Pubs Regulation: 5th May 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) The Government have worked hard to meet the challenging deadline laid down by the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, and bring the pubs code into force by 26 May 2016. Good progress has been made. The Government published draft regulations and a consultation … Continue reading Pubs Regulation: 5th May 2016

Help to Grow: 24th March 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) The help to grow (“H2G”) pilot programme was announced by the Prime Minister in February 2015. Drawing on research undertaken by the British Business Bank (“BBB”), Government committed to address an identified finance gap for fast growing, innovative SMEs by using the Government’s balance sheet … Continue reading Help to Grow: 24th March 2016

Enterprise Bill: 10th March 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I am today placing in the Libraries of both Houses the Department’s analysis on the application of Standing Order 83L in respect of the non-Government amendment passed at Commons Report stage for the Enterprise Bill.

Enterprise Bill: 8th March 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I am today placing in the Library of the House the Department’s analysis on the application of Standing Order 83L in respect of the Government amendments tabled for Commons Report stage for the Enterprise Bill. Analysis on application of Standing Order 83L (Enterprise Bill—Analysis on … Continue reading Enterprise Bill: 8th March 2016

Competitiveness Council: 8th March 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) My noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (Baroness Neville-Rolfe) has today made the following statement. The Competitiveness Council took place in Brussels on Monday 29 February. I represented the UK for the internal market and industry discussion. The Council … Continue reading Competitiveness Council: 8th March 2016

Small Companies Audit Exemption Thresholds: 26th January 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) My noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (Baroness Neville-Rolfe) has today made the following statement. The Government have carefully considered responses to questions posed on the audit exemption threshold in the Government’s discussion paper on the implementation of the … Continue reading Small Companies Audit Exemption Thresholds: 26th January 2016

Trade: 19th January 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) My noble Friend the Minister of State for Trade and Investment (Lord Maude of Horsham) has today made the following statement. The Government aim to increase the number of exporting businesses by 100,000, from 188,000 in 2010 to 288,000 by 2020, and to increase the … Continue reading Trade: 19th January 2016

EU Competitiveness Council: Post-Council Statement: 8th December 2015

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) My noble Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (Baroness Neville-Rolfe) has today made the following statement. The Competitiveness Council took place in Brussels on 30 November and 1 December. The UK was represented by Shan Morgan, deputy permanent representative to the … Continue reading EU Competitiveness Council: Post-Council Statement: 8th December 2015

UK Justice Home Affairs: Least Developed Countries Services Waiver: 2nd December 2015

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) My noble Friend the Minister of State for Trade and Investment (Lord Maude of Horsham) has today made the following statement. I wish to inform the House that on 16 November 2015 the Government opted in to the Council decision relating to the “LDC Services … Continue reading UK Justice Home Affairs: Least Developed Countries Services Waiver: 2nd December 2015

Audit and Auditor Regulation: 20th July 2015

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) My noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Minister for Intellectual Property (Baroness Neville-Rolfe) has made the following statement. The Government will require all public interest entities i.e. listed companies, banks, building societies and relevant insurers to put their … Continue reading Audit and Auditor Regulation: 20th July 2015

Statutory Guidance (Review Provision Requirements) and Statement on Definition of Control: 1st July 2015

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I am publishing today a guidance document and a statement to assist Departments in implementing the provisions of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (the Act). The guidance sets out the test to be applied in circumstances where Departments think that it may … Continue reading Statutory Guidance (Review Provision Requirements) and Statement on Definition of Control: 1st July 2015

Welfare and Duty of Care in Armed Forces Initial Training: Ofsted Report: 24th March 2015

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) Today Ofsted publish their eighth report on welfare and duty of care in armed forces initial training, copies of which I have placed in the Library of the House. Following inspections of eight armed forces initial training establishments between September 2014 and January 2015, Ofsted report … Continue reading Welfare and Duty of Care in Armed Forces Initial Training: Ofsted Report: 24th March 2015

Service Complains Commissioner: Annual Report: 24th March 2015

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) I am pleased to lay before Parliament today the Service Complaints Commissioner’s annual report for 2014 on the fairness, effectiveness and efficiency of the service complaints system. This is the first report to be published by Nicola Williams as the Service Complaints Commissioner, and covers the … Continue reading Service Complains Commissioner: Annual Report: 24th March 2015

