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Upcoming Business – Commons: Select Committee (25 Oct 2017)

Education: Accountability hearings. 10:15 am; Room 6, Palace of Westminster
Witnesses: Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Education

Women and Equalities: Leaving the EU: Equalities and Human Rights (12 Oct 2017)

Justine Greening: I have regular discussions with Cabinet colleagues, including my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, on ensuring that all the protections in the Equality Act 2010, including the public sector equality duty, will continue to apply after we have left the EU.

Women and Equalities: Leaving the EU: Equalities and Human Rights (12 Oct 2017)

Justine Greening: EU equalities law has already been overwhelmingly transposed into UK law via the Equality Act. As I said, Ministers must also comply with a public sector equality duty. On workers’ rights more broadly, the Prime Minister was clear in her Lancaster House speech, which she made some time ago, that one of our key priorities will be to protect and maintain them.

Women and Equalities: Leaving the EU: Equalities and Human Rights (12 Oct 2017)

Justine Greening: As my right hon. Friend the Member for Basingstoke (Mrs Miller) points out, the Government are committed to this agenda, which is why so many Ministers are prepared to answer questions this morning. She raises an important point. I have been very clear that there will be no backsliding on our equalities agenda and law as we leave the EU. I know that my right hon. Friend has a meeting with...

Women and Equalities: Leaving the EU: Equalities and Human Rights (12 Oct 2017)

Justine Greening: Absolutely, and it is worth my pointing out that in several areas, UK law already goes beyond existing EU law.

Women and Equalities: Leaving the EU: Equalities and Human Rights (12 Oct 2017)

Justine Greening: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. We have been one of those countries around the world that has constantly stood up for human rights and that has been credible because of our human rights record and our legal framework. We are determined that there will be no backsliding. I have no doubt that this Government, and future Governments, will want to continue to make progress.

Women and Equalities: Gender Pay Gap (12 Oct 2017)

Justine Greening: The gender pay gap is the lowest it has ever been, but we can do better. We have introduced mandatory gender pay gap reporting for the first time and large employers now have six months left to report their gender pay gaps.

Women and Equalities: Gender Pay Gap (12 Oct 2017)

Justine Greening: We are of course looking at all the European funds we currently have, and how we can best ensure that we continue the work that they are doing post-Brexit. We can all do a lot more on this specific issue. The right hon. Gentleman will be aware of the recent Government Equalities Office employer events, which we have done around the country; I think he attended the one in Cardiff. The key...

Women and Equalities: Gender Pay Gap (12 Oct 2017)

Justine Greening: We are absolutely committed to eliminating all the different gender pay gaps. Through the transparency work, we will ensure that companies produce clear-cut action plans that cover all their employees, whether or not they have flexible working arrangements.

Women and Equalities: Gender Pay Gap (12 Oct 2017)

Justine Greening: Income inequality is at its lowest level. In the Department of Education alone, we have done significant work to ensure that black and minority ethnic pupils are doing better in school. Like me, the hon. Lady is a London MP and will know that there have been dramatic improvements in educational outcomes for BME communities here in London. More young people from BME communities are going to...

Women and Equalities: Childcare Responsibilities (12 Oct 2017)

Justine Greening: In relation to progress on childcare, we are taking unprecedented steps to support parents with caring responsibilities, whether by providing tax-free childcare or doubling the provision of free childcare from 15 to 30 hours, and nearly 80% of parents in the early-delivery areas with 30 hours reported that the extended hours had given them more flexibility in their work choices. Of course,...

Women and Equalities: Childcare Responsibilities (12 Oct 2017)

Justine Greening: I could not agree more with my hon. Friend. The approach in our Government policy agenda has been to give choice and to enable families to make the choices that are right for them. For many people, that will involve staying at home, and that is a choice that we also want to support. We have taken steps to equalise the choice for those parents who want to stay in the workplace and continue...

Women and Equalities: Childcare Responsibilities (12 Oct 2017)

Justine Greening: Our hearts go out to any parent in what is, as the hon. Lady says, a devastating situation. We have a Minister from the Department for Work and Pensions here today, who I know will take note of what she said. More broadly, we are spending nearly £3.6 billion on carer’s allowance every year. However, I think that we all recognise the responsibility we have, as a Government and a...

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (12 Oct 2017)

Justine Greening: Last month, I was delighted to be able to speak at the Financial Times Women at the Top summit, urging business leaders to fast-track their plans to address their gender pay gaps. Similarly, on a separate matter, we will mark the centenary of voting rights being extended to women for the first time, by creating a new £5 million fund to help celebrate this landmark occasion. That will...

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (12 Oct 2017)

Justine Greening: We can be proud of this country’s record on not only fighting torture abroad and improving human rights but being a sanctuary and home for asylum seekers. In relation to the court case the hon. Gentleman mentioned, I have no doubt that Ministers are looking at the judgment carefully and will want to address the issues it raises.

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (12 Oct 2017)

Justine Greening: As my right hon. Friend points out, we have taken a range of steps already, but the recent report highlights again how significant an issue this is for young people now. As social media becomes a staple part of young people’s lives to a greater and greater extent, those risks will only grow. She will be aware that we are trying to make sure that the guidance that we provide to schools...

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (12 Oct 2017)

Justine Greening: Schools already have discretion over how they can use their funding. If they want to make sanitary products available to disadvantaged students, they are free to do so. The House will recognise that the issue goes far wider than the role of schools: it is also about making sure that parents understand the need to play their role in educating their children and, separately, the clear-cut duty...

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (12 Oct 2017)

Justine Greening: The work of the Careers & Enterprise Company will be vital in making sure that employers are plugged into schools and helping to shape careers advice at a much earlier stage, including in primary schools, than in the past. It is welcome that we are now truly building that pipeline of women who will be able to go into those careers. I opened the National College for High Speed Rail earlier...

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (12 Oct 2017)

Justine Greening: As I said, this is clearly an important area, but we have to recognise that we need to allow schools some discretion about how they deal with this alongside a range of other specific issues that the pupils that they teach may face. I do not agree with the hon. Lady; I do think that parents have a responsibility to play their role in making sure that children understand how to approach adult life.

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (12 Oct 2017)

Justine Greening: My hon. Friend is quite right. He will be aware that our opportunity area work—bearing in mind the communities in which it is being done—is doing a lot to address those issues. We have excellent data in the Department for Education to enable us to look at where we are doing well at improving outcomes for white working-class boys, but we absolutely have to do a lot better. That is...


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