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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-23more like thismore than 2014-10-23
answering body
Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept id 31 more like this
answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
hansard heading Females: Public Appointments more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what recent representations she has received on the role of women in public life; and if she will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Thirsk and Malton more like this
tabling member printed
Miss Anne McIntosh more like this
uin 211750 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
answer text <p>I receive regular representations on many issues including the role of women in public life.</p><p>We are removing barriers that prevent women from progressing in public life. For example, the Government has established the Centre for Public Appointments (CPA) in the Cabinet Office to ensure best practice is followed. As a result, the proportion of new female appointees to public boards has increased to 39%. We have also supported political parties to increase women’s representation thorough a combination of legislative and voluntary measures.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
answering member printed Jo Swinson remove filter
question first answered
less than 2014-10-28T09:03:28.8801937Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-28T09:03:28.8801937Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
384
label Biography information for Baroness McIntosh of Pickering more like this
100825
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-23more like thismore than 2014-10-23
answering body
Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept id 31 more like this
answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
hansard heading Public Appointments more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, how many (a) men and (b) women her Department has publicly appointed in each of the last five years; and how much has been paid to each (i) man and (ii) woman. more like this
tabling member constituency Ashfield more like this
tabling member printed
Gloria De Piero more like this
uin 211836 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
answer text <p>The Government Equalities Office made the following public appointments to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in each of the last five years:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Year</p></td><td><p><strong>2009</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2010</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2011</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2012</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2013</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Male</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Female*</p><p> </p></td><td><p>8</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>5</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>* includes two reappointments</p><p>The EHRC Chair and Deputy Chair posts are salaried and the salaries over the period are shown below. The significant reduction in the remuneration is a result of the reduction in terms and conditions following the Government’s comprehensive review of the EHRC:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Year</p></td><td><p><strong>2009/10</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2010/11</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2011/12</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2012/13</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2013/14</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Chair (male)</p></td><td><p>£124,000</p></td><td><p>£124,000</p></td><td><p>£147,000</p></td><td><p>£65,000</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Chair (female)</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p>£55,838</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Deputy Chair (both female)</p></td><td><p>£59,533</p></td><td><p>£65,800</p></td><td><p>£65,800</p></td><td><p>£85,000 (including period as interim Chair)</p></td><td><p>£23,400</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Commissioners receive £400 a day plus expenses. In addition, two male Disability Commissioners were required to carry out additional work during the period, therefore additional payments were made as shown:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Year</p></td><td><p><strong>2009/10</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2010/11</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2011/12</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2012/13</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2013/14</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Chair of the Inquiry into disability related harassment</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p>£8,875</p></td><td><p>£11,750</p></td><td><p>£2,375</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Lead on Disability Committee Review</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p>£18,800</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>The total of fees and expenses paid each year to each Commissioner is available in the relevant EHRC annual report and accounts.</p>
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
answering member printed Jo Swinson remove filter
question first answered
less than 2014-10-28T09:02:42.0148887Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-28T09:02:42.0148887Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
3915
label Biography information for Gloria De Piero more like this
156085
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-11-17more like thismore than 2014-11-17
answering body
Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept id 31 more like this
answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
hansard heading Castes more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what representations she has received on the timetable for the amendment of the definition of race to include caste in the Equality Act 2010. more like this
tabling member constituency Foyle more like this
tabling member printed
Mark Durkan more like this
uin 214592 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-11-24more like thismore than 2014-11-24
answer text <p>Since July 2013 when the timetable was published, the government has received a number of representations from MPs, Peers, organisations and individuals. These representations have concerned whether the timetable should go ahead as well as the length of time required to implement the various stages it contains. Representations from organisations in particular have included both those in favour of and those opposed to the introduction of legislation.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
answering member printed Jo Swinson remove filter
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less than 2014-11-24T13:12:09.92Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-24T13:12:09.92Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
1594
label Biography information for Mark Durkan more like this
156813
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-11-19more like thismore than 2014-11-19
answering body
Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept id 31 more like this
answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
hansard heading Business: Females more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what steps her Department is taking to address the gender pay gap in the financial sector and to increase female representation at board level in FTSE100 companies; and if she will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Hackney North and Stoke Newington more like this
