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Written Question
Post Offices: ICT
8 Sep 2021

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many applications have been received for the Post Office’s Historical Shortfall Scheme after that scheme closed on 14 August 2020.

Answered by Paul Scully

By 14th August 2020, 1481 applications had been received into the Historical Shortfall Scheme (HSS), which increased to 1962 by 21st August 2020 once applications received by the initial cut-off date has been processed. The application period was extended to 27 November 2020 to allow for late notifications and expanded eligibility criteria. The number of applications being considered by the HSS as of 3rd September 2021 is 2516.


Written Question
Post Offices: ICT
8 Sep 2021

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many current and former postmasters were (a) contacted and (b) unable to be traced by the Post Office in response to the opening of the Historical Shortfall Scheme.

Answered by Paul Scully

There were 27127 letters sent to current and former postmasters notifying them of the scheme.

Additionally, on the 4 May 2020 Post Office Ltd commenced a sustained paid for media campaign, which was used to highlight the scheme’s existence to postmasters in addition to the mailing campaign. This media campaign was covered in over 400 National, Regional and Local newspapers.


Written Question
Green Deal Scheme: Appeals
8 Jul 2021

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his planned timeframe is for processing the remaining cases for review under the Green Deal Framework Regulations.

Answered by Anne-Marie Trevelyan

We are aiming to respond to all remaining Green Deal appeals as soon as possible taking account of the stages in place for the handling of appeals.


Written Question
Green Deal Scheme: Appeals
9 Jun 2021

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Green Deal appeal cases are due to be processed.

Answered by Anne-Marie Trevelyan

As of 7 June, the Department has a total of 334 cases for review by my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State under the Green Deal Framework Regulations.


Written Question
Blackmore Bond: Insolvency
16 Mar 2021

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what specific steps his Department is taking in response to the statutory report filed with his Department by the Joint Administrators of Blackmore Bond plc on the conduct of the Directors of Blackmore Bond plc during the three years immediately prior to the company going into administration.

Answered by Paul Scully

The content of the joint administrators’ report on the conduct of the directors of Blackmore Bond Plc is currently being investigated by the Insolvency Service.


Written Question
Directors
4 Mar 2021

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of sanctions available to the Registrar of Companies in the event of repeated failures by company directors to meet statutory deadlines for submitting documents to Companies House.

Answered by Paul Scully

A range of fines and criminal sanctions attaches to the late filing of statutory documents with Companies House, where compliance is monitored on an ongoing basis. Compliance rates suggest that the existing regime provides an appropriate balance between incentivising adherence to filing deadlines and penalising those who fail to meet them


Written Question
Conditions of Employment: Re-employment
14 Jan 2021

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2020 to Question 83925, on Conditions of Employment: Re-employment, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to prevent businesses from firing and rehiring employees.

Answered by Paul Scully

Despite the unprecedented package of support provided by this Government, some employers will need the flexibility to be able to offer different terms and conditions to ensure the sustainability of their business and avoid redundancies. However, using threats about firing and re-hiring as a negotiating tactic is unacceptable and if the employer changes any of the terms without the employee’s agreement, the employee may be entitled to seek legal redress.

Laws are in place to ensure that there is fair procedure in redundancy and dismissal matters as well as contractual terms and conditions cannot discriminate unlawfully. If the employer changes any of the terms without the employee’s agreement, the employee may be entitled to seek legal redress. Both employee and employers can contact ACAS, who provide free advice to workers and employers to enable them to understand their rights and responsibilities.


Written Question
Conditions of Employment: Re-employment
14 Jan 2021

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to amend the Employment Rights Act 1996 to prevent or discourage companies from (a) laying off and (b) rehiring staff on less favourable terms.

Answered by Paul Scully

Despite the unprecedented package of support provided by this Government, some employers will need the flexibility to be able to offer different terms and conditions to ensure the sustainability of their business and avoid redundancies. However, using threats about firing and re-hiring as a negotiating tactic is unacceptable and if the employer changes any of the terms without the employee’s agreement, the employee may be entitled to seek legal redress.

Laws are in place to ensure that there is fair procedure in redundancy and dismissal matters as well as contractual terms and conditions cannot discriminate unlawfully. If the employer changes any of the terms without the employee’s agreement, the employee may be entitled to seek legal redress. Both employee and employers can contact ACAS, who provide free advice to workers and employers to enable them to understand their rights and responsibilities.


Written Question
New Businesses: Housing Benefit
9 Oct 2017

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Work and Pensions on the criteria for assessing the income of housing benefit claimants trying to set up a small business.

Answered by Margot James

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Work and Pensions have regular discussions across a wide range of topics of mutual interest, including ways in which to best support those seeking to set up a business. However, no specific discussions have taken place specific to housing benefit claimants.


Written Question
Railways: Fife
5 Sep 2017

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to announce a decision on Government funding for the Levenmouth Rail Link as part of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region deal.

Answered by Claire Perry

On 20 July the UK and Scottish Government’s agreed an ambitious city deal for Edinburgh and South East Scotland which will see over £1 billion of public and private sector investment channelled into Scotland’s capital and the surrounding region. As part of this deal the UK Government has committed £300 million of new funding for the area; investment which will drive research and development, innovation and the creation of new jobs across the region for years ahead.

With regard to the Levenmouth Rail Link, the Hon. Gentleman will be aware that rail infrastructure is a devolved matter and his query should be directed to the Scottish Government.