Dawn Butler: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reasons his Department missed the deadline or refiled its gender pay gap data for 2017-18.
Dawn Butler: It is great to have this International Women’s Day debate today, and I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Lewisham East (Janet Daby) for leading on the tabling of the motion. I also thank the Select Committee chaired by the right hon. Member for Basingstoke (Mrs Miller) for its work. As I have said publicly, she does an amazing job on the Committee; it is just a disappointment that the...
Dawn Butler: This week I had a phone call with regard to a young man who tried to commit suicide and a mother who felt that she did not want to burden her children any more, all because of the Windrush scandal. They say that to educate a woman is to educate a nation; therefore, to humiliate a woman is to humiliate a nation. Will the Minister assure the House that the Government will provide urgent and...
Dawn Butler: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that women are not disproportionately and negatively impacted in applying for the EU Settlement Scheme and (b) what adjustments will be made for vulnerable women to assist them in applying for settled status.
Dawn Butler: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to ensure it is able to process large numbers of applications from EU citizens applying for settled status under the EU settlement scheme.
Dawn Butler: May I take this opportunity to wish you, Mr Speaker, everyone who works here and all Members a very merry Christmas? On the Christmas theme, There are five days to Christmas, so will the Minister promise me: An action plan to close the pay gap; To end period poverty; Sustainable funding for refugees; Section 106 of the Equality Act; Paid leave for domestic survivors; And no more austerity?
Dawn Butler: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of universal credit claimants living in households without internet access in (a) Brent Central and (b) England.
Dawn Butler: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of universal credit being paid into a single bank account on the (a) independence of women and (b) balance of power in their relationships.
Dawn Butler: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Education on using the national curriculum to tackle misogyny.
Dawn Butler: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what representations she has had from civil society organisations on bringing Section 106 of the Equality Act 2010 into force.
Dawn Butler: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to encourage employers to offer flexible working arrangements to women going through the menopause.
Dawn Butler: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to support SMEs that are run by women.
Dawn Butler: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what further support the Government plans to provide to women who have received Government start-up loans to help them maintain their start-ups past the first year.
Dawn Butler: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that universal credit claimants without internet access in (a) Brent Central and (b) England are supported in submitting their claims.
Dawn Butler: Will the Minister consider fining companies that refuse to make action plans or change their way of working, as is the case in Iceland?
Dawn Butler: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship this afternoon, Sir David. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Walthamstow (Stella Creasy) on securing the debate. It is always great to collaborate with her on the work that she does on women and equalities to try to move the agenda forward. We have heard some really great speeches today. I think we are almost in agreement that...
Dawn Butler: I absolutely agree. It is easy to reverse those roles; it is a proven fact that women are very calm under pressure, which is one of the traits that pilots need. There is an organisation in the airline industry—I cannot remember which—in which the woman who is chief exec is making great strides in encouraging women to become pilots. Why not? And why not equalise things the other way by...
Dawn Butler: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Mr Bailey. I congratulate the hon. Member for Shipley (Philip Davies) on securing the debate, but I think he has done a bit of a disservice to it and to its theme. The hon. Members for Edinburgh North and Leith (Deidre Brock) and for North Ayrshire and Arran (Patricia Gibson) hit the nail on the head when they talked about a fear of male...
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: What amuses me is how out of touch the hon. Gentleman is when he talks about the hoo-hah over girls as young as 18 years old being forced to wear short skirts and high heels to serve men. He talks about the “untouchable status” of women when we try to get some balance and equality into the system. Without all-women shortlists, this House would not be as diverse as it is, which I am sure...