Mims Davies debates with Cabinet Office

There have been 10 exchanges between Mims Davies and Cabinet Office

Wed 22nd July 2020 Oral Answers to Questions 21 interactions (554 words)
Wed 17th June 2020 Oral Answers to Questions 11 interactions (230 words)
Wed 11th March 2020 Oral Answers to Questions 17 interactions (612 words)
Wed 20th December 2017 Oral Answers to Questions 3 interactions (90 words)
Wed 13th December 2017 Oral Answers to Questions 3 interactions (71 words)
Mon 11th December 2017 Brexit Negotiations 3 interactions (101 words)
Wed 6th December 2017 Oral Answers to Questions 5 interactions (63 words)
Wed 22nd November 2017 Oral Answers to Questions 3 interactions (51 words)
Wed 18th October 2017 Oral Answers to Questions 3 interactions (69 words)
Wed 6th September 2017 Oral Answers to Questions 7 interactions (103 words)

Oral Answers to Questions

Mims Davies Excerpts
Wednesday 22nd July 2020

(2 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Liz Twist Portrait Liz Twist (Blaydon) (Lab) - Hansard

What assessment the Government have made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the financial circumstances of women born in the 1950s. [R] [905152]

Mims Davies Portrait The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Mims Davies) - Hansard
22 Jul 2020, 11:41 a.m.

The Government have introduced significant measures to help mitigate the financial impact of covid-19. We are committed to providing financial support for people when they need it throughout their lives, including when they are near to or reach retirement. The welfare system will continue to support men and women who are unable to work, on a low income, or under state pension age.

Liz Twist Portrait Liz Twist - Parliament Live - Hansard
22 Jul 2020, 11:42 a.m.

Research by think-tank the Women’s Budget Group shows that women are at greater risk from the economic crisis caused by the covid-19 pandemic. The current crisis is pushing more and more women, including those born in the 1950s, into poverty. What practical steps will the Minister take to relieve the impact on 1950s-born women, who are already disadvantaged by the rise in the state pension age—and may I, Mr Speaker, declare an interest as a 1950s-born woman?

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies - Parliament Live - Hansard

The Government recognise the importance of supporting adults to effectively plan for the future. We do recognise that this is a challenging time for everyone, and we aim to support older workers, including women who may be out of work because of covid-19. Through the summer Budget, the Chancellor announced a number of initiatives that will support all claimants, including older women. The hon. Lady will be aware that there is a live Court of Appeal case as of yesterday, and I cannot comment further on this live litigation.

Chris Stephens Portrait Chris Stephens (Glasgow South West) (SNP) - Hansard

What steps the Government are taking to help ensure that young workers are protected during the covid-19 outbreak. [905153]

Mims Davies Portrait The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Mims Davies) - Hansard
22 Jul 2020, 11:43 a.m.

We have supported people to make a claim for universal credit if they have lost their jobs. We are strengthening our youth offer for 18 to 24-year-olds. This includes introducing a tailored 13-week programme, new youth hubs, and DWP specialist youth employability work coaches. Meanwhile, young people can be referred to apprenticeships or work-related training at any stage.

Chris Stephens Portrait Chris Stephens - Parliament Live - Hansard
22 Jul 2020, 11:44 a.m.

I thank the Minister for that answer. However, Glasgow South West constituent Caitlyn Lee, who has worked for the Blythswood Square hotel for five years, will receive only £580 in redundancy pay, which barely covers one month’s rent, because, under statutory redundancy pay law, young workers under the age of 22 are entitled to half a week’s pay whereas workers over 40 get one and a half weeks’ pay. Will the Government address this discrimination, and what will they do to mitigate the mass redundancies of young workers so that they are not disadvantaged any further?

