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The man has exceeded

supply as is common place and we

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must now move on, questions to the

Minister for women's under Harrison.

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Question number one Mr Speaker.

The

Minister for women and equality is,

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Amber Rudd.

Thank you Mr Speaker, it

is good news that women now account

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for over half of all

apprenticeships. We continue to

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implement apprentice ship reforms to

improve the quality of

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apprenticeships were all. We are

using the apply in pressured ships

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debited to network two championship

greater improvement and

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participation from women is still

needed.

Extremely interesting but I

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think the minister was seeking to

greet this question with numbers

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three and 12? That means yes. Good.

I thank the Secretary of State for

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her response, the National College

for Nicola Robinson my neighbouring

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constituency on the 9th of February,

this will add to the already

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fantastic asset of trading

facilities with world-class

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facilities Dara Khosrowshahi

equipment, what steps is the

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government taking to ensure young

people with disabilities are able to

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access the training courses and

apprenticeships?

I thank my

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honourable friend for her question,

it is great news that colleges

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opening shortly enabling young

people and others in the area to be

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able to access the sort of education

they need to provide the skills

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going into the future. We want to

insure apprenticeship opportunities

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are open to all people and of course

that includes those with

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disabilities. We provide additional

funding to employers and training

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providers working with apprentices

with disabilities including to

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support learning and enable

adjustments to the workplace. As

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well as engaging employers through

the apprenticeship diversity

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champions network we are working to

ensure disability confident badging

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is clear for vacancies only find an

apprenticeship website including

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engineering roles.

DfEE College and

the University in Chichester offer

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courses giving young people in my

constituency access to high-quality

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apprenticeships but only 21% of

places for degree level up

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friendships in our filled by women.

Can my right honourable friend

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advise which is doing to encourage

more women and girls to take up

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apprenticeships as a pathway to a

successful career?

That is an

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important point, it is not enough we

have over 50% of friendships taken

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up by women, we want to ensure there

is greater diversity in particular

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areas where at the moment we are

seeing a lower levels of female

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participating than we would like.

The strategy sets out a long-term

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plan to build a world-class careers

system helping young people and

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adults choose the career that is

right for them and promoting gender

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equality by increasing young

people's contact with employers.

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Demonstrating different jobs and

career paths to raise aspirations.

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In addition a new legal requirement

means schools must give providers

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the chance to talk about technical

qualifications and apprenticeships.

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In this way we hope to raise

awareness of the additional routes

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available to young people.

I am

delighted 580 people started at

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apprenticeships in Southend last

year but with my right honourable

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friend please advise me what further

she can do to incentivise local

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employers to offer even more

apprenticeships to women in

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Southend?

Again, he raises the point

that we need to make sure women are

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starting apprenticeships in the

variety of areas particularly in

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Stem subjects where at the moment

they are underrepresented. Only

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around 8% at the moment. We are

making sure we thought this

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additional effort and working

through the approach of diversity

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network working with employers to

make sure the show young people the

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opportunities in other areas

particularly the stem areas.

The

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pension Minister made insulting

comments to women born in the 1950s

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telling them to take up

apprenticeships as a way to redress

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some of the financial burden they

now face, can the new minister set

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out how many women born in the 1950s

affected by the government pension

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changes have taken up these

apprenticeships which are more than

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an insult to all the women who

worked all those years?

I would like

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to correct the honourable gentleman,

this government holy respect women

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in their 50s. I have an interest to

declare in that particular area and

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we will always make sure

apprenticeships are available to all

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different ages between August 2016

and April 2017 the number of

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apprenticeship starts were over

53,004 people aged 45 to 59 and for

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people aged 60 and over it was over

3400, an increase in the previous

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year and we hope to increase that.

Like in the rest of the United

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Kingdom is problem for women in

Northern Ireland, can the Minister

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outline what engagement she is

taking with departments and agencies

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in Northern Ireland to identify best

practice and find workable solutions

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to a laminating the barriers?

