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star this property date less than 2015-11-25more like thismore than 2015-11-25
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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
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unstar this property hansard heading Refrigerators: Safety 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 safety of chemicals in domestic refrigerators, in the light of recent reports by <i>Which?</i>. more like this
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Baroness Byford more like this
star this property uin HL3952 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Officials are in regular contact with industry and a range of other stakeholders about the safety of electrical products, including refrigerators. Officials are also regularly in contact with their opposite numbers in other Member States to discuss safety issues. However, no recent specific assessment has been made of the safety of chemicals used in these products.</p><br /> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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less than 2015-12-10T12:29:11.577Zmore like thismore than 2015-12-10T12:29:11.577Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Byford more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-11-30more like thismore than 2015-11-30
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
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unstar this property hansard heading Innovate UK 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 key market sectors have been identified for priority assistance by Innovate UK. more like this
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Lord Allen of Kensington more like this
star this property uin HL4010 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Innovate UK consults widely to prioritise technology areas for investment and carefully considers issues such as global market opportunity and UK research excellence and business capability.</p><br /><p>Innovate UK’s current priority areas are agriculture and food, built environment, digital economy, emerging technologies, enabling technologies, energy, health and care, high value manufacturing, resource efficiency, space applications, transport and urban living. Following the Government’s Spending Review, Innovate UK is considering its strategy for business-led innovation support across the UK’s technology areas for the next Spending Review period, which will be presented to Ministers in spring 2016.</p><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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less than 2015-12-10T12:30:23.93Zmore like thismore than 2015-12-10T12:30:23.93Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Allen of Kensington more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-11-23more like thismore than 2015-11-23
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 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 remove filter
unstar this property hansard heading Small Businesses 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 they are taking in response to data published by the European Commission in its 2015 Annual Report on European SMEs, which found that access to finance and finding customers are some of the greatest issues faced by SMEs in the EU. more like this
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Lord Cotter more like this
star this property uin HL3825 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The European Commission’s Annual Report on European SMEs 2014/15 found that, access to finance for SMEs across the EU has decreased in importance with only 13% (down from 15% in 2013) citing it as the most pressing problem in 2014 behind a number of other issues. The UK’s SME Finance Monitor also found that 79% of SME loan and overdraft applications were successful in the 18 months to 2015 Q2, up from 67% in Q4 2013.</p><br /><p>The Government continues to take steps to improve access to finance. The British Business Bank, for example, is supporting £2.4 billion of finance to over 40,000 smaller businesses, and participating in a further £3.3 billion of finance to small mid-sized businesses, as of the end of June. In addition, the implementation of measures in the Small Business and Employment Act 2015 will require the largest banks to refer customers who have been declined finance to alternative providers via designated platforms.</p><p>The report also highlights that finding customers remains a problem for SMEs but that this is relatively less problematic than in previous years. We are supporting SMEs by providing advice on a range of issues through Growth Hubs, which join up local resources; the My Business Support Tool which helps businesses find the support they need quickly; and the Business Support Helpline.</p><br /><p>Government has made public contract opportunities easier to find by making them all accessible on an improved single online portal. The Contracts Finder contains current public sector contracts (above £10,000 in Central Government and £25,000 in the wider public sector) and a forwardpipelineof potential contract opportunities up to 2020.</p><br /><p>Of the 50,000 plus businesses that make up the customer base of UK Trade &amp; Investment, some 90% are SMEs.</p><br /><p>UKTI provides tailored help for SMEs, including: working out which markets suit their business; identifying export opportunities; introducing them to key contacts and setting up business meetings; and helping firms exhibit their goods and services at trade fairs.</p><br />
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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less than 2015-12-10T16:56:25.66Zmore like thismore than 2015-12-10T16:56:25.66Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Cotter more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-11-26more like thismore than 2015-11-26
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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
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unstar this property hansard heading Productivity 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 were the productivity levels in the UK compared with the rest of the G7 in each year since 1990. more like this
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
