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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
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Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept id 31 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property hansard heading Females: Candidates more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if her Department will take steps to help hold events in Northern Ireland to mark the 100th anniversary of women being allowed to stand for Parliament. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 191924 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-22more like thismore than 2018-11-22
star this property answer text <p>It is for the devolved administrations to decide whether, and how, they choose to mark the centenary.</p><p>The Northern Ireland Executive was provided £171,000. In the absence of Ministerial authority for grants to local groups, the civil service arranged a lecture series, a commemorative album as well as a number of exhibitions and workshops.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Louth and Horncastle more like this
star this property answering member printed Victoria Atkins more like this
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less than 2018-11-22T16:07:13.223Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-22T16:07:13.223Z
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star this property label Biography information for Victoria Atkins more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon remove filter
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
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Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept id 31 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property hansard heading Equal Pay more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to close the gender pay gap. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 191925 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-22more like thismore than 2018-11-22
star this property answer text <p>Under new government legislation over 10,000 employers reported their gender pay gaps this year. These regulations increase transparency, driving board level discussions and pushing employers to take real action to close the gap.</p><p>We are now working with employers to help them understand their gender pay gaps, and support them to put plans in place to tackle gaps.</p><p>Mandatory gender pay gap reporting is just one of the steps government has taken to tackle the drivers of the gap including:</p><ul><li>introducing Shared Parental Leave and Pay and running a £1.5 million campaign to promote the scheme to eligible parents.</li><li>extending the right to request flexible working and establishing a taskforce working with business to make flexible working a reality for all employees.</li><li>creating a £5 million fund to support women and men who have been out of the labour market for a long period to return to work.</li><li>spending around £6 billion on childcare support by 2019-20, around £3.5 billion of which is planned to be spent on free early education entitlements.</li></ul>
star this property answering member constituency Louth and Horncastle more like this
star this property answering member printed Victoria Atkins more like this
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less than 2018-11-22T16:05:08.177Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-22T16:05:08.177Z
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star this property label Biography information for Victoria Atkins more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon remove filter
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-12-17more like thismore than 2018-12-17
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Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept id 31 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property hansard heading Females: Low Pay more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps her Department is taking to tackle low pay for women. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 202723 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-12-20more like thismore than 2018-12-20
star this property answer text <p>Everyone in the UK should have the opportunity to progress and fulfil their potential in employment, to benefit both the individual and the wider economy. Despite accounting for just under half of all employees in the UK, women are more likely to be in low paid work than men.</p><p>The Government has an aspiration to end low pay, and next year it will set out the Low Pay Commission’s remit from 2020 onwards.</p><p>The National Living Wage (NLW) benefits a higher proportion of women than men. In April 2019, the NLW will increase by 4.9% to £8.21. This is an increase to a full-time minimum wage worker’s annual earnings of over £690, making progress on the government’s objective for the NLW to reach 60% of median earnings by 2020.</p><p>We will be publishing a strategy in the Spring on gender equality and economic empowerment that will include consideration of how we can best support low paid women.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Louth and Horncastle more like this
star this property answering member printed Victoria Atkins more like this
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less than 2018-12-20T16:03:50.237Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-20T16:03:50.237Z
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star this property label Biography information for Victoria Atkins more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon remove filter
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-01-07more like thismore than 2019-01-07
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Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept id 31 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property hansard heading Domestic Abuse more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will allocate additional funds to charities supporting abused women to gain (a) employment and (b) training. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 205927 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-01-16more like thismore than 2019-01-16
star this property answer text <p>The Government wants to make sure that all women have the freedom and opportunity to reach their full potential. This of course includes women from more marginalised or vulnerable groups such as those who have suffered from abuse.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Minister for Women and Equalities recently announced £500k of funding to support people with multiple and potentially complex barriers to returning to work, including victims of domestic abuse. This funding will be available for charities and other types of organisations to provide support in the form of training or employment opportunities.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>GEO is scoping how best to deliver this programme and will be working closely with delivery partners to publicise how organisations can apply for this funding in the near future.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Louth and Horncastle more like this
star this property answering member printed Victoria Atkins more like this
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less than 2019-01-16T15:53:50.96Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-16T15:53:50.96Z
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star this property label Biography information for Victoria Atkins more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon remove filter
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-01-07more like thismore than 2019-01-07
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Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept id 31 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property hansard heading Cervical Cancer: Screening more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will hold discussions with the Secretary of State for Health on making the NHS cervical screening programme available to women aged 18 years and over. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 205928 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-01-15more like thismore than 2019-01-15
star this property answer text <p>The best independent evidence shows that routine screening of women under 25 actually does more harm than good. Cervical cancer in women under the age of 25 is very rare and younger women often undergo natural and harmless changes in the cervix that screening would identify as abnormalities, resulting in many false negatives.</p><p>We offer vaccination to girls to protect against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which protects against 70 per cent of cervical cancers and which is expected to reduce the already low rates of cervical cancer in these young women and allow them to be protected for years to come.</p><p>Young women with symptoms of cervical cancer, largely unusual bleeding particularly after sex, should see their GP and be referred to a gynecologist if clinically appropriate.</p><p>My Rt Hon Friend the Minister for Women and Equalities has no plans to discuss this issue with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care<em>.</em></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Louth and Horncastle more like this
star this property answering member printed Victoria Atkins more like this
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less than 2019-01-15T17:39:22.723Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-15T17:39:22.723Z