Service Complains Commissioner: Annual Report: 24th March 2015

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) I am pleased to lay before Parliament today the Service Complaints Commissioner’s annual report for 2014 on the fairness, effectiveness and efficiency of the service complaints system. This is the first report to be published by Nicola Williams as the Service Complaints Commissioner, and covers the … Continue reading Service Complains Commissioner: Annual Report: 24th March 2015

Independent Medical Expert Group: Triennial Review: 24th March 2015

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) I am today announcing the start of the triennial review of the Independent Medical Expert Group. Triennial reviews are part of the Government’s commitment to ensuring that non-departmental public bodies continue to have regular independent challenge. The review will examine whether there is a continuing need … Continue reading Independent Medical Expert Group: Triennial Review: 24th March 2015

Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees: Triennial Review: 24th March 2015

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) The Ministry of Defence is required to review their non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) at least once every three years to ensure that they have regular independent challenge. I am today announcing the review to examine whether there is a continuing need for the function provided by … Continue reading Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees: Triennial Review: 24th March 2015

Gurkha Welfare: 29th January 2015

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) The Government would like to thank the hon. Member for Thurrock (Jackie Doyle-Price) and the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Gurkha Welfare for leading an inquiry into grievances held by members of the Gurkha veterans’ community. This inquiry has provided the Gurkha veterans’ community an … Continue reading Gurkha Welfare: 29th January 2015

Service Family Accommodation: 24th October 2014

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) The Government remain committed to ensuring that our service personnel and their families have access to good quality accommodation at a price that is substantially subsidised compared to civilian options. Our programme of investment in service family accommodation has delivered significant improvements since 2010; last financial … Continue reading Service Family Accommodation: 24th October 2014

Service Complaints Commissioner’s Sixth Annual Report: 26th June 2014

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) I am pleased today to publish the MOD’s formal response to the Service Complaints Commissioner’s (SCC) sixth annual report on the fairness, effectiveness and efficiency of the service complaints system. A copy will be placed in the Library of the House. The response sets out how … Continue reading Service Complaints Commissioner’s Sixth Annual Report: 26th June 2014

Ofsted Annual Report: 5th June 2014

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) On 27 May, Ofsted published its sixth report on welfare and duty of care in armed forces initial training, copies of which have been placed in the Library of the House. Following visits to nine armed forces initial training establishments between September 2013 and January 2014, … Continue reading Ofsted Annual Report: 5th June 2014

Less Lethal Weapons (Triennial Review): 6th May 2014

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) On 13 September 2013 I announced to Parliament through a written ministerial statement—Official Report, column 69WS—the commencement of the triennial review of the Scientific Advisory Committee on the medical implications of less lethal weapons (SACMILL). I am now pleased to announce the completion of the review. … Continue reading Less Lethal Weapons (Triennial Review): 6th May 2014

D-Day 70th Anniversary Commemorations (UK/France): 28th April 2014

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) My noble Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Defence, Lord Astor of Hever, has made the following written ministerial statement: On 6 June this year the United Kingdom, along with its friends and allies, will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings—the largest amphibious landing … Continue reading D-Day 70th Anniversary Commemorations (UK/France): 28th April 2014

Armed Forces Pay Review Body (Triennial Review): 10th April 2014

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) On 27 February 2014, Official Report, column 25WS, I announced in a written ministerial statement, the commencement of the triennial review of the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body (AFPRB). I am now pleased to announce the completion of the review. The AFPRB plays an important role providing … Continue reading Armed Forces Pay Review Body (Triennial Review): 10th April 2014

Service Complaints Commissioner’s Annual Report: 27th March 2014

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) I am pleased to lay before Parliament today the Service Complaints Commissioner’s sixth annual report on the fairness, effectiveness and efficiency of the service complaints system. I would like to thank the commissioner for her latest report, and for the outstanding contribution she has made in … Continue reading Service Complaints Commissioner’s Annual Report: 27th March 2014

Armed Forces Pay Review Body (Triennial Review): 27th February 2014

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) I am today announcing the start of the triennial review of the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body (AFPRB), an advisory non-departmental public body (NDPB). Triennial reviews of NDPBs are part of the Government’s commitment to ensuring, and improving, the accountability and effectiveness of public bodies. The … Continue reading Armed Forces Pay Review Body (Triennial Review): 27th February 2014

