Results 1–20 of 2928 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

[Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (7 Dec 2017)

Maria Miller: It is wonderful to see you in the Chair this afternoon, Mr Robertson. I thank everyone who has taken the opportunity to come and contribute to the debate, and particularly the Minister for giving such a positive response. It is heartening to hear that my right hon. Friend the Minister for Women is undertaking an evidence review. We will all welcome that, and we will welcome her involvement,...

Women in the House of Commons — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (7 Dec 2017)

Maria Miller: I do not want to add a discordant note, but if there were an issue of gerrymandering, surely it is the fact that at the moment constituencies such as mine have 85,000 people in them, while constituencies in other parts of the country have only 50,000. Surely that is the gerrymandering that we are trying to get rid of with the boundary changes, which I fear will not go through because of a...

[Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (7 Dec 2017)

Maria Miller: The hon. Lady says that this is fundamental to what her party is about. It has had all-women shortlists for 20 years, yet her hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Yardley (Jess Phillips) advocates—as my report advocates—that we should perhaps look at extending all-women shortlists, because, as her hon. Friend tells me, the Labour party is still finding it difficult to get...

Women in the House of Commons — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (7 Dec 2017)

Maria Miller: I pay tribute to the work the hon. Lady does for the Committee, and she knows that I support the recommendations of the report. Is she not a bit disappointed that she feels her party needs all-women shortlists for mayoral elections in order to get female representation?

Women in the House of Commons — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (7 Dec 2017)

Maria Miller: May I say first how much my hon. Friend brings to the Women and Equalities Committee? His passion for these issues is apparent to everyone. He said that there is a cornucopia of women with the ability to do jobs—even in the construction industry. Does he not see that although we may have a large pool of capable women, they are not able to progress because of the way their competencies...

Women in the House of Commons — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (7 Dec 2017)

Maria Miller: As a fellow colleague on the Select Committee, I thank the hon. Lady for her contribution to the work that we do. The educational outreach that Parliament does is fantastic, so one could argue that we already have an apolitical programme that hopefully is encouraging young people to be MPs in future. What the Committee suggested was really just an extension of that, was it not?

Women in the House of Commons — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (7 Dec 2017)

Maria Miller: I beg to move, That this House has considered the Fifth Report of the Women and Equalities Committee, Women in the House of Commons after the 2020 election, Session 2016-17, HC 630, and the Government Response, Cm 9492. It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Sharma. I thank the Liaison Committee for the opportunity to debate this important report, published by the Women...

Women in the House of Commons — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (7 Dec 2017)

Maria Miller: I am not sure I totally agree with the hon. Lady on that issue. Like in many corporate organisations, we benefit from talking to and interacting with each other, and votes are often the only way we can do that because we are spread out doing many different things. I do not think the mechanism of voting is a bad thing. I just do not understand why we cannot do it on a more regularised basis....

Banking Sector: Fraudulent Accounts — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Maria Miller: The point that I made was that when I wrote to the FCA, it said that it did not take on individual cases. The Minister is right to say that it looks at systems and processes, but not at individual cases. I hope he might be able to refer me to who does look at individual cases, because, frankly, I have not worked that out in two years—but he is much cleverer than I.

Banking Sector: Fraudulent Accounts — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Maria Miller: I sense that the Minister is drawing to a close. His remarks have addressed the generalities of the banking system, which I understand are hugely important to the regulator and the Government, but may I press him again on particular instances in which individual constituents such as mine have been let down? It is very difficult to see what recourse they have when banks fail to abide by their...

Banking Sector: Fraudulent Accounts — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Maria Miller: May I detain the Minister a moment longer? The problem is that if a bank fails to gather information about a perpetrator of a crime who has opened a bank account, it leaves police unable to follow the perpetrator. Ultimately, it is very difficult for the police to find the criminals if information on their addresses and names has not been collected in the first place.

Banking Sector: Fraudulent Accounts — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Maria Miller: I beg to move, That this House has considered fraudulent accounts and the banking sector. It is an absolute pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone, for the first time that I can recall. I hope we have a full and useful debate. More than two years ago, a constituent approached me about having been the victim of banking fraud. I called this debate because I have been unable to...

Banking Sector: Fraudulent Accounts — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Maria Miller: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to bring up that inconsistency in how financial consumer protection works. Many people would be taken aback to understand how little protection they might have on a bank account money transfer when, if they simply used credit cards, they would be far more protected. The difference seems reflective of the situation in the past when credit cards were set up,...

Women and Equalities: Supporting Women back into Work (23 Nov 2017)

Maria Miller: As the hon. Member for Ogmore (Chris Elmore) said, despite some of the best laws in the world, women in this country who are in work face more discrimination when they are pregnant than they did 10 years ago, and that can also stop them getting back into work. Will the Government consider making it clearer that employment tribunals have discretion in allowing individuals to bring...

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (23 Nov 2017)

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Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (23 Nov 2017)

Maria Miller: Parliament and the Leader of the House are tackling the difficult issue of sexual harassment in this place, and that is to be applauded, but 50% of women in the workplace in general suffer sexual harassment. What are the Government going to do to ensure that the strong laws set out in the Equality Act 2010 and beyond are actually abided by, by businesses in this country?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Interpretation of retained EU law during transitional period (14 Nov 2017)

Maria Miller: The debate on this string of amendments includes considering clause 6 stand part. I was extremely pleased that, after my intervention earlier, the Minister indicated that the Government intend to bring forward an amendment on Report to take up what I believe is an important recommendation made by the Women and Equalities Committee in the report we published in February. The recommendation is...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Interpretation of retained EU law during transitional period (14 Nov 2017)

Maria Miller: My hon. Friend has a great deal of experience in those matters, and I am sure that Ministers sitting on the Front Bench are looking at them very closely. They will be as aware as us that, as we leave the EU, the complexities, particularly regarding equalities, need careful attention. When Government Equalities Office Ministers came before the Women and Equalities Committee recently, I was...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Interpretation of retained EU law during transitional period (14 Nov 2017)

Maria Miller: My hon. Friend is making a powerful case. The Select Committee that I chair has looked at the implications for equality law. At the moment, individuals can take cases to the Court of Justice of the European Union and gain decisions there that may have a great impact on their lives, but they will not be able to do that in the future. How should the Government look further at how domestic...

Sexual Harassment and Violence in Schools (2 Nov 2017)

Maria Miller: I thank everybody who has taken part in the debate, particularly my right hon. Friend the Minister, who I know takes this issue to heart. If we do not tackle sexual harassment in schools, not only do we let down girls, who are most often the victims, but we let down boys, because they do not learn how to develop healthy relationships. As the mother of two teenage boys, I feel that strongly. I...


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