Wera Hobhouse: Valuable and important as that exchange is, the point about the #HiddenHalf campaign is that often attention is diverted away, because the baby and the dad are there. #HiddenHalf is looking for quality time for the mother in particular. I want that space to be preserved, however much is done by the GP. It is important that a woman who has gone through the trauma that the Minister described is...
Wera Hobhouse: It is a real pleasure to serve under your chairship, Mr Davies. I congratulate the hon. Member for Stockton South (Dr Williams) on securing this excellent debate, which perfectly brings together my personal and political lives. I am a mother of four and, like the hon. Member for Canterbury (Rosie Duffield), I had them 20 years ago so I know what it feels like to have children completely...
Wera Hobhouse: rose—
Wera Hobhouse: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. During Exiting the European Union questions earlier, the Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, the hon. Member for Fareham (Suella Braverman), said: “Manufacturing is at a record high”. This is factually incorrect. The most recent figures from the Office for National Statistics show that in April manufacturing output...
Wera Hobhouse: A Minister.
Wera Hobhouse: Following on from that question, when will the Minister’s Department properly publish an impact assessment for all sectors on the impact of a no deal scenario, in contrast to the shambles that we saw at the end of last year?
Wera Hobhouse: Is that not exactly what President Trump is currently doing—building trade barriers, because he is putting up tariffs?
Wera Hobhouse: rose—
Wera Hobhouse: Does the right hon. and learned Gentleman share my suspicion that the proposals are designed to be so complicated and difficult that the EU will find it very hard to engage with them, so that time will go by and we will end up crashing out without a deal, as has always been the Government’s intention?
Wera Hobhouse: Will the Secretary of State give way?
Wera Hobhouse: I heard the most heart-breaking story a year ago from a Bath constituent about a CAFCASS worker. She felt that the social worker allocated to help her through the process was absolutely not sympathetic and seemed not to have had any of that training. Should the training not also include the social workers allocated to help women through the process? Should not women have the right to pick the...
Wera Hobhouse: I thank the hon. Lady for securing this incredibly important debate. Does she also agree that one problem in this country is that, still, only about 30% of judges are female? In other European countries the average is much more likely to be about 50%. In this country women often feel that their voices are not heard in that environment, thereby adding insult to injury. Terrible stories are...
Wera Hobhouse: The hon. Lady is being generous in giving way. A number of my constituents who have gone through traumatic and abusive divorces have raised concerns with me about the family court. Is it not terrible that women do not feel our legal system protects them at the time they are most vulnerable?
Wera Hobhouse: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which (a) Executive Agencies, (b) non-ministerial government departments and (c) non-departmental public bodies are accredited by the National Living Wage Foundation in relation to paying the real living wage.
Wera Hobhouse: Thank you, Mr Speaker. This Bill would not be needed if we remained in the customs union. The Government are repeating, like an old record, that, “Leaving the EU will transform us into global Britain, striking trade deals around the world. While striking them, we just carry over existing deals.” How realistic is that? Outside the EU, Britain is a much less attractive trading...
Wera Hobhouse: What assessment he has made of the effect on the services sector of the Government’s negotiating position for leaving the EU agreed on 6 July 2018.
Wera Hobhouse: The City of London Corporation said of the Brexit White Paper “the financial and related…services sector will be less able to create jobs, generate tax and support growth” across the wider economy. What discussions did the Government have with the services sector before the Chequers deal was signed off?
Wera Hobhouse: Malaysia.
Wera Hobhouse: Will the right hon. Lady give way?
Wera Hobhouse: Surely rules of origin checks are about not only tariffs, but environmental protection, for example. It is not just about the money; it is about where the products have come from, how they were produced, and whether they conform with what we believe in.