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star this property label Biography information for Victoria Atkins more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-01-08more like thismore than 2019-01-08
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Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept id 31 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property hansard heading Employment more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what representations she has received on the work of (a) Home Start and (b) other charities providing support for young families and carers; and if she will discuss with the Chancellor of the Exchequer the provision of additional funding for those charities to enable more help to be given to people returning to work. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 206356 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-01-15more like thismore than 2019-01-15
star this property answer text <p>The government launched a £1.5 million grant fund in the private sector to support people to return to work. Our grant fund is enabling charities and other organisations to launch projects for people who are currently out of work due to caring responsibilities and want to return to permanent employment. Home-Start have previously applied for this GEO funding.</p><p> </p><p>We have recently announced further funding to support those with additional barriers to participating in the labour market – including people who speak little English, people with disabilities, and those who are homeless or have been victims of domestic abuse. GEO is scoping how best to deliver this and will engage closely with HMT in advance of the next spending review to decide whether and how further funding should be allocated to helping people return to work.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Louth and Horncastle more like this
star this property answering member printed Victoria Atkins more like this
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less than 2019-01-15T17:39:41.67Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-15T17:39:41.67Z
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star this property label Biography information for Victoria Atkins more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-02-25more like thismore than 2019-02-25
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Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept id 31 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property hansard heading Fibromyalgia more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether he has plans to classify fibromyalgia as a disability. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 225510 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-04more like thismore than 2019-03-04
star this property answer text <p>We believe that listing specific conditions would not help people with hard to diagnose illnesses (as is currently often the case with fibromyalgia), as doing so would make protection dependent upon a successful diagnosis rather than the immediate impact of the illness on a person’s life.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Equality Act 2010 is the principal means through which disabled people are protected from discrimination in Great Britain but does not, except in a few specific instances, specify conditions that may fall within the definition of disability. This is because in most cases, it is the impact on the person’s life that is the qualifying criteria rather than the condition itself.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The definition set out in the Act means that any person with a physical or mental impairment that falls within this definition will already be protected as having a disability, which may apply to many of those with fibromyalgia.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Louth and Horncastle more like this
star this property answering member printed Victoria Atkins more like this
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less than 2019-03-04T16:04:05.547Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-04T16:04:05.547Z
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star this property label Biography information for Victoria Atkins more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-03-14more like thismore than 2019-03-14
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Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept id 31 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property hansard heading Sanitary Protection more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether she has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on providing sanitary products free of charge in community health centres. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 232570 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-21more like thismore than 2019-03-21
star this property answer text <p>The Minister for Women and Equalities has had discussions on ending period poverty and stigma with a number of Ministerial colleagues including the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Mental Health, Inequalities and Suicide Prevention. A new government-backed Taskforce on Period Poverty was announced by the Minister for Women and Equalities on 4<sup>th</sup> March to build on existing initiatives and develop ideas for a comprehensive, sustainable response in the UK. It will convene the public, private and third sectors, including representatives from the Department of Health and Social Care and grassroots organisations.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Louth and Horncastle more like this
star this property answering member printed Victoria Atkins more like this
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less than 2019-03-21T16:57:17.373Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-21T16:57:17.373Z
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star this property label Biography information for Victoria Atkins more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-04-25more like thismore than 2019-04-25
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Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept id 31 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property hansard heading Employment: Bullying more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what support the Government is providing to small businesses to promote awareness of what constitutes workplace harassment; and what steps she is taking to help small businesses tackle such harassment. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 247711 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-09more like thismore than 2019-05-09
star this property answer text <p>Sexual harassment is completely unacceptable - both inside and outside the workplace - and unlawful under the Equality Act 2010 and Protection from Harassment Act 1997.</p><p> </p><p>We are working with the Equality and Human Rights Commission on a new statutory code of practice on sexual harassment, due this year. This will help all employers better understand the law on this issue, and should enable them to better identify and prevent sexual harassment.</p><p> </p><p>We are also helping Acas update the guidance it provides on sexual harassment in the workplace.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Louth and Horncastle more like this
star this property answering member printed Victoria Atkins more like this
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less than 2019-05-09T09:50:13.45Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-09T09:50:13.45Z
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star this property label Biography information for Victoria Atkins more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-06-09more like thismore than 2015-06-09
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Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept id 31 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property hansard heading Easter: Confectionery more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether she has had discussions with the owners of large stores on their policies on stocking Easter eggs containing Christian or biblical messages. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 1554 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-16more like thismore than 2015-06-16
star this property answer text <p>Neither the Minister for Women and Equalities nor I have had such discussions.</p><p>To the extent that this matter may concern equality law, statutory guidance about compliance with equality legislation covering Great Britain is issued by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. It is intended to give businesses and service providers the information they need to understand the law and meet their responsibilities. The guidance can be found at: <a href="http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/publication/services-public-functions-and-associations-statutory-code-practice" target="_blank">http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/publication/services-public-functions-and-associations-statutory-code-practice</a></p><p>Separate equality legislation applies in Northern Ireland.</p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Gosport more like this
star this property answering member printed Caroline Dinenage more like this
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less than 2015-06-16T15:34:15.357Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-16T15:34:15.357Z
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star this property label Biography information for Caroline Dinenage more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon remove filter