star this property uin HL3990 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The data is available on the ONS website, under the international Comparisons of Productivity section. For your ease, I have provided the table below:</p><p><strong>Current price GDP per hour worked (UK=100)</strong></p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Year</p></td><td><p>UK</p></td><td><p>G7 exc. UK</p></td><td><p>Year</p></td><td><p>UK</p></td><td><p>G7 exc. UK</p></td><td><p>Year</p></td><td><p>UK</p></td><td><p>G7 exc. UK</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>1990</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td></td><td><p>2000</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td><p>107</p></td><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td><p>115</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>1991</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td><p>119</p></td><td><p>2001</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td><p>108</p></td><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td><p>114</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>1992</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td><p>116</p></td><td><p>2002</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td><p>106</p></td><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td><p>116</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>1993</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td><p>112</p></td><td><p>2003</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td><p>105</p></td><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td><p>117</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>1994</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td><p>111</p></td><td><p>2004</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td><p>105</p></td><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td><p>120</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>1995</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td><p>111</p></td><td><p>2005</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td><p>106</p></td><td></td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td><p>1996</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td><p>109</p></td><td><p>2006</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td><p>104</p></td><td></td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td><p>1997</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td><p>109</p></td><td><p>2007</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td><p>106</p></td><td></td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td><p>1998</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td><p>109</p></td><td><p>2008</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td><p>107</p></td><td></td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td><p>1999</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td><p>111</p></td><td><p>2009</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td><p>110</p></td><td></td><td></td><td></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Data are in current prices, allowing cross-country comparison of productivity for each individual year.</p><p>Source: International Comparisons of Productivity, First Estimates for 2014, ONS (Sep 2015)</p><p><a href="http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/icp/international-comparisons-of-productivity/2014---first-estimates/stb-icp0915.html" target="_blank">http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/icp/international-comparisons-of-productivity/2014---first-estimates/stb-icp0915.html</a></p><p>* Productivity data for the G7 are unavailable for 1990 due to the absence of comparable data for pre-reunification Germany.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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less than 2015-12-10T12:24:35.83Zmore like thismore than 2015-12-10T12:24:35.83Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-11-25more like thismore than 2015-11-25
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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
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unstar this property hansard heading Apprentices 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 the age profile of the total number of apprentices in 2013–14 and 2014–15. more like this
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Lord Storey more like this
star this property uin HL3919 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>In the 2013/14 academic year there were 851,500 government funded apprentices. Of these, 185,800 were aged under 19, 308,900 were aged 19-24 and 356,900 were aged over 25.</p><br /><p>Over the 2014/15 academic year there were 871,800 government funded apprentices. Of these, 194,100 were aged under 19, 315,000 were aged 19-24 and 362,600 were aged over 25.</p><br /><p>Information on Apprenticeship participation by age in 2013/14 and 2014/15 is published as part of a Statistical First Release:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/learner-participation-outcomes-and-level-of-highest-qualification-held" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/learner-participation-outcomes-and-level-of-highest-qualification-held</a></p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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less than 2015-12-10T12:14:18.973Zmore like thismore than 2015-12-10T12:14:18.973Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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star this property file name SFR_commentary_November_2015__1_.pdf more like this
unstar this property title Statistical First release commentary more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Storey more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-11-30more like thismore than 2015-11-30
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
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unstar this property hansard heading Business: Ethnic Groups 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 commission a review into the obstacles that prevent more people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds from reaching senior positions in business, similar to the Women on Boards review by Lord Davies of Abersoch. more like this
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Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
star this property uin HL4037 more like this
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star this property answer text <br /><p>Government believes that businesses benefit from a rich and wide talent pool including people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.</p><p>Government is fully supportive of the private led Diversity initiative chaired by Sir John Parker who are currently considering this issue. We expect the group to report on their findings in 2016.</p><p>There are no current plans for Government to commission a separate review into the obstacles that are preventing more people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds from reaching senior positions in the boardroom.</p><br /> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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less than 2015-12-10T12:35:15.413Zmore like thismore than 2015-12-10T12:35:15.413Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-11-30more like thismore than 2015-11-30
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
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unstar this property hansard heading Public Houses: Training more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will have discussions with pub chains on training staff to identify people with suicidal tendencies in order to stop serving such people alcohol. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 18209 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has no plans to undertake such discussions but as part of the continuing programme of work to support the government’s suicide prevention strategy, Public Health England has published guidance for local authorities to develop local suicide prevention action plans. The guidance suggests that local authorities establish a local suicide prevention group and work with relevant organisations in their area to co-ordinate activities to reduce suicide. Those groups can work with landlords and pub managers.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Broxtowe more like this
star this property answering member printed Anna Soubry more like this
