20:33.687Z
answering member
4070
label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
tabling member
3944
label Biography information for Simon Hart more like this
169930
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-12-11more like thismore than 2014-12-11
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills remove filter
hansard heading Fraud more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) fraud and (b) financial error in (i) his Department, (ii) its executive agencies and (iii) its non-departmental public bodies in each of the last five years. more like this
tabling member constituency Manchester Central more like this
tabling member printed
Lucy Powell more like this
uin 218496 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-17more like thismore than 2014-12-17
answer text <p>The estimated annual cost of fraud and financial error in each of the last five years in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and its forty six partner organisations is estimated to be about £50-100m. This represents some 0.5% of total annual BIS spending on average.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Nearly all of this estimated figure relates to the error rate (made by applicants and officials) on student support, although that has declined in successive years from over 1% to some 0.5% in the latest year (2013-14) for which data is available.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Department and all its partner organisations are now working closely with each other and with other Departments, led by the Cabinet Office, and other organisations inside and outside central government to improve the prevention, detection, measurement and early recovery of losses from fraud and error.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>I have asked Chief Executives of the Executive Agencies to respond directly to the Hon Member. This information is not held by BIS in respect of non-Departmental Public Bodies.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
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file name PQ-218496-Exec-Agencies-NDPB-Responses.pdf more like this
title Responses from Executive Agencies and NDPBs more like this
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file name PQ-218496-Met-Office-Response.pdf more like this
title Response from the Met Office more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-12-17T11:13:28.677Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-17T11:13:28.677Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
4263
label Biography information for Lucy Powell more like this
170087
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-12-12more like thismore than 2014-12-12
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills remove filter
hansard heading NHS: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received from the Scottish Government on a possible exemption for the NHS in Scotland negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. more like this
tabling member constituency Kilmarnock and Loudoun more like this
tabling member printed
Cathy Jamieson more like this
uin 218548 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-17more like thismore than 2014-12-17
answer text <p>The Transatlantic Trade and Investment partnership (TTIP) and the NHS have been discussed with the Scottish Government at official and Ministerial level.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Both the European Commission and US negotiators have explicitly ruled out public services from the scope of any market liberalisation in TTIP, and it has therefore not been necessary to discuss any exclusions related to specific public services. The Scottish Government’s ability to determine how publically funded health services in Scotland are provided will not be affected. It will be completely up to the Scottish Government to take decisions on which providers deliver health care services in the best interests of their patients.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency West Suffolk more like this
answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-12-17T16:18:24.723Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-17T16:18:24.723Z
answering member
4070
label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
tabling member
4011
label Biography information for Cathy Jamieson more like this
106200
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-11-04more like thismore than 2014-11-04
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills remove filter
hansard heading Higher Education: Admissions more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of 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
tabling member constituency Birmingham, Hodge Hill more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Liam Byrne more like this
uin 213239 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-18more like thismore than 2014-12-18
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
answering member constituency Tunbridge Wells more like this
answering member printed Greg Clark more like this
grouped question UIN
213835 more like this
213836 more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-12-18T16:58:48.103Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-18T16:58:48.103Z
answering member
1578
label Biography information for Greg Clark more like this
tabling member
1171
label Biography information for Liam Byrne more like this