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Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupils: Sanitary Protection (14 Feb 2018)

Nadhim Zahawi: ...Sex and Relationships Education guidance encourages schools to make adequate and sensitive arrangements to help girls cope with menstruation. Schools are best placed to identify and address the needs of their pupils, and have discretion over how they use their funding and can make sanitary products available to disadvantaged pupils if they identify this as a barrier to attainment or...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Occupational Pensions: Females (9 Feb 2018)

Guy Opperman: Automatic enrolment has reversed the decline in workplace pension saving. Latest figures show that nearly 9.2 million people have been automatically enrolled; with participation amongst eligible women in the private sector increasing, from 40% to 73%, to equal the rate for men. By 2019/20 an estimated extra £20 billion a year is estimated to go into workplace pensions as a result of...

Backbench Business: Strengthening Families — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (8 Feb 2018)

Oliver Dowden: As the hon. Lady has raised the point now, I am happy to talk about it. It was certainly my experience growing up that my dad losing his job at a wire factory had the single biggest impact on our family finances and our family life. It put the greatest strain on our family. I am very proud to serve in a Government under which more than 2 million new jobs have been created—that is...

Brexit and the Labour Market (Economic Affairs Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (8 Feb 2018)

Lord Reid of Cardowan: My Lords, I wish to make three simple points. However, I have a feeling of déjà-vu as these issues were argued about, certainly internally, when the last Labour Government were in office. I confess that I lost on two of them. First, I think it is right for the Government to take a view on immigration numbers and the level of immigration. I disagree with my noble friend Lord Darling:...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Minimum Wage: Non-payment (8 Feb 2018)

Mel Stride: The government are determined that everyone who is entitled to the National Minimum and National Living Wage (NMW) receives it. Anyone who feels they have been underpaid NMW should contact the Acas helpline on 0300 123 1100. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) review all complaints that are referred to them. There was one successful prosecution for NMW offences in 2017. Prosecution is reserved...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Minimum Wage (8 Feb 2018)

Lord Henley: The Government takes robust enforcement action against employers who do not pay their staff in accordance with the National Minimum Wage (NMW) regulations. The budget for enforcing the National Minimum and Living Wage has increased from £13.2 million in 2015/16 to £25.3 million for 2017/18, leading to an increase in the number of compliance officers available to investigate abuses....

Woodlands Hospice, Aintree (7 Feb 2018)

Dan Carden: I welcome my hon. Friend’s intervention. Britain’s older population is set to increase sharply in the next few decades. The number of people aged 85 or over is expected to double in the next 20 years, and the number of people aged 100 or over is set to increase by more than eight times by 2035, to more than 100,000. The number of adults with life-limiting conditions is also on the...

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Rachel Maclean: It is a great pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Dover (Charlie Elphicke). I shall make an extremely short contribution on behalf of the people of Redditch, which is quite a unique place. It is a semi-urban area in the middle of a rural county, Worcestershire. It shares many of the characteristics of neighbouring Birmingham, yet it is in a rural area. I wish to make the point...

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention: Credit Cards: Cost Regulation — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Stella Creasy: I appreciate that the hon. Gentleman has a particular concern. I hope I can convince him that the regulation of credit cards that I am interested in is about their cost to the consumer in the first instance. I do not think the reason we have such a personal debt crisis in this country is rocket science. There is simply too much month at the end of the money for too many people. We now know...

Public Bill Committee: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Parental bereavement leave and pay (7 Feb 2018)

Laura Pidcock: I know that all this comes, as we mentioned last week, from a place of anxiety of wanting to make sure the Bill passes with ease. I have to politely disagree: I am not sure that this would be a massive shock to business. When I was a manager of a team, albeit within a charity, I still had to make sure that there was enough money in to pay the wages. We very much had to operate like a...

Taylor Review (7 Feb 2018)

Robert Halfon: I strongly welcome the measures set out by my hon. Friend. Alongside the living wage, they give the belief that we are the true workers’ party of the United Kingdom. Do the proposals also apply to apprentices, some of whom are not even paid the right apprentice wage?

Agriculture Gcse (7 Feb 2018)

Julian Sturdy: Again, I entirely agree. I will go on to mention that this is not just about agriculture. The wider rural economy, the environment and food security link back to agriculture and food production. I understand that the Department for Education has recently introduced changes to secondary qualifications and wants a time to allow those to settle down, but a model exists for how to design and...

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium: Eligibility (6 Feb 2018)

Alex Burghart: I congratulate the hon. Member for Washington and Sunderland West (Mrs Hodgson) on securing this debate. She is a very strong advocate for helping children in our schools, and although I do not agree with everything she said, I support the direction she is moving in. One thing that we can agree on is that the legacy system is not fit for purpose. It has many peculiarities, one of the most...

Scottish Parliament: Draft Budget 2018-19 (Equalities and Human Rights Levers) (6 Feb 2018)

Angela Constance: Thank you. Ensuring that the budget tackles inequality in Scotland is a key priority for the Scottish Government, and I am pleased to discuss our achievements and areas for further improvement. I extend my thanks to the Equalities and Human Rights Committee for its recent report “Looking Ahead to the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2018-19: Making the Most of Equalities and...

Scottish Parliament: Women’s Right to Vote (Centenary) (6 Feb 2018)

Angela Constance: Members from parties across the chamber have made fitting tributes to some of the many tenacious women of the suffrage movement, without whom we would not have the rights that we enjoy today. There has been much reflection in the debate on women’s place in history. I somewhat enjoy the ironies of history, such as that the first woman to be elected to the House of Commons, Countess...

Rail Update: Social Security (5 Feb 2018)

Debbie Abrahams: I will focus initially on the draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order and then move on to the draft Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order. The uprating order provides for the annual uprating of social security entitlements excluded from the Government’s freeze to levels of social security enacted in the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016. As we have heard, that includes...

Rail Update (5 Feb 2018)

Alan Brown: Despite what the Transport Secretary says, the franchising system is quite clearly not working, especially given today’s further announcement. When all these announcements are made, we keep hearing about the private investment that privatisation of the railways has brought in with the increasing passenger numbers. The reality is that all that new investment is paid for by the rail...

Independent Radio Production - Question for Short Debate (1 Feb 2018)

Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen: My Lords, this has been an interesting but short debate. The noble Lord, Lord Stevenson, told me that he was going to step back, do much less and spend more time at home. All I can say is that I have seen him on either the Front Bench or the one behind more than ever before. I am not quite sure what “taking more time” actually means. I thank him for bringing forward this debate on...

Public Bill Committee: Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords]: Functions (1 Feb 2018)

As stated in the Lords Committee on Financial Exclusion, a real strength of the Money Advice Service is its focus on what works and on gathering together an evidence hub. We do not want to see momentum lost—[Interruption.] I am confident, given Government Members’ reaction, that no one wants to see that work slip through our fingers; that would be a missed opportunity. The...

Capita: Business of the House (1 Feb 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: The hon. Lady raises an issue that is of concern right across the House. Food insecurity is a major challenge, but the Government have ensured that more people get to keep more of their hard-earned cash, raising the personal allowance so that a basic rate taxpayer is £1,000 better off and raising the national living wage to ensure that people are thousands of pounds better off than they...


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