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Pension Schemes (Conversion of Guaranteed Minimum Pensions) Bill (26 Nov 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: I thank the Minister for his support in this important matter. He touched on the ballot for private Members’ Bills. I was delighted to be one of the successful 20; I am sure any Member who puts in for the ballot is keen to come out as one of those 20. I am grateful to all Members who have spoken today for their valuable contributions: the hon. Members for Stourbridge (Suzanne Webb), for...

Pension Schemes (Conversion of Guaranteed Minimum Pensions) Bill (26 Nov 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: I just want to clarify that the rules around guaranteed minimum pensions are very complicated, so both men and women can lose out if pensions are not equalised because of indexation and revaluation. I am sure the Minister will cover that in his closing speech, but it is about two people. Sometimes women can have a higher pension and then the man will overtake it, or vice versa, because of the...

Pension Schemes (Conversion of Guaranteed Minimum Pensions) Bill (26 Nov 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. First, I want to congratulate the right hon. Member for North Somerset (Dr Fox) on the progression of his Down Syndrome Bill, which I very much support. My Bill makes changes to the legislation governing the way occupational pension schemes can convert guaranteed minimum pensions into other scheme benefits. The Bill is very technical...

Pension Schemes (Conversion of Guaranteed Minimum Pensions) Bill (26 Nov 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: The hon. Member is spot on; the change is well overdue. I will come to that, and I am sure that the Minister will answer that point too. I think the pension schemes have found some difficulties; as I say, I will come to that. It is important to be clear that no one will have money taken away from them as a result of the Bill when pensions are equalised. If it turns out that someone is...

Pension Schemes (Conversion of Guaranteed Minimum Pensions) Bill (26 Nov 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: I thank the hon. Member; I am not sure I agree wholeheartedly with all his intervention, but the Bill extends to England, Wales and Scotland, and Northern Ireland, as he mentioned, has asked to be covered by it as well. This particular Bill extends to the whole UK and I am happy that it includes Scotland as well, unlike the Bill of the right hon. Member for North Somerset, which only covers...

International Men’s Day — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (25 Nov 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: It is always a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Sharma. I thank the hon. Members for Don Valley (Nick Fletcher) and for Shipley (Philip Davies) for securing this important debate about last Friday’s International Men’s Day. I know the hon. Member for Shipley also sponsored last year’s debate on this topic in the main Chamber, and that he will be disappointed that he cannot...

Army Restructuring: Future Soldier (25 Nov 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: This year we have seen a lot of very valuable discussion about women’s safety and rights, and rightly so. Unfortunately, we also know the armed forces do not have the best record on these issues, so, on White Ribbon Day, will the Secretary of State confirm that these reforms will prioritise the safety of women soldiers and set out the steps being taken to do so?

Business of the House (25 Nov 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: Over the course of six weeks, more than 8,500 people in Rutherglen and Cambuslang in my constituency participated in the Beat the Street campaign. Collectively, they walked more than 118,000 miles—a huge achievement. Will the Leader of the House join me in congratulating everyone who got involved and schedule a debate in Government time on the benefits of exercise to physical and mental...

Independent Fan-led Review of Football Governance (25 Nov 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: The report suggests that the ban on drinking alcohol in the stands could be lifted. Although that may help to bolster club finances, it could have huge consequences for antisocial behaviour, particularly at big games when team rivalries can cause tensions to run high. Have the Government considered the impact that the ban’s removal could have? What measures would they put in place to...

Cabinet Office: Civil Service Jobs outside London (25 Nov 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: I believe that Ministers have previously shown interest in suitable office space in my constituency to house Cabinet Office staff. Will the Minister provide an update on any plans to open civil service offices in Rutherglen and Hamilton West or the surrounding areas? He just mentioned areas of regeneration. That is an area that is being regenerated by Clyde Gateway.

Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (25 Nov 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: I have previously written to the Minister for Defence People and Veterans about the delay that one of my constituents has experienced while waiting for a decision on his military pension. Will the Minister please look into this case and ensure that my constituent does not wait any longer than the year that has already elapsed since his application?

Written Answers — Treasury: Employers' Contributions (25 Nov 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what research his Department has commissioned on the impact of the rise in Employer National Contributions on (a) the employment rate and (b) wages.

Written Answers — Treasury: National Insurance (25 Nov 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department made, prior to the decision being taken, of the potential impact of the rise in Employer National Insurance Contributions on (a) the employment rate and (b) wages.

Written Answers — Treasury: Employment Allowance (25 Nov 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect on levels of (a) pay and (b) employment of raising employment allowance.

Written Answers — Treasury: National Insurance Contributions (25 Nov 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the proportion of payroll employee jobs effected by the rise in (a) employee ad (b) employer National Insurance Contributions from April 2022.

Written Answers — Treasury: Business: Employment (25 Nov 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will make an estimate of the potential number of (a) business exits, (b) insolvencies in 2022-23; and what assessment he has made of (i) the potential extent of business mergers and consolidation in 2022-23 in (ii) the effect of (A) business exits, (B) insolvencies and (C) business consolidation on employment rates.

Written Answers — Treasury: Living Wage and National Insurance (25 Nov 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the threshold number of full time equivalent employees on the (a) National Living Wage and (b) the average national wage that can be employed before an employer is liable to pay employer National Insurance Contributions from April 2022.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Skilled Workers (24 Nov 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the likely levels of discrepancy between the (a) skills and geographic location of people looking for work and (b) needs of employers (i) within sectors, (ii) between sectors and (iii) across the whole economy, following the lifting of covid-19 public health measures.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Life Sciences and Medicine: Finance (22 Nov 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to help ensure equitable distribution of funds between the (a) National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research and (b) broader life science and medical-related research sectors.


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