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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-17more like thisremove minimum value filter
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 more like this
hansard heading Post Offices 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 his Department's announcement of 27 November 2013 on Post Office branch modernisation, how many Post Offices have benefited to date from the dedicated fund to support smaller community branches. more like this
tabling member constituency Torridge and West Devon more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
uin 227769 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2015-03-19more like thismore than 2015-03-19
answer text <p /> <p>Since the landmark £20 million Post Office Community Fund started accepting applications in June 2014 more than 340 Community post offices have applied for funding. More than 250 of these proposals have been approved to date and of these more than 85 have been completed, bringing significant benefits to communities, customers and subpostmasters across the UK. The fund remains open for applications and the Government encourages eligible branches to apply for investment.</p> more like this
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire remove filter
answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-03-19T16:28:38.597Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-19T16:28:38.597Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
1508
label Biography information for Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
228065
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-18more like thismore than 2015-03-18
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 more like this
hansard heading Investment 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 recent steps he has taken to encourage asset owners to do more to engage with investee companies as part of their stewardship duties. more like this
tabling member constituency Cambridge more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Julian Huppert more like this
uin 228100 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2015-03-23more like thismore than 2015-03-23
answer text <p>The Government has taken a variety of significant steps to promote stewardship and engagement on the part of institutional investors. A key focus has been to work closely with the investment industry on initiatives involving both institutional investors and asset managers, acknowledging that while some institutional investors engage directly with companies, many others delegate to asset managers to engage on their behalf.</p><p>Specific achievements include:</p><ul><li>a strengthening of the Stewardship Code to emphasise engagement on companies’ long-term strategy;</li><li>the creation of an Investor Forum to improve the amount and effectiveness of collective engagement by key institutional investors;</li><li>the development, by the National Association of Pension Funds, of a new Stewardship Disclosure Framework to encourage asset managers to report on their activities and to enable investors to hold them to account.</li></ul><p> </p><p>The Government has comprehensively reformed the legislative framework for corporate reporting to boost transparency on company directors’ remuneration and ensure annual reports are more focused on long-term company strategy. In this way we are encouraging companies to report the information which is relevant to long-term stewardship investors.</p><p>The Law Commission’s report on the fiduciary duties of investment intermediaries, commissioned by the Government, concluded that fiduciary investors such as pension scheme trustees should consider whether and how to engage with companies to promote their long-term success, either directly or through their investment managers. The Government is now taking forward the Law Commission’s recommendations in a number of areas, including by consulting currently on whether the Occupational Pension Schemes (Investment) Regulations 2005 should be amended to require trustees to state their policy on stewardship with reference to the Stewardship Code.</p><p>This work has been part of a broader commitment – in response to the Kay Review of equity markets - to address the longstanding concern that short-termism has impeded the creation of sustainable value by British companies. The Government published a comprehensive progress report on the implementation of the Review in October 2014. This is available online at: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/367070/bis-14-1157-implementation-of-the-kay-review-progress-report.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/367070/bis-14-1157-implementation-of-the-kay-review-progress-report.pdf</a></p><p>The Government is now undertaking further work in a number of areas, including:</p><ul><li>supporting the work of the Financial Reporting Council to monitor how signatories to the Stewardship Code are delivering against their commitment;</li><li>supporting the work of the Association of Member Nominated Trustees (AMNT) to develop “Red Line Voting” – an initiative which will enable pension schemes and other investors to adopt common voting positions on a range of governance issues; and research to examine how shares are held by institutional and individual investors – to provide an insight into how the Government can encourage greater investment engagement.</li></ul>
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire remove filter
answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-03-23T14:41:50.49Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-23T14:41:50.49Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
3931
label Biography information for Dr Julian Huppert more like this
228072
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-18more like thismore than 2015-03-18
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 more like this
hansard heading Ouija Boards 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, if he will bring forward legislative proposals for regulating the sale of ouija boards. more like this
tabling member constituency East Londonderry more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
uin 228164 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2015-03-23more like thismore than 2015-03-23
answer text <p>The Government has no plans to regulate the sale of Ouija boards.</p> more like this
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire remove filter
answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-03-23T14:43:25.27Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-23T14:43:25.27Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
1409
label Biography information for Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
228261
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-18more like thismore than 2015-03-18
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 more like this
hansard heading Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate 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, whether he plans to increase the resources and staffing available to the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Sheffield Central more like this
tabling member printed
Paul Blomfield more like this
uin 228233 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2015-03-23more like thismore than 2015-03-23
answer text <p>The Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate (EAS) enforce the Employment Agencies Act 1973 and the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 (both as amended).</p><p>We have doubled EAS resource this financial year and will increase resource again for the financial year 2015/16. This additional resource is being used for targeted enforcement in high risk areas in order to protect the most vulnerable agency workers.</p><p>In February, EAS inspectors led a targeted enforcement operation in the Sheffield area. They were accompanied by officers from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC’s) National Minimum Wage (NMW) team and, on some visits, by the Pensions Regulator.</p><p>During the inspections of 15 employment businesses, EAS identified 32 potential breaches of the Conduct Regulations, as well as a potential breach of the Employment Agencies Act. Where breaches were identified, warning letters were issued and the agencies were required to change practices and demonstrate compliance or face further enforcement action.</p>
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire remove filter
answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-03-23T14:44:45.293Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-23T14:44:45.293Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
4058
label Biography information for Paul Blomfield more like this
227689
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-17more like thisremove minimum value filter
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 more like this
hansard heading Staff 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 and what proportion of employees in his Department identify as (a) white or white British, (b) Asian or Asian British, (c) Black or Black British, (d) mixed or multiple ethnic group and (e) another ethnicity. more like this
tabling member constituency Ashfield more like this
tabling member printed
