Draft Pubs Code etc. Regulations 2016 (Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee): 13th July 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I beg to move, That the Committee has considered the draft Pubs Code etc. Regulations 2016. I can already see and hear that there is an outbreak of people being a bit demob happy as we reach the final stages of what has been, by … Continue reading Draft Pubs Code etc. Regulations 2016 (Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee): 13th July 2016

Womenomics Report: 6th July 2016

Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland) (LD) 8. What progress the Government are making on implementing the recommendations of the Womenomics report on the role and contribution of women in the Scottish economy, published in March 2015; and if he will make a statement. [905600] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I … Continue reading Womenomics Report: 6th July 2016

Steel Industry: 6th July 2017

Tom Pursglove (Corby) (Con) 10. What assessment he has made of the future prospects for the steel industry in Scotland. [905602] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I was delighted to be present at the Dalzell plant in April for the handover of that plant and Clydebridge from Tata to the Liberty … Continue reading Steel Industry: 6th July 2017

Business, Innovation and Skills Questions: 28th July 2016

Andrew Stephenson (Pendle) (Con) T5. Pendle is home to a number of excellent aerospace companies such as Euravia, Senior Aerospace Weston and Rolls-Royce. What assurance can Ministers give the aerospace sector of the Government’s ongoing commitment following the vote to leave the EU? [905467] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) As my … Continue reading Business, Innovation and Skills Questions: 28th July 2016

British Steelmaking: 28th June 2017

Scott Mann (North Cornwall) (Con) 15. What infrastructure projects are using British-made steel. [905547] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) Crossrail, Europe’s biggest construction project, uses 7,000 tonnes of almost exclusively British steel. Network Rail sources 96% of its steel rail from Britain and it is all made in Scunthorpe—that is 120,000 … Continue reading British Steelmaking: 28th June 2017

Draft Statutory Auditors and Third Country Auditors Regulations 2016 (Second Delegated Legislation Committee): 13th June 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I beg to move, That the Committee has considered the draft Statutory Auditors and Third Country Auditors Regulations 2016. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Turner. I have quite a lengthy explanation of what the regulations do. They are important because … Continue reading Draft Statutory Auditors and Third Country Auditors Regulations 2016 (Second Delegated Legislation Committee): 13th June 2016

BHS: 6th June 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I should like to make a brief statement on British Home Stores. The House will remember that, on 25 April, I made a statement after BHS entered administration. The administrators, Duff & Phelps, tried to sell BHS as a going concern with a view to … Continue reading BHS: 6th June 2016

Trade Union Bill: 11th May 2016

Mike Kane (Wythenshawe and Sale East) (Lab) 5. What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Ministers of the Scottish Government on the potential effect on Scotland of measures in the Trade Union Bill. [904917] Liz McInnes (Heywood and Middleton) (Lab) 10. What discussions he has had with … Continue reading Trade Union Bill: 11th May 2016

Steel Industry: 11th May 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) It is an absolute joy and pleasure to serve under your chairmanship this afternoon, Mrs Moon. As ever, it has been a very good debate. I nearly said that we have had the full set that we always have in a debate on steel, but … Continue reading Steel Industry: 11th May 2016

North Sea Oil and Gas: 11th May 2016

Glyn Davies (Montgomeryshire) (Con) 4. What steps the Government are taking to support the North sea oil and gas sector. [904916] Graham Evans (Weaver Vale) (Con) 11. What steps the Government are taking to support the North Sea oil and gas sector. [904923] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) Of course this is … Continue reading North Sea Oil and Gas: 11th May 2016

Business Start-ups: 3rd May 2016

Wendy Morton (Aldridge-Brownhills) (Con) 9. What steps his Department is taking to support people who want to start their own businesses. [904771] ​ The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) We have a growing and healthy economy, which is good for all business, but which, in particular, encourages people who want to start … Continue reading Business Start-ups: 3rd May 2016

Tax Returns: 3rd May 2016

Ruth Cadbury (Brentford and Isleworth) (Lab) 12. What discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential effect on small and medium-sized enterprises of proposed changes to filing of tax returns. [904774]   The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I talk to Treasury Ministers on a continuing basis, … Continue reading Tax Returns: 3rd May 2016

Productivity: 3rd May 2016

Jo Cox (Batley and Spen) (Lab) 15. What recent assessment he has made of trends in productivity levels. [904778] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) Productivity, measured as output per hour worked, increased by 1% in 2015 as a whole—the largest annual increase since 2011—and is now 1.7% higher than it was … Continue reading Productivity: 3rd May 2016

BHS: 25th April 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) With permission, Madam Deputy Speaker, I would like to make a short statement to update the House on the latest position following the announcement this morning that British Home Stores has filed for administration. This is obviously a very difficult time for all its employees. … Continue reading BHS: 25th April 2016

UK Steel Industry: 12th April 2016

Tom Blenkinsop The Secretary of State said that the Government would do everything possible for the communities and people affected. As he knows, on the day of the liquidation at Redcar, he announced an £80 million total package—   The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) It is £90 million. The Minister … Continue reading UK Steel Industry: 12th April 2016

