Results 1–20 of 1593 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Penny Mordaunt

Women and Equalities: STEM Careers (17 May 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I am delighted to be here in my new role as Minister for Women and Equalities on International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, and I hope all Members of this House will show their support to that cause today. The Government have committed in our careers strategy to improving information and guidance on STEM careers. We are also raising awareness of the...

Women and Equalities: STEM Careers (17 May 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: I will certainly do that. My hon. Friend can take that message very strongly to the meeting she is about to attend, and I thank her for the work she is doing to promote these careers and qualifications to girls. We fund the Stimulating Physics Network, which provides schools with the means to improve progression to physics A-level. The network provides activities specifically to increase the...

Women and Equalities: STEM Careers (17 May 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: I agree so much that I signed up myself. I pay tribute to the armed forces for the work they have done in recent years, in particular the RAF, some of whose initiatives have been pioneering. I would like to see more women serving in our armed forces; our armed forces will be operationally better if that is the case.

Women and Equalities: Protected Characteristics: Caste (17 May 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: Our public consultation on how best to ensure that there is appropriate and proportionate legal protection against caste discrimination ran for six months last year. We received more than 16,000 responses, which demonstrates how important this matter is to some groups and communities, and we will respond in due course.

Women and Equalities: Protected Characteristics: Caste (17 May 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: I understand my hon. Friend’s frustration. He has really championed this issue for a long time. I have already agreed to meet him, and I am very happy to do so, but I can reassure him that previous holders of this post have already briefed me and that this matter is receiving my immediate attention.

Women and Equalities: Protected Characteristics: Caste (17 May 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: I will be happy to do that, and I would like to do it swiftly. I want to ensure that we take absolutely the right decision. The responses to the consultation were heavily weighted towards one outcome, but I want to know the case law and all the arguments before we take any decision.

Women and Equalities: Leaving the EU: Effect on Women (17 May 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: I have regular meetings and discussions with ministerial colleagues about the UK’s exit from the European Union. As we leave the EU, we are committed to retaining the rights of workers and all the protections of the Equality Acts of 2006 and 2010, including those that particularly benefit women.

Women and Equalities: Leaving the EU: Effect on Women (17 May 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: I can give them that assurance. Protections will still exist in our law, and we will have a dividend from leaving the EU, so we can choose what to spend that money on. It is wrong to scare people with the suggestion that equalities will somehow be watered down.

Women and Equalities: Gender Recognition Act 2004 (17 May 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: The Government Equalities Office will publish a consultation on the 2004 Act shortly. Our national LGBT survey received more than 100,000 responses and we are using the results to shape the questions in the consultation.

Women and Equalities: Gender Recognition Act 2004 (17 May 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: I would be very happy to send that message from this Dispatch Box today. It is crucial that as we consult and discuss sensitive issues we do so in a climate of respect, empathy and understanding. Anything that runs counter to that must cease.

Women and Equalities: Gender Recognition Act 2004 (17 May 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: If this long-awaited consultation is to have impact and be of good use, it should consult on a wide range of issues, some of which should be the non-binary issues.

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (17 May 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: Some 16% of the population is disabled, but their representation in our Parliaments, Assemblies and councils is far too low. It is primarily political parties’ responsibility to support their candidates properly, just as they must also support disabled employees. That is why I am announcing today that over the next 12 months my Department will, with others, undertake a programme of...

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (17 May 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: Although the demand for civil partnerships has tailed off since my right hon. Friend’s efforts were brought to bear on that Bill, they are extremely valued by some people, and others would also like the opportunity to have a civil partnership. We are looking into the issue and have commissioned some additional research into opinions on and attitudes towards civil partnerships, but...

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (17 May 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: I thank the hon. Lady for her welcome. We do need to stabilise the work of the GEO and to increase what we are doing on the equalities agenda across the Government. We have done some tremendous things in recent years, and we need to build on that work if we are really to address inequalities, not only in the policy areas for which I am directly responsible but across the Government, including...

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (17 May 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: I thank my hon. Friend for his question. There are some good tie-ups between the work of the Department for International Development and the Women and Equalities role. I hope that I will be able to help both Departments by being the joint Minister. We spend around £1 billion on education, half of which is specifically to help girls to access good-quality education. Most recently, we...

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (17 May 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: One thing that I have been conscious of is how the progress that we have made on these issues and on wider issues has been a catalyst for change in other countries all around the world. We in the UK have a very important role to play. Let me give Members one example. At the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government summit, our Prime Minister used the key part of her plenary session to champion...

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (17 May 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: I have been aware of this issue for some time, from a previous brief, and I can tell my hon. Friend that the commission is currently going through a tailored review that will look at the structures it has in place to represent and hear the views of disabled people and enable commissioners to focus on their needs and rights.

Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill: Duty to grant old-style secure tenancies: victims of domestic abuse (8 May 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: indicated assent. The House forthwith resolved itself into the Legislative Grand Committee (England) ( Standing Order No. 83M). [Dame Rosie Winterton in the Chair]

Syria (30 Apr 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: I thank the hon. Lady for her warm words at the start of her response. We are doing many things to ensure that we and the international community have the funding we need to alleviate the immense suffering being endured by the Syrian people. The first part of our contribution is obviously asking others to lean in, so my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Middle East and I have been asking...

Syria (30 Apr 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: Turkey is a key NATO ally—I hope my right hon. Friend would want me to describe it as such—and it is supporting an enormous number of refugees. I very much understand his concern on this issue. The way we distribute aid is based on need, and we obviously have protections to ensure it is distributed as it should be. The main obstacle to that happening is access to particular areas,...


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