Advisory Group on Military Medicine (Triennial Review): 4th February 2014

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) On 5 December 2012, Official Report, columns 57-58WS, my predecessor the right hon. Member for Rayleigh and Wickford (Mr Francois) announced in Parliament through a written ministerial statement, the commencement of the triennial review of the Advisory Group on Military Medicine (AGoMM). I am now pleased to … Continue reading Advisory Group on Military Medicine (Triennial Review): 4th February 2014

Police and Guarding Agency: 21st November 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) On 27 March 2012, Official Report, columns 116-19WS, following a thorough and wide ranging review of the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) civil policing and guarding policy, the then Minister responsible for defence personnel, welfare and veterans my right hon. Friend the Member for South Leicestershire (Mr Robathan) … Continue reading Police and Guarding Agency: 21st November 2013

Central Advisory Committee on Pensions and Compensation: 22nd October 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) On 15 September 2011, Official Report, column 53-54WS, a written ministerial statement announced ​the commencement of the triennial review of the central advisory committee (CAC) on pensions and compensation, an advisory non-departmental public body (NDPB) which I chair. I am now pleased to announce the completion of the … Continue reading Central Advisory Committee on Pensions and Compensation: 22nd October 2013

Health Council: 27th June 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) The health part of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) Council met on 21 June 2013 in Luxembourg. I represented the UK. After considerable discussion and changes to the proposed text to address concerns of member states, including the United Kingdom, the Council … Continue reading Health Council: 27th June 2013

Nutrition Labelling: 19th June 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) Today we are launching the new front of pack nutrition labelling scheme across the UK. This will introduce more consistent nutrition labelling across the UK by providing, on the front of food and drink products, clear information on energy and those nutrients of public health concern … Continue reading Nutrition Labelling: 19th June 2013

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council: 18th June 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council will meet on 20-21 June in Luxembourg. The health and consumer affairs part of the Council will be taken 21 June. The main agenda items will be the following legislative proposals: the tobacco products directive—it is expected … Continue reading Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council: 18th June 2013

Gender Birth Ratios: 21st May 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) Following a request from the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, the Department of Health has undertaken an analysis to investigate whether the gender birth ratio in the United Kingdom varies by mothers’ country of birth beyond the range that might be expected to occur naturally. The … Continue reading Gender Birth Ratios: 21st May 2013

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and Human Tissue Authority: 25th January 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) The Department of Health is today publishing its response to its “Consultation on proposals to transfer functions from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Human Tissue Authority”. In “Liberating the NHS: Report of the arm’s-length bodies review” (2010) the Department set out its proposals … Continue reading Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and Human Tissue Authority: 25th January 2013

Health Council: 17th December 2012

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) The Health part of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) Council met on 7 December 2012 in Brussels. I represented the UK. The Council unanimously agreed a general approach on the breakfast directives, following the lifting of the UK’s parliamentary scrutiny reserve. There … Continue reading Health Council: 17th December 2012

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council: 29th November 2012

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council will meet on 6 and 7 December. The Health and Consumer Affairs part of the Council will be taken on 7 December. The presidency is expected to seek a general approach on a proposal for a regulation … Continue reading Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council: 29th November 2012

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Report on Desinewed Meat (Government Response): 16th October 2012

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) We have today laid before Parliament the Government’s response (Cm 8462) to the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Report on Desinewed Meat, which was published on 24 July 2012. On 28 March 2012, the European Commission issued demands, in accordance with its … Continue reading Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Report on Desinewed Meat (Government Response): 16th October 2012

Government’s Alcohol Strategy: 17th September 2012

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) We are today laying before Parliament the “Government Response to the House of Commons Health Committee Report of Session 2010-12: Government’s Alcohol Strategy” (Cm 8439). The Committee gave a positive welcome overall to the Government’s alcohol strategy and welcomed in particular the decision to introduce a … Continue reading Government’s Alcohol Strategy: 17th September 2012

Health Select Committee’s Report on Education, Training and Workforce (Government Response): 6th September 2012

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) The House of Commons Health Select Committee published its report on education, training and workforce planning on 23 May 2012. We have today laid before Parliament the “Government response to the House of Commons Health Select Committee First Report of Session 21012-13: Education, Training and Workforce … Continue reading Health Select Committee’s Report on Education, Training and Workforce (Government Response): 6th September 2012