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star this property date less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Fireworks more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if she will undertake to (a) review fireworks regulations and (b) reduce the maximum permitted noise level of fireworks. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Easington more like this
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Grahame Morris remove filter
star this property uin 1658 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
star this property answer text <p>The Government is aware of concern over the impact of fireworks noise on people and animals. This is why there is already a maximum legal noise level set for fireworks.</p><p> </p><p>The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has been working to develop a fact-based evidence base on the key issues that have been raised around fireworks which includes noise levels.</p><p> </p><p>We are receiving representations from a range of stakeholders including members of the public, organisations and charities, representing a range of views. This work will inform current and future policy in this area.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst remove filter
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less than 2019-10-22T08:34:31.673Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T08:34:31.673Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Grahame Morris more like this
1141792
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star this property date less than 2019-07-24more like thismore than 2019-07-24
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Insolvency more like this
unstar this property house id 1 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, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if she will make an assessment of the potential for pre-packaged administrations to be open to abuse as a way of passing on pension liabilities to the Pension Protection Fund. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Easington more like this
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Grahame Morris remove filter
star this property uin 281706 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
star this property answer text <p>A pre-packaged sale in administration, whereby the sale of all or part of the business is arranged prior to the company entering formal insolvency and realised on or immediately after the appointment of the administrator, is a valuable business rescue tool. Pre-pack sales help to avoid a deterioration of the value of the company’s business between appointment of the administrator and sale, meaning there is more money available for creditors, including the pension scheme. In most cases where pre-packs are used, the only alternative would be the collapse of the business and the loss of all employees’ jobs.</p><p> </p><p>The government is aware of concerns about the transparency of pre-pack sales, particularly where a business is sold to a person connected with the old company. It is currently evaluating whether legislative measures are necessary to regulate pre-pack sales to a connected person, following a review of a package of voluntary industry measures implemented in 2015 to improve creditor confidence in pre-packs. As part of the review the government liaised with the Pension Protection Fund, which made clear in its response to concerns raised by the Chair of the Department of Work and Pensions Select Committee, that it does not fundamentally take issue with pre-packs but where there are concerns, these are referred to the Pensions Regulator for investigation.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst remove filter
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less than 2019-09-03T15:19:42.49Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-03T15:19:42.49Z
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4487
star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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3973
unstar this property label Biography information for Grahame Morris more like this
1141793
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star this property date less than 2019-07-24more like thismore than 2019-07-24
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Johnston Press: Insolvency more like this
unstar this property house id 1 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, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if she will make an assessment of (a) the reasons for the collapse of Johnston Press and (b) whether additional powers for the Pension Regulator would help to safeguard pension funds and mitigate the potential financial loss to employees. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Easington more like this
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Grahame Morris remove filter
star this property uin 281707 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
star this property answer text <p>The Johnston Press Group entered administration on 17 November 2018 and its business and assets were sold to a company owned by the Group’s bondholders (JPI Media Group) under a pre-pack arrangement. The government cannot comment on individual insolvency cases. However, the Pensions Regulator in its report of March 2019 found no evidence that the insolvency of Johnston Press was avoidable and had no reason to use its anti-avoidance powers.</p><p> </p><p>The government’s White Paper 2018 “Protecting Defined Benefit Pension Schemes” proposed a number of new measures to provide better protection for scheme members’ benefits, including giving the Pensions Regulator additional powers to enable it to be more proactive with tougher penalties to deter wrongdoing.</p><p> </p><p>A response to the consultation was published on 11 February 2019.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst remove filter
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less than 2019-09-03T15:18:13.373Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-03T15:18:13.373Z
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4487
star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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3973
unstar this property label Biography information for Grahame Morris more like this
1141794
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star this property date less than 2019-07-24more like thismore than 2019-07-24
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Insolvency more like this
unstar this property house id 1 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, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if she will review pre-packaged administration deals and make an assessment of the potential merits of preventing directors of a failed company becoming directors of the new company in cases where pension liabilities are passed onto the Pension Protection Fund. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Easington more like this
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Grahame Morris remove filter
