Voter Registration (No. 2) Bill - 2nd reading – Peter Bone.
Peter Bone: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to Answer of 23 November 2017 to Question 902535, on Equal Pay, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of requiring all larger employers to publish their gender pay gap on reducing that pay gap.
Peter Bone: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment the Government has made of the principal reasons for the current size of the gender wage gap.
Peter Bone: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what the evidential basis is for the Government using positive action to reduce the gender wage gap.
Peter Bone: I came to the Chamber today thinking that we were going to leave the European Union on 29 March 2019 and that the whole House agreed. We now know from the Leader of the Opposition that Labour wants to stay in indefinitely. Will the Prime Minister confirm that we will come out in 473 days’ time and that that date will be put in the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill?
Peter Bone: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of maternity leave on the gender wage gap?
Peter Bone: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of proposing gender quotas for businesses.
Peter Bone: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, relating to that very issue. As you rightly say, Sir, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union appeared before the Select Committee this morning, and it has considered the matter, but we have not yet finished our deliberations. I did not want the impression to be given that we had already done that.
Peter Bone: When the British people voted to leave the European super-state, they voted to end the free movement of people, to stop sending billions and billions of pounds to the EU each and every year, and to make our laws in our own country, judged by our own judges. Are we still on course to deliver that? If we have a problem, would it help if I came over to Brussels with the Prime Minister to sort it out?
Peter Bone: Did you notice, Mr Speaker, that the shadow Minister, just at the end of his question, committed the Labour party to dropping 29 March 2019 as the date on which we come out of the European Union? Will the Secretary of State confirm that it is the Government’s policy that we are definitely coming out by 29 March 2019?
Peter Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to encourage greater collaboration between investment in life sciences and innovative medicines in the NHS.
Peter Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of decreasing NHS spending on pharmaceuticals on the attractiveness of the UK as a location for research and development.
Peter Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the UK's relationaship with the European Medicines Agency after the UK leaves the EU.
Peter Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what new opportunities will be available to the life sciences sector after the UK leaves the EU.
Peter Bone: I am grateful to all the Members who have come along to listen to the petition, particularly my hon. Friend the Member for Corby (Tom Pursglove), whose constituency is also affected by this dreadful proposal for a factory-style American chicken farm in Higham and Rushden. As a result of this outrageous proposal, 540,000 chickens will be slaughtered every 39 days. The lead petitioners are...
Peter Bone: In the light of the county council’s financial situation, would the Minister be keen to look at emerging proposals from across Northamptonshire about how local government might be better restructured?
Peter Bone: A very important day, Sir: your birthday next year.
Peter Bone: My hon. Friend, as usual, is introducing a very important Bill. In Northamptonshire, everyone seems to agree that there should be reorganisation, but the individual councils cannot agree what form that should take. How would the Bill help in that regard?