tabling member printed
Ms Diane Abbott more like this
uin 215168 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-11-26more like thismore than 2014-11-26
answer text <p>The gender pay gap in the UK is at an historic low. In the financial &amp; insurance activities sector, the overall gender pay gap is (including both part time and full time workers) down from 44.3% in 2011 to 40.2% in 2014. However, the sector still has a completely unacceptable pay gap of around twice the national average, so more needs to be done. We are strongly encouraging more girls to consider maths and science-related careers through the “Your Life” initiative. Women in the sector will also benefit from the many other measures we are taking to drive the pay gap down further, including extending flexible working to all employees; introducing Shared Parental Leave; and bringing in new childcare tax provisions. We are also providing free software to companies for them to calculate any pay gaps and to analyse the causes of them.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The UK takes a voluntary approach increasing the numbers of women on boards. We are making progress with the Lord Davies business-led initiative to achieve 25% women on boards by 2015 and have moved from 12.5% to nearly 23% of women on the boards of the top 100 companies since 2011. For the first time, every board of Britain’s top 100 companies has at least one woman. Government will continue to work closely with investors, regulators, head hunters and businesses to implement his recommendation of 25% women on boards by 2015.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
answering member printed Jo Swinson remove filter
question first answered
less than 2014-11-26T16:39:26.693Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-26T16:39:26.693Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
172
label Biography information for Ms Diane Abbott more like this
164479
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-11-24more like thismore than 2014-11-24
answering body
Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept id 31 more like this
answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
hansard heading Employment: Discrimination more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what steps her Department is taking to tackle discrimination of disabled people in the UK workforce. more like this
tabling member constituency Upper Bann more like this
tabling member printed
David Simpson more like this
uin 215738 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-01more like thismore than 2014-12-01
answer text <p>The Government is fully committed to the Equality Act 2010, which prohibits employers from discriminating against their disabled employees and job applicants with a disability. Employers are also required to make reasonable adjustments for disabled employees so that they can work on a similar basis to employees that do not have a disability. Where an employee or potential employee believes that they have experienced disability discrimination, they can make a claim to an employment tribunal within six months of the alleged discrimination taking place.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Government is committed to ensuring that all disabled people have the opportunities, chances and support that they need to gain and remain in employment, and there is a range of available provision to help them.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Equality Ac 2010 only applies to England Wales and Scotland. Northern Ireland has its own disability discrimination legislation - Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (as amended).</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
answering member printed Jo Swinson remove filter
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less than 2014-12-01T14:29:23.637Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-01T14:29:23.637Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
1597
label Biography information for David Simpson more like this
166059
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-11-25more like thismore than 2014-11-25
answering body
Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept id 31 more like this
answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
hansard heading Directors: Females more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what estimate her Department has made of the overall change in women's representation in boardrooms in the private sector in the UK between 1984 and 2014. more like this
tabling member constituency East Londonderry more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
uin 215897 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-11-28more like thismore than 2014-11-28
answer text <p>The Government supports Cranfield University which produces the Female FTSE report. This measures progress annually of the female representation on UK listed boards.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>· In 1999 the proportion of women directors was 6.29%. This included female Executive Directors (EDs) at 2.02% and Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) at 10.82%. In 2000 the proportion of female directors had fallen to 5.81%.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>· In 2011 the Government established the Lord Davies Review when the number of women on FTSE boards was still only 12.5%.</p><p> </p><p>· The latest figures published in November show almost a doubling of these figures since 2011. Nearly 23% (249) of directors in the FTSE100 are now women. Of these 8.4% (24) are executive directors and 27.9% (225) are non-executive directors. There are now no all-male boards left in the FTSE100 and we are on track to meet the target set by Lord Davies of 25% women on boards by 2015.</p><p> </p><p>With the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), Government also funds Cranfield University to monitor corporate governance practices in respect of whether companies are complying with the changes in the FRC code. The last report was launched by the Minister for Women and Equalities on 5 November. The report shows progress is being made in the FTSE 100 companies with 85% having a clear policy on boardroom diversity in comparison to 65% last year. The Government wants to see all companies addressing every point of the new Code in their reporting.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
answering member printed Jo Swinson remove filter
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less than 2014-11-28T12:48:14.727Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-28T12:48:14.727Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
1409
label Biography information for Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
166060
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-11-25more like thismore than 2014-11-25
answering body
Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept id 31 more like this
answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
hansard heading Human Rights: Females more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what recent discussions she has had with her international counterparts on protecting the rights of women and girls overseas. more like this
tabling member constituency North East Hertfordshire more like this
tabling member printed
Sir Oliver Heald more like this
uin 215837 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-11-28more like thismore than 2014-11-28