We

have legged Gull meetings with

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ministers from Northern Ireland and

we will always make sure we share

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information where we can and best

practice so that women and other

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people who want to participate in

apprenticeships, people with

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disabilities for instance, can also

make sure they access the additional

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opportunities we are determined to

provide.

Minister are you aware of

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the opportunity to the latest report

from the young woman's trust which

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shows two in five apprentices spend

more money completing their

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apprenticeship than they earn with

women facing an 8% gender pay gap?

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Is the most prepared to increase the

number of women accessing

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high-quality apprenticeships.

It is

essential we give women all the

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opportunities they can to access

high-quality apprenticeships

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referred to. I have not seen that

report but I will certainly take a

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look and come back to him.

Number

two Mr Speaker.

The government is

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fully committed to protecting

victims of domestic abuse and to

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improving sustainability of funding

for refugees. The Ministry of

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Housing has launched a £20 million

domestic abuse accommodation fund

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which is supporting 76 projects

creating 2200 new bed spaces over

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the next two years and supporting

more than 19,000 women. Some of that

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money coming to Manchester.

A

constituent described hell on earth

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as a loved one looked for a refugee

to protect her from domestic

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violence. Thankfully they found a

space eventually but the new funding

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model being proposed risks producing

a postcode lottery so how will the

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Minister ensure the provisions in

her constituency are no different

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from mine?

May I correct the

honourable gentleman, with respect,

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we want to make sure areas across

the country share the same best

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practice that the Ministry of

Housing is consulting on how we fund

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refuge's sustainably. When victims

enable honourable states go to

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refuges are not having to fill in

housing benefit forms in the middle

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of all the crisis they are finding.

May I declare an interest as my wife

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volunteers at a refuge. Can my

honourable friend ensure the house

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that ministers have met with

organisations such as Women's Aid to

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ensure their views on the new

funding model are properly listened

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to and considered?

I thank my

honourable friend for his question

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and for the work is wife does but

also every person who works in our

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domestic abuse refuge. We are

working and meeting with Women's Aid

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and other organisations. I am

determined to ensure the future of

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refuge's is funded sustainably and I

would urge anyone to respond to the

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consultation.

The proposed changes

to housing benefit will leave

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refuges in a troublesome was flick

position. If this government is

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serious about protecting victims

they have to put more money into

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specialist services, what commitment

will they make to see look at

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increasing funding for specialist

refuges?

As I say we have the £20

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million domestic abuse fund which DC

G is overlooking and we are as the

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lady now is consulting on the draft

domestic abuse bill this year and I

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hope that consultation will start

soon and I would welcome, the

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government would welcome responses

from those industry. We are

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absolutely committed to funding

refuges properly and I am pleased we

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have are the 10% rise in bed spaces

since 2010.

Number four Mr Speaker.

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The Sawyers report which highlights

many of the issues women face in the

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workplace particularly the gender

pay gap in Scotland, it's at a near

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record low but must be eradicated

completely. The Secretary of State

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regularly meets Cabinet colleagues

to discuss such important issues.

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The report was intended to be the

start of a process, a road marked

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for the engagement of women in

Scotland's economy, it was not an

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end in itself. Can I suggest to the

ministers she would be well advised

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to meet Professor Sawyers and

discuss how her report can be taken

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forward in government?

That is a

pleasant suggestion and I look

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forward to meeting her in due

course.

Number five.

The year of

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engineering is an opportunity to

tackle historic gender stereotypes

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throughout 2018, the campaign will

highlight the variety and creativity

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in engineering to improve the

understanding of what engineers do

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and the enormous opportunities of a

career in engineering to both young

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men and women.

I thank the Minister

for that answer. It is a vital

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employment sector for residents in

mid-charge -- Mid Derbyshire. Can my

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honourable friend update the house

of which external parties in

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Derbyshire who signed up campaign?

My honourable friend has almost

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answered the question for me.

Rolls-Royce, Bombardier and Toyota

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have all pledged to support the

campaign throughout activities in

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schools, both nationwide and in the

Derby area.

One of the biggest

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barriers to women and girls entering

careers in engineering and physics

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is the perception and expectations

of parents, I would ask the Minister

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to encourage parents to look at the

career options.