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies - Parliament Live - Hansard

I thank the hon. Gentleman for raising this issue. Young people can be at a particular disadvantage, perhaps due to their limited work experience, and they might potentially have a lower skills level. I am concerned to hear about this issue. Our jobcentres are already talking to claimants about the support they can give to young people and signposting them to places that can support them into employment, such as the National Careers Service, in giving advice on how they can look for further work. We have also announced our new kick-start scheme for Great Britain—a £2 billion fund to support young people at risk of long-term unemployment.

Anne McLaughlin Portrait Anne McLaughlin (Glasgow North East) (SNP) [V] - Parliament Live - Hansard

My fantastic god-daughter, Toniann, is 17. During lockdown, instead of studying, or even watching boxsets, she became a key worker and helped to keep the economy going. For that, she was paid £4.55 per hour. Does the Minister think that Toniann and other people her age are worth any more than that, and if so, will she stand up for the young people of these islands and urge the Chancellor to make it compulsory for employers using the kick-start scheme to top up this frankly insulting and free—to them—wage?

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies - Parliament Live - Hansard

I am passionate about supporting our young people to get the opportunities they need, and for this, the kick-start programme is vital. My officials are engaging with the devolved authorities about how we can make the eligibility criteria attractive and wide-ranging. We are looking at the detail and will set it out so that everyone can understand how to get involved and get these opportunities at the start of August.

Janet Daby Portrait Janet Daby (Lewisham East) (Lab) [V] - Parliament Live - Hansard

The Domestic Abuse Bill still does not include critical measures to protect migrant women and girls, which is a necessity for compliance with the Istanbul convention. How do the Government intend to protect vulnerable women regardless of their ethnicity, sexual orientation or immigration status if they continue to fail to ratify the convention?

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Ben Bradley Portrait Ben Bradley (Mansfield) (Con) - Hansard

What steps the Government are taking to help ensure equity of opportunity for people from low-income families. [905159]

Mims Davies Portrait The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Mims Davies) - Parliament Live - Hansard

The Government are committed to helping individuals from low-income families to progress at work and to a system to increase their incomes and level up opportunities. The aforementioned baroness, Ruby McGregor-Smith, is leading our DWP in-work progression commission, which is identifying challenges that individuals might face and finding practical solutions to help them to overcome the barriers faced across all communities.

Ben Bradley Portrait Ben Bradley - Parliament Live - Hansard

Most likely to drop out of school with no qualifications, most likely to commit suicide and already falling behind in terms of attainment compared with all their peers by the age of five—the plight of white working-class boys still seems to be an unfashionable one, but although these young men have some of the worst life chances of any group anywhere in our country, the Equality Act 2010 does not touch on socioeconomic disparity or poverty. It seems like every other group in society, apart from these boys, has some kind of positive action in place. What can my hon. Friend do to ensure that this is the last generation of lost boys from places such as Mansfield who do not have the same opportunity in life as their peers?

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies - Parliament Live - Hansard

The evidence is understood that early language and learning skills have a fundamental impact on a child’s education and future life chances. The Government are bringing in extra support for all disadvantaged children, including white working-class children—I know that my hon. Friend’s sees that as key to no area being left behind. The Department for Education has set up the Hungry Little Minds campaign, targeting low-income parents to support their child’s early language development, which is key to help them to set up for school and boost their life chances.

Dr Luke Evans Portrait Dr Luke Evans (Bosworth) (Con) - Hansard

If she will make a statement on her departmental responsibilities. [R] [905190]

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Sir Lindsay Hoyle Portrait Mr Speaker - Hansard

If the Minister can answer anything, it would be good, but if not, I understand.

Mims Davies Portrait The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Mims Davies) - Parliament Live - Hansard

How about: I will take the hon. Lady’s question and give her a full response?

Sir Lindsay Hoyle Portrait Mr Speaker - Hansard

Excellent.

