Results 1–20 of 242 for speaker:Emma Little Pengelly

Childcare Vouchers — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (15 Jan 2018)

Emma Little Pengelly: Although I welcome the fact that female participation in the workforce is at record high levels of about 70%, male participation in the same age cohort is about 79% to 80%—a significant gap. The Minister has outlined the targeting of measures at those most in need, but has the Treasury given consideration to the productivity gap between males and females? Research has indicated that a...

Childcare Vouchers — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (15 Jan 2018)

Emma Little Pengelly: I welcome this debate. I will speak from a Northern Ireland perspective and contribute to it in that regard, but many of the issues are relevant across the United Kingdom. In Northern Ireland, as across the rest of the UK, childcare costs are one of the most significant challenges faced by young and working families. Affordable childcare comes up time and time again when I talk to parents,...

Defence (11 Jan 2018)

Emma Little Pengelly: I strongly agree with everything the hon. Gentleman has said. We must support our brave men and women in our armed forces in every way we can, particularly in equipping them sufficiently. I know he would agree with me that it is critical to support our armed forces personnel after they leave and to resource such support properly. There is one part of the United Kingdom that does not have...

International Trade: Trade Deals: Non-EU Countries (11 Jan 2018)

Emma Little Pengelly: Concerns have been raised that the transitional arrangements may lead to significant changes to the detriment of the United Kingdom. Will the Secretary of State confirm that he is not intending to make any significant or substantive changes to any of the transitional arrangements?

Women and Equalities: Apprenticeships (11 Jan 2018)

Emma Little Pengelly: As in the rest of the United Kingdom, barriers to access are a problem for women in Northern Ireland. Will the Minister outline what engagement she and her officials have undertaken with Departments and agencies in Northern Ireland to identify best practice and to try to find workable solutions to eliminate such barriers?

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Emma Little Pengelly: I welcome the Bill and its provisions. Along with the setting up of the new trade dispute mechanisms and enhanced trade information powers in relation to HMRC, the Bill is about protecting the UK against regression. It is about compounding and securing where we are now. To some, that may sound a little dull in ambition, but it is undoubtedly absolutely necessary and, in my view, is a prudent...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Emma Little Pengelly: Unfortunately I will not, as time is really tight. I want briefly to touch on two issues. The first relates to clause 7 and the additional reporting requirements to HMRC. There are many farmers and businesses around the border, and I say to the Minister that we do not want to create even greater burdens for them in this regard. Secondly, and in conclusion, I want to highlight the difficult...

Parole Board and Victim Support (9 Jan 2018)

Emma Little Pengelly: I also welcome the Lord Chancellor to his new position. The victims and survivors of sexual assault and rape continue to suffer the legacy of hurt and trauma for many decades and often a lifetime, which is why many people are appalled that this man will be walking the streets again after a mere nine years. I welcome what the Lord Chancellor has said about transparency, but will he give a...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Northern Ireland Government (20 Dec 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: What plans he has to ensure that democratic accountability is maintained in Northern Ireland in the absence of an Assembly and Executive.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Females (19 Dec 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what meetings his Department has held with women born on or after 6 April 1950 who are affected by changes to the state pension age in the 1995 and 2011 Pension Acts to discuss proposals for a non-means-tested solution for all women.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Social Services: Northern Ireland (19 Dec 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the future sustainability of the social care sector in Northern Ireland when providers and those in receipt of personal budgets have to fund historical liabilities for sleep-in shifts.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Social Services: Northern Ireland (19 Dec 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about the sustainability of the social care sector in Northern Ireland when providers and those in receipt of personal budgets have to fund historical liabilities for sleep-in shifts.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Social Services: Northern Ireland (19 Dec 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received about the sustainability of the social care sector in Northern Ireland when providers and those in receipt of personal budgets have to fund historical liabilities for sleep-in shifts.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Social Services: Northern Ireland (19 Dec 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about the sustainability of the social care sector in Northern Ireland when providers and those in receipt of personal budgets have to fund historical liabilities for sleep-in shifts.

European Council (18 Dec 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: The Democratic Unionist party has long been a strong supporter of the people of Gibraltar. Can the Minister give a strong and clear commitment today that the people of Gibraltar will not be excluded from any transitional arrangements that may be agreed between the United Kingdom and the European Union?

Brexit Negotiations (11 Dec 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: I thank the Prime Minister for her strong statement of support for Northern Ireland as an integral part of the United Kingdom. Businesses in Northern Ireland do not want a hard border, and we in the DUP are fully committed to working closely with the Prime Minister to find solutions and a good outcome in relation to that. However, will the Prime Minister confirm and commit that, in finding...

Income Tax (Charge) (22 Nov 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for the opportunity to contribute to this important debate. We have heard considerable pessimism from Opposition Members, but I rise to welcome the Chancellor’s statement. In particular, I welcome the increased investment across the United Kingdom, which will bring an additional £660 million of benefit to Northern Ireland. That is much needed,...

Income Tax (Charge) (22 Nov 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: I have only three minutes left, so I will not get into that specific issue, save to say that very many MLAs across Northern Ireland are working hard to try to restore government in Northern Ireland and to deliver for people in very difficult circumstances, but the entirety of Northern Ireland is being held to ransom—health and education are being held to ransom. This is all the more...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Foreign Direct Investment (15 Nov 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: On devolution, the political parties collectively agreed in 2007 to throw their weight behind the important work of growing Northern Ireland’s economy, achieving particular success in foreign direct investment. In the absence of devolved Ministers due to Sinn Féin’s continued refusal to get back into government and deliver for the people of Northern Ireland, will the Minister...

Miscellaneous: Northern Ireland Budget Bill (13 Nov 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: I wish to make some short remarks. What we are doing today is necessary, but this is a deeply disappointing day for Northern Ireland, particularly as since devolution in 2007 so many people have worked incredibly hard to build the peace and democratic stability in the Province, both publicly and privately, politically and in relation to civic society. Today is a disappointing day, given the...


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