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a a and honourable lady is quite

right but we have been quite

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successful because -- the honourable

lady is quite right. Girls' entry

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into A-level physics has risen

overall as well and overall the

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number of girls taking stem A-levels

has increased by 20% since 2010.

As

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well as ensuring career advice

encourages more women into

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engineering it is also worth looking

at financial incentives to see how

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the apprentice sector is working to

encourage more companies to offer

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apprenticeships in engineering.

We

introduced the apprenticeship levy

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in order to boost the importance of

apprenticeships. We delivered more

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than 2 million in the last

Parliament, and we are committed to

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3 million apprenticeship starts in

this parliament because this is a

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Government committed to high quality

skills in our economy and the

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apprenticeship programme is part and

parcel of that ambition.

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For all budgets, Treasury ministers

very carefully assess the gender

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impact of the various measures under

consideration, as a statutory duty

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but also because it is our foreign

policy to do so. In the budget, one

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of our centrepieces was the increase

in the national living wage by 4.4%,

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from this April, which will

disproportionately benefit women.

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Women are still bearing the brunt of

the Government's failed austerity

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agenda. What assessment of the

Minister make about the financial

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impact of the autumn budget on women

and those with protected

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characteristics?

Well, the Government, as the

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honourable member will know, is

constantly carrying out assessments.

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Around all the school events there

are those kind of assessment, but I

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would point not only to the national

living wage increase that

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disproportionately benefit women,

but the personal allowance increase

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that takes many women out of tax

altogether, and that we are spending

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will be by 2019 and 2020 some £6

billion per year on childcare, a

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record level of expenditure.

I

finally received a letter from the

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Government equalities office in

regard to equalities impact

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assessment. If, as the Minister has

just stated, the impact assessment

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was carried out, it would have

showed that 86% of the Government

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cuts would have fallen on women.

Why, then, did the Government

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continue with these damaging

policies?

As I have pointed out

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there are many measures the

Government has taken, and I have

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just listed some in the recent

budget, that specifically assist

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women around issues like childcare,

the personal tax allowance increases

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and of course the national living

wage increase that will come in from

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this April. We will continue to very

vigorously assess all measures, as

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we do around all physical events, to

ensure women are treated fairly and

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are an absolute priority for this

Government.

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Discrimination against pregnant

women and new mothers is totally

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unacceptable. However, research

which the Government has

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commissioned with the equalities and

human rights commission did not

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suggest the three month time limit

of bringing a claim to an employment

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tribunal was a particular barrier to

pregnant women and new mothers,

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however the rules permit an

extension to that time limit is

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needed, and of course we will

continue further guidance on this if

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that would be helpful.

What steps is this Government taking

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to prevent further job losses after

the new reports expose that on

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average 54,000 new mothers lose

their jobs because of maternity disc

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rumination?

We have to make sure the message is

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clear that this discolouration is

wholly unacceptable -- because of

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maternity discrimination. We have to

give women the courage to put

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forward a claim if it is appropriate

but the message from Government is

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clear to employers, it is not

acceptable.

In response to the women

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and equalities Select Committee

report the Government has already

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agreed to act on this issue, but

could my honourable friend update

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that House on whether the president

of the employment tribunal will be

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issuing guidance on this? And also,

the honourable member has also

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agreed to start collecting data on

applications for time extensions on

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maternity cases. Could you perhaps

undertake to update the House in the

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future on the progress of that?

In relation to... I know that late

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in 2016 the Select Committee of

which the honourable lady is the

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chair published a report on this and

the recommendations were considered,

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and the research we commissioned

with the EH IC did not suggest the

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three month time limit for bringing

a claim to the employment Tribunal

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is a buyer, but I will of course

look into it and write to the

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honourable lady -- the EHRC.

