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Elections for Positions in the House: Backbench Business — Valedictory Debate (26 March 2015)

Mike Weatherley: ...easily engaged by parliamentarians. I pay tribute to Niki Haywood, who founded the initiatives with me. I also pay tribute to you for supporting that right from the outset, Mr Speaker. There are two other issues that I should mention: my support for equal marriage and my opposition to fox hunting, both of which I can claim to be achievements. However, it is not all about the big-ticket...

Written Ministerial Statements — Deputy Prime Minister: Commencement of Succession to the Crown Act 2013 (26 March 2015)

Nicholas Clegg: ...against women. The Act also ends another long-standing piece of discrimination, the bar on anyone who marries a Roman Catholic from becoming monarch, and replaces the outdated Royal Marriages Act 1772 such that only the first 6 in line to the throne need consent of the monarch to marry. These changes were agreed at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Perth, Australia, in...

EU and Russia (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (24 March 2015)

The Earl of Sandwich: .... Mrs Thatcher’s simple test was to ask whom one could do business with. If we are selling our house to an oligarch, presumably we are not in the least concerned about his attitude to human rights, but if he proposes marriage to one of our family then we begin to be concerned about his motives. I believe that we should make much more effort to understand Russia’s point of view....

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Commonwealth Day (24 March 2015)

Crispin Blunt: ...fellow parliamentarians to explain the journey that the United Kingdom has been on—from active enforcement of the laws in the 1950s, to a review of them in the Wolfenden report of 1957, to decriminalisation and then to equality in most of the United Kingdom, with the delivery of same-sex marriage. The organisation is also about making clear to one’s fellow parliamentarians that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Equality Legislation: Revised Wording (16 March 2015)

Caitriona Ruane: ...seo a chur sa Tionól. I welcome the debate, and I thank the Alliance for bringing it forward. As my colleague Bronwyn McGahan has said, we will be supporting the motion and voting against the DUP amendment. Sinn Féin supports equality legislation, and we note with disappointment the DUP attempts to row back on equality. It is disappointing to see this because equality is for...

Business of the House: Education Regulations and Faith Schools (12 March 2015)

David Amess: ...in 2011”. However, the Secretary of State also said: “The new standards, which require the active promotion of British values, mark a dramatic change in education policy. The previous standards simply required respect for British values and made no mention of the Equality Act 2010… No pupil should be made to feel inferior to others because of their background. This has...

First Aid Techniques: National Curriculum — [Sir David Amess intheChair] (10 March 2015)

Nick Gibb: ...that many of them would save a significant number of lives each year: relationships; drugs and alcohol; emotional and mental health, and well-being; emergency life support skills; homelessness; forced marriage; violence; transgender issues; tobacco; animal welfare; bullying; gambling; gender equality; cancer; symptoms of brain tumours in young people; fire and road safety; body image; the...

Women: Economic Empowerment — Motion to Take Note (5 March 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Baroness Garden of Frognal: ...to go off in another direction. I am delighted to attempt to respond to contributions which have covered a very wide range of topics and themes from both men and women. Any hope of ending gender inequality will be achieved only with the active involvement of men. The noble Baroness, Lady Greenfield, the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Derby, my noble friend Lord Storey and others...

Business of the House: International Women’s Day (5 March 2015)

Jo Swinson: ...working and to introduce shared parental leave. Tax threshold changes have taken 3 million people out of taxation, 58% of whom are women, and there has been new legislation to criminalise forced marriage, to expand the definition of domestic abuse and to introduce new stalking offences. And of course, there are more women in work than ever before. However, we should not kid ourselves that...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: UN Commission on the Status of Women (27 February 2015)

Jo Swinson: ...for CSW59 are to: · Achieve a strong Political Declaration that publicly reaffirms commitment to the Beijing Platform for Action and calls for a strong and explicit commitment to achieve gender equality, the empowerment and the realisation of the human rights of women and girls in the post 2015 framework. Ensure the document does not include regressive language or roll back on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 February 2015)

David Cameron: I commend my hon. Friend for his Bill and for the campaign that he has waged in favour of that Bill and of equality in how we deliver aid and in this vital area. On the specific issue of the piece of legislation that he is referring to, my understanding is that we believe that the law as drafted covers the point that he is concerned about. I will of course write to him. But let me be...

Isil: New Clause 8 — Child sexual exploitation (23 February 2015)

William Cash: ...I will briefly give the House some figures. About a decade ago the number of girls and women in England and Wales who had undergone FGM was approximately 66,000. Shockingly, that figure is now estimated to be 137,000. Equally worrying is the number of girls in England and Wales under the age of 15 who are at risk of FGM, which over the same period has increased from about 20,000 to an...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Female Genital Mutilation (20 February 2015)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: The Department for Communities and Local Government and Government Equalities Office are funding 17 female genital mutilation and honour-based Violence projects for a total sum of £270,000. None of the projects cover Scotland or are based in Scotland as this is within the devolved remit of the Scottish Government. The 17 projects are based across England in Birmingham, Bolton, Bradford,...

Written Ministerial Statements — Home Department: Violence against Women and Girls Overseas (5 February 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: ...was encouraging. I was pleased to be able to secure Ministers’ agreement to sending written support for the Girl Summit charter to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) in a generation. In Burma, I met Government Ministers, civil society groups, women’s rights campaigners, and Aung San Suu Kyi, to discuss how violence against women and...

[Mr Mike Weir in the Chair] — Female Genital Mutilation (29 January 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: .... The Committee has rightly focused on the low number of prosecutions for FGM. We all agree that prosecutions are not the sole answer and that the well-being of victims is paramount. However, it is equally important that the people who perpetrate this type of child abuse should have to feel the full force of the law, and I am pleased to say that the first people to be prosecuted for FGM in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Driving Licences: Union Flag (27 January 2015)

Anna Lo: ...otherwise. Secondly, in matters of nationality and culture, we have divided and overlapping identities, and finally, in matters of esteem, all must be treated with dignity and in the spirit of equality. However, it is also worth noting that what the public might care about most where driving licences are concerned is that we will have to pay twice as much as our GB counterparts for a...

New Clause 1 — Judaeo-Christian tradition (16 January 2015)

James Arbuthnot: ...to the people listening to it. Let me give the hon. Gentleman another example, in a Christian context. What happens if the prayers call on God to grant enlightenment to those who support gay marriage? That might be anathema to some of the councillors who do support gay marriage. What should one do as a councillor in those circumstances? Should one heckle the priest or the imam? Should one...

Developing World: Maternal and Neonatal Mortality — Question for Short Debate (15 January 2015)

Baroness Hodgson of Abinger: ...ensuring that there are enough doctors and midwives in these countries; it is also about ensuring that the medical care that is so vitally needed can be reached. Harmful traditional practices such as FGM and early marriage, all too prevalent in some developing countries, also contribute to maternal and child mortality. Lack of adequate nutrition can also be a cause. Lack of gender equality...

Public Bill Committee: Serious Crime Bill [Lords]: Clause 65 - Child cruelty offence (15 January 2015)

Elfyn Llwyd: ...17-year-olds are still vulnerable. For example, they are banned from purchasing alcohol and tobacco and their national minimum wage is £3.72 an hour, which is lower than that for older workers. Equally, a person must be 18 to qualify for universal credit, although some exceptions apply. Sixteen or 17-year-olds need to get the permission of their parent or guardian before getting...

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