Dawn Butler: According to the Government’s own figures, with 200 right to buys being sold in Brent and replacement starts at zero, we are already in a deficit of 200 homes. With £450,000 being 20 times the average salary in Brent, does my right hon. Friend agree that we need to start building genuinely affordable homes for less than £450,000 as soon as possible?
Dawn Butler: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this important debate. Will he join me in congratulating UNICEF on its efforts to ensure that collections are co-ordinated? Although the media have not pursued things as vigorously as we would like, should not we appeal to the public to continue to collect funds and maintain a co-ordinated approach through UNICEF?
Dawn Butler: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the accuracy and implications of the analysis published by the Women's Budget Group and Runnymede Trust on 28 November 2016 on the effect of changes to taxes and benefits between 2010 and 2020 on white men from the highest income group relative to the effect on other groups.
Dawn Butler: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the accuracy and implications of the analysis published by the Women's Budget Group and Runnymede Trust on 28 November 2016 on the effect of the Government's fiscal policy between 2010 and 2020 on the income of BME women relative to the effect on the income of other groups.
Dawn Butler: I thank my right hon. Friend for that response, and for the money that the Government are investing in Somalia. My constituency of Brent has nearly 20,000 Somalian people, one of the highest concentrations of that community in the country. All are concerned about imminent war, and wonder what this Government will do to try to help progress the peace process.
Dawn Butler: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 19 March 2020 to Question 32254, how many working CoVent ventilation devices have been provided by Dyson to the NHS; how much has been spent from the public purse on the production of those devices; and what proportion of that spending has been returned to the Government by Dyson.
Dawn Butler: In my constituency, 3,699 young people have participated in the new deal, with 1,200 of them obtaining sustainable employment. Scrapping the new deal would have a detrimental effect on those young people, who are finally finding a means to work their way out of poverty. Will my right hon. Friend assure me that we have no intentions of scrapping the new deal?
Dawn Butler: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the expected reduction of the number of British troops in Iraq is a better way forward, and does he, like me, hope that the Minister for the Middle East will give the House an assurance that Britain will continue to support the reconstruction of Iraq by providing the Iraqi Government with non-military assistance?
Dawn Butler: The information is not available in the form requested. 236 named day questions were tabled to Cabinet Office between 1 January and 31 December 2009 of which 71 per cent. received substantive answers on the day due for answer. 1,500 ordinary written questions were tabled to Cabinet Office during this period of which 67 per cent. received substantive answers within five parliamentary sitting...
Dawn Butler: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this Adjournment debate. It is this very subject that led us to create the all-party parliamentary group on governance and inclusive leadership. Members on both sides of the House recognise how important diversity is in business and on boards, and most businesses recognise the business case for diversity. Does my hon. Friend agree?
Dawn Butler: Is that not in some respects the point of the Bill, in the sense that the employment agency and we, under the Equal Pay Act 1970, should be looking at transparency with regard to the pay and conditions of employees to ensure that they are paid a reasonable wage for their job? Is that not part of the premise of the Bill?
Dawn Butler: We have to be very clear about this. Because the Government repealed section 40 of the Equality Act 2010, there is now no statutory protection over third party harassment. If the Government are committed to protecting women and girls, will they show this by either reinstating section 40 or, at the very least, introducing stronger legislation to ensure protection against third party harassment?
Dawn Butler: Oakington Manor is one of my schools of excellence in Brent and it embraces many Government initiatives such as the Kickz programme and extended schools. Its head teacher, Sylvia Libson, says that children should have a safe place to go and structured activities to do. What are the Government doing to expand the Bill on unclaimed assets and the recommendations in it?
Dawn Butler: I thank my hon. Friend for that apt description of some postmasters who want to retire. When post offices are closing, should not the Opposition be a little more responsible in their campaigning with regard to their terminology, language and approach? Should they not try to work with the Government to ensure that there are no gaps in provision for specific areas?
Dawn Butler: I have asked the chief executive of the Central Office of Information to write to the right hon. Member. Letter from Mark Lund, dated 23 February 2010: asking for information regarding the allocation of expenditure in relation to the Brand and Brand Identity Framework. The £4 million of expenditure relates to the estimated value of a framework agreement over a four year period.
Dawn Butler: I am glad that the hon. Gentleman almost admitted at the end of his remarks that the two situations are not comparable. Does he not see the difference between essentially forcing women to look and dress a certain way as part of their job to please men, and a person having a job where they take their clothes off for a living?
Dawn Butler: Does my right hon. Friend agree that investment in housing and social housing is important to helping people get on to the housing ladder? That is especially important in my constituency, where average earnings are around £20,000. What would be the effect on the social housing budget if overall public expenditure were to be reduced by the implementation of a third fiscal rule?
Dawn Butler: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the findings in the Epilepsy Society's report, Premature mortality and avoidable deaths in epilepsy, published in March 2016, on the proportion of sudden and unexpected epilepsy-related deaths that were avoidable with appropriate treatment and better access to speciality care, if he will commission a National Clinical Audit on...
Dawn Butler: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the equality impact analysis published on 25 November 2016 by the Women's Budget Group and the Runnymeade Trust on the effect of the Autumn Statement 2016 on women and people from ethnic minority backgrounds; and what plans he has to respond to that publication.
Dawn Butler: I thank the Secretary of State for that answer. I echo the good wishes of all Members of the House and congratulate him on his new appointment. I am the Member of Parliament for the most diverse constituency in the UK. Will the Secretary of State say whether he supports the new McMaster review on excellence, and in particular, its recommendations on diversity?