Can I

welcome the new equalities minister

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to place and pay tribute the

honourable member for Putney for her

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role? The Justice committee was

joined in calling for an extension

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of the deadline from three to six

months and in response the

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Government said it would keep the

timeline for claims to be submitted

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under review and we have heard a

continuation of that narrative is

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today. Since the statement, the

Supreme Court ruling issued that the

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UK must abolish tribunal fees and

repay those who made that claim. It

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is therefore now not attempt to make

a -- is it not know the time to make

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a full review of that, remove the

barriers and make a serious

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commitment to increasing that time

limit to six months?

As I said, the

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Government continues to keep this

under review. Following the Supreme

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Court judgment on employment

tribunal fees, we charging fees

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immediately, and arrangements are

being put in place by the Ministry

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of Justice in relation to refunding

those who have paid fees in the

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past, but as I say this point on the

scrimmage against new mothers and

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pregnant women is very much being

kept under review. -- on

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discrimination against new mothers.

This year marks a milestone in our

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democracy. We will celebrate the

achievements of outstanding women

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who fought for gender equality. The

Scottish Government is receiving

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centenary funding through the

application of the Barnett Formula.

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The Government equalities office has

monthly meetings with the devolved

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administrations who are responsible

for how they choose to mark the

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centenary in their respective

nations.

I would like to commend

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this Government in establishing the

centenary fund to ensure this

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important milestone is Mark. Having

written to the Scottish Government

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minister last year with no response,

does the Minister share my belief

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that the devolved administration

should spend the funds the allocated

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to make sure the centenary is

properly celebrated in all parts of

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our United Kingdom?

Women across the

UK went to the ballot boxes for the

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first time in 1918. All four nations

contributed to that landmark change.

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The Scottish Government, like the

Welsh and Northern Ireland

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volley-mac Irish are responsible for

how they choose to mark the

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centenary in their respective

nations -- like the Welsh assembly

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and Northern Ireland assembly are

responsible. I cannot understand why

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they would not also want to mark

this great celebration in an

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important way.

Does the right

honourable lady see a fitting

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tribute to the great women elected

last year would be to ported in the

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House of Commons of Winnie Ewing?

Mr

Speaker, I am sure you will want to

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listen carefully as well to that

suggestion because I understand it

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is a matter for your committee?

It

is a very important committee and I

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have a feeling the lady will be to

her way towards it, so pitch in

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person and I am sure the committee

looks forward to that prospect with

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eager anticipation.

Question number

nine.

Thank you, Mr Speaker, and I

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should perhaps begin by declaring an

interest because Mrs Griffin and I

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are expecting our first child in

April and as the minister

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responsible I will be taking my full

paternity leave. Mr Speaker, shared

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parental leave and pay was developed

by the then coalition Government. It

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enables working couples to share

childcare responsibility in the

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first year. This is a radical step

forward in terms of challenging

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cultural expectations about the

roles of men and women, and the

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mother is always the primary carer.

This Government understands the

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pressures on working families and we

are taking steps to improve ass

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improve the deck above the scheme

and I will see more about it in due

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course.

While I welcome the comments

and agree it was a radical step

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making a difference, if they were

fathers only get the mother's basic

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maternity pay and it is not enhanced

in anyway so there has been less

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than 1% uptake in the scheme? Would

administer now look into this, in

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light of the court ruling as well,

with national rail?

There would be

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increasing costs and a business if

we increase the rate of paternal pay

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and we not ruling this out but it is

important we understand the facts

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before changing any policy. I am

sure she will be pleased to know

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that under this Government we have

done a huge amount to support both

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fathers and mothers in relation to

parental leave. We have cut income

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tax for more than 13 million women,

introduced tax free childcare,

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increased tax carer for 3- 4 euros

to 30 hours a week and encouraging

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people to return after a time-out.

This is a Government that

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understands the pressures on working

families -- three and four-year-olds

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to 30 hours a week.

Question number

ten.

The Home Office coordinates the

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approach to tackling domestic abuse

to our violence against women and

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girls strategy which has committed

increased funding of £100 million to

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support victims.

The Scottish

Government are providing essential

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training to around 14,000 police

officers in order to help coercive

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control. -- help them spot coercive

control. What explains how she had

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in her home offers real doing

training for police in England and

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Wales? -- what explains how she had

in her home offers role with

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training.

