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Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Equal Pay and the Gender Pay Gap (1 July 2015)

Dawn Butler: My hon. Friend is making a compelling case for why Members on all sides of the House should support the motion. The Secretary of State said that she supports the motion in principle. Should we just urge Government Members to support us?

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Equal Pay and the Gender Pay Gap (1 July 2015)

Dawn Butler: The Secretary of State is advancing some powerful and valid arguments. One possible way in which people can tackle the pay gap is to take their employer to a tribunal, but the Government have introduced tribunal fees, and, as a magistrate, I have observed that that has deterred many women from taking their employers to court. The number has fallen by 68%. How does the Secretary of State think...

Opposition Day: Sport and the 2012 Olympics Legacy (24 June 2015)

Dawn Butler: I am sure that the Mayor of London is a lover of statistics and will enjoy this one: 71.2% of adults in Brent would love to do more sporting activity, compared to 55% in the country as a whole. Unfortunately, however, the lack of access and opportunity prevents that from happening. I declare an interest in being the Member of Parliament representing Wembley stadium, where we should have seen...

Opposition Day: 3rd Alloted day — A&E Services (24 June 2015)

Dawn Butler: Although the target is used as a measure, or to take the temperature, does the hon. Lady not feel that the fact that it has gone up 401% since 2009-10 is something to be worried about?

Opposition Day: 3rd Alloted day — A&E Services (24 June 2015)

Dawn Butler: The time that people have had to wait for four hours has gone up—

Opposition Day: 3rd Alloted day — A&E Services (24 June 2015)

Dawn Butler: My hon. Friend the Member for Brent North (Barry Gardiner) mentioned the distressing figures at Northwick Park hospital, but the Government’s solution was to close Central Middlesex hospital’s A&E. Does my hon. Friend the Member for Copeland (Mr Reed) think that that added to the crisis or made it better?

Education and Adoption Bill (22 June 2015)

Dawn Butler: Does my hon. Friend share my disappointment that the Secretary of State failed to meet parents from St Andrew and St Francis School, who want to appeal against it being forced into academy status based on a flawed Ofsted report?

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Housing (10 June 2015)

Dawn Butler: On housing need, the household benefit cap has affected my constituency of Brent Central more than the whole of Wales put together. It affects 2,252 households and 4,646 children, and the Government’s proposals will just exacerbate that problem.

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Housing (10 June 2015)

Dawn Butler: Is the Secretary of State aware that in 1997 Labour inherited 19 million of outstanding repairs to social housing, and that that contributed to our not building the houses while we were fixing the leaking roofs?

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Housing (10 June 2015)

Dawn Butler: In my constituency, we have seen a reduction in the number of people on the housing waiting list but not in the number of people with housing problems, because the Government have changed the rules. Those people on zero-hours contracts are finding it increasingly difficult to pay the increased rents in my constituency. How can we challenge the Government on this point?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Health and Social Care (2 June 2015)

Dawn Butler: It is a privilege to speak on a day when we have heard so many great maiden speeches. I want to thank God and thank the people of Brent Central for returning me to this place, and not only as a Labour gain, but with a majority that makes me blush. I know that a Member of this place can be a maiden only once, but I would like to follow in the tradition of maiden speeches by thanking my...

Fifa: Britain in the World (1 June 2015)

Dawn Butler: In the light of the positive contribution that 16 and 17-year-olds made in the referendum in Scotland, does the Foreign Secretary feel that it is now time to give them the chance to vote in the forthcoming referendum?

Debate on the Address: Home Affairs and Justice (28 May 2015)

Dawn Butler: The hon. Gentleman talks about finishing the job. I wonder whether he has any idea how that will come across to my constituents in Brent Central, who have experienced a 50% increase in unemployment among black, Asian and minority ethnic young people. Also hundreds of people have had to move out because of the legislation on the bedroom tax.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Voting Age (10 March 2010)

Dawn Butler: Representations have been made by various groups, including the British Youth Council and the UK Youth Parliament. The Government are absolutely determined to increase the engagement of young people in politics and will continue to review how best that is done, and that will include consideration of lowering the voting age to 16. We are also very innovative: today, we have the march on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Voting Age (10 March 2010)

Dawn Butler: My right hon. Friend makes a valid point about citizenship education. The Government believe that it is crucial to provide the best citizenship education for young people. The Department for Children, Schools and Families is funding 11 higher education institutions to provide free continuing professional development courses for teachers, and certificates and masters-level credits will be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Voting Age (10 March 2010)

Dawn Butler: The hon. Gentleman makes a valid point, but one age group should not be considered to the exclusion of any other. In fact, it is habit forming when people, especially young people, get involved and engage in politics; they are then more likely to carry that through later on in their lives.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Voting Age (10 March 2010)

Dawn Butler: I agree with hon. Friend that something desperate needs to be done. Surely, as part of that, hon. Members should make a cohesive effort to go out and engage with young people in all constituencies.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: ICT (External Consultants) (10 March 2010)

Dawn Butler: The Department examines requirements for external consultancy on a case-by-case basis. Cabinet Office is committed in the long term to upskilling the IT department in order to ensure that we reduce the requirement for external resources, and we are building in-house the capacity, culture and skills that are needed to increase efficiency.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: ICT (External Consultants) (10 March 2010)

Dawn Butler: It is important that we consider a couple of areas. For instance, from 1 April 2009 the Cabinet Office required all proposed procurements for external resources to be approved by the external resources board. External resources are used only when the external supplier offers skills or resources that are not available within a Department, and offers value for money. [Interruption.] That,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: ICT (External Consultants) (10 March 2010)

Dawn Butler: I thank my hon. Friend for championing, and ensuring that we have, local jobs for local people. We have to consider value for money and whether we have the skills in-house to provide the services and IT strategies that we need.

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