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Serious Crime Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day) (28 October 2014)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: ...that point first. I confirm that the Government’s view is that reinfibulation is an offence under the 2003 Act. That is on the basis that if it is an offence to infibulate in the first place, it must equally be an offence to reinfibulate. The multiagency practice guidelines on FGM have long made clear that resuturing or reinfibulation is illegal in the UK. Current guidance issued by...

Bill Presented — International Trade Agreements (Scrutiny): Clause 1 — How an MP becomes subject to a recall petition process (27 October 2014)

Zac Goldsmith: ...effort to go in person to a town hall, within a limited time frame, to sign a petition asking for one. We heard last week from hon. Members who had received 500 e-mails about badger culls and 400 e-mails about equal marriage, but those figures of 400 and 500 would be nowhere near enough to topple an MP, to trigger a referendum, or even to get to the point of having a recall petition. Those...

Bill Presented: Blood Donation (Equality) (22 October 2014)

Michael Fabricant: ...can donate blood, while a gay man in a monogamous, loving relationship cannot, unless he has certified that he has been totally celibate for the past year? How can a nation that has just passed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 block those same people from donating blood? It used to be even worse. Gay people were banned altogether until the intervention of my hon. Friend the Member...

Bill Presented — General Practitioner Surgeries (Rural Areas) Bill: Recall of MPs Bill (21 October 2014)

Frank Dobson: ...about that. A lot of the things we enjoy today were advocated and supported by Lena Jeger and people like her, in the face of many objections. They include a lot of stuff to do with women’s rights, equal pay, family planning, outlawing racial discrimination, being in favour of abolishing capital punishment, being in favour of gay rights, and being in favour of in vitro fertilisation....

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Relationships and Children’s Well-being (21 October 2014)

Fiona Bruce: ...investing in parent-child relationships by launching the CANparent scheme, providing vouchers for free parenting classes in three trial areas. The coalition must also be congratulated on recognising marriage in the tax system, acknowledging the greater stability of marriage. Unmarried couples with children are at least twice as likely to split up as those who are married, regardless of...

Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill: Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure (20 October 2014)

Susan Elan Jones: ...from the Church in Wales is the fact that the Church of England is an established church. Most of us laboured under the misapprehension that the Church in Wales was disestablished, but when we had the debate on equal marriage we discovered that what we thought had happened in 1920 had not really happened. Perhaps we can finish off the job before it reaches its centenary. As long as we have...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: New Schedule (20 October 2014)

Paul Givan: ...of clause 6, the Committee undertook a visit to Sweden in December 2013 to meet government and non-government representatives to discuss its legislation, which criminalises the purchase of sex.  We also met the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality in Dublin in January 2014 to discuss the findings of its report on a review of legislation on prostitution, which...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Human Rights: Females (16 October 2014)

Jo Swinson: ...in conflict which generated strong international support; and a girl summit. The Girl Summit brought together a range of international stakeholders to accelerate momentum in tackling child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation and to rally a global movement to end the practices everywhere within a generation. We are also strong supporters of a stand-alone goal on...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Females: Equality (13 October 2014)

David Lidington: ...women and girls remains one of the most widespread human rights abuses. Tackling this issue is a priority for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and central to our work to advance gender equality and empower women. We will continue to consult non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on our approach. I welcome their expert advice. FCO officials in London and across the diplomatic...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Marriage: Ceremonies (26 September 2014)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that registered civil partners wishing to undergo a marriage ceremony with religious elements receive equal treatment as same sex couples who are not registered civil partners and wish to marry in the same way. To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Marriage of Same Sex Couples (Conversion of Civil Partnership) Regulations...

Bill Presented — Recall of MPs Bill: Gurkha Pensions (11 September 2014)

Anna Soubry: ...the UK or other overseas locations they were entitled to a cost of living addition. From 1997, when Gurkhas were based in the UK, they received a universal addition regardless of where they then served. Since 2007 Gurkhas joining our armed forces have been placed on an equal footing with the rest of the Army. The argument has been made by others, and it is the right argument, that all...

Bills Presented: Backbench Business — Select Committee on Governance of the House (10 September 2014)

Jesse Norman: ..., in any scenario, the Clerk would continue to be responsible for the Clerk’s Department of 800 people, or just under half the total employed. Furthermore, would the Clerk and the chief executive be coequal? That would require careful thought, as there are cases in business where such an arrangement has succeeded, and cases where it has failed. If they were not equal, who should...

Scottish Parliament: Increasing Opportunities for Women (20 August 2014)

Elaine Murray: ...in Scotland will have to work 14 years longer than the average man to earn the same across her working lifetime. It is wrong—and, I think, naive—to imply that the barriers faced by women with regard to equality of opportunity are somehow the fault of Westminster and that they can be solved only by voting for Scotland to leave the UK. Barriers such as gender segregation, whereby...

Scottish Parliament: Commonwealth Games (Legacy) (7 August 2014)

Kenneth Gibson: ...a very tongue-in-cheek way. I was proud that Scotland chose to demonstrate that we are a nation that is tolerant and inclusive, regardless of people’s faith, race, gender or sexuality. In the year in which Scotland passed same-sex marriage legislation, and in the knowledge that many competing nations still criminalise homosexuality, I believe that it was important that Scotland sent...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland and Malawi (5 August 2014)

Humza Yousaf: ...through NGO-funded projects, needs to be about more than just aid. I want to touch on some of those themes. Siobhan McMahon, Patricia Ferguson and others spoke about human rights and the importance of equality. It is absolutely correct that we raise those issues. Patricia Ferguson used the phrase “a critical friend”, and that is exactly what we must be. This Government condemns...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 — Question (30 July 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Baroness Northover: We are indeed determined that the regulations will be in place by 10 December so that civil partnerships can be converted to marriages. As the noble Lord will remember, in the consultation prior to the Act, the emphasis that came through from people feeding in their views on this was that they wanted to make sure that their civil partnership was properly marked and could be translated into...

Women: Equality and Advancement — Question for Short Debate (22 July 2014) See 6 other results from this debate

Baroness Jolly: ...at both national and international level to improve the rights of women everywhere, and our involvement at CSW is one way to do this. CSW is the primary forum of the United Nations for promoting gender equality and the human rights of women and girls. As such, participating in its annual meeting allows the UK to display leadership in gender equality, to campaign for women’s rights on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Birmingham Schools (22 July 2014)

John Hemming: I support equal marriage, but a number of my constituents, both Muslim and non-Muslim, do not. Does the Secretary of State agree that it is very important to make a distinction between people with socially conservative views, and those who have extremist or divisive views? We must not be seen to be attacking people with socially conservative views.

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