Results 1–20 of 401 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Dawn Butler

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Dawn Butler: It is a privilege to contribute to this debate and to add to all the great speeches today. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Dulwich and West Norwood (Helen Hayes) for securing both this debate and the Speaker’s apartments for next week’s Windrush celebrations, organised in conjunction with Jamaica National Bank and The Voice. I agree with what she said about the Black...

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Dawn Butler: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention and I take his point that parties spoke about a hostile environment. The big difference is that the Prime Minister, as Home Secretary, not only spoke about it but created policies that ensured a number of people then became complicit in creating the hostile environment: doctors, nurses, teachers and landlords. It is unusual, rare and dangerous...

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (17 May 2018)

Dawn Butler: It is not often that we can rise to our feet and say that we agree with absolutely everything that has been said from both sides of the House, but that is the case in this debate. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Hove (Peter Kyle) on securing this debate and the Backbench Business Committee for allowing it. For #IDAHOBIT2018, the international day against homophobia, transphobia,...

Women and Equalities: Gender Pay Gap: Action Plans (17 May 2018)

Dawn Butler: The new Minister for Women and Equalities made an announcement that was welcomed by the Labour party when she said that sectors under the Government’s remit would lay out plans for organisations to publish their gender pay gap audits. It is good to see that that is one of her first actions, but does it go far enough? Can we be a little bit more ambitious? Will the Government commit to...

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (17 May 2018)

Dawn Butler: I congratulate the Minister and welcome her to her new role. In the past 12 months, I have congratulated no fewer than three Ministers on their appointment to the role. [Interruption.] “Get used to it,” I hear from a sedentary position, and that is exactly the problem. Responsibility for women and equalities has been passed from the Home Office to the Department for Culture, Media...

Point of Order (18 Apr 2018)

Dawn Butler: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. During Prime Minister’s questions, the Prime Minister said that the decision to destroy landing cards was taken in 2009. I have had it confirmed that the Home Office briefed yesterday that the decision was taken by the UK Border Agency in 2010 and that the records were destroyed in October 2010. Can the House, the Windrush generation, the Commonwealth...

Gender Pay Gap (18 Apr 2018)

Dawn Butler: I thank my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Camberwell and Peckham (Ms Harman) for tabling the urgent question and I thank you, Mr Speaker, for granting it. I also thank my right hon. and learned Friend for her work on section 78 of the Equality Act 2010. We need actions, not audits. More than 10,000 companies have reported their gender pay gap, which shows that the Government...

Women and Equalities: Gender Pay Gap: Action Plans (29 Mar 2018)

Dawn Butler: I congratulate the Government on commencing the Labour party’s legislation—section 78 of the Equality Act 2010—that requires companies to report on the gender pay gap. Does the Minister agree with Labour Members that reporting is not enough if we want to close the gender pay gap? We need mandatory action plans for companies and sanctions.

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (29 Mar 2018)

Dawn Butler: Many women will have slept a little more soundly last night after the decision by the Parole Board not to release the rapist John Worboys. The Government argued that a challenge was highly unlikely to succeed, but the brave survivors and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, proved the Government wrong. Will the Minister explain why, given the clear evidence that Worboys was a danger to women, the...

Bills Presented: Vote 100 and International Women’s Day (8 Mar 2018)

Dawn Butler: I am so pleased that we are making time available today to continue the important tradition of marking International Women’s Day. I thank Mr Speaker, because he has done it again—he has made history. He helped me to raise the International Women’s Day flag over the Parliament buildings for the first time in history, and for that, I salute him. This year’s International...

Bills Presented: Vote 100 and International Women’s Day (8 Mar 2018)

Dawn Butler: Twice, as the hon. Gentleman says. We should, however, note that for eight years the right hon. Lady has sat at the table of a Cabinet that has sanctioned £80 billion of tax and benefit changes, as a result of which more than 86% of cuts fall on the shoulders of women. So I say this: a round of applause, but not too loudly.

Bills Presented: Vote 100 and International Women’s Day (8 Mar 2018)

Dawn Butler: I will congratulate the Queen on the dignity and poise with which she has held her position over the years. I hope that we might see the new generation coming in and taking that place in the future. [Interruption.] Long may she reign—absolutely. We do not want to see the end of her reign, but I understand that she is scaling back her duties to make way for the next generation. I am in...

Bills Presented: Vote 100 and International Women’s Day (8 Mar 2018)

Dawn Butler: That is excellent news, and I hope that it will be reflected nationally as we encourage the game of women’s football. I would also like to note Briana Scurry, a goalkeeper who was the first black woman to be elected to the US hall of fame. As women, we know that we have to break down structural barriers, but sometimes we forget just how deep the roots of those structural barriers are....

Bills Presented: Vote 100 and International Women’s Day (8 Mar 2018)

Dawn Butler: I thank the hon. Lady for her intervention. This policy, whether introduced by a male or a female, is important to address pay inequality for women and to ensure that the gender pay gap is not just audited but closed. That is the important factor. The near parity between women and men in the parliamentary Labour party has not come about by chance. The introduction of all-women shortlists...

British Sign Language: National Curriculum — [Ian Austin in the Chair] (5 Mar 2018)

Dawn Butler: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Blaydon (Liz Twist) for securing and opening this important debate on BSL. I also thank Wayne Barrow; I have done a music video with him, which was a lot of fun. I look forward to the next one —maybe Wayne, Lizzie and I could do it. That would be really good. This is about bringing BSL to everyone, and putting it in front of everyone. I thank the...

Women and Equalities: Workplace Sexual Harassment (22 Feb 2018)

Dawn Butler: We have to be very clear about this. Because the Government repealed section 40 of the Equality Act 2010, there is now no statutory protection over third party harassment. If the Government are committed to protecting women and girls, will they show this by either reinstating section 40 or, at the very least, introducing stronger legislation to ensure protection against third party harassment?

Women and Equalities: Period Poverty (22 Feb 2018)

Dawn Butler: Last week, the Minister asked us to remember the suffragettes chained to the grilles. I ask the Minister today to remember those women chained to the house because of period poverty, those women chained to poor housing because of universal credit, and those women chained to an abusive partner because of the closure of refuges. Will the Minister work with me to develop and implement policies...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Dawn Butler: I just want to help the Minister a bit. The Women’s Budget Group, the Runnymede Trust and lots of other organisations, as well as the ONS and HMRC, accumulate the data that would be needed, so the data necessary to carry out equality impact assessments are available. In fact, the Treasury does some assessments anyway.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Dawn Butler: Having a detailed understanding of how policy choices exacerbate or eliminate inequality at every stage of policy making is key to tackling burning injustices and producing good policies. I wish to put new clause 9 to the vote. Question put, That the clause be read a Second time. The House divided: Ayes 265, Noes 304.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Dawn Butler: I want to clarify something. Equality impact assessment is part of the public sector equality duty. It looks at the implementation of policies, assesses them, and sees whether they have helped or hindered progress. That is all that equality impact assessment does. It is a good thing. It is not an extra burden; it makes for good decision making.


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