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418389
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-09-11more like thismore than 2015-09-11
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 remove filter
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
hansard heading Science: Expenditure 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 the Government plans to reduce its spending on science in the next three years. more like this
tabling member constituency Edinburgh South remove filter
tabling member printed
Ian Murray more like this
uin 9969 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-09-21more like thismore than 2015-09-21
answer text <p>My Rt. hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in December 2014 a long-term commitment to investment in science infrastructure of £1.1bn per annum in real terms to 2021.</p><p> </p><p>Decisions on the amount and allocation of research resource funding beyond 2015/16 will be made during the Spending Review.</p><p> </p><p>We cannot pre-judge the Spending Review outcome.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Orpington more like this
answering member printed Joseph Johnson more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-09-21T15:51:18.203Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-21T15:51:18.203Z
answering member
4039
label Biography information for Joseph Johnson more like this
tabling member
3966
label Biography information for Ian Murray more like this
418140
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-09-09more like thismore than 2015-09-09
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 remove filter
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
hansard heading Balance of Trade: Life Sciences 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 much the life sciences industry generated in trade surplus for (a) the UK and (b) Scotland in the last year for which figures are available. more like this
tabling member constituency Edinburgh South remove filter
tabling member printed
Ian Murray more like this
uin 9745 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-09-17more like thismore than 2015-09-17
answer text <p>In 2014 the Life Science industry generated a trade deficit of £5.0bn for the UK.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Life Sciences goods that can be identified through standard industry classifications consists of pharmaceuticals, irradiation, electro-medical and electrotherapeutic equipment and medical and dental supplies.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Recent changes to international legislation on the compilation of the Balance of Payments have classed the trade in illegal drugs as pharmaceuticals. This change accounted for £4.3bn of the imports of pharmaceuticals in 2014.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Comparable figures for Scotland alone are not available.</p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Broxtowe more like this
answering member printed Anna Soubry more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-09-17T15:28:27.707Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-17T15:28:27.707Z
answering member
3938
label Biography information for Anna Soubry more like this
tabling member
3966
label Biography information for Ian Murray more like this
417531
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-09-08more like thismore than 2015-09-08
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 remove filter
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
hansard heading Higher Education: 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, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) a comprehensive set of shared e-infrastructure services and (b) funding for such services are provided for the higher education sector. more like this
tabling member constituency Edinburgh South remove filter
tabling member printed
Ian Murray more like this
uin 9643 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-09-11more like thismore than 2015-09-11
answer text <p>The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) is a sector owned charity, independent of Government and oversees the provision of e-infrastructure in higher education.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills through HEFCE and in conjunction with other sector funders (Scottish Funding Council, Higher Education Funding Council Wales, Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland) provides funding on an annual basis to JISC in support of the development, maintenance, and support of shared e-infrastructure services for the higher education sector. In 2015-16 HEFCE has provided JISC with £21 million in core funding and £19 million in capital funding.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Orpington more like this
answering member printed Joseph Johnson more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-09-11T12:16:45.52Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-11T12:16:45.52Z
answering member
4039
label Biography information for Joseph Johnson more like this
tabling member
3966
label Biography information for Ian Murray more like this
524192
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2016-06-09more like thismore than 2016-06-09
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 remove filter
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: Paisley 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 his Department will make an assessment of the potential effect on (a) businesses and (b) the local community in Paisley of the decision to close the Post Office branch and replace it with a franchise. more like this
tabling member constituency Edinburgh South remove filter
tabling member printed
Ian Murray more like this
uin 40139 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2016-06-15more like thismore than 2016-06-15
answer text <p>Post Office Limited runs and operates its directly managed Crown post offices. Changes to its network and proposals to franchise of some of its Crown branches are the operational responsibility of the Post Office. The Post Office’s proposals for franchising some of its Crown branches are part of its work to ensure its branch network is sustainable in the long term and ensure that Post Office services remain on our high streets across the country. The change from a Crown to a franchise branch has been undertaken successfully in many locations across the UK and helps sustain Post Office services in these locations, and each change is subject to local consultation.</p><p> </p><p>Over 97% of the UK’s post office network is run on a franchise or agency basis.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Mid Norfolk more like this
answering member printed George Freeman more like this
grouped question UIN 40136 more like this
question first answered
less than 2016-06-15T08:39:17.137Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-15T08:39:17.137Z
answering member
4020
label Biography information for George Freeman more like this
tabling member
3966
label Biography information for Ian Murray more like this
524193
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2016-06-09more like thismore than 2016-06-09
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 remove filter
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: Scotland 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 assessment his Department has made of the effect on (a) businesses and (b) local communities in Scotland of the decision to allow the closure of Post Office branches in Scotland and their replacement by franchises. more like this
tabling member constituency Edinburgh South remove filter
tabling member printed
Ian Murray more like this
uin 40136 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2016-06-15more like thismore than 2016-06-15
answer text <p>Post Office Limited runs and operates its directly managed Crown post offices. Changes to its network and proposals to franchise of some of its Crown branches are the operational responsibility of the Post Office. The Post Office’s proposals for franchising some of its Crown branches are part of its work to ensure its branch network is sustainable in the long term and ensure that Post Office services remain on our high streets across the country. The change from a Crown to a franchise branch has been undertaken successfully in many locations across the UK and helps sustain Post Office services in these locations, and each change is subject to local consultation.</p><p> </p><p>Over 97% of the UK’s post office network is run on a franchise or agency basis.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Mid Norfolk more like this
answering member printed George Freeman more like this
grouped question UIN 40139 more like this
question first answered
less than 2016-06-15T08:39:17.027Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-15T08:39:17.027Z
answering member
4020
label Biography information for George Freeman more like this
tabling member
3966
label Biography information for Ian Murray more like this
179260
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-02-11more like thismore than 2015-02-11
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 remove filter
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
hansard heading Working Hours: EU Law 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 discussions he has had with the EU Commission on the UK's implementation of the Working Time Directive. more like this
tabling member constituency Edinburgh South remove filter
tabling member printed
Ian Murray more like this
uin 224307 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-02-23more like thismore than 2015-02-23
answer text <p>The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is in regular contact with the European Commission on a range of issues. In 2014 the European Commission requested national reports on the practical implementation of the Working Time Directive. The Government provided its response on 31 October 2014, setting out recent developments in case law, and evidence of the impacts of the Working Time Directive. That evidence was recently published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and can be found at: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/389676/bis-14-1287-the-impact-of-the-working-time-regulations-on-the-uk-labour-market-a-review-of-evidence.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/389676/bis-14-1287-the-impact-of-the-working-time-regulations-on-the-uk-labour-market-a-review-of-evidence.pdf</a></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The response re-iterated the Government’s priorities for the future of the Working Time Directive. They are to maintain the economy-wide individual right to opt-out of the 48 hour working week, and seek more flexibility following EU court rulings around on-call time, compensatory rest and holiday pay.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-02-23T09:38:11.793Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-23T09:38:11.793Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
3966
label Biography information for Ian Murray more like this
175660
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-01-26more like thismore than 2015-01-26
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 remove filter
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
hansard heading Minimum Wage 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 Answer of 11 September 2014 to Question 208599, on the minimum wage, how many notices of underpayment have been issued since 1 October 2013 in cases where the investigation commenced on or after that date. more like this
tabling member constituency Edinburgh South remove filter
tabling member printed
Ian Murray more like this
uin 221930 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-01-29more like thismore than 2015-01-29
answer text <p>276 Notices of Underpayment have been issued by HMRC since 1 October 2013 where the investigation started on or after that date. All of these cases will be considered for naming under the revised BIS naming scheme. We have already named 92 employers under the new scheme and we will name more soon.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>After the Notice of Underpayment is issued, employers have 28 days to pay back the arrears they owe and the penalty, or they can lodge an appeal against the NOU. HMRC then issue a case closure letter. From the date of that letter, the employer has 14 days to make a representation to BIS as to why they should not be named.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Any worker who is concerned that they have not been paid the minimum wage should call the Pay and Work Rights Helpline on 0800 917 2368.</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 2015-01-29T15:33:37Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-29T15:33:37Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
3966
label Biography information for Ian Murray more like this
170085
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 remove filter
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 Tribunals Service 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 plans he has to introduce a scheme for naming and shaming employers who fail to pay an employment tribunal award. more like this
tabling member constituency Edinburgh South remove filter
tabling member printed
Ian Murray more like this
uin 218531 more like this
answer
answer
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 takes very seriously the non-payment of employment tribunal awards. Currently, as part of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, the Government is proposing a financial penalty for employers that fail to pay awards. We are also ensuring that enforcement options and consequences of non-payment are made clear throughout the dispute resolution process from early conciliation to the tribunal hearing itself.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We will also look to learn the lessons of existing naming and shaming schemes and consider if such a scheme could further encourage prompt payment of employment tribunal awards.</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 2014-12-17T10:16:21.57Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-17T10:16:21.57Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
3966
label Biography information for Ian Murray more like this
169928
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 remove filter
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
hansard heading Minimum Wage 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 employers have successfully appealed against being named and shamed for non-payment of the national minimum wage under the revised scheme that came into force on 1 October 2013. more like this
tabling member constituency Edinburgh South remove filter
tabling member printed
Ian Murray more like this
uin 218516 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-15more like thismore than 2014-12-15
answer text <p>Under the revised Naming Scheme the Government will name all employers that have been issued with a Notice of Underpayment (NoU) unless employers meet one of the exceptional criteria or have arrears of £100 or less.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>To date 3 employers have made successful representations against being named and 8 employers have not been named as they had arrears of £100 or less.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Government has already named 55 employers. Between them they owed workers a total of over £139,000 in arrears and have been charged financial penalties totalling over £60,000. We will be naming other employers that do not comply with National Minimum Wage regulations soon.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Anyone not receiving the minimum wage that they are legally entitled to should call the Pay and Work Rights Helpline on 0800 917 2368.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </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 2014-12-15T15:41:13.627Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-15T15:41:13.627Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
3966
label Biography information for Ian Murray more like this
169932
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 remove filter
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 Tribunals Service 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 financial penalties have been imposed on respondent employers under section 16 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 to date; and how many such penalties (a) have been paid and (b) remain unpaid. more like this
tabling member constituency Edinburgh South remove filter
tabling member printed
Ian Murray more like this
uin 218454 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-16more like thismore than 2014-12-16
answer text <p>Financial Penalties, as described in section 16 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, commenced on 6 April 2014. None have been imposed so far.</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 2014-12-16T16:03:39.09Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-16T16:03:39.09Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
3966
label Biography information for Ian Murray more like this