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Ethnic Minorities — Question for Short Debate (6 July 2015)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: My Lords, I can confirm that first-cousin marriages are against the law in this country and the church does not condone them—not any church that I know of, anyway. Several noble Lords talked about public body appointments. BME police officers currently make up 5.2% of police officers nationally and 11% in the Metropolitan Police area. The police have worked hard to improve equality and...

Bills Presented — Bat Habitats Regulation Bill: Clause 31 — Crown Estate (6 July 2015)

Stewart McDonald: ...8217;s right to choose—I accept that hon. Members have not expressly said that they want to do that—would be misplaced, but our Parliament can handle the matter just as it has handled assisted suicide, equal marriage and section 28. I wish to draw on those examples of how our Parliament has matured into the national forum that it is today. During the debate on section 28 in the...

Human Rights and Civil Liberties — Motion to Take Note (2 July 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Faulks: ...the department and the Government in this House on the subjects of human rights and civil liberties. I share this task and responsibility with my ministerial colleague Dominic Raab. We are both equally committed to coming up with lasting solutions to meet the challenges which this responsibility entails. Brief reference was made during the debate to the so-called snoopers’ charter,...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (2 July 2015)

James Berry: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to tackle (a) forced marriage and (b) female genital mutilation.

Childcare Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (1 July 2015)

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park: ...that it is important that the extended entitlement is flexible for parents to access and can be delivered by a range of providers. But again—this point was made by many noble Lords—what is of equal importance is the quality of childcare and the impact that it has on child development. It is absolutely imperative that childcare is delivered in a safe, secure and welcoming way...

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

Sarah Champion: My speech today is about equality. Equality is not a women’s issue; it is a society issue. I say this because, if a woman is unable to reach her true potential, the whole of society is worse off, and that is exactly why we need this debate. It’s exactly why, when people ask me if feminism still has a place, I can stand up and say, “Yes, definitively, it does,” because...

Sierra Leone — Question for Short Debate (29 June 2015)

Baroness Hayman: ...more than a year ago. Most experts agree that, in that year, more people will have died from the absence of treatment for malaria than from Ebola. The effects on maternal and perinatal mortality are equally if not more devastating. Services for pregnant women have virtually ground to a halt because of the particular risks for healthcare workers in treating women giving birth. There has...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget (No.2) Bill 2015: Second Stage (22 June 2015)

Alex Attwood: ...on us. If I were a supporter of the Alliance Party, when it comes to the issue of consent, I would begin to worry about its politics, because, unfortunately, this Chamber has yet to consent to equal marriage. Based on Mr Farry's understanding of the issue of consent, because we do not agree, we have to not continue the argument for marriage equality. If I were in the Alliance Party's...

Bangladesh — [Sir Alan Meale in the Chair] (17 June 2015)

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh: ...Gentleman says, we cannot possibly imagine facing such choices, but people living in Bangladesh make such stark choices daily. The Human Rights Watch report is specific in its comments about child marriage rates in Bangladesh: “Natural disasters in Bangladesh, and the lack of an adequate government safety net for families affected by them, compound the poverty that drives child...

UN: Sustainable Development Goals — Question for Short Debate (16 June 2015)

Baroness Verma: .... We have to tackle climate change and environmental degradation as an integral part of our work on poverty eradication and global prosperity. We must also do better. On the issue of ensuring gender equality, my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for International Development has said that it continues to be an absolute travesty that half the world’s population so often...

Childcare Bill [HL] — Second Reading (16 June 2015)

Lord Nash: ...my noble friends Lord True and Lord Browne raised questions about stay-at-home parents. There is no intention to undermine the vital importance of stay-at-home parents. The formation of attachments at an early age is crucial, and we are supporting stay-at-home parents with the marriage tax allowance and through changes to the pension scheme. My noble friend Lord True also asked whether I...

Developing World: Women — Motion to Take Note (11 June 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Baroness Verma: ...secondary school, and one in three girls is married before she is 18. The odds are heavily stacked against a young girl in sub-Saharan Africa or south-east Asia making a healthy transition to adulthood. Child marriage, female genital mutilation and the societal norms that determine that girls should aspire only to marry and have children perpetuate poverty from one generation to the next....

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

Catherine West: ...over a relatively short space of time—democracy is certainly alive and kicking in Hornsey and Wood Green. My predecessor, Lynne Featherstone, was well respected locally for her ministerial work on gay marriage and her campaigning for an end to the vile practice of female genital mutilation—causes that I am sure she will continue to pursue. I am very pleased to speak on housing...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister (8 June 2015)

Colum Eastwood: Given the very positive affirmation of equal marriage by the people of the Twenty-six Counties, what will the Minister's Department do to advance the cause of ensuring that all the people of Ireland have the opportunity to be treated as equals in their own country?

Queen’s Speech — Debate (4th Day) (2 June 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Ahmed: ...ago, it was reported that Britain’s most senior Muslim police officer, Mak Chishty, has warned that young people who stop drinking, socialising with friends and shopping at Marks & Spencer could be in the process of becoming radicalised. These are ludicrous statements, because it could equally be argued that stopping drinking and socialising and focusing on other things, such as...

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

Angela Crawley: ...to pay. I would like to ensure that all young people across these islands have that same opportunity. Unfortunately, the story of poverty still echoes throughout many parts of my constituency today. Inequality and a lack of prospects for young people are crippling those who need support the most. We must ensure equality of opportunity, not only for young people but for everyone across all...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) (1 June 2015)

Lord Cashman: ...parts of the United Kingdom are still resisted or denied. The rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual people are still not universally welcomed or accepted in the United Kingdom. Sadly, even in Northern Ireland, same-sex marriage is still not legal or available. I remember well that until the 1990s, we in our community had virtually no rights in this country. We now have them, due...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (1st Day) (27 May 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: ...to have had the chance to work alongside him, whether as fellow business managers or when I was a junior member of his team taking the Justice and Security Bill through this House, or indeed when we worked on the equal marriage Bill—as he says, one of the great pieces of legislation that we passed in the previous Parliament, which I am very proud to have played a part in. The noble...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Marriage Equality (27 April 2015)

Marriage Equality

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister: Homophobic Remarks: DUP (27 April 2015)

Peter Robinson: ...necessary and, at times, unavoidable for parties to take a position on public policy matters as they relate to some of these issues. One of the three core principles of my party is that everyone is equal under the law and equally subject to it. This party will defend the legal rights of everyone in our community and promote equality of opportunity. My party opposes any form of...

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