I don't know if the

Minister will admit talking to

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herself, but I think we are about to

discover.

I will draw a veil over

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that particular assumption, but we

have drawn a veil over -- we are

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making sure we support women and

address additional forms of abuse

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kicking rhythmically. We have also

ruled out domestic violence

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protection orders but the most

important thing, -- address

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additional forms of abuse taking

place. This year marks the centenary

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of the first British women getting

the vote. We should not forget what

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it took to achieve this. Hunger

striking suffragettes were brutally

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force-fed with troops, a process so

painful it could cause lifelong

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injuries and even make the prison

wardens cry in horror. Those who

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marched in favour of women's rights

were pelted with rotting vegetables,

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rocks and even dead rats.

Suffragette Emily Davison was

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trampled to death by the King's

course when she walked on the

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tractor protest. It is only right we

honour the extraordinary efforts and

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sacrifices of these remarkable women

as well as the landmark change the

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brought about and this Government

will be making sure we provide

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necessary funds and support to do

just that -- walked on the track to

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protest.

In a 21st-century surely

women deserve total equality call

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them back so can the Minister tell

us what steps the Government is

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taking to make sure there is not the

pay gap in the civil service in

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light of the fact that Carrie Gracie

resigned recently as China editor at

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the BBC, citing pay issues they are?

I thank my honourable friend for

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raising such an important point and

it is absolutely essential we all

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ensure the Equal Pay Act is enforced

and much as I admire the BBC and

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enjoy listening and looking at their

programmes, they clearly have a very

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serious question to answer here,

which I certainly hope they will

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address, and in terms of the gender

pay gap we are committed to ensuring

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we do address that as well, and of

course we will have disclosure

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arrangements.

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I to welcome the additional burden

put only minister in her new role

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and thank the former minister. On

the 26th of August 2016 the Prime

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Minister began her PR exercise on

the race disparity audit. On the

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10th of October 2017 the government

released the data. This week I

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launched the investing in ethnicity

maturity matrix, a free resource for

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businesses in this regard as chair

of the all parlayed mentally grip.

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Will the Minister explain what steps

the government has taken to act upon

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the findings from the race to parity

audit? I look forward to working

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with the honourable lady in this

house. I have not seen a report yet

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but no doubt after this question she

will be kind enough to give me a

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copy. The publication of it shows

how committed this government is to

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making sure that when we find raised

the party we will address it. Each

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department is looking at the

recommendations and will be coming

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forward with how we address them.

As

the government rightly pushes

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forward legislation for greater use

of electric vehicles guide .uk have

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expressed concern from the equality

's perspective about possible safety

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obligations for blind and partially

sighted pedestrians for greater use

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of these very quiet vehicles, will

be Secretary of State please raise

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this concern?

I thank my honourable

friend for raising this, I am aware

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it is a concern amongst people who

are disabled particularly blind

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people. I would point out autonomous

vehicles are not necessarily going

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to be so quiet, it depends, the

autonomous nature means they will

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not be driven by an individual but

the noise level will depend on NPR

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petrol or diesel or electric but

certainly I have been having

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conversations with the Department

for Transport and we'll make sure

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they are aware of this serious

concern.

Iman from my constituency

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was among the many suffragettes who

secured women the right to vote many

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years ago. What steps is the

government taking to address the

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lack of women's representation in

Parliament?

I thank the honourable

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gentleman for raising this important

issue which we think is critical to

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celebrate in this centenary year. I

hope you will consider and speak to

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activists in his constituency about

applying for support to raise the

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profile of historical suffragettes

in his area. We are committed as a

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government to ensure we have high

representation not only in

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Parliament but also government and I

am delighted to say there are now

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30% of women attending Cabinet. I

would like to congratulate the Home

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Secretary on her expanded role, I

know she will do a brilliant job.

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She will know that young people,

parents and teachers think it is

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vital in a modern Internet world to

see sex and relationships education

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updated. Can she confirm the

government will push ahead with

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updating guidance which is now so

out of date but also if she will

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meet with myself, my right

honourable friend the member for

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Basingstoke and also the honourable

member for Rotherham to ensure there

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is a cross-party support for the

work which is being undertaken?