Oral Answers to Questions

Mims Davies Excerpts
Wednesday 17th June 2020

(3 months, 1 week ago)

Commons Chamber
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Debbie Abrahams (Oldham East and Saddleworth) (Lab) - Hansard

What recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the effectiveness of the benefit system for supporting disabled people. [903367]

Mims Davies Portrait The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Mims Davies) - Hansard

We remain committed to ensuring that the benefit system is effective and positive in supporting disabled people. That includes several measures, such as suspending face-to-face assessments, extending personal independence payment awards where necessary, and increasing the universal credit standard allowance and local housing allowance rates.

Debbie Abrahams [V] - Hansard

We know that people with existing health conditions are more likely to become seriously ill with or succumb to covid-19 than the population as a whole. For example, more than one in four of all people who have died of covid in hospital in England also had diabetes. What assessment have the Government undertaken of the proportion of people with health conditions in receipt of social security support who have also died of covid?

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies - Hansard

I thank the hon. Lady for raising an important issue. The Department for Work and Pensions looks to identify and learn lessons swiftly. The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, my hon. Friend the Member for North Swindon is engaging extensively and holding conversations with charities and stakeholders on exactly these kinds of issues so that we can understand the impact on the most vulnerable.

Peter Gibson Portrait Peter Gibson (Darlington) (Con) - Hansard

What steps she is taking with the Foreign Secretary to promote global LGBT equality. [903368]

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Emma Hardy Portrait Emma Hardy (Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle) (Lab) - Hansard

What recent assessment the Government have made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on disabled people. [903370]

Mims Davies Portrait The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Mims Davies) - Hansard
17 Jun 2020, midnight

The Government are committed to supporting disabled people through the covid-19 outbreak and beyond. We continue to monitor its impact on disabled people and those with a health condition, using existing and new data sources to improve our understanding.

Emma Hardy Portrait Emma Hardy - Hansard
17 Jun 2020, midnight

Many people with disabilities and parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities have contacted me, feeling very fearful that they will face abuse for not wearing a face covering on public transport. Labour supports the use of face coverings, but the Government’s messaging needs to be very clear. Will they ensure that their public advertising campaign includes and explains the exemptions and look at supporting local charities that are trying to address that?

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies - Hansard
17 Jun 2020, midnight

I thank the hon. Lady for raising this point. We need to recognise that some people with disabilities face particular difficulty when it comes to social distancing and are impacted on by the reaction of others due to their inability to socially distance—I understand, particularly, the situation for young children. I reassure her that the Department for Transport has revised transport guidance for travellers and operators and considers the details needed for disabled travellers. I hope that that reassures her.

Mary Kelly Foy Portrait Mary Kelly Foy (City of Durham) (Lab) - Hansard

What assessment she has made of the potential effect on the gender pay gap of the suspension of gender pay gap reporting during the covid-19 outbreak. [903377]

Oral Answers to Questions

Mims Davies Excerpts
Wednesday 11th March 2020

(6 months, 2 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber
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Paul Maynard Portrait Paul Maynard (Blackpool North and Cleveleys) (Con) - Hansard

7. For what reason responsibility for the Office for Disability Issues transferred from the Department for Work and Pensions to the Equalities Hub in the Cabinet Office. [901472]

Mims Davies Portrait The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Mims Davies) - Hansard

The Office for Disability Issues transferred to the Cabinet Office from the Department for Work and Pensions in November 2019. It joined the race disparity unit and the Government Equalities Office to be part of the new Equalities Hub in the Cabinet Office. The new cross-departmental disability unit will work closely with disabled people, and disabled people’s organisations and charities, to rightly bring disabled voices into the heart of Government.

Paul Maynard Portrait Paul Maynard - Hansard

Ministers will be aware that the DWP is currently preparing a cross-government national disability strategy. At the same time, the DWP has lost the cross-government Office for Disability Issues, as it has been subsumed into the Cabinet Office’s Equalities Hub. Do the Government believe that this will enhance or detract from the eventual national disability strategy? It must surely be to its detriment.

