Results 101–120 of 6119 for speaker:Maria Miller

Criminal Justice Bill (28 Nov 2023)

Maria Miller: It is a great pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull North (Dame Diana Johnson). She knows that I very much agree with the sentiment that she has just expressed around the criminalisation of women who are in one of the most difficult situations. In years gone by, people who took their own lives were subject to the criminal law. We have seen the error of our ways and...

Criminal Justice Bill (28 Nov 2023)

Maria Miller: Let me confirm that I was talking about rough sleeping. The antisocial behaviour action plan, which is cited in the explanatory notes, to provide the support that is needed is vague, and I hope that the Minister will reassure us that far more support will be given to local authorities if these measures come through, to make sure that they have effective provisions in place. I will speed up,...

Criminal Justice Bill (28 Nov 2023)

Maria Miller: I thank my right hon. Friend and his colleagues for their fantastic work in implementing the Law Commission’s review in this area. It really is a testament to the Government that they have done that. However, some victims of intimate image abuse face another issue, because their images are still legally online and have not been taken down by some website providers. Will my right hon. Friend...

International Development White Paper (21 Nov 2023)

Maria Miller: I very much welcome this White Paper, which reiterates the importance of eliminating gender-based violence. Last week I worked with parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth, thanks to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and my right hon. Friend’s Department, and we resolved that there is a real need for international leadership to effectively challenge what are still called...

International Men's Day — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (21 Nov 2023)

Maria Miller: It is interesting that the hon. Lady has brought up the amount of time that men take off for parental leave. There is also data that would suggest that even when more paid parental leave is available, it is not taken up because of a fear that both men and women feel: if we take time off around pregnancy, we are in some way letting people down. The hon. Lady, as somebody who has had children,...

International Men's Day — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (21 Nov 2023)

Maria Miller: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies, in this debate on International Men’s Day. It is a particular pleasure to pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Don Valley (Nick Fletcher) for securing this debate, and for making such an important contribution. My hon. Friend is absolutely right to highlight the way in which gender stereotypes are harmful to men...

International Men's Day — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (21 Nov 2023)

Maria Miller: I think my hon. Friend is probably thinking about something different. The gender pay gap is about looking at groups of people who earn differently for doing the same thing in their workplace. It is not about pay levels—pay rates for the individual. If my hon. Friend looks at the data available now, he will see that the gender pay gap has actually disappeared for groups of men and women in...

Making Britain a Clean Energy Superpower ( 9 Nov 2023)

Maria Miller: I warmly welcome this historic King’s Speech and the “clean energy superpower” theme of today’s debate. As the House will imagine, I will also look at the broader context within which this King’s Speech has to be viewed. Before I go on to that, I wish to pick up on the comments of the right hon. Member for Doncaster North (Edward Miliband). I did agree with one thing he said: we...

Making Britain a Clean Energy Superpower ( 9 Nov 2023)

Maria Miller: If he does not, people will judge him all the more badly for that. As I said, I warmly welcome this historic King’s Speech, which comes at a time when the challenges our country faces are starting to crystallise. We have had three major impacts to our economy in the past few years, and the doorstep conversations we were having at the time of the last general election in 2019 were nothing...

Making Britain a Clean Energy Superpower ( 9 Nov 2023)

Maria Miller: The hon. Gentleman makes a good point. I heard a great deal about the importance of hydrogen to our future on my recent trip to Canada as the Prime Minister’s trade envoy. There are a lot of complications associated with hydrogen and we need to do more work on it, but the hon. Gentleman is right to say that good things, such as those that he mentions, can be eclipsed by the Opposition’s...

Making Britain a Clean Energy Superpower ( 9 Nov 2023)

Maria Miller: My hon. Friend makes an important point. When I speak to companies in Canada that are developing lithium mines and looking at mining rare earth metals, we talk about the importance of supporting indigenous people and of proper training. We should be doing business with countries that take the issues around modern slavery, which my hon. Friend raises, very seriously. That will be taken into...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Question (24 Oct 2023)

Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to strengthen the UK's relationship with Commonwealth countries.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Topical Questions (24 Oct 2023)

Maria Miller: Strong parliamentary democracy is crucial to the Commonwealth, and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association has a central role as one of the oldest Commonwealth institutions, with you as one of our co-presidents, Mr Speaker. My right hon. Friend’s Department acknowledges that new legislation is needed to recognise the CPA as an international interparliamentary organisation, to keep it...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: UN Commission on the Status of Women (20 Oct 2023)

Maria Miller: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2023 to Question 195825 on UN Commission on the Status of Women, what process was used to appoint the UK Youth Delegate to UN Commission on the Status of Women; how many applications were received for that position; and what the gender was of the successful applicant.

Online Safety Bill: Clause 82 - General duties of OFCOM under section 3 of the Communications Act (12 Sep 2023)

Maria Miller: I pay tribute to the way my hon. Friend has focused on this issue through so many months and years. Does she agree that, in light of the assurances that she has had from the Minister, this is just the sort of issue that either a stand-alone committee or some kind of scrutiny group could keep an eye on? If those guidelines do not work as the Minister is hoping, the action she has suggested...

Online Safety Bill: Clause 82 - General duties of OFCOM under section 3 of the Communications Act (12 Sep 2023)

Maria Miller: This Bill may well have been with us since April 2021 and been subject to significant change, but it remains a Bill about keeping people safer online and it remains groundbreaking. I welcome it back after scrutiny in the Lords and join others in paying tribute to those who have campaigned for social media platforms to release information following the death of a child. I am pleased that some...

Justice: Violence against Women and Girls (12 Sep 2023)

Maria Miller: To tackle violence against women and girls, we need a criminal justice system that works. Part of that is having laws that are up to date to deal with the issues that women face today. I had the pleasure of working with my right hon. Friend the Minister on amendments to the Online Safety Bill that will make it a criminal offence to post intimate images online without consent, but he, I and...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: UN Commission on the Status of Women: Young People (11 Sep 2023)

Maria Miller: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, which Department is responsible for appointing the UK Youth Delegate to UN Commission on the Status of Women; what the process is for the appointment; and which Minister is responsible for this process.

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: UN Commission on the Status of Women: Young People (11 Sep 2023)

Maria Miller: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when the Youth Delegate for the 68th UN Commission on the Status of Women will be announced.

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: UN Commission on the Status of Women: Young People (11 Sep 2023)

Maria Miller: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many applications were received for the position of Youth Delegate for the UN Commission on the Status of Women in 2023.


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