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Company, Limited Liability Partnership and Business (Names and Trading Disclosures) Regulations 2014: Motion to Approve (17 December 2014)

Lord Laming: ...the opportunity this afternoon to recognise the debt we owe the staff of this House. I will take this opportunity to mention some former members of staff who have served the House in different but equally important roles. The first is Mark Thatcher, who was an executive chef and left the House in October after 31 years of loyal service. Mark began his career as a sous-chef and was promoted...

Cohabitation Rights Bill [HL] — Second Reading (12 December 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Lord Ashton of Hyde: ...I, too, thank my noble friend Lord Marks for bringing forward the Cohabitation Rights Bill and providing a further opportunity to debate this important subject. As a novice in these issues—and in marriage itself, with only 27 years under my belt, just over half the number of the noble and learned Baroness, Lady Butler-Sloss—I have learnt much listening to the contributions of...

Global Development Goals — Motion to Take Note (11 December 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Baroness Hodgson of Abinger: ...is only by working together that we can deliver a truly transformational approach. Some of the MDGs have delivered more progress than others, but one of the areas in which we still have a significant way to go is that of gender equality and the empowerment of women, which was millennium development goal number three. Globally, women are disproportionately impoverished and, as the noble...

Childcare Payments Bill — Second Reading (and remaining stages) (9 December 2014)

Baroness Eaton: ...are running a surplus. Canada’s income tax system, which treats families the same as roommates living under the same roof with no financial attachment, was judged by Prime Minister Harper to be unrealistic and unfair. That assessment applies equally well to this Government’s tax-free childcare plans. I urge them to reconsider thresholds for this and the amount that can be...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Ethnic Groups (9 December 2014)

David Laws: ...own solutions and leadership programmes to increase the diversity of the school leadership workforce. The scope of the funding covers any of the nine protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation). 30 school partnerships...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Civil Partnerships (2 December 2014)

Nicholas Boles: ...up civil partnership to opposite sex couples. Several important organisations thought it was too soon to consider making changes to civil partnership – this should wait until we know the impact of extending marriage to same sex couples. Other organisations, in contrast, put forward a case for opening up civil partnerships to opposite sex couples now, for example because civil...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Human Rights: Females (28 November 2014)

Jo Swinson: We participate in the Commission on the Status of Women, which is the principal global event on women’s rights organised by the UN. My Rt. Hon. Friend, the Minister for Women and Equalities, recently returned from the US where she had a meeting with the Executive Director of UN Women, and others active in the field, to discuss the forthcoming session, which will be held in March next...

Domestic Violence: Refuges — Question (25 November 2014)

Baroness Uddin: ...cuts to their services over a prolonged period? Is he also aware that particularly suffering are the specialist organisations, including those dealing with the effects of domestic violence, forced marriage and so-called honour killing? Will he ensure that they also have funding equally distributed to them?

Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill [HL]: Committee (21 November 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Lord Cashman: My Lords, I welcome all the noble Baroness’s amendments. They seem sensible and the principle of equality is at the heart of them. I just wanted to point out that, given the equal marriage Act and the Civil Partnership Act, feasible as it is for a noble Baroness to find her footballer, it is equally feasible for a noble Lord, too.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (21 November 2014)

Nick Gibb: The Secretary of State for Education has had many representations on the question of same sex marriage and relationships, but none relate to the teaching of British values because that is a different matter. All schools have an important part to play in preparing their pupils for life in modern Britain by promoting the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual...

Human Rights (Burma) (19 November 2014)

David Burrowes: ...people. Even those who are on the side of democracy and reform are challenged by the issue. We can see clearly that, in the long term, for there to be a truly democratic free state there have to be equal rights, including for the Rohingya people. The abuse of the Rohingya people continues. Fortify Rights has documented such abuses showing that Government authorities have been involved in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (19 November 2014)

Crispin Blunt: Thank you for calling me, Mr Speaker—I had not spotted the opportunity. The Prime Minister will know that the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 was built on the twin pillars of equality and support for marriage. Will he now put a rocket under the Ministry of Justice to ensure that, under this Administration, we can deliver the same rights for those who want to celebrate their...

Marriage of Same Sex Couples (Conversion of Civil Partnership) Regulations 2014: Motion to Approve (18 November 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Lord Jenkin of Roding: My Lords, I too support these regulations. Perhaps I might just respond to the noble Lord, Lord Paddick, by reminding him that there was only one party that actually included same-sex marriage in its manifesto. That was the Conservative Party. The Conservative Party was the only one to promise the original Act in its manifesto. Having said that, I too rejoice that this now has complete...

Modern Slavery Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (17 November 2014)

Baroness Hodgson of Abinger: ...can confirm whether those figures are accurate. As has already been discussed, people are being trafficked here for a variety of reasons, from forced labour and domestic servitude to sexual exploitation and forced marriage. I agree with other noble Lords that, as vital as it is to apprehend and prosecute the traffickers, it is of equal importance that we support the victims and help them...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Humanist Marriages (11 November 2014)

Nia Griffith: It is ironic that humanists, who have been celebrating same-sex weddings for three decades, are the one group that has not yet achieved equality through the recent Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013. Will the Minister make a firm commitment that before the general election he will lay the necessary orders to ensure full equality, so that people can have a humanist celebration without also...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Church Schools (5 November 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

Baroness Eaton: ...Government, in the light of the implementation of the Education (Independent School Standards) (England) (Amendment) 2014, requiring the active promotion of protected characteristics as set down in the Equality Act 2010, what provision will be made to enable Christian schools to teach traditional Christian values and views about marriage; and what measures they have taken to ensure that...

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....

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