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Opposition Day — [16th Allotted Day] — Student Maintenance Grants (19 Jan 2016)

Rupa Huq: Until my election in May, I had spent all my adult life in universities, from being the recipient of a full grant, with my fees entirely paid, in 1990 at Cambridge University to teaching at Kingston University until my election. I have also taught at a red-brick university. I contend that at all these categories of university—all seats of learning in this country—the student bodies will...

[Philip Davies in the Chair] — Small Businesses: Tax Reporting (25 Jan 2016)

Rupa Huq: The hon. Lady’s point reminds of a comment made by Richard Morse, the FSB’s representative in my area, who said that HMRC did not seem to realise that a lot of businesses in my constituency were sole traders and that the person doing the accounts—there is no separate accounts department—was also generating the business and doing the work. He fears that the proposed system will eat...

[Philip Davies in the Chair] — Small Businesses: Tax Reporting (25 Jan 2016)

Rupa Huq: My hon. Friend’s point reminds of something that Andrew Dakers, who is from West London Business in my constituency, has said: “One can only assume the measure is being planned to speed up tax receipts, which is a duff basis for policy-making in this area.” Will my hon. Friend comment on that?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Safety in Prisons (26 Jan 2016)

Rupa Huq: The report by the outgoing chief inspector of prisons quoted a member of staff at HMP Wormwood Scrubs as saying that one cell was so unsafe, “I wouldn’t keep a dog in there.” I know that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but will the Minister tell us what is being done to deal with the Tory prisons crisis?

Feminism in the School Curriculum (11 Jan 2016)

Rupa Huq: Last year’s AQA board A-level exam paper for politics included the question: “‘Legislation has failed to deliver equality of outcome in respect of gender and ethnicity.’ Discuss.” Given that the Department for Education’s draft revised version of the A-level politics course was published quietly last year with sections on feminism and gender equality removed, there is a real...

Feminism in the School Curriculum (11 Jan 2016)

Rupa Huq: I completely agree. You couldn’t make it up. “Minister for Women abolishes feminism from politics” does not make for a very good headline.

Feminism in the School Curriculum (11 Jan 2016)

Rupa Huq: My hon. Friend makes a very correct point, and anticipates part of my speech. Women’s studies should not just be for women; this matters to all of us. The proposed syllabus implies that women do not belong in politics and that their contributions are not significant. That toxic message has been condemned roundly by loads of people, including the girl guides, whom one would not usually think...

Feminism in the School Curriculum (11 Jan 2016)

Rupa Huq: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. One out of 16 means 94% are men, which implies that women account for 6%, which is shameful and shocking given that we are 50% of the population. As I say, there is a strange sense of déjà vu, because the Government have also caved in over women composers on the music syllabus, so this has happened twice. On this particular feminist issue, another...

Feminism in the School Curriculum (11 Jan 2016)

Rupa Huq: I completely agree with my hon. Friend. He makes an excellent point. Whenever I have school parties in and we do the Q and A session afterwards, the first thing they say is, “Why are there so few women here?” In some senses, we internalise this and treat it as normal because we work here every day, but to the outside world, the gender imbalance here is bizarre. In 2016, women’s...

Feminism in the School Curriculum (11 Jan 2016)

Rupa Huq: My hon. Friend puts it well. Jessy McCabe is with us this evening, and her e-petition—a very modern way of petitioning the Government—obtained nearly 4,000 signatures. When I pointed that out to the Prime Minister during Prime Minister’s questions, he congratulated her. However, that should not have been an afterthought. Why do these things go so far that they have to be brought back...

Feminism in the School Curriculum (11 Jan 2016)

Rupa Huq: I totally agree with my hon. Friend. When The Guardian had a women’s page, I often wondered whether that meant the rest of the newspaper was for men. When academic departments teach women’s studies, it makes me think, “Does that mean everything else is for men?” She makes a powerful point very well. It is true what they say: one should never go below the line, where the comments from...

Feminism in the School Curriculum (11 Jan 2016)

Rupa Huq: Before the Minister moves on to the sciences, will he say how many replies there were to the consultation? I am curious to know how many there were, if the figures of 50,000, and 4,000 on the other petition, are any indication, given that the Minister referred to the weight of opinion.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (21 Jan 2016)

Rupa Huq: I am proud that “Downton Abbey” was made in Ealing—the below-stairs servants quarters were in my constituency—but the series has now ended, so what are the Government doing to increase representation on and off-screen of the nation’s ethnic, regional and gender diversity so that the airwaves are not all dominated by the classes upstairs?

Gender Pricing (2 Feb 2016)

Rupa Huq: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Edward, and an honour to follow the right hon. Member for Basingstoke (Mrs Miller), who served with distinction as Minister for Women and Equalities. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Dewsbury (Paula Sherriff) on securing this important debate. She made her name with the tampon tax, which made waves even if it did not quite...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Workless Households (1 Feb 2016)

Rupa Huq: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Workless Households (1 Feb 2016)

Rupa Huq: Last week the bedroom tax was declared unlawful in the Court of Appeal because it discriminated against domestic violence victims and disabled children. However, the Government are set to spend more on appealing against the decision than they would spend on abiding by the ruling. Surely the Secretary of State agrees that that means poor value for the taxpayer, and that this despicable and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Food Waste (4 Feb 2016)

Rupa Huq: The Soil Association estimates that between 20% to 40% of UK fruit and veg is rejected before it even reaches the shop—it is deemed as being a kind of “wonky veg” because it fails to meet the supermarket’s strict cosmetic requirements. Will the Minister ensure that supermarkets and manufacturers transparently publish their supply chain waste—I think Tesco is doing that with food...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (4 Feb 2016)

Rupa Huq: London breached annual pollution limits just days into 2016, repeating what happened in 2015. The Government were forced by the Supreme Court to publish plans on reducing air pollution. Does the Secretary of State think that her Department is doing enough to tackle air pollution? It is projected that there will be five years of this in London.

[Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Preventing Violence Against Women: Role of Men (4 Feb 2016)

Rupa Huq: The hon. Gentleman is making a powerful speech. He talks about cuts to services. Does he agree that the Government are often clever in defraying those cuts on to local government? In my borough, Southall Black Sisters does very good work for black and minority ethnic communities on issues such as forced marriage, female genital mutilation and the impact of religion and culture. The...

[Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Preventing Violence Against Women: Role of Men (4 Feb 2016)

Rupa Huq: My hon. Friend is making a powerful speech. She referred to the courts. Last week, the Court of Appeal found against the bedroom tax for discriminating against domestic violence victims. Does she agree that it beggars belief that the Government seem more intent on fighting that decision than protecting those victims and compensating them?


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