Can

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I thank the right honourable lady

for the work she did in this role

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and I will try my best to keep up

the momentum she provided. One of

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the fantastic things she did was

lead on making sure sex and

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relationship education will be

provided in all schools. I would be

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delighted to work with her to make

sure that is the case and also

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across the house to ensure the

outcome we get is one the whole

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house can support as I know everyone

believes this is important.

The

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requirement for all bass tribe is to

undertake disability equality

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training has been standard across

the EU since 2013 and the UK's

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five-year-old Dowd ends in the 1st

of March. The Scottish Government

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has produced accessible travel

framework so can the Minister tell

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us whether standardised training

will be in place in the next six

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weeks across England so the UK meet

its obligation and disabled

0:29:340:29:37

passengers can access public

transport?

I am delighted to answer

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that question, I would certainly

ensure the individual Minister of

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disabled persons and also the

Transport Secretary have an address

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of that particular point and will

write to the honourable lady.

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Growing concern about the use of Non

Disclosure Agreement in connection

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with employment, will my right

honourable friend in join me in

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condemning the use of Non Disclosure

Agreement is to conceal wrongdoing

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of any kind and to encourage illegal

regulators to consider whether they

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are in fact ethical?

I thank my

right honourable friend for raising

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that I look forward to working with

her in an important committee. She

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has raised an important element

because transparency is such an

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important part of achieving

equality. I look forward to working

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with her on this to establish what

the right way forward is.

I would

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like to welcome the Minister to her

new role. Mr Speaker the BBC claimed

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that 14.5% of its staff are from the

AMV backgrounds but others including

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Lenny Hamrick said when you look at

the staff making the programmes it

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falls to just 1.5%. Is the minister

concerned is a major problem with

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representation at the BBC and what

discussion has she had with the BBC

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about what they are doing about it?

I had not seen those particular

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figures but what it draws attention

to is that sometimes the overall

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numbers suggesting there is a

quality hides the fact that in

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special areas there is nowhere near

the quality so I take seriously what

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has been raised and I think the

additional questions for the BBC to

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answer in the element she has raised

was appointed to the post and was

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told the Post has been abolished.

Will be Secretary of State reverse

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the disgraceful decision to abolish

the post of disability rights

0:31:390:31:41

commission and restore Lord Schenk

went to his rightful position?

The

0:31:410:31:47

disability commissioner role was the

operational matter and the Secretary

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of State has no powers to appoint or

reinstate a disability commissioner.

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Over the weekend I was sent a

screenshot from a Facebook page

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directed at the female CEO of wooden

council it read, and I quote,"

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horrible pitch, should hand, wish I

help the rope". This was not deemed

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to violate Facebook standards. This

is not an isolated incident. What

0:32:210:32:29

further action will the government

take to ensure women in public

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office feel safe?

It's such an

important issue and one I think we

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are all having to deal with. The

nastiness of comments online is

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something we all disparage and we

are actively engaging to make sure

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what they can do to take it down. I

would respectfully point out that in

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the recent publication about conduct

in public life it was particularly

0:32:530:32:59

Conservative MP's you were on the

receiving end and I would urge

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opposition members here to work with

their party to ensure a reduction...

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It is evidence of the largest

graduate employers in our country

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are paying men and women different

rates when they start in the

0:33:150:33:18

workplace. Because we know the

gender pay gap only widens as women

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progress to the workplace, what can

the government do to tackle this

0:33:210:33:29

insidious issue?

We are very serious

about tackling that gender pay gap,

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from April this year any employer

with over 250 employees will have to

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publish the pay gap and it's through

transparency we will get real

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change.

Will the government carried

an economic impact assessment on the

0:33:410:33:48

value of investing in a

comprehensive childcare provision

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across the country and particularly

impact on women and gender equality?

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We already carry out a wide variety

of impact assessments including only

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kind of area at the honourable lady

alludes to and if she would like to

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write to me with further details of

exactly the aspects she is

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