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Women and Equality: Equal Pay (27 Jan 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: It is pretty widely accepted that the voluntary approach to managing the financial services sector has been an abysmal failure, yet although the Minister just said that women will get equal pay, there is no proposition to bring in mandatory pay awards; there are only to be voluntary ones. What reassurance can the Minister give us that that will be any more successful, and will not end in...

Opposition Day — [3rd Allotted Day]: Government Capital Expenditure (2 Feb 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: Does the hon. Gentleman not agree that binge spending on identity cards would be a waste of Government spending?

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Child Protection (3 Feb 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Child Protection (3 Feb 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Child Protection (3 Feb 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: When the Victoria Climbié tragedy happened in Haringey, the leadership took no fall for that. Only the social worker at the end of the food chain took all the blame and was hung out to dry. That is why Laming so pointedly criticised the lack of accountability in the leadership, why the Government—I am grateful to them—put in the Children Act 2004 two accountable positions for child...

Prayers: Autism Bill (27 Feb 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: TreeHouse, which is located in my constituency, does excellent work and is pioneering progress with autism and on the various measures available to offer help. It has just hired a transition officer as its first cohort approaches the age of 18. That is not the case throughout the constituency—many parents have terrible trouble and anxiety about transition; the facilities are simply not...

Support for Women (Economic Downturn) (5 Mar 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: I have heard of similar experiences. It is heartbreaking and terrifying that the debt is transferred to the bailiffs so quickly, because they are relentless, and impose extra charges that deepen the debt. Does the hon. Lady agree that the local authority—in my case, Haringey—should be far more willing to sit down with the person in debt to reschedule it? People are willing to pay off such...

Support for Women (Economic Downturn) (5 Mar 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: Yesterday, as the Minister for Women and Equality said, the Government hosted a group of women to discuss women and the recession. It was a tremendously informative and worthwhile debate, with an amazing group of women, and I should love to see them all here today. It was made clear in that debate that, in a recession, women might choose to stop doing their high-paying job because they can no...

Support for Women (Economic Downturn) (5 Mar 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: The hon. Lady makes a very good point, which I was about to make. I was talking about the legal reductions that employers can make, but when we get on to interviews and the choices employers make, a young woman of child-bearing age is very likely not to be offered the job. That is true in any case. According to the Equal Opportunities Commission—before it became the Equality and Human...

Support for Women (Economic Downturn) (5 Mar 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: I thank the hon. Lady—no, I do not thank her, as that is a depressing scenario, which I fear is still too prevalent in the wider world. One might have hoped that we had moved on from that, but apparently we have not.

Support for Women (Economic Downturn) (5 Mar 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: The hon. Gentleman makes a very good case to demonstrate the importance of equal pay and the Equal Pay Act 1970—that more often than not the principal breadwinner would not be the man; perhaps some of those somewhat old-fashioned values could be left a long way behind. I started by talking about yesterday's wonderful event at No. 11 Downing street, the prime intention of which, so far as I...

Support for Women (Economic Downturn) (5 Mar 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: Yes, I agree totally with the hon. Lady. We have a huge selling job to do here—cross-party—on the benefits to employers of having a diverse and flexible work force, rather than the traditional one that we have always had. We must consider the benefits of home working, conferencing and all sorts of things that can be done that would be money saving. They are the benefits, but the way they...

Support for Women (Economic Downturn) (5 Mar 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: I thank the hon. and learned Lady for that intervention. Perhaps I have gained a false impression because of the lack of information coming my way. As I bring my remarks to a close, I want to outline the potential for a fairer economy emerging from this recession. I have highlighted some of the flashpoints for women where there are risks. It is a real and present danger that the...

Support for Women (Economic Downturn) (5 Mar 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: I agree with the hon. Gentleman—a plague on both their houses on that one—but I am talking about the private sector. If one looks at the Treasury, one might find that most of the top civil servants are of one gender. I am talking about the opportunity that we do not usually get. The single equality duty will apply to the public sector. The private sector and the 80 per cent. of people who...

Support for Women (Economic Downturn) (5 Mar 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: My goodness! I did not know that it was as bad as that. How far have we moved on, I wonder? Yesterday, the view was expressed that had there been more women at senior levels in banks making decisions about investment—I do not want to be too sexist or pejorative, but women and men may have different approaches to risk management—some of the gambles that were taken might not have been taken...

Support for Women (Economic Downturn) (5 Mar 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: I take the hon. Lady's point. We are equals. However, conflict resolution is an issue, and that may include bank boardroom conflict resolution. I should like to think that I am as able to negotiate and understand risk as anyone else, but I would argue that the absence of women creates a different dynamic in the boardroom. Indeed, we might find that there have been leaders of this country who...

Support for Women (Economic Downturn) (5 Mar 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: I was saying that as money is handed out to bail out any industry and as we move away from the banks—I think there is universal agreement that there was no choice but to bail them out—and turn to the private sector, there is a legal duty on the Treasury and the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to examine any substantive policy change. I submit that giving vast...

Support for Women (Economic Downturn) (5 Mar 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: Lord Lester.

Support for Women (Economic Downturn) (5 Mar 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: I must refute that suggestion. The cuts that the hon. Lady mentions apply to things such as identity cards, not to front-line services.

Women and Equality: Women (Public Appointments) (10 Mar 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: Part-time and flexible working allow many women to carry out dual roles, but most of that work is available only in the service or retail sectors, so employers need to be educated as to the benefits at all levels. Does the Minister agree that that should also apply to the senior grades in the civil service? How many jobs at the highest level are offered part-time?


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