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies - Hansard
11 Mar 2020, 11:49 a.m.

I thank my hon. Friend for raising this issue and highlighting that it is part of the Cabinet Office’s Equalities Hub. In the meantime, the Department for Work and Pensions is bringing forward a Green Paper in the coming months to see how the welfare system can work with our claimants and people with health conditions. We have already done roundtables and workshops on this. This is a priority for this Government and my Department. Whether it sits in the Cabinet Office or not, it remains a priority that we will work together on.

Jessica Morden Portrait Jessica Morden (Newport East) (Lab) - Hansard

8. What steps the Government is taking to support women living in poverty. [901473]

Mims Davies Portrait The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Mims Davies) - Hansard
11 Mar 2020, 11:50 a.m.

Work offers the best opportunity to move out of poverty, irrespective of gender. We are proud that the female employment rate under this Government is at a record high of 72.4%, with nearly 2 million more women in work than back in 2010. Wages have outpaced inflation for 23 consecutive months. Shortly, from April, the national living wage will increase again, also benefiting women the most.

Jessica Morden Portrait Jessica Morden - Hansard
11 Mar 2020, 11:51 a.m.

But a recent report by Welsh charity Chwarae Teg highlights the fact that 38% of women in Wales on universal credit are in work compared with 29% of men. What is the Minister doing to ensure that there is strong action in the Budget to tackle women’s in-work poverty?

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies - Hansard
11 Mar 2020, 11:51 a.m.

I thank the hon. Lady for raising this issue. Wales and opportunities for women is an issue close to my heart—she will know that. I had my best opportunities working in Wales, and I want that to extend to everyone. Universal credit will offer 85% of childcare costs. The flexible support fund also helps women into work. I would urge all women to take the opportunity to go into their jobcentre and ask about the mix of benefits and support they can get. But one particular issue always holds women back, and that is confidence. Women should feel confident that they can go for it under this Government and under universal credit.

Mike Wood Portrait Mike Wood (Dudley South) (Con) - Hansard
11 Mar 2020, 11:52 a.m.

I speak to many mothers in Dudley South who say that they want to return to work but the level of childcare costs means that it is not financially worthwhile. What action are the Government taking to help parents to return to work?

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies - Hansard
11 Mar 2020, 11:52 a.m.

I thank my hon. Friend for raising this issue. Under this Government, ensuring opportunities for women’s progression is an absolute priority for me, the Secretary of State and the Department for Work and Pensions. The fact that women get more childcare costs under universal credit is really important. Under the legacy system the figure was 70%, and under universal credit it is 85%. People should not forget the flexible support fund, which means that they can return to work at any time. If they talk to their jobcentre, it can help them with that.

Debbie Abrahams (Oldham East and Saddleworth) (Lab) - Hansard
11 Mar 2020, 11:52 a.m.

If work is the best route out of poverty, why are four out of five people still in low-paid jobs 10 years later?

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies - Hansard

Ensuring opportunities for women’s progression absolutely is a priority, as I have already said at the Dispatch Box this morning. We need to see what the barriers are. Sometimes confidence about returning opportunities is minimal. We are using our fuller working lives policy and strategy. Tomorrow I will be in Newcastle talking to women returners to see what is holding them back. It is about time that women got the progression and the pay rises they deserve.

Sir David Evennett (Bexleyheath and Crayford) (Con) - Hansard

T1. If she will make a statement on her departmental responsibilities. [901481]

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Kate Osborne Portrait Kate Osborne (Jarrow) (Lab) - Hansard

T6. TUC analysis shows that 70% of the 1.8 million workers who do not earn enough to qualify for statutory sick pay are women. Over a third are in insecure work or on zero-hours contracts, including many in my constituency. Will the Government agree to the TUC’s calls for the threshold to be removed as part of the emergency powers being brought forward? [901487]

Mims Davies Portrait The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Mims Davies) - Hansard
11 Mar 2020, 11:30 a.m.

