Parental Leave and Pay Arrangements (Publication) Bill - 2nd reading – Jo Swinson.
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of personal independence payment were required to return their mobility vehicle prior to receiving a mandatory reconsideration decision; and how many of those claimants were re-awarded the enhanced rate of the mobility component as a result of that reconsideration decision in each of the last three years.
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the consultation document on the potential requirement for employers with more than 250 staff to publish parental leave and pay policies.
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timeframe is to resolve the national shortage of EpiPen 0.3mg Auto-Injectors.
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for East Dunbartonshire of 19 April 2018, reference JS2981, on behalf of a constituent enquiry in relation to the Windrush Generation.
Jo Swinson: I am very glad that I can contribute to this debate, as it falls in the period when I am briefly back in the saddle before going off on a further period of leave in October. Colleagues will not be surprised that I, having introduced shared parental leave as a Minister, and Duncan have chosen to share caring for our new baby. I want to put on the record my sincere thanks to you, Mr Speaker,...
Jo Swinson: That really gave the lie to the line that this was some kind of honest mistake. It was, quite simply, a shameful act for the Government Chief Whip to ask a Member to break a pairing arrangement and for him to agree. It clearly was not an honest mistake, especially when it emerged that other MPs had also been asked to break their pair in those Divisions. I would say that, whether for reasons...
Jo Swinson: Absolutely, and that is part of the challenge. What should someone do if they are in the middle of a feed and the Division bell rings? Do they stand up and try not to disrupt their baby, or do they feed in the Lobby, as the hon. Lady did? When babies are a lot older it is easier to manage those things, but there is a reason why proxy voting would be so helpful for parents of very young...
Jo Swinson: What assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the reporting process on the gender pay gap.
Jo Swinson: I thank the Minister for that response. I congratulate her on the—almost suspicious—100% compliance, but I am sure the House will agree that that is good news. It is simply unfair that people earn less because they happen to be women, have brown skin, have a disability or come from a working-class background, yet there is clear evidence of pay gaps for all those characteristics....
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to improve the transparency of its Official Development Assistance after the publication of the Aid Transparency Index 2018.
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen on the time taken for humanitarian aid to reach Hodeidah port.
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support improvements in the efficiency of the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen.
Jo Swinson: What steps he is taking to ensure that large international technology companies pay an appropriate level of tax in the UK.
Jo Swinson: I thank the Minister for that answer. The fact that Amazon’s UK profits trebled, yet it ended up paying less tax, shows how the tax model is broken for large international tech companies. He said that the UK may act unilaterally if international progress is not made at sufficient pace. With the OECD report not expected until 2020, is he prepared to wait that long before starting to act?...
Jo Swinson: The Minister is talking about an implementation period, but is that not a misnomer? It is far from clear what we will actually be implementing. She is going to ask Parliament to sign off on a process when there is no detail of what our future trading relationship with the EU or anyone else is going to look like and when we will be giving up our negotiating power within the EU. Is it not just...
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to help the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to achieving a good or very good rating for the transparency of its aid spending by 2020.
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps her Department has taken to help increase the amount of food, medicine and fuel arriving at Hodeidah port.
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Canadian counterpart on trade relations between that country and Saudi Arabia; and if he will make a statement.
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to support his Canadian counterpart in promoting human rights across the Middle East.