Gloria De Piero more like this
uin 227951 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2015-03-24more like thismore than 2015-03-24
answer text <p>Table 1 gives the proportion of staff in each ethnic group in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. These proportions are statistical estimates derived from the 2014 Civil Service People Survey.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Table 1: Ethnicity of staff in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills</strong></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Ethnicity</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Estimated Proportion</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>White or White British</p><p> </p></td><td><p>77%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Asian or Asian British</p></td><td><p>5%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Black or Black British</p></td><td><p>5%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Mixed or multiple ethnic group</p></td><td><p>2%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Any Other Ethnicity</p></td><td><p>0%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Undeclared Ethnicity</p></td><td><p>10%</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong>Source: Civil Service People Survey 2014</strong></p> more like this
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire remove filter
answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-03-24T11:26:54.24Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-24T11:26:54.24Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
3915
label Biography information for Gloria De Piero more like this
227691
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-17more like thisremove minimum value filter
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 more like this
hansard heading Easter 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, if he will bring into force the provision contained in the Easter Act 1928 to fix the date of Easter; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency East Yorkshire more like this
tabling member printed
Sir Greg Knight more like this
uin 227857 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2015-03-24more like thismore than 2015-03-24
answer text <p>My Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills does not intend to bring the Easter Act 1928 into force in the near future. The Easter Act 1928 would set the date for Easter to fall on a Sunday between 9 and 15 April each year. The Easter Act 1928 remains on the Statute Book, but has not been brought into force. To do so would require an Order in Council, with the approval of both Houses of Parliament. The Act also requires that, before the Order is made, &quot;regard shall be had to any opinion officially expressed by any Church or other Christian Body.&quot; There is no indication that the Churches are keen to move to a date for Easter fixed in accordance with the Easter Act 1928.</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire remove filter
answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-03-24T15:31:38.887Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-24T15:31:38.887Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
1200
label Biography information for Sir Greg Knight more like this
227695
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-17more like thisremove minimum value filter
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 more like this
hansard heading ICT 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, which news applications staff in his Department are authorised to download and use on their work-provided phones and tablets. more like this
tabling member constituency Shipley more like this
tabling member printed
Philip Davies more like this
uin 227816 more like this
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is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2015-03-24more like thismore than 2015-03-24
answer text <p /> <p>Staff are not prevented from downloading any news applications for use on their work-provided phones and tablets.</p> more like this
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire remove filter
answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-03-24T10:29:40.853Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-24T10:29:40.853Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
1565
label Biography information for Philip Davies more like this
227954
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-17more like thisremove minimum value filter
answering body
Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept id 31 more like this
answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
hansard heading ICT more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, which approved news applications staff in the Government Equalities Office are authorised to download and use on their work-provided phones and tablets. more like this
tabling member constituency Shipley more like this
tabling member printed
Philip Davies more like this
uin 227972 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2015-03-24more like thismore than 2015-03-24
answer text <p>GEO users are not prevented from downloading any news applications for use on their work-provided phones and tablets.</p> more like this
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire remove filter
answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-03-24T17:38:43.837Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-24T17:38:43.837Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
1565
label Biography information for Philip Davies more like this
228837
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-20more like thismore than 2015-03-20
answering body
Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept id 31 more like this
answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
hansard heading Natural History Museum more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will hold discussions with the Natural History Museum on targeting boys and girls equally. more like this
tabling member constituency Newcastle upon Tyne Central more like this
tabling member printed
Chi Onwurah more like this
uin 228562 more like this
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is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2015-03-25more like thismore than 2015-03-25
answer text <p>The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is in regular contact with the Natural History Museum and, following its recent collaboration with Marks and Spencer on a dinosaur-themed clothing line, the Museum has confirmed it is working with the retailer to expand the range to include products for girls. Products in the Museum shop are displayed without gender differentiation for children and the Museum’s own children’s clothing range is cut for a unisex fit.</p><p> </p><p>It is vital that stereotypes and biases do not limit the potential of young people and the Government believes that children should be encouraged to explore the widest range of interests regardless of gender. The Museum’s education programmes and exhibitions support this work, and its scientists are a diverse group of role models, helping to inspire the next generation.</p> more like this
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire remove filter
answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-03-25T16:33:42.503Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-25T16:33:42.503Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
4124
label Biography information for Chi Onwurah more like this
228064
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-18more like thismore than 2015-03-18
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 more like this
hansard heading Fire Prevention: Furniture 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, pursuant to the contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills of 25 November 2014, Official Report, column 257WH, what progress he has made on reviewing proposals to amend the Furniture and Furnishing (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988. more like this
tabling member constituency Pendle more like this
tabling member printed
Andrew Stephenson more like this
uin 228089 more like this
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is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2015-03-26more like thismore than 2015-03-26
answer text <p /> <p>The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has been carefully analysing the responses to the consultation on the proposed amendments to certain test schedules in the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988. The Government response to this consultation was published on 25 March 2015 and can be accessed at <a href="http://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/furniture-fire-safety-regulations-proposed-amendments" target="_blank">www.gov.uk/government/consultations/furniture-fire-safety-regulations-proposed-amendments</a>.</p> more like this
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire remove filter
answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-03-26T13:11:46.423Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-26T13:11:46.423Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
4044
label Biography information for Andrew Stephenson more like this