Draft Companies (Address of Registered Office) Regulations 2016 (Eighth Delegated Legislation Committee): 17th March 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I beg to move, That the Committee has considered the draft Companies (Address of Registered Office) Regulations 2016. The Chair With this it will be convenient to consider the draft Registrar of Companies and Applications for Striking Off (Amendment) Regulations 2016. Anna Soubry It is … Continue reading Draft Companies (Address of Registered Office) Regulations 2016 (Eighth Delegated Legislation Committee): 17th March 2016

Prompt Payment: 15th March 2016

Debbie Abrahams (Oldham East and Saddleworth) (Lab) 7. What steps his Department is taking to help small businesses receive prompt payment from their customers. [904092] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) Of course, we know that for small businesses late payment is a serious problem and continues to be so. That is … Continue reading Prompt Payment: 15th March 2016

Laser Pens: 15th March 2016

Oliver Dowden (Hertsmere) (Con) 11. What progress his Department is making on regulating the sale of laser pens. [904098] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) It was a great pleasure to meet my hon. Friend yesterday to discuss his campaign, which I completely and fully support. We had already begun to look … Continue reading Laser Pens: 15th March 2016

Brexit: Exports: 15th March 2016

Ian C. Lucas (Wrexham) (Lab) 8. If he will make an assessment of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on exports from its (a) aerospace and (b) automotive sectors. [904093] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) It is absolutely the case that our country will be stronger, safer and … Continue reading Brexit: Exports: 15th March 2016

Financial Assistance to Industry (First Delegated Legislation Committee): 14th March 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I beg to move, That the Committee has considered the motion, That this House authorises the Secretary of State to undertake to pay, and to pay by way of financial assistance under section 8 of the Industrial Development Act 1982, in respect of compensation of … Continue reading Financial Assistance to Industry (First Delegated Legislation Committee): 14th March 2016

Ceramics Industry: 8th March 2017

Tristram Hunt (Stoke-on-Trent Central) (Lab) I beg to move, That this House has considered Government support for the ceramics industry. It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I shall begin with a quotation from Arnold Bennett, the Tolstoy of the potteries. In his masterpiece, “Anna of the Five Towns” he … Continue reading Ceramics Industry: 8th March 2017

Apprenticeships: 25th February 2016

Naz Shah (Bradford West) (Lab) 8. What steps she is taking to improve the pay for and quality of apprenticeships for women. [903743]    The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) The apprentice national minimum wage applies equally to all apprentices, and from October last year that rate was increased by 21% to … Continue reading Apprenticeships: 25th February 2016

DRAFT REGISTER OF PEOPLE WITH SIGNIFICANT CONTROL REGULATIONS 2016 (Second Delegated Legislation Committee): 22nd February 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I beg to move, That the Committee has considered the draft Register of People with Significant Control Regulations 2016. The Chair With this it will be convenient to consider the draft Limited Liability Partnerships (Register of People with Significant Control) Regulations 2016. Anna Soubry It … Continue reading DRAFT REGISTER OF PEOPLE WITH SIGNIFICANT CONTROL REGULATIONS 2016 (Second Delegated Legislation Committee): 22nd February 2016

Economic Trends: 10th February 2017

Fiona Bruce (Congleton) (Con) 8. What discussions he has had with business organisations on economic trends in Scotland. [903492] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland has had a number of discussions with business organisations, including the Institute of Directors, the Scotch Whisky … Continue reading Economic Trends: 10th February 2017

Closure of St Paul’s Place BIS Office (Sheffield): 29th January 2016

Louise Haigh (Sheffield, Heeley) (Lab) (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State if he will make a statement on the announcement by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills online yesterday morning that it is to close its St Paul’s Place site in Sheffield, which houses 250 jobs, and relocate them all to central London. … Continue reading Closure of St Paul’s Place BIS Office (Sheffield): 29th January 2016

Steel Sector: 18th January 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) With permission, Mr Speaker, I will make a statement on the steel sector. It is with regret that I find myself having to update the House on further job losses. This morning, Tata Steel announced plans to make over 1,000 redundancies across its UK strip … Continue reading Steel Sector: 18th January 2016

Business, Innovation and Skills Questions: 15th December 2015

Carolyn Harris (Swansea East) (Lab) T6. Several organisations, including Electrical Safety First, welcomed the recent product safety review conducted by the Department and headed by Lynn Faulds Wood. We must work to prevent ineffective product safety recalls and improve traceability better to protect customers and business in the UK. When will the Department publish the … Continue reading Business, Innovation and Skills Questions: 15th December 2015

Aerospace Industry: 15th December 2015

 Andrew Stephenson (Pendle) (Con) 10. What steps he is taking to support the aerospace industry. [902707] Steve Double (St Austell and Newquay) (Con) 14. What steps he is taking to support the aerospace industry. [902711] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I was delighted that in the spending review the Government committed a … Continue reading Aerospace Industry: 15th December 2015