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less than 2015-12-10T17:31:40.5Zmore like thismore than 2015-12-10T17:31:40.5Z
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star this property label Biography information for Anna Soubry more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-12-02more like thismore than 2015-12-02
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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
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unstar this property hansard heading Small Businesses: Finance more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has conducted of the adequacy of the level of financial support offered to small businesses that have been in operation for two years or less; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
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Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 18526 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Government recognises that new businesses can encounter difficulties in obtaining the finance they need to start-up or grow. However I am encouraged that net lending to smaller businesses has been recovering strongly since the end of 2014. The Bank of England has reported that credit conditions for SMEs seeking finance are improving and the SME Finance Monitor shows that 80% of SME loan and overdraft applications were successful in the 18 months to 2015 Q3, up from 68% in Q4 2013.</p><p>Latest figures show that net SME lending from banks participating in the Funding for Lending Scheme grew by £675m in the third quarter and the Bank of England recently announced that allowances earned by banks for increasing their net lending under the scheme will be available to draw down for a further two years. The government also continues to fund start-up loans, with more than 33,000 loans worth over £180 million issued so far and a target to deliver 75,000 loans by the end of the parliament.</p><p>I am also encouraged by our growing alternative finance sector, with the UK the leading fin tech centre of Europe.</p><p>A recent report from the Legatum Institute rated the UK as the best country in the EU in which to start a business and the government will continue to back our small businesses to start and grow.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Broxtowe more like this
star this property answering member printed Anna Soubry more like this
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less than 2015-12-10T17:31:04.463Zmore like thismore than 2015-12-10T17:31:04.463Z
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star this property label Biography information for Anna Soubry more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-12-07more like thismore than 2015-12-07
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
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unstar this property hansard heading UK Trade and Investment: Staff more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many UK Trade and Investment staff worked in each of the industrial sectors on 1 April 2015; and what the budget for each such sector is in 2015-16. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newport West more like this
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Paul Flynn more like this
star this property uin 19008 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>UK Trade &amp; Investment supports eleven sectors, and other priority sectors, such as creative industries and the information economy.</p><br /><p>We are working with a number of other Government departments to ensure companies of all sectors are represented in Government efforts overseas.</p><br /><p>The table below shows the number of staff on 1 April 2015 and the most recent budget information for our core sector teams and investment organisations.</p><br /> <br /><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Staff</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Budget, £m</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Consumer, Retail &amp; E-exporting</p></td><td><p>11</p></td><td><p>5.7</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Creative Industries &amp; Global Sports &amp; Construction</p></td><td><p>25</p></td><td><p>3.1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>UKTI Education</p></td><td><p>8</p></td><td><p>1.0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Energy &amp; Transport</p></td><td><p>27</p></td><td><p>3.7</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Healthcare UK</p></td><td><p>13</p></td><td><p>1.6</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Information Economy</p></td><td><p>16</p></td><td><p>2.9</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Advanced Manufacturing</p></td><td><p>8</p></td><td><p>1.2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>UKTI Agri-Tech Organisation</p></td><td><p>3</p></td><td><p>1.2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>UKTI Automotive Investment Organisation</p></td><td><p>5</p></td><td><p>1.7</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>UKTI Financial Services Organisation</p></td><td><p>8</p></td><td><p>1.7</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Innovation Gateway</p></td><td><p>7</p></td><td><p>1.3</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>UKTI Life Science Organisation</p></td><td><p>9</p></td><td><p>2.2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>UKTI Offshore Wind Investment Organisation</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>1.1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>UKTI Regeneration Investment Organisation</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>1.4</p></td></tr></tbody></table><br />
star this property answering member constituency Broxtowe more like this
star this property answering member printed Anna Soubry more like this
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less than 2015-12-10T17:33:13.413Zmore like thismore than 2015-12-10T17:33:13.413Z
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star this property label Biography information for Anna Soubry more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Paul Flynn more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-12-07more like thismore than 2015-12-07
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
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unstar this property hansard heading UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many staff worked for the UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation on 1 April 2015; and what the budget of that organisation is for 2015-16. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newport West more like this
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Paul Flynn more like this
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star this property answer text <br /><p>At 1 April 2015 the UK Trade &amp; Investment Defence and Security Organisation had 140 staff-in-post. As at 1 April the 2015-16 budget for UKTI DSO was £9.75M NET.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Broxtowe more like this
star this property answering member printed Anna Soubry more like this
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less than 2015-12-10T17:35:41.687Zmore like thismore than 2015-12-10T17:35:41.687Z
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star this property label Biography information for Anna Soubry more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Paul Flynn more like this