Local businesses and town centres

The Education Secretary said new investment in hi-tech training centering around Dudley would help bridge the region's skills gap over the coming y

Following the success of last year’s event, Dudley South MP, Mike Wood, is organising his fifth annual Jobs and Careers Fair for local people to me

Local young people can look forward to greater opportunities after two of Dudley's MPs succeeded in their campaign to get Government backing for £2

The British Glass Foundation are very pleased to announce that their bid to the Heritage Fund (formerly HLF), spearheaded with support from local M

Mike Wood: Understandably, several concerns have been expressed about the impact that any changes might have, particularly on people on lower incomes who might have served in a job for many years before being made redundant. Can the Minister explain how the £30,000 threshold compares with the maximum available from statutory redundancy pay, and who might be captured by the measure?


Robert Jenrick The Exchequer Secretary

 Chris Stephens Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Fair Work and Employment)

This is my first statutory instrument debate in the Chamber, and it is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mr Deputy Speaker. It is also a pleasure to follow Gillian Keegan.

The shadow Minister refers to small increases in the minimum wage. An increase of 38p in the national minimum wage is now being introduced. Can she tell the House in how many of the 10 years after the introduction of the national minimum wage the Labour Government made a bigger increase than the 38p that workers will see under this increase?


Chi Onwurah (Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy))

When businesses are repeatedly found to have breached national minimum wage regulations, will the Minister ensure that HMRC proactively investigates other cases of staff employed on similar terms and with similar contracts, rather than requiring each employee to demonstrate separately that he or she has been underpaid?


Kelly Tolhurst (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy))

Mike Wood: I know my right hon. and learned Friend will not be tempted into offering legal advice on the Floor of the House, but what protection might be available to consumers and businesses who entered a contract on the basis of free calls, texts and data while roaming if operators are tempted to change the terms of those contracts mid-term?


Jeremy Wright The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport