A Quiet Word:
Lobbying, Crony Capitalism
and Broken Politics in Britain

The Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee is a select committee of the House of Commons in the Parliament of the United Kingdom, that came into existence on 1 October 2009, replacing the Business and Enterprise Select Committee, which was dissolved on 30 September 2009. [1]
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November 2013

Royal Mail Privatisation

  • John Mayne, JP Morgan gave evidence on 20 Nov. [111]
  • Ben Story, Citi gave evidence on 20 Nov. [111]
  • Gert Zonneveld, Managing Director, Co-Head of Research, Panmure Gordon gave evidence on 20 Nov. [111]
  • James Agnew, Deutsche Bank gave evidence on 20 Nov. [111]
  • James Robertson, UBS gave evidence on 20 Nov. [111]
  • Richard Cormack, Goldman Sachs gave evidence on 20 Nov. [111]
  • Rt Hon Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills gave evidence on 27 Nov. [112]
  • Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills gave evidence on 27 Nov. [112]
  • Mark Russell, Chief Executive, Shareholder Executive gave evidence on 27 Nov. [112]
  • William Rucker, Chief Executive, Lazard and Co. Ltd gave evidence on 27 Nov. [112]

October 2013

Examination of Witness

Minutes of EvidenceHC 697

  • Chris Warner, Which? gave evidence on 8 Oct. [106]
  • David Hertzell, Law Commissioner, Law Commission gave evidence on 8 Oct. [106]
  • Matthew Fell, CBI gave evidence on 8 Oct. [106]
  • Paul Downhill, British Retail Consortium gave evidence on 8 Oct. [106]
  • Sue Edwards, Citizens Advice gave evidence on 8 Oct. [106]
  • Mike Cherry, Federation of Small Businesses gave evidence on 8 Oct. [106]
  • Gordon Ashworth, Director of Consumer and Markets Policy, Office of Fair Trading (OFT) gave evidence on 15 Oct. [107]
  • Paul Gurowich, OFT gave evidence on 15 Oct. [107]
  • Andy Foster, Operations and Policy Director, Trading Standards Institute (TSI) gave evidence on 15 Oct. [107]
  • Ivan Hancock, Trading Standards Service Manager, Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers (ACTSO) gave evidence on 15 Oct. [107]

Royal Mail Privatisation

  • Rt Hon Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills gave evidence on 9 Oct. [108]

UK Retail Sector

September 2013

UK RETAIL SECTOR

  • Mary Monfries, PricewaterhouseCoopers gave evidence on 12 Sep. [105]
  • Matthew Tod, Partner gave evidence on 12 Sep. [105]
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers, gave evidence on 12 Sep. [105]
  • Mark Walmsley, Chief Executive, ActSmart gave evidence on 12 Sep. [105]
  • Ken Parsons, Chief Executive, Rural Shops Alliance gave evidence on 12 Sep. [105]
  • Meryl Halls, Booksellers Association gave evidence on 12 Sep. [105]
  • Jane Rexworthy, National Skills Academy for Retail, National Skills Academy gave evidence on 12 Sep. [105]
  • Martin-Christian Kent, People 1st, National Skills Academy gave evidence on 12 Sep. [105]
  • Mike Davidson, Land Securities gave evidence on 12 Sep. [105]
  • Peter White, Executive Director, Marketing and Customer Services, Gloucestershire College gave evidence on 12 Sep. [105]

July 2013

UK REtail sector

  • Alex Gourlay, Alliance Boots gave evidence on 2 Jul. [104]
  • Tony Wheeler, John Lewis gave evidence on 2 Jul. [104]
  • Mark Lewis, John Lewis gave evidence on 2 Jul. [104]
  • Tony Ginty, Marks and Spencer gave evidence on 2 Jul. [104]
  • Martyn Hulme, Managing Director, Co-operative Estates gave evidence on 2 Jul. [104]
  • Tim Fallowfield, Director of Corporate Services and Company Secretary, Sainsbury’s gave evidence on 2 Jul. [104]
  • David Hobbs, Tesco gave evidence on 2 Jul. [104]
  • David Owen, Chief Executive, GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership gave evidence on 2 Jul. [104]
  • Professor Joshua Bamfield, Director, Centre for Retail Research gave evidence on 2 Jul. [104]
  • Alexandra Birtles, TalkTalk gave evidence on 2 Jul. [104]
  • Liz Peace, British Property Federation gave evidence on 2 Jul. [104]

June 2013

PUB COMPANIES:government CONSULTATION ON A STATUTORY CODE OF PRACTICE

The implications for Scottish Independence on business; higher education and research; and postal services

The Implications of Scottish Independence on Business; Higher Education and Research; and Postal Services

