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star this property date less than 2014-11-24more like thismore than 2014-11-24
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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 Package Holidays: EU Action more like this
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unstar this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the Package Travel Directive and what is their definition of Assisted Travel Arrangements. more like this
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Lord Harrison remove filter
unstar this property uin HL3116 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-08more like thismore than 2014-12-08
star this property answer text <p>Negotiations in the European Council are nearing completion. The proposal was discussed at the Competitiveness Council of Ministers on 4 December and a General Approach was agreed by Member States’ Ministers. We expect final agreement to be achieved in the New Year following the completion of the next stage in the negotiation; discussions between the Presidency of the Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The definition of Assisted Travel Arrangements in the text agreed at Council is:</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>'assisted travel arrangement' means at least two different types of travel services purchased for the purpose of the same trip or holiday, not constituting a package within the meaning of paragraph 2(b), resulting in the conclusion of separate contracts with the individual travel service providers, if a trader facilitates:</p><p> </p><p>(a) on the occasion of a single visit or contact with its point of sale, the separate selection and separate payment of each travel service by travellers, or</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>(b) in a targeted manner, the procurement of additional travel services from other traders where contracts with such other traders are concluded not more than 48 hours after the confirmation of the first travel service.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong><br> </strong></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><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe remove filter
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less than 2014-12-08T16:42:09.043Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-08T16:42:09.043Z
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4284
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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2488
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Harrison more like this
176946
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star this property date less than 2015-02-02more like thismore than 2015-02-02
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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 Small Businesses: Productivity more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
unstar 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 improve the productivity of small businesses. more like this
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Lord Harrison remove filter
unstar this property uin HL4576 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-02-17more like thismore than 2015-02-17
star this property answer text <p>Government policy focuses on delivering growth which in turn depends on productivity in the longer term.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We have already set out our four key growth ambitions: creating the most competitive tax system in the G20, making the UK the best place in Europe to start, finance and grow a business, encouraging investment and exports, and creating a more educated workforce. And through our industrial strategy, the whole of government is taking a long-term strategic approach to working in partnership with businesses to increase global competitiveness, support innovation and maximise export potential.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The right tax environment is vital to help businesses flourish so we have cut the main rate of Corporation Tax from 28% to 21% and announced further cuts to 20% by 2015 – the joint lowest rate in the G20 major economies. We have helped businesses with the cost of hiring staff by introducing a new Employer Allowance which cuts £2,000 from the National Insurance bills of small firms. To support small businesses in local communities, the ‘high street discount’ for around 300,000 shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants will go up from £1,000 to £1,500, from April 2015 to March 2016. This is in addition to doubling Small Business Rate Relief for a further year which means 380,000 of the smallest businesses will pay no rates at all.</p><p> </p><p><br> <br></p><p> </p><p>R&amp;D Tax Credits are the single largest Government support for business investment in R&amp;D. They are designed to encourage greater R&amp;D spend by business leading, in turn, to greater investment in innovation and improved products and processes. The rate of relief under the SME scheme is one of the most competitive rates in the world and, at Autumn Statement 2014, was increased from 225% to 230% of qualifying R&amp;D expenditure from April 2015. Innovate UK is the Government’s prime channel for supporting business-led technology innovation. It delivers a range of programmes in support of businesses undertaking R&amp;D including Collaborative R&amp;D, Smart and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. Innovate UK also provides opportunities for innovative businesses through the growing network of Catapult centres. Under the Coalition Government, Innovate UK, with partner and business contributions, has invested around £3.5 billion in innovation projects across the UK.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>More businesses are getting access to the finance they need to start up and grow with Start-Up Loans offered to over 25,000 businesses; so far lending over £129 million. The British Business Bank has facilitated £890m of new lending and investment to over 21,000 small businesses in the year to the end of September 2014. And we have facilitated over £1.67 billion of lending to over 16,000 small businesses since May 2010, through our Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme. We have brought together all Government advice and support in one place at GREATbusiness.gov.uk, where the ‘My Business Support Tool’ helps businesses find the support they need quickly, and businesses can speak to or webchat with a helpline adviser direct using the Business Support helpline. Businesses can also access our new Business Growth Service on the website, which brings together expert advice to improve and grow in one place, including Growth Accelerator, the Manufacturing Advisory Service, and export advice and finance.</p><p> </p><p>Small businesses have less regulation to follow with a £10 billion cumulative net saving to businesses as a result of our deregulation work. Through the Red Tape Challenge, we have reviewed over 5,600 regulations and identified 3,000 to scrap or improve. We are on track to surpass our target of saving business £850 million per year.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>And around 48,000 businesses have been helped by our UKTI support – of which 90% were small businesses. This support helped generate additional sales of over £49 billion and created or safeguarded over 220,000 jobs over the last year.<br> <br></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe remove filter
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less than 2015-02-17T15:53:23.607Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-17T15:53:23.607Z
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4284
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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2488
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Harrison more like this
420500
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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 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 Small Businesses: EU Grants and Loans more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
unstar this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, what steps, if any, they plan to take to ensure local involvement and certainty for small businesses participating in the JEREMIE (Joint European Resources for Micro to medium Enterprises) initiative in the north-east of England; and what role the British Business Bank will have in disbursing funds for projects supported by that initiative. more like this
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Lord Harrison remove filter
unstar this property uin HL2475 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-10-22more like thismore than 2015-10-22
star this property answer text <p>Government has no intention of imposing any arrangements for the next round of JEREMIE-style funds that do not carry local support. The Government remains committed to the Northern Powerhouse, and in that context is continuing, with the British Business Bank, to look at how best to help SMEs across the north access the investment they need.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe remove filter
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less than 2015-10-22T12:20:11.207Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-22T12:20:11.207Z
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4284
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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2488
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Harrison more like this
420501
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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 Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept id 10 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property hansard heading European Capital of Culture more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
unstar this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to support Brasov, Romania, as the European Capital of Culture for 2021. more like this
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Lord Harrison remove filter
unstar this property uin HL2476 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-10-19more like thismore than 2015-10-19
star this property answer text <p>The designation of a European Capital of Culture is a matter for the independent selection panel and the national authority of the Member State participating in a particular year.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe remove filter
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less than 2015-10-19T15:29:35.6Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-19T15:29:35.6Z
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4284
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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2488
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Harrison more like this
420882
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star this property date less than 2015-10-13more like thismore than 2015-10-13
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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 Small Businesses: Disclosure of Information more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
unstar 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 how the requirement for public-interest enterprises to disclose non-financial interests and diversity measures under European Union Directive 2014/95 affects United Kingdom small and medium-sized enterprises wishing to be listed on stock exchanges across the European Union. more like this
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Lord Harrison remove filter
unstar this property uin HL2568 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-10-21more like thismore than 2015-10-21
star this property answer text <p>The Government expects to publish a consultation document shortly on plans for transposition of this Directive, most of whose provisions are already reflected in UK reporting requirements. A full impact assessment, including an assessment of the impact on SMEs, will be made available alongside the consultation document.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe remove filter
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less than 2015-10-21T16:44:24.797Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-21T16:44:24.797Z
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4284
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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2488
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Harrison more like this
455800
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star this property date less than 2016-02-26more like thismore than 2016-02-26
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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 Insolvency more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
unstar 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 the European Commission's Recommendation in 2014 on a new approach to business failure and insolvency on the UK's insolvency regime. more like this
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Lord Harrison remove filter
unstar this property uin HL6490 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-03-14more like thismore than 2016-03-14
star this property answer text <p>The UK’s flexible and effective restructuring and insolvency regime is very much in keeping with the general themes of the EU Recommendation. Following the European Commission’s 2014 Recommendation, the Government conducted a call for evidence seeking the views of stakeholders and submitted a response to the Commission’s survey on how Member States comply with the Recommendation. The Government published the UK’s response in August 2015. This can be accessed here: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/european-commission-recommendation-on-business-failure-and-insolvency-call-for-evidence" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/european-commission-recommendation-on-business-failure-and-insolvency-call-for-evidence</a></p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe remove filter
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less than 2016-03-14T12:34:18.493Zmore like thismore than 2016-03-14T12:34:18.493Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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unstar this property file name UK_Response_to_Commission_Questionnaire_on_Recommendation_on_a_new_approach_to_business_failure_and_insolvency.pdf more like this
star this property title Gov response to Commission report on insolvency more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Harrison more like this
455801
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star this property date less than 2016-02-26more like thismore than 2016-02-26