star this property uin 281708 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p>The government has recently carried out a review of the impact of voluntary industry measures introduced in 2015 to improve confidence in pre-packaged sales in administration. The review will inform a decision on whether further regulation is required where a business is sold via a pre-pack sale to a person connected with the old company. We expect to publish the outcome of the review shortly.</p><p> </p><p>As part of the review the Government liaised with the Pension Protection Fund, which made clear in its response to concerns raised by the Chair of the DWP Select Committee, that it does not fundamentally take issue with pre-packs but where there are concerns, these are referred to The Pensions Regulator for investigation.</p><p> </p><p>The government already has robust measures in place to prevent directors of insolvent companies who are guilty of poor behaviour from taking part in the management of companies in the future. When a company enters a formal insolvency procedure, such as administration, the insolvency practitioner has a legal duty to report to the Insolvency Service on the conduct of the directors and where wrongdoing is identified, action can be taken to disqualify them for up to 15 years.</p><p> </p><p>The government response to the 2018 White Paper “Protecting Defined Benefit Pension Schemes” proposes additional powers for The Pensions Regulator with a tougher approach to the minority of employers whose irresponsible behaviour does put pension schemes at risk.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst remove filter
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less than 2019-09-09T07:37:17.093Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T07:37:17.093Z
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4487
star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Grahame Morris more like this
1141396
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star this property date less than 2019-07-23more like thismore than 2019-07-23
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Consumer Goods: Electrical Safety more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will bring forward legislative proposals (a) to improve and regulate qualifications for PAT testing and (b) to ensure those qualifications cannot be gained through online only courses. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Easington more like this
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Grahame Morris remove filter
star this property uin 281004 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
star this property answer text <p>The Health and Safety Executive enforces the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. This legislation requires that any electrical equipment in the workplace has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition and anyone carrying out work on any electrical equipment to be competent for the work they are doing.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst remove filter
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less than 2019-09-03T15:28:04.223Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-03T15:28:04.223Z
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4487
star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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3973
unstar this property label Biography information for Grahame Morris more like this
1141397
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star this property date less than 2019-07-23more like thismore than 2019-07-23
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Domestic Appliances: Repairs and Maintenance more like this
unstar this property house id 1 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, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will bring forward legislative proposals for the certification of electricians with a specialism in the repair of white goods and small appliances. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Easington more like this
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Grahame Morris remove filter
star this property uin 281005 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
star this property answer text <p>The Health and Safety Executive enforces the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. This legislation requires that any electrical equipment in the workplace has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition and anyone carrying out work on any electrical equipment to be competent for the work they are doing.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst remove filter
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less than 2019-09-03T15:25:53.66Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-03T15:25:53.66Z
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4487
star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Grahame Morris more like this
1125362
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star this property date less than 2019-05-08more like thismore than 2019-05-08
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme and Mineworkers' Pension Scheme more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the total value of the (a) Mineworkers Pension Scheme and (b) British Coal Staff Superannuation scheme. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Easington more like this
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Grahame Morris remove filter
star this property uin 252054 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
star this property answer text <p>The Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme valuation conducted by the Government Actuary concluded last year. The market value of the scheme’s assets on 30 September 2017 was £12,241 million.</p><p> </p><p>A similar valuation for the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme concluded recently. The market value of the Scheme’s assets on 31 March 2018 was £9,367 million.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst remove filter
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less than 2019-05-13T13:28:26.117Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-13T13:28:26.117Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Grahame Morris more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-10-22more like thismore than 2018-10-22
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Conditions of Employment more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the number of cases where independent contractors are considered employees for tax purposes but do not have corresponding workplace rights. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Easington more like this
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Grahame Morris remove filter
star this property uin 182130 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-10-29more like thismore than 2018-10-29
star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to providing greater clarity for businesses and individuals on employment status. As Matthew Taylor identified in his review, this is a complex issue and is one of the major challenges for public policy.</p><p> </p><p>We are considering how best to achieve change that works for all. We received over 160 detailed responses to the Employment Status Consultation. We are currently analysing the responses and will respond in due course.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst remove filter
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less than 2018-10-29T15:43:31.157Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
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star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Grahame Morris more like this