  • Iain McMillan, CBI Scotland gave evidence on 17 Jun. [101]
  • Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp, Business for Scotland gave evidence on 17 Jun. [101]
  • Jo Armstrong, University of Glasgow gave evidence on 17 Jun. [101]
  • Robin Parker, President, NUS Scotland gave evidence on 17 Jun. [101]
  • Mr Alastair Sim, Universities Scotland gave evidence on 17 Jun. [101]
  • Ms Mary Senior, Scottish Official, University and College Union Scotland gave evidence on 17 Jun. [101]
  • Trisha McAuley, Director for Scotland, Consumer Futures gave evidence on 17 Jun. [101]
  • Robert Hammond, Director of Postal Policy and Regulation, Consumer Futures gave evidence on 17 Jun. [101]
  • John Brown, Scottish Regional Officer, Communications Workers Union gave evidence on 17 Jun. [101]
  • Paul Hook, Head of Policy and Communications, National Federation of Subpostmasters gave evidence on 17 Jun. [101]
  • Jonathan Millidge, Royal Mail gave evidence on 17 Jun. [101]
  • Mike Granville, Post Office Limited gave evidence on 17 Jun. [101]

UK Retail Sector

  • Fiona Wilson, Head of Research and Economics gave evidence on 25 Jun. [103]
  • Stephen Rydzkowski, Research Assistant, USDAW (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) gave evidence on 25 Jun. [103]
  • Martin Blackwell, Chief Executive, Association of Town and City Management gave evidence on 25 Jun. [103]
  • Sara Scott, Chair, Market Rasen Town Team gave evidence on 25 Jun. [103]

May 2013

Open Access

UK Retail Sector

April 2013

Open Access

March 2013

Student Admissions and the Office for Fair Access

The Kay Review of UK Equity Markets and Long-Term Decision Making

February 2013

Lord Heseltine's Report: No Stone Unturned in Pursuit of Growth

  • Rt Hon the Lord Heseltine of Thenford, CH gave evidence on 12 Feb. [84]

Pre-appointment hearing for the groceries CODE adjudicator

  • Christine Tacon, the Government’s preferred candidate for the post of Groceries Code Adjudicator gave evidence on 27 Feb. [87]

THE KAY REVIEW OF UK EQUITY MARKETS

THE KAY REVIEW OF UK EQUITY markets and long-term decision making

  • Professor John Kay, Chair of the Review of UK Equity Market and Long­Term Decision Making gave evidence on 5 Feb. [83]
  • Lord Myners CBE, Former Financial Services Secretary and author of Institutional Investment in the United Kingdom: A Review gave evidence on 14 Feb. [85]

January 2013

Annual Report and Accounts 2011-12: Follow-Up

  • Rt Hon. Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade gave evidence on 22 Jan. [81]
  • Rt Hon. David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science gave evidence on 22 Jan. [81]

Women in the Workplace

  • Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, Chair gave evidence on 15 Jan. [80]
  • Fiona Woolf CBE, gave evidence on 15 Jan. [80]
  • Eddie Gray, Women’s Business Council gave evidence on 15 Jan. [80]
  • Rt Hon Maria Miller MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media, Sport and Minister for Women and Equalities gave evidence on 15 Jan. [80]
  • Jo Swinson MP, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills gave evidence on 15 Jan. [80]
  • Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, Chair gave evidence on 15 Jan. [100]
  • Fiona Woolf CBE, gave evidence on 15 Jan. [100]
  • Eddie Gray, Women’s Business Council gave evidence on 15 Jan. [100]
  • Rt Hon Maria Miller MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media, Sport and Minister for Women and Equalities gave evidence on 15 Jan. [100]
  • Jo Swinson MP, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills gave evidence on 15 Jan. [100]

December 2012

Examination of Witness

  • Sir David Normington GCB, Civil Service Commissioner and Commissioner for Public Appointments gave evidence on 6 Dec. [98]

Lord Heseltine's Report: NO STONE UNTURNED IN PURSUIT OF GROWTH

  • Rt Hon the Lord Heseltine of Thenford, gave evidence on 11 Dec. [78]

Minutes of EvidenceHC 342

Women in the WorKplace

  • Sir David Normington GCB, Civil Service Commissioner and Commissioner for Public Appointments gave evidence on 6 Dec. [77]
  • Dame Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE, British astrophysicist, Chair of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s inquiry into Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) gave evidence on 18 Dec. [79]
  • Kate Sloyan, University of Southampton, the Institute of Physics’ 2012 Very Early Career Woman Physicist of the Year Award gave evidence on 18 Dec. [79]
  • Helen Wollaston, the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Campaign gave evidence on 18 Dec. [79]
  • Trudy Norris Grey, WISE Campaign gave evidence on 18 Dec. [79]
  • Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea, European Commission gave evidence on 18 Dec. [79]
  • Claire Martinsen, founder, Breckland Orchard gave evidence on 18 Dec. [79]
  • Emma Heathcote-James, founder, Little Soap Company gave evidence on 18 Dec. [79]
  • Mike Cherry, Federation of Small Businesses gave evidence on 18 Dec. [79]
  • Baroness Margaret Prosser of Battersea, Equality and Human Rights Commission gave evidence on 18 Dec. [79]
  • Mark Hammond, EHRC gave evidence on 18 Dec. [79]
  • Karen Jochelson, EHRC gave evidence on 18 Dec. [79]