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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 Insolvency more like this
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25277
unstar this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what work they are doing to promote the UK's insolvency regime to the European Commission as it develops its plans for an insolvency directive. more like this
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Lord Harrison remove filter
unstar this property uin HL6491 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-03-08more like thismore than 2016-03-08
star this property answer text <p>My officials have regular discussions with Commission officials on this matter. Insolvency experts have also had such discussions to ensure they are aware of the features and strengths of our insolvency regime. The Commission has announced its intention to publish a legislative initiative on corporate insolvency in late 2016. This is to be preceded by a consultation to be published this spring. The Government will be responding to the consultation.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe remove filter
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less than 2016-03-08T12:31:52.947Zmore like thismore than 2016-03-08T12:31:52.947Z
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4284
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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2488
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Harrison more like this
455802
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star this property date less than 2016-02-26more like thismore than 2016-02-26
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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 Insolvency more like this
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unstar 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 World Bank's methodology for producing its Resolving Insolvency rankings. more like this
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Lord Harrison remove filter
unstar this property uin HL6492 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-03-08more like thismore than 2016-03-08
star this property answer text <p>It is not simple to compare different insolvency regimes. The World Bank methodology for ‘Resolving Insolvency’ uses principally an assessment of speed and amount of returns to creditors but also has introduced more subjective tests of the strength of the framework. In the World Bank’s 2016 Doing Business Report, the UK continues to be 7th in the world for returns to creditors, and is quicker and costs less than the US, Germany and France, but does somewhat less well on the subjective factors, which may understate the strengths of our regime. We keep the UK’s insolvency regime under review to ensure it remains at the forefront of best practice and that possible new features are properly considered.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe remove filter
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less than 2016-03-08T12:32:34.467Zmore like thismore than 2016-03-08T12:32:34.467Z
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4284
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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2488
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Harrison more like this
455803
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star this property date less than 2016-02-26more like thismore than 2016-02-26
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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 Insolvency more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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unstar 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 main criteria for judging whether an insolvency regime is successful. more like this
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Lord Harrison remove filter
unstar this property uin HL6493 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-03-08more like thismore than 2016-03-08
star this property answer text <p>It is not simple to compare different insolvency regimes. The World Bank methodology for ‘Resolving Insolvency’ uses principally an assessment of speed and amount of returns to creditors but also has introduced more subjective tests of the strength of the framework. In the World Bank’s 2016 Doing Business Report, the UK continues to be 7th in the world for returns to creditors, and is quicker and costs less than the US, Germany and France, but does somewhat less well on the subjective factors, which may understate the strengths of our regime. We keep the UK’s insolvency regime under review to ensure it remains at the forefront of best practice and that possible new features are properly considered.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe remove filter
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less than 2016-03-08T12:33:37.793Zmore like thismore than 2016-03-08T12:33:37.793Z
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4284
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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2488
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Harrison more like this
455804
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star this property date less than 2016-02-26more like thismore than 2016-02-26
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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 Insolvency more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
unstar 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 which of the provisions of the European Commission's 2014 Recommendation on a new approach to business failure and insolvency would (1) benefit, and (2) harm, the UK's insolvency regime if introduced. more like this
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Lord Harrison remove filter
unstar this property uin HL6494 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-03-08more like thismore than 2016-03-08
star this property answer text <p>The UK’s flexible and effective restructuring and insolvency regime is very much in keeping with the general themes of the EU Recommendation. Following the European Commission’s 2014 Recommendation, the Government conducted a call for evidence seeking the views of stakeholders and submitted a response to the Commission’s survey on how Member States comply with the Recommendation. The Government published the UK’s response in August 2015. This can be accessed here: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/european-commission-recommendation-on-business-failure-and-insolvency-call-for-evidence" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/european-commission-recommendation-on-business-failure-and-insolvency-call-for-evidence</a></p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe remove filter
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less than 2016-03-08T12:34:18.217Zmore like thismore than 2016-03-08T12:34:18.217Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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unstar this property file name UK_Response_to_Commission_Questionnaire_on_Recommendation_on_a_new_approach_to_business_failure_and_insolvency.pdf more like this
star this property title Gov response to Commision on Insolvency more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Harrison more like this