Previous Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: 10th December 2015

Owen Thompson (Midlothian) (SNP) Does my hon. Friend agree that one of the biggest concerns about the whole process is the lack of transparency? Nobody knows exactly what is happening. The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) It is on the internet! Roger Mullin Absolutely. That is a particularly important reason why … Continue reading Previous Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: 10th December 2015

Draft Exclusivity Terms in Zero Hours Contracts (Redress) Regulations 2015 (Second Delegated Legislation Committee): 18th November 2015

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Evans. It is particularly pleasant to say that because I have not said it before, and it is a great honour and a pleasure. I am sorry I am not my hon. Friend the … Continue reading Draft Exclusivity Terms in Zero Hours Contracts (Redress) Regulations 2015 (Second Delegated Legislation Committee): 18th November 2015

Business, Innovation and Skills Questions: 10th November 2015

Chris Heaton-Harris (Daventry) (Con) T3. Many English Members of the House, while unable to recall individual results in the tournament, were extremely proud that England hosted the rugby world cup this year. What does my right hon. Friend estimate is the positive economic impact of hosting the rugby world cup? [902074] The Minister for Small Business, … Continue reading Business, Innovation and Skills Questions: 10th November 2015

Pub Tenants: 10th November 2015

Louise Haigh (Sheffield, Heeley) (Lab) 5. What progress he has made on introducing a market rent only option for pub tenants. [902087]   The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) The Government published a consultation on the introduction of the market rent only option on 29 October. Our proposals have been drafted to … Continue reading Pub Tenants: 10th November 2015

Business Finance: 10th November 2015

Mr Geoffrey Robinson (Coventry North West) (Lab) 13. When he plans to bring forward proposals to improve access to finance for (a) the smallest businesses and (b) people who are self-employed. [902096] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) According to the latest SME Finance Monitor survey, net lending to smaller businesses has … Continue reading Business Finance: 10th November 2015

Redcar Steelworks: 15th October 2015

Tom Blenkinsop (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland) (Lab) (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make a statement on the Government’s £80 million released to help former employees of the SSI steelworks in Redcar.   The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I may … Continue reading Redcar Steelworks: 15th October 2015

Business, Innovation and Skills Questions: 15th September 2015

Alison Thewliss (Glasgow Central) (SNP) T4. Scottish Renewables announced yesterday that the sudden early withdrawal of the renewables obligation has already hit investment in projects, deeply concerning the sector. What assessment has the Minister made of the further impact the Government’s stance could have on the future viability of institutions such as the Green Investment … Continue reading Business, Innovation and Skills Questions: 15th September 2015

Small Businesses: West Yorkshire: 15th September 2015

Jason McCartney (Colne Valley) (Con) 13. What recent support he has provided to small businesses in West Yorkshire. [901336] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) A total of 892 StartUp Loans have been issued to entrepreneurs across West Yorkshire, amounting to nearly £5 million, and 890 West Yorkshire businesses have secured guarantees … Continue reading Small Businesses: West Yorkshire: 15th September 2015

Government Strategic Support: 15th September 2015

Stephen Kinnock (Aberavon) (Lab) 7. What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Government’s strategic support for industries and sectors. [901329] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) Through sector councils and meetings with companies across all sectors we will continue to work closely with industry to understand its needs … Continue reading Government Strategic Support: 15th September 2015

UK Steel Industry: 15th July 2015

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Chope. I congratulate the hon. Member for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland (Tom Blenkinsop) on securing the debate. If there was a criticism to make, it would be that it is unfortunate that ​it is only … Continue reading UK Steel Industry: 15th July 2015

Previous Small Businesses (Prompt Payment): 30th June 2015

John Mc Nally (Falkirk) (SNP) 9. What steps he is taking to encourage prompt payment to small businesses. [900638] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) The Government are leading the way in paying their suppliers promptly. We have already legislated to “cascade”, as it says here, 30-day terms throughout public sector supply … Continue reading Previous Small Businesses (Prompt Payment): 30th June 2015

Business Support: 30th June 2015

Kit Malthouse (North West Hampshire) (Con) 11. What steps his Department is taking to support people who want to start their own business. [900640] Mr Speaker I call Anna Soubry—[Interruption.] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I am more than happy to answer questions. More than 30,000 people have benefited from more … Continue reading Business Support: 30th June 2015

Business Regulation: 30th June 2015

Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con) 8. What steps he is taking to reduce regulation of businesses. [900637] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) As we have heard, the Government are committed to reducing the regulatory burden on all businesses. The one in, two out initiative has put a real brake … Continue reading Business Regulation: 30th June 2015

Carcraft: 10th June 2015

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) It is a pleasure, as ever, to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Williams. I congratulate the hon. Member for Heywood and Middleton (Liz McInnes) on securing the debate. It is absolutely right and important that we debate these matters. This is an awful situation, and … Continue reading Carcraft: 10th June 2015