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Mr. Timms: The Government's aim is to get a generation of young people to start thinking about the benefits of running their own business, and to recognise the positive impact that enterprising attitudes can have in every area of their lives.
According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor UK Report 2006, 10.1 per cent. of 18 to 24-year-olds said they expected to start a business in the next three years, the highest level of any age group reported.
We want to empower young people and change the attitudes of those who influence them, such as parents,
teachers and employers. And we want to raise young people's awareness of the practical help that already existssuch as training programmes, mentoring, information and guidance, and the various support networks around the country.
Funding Enterprise Insight's Make Your Mark: Change Lives campaignwhich promotes enterprise to young people aged 14 to 30;
Supporting the UK's annual Enterprise Week;
Promoting enterprise education within schools;
Supporting the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship to promote business start-up as a viable alternative to working for somebody else.
Delivering the Youth Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Strategy (YES) launched in 2004;
Offering support through a range of programmes including Business Eye, a comprehensive and popular source of impartial information and general support for business.
ONS Labour Force Survey and Barclays Bank
Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the performance and reliability of the Horizon payments system in delivering benefits. 
Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the Certification Officer has produced on whether trade union employees not funded by a trade union political fund can utilise their time to engage in political campaigning. 
Mr. McFadden: Neither the Department nor the Certification Officer has produced guidance on whether trade union employees not funded by a trade union political fund can utilise their time to engage in political campaigning.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the Certification Officer has produced on whether employees taking leave from their employment to undertake their trade union activities can engage in political campaigning as part of those trade union duties. 
Mr. McFadden: Neither the Department not the Certification Officer has produced specific guidance on whether employees taking leave from their employment to undertake their trade union activities can engage in political campaigning as part of those trade union duties. The Department has produced general guidance on the law relating to time off for trade union duties and activities in a publication entitled Union membership: rights of members and non-members.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether he plans to introduce proposals for new (a) legislation, (b) regulation and (c) guidance on the administration and conduct of trades union ballots. 
Mr. McFadden: The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform has no current plans to introduce new legislation, regulation and guidance on the administration and conduct of trade union ballots.
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 28 November 2007, Official Report, column 467W, on trade unions: finance, if he will introduce regulations to provide that trades union members who opt out of a union's political fund must be charged a proportionately lower subscription rate. 
Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2007, Official Report, column 1141W, on trades unions: regional development agencies (RDAs), which RDAs have no trade union member on their board. 
Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2007, Official Report, column 1141W, on trade unions: regional development agencies (RDAs), what (a) his policy and (b) the policy of the assessment panels is on whether a trade union representative should be appointed to each RDA board. 
Mr. Timms: It is Government policy that there is a trade union representative on the board of each of the eight RDAs for which BERR makes appointments (appointments to the LDA are the responsibility of the Mayor).
The appointments process for trade union representatives is then run in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice, in the same way as other appointments: the specification for the trade union appointment is subject to external consultation; the selection panel is responsible for sifting and interviewing candidates for each of the vacancies in the different sectors, putting forward all candidates that satisfy the selection criteria and are therefore appointable, ready for my consideration.
Mr. Thomas [holding answer 11 December 2007]: As outlined in the written statement of 11 December, Official Report, column 16WS, by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, the new unit has provisionally been given the name UKTI Defence and Security Group.
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) whether the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive will apply to consumers purchasing goods or services from trade unions; 
Mr. Thomas [holding answer 13 December 2007]: I propose to lay before Parliament in early January draft Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations, implementing the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive. If approved in debate the regulations will come into force on 6 April 2008.
It is possible that the directive could apply to a trade union that has a trading arm providing goods and services to consumers within the meaning of the directive. In these circumstances a trade union's trading entity could be acting as a trader for the purposes of the directive.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether his Department commissioned any external assessment of applications for funding under the union modernisation fund programme. 
Mr. McFadden: We have engaged an independent supervisory board to assess all applications against the union modernisation fund criteria. The bids were assessed to ensure that they fell within the scope of the fund; to ensure that they had been realistically costed, offered value for money; and had suitable project management arrangements in place for effective delivery of the project.
In addition BERR is working with Leeds University Business School to conduct a phased evaluation of the fund. Phase one evaluated the operational effectiveness of the first round of bidding. Phase two will evaluate the success of supported projects and the impact of monies via a series of case studies. An interim phase two evaluation report will be published shortly.
Jane Kennedy: The revenue cost of rebasing assets subject to capital gains tax to April 1998 values would be of the order of £700 million a year by comparison with the current (2007-08) regime. This is a broad estimate and takes into account the likely taxpayer response to the change.
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of households in each parliamentary constituency in Yorkshire and the Humber were without central heating in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement. 
My Department does not collect information on central heating for each parliamentary constituency. From the most recently available data from the Survey of English Housing 9 per cent. of households reported they did not have central heating in Yorkshire and Humber in 2005-06, compared to 19 per cent. in 1995-96. The following table provides the trend within the region for the last 10 years.
|Yorkshire and Humber: households without central heating, 1995-96 to 2005-06|
|Percentage of households without central heating|
Mr. Dunne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the computer software being used to store the Child Benefit database in HM Revenue and Customs in March 2007 was capable of encrypting data. 
Jane Kennedy [holding answer 27 November 2007]: On 20 November the Chancellor announced an independent review of HMRC's data handling procedures to be conducted by Kieran Poynter, the chair of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Jane Kennedy: Access to all HMRC systems is assigned according to user-roles. HMRC seeks to minimise access levels to its systems, restricting access to only those staff who can demonstrate a current defined business need.
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