Results 1–20 of 3117 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Maria Miller

Miscellaneous: Requirement to amend guidance (5 Sep 2018)

Maria Miller: “Courage calls to courage everywhere”: that is what we have been saying so much this year, and I welcome the courage of Gina Martin to take action, of the hon. Member for Bath (Wera Hobhouse) for following it through, of my hon. Friend the Member for Christchurch (Sir Christopher Chope) for saying no and of the Minister for listening, and I welcome her clear undertakings today....

Miscellaneous: Requirement to amend guidance (5 Sep 2018)

Maria Miller: My hon. and learned Friend is making very clear when it is not acceptable to take an upskirting photograph. When is it acceptable to take an upskirting photograph, because by definition there must be some instances when she thinks it is acceptable?

Miscellaneous: Requirement to amend guidance (5 Sep 2018)

Maria Miller: I am speaking to a QC, so I am treading very carefully here. We have an obligation as Parliament to be crystal clear to the judiciary, as my right hon. Friend the Member for Hemel Hempstead (Sir Mike Penning) said eloquently in his speech. What the Minister just said is entirely confusing to me and possibly to the judiciary. If she is saying that there are examples where upskirting is...

Miscellaneous: Requirement to amend guidance (5 Sep 2018)

Maria Miller: The hon. Lady mentioned that my hon. Friend the Member for Christchurch (Sir Christopher Chope) referred to 29 cases. It was the Government, not my hon. Friend, who said that there would be 29 cases a year. Does she not share the concern that that is a very small number, given the prevalence of the problem and the evidence that she is presenting about the number of websites on which this...

Miscellaneous: Requirement to amend guidance (5 Sep 2018)

Maria Miller: My hon. Friend has referred to the procedures, processes and membership of Committees. I should like to remind him that the Second Reading of this Bill was done in Committee, and I had to fight slightly to be a member of that Committee. Does he agree that using these kinds of techniques has not really speeded up the delivery of the Bill up to this point and that it has created an opaqueness...

Miscellaneous: Requirement to amend guidance (5 Sep 2018)

Maria Miller: My hon. Friend will hear my thoughts on that in a few moments when I talk about my experience of estimates of the levels of revenge pornography, which were equally low. In practice, there has been much more of it. I therefore wonder how accurate the projections are. My concern is that drawing the Bill in this way will artificially depress the number of people who come forward. The courts...

Miscellaneous: Requirement to amend guidance (5 Sep 2018)

Maria Miller: My hon. Friend the Member for Christchurch (Sir Christopher Chope) was right. In objecting, he has given Parliament the proper opportunity to scrutinise the Bill. If he had not objected, the Bill would have gone through on the nod and the amendments we are debating today would not have been possible. The failings of the private Members’ Bill procedures are not for discussion on Report....

Miscellaneous: Requirement to amend guidance (5 Sep 2018)

Maria Miller: We have to make the law work in practice, as well as on paper. Like my right hon. Friend, I believe that because these things have been made so complex, the police are finding them difficult to implement. I am not sure that we have an investigation into that. The Minister may want to talk to us further about what she has found out from her Scottish colleagues, because I think they are looking...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Human Rights (4 Sep 2018)

Maria Miller: The human rights situation of Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov should give us all cause for concern. When I first raised Mr Sentsov’s plight in October 2016, the then Foreign Secretary said that the UK Government were appealing to the Russian authorities for his release. Sentsov is now three months into a hunger strike and faces almost certain death unless he is released. What...

Royal Assent: Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (19 Jul 2018)

Maria Miller: Does the hon. Lady share my concern about how the amendment might incite idle speculation about the identity of victims, which we know could be devastating to those individuals?

Royal Assent: Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (19 Jul 2018)

Maria Miller: I pay enormous tribute to my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House. I think that nobody would contradict me if I said that without her skill, implementing this new procedure would simply not have happened. It is easy for all of us to call for action and say, “Something should be done,” but it takes a particular skill to actually deliver that, and I pay tribute to her for...

Relationships and Sex Education (19 Jul 2018)

Maria Miller: In 2016, the Women and Equalities Committee called for compulsory relationships and sex education to help to tackle a culture of unacceptable sexual harassment in schools. I am so proud that this Conservative Government have listened and acted after a cross-party amendment to the Bill that became the Children and Social Work Act, so that, after a decade and a half of inaction by Governments...

Business of the House (Today): European Statutory Instruments Committee (16 Jul 2018)

Maria Miller: My hon. Friend is making an eloquent argument, but he may want to observe that women are not a minority; we are a majority in this country. We are simply trying to have a level playing field.

Business of the House (Today): European Statutory Instruments Committee (16 Jul 2018)

Maria Miller: It is a great pleasure to speak in support of not only motion 3, but amendment (a), to which my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House referred. I speak on behalf of a number of Members from all parties, including the smaller parties to which she referred. It is important to look at not only the work of the new Committee, but its make-up. Before I do that, however, let me commend the work...

Points of Order (5 Jul 2018)

Maria Miller: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. We talk a lot about efficiency in this place, and we demand efficiency of business. I have to say that I do not see today as being a great example of efficiency when it comes to looking at the issue of baby leave. It is clear that we have to discuss issues that arise, such as the dreadful incident in Amesbury, but I urge the Government to look at...

LGBT Action Plan (3 Jul 2018)

Maria Miller: I thank the Minister for informing me of her intention to publish the plan today, and for the consultation on the Gender Recognition Act 2004. I join her in paying tribute to my right hon. Friend the Member for Putney (Justine Greening), who did so much to commission the research relating to the launch today and who has put these building blocks in place. The Women and Equalities Committee...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Unemployment Levels (3 Jul 2018)

Maria Miller: What fiscal steps his Department is taking to reduce unemployment.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Unemployment Levels (3 Jul 2018)

Maria Miller: The Chancellor is right. Record numbers of women are in work in this country, but I would like to see more of those women in better-paid jobs. Does the Chancellor support the Prime Minister’s view that all jobs should be flexible from day one, and will he be doing anything to turn those words into practice in all our businesses?

The Minister for Women and Equalities Was Asked: Intimate Sexual Images: Distribution (28 Jun 2018)

Maria Miller: What steps her Department is taking to ensure the effectiveness of legislation on the distribution of intimate sexual images without permission.

The Minister for Women and Equalities Was Asked: Intimate Sexual Images: Distribution (28 Jun 2018)

Maria Miller: I welcome my hon. Friend to his new position in the first of what I am sure will be very many opportunities to answer questions at the Dispatch Box. When this Government made it a crime to post intimate sexual images online without consent, the then Minister said that the matter would be kept under review, particularly the calls from across the House to make it a sex offence so that victims...


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