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Women’S Suffrage Centenary (6 Feb 2018)

Maria Miller: It is right that we celebrate today, and most of us would want to recognise what we have achieved working together, often cross-party, to improve the lot of women in this country. I particularly want to pay tribute to all the people who have served on the Women and Equalities Committee for the incredible work we have done together to try to improve things for women in our country. It is our...

Baby Leave for Members of Parliament (1 Feb 2018)

Maria Miller: I do not know whether my right hon. Friend remembers, but she was pregnant the first time we met. That is a few years ago now. I think we were on the selection trail together as well. Does she agree that, as important as it is, this debate is a first step in our efforts to make this place a much easier place not only to be a parent but to be somebody who cares for their broader family?

Baby Leave for Members of Parliament (1 Feb 2018)

Maria Miller: The hon. Gentleman, who is a colleague on the Women and Equalities Committee, says that we are voicing one view. He is right, but surely if anyone had a differing view, they would be here.

Baby Leave for Members of Parliament (1 Feb 2018)

Maria Miller: May I echo Members’ good wishes to you on your birthday, Madam Deputy Speaker? Of course, you have a great deal of first-hand knowledge of this issue. Although I know that you are not able to participate in the debate, I am sure you are sitting there thinking fondly of your own experiences of being a pregnant Member of Parliament and your wonderful son, who I have had the pleasure of...

Baby Leave for Members of Parliament (1 Feb 2018)

Maria Miller: The hon. Lady is absolutely right. Through the Commons Reference Group, we are not only uncovering some important ways in which this place is changing, but identifying ways in which it needs to change. It is a great pleasure to work alongside her on that group. Being a Member of Parliament is a unique position, a unique honour and a unique responsibility that requires complete commitment, but...

Baby Leave for Members of Parliament (1 Feb 2018)

Maria Miller: The right hon. Lady is absolutely right: we need more women at every level of our democratic process. I must say that I have a phenomenal team of women in my Basingstoke constituency. Nine of the 14 councillors are women, and that is even more astonishing given that a number of them are young women with very young children. Others should look at what is happening in councils such as mine to...

Baby Leave for Members of Parliament (1 Feb 2018)

Maria Miller: I will of course give way, but I will then make some progress.

Baby Leave for Members of Parliament (1 Feb 2018)

Maria Miller: The hon. Lady used to be a member of my Committee, and I have worked with her and know her well. She makes a point to which I will return, because although the motion is really important, we need to think about other aspects of this place if we are to make it work for everybody, regardless of their caring responsibilities. I will now try to make a great deal of progress, Madam Deputy Speaker,...

Baby Leave for Members of Parliament (1 Feb 2018)

Maria Miller: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention because, 100 years since the first woman sat in this place, it still feels for many of us as though we are operating in an 18th-century model of work, and that really needs to change.

Baby Leave for Members of Parliament (1 Feb 2018)

Maria Miller: My hon. Friend makes a very powerful point. It is important to recognise the way in which many family lives have changed over the years, and that was why it was important to frame the motion in terms of MPs or parents, not men and women. Any of us may have caring responsibilities; they are not now the sole preserve of one gender. It would be remiss of me not to acknowledge the extraordinary...

Capita: Business of the House (1 Feb 2018)

Maria Miller: In this centenary year of some women gaining the right to vote, does my right hon. Friend agree that there should be a debate in Government time to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March, perhaps to demonstrate the respect that the Government have for the immense contribution that women have made to this place over the past 100 years?

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Ministry of Justice: Disclosure of Information (15 Jan 2018)

Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the extent to which non-disclosure agreements are being used to conceal actions that are against civil or criminal law.

Women and Equalities: Pregnancy and Maternity Discrimination Tribunals (11 Jan 2018)

Maria Miller: In response to the Women and Equalities Committee report, the Government have already agreed to act on this issue. Will my hon. Friend update the House on whether the president of the employment tribunal will be issuing guidance in this area on the extension powers she has already mentioned? My hon. Friend the Member for Esher and Walton (Dominic Raab) has also agreed to start collecting...

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (11 Jan 2018)

Maria Miller: There is a growing concern about the use of non-disclosure agreements in connection with employment. Will my right hon. Friend join me in condemning the use of non-disclosure agreements to conceal wrongdoing of any kind, and to encourage legal regulators to consider whether they are, in fact, ethical?

BBC Pay (9 Jan 2018)

Maria Miller: This country has some of the best laws in the world to protect women who face these sorts of employment problems, but those laws need the Equality and Human Rights Commission to act, and to do so quickly. Why is it that, despite the overwhelming evidence that has been in the public domain for more than six months, the EHRC has failed to intervene on the BBC but has been placated by a...

NHS Winter Crisis: Office for Students: Appointment (8 Jan 2018)

Maria Miller: What account did the independent appointment process take of the public views of candidates, particularly when those views might be so clearly at odds with the equality principles that the Government clearly support?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (8 Jan 2018)

Maria Miller: The Government have a clear strategy to tackle violence against women and girls. Does my right hon. Friend share my concern about the use of non-disclosure agreements to hide violence against women in the workplace?

Policing (19 Dec 2017)

Maria Miller: Hampshire’s constabulary, under the excellent leadership of Olivia Pinkney, does a fantastic job in meeting the changing policing needs my hon. Friend talked about. However, what has not changed is the need for frontline policing. What can he do to make sure that more of the money he has talked about today gets to the frontline to increase the frontline policing our constituents so...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: GP Services (19 Dec 2017)

Maria Miller: I very much welcome the additional funding this Government have put into the NHS, but constituents tell me that they can better manage chronic conditions and illnesses if they have consistent care from general practitioners, which is something they find difficult to access in some surgeries in my constituency because of problems with recruitment and retention. What is the Secretary of State...

Quality in the Built Environment (13 Dec 2017)

Maria Miller: My hon. Friend is right to bring up the issue of design. Does he share my concern at how often new houses and new settlements are designed without any thought for disabled people who might live in those settlements? At the moment, an office block is being converted into a new community in my constituency. The local authority is not able to insist on disabled access in that office block...

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