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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 Commons Minister is responsible for the UK's participation in the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

Energy Bill [Lords]: New Clause 52 - Revenue certainty scheme for sustainable aviation fuel producers: consultation and report ( 5 Sep 2023)

Maria Miller: My right hon. Friend talks about the importance of taking people with us. More wind power will need more energy storage so that we can smooth out for the times when the wind is not blowing. Does he agree that the sort of lithium ion battery storage plants that are proliferating in our country are in need of proper permitting? My new clause 37, which I have been discussing with my hon. Friend...

Non-disclosure Agreements in the Workplace — [Rushanara Ali in the Chair] ( 5 Sep 2023)

Maria Miller: To sum up briefly, I thank everybody who has taken the time to be here today, including the Minister; I know he has, importantly, strong feelings about this subject and he is a good advocate for us. The debate has shown that the misuse of NDAs is a matter not of party politics, but of fairness, justice and the rule of law. All political parties in this place subscribe to that, and I know...

Non-disclosure Agreements in the Workplace — [Rushanara Ali in the Chair] ( 5 Sep 2023)

Maria Miller: The Minister wants to do the right thing. He wants to be a role model; he wants to be a good employer; he wants to set the tone. Will he meet me and Can’t Buy My Silence and consider signing its voluntary agreement to stop the use of NDAs? Surely the Government can lead the way on this.

Non-disclosure Agreements in the Workplace — [Rushanara Ali in the Chair] ( 5 Sep 2023)

Maria Miller: I want to reflect on the hon. Lady’s response to the Minister. Time is very tight, but does the hon. Lady agree that part of the problem is the lack of transparency about whether clauses are legally enforceable? Employers can, maybe unintentionally, mislead their employees into thinking that they cannot speak out. Unfortunately, we are not all lawyers, and sometimes we err on the side of...

Non-disclosure Agreements in the Workplace — [Rushanara Ali in the Chair] ( 5 Sep 2023)

Maria Miller: I thank the hon. Lady for giving way and for her support today. She talks about the importance of protecting reputations. The reason why employers sometimes say that they want a non-disclosure agreement signed is that it will save an individual leaving a company and starting to talk badly about those left behind. Surely, we already have laws on defamation that cover that, so that is not a...

Non-disclosure Agreements in the Workplace — [Rushanara Ali in the Chair] ( 5 Sep 2023)

Maria Miller: I beg to move, That this House has considered the use of non-disclosure agreements in the workplace. It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship this afternoon, Ms Ali, for this important debate on the use of non-disclosure agreements in the workplace. I will start by talking about the importance of every one of us—each and every citizen of our country—to the productiveness of...

Non-disclosure Agreements in the Workplace — [Rushanara Ali in the Chair] ( 5 Sep 2023)

Maria Miller: The hon. Member makes an important point about the use of NDAs by large public bodies. He mentioned the BBC, and I could go on to mention other media organisations. Indeed, NDAs have been used routinely in this place in the past. Mr Speaker and others, however, have ensured that that practice has stopped—it is possible to stop such things, if there is a will from the top. The Government...

Non-disclosure Agreements in the Workplace — [Rushanara Ali in the Chair] ( 5 Sep 2023)

Maria Miller: The hon. Gentleman brings up an important point. How employees are treated goes to the very heart of the culture of an organisation; we can judge an organisation on how it treats the people who work for it. My strong feeling is that we need to show leadership on the issue of NDAs. We need to make it clear from this place that such agreements have no place in the British workplace. It is...

Non-disclosure Agreements in the Workplace — [Rushanara Ali in the Chair] ( 5 Sep 2023)

Maria Miller: I thank the right hon. and learned Lady, the Mother of the House, for those kind words of support. This is not a political issue; that is really important. I couched my opening statement in terms of productivity because what really offends me to the core is that good people are being put out of employment for the wrong reasons. That often undermines their confidence and career in a way that...

Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete in Education Settings ( 4 Sep 2023)

Maria Miller: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right to put the safety of children first and to take a cautious approach, but I know from speaking to headteachers in my constituency that her Department has been speaking to schools about RAAC and how to mitigate it not just for weeks or months, but for years. One of my schools, in Cranbourne in Basingstoke, already has in place a plan with her Department...

Offences against the Person Act 1861 (Sentencing Guidelines) (19 Jul 2023)

Maria Miller: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require the Sentencing Council to issue sentencing guidelines in respect of sections 58 and 59 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861; and for connected purposes. I will start by saying what the Bill is not doing, to avoid any misunderstandings. It is not removing sections 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861; it...

HPV Vaccinations (19 Jul 2023)

Maria Miller: As all parties are present, we will move seamlessly on to our next debate.

Universal Credit Deductions — [Dame Maria Miller in the Chair] (19 Jul 2023)

Maria Miller: We come to the last Back-Bench speech and will then move to Front-Bench contributions at 10.28 am.

Universal Credit Deductions — [Dame Maria Miller in the Chair] (19 Jul 2023)

Maria Miller: It is a little warm in here today, so if Members want to remove their jackets, that is perfectly allowable.

Universal Credit Deductions — [Dame Maria Miller in the Chair] (19 Jul 2023)

Maria Miller: I remind Members that they need to be here for the full debate if they are going to take part. I was also going to ask Members to bob if they want to take part; I thank Members for doing that. I call Jim Shannon.

Electronic Travel Authorisation: Northern Ireland (18 Jul 2023)

Maria Miller: I will call Stephen Farry to move the motion, and then I will call the Minister to respond. As is the convention for 30-minute debates, there will not be an opportunity for the Member in charge to wind up.

Radiotherapy: Accessibility — [Dame Maria Miller in the Chair] (18 Jul 2023)

Maria Miller: Before we start, may I point out that there will be some videoing by the education department? Please do not be distracted. The Doorkeepers are aware and the video will simply be used to illustrate how a Westminster Hall sitting works, so just ignore it.


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