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Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (8 Feb 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: I continue to be grateful to the hon. Lady and to her colleague, the hon. Member for Brent Central (Dawn Butler), for their contribution to the formulation of what I think will be a game changer for Parliament. They have both been stalwarts, as have all the other members of the working group. It has been an extraordinary and very concentrated piece of work, and I think we can all be proud of...

Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (8 Feb 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: My right hon. Friend raises two issues that were debated at enormous length within the working group. She will appreciate that much of the evidence that we took demonstrated the importance of putting the complainant at the heart of this procedure, making sure that we created a sufficiently safe space for people to feel that they could come forward with their complaint and not find themselves...

Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (8 Feb 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his comments, and I thank him and the Scottish National party for their unstinting support and determination to see this progress. He is right to raise the fact that we put aside any political differences. I would like particularly to pay tribute to the staff members of the working group, who contributed in a totally constructive way to getting the...

Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (8 Feb 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: Training was another area on which the working group had lengthy discussions. I can see my friends on the working group inwardly groaning—“Not training again.” We discussed the need for extensive training to be made available. Of course, we were not just considering issues around complaints about sexual harassment and bullying. We were also dealing with issues raised by...

Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (8 Feb 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: I am grateful to the right hon. and learned Lady. She has, over decades, shown her commitment to equality, fairness and justice in this place. I am glad to hear that she is pleased with the work we have put to paper. I assure her that I am committed to seeing this through, as I know are other members of the working group. It is absolutely our intention to put the complainant at the heart of...

Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (8 Feb 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: I am very grateful to my hon. Friend, the Chairman of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, for his Committee’s contribution. It made a very useful written submission with recommendations on the establishment of a joint committee, with staff representation, to review the workings once this system is up and running. I am very sympathetic to that idea, and the...

Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (8 Feb 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: I am so grateful to the hon. Lady, who has been so diligent in ensuring that we come to the right decision. She is tempting me to go back into some of the debates we had in our sessions. I share her concern. We want to invite all Members across this House—in fact, everybody who works in this place—to properly understand what it is to treat one another with dignity and respect. So...

Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (8 Feb 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: My right hon. Friend will appreciate that this has been an incredibly difficult balancing act. All of us on the working group made it clear that the commitment to protecting the interests of the complainant would be at the heart of this. That means very often that the complainant does not want to and will not come forward with a complaint if they then run the risk of being hounded in the...

Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (8 Feb 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: I agree entirely with the hon. Gentleman that it is important to have ultimate sanctions. It is obviously for individual perpetrators to make a decision about whether to resign or retire, but it is absolutely the intention of the new procedure that they will and can be forced to do so, regardless of who they are and what their role is in this place. In answer to the hon. Gentleman’s...

Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (8 Feb 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: Yes. The new procedure is designed to cover all the people who work in this place—all pass holders—and indeed those who work in our constituency offices, with the exception for the time being of House staff because they are already subject to the respect policy agreed some time ago, which protects them from issues of bullying and harassment. We have agreed with the House...

Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (8 Feb 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: I am very sympathetic to what the hon. Gentleman is saying. This procedure seeks to change the culture in this place. We all have our own personal opinions about different activities—what is right and what is wrong—but what is very important is how the complainant feels. By having this independent procedure, it will be possible for an individual to go and talk to somebody to...

Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (8 Feb 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: Is that a question from you to me, Mr Speaker, because I had already replied to the hon. Member for Rhondda?

Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (8 Feb 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: First, I thank the hon. Member for East Dunbartonshire (Jo Swinson) for her absolute commitment to the success of the working group. She was also very diligent and very focused. I thought her outing on the “Today” programme this morning was brilliant and also rather funny. Colleagues will notice that there was a little sting in the tail. The hon. Gentleman asked whether there...

Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (8 Feb 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: The hon. Gentleman is exactly right, and that goes to the heart of the challenge of ensuring that the complainant’s desire not to be all over the newspapers and social media is respected and upheld. The two services—one dealing with sexual harassment and the other with bullying and intimidation—will be independent and procured by the House authorities on behalf of the House,...

Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (8 Feb 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: First, I thank the hon. Member for Belfast South (Emma Little Pengelly) for her contribution. She had a different perspective on this working group and she has been incredibly constructive all the way through. The hon. Gentleman mentions staff in this place. One key piece of evidence that we took is that staff feel a strong need for proper HR guidance to be made available to them. A number...

Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (8 Feb 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: I am pleased to announce the publication today of the report on an independent complaints and grievance policy. In this week of celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage, it is right that we recognise the bravery of those in the suffrage movement and praise the great strides we have taken in our politics and our society over the past 100 years. But we are also all too aware of the...

Business of the House (8 Feb 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: The provisional business for the week commencing 19 February will include: Monday 19 February—The House will not be sitting. Tuesday 20 February—Second Reading of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [Lords]. Wednesday 21 February—Remaining stages of the Finance (No.2) Bill. Thursday 22 February—Debate on a motion on the role of disabled people in economic...

Business of the House (8 Feb 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for the series of questions that she put to me. In response to her requests for letters, I will write to her on several of the points that she raised, to which I do not have the specific answers to hand. Through the usual channels, we will, of course, as soon as possible give the summer recess dates, and, as the hon. Lady knows, a list of ministerial...

Business of the House (8 Feb 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: As ever, my hon. Friend has raised a question that is of huge interest to the United Kingdom, a nation of genuine animal lovers. I am proud of the fact that we have some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world. We do not believe that changing the law in the UK would make a significant difference, but we absolutely agree that making people aware of the situation and allowing them...

Business of the House (8 Feb 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his series of questions. He asked first about the economic analysis of the impact of Brexit on different parts of the United—United!—Kingdom. He will be aware that a room in Parliament Street has been made available to Members who wish to look at that analysis. He will also be aware that it was early analysis, and had not been seen by Ministers. The...


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