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Lisa Nandy: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he will announce details of his plans to allow the public to challenge regulations; and whether primary legislation will be required to implement those plans. 
Mr Prisk: We are committed to giving the public the opportunity to challenge the worst regulations, thus putting power back into the hands of businesses and citizens, making regulations less complicated and boosting enterprise by cutting red tape. We are working to develop innovative and practical ways to achieve these objectives, and also examining whether new legislation is needed to do so. I will make a statement to the House with more detail in due course.
Lisa Nandy: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department plans to conduct an assessment of the effectiveness of the company reporting requirements of the Companies Act 2006. 
Mr Davey: The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills is currently evaluating the impact of the major provisions of the Companies Act 2006 including the narrative reporting provisions of the business review. We will publish the results of this evaluation later in 2010.
In addition, the Government are committed to reinstating an Operating and Financial Review to ensure that directors' social and environmental duties have to be covered in company reporting and investigate further ways of improving corporate accountability and transparency. We intend to consult on this issue this summer with a view to publishing our proposals by the end of the year.
Lisa Nandy: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to announce details of the planned review of employment laws and practices; and what consultation he plans to undertake on the form of the review. 
Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on flying the Union flag each day from each official building for which his Department is responsible. 
Mr Davey: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport issues guidance for the flying of the Union flag on UK Government buildings. The guidance encourages the Union flag to be flown 365 days a year, and as a minimum all Departments must fly the Union flag on the 19 special designated days e.g. Queen's birthday, Remembrance Day, etc. and other special occasions as required e.g. State Opening of Parliament.
Mr Hayes: Ministers in this Department have not yet visited any further education (FE) colleges but have already met representatives from the FE sector. The Government are committed to developing a valued relationship with the FE sector; this will include visiting institutions across the country. I will be making my first visit to a college shortly and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State will be visiting a FE college on Thursday 10 June while on a visit to the West Midlands.
Mr Mark Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to continue the "Be the Boss" scheme announced in March 2010 to assist ex-service personnel in starting businesses; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr Prisk: The "Be the Boss" scheme is being delivered by the Royal British Legion. To date, £2 million of endowment funding has been provided to them and the remaining funding for the endowment (potentially up to £3 million in the current financial year) is at the discretion of the Secretary of State and conditional upon an assessment that the scheme is making a positive impact.
Lisa Nandy: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what projects in the Wigan local authority area received funding from the North West Regional Development Agency in the last 12 months. 
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Mr Hayes: Sector skills councils have a crucial role in all aspects of our skills policy, including apprenticeships. We will continue to empower them as the voice of employers in the skills system, and to challenge them to perform with maximum effectiveness.
Mr Davey: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend for St Ives (Andrew George) and the hon. Member for Bassetlaw (John Mann) on 2 June 2010, Official Report, column reference 44W.
9. Mr Offord: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals to increase the powers of local authorities to prevent infill and garden development. 
Mr Pickles: We yesterday implemented our coalition agreement to give powers to local authorities to prevent overdevelopment and 'garden grabbing', by removing gardens from the definition of brownfield land and removing the top down density target. These changes will give power back to local authorities to take decisions that are right for their areas.
Greg Clark: We committed in the Queen's Speech to abolishing regional strategies. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has written to all council leaders saying that he expects them to have regard to this as a material planning consideration in any decisions they are currently taking.
Grant Shapps: I will be very shortly announcing plans for a new cross-Government approach to tackling homelessness. This will, for the first time, mean that our policies on homelessness are properly joined up to reflect the multifaceted nature of the problems that homeless people face.
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to ensure that local authorities provide allotments under the terms of the Allotments and Small Holdings Act 1908. 
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