November 2012

Minutes of EvidenceHC 342

Women in the Workplace

October 2012

BIS annual report and Accounts 2011-12

Minutes of EvidenceHC 675

  • Dr Richard Judge, Inspector General and Chief Executive gave evidence on 23 Oct. [73]
  • Graham Horne, Deputy Inspector General and Deputy Chief Executive, the Insolvency Service gave evidence on 23 Oct. [73]

Progress on Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and the Regional Growth Fund

September 2012

Progress on Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and the Regional Growth Fund

July 2012

Examination of Witness

  • Rt Hon Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills gave evidence on 17 Jul. [70]

Government reform of higher education: Follow-up

Trade and Investment: Brazil

June 2012

Government reform of Higher Education: Follow‑up

Minutes of Evidencehc 460

Student Visas: Follow-up

May 2012

Apprenticeships

Post Office Network Transformation

Trade and Investment: Brazil

April 2012

APPRENTICESHIPS

Trade and Investment: Brazil

  • Dr Andrew Jones, Aecom Europe gave evidence on 24 Apr. [57]
  • Richard Lapper, Financial Times gave evidence on 24 Apr. [57]
  • Roy McGowan, Steer Davies Gleave gave evidence on 24 Apr. [57]
  • Martin Raven, former UKTI Director in São Paulo, currently Vice Chairman of the TheCityUK Brazil Group and voluntary Council member of the Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain gave evidence on 24 Apr. [57]

March 2012

Apprenticeships

February 2012

Pre‑appointment hearing for the Director of the Office for Fair Access

Stamp price REGULATION

  • Stuart McIntosh, Group Director of Competition gave evidence on 21 Feb. [52]
  • Chris Rowsell, Competition Policy Director gave evidence on 21 Feb. [52]
  • Gavin Knott, Ofcom gave evidence on 21 Feb. [52]
  • Adam Scorer, Director of Policy and External Affairs gave evidence on 21 Feb. [52]
  • Robert Hammond, Consumer Focus gave evidence on 21 Feb. [52]

Stamp Price Regulations

The Insolvency Service

January 2012

Minutes of EvidenceHC 675

December 2011

Minutes of EvidenceHC1649

Pub Companies

November 2011

Departmental Annual Report 2010-11

DEPARTMENTAL REPORT

  • Rt Hon. Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills gave evidence on 9 Nov. [43]

Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property

Minutes of EvidenceHC 1649

Minutes of EvidenceHC 367-i

Minutes of EvidenceHC1649

October 2011

Examination of Witness

Hargreaves Review of intellectual property

September 2011

Examination of Witness

  • Professor Ian Hargreaves, author of Digital Opportunity: A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth gave evidence on 13 Sep. [63]

Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property

  • Professor Ian Hargreaves, author of Digital Opportunity: A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth gave evidence on 13 Sep. [40]

July 2011

Draft Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill

Examination of Witness

Pub Companies

June 2011

Bank Lending Rates

  • Rt Hon Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills gave evidence on 8 Jun. [28]
  • Emma Squire, Head of SME Finance gave evidence on 8 Jun. [28]

Draft groceries code adjudicator bill

Pub Companies

Time to bring on the referee? The Government's proposed Adjudicator for the Groceries Code

May 2011

THE FUTURE OF Higher Education

April 2011

THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION

The Government's Strategy for Growth

  • Rt Hon Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills gave evidence on 27 Apr. [27]

March 2011

Examination of Witness

  • Lord Browne of Madingley, Chairman, Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance gave evidence on 22 Mar. [21]

Is Kraft working for Cadbury?

REBALANCING THE ECONOMY: TRADE AND INVESTMENT

Student Visas

The Future of Higher Education

February 2011

Rebalancing the Economy: Trade and Investment

January 2011

Rebalancing the Economy: Trade and Investment

Scrutiny of Arms Export Controls (2011): UK Strategic Export Controls Annual Report 2009, Quarterly Reports for 2010, licensing policy and review of export control legislation

December 2010

Government Assistance to Industry

Scrutiny of Arms Export Controls (2011): UK Strategic Export Controls Annual Report 2009, Quarterly Reports for 2010, licensing policy and review of export control legislation

November 2010

Government Assistance to Industry

October 2010

Comprehensive Spending Review

Sheffield Forgemasters

The New Local Enterprise Partnerships: An Initial Assessment

September 2010

The New Local Enterprise Partnerships: An Initial Assessment

July 2010

The work of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills