Results 1–20 of 739 for speaker:Michael Jabez Foster

Petitions: Hunting with Dogs (30 Mar 2010)

Michael Jabez Foster: I have been asked to present the petition of Mr. Kim Stallwood, a passionate animal welfare advocate, and some 4,000 of my constituents, bringing attention to proposals to bring back the barbaric blood sport of fox hunting. The petition states: The Petition of residents of Hastings and Rye and others, Declares that the petitioners believe that hunting with dogs is cruel; further declares that...

Written Answers — Women and Equality: Departmental Food (30 Mar 2010)

Michael Jabez Foster: The Government Equalities Office does not procure any meat or dairy products.

Written Answers — Women and Equality: Equality Bill (30 Mar 2010)

Michael Jabez Foster: Further to my answer of 9 March 2010, there is no formal correspondence on this issue involving my Department to place in the Library. My officials have discussed extending the socio-economic duty to all fire and rescue authorities with representatives of the Chief Fire Officers Association, Local Government Association, Fire Brigades Union, UNISON, and other interested parties. Officials...

Written Answers — Women and Equality: Hotels (30 Mar 2010)

Michael Jabez Foster: Since it's creation on 12 October 2007 the following amounts have been spent on hotel accommodation. £ 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10( 1) Ministers and special advisers(2) 900 910 1370 Civil servants 4817 7334 5474 (1 )Figures current to 31 January 2010. (2 )Figures cannot be broken down between the two groups.

Written Answers — Women and Equality: Departmental Lost Property (25 Mar 2010)

Michael Jabez Foster: Over the past 12 months the Government Equalities Office has recorded two items as missing. The first item was a laptop with an estimated value of £2,000. The laptop cannot be used without a security key, which was not lost. The second item was a set of blank travel tickets with a nominal value of £4,000, which in practice could not have been used by others. The Government Equalities Office...

Written Answers — Women and Equality: Departmental Surveys (25 Mar 2010)

Michael Jabez Foster: The Government Equalities Office (GEO) will be publishing its staff survey results as soon as practicable. Given the Department's small size, we need to give full and careful consideration to ensure in publishing results that individuals cannot be identified. Once the results are published on the GEO website, we will ensure a copy is placed in the Library.

Written Answers — Women and Equality: Equality Bill (25 Mar 2010)

Michael Jabez Foster: My officials, colleagues and I have received a number of representations on a range of issues from both individuals and religion and belief organisations since the introduction of the Equality Bill in April last year. The main issues raised were: whether the Bill curbed religious freedom of expression; restriction of freedom of conscience; a perceived hierarchy of rights where some protected...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Local Government Finance (25 Mar 2010)

Michael Jabez Foster: I have been asked to reply. The Government Equalities Office leads on the Equality Bill. The duty will apply to decisions of a strategic nature. As we made clear in our guide to the duty, we would expect central government departments to have regard to the duty, alongside other considerations, when making strategic funding decisions.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Local Government: Equality (25 Mar 2010)

Michael Jabez Foster: I have been asked to reply. The Government Equalities Office leads on the Equality Bill. The public sector duty regarding socio-economic inequalities will apply to decisions of a strategic nature. As we made clear in our guide to the duty, we would expect central government departments to have regard to the duty, alongside other considerations, when making strategic funding decisions. The...

Women and Equality: Access to Information (People with Disabilities) (18 Mar 2010)

Michael Jabez Foster: We have regular discussions with ministerial colleagues in the Department for Work and Pensions, which sponsors the Disability Discrimination Act 2005, which requires employers, service providers and bodies delivering functions to make reasonable adjustments. That duty is a cornerstone of the protection for disabled people and has been carried forward into the Equality Bill, which was amended...

Women and Equality: Access to Information (People with Disabilities) (18 Mar 2010)

Michael Jabez Foster: Indeed. My right hon. and learned Friend the Minister for Women and Equality is already on the job. The Government Equalities Office is also ensuring that other Departments are fully aware of the provisions in the Bill, and advice will be updated as those provisions come into force. I believe that there is also a role for Members of the House to be vigilant in ensuring that within their own...

Written Answers — Women and Equality: Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings (11 Mar 2010)

Michael Jabez Foster: Since its creation in 2007, the Government Equalities Office has had one disciplinary case, in 2009. The case involved one member of staff and did not result in dismissal. It was initiated and completed within the 2009 calendar year.

Written Answers — Women and Equality: Departmental Marketing (10 Mar 2010)

Michael Jabez Foster: Neither The Equality and Human Rights Commission nor the Government Equalities Office spent any money on advertising, marketing, public relations or publicity in relation to Real Help Now and Building Britain's Future themed campaigns.

Written Answers — Women and Equality: Departmental Official Hospitality (10 Mar 2010)

Michael Jabez Foster: No receptions have been hosted for representatives of print and broadcast media since 3 October 2008.

Written Answers — Women and Equality: Departmental Theft (10 Mar 2010)

Michael Jabez Foster: There have been no recorded thefts from the Government Equalities Office in the last two years.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Equality Bill (9 Mar 2010)

Michael Jabez Foster: The duty will apply to local authorities, and to fire and rescue authorities (FRAs) where these form part of a local authority. We are discussing with the fire and rescue service and other appropriate stakeholders whether the duty should in due course be extended to all FRAs.

Written Answers — Women and Equality: Departmental Energy (2 Mar 2010)

Michael Jabez Foster: GEO's offices are in a Communities and Local Government building and will be subject to any response CLG makes to Earth Hour.

Written Answers — Women and Equality: Departmental Internet (2 Mar 2010)

Michael Jabez Foster: The Government Equalities has commissioned two designs for its website since its inception in October 2007.

Written Answers — Women and Equality: Departmental Sick Leave (2 Mar 2010)

Michael Jabez Foster: The Government Equalities Office does not hold information on sickness absence from before October 2007. Since October 2008, no staff in the Government Equalities Office have had five or more periods of sickness absence of less than five days. Four staff in the Equality and Human Rights Commission have had five or more periods of sickness absence of less than five days in two or more of the...

Written Answers — Women and Equality: Public Meetings (2 Mar 2010)

Michael Jabez Foster: No annual figures are kept but since its establishment in October 2007, the GEO has held the following public meetings: consultations on the Equality Bill (8); Women in Focus events, which promoted the use of the gender equality duty and aimed to improved outcomes for women offenders (10); events that form part of the campaign to promote public appointments (29); the Black And Minority Ethnic...


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