answer text <p>We participate in the Commission on the Status of Women, which is the principal global event on women’s rights organised by the UN. My Rt. Hon. Friend, the Minister for Women and Equalities, recently returned from the US where she had a meeting with the Executive Director of UN Women, and others active in the field, to discuss the forthcoming session, which will be held in March next year.</p><p> </p><p>In the summer we hosted two global events – a summit with a focus on preventing sexual violence in conflict, which generated strong international support; and a girl summit, which brought together a range of international stakeholders to accelerate momentum in tackling child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation<strong>. </strong></p> more like this
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
answering member printed Jo Swinson remove filter
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less than 2014-11-28T10:35:54.897Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-28T10:35:54.897Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
69
label Biography information for Sir Oliver Heald more like this
166605
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-11-27more like thismore than 2014-11-27
answering body
Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept id 31 more like this
answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
hansard heading Science: Females more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, how the Government Equalities Office pilot project to improve links between schools and businesses to raise the career aspirations of young people, which has been awarded to the British Chambers of Commerce, will be co-ordinated with the work in this area at (a) Engineering UK, (b) the Royal Academy of Engineering, (c) the Royal Society and (d) STEMnet. more like this
tabling member constituency Mid Worcestershire more like this
tabling member printed
Sir Peter Luff more like this
uin 216327 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-04more like thismore than 2014-12-04
answer text <p>The aim of the School-Business Partnerships pilot is to establish long lasting and mutually beneficial partnerships in which schools and businesses work together. The primary focus of the partnerships is on business, particularly local business, rather than national organisations. In addition, each partnership is focusing on the sectors best suited to the local area.</p><p> </p><p>Four out of the five partnerships have incorporated some element of STEM activity in their programme. For example, two have partnered with STEM Ambassadors to deliver activities in schools and one partnership is hosting an event with The Royal Academy of Engineering next year. In addition, Government has shared information on the activities of Engineering UK, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society and STEMnet with the British Chambers of Commerce.</p> more like this
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
answering member printed Jo Swinson remove filter
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less than 2014-12-04T11:35:11.16Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-04T11:35:11.16Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
268
label Biography information for Sir Peter Luff more like this
166800
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-11-28more like thismore than 2014-11-28
answering body
Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept id 31 more like this
answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
hansard heading Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2014 to Question 210908, whether the evaluation process of the Access to the Electoral Office Fund will involve members of the Speaker's Conference on Parliamentary Representation. more like this
tabling member constituency Stretford and Urmston more like this
tabling member printed
Kate Green more like this
uin 216379 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-05more like thismore than 2014-12-05
answer text <p>The assessment of the fund’s effectiveness will involve users of the fund, the Independent Administrator and the Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Stakeholder Group, which includes disability organisations, political parties and the Local Government Association. We have not planned for the formal involvement of the Speaker’s Conference on Parliamentary Representation, which existed from 2008 – 2010, however I was a member of that Speaker’s Conference and I am happy to hear views from any member of the House on how the fund is working.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has not published criteria for the assessment; however, it will focus on the extent to which the fund removes barriers to disabled people’s participation in public life. The assessment will draw on a range of data gathered by the independent fund administrator, including demand and the different types of support applicants require. The fund will provide support up to and including the General Election and it will be for the next Government to judge the fund’s effectiveness and whether and how it should be extended.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
answering member printed Jo Swinson remove filter
grouped question UIN 216380 more like this
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less than 2014-12-05T13:55:08.987Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-05T13:55:08.987Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
4120
label Biography information for Kate Green more like this
166801
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-11-28more like thismore than 2014-11-28
answering body
Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept id 31 more like this
answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
hansard heading Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2014 to Question 210906, what criteria will be used to evaluate the Access to Elected Office Fund. more like this
tabling member constituency Stretford and Urmston more like this
tabling member printed
Kate Green more like this
uin 216380 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-05more like thismore than 2014-12-05
answer text <p>The assessment of the fund’s effectiveness will involve users of the fund, the Independent Administrator and the Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Stakeholder Group, which includes disability organisations, political parties and the Local Government Association. We have not planned for the formal involvement of the Speaker’s Conference on Parliamentary Representation, which existed from 2008 – 2010, however I was a member of that Speaker’s Conference and I am happy to hear views from any member of the House on how the fund is working.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has not published criteria for the assessment; however, it will focus on the extent to which the fund removes barriers to disabled people’s participation in public life. The assessment will draw on a range of data gathered by the independent fund administrator, including demand and the different types of support applicants require. The fund will provide support up to and including the General Election and it will be for the next Government to judge the fund’s effectiveness and whether and how it should be extended.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
answering member printed Jo Swinson remove filter
grouped question UIN 216379 more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-12-05T13:55:09.07Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-05T13:55:09.07Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
4120
label Biography information for Kate Green more like this