My Department is looking at everything to support people to stay in work. Our welfare system treats people as individuals and all genders equally. However, the upcoming legislation on this issue will be suitable for looking at everyone. For those on universal credit, that will be the right way to adjust for the money that they need. If people need any further help or support, they should contact their jobcentre. If they are unable to attend due to self-isolation, they should let their work coach know. We are prepared to support everyone through every eventuality, while protecting public health.

Sara Britcliffe Portrait Sara Britcliffe (Hyndburn) (Con) - Hansard

T3. If schools and nurseries in Hyndburn are forced to close because of coronavirus, the burden of care will inevitably fall on women. Can the Secretary of State assure the House that they will be supported, especially if they end up losing money due to caring responsibilities? [901483]

Oral Answers to Questions

Mims Davies Excerpts
Wednesday 20th December 2017

(2 years, 9 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard

First, as I am sure the hon. Gentleman is aware, the Home Office recently published the Government’s updated drugs strategy. I have a different opinion to some Members of this House. Some are very liberal in their approach to the way that drugs should be treated. I am very clear that we should recognise the damage that drugs do to people’s lives. Our aim should be to ensure that people come off drugs, do not go on drugs in the first place and keep clear of drugs. That is what we should focus on.

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies (Eastleigh) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard

Q14. May I pay tribute to the Prime Minister for listening to me so carefully on issues relating to women’s health and in particular pregnancy, including Primodos, valproate and mesh implants, all of which have been raised by my constituents? Like my right hon. Friend, they feel very strongly about tackling female health issues and are very grateful to be heard. Will she assure me that she will continue to listen, so that women do not feel they are left behind or forgotten when it comes to health equality? [903061]

The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
20 Dec 2017, 12:26 p.m.

I was very happy to meet my hon. Friend and other right hon. and hon. Members to discuss these important issues that have a real impact on women’s lives. Women want answers to what has happened, and I can assure her that the Government and I will continue to listen on these issues. We will continue to look to see what we can do to ensure that women do not suffer in the way that they have in the past. We will keep that clear focus on women’s health.

Oral Answers to Questions

Mims Davies Excerpts
Wednesday 13th December 2017

(2 years, 9 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
13 Dec 2017, 12:41 p.m.

The Chancellor did not express the views that the hon. Lady claims he expressed. This is a Government who value the contribution that disabled people make to our society and to our economy in the workplace. This is a Government who are actually working to ensure that more disabled people get into the workplace. We have had some success; there is more to do, but we will continue to work to ensure that those disabled people who want to work are able to do so.

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies (Eastleigh) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
13 Dec 2017, 12:42 p.m.

I recently sponsored an event in this place for the UN “Draw a line” campaign, which has helped 6,000 women and girls worldwide to have a better life. However, one in four women in the UK and 70% of girls around the world will experience physical or sexual violence during their lives. Will the Prime Minister confirm that this Government will continue to lead the world on tackling trafficking and exploitation?

The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
13 Dec 2017, 12:42 p.m.

I am happy to confirm that for my hon. Friend, who once again raises a very important issue. It is, of course, this Government who introduced the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and we continue to work not only to increase our ability to deal with the perpetrators of these crimes, but to provide support to victims. I want a world in which women and girls have the confidence to be able to be what they want to be, and to know that they will not be subject to exploitation, violence, trafficking or slavery. Of course, slavery applies to men as well. Our commitment as a Government to ending violence against and the exploitation of women and girls is absolute.

Brexit Negotiations

Mims Davies Excerpts
Monday 11th December 2017

(2 years, 9 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
11 Dec 2017, 5:07 p.m.

What was in the decision that people took in the referendum—what they were asked to decide—was whether to stay in the European Union. [Interruption.] The hon. Lady shakes her head and says that it did not mention the single market or the customs union. It was made very clear during the debate what leaving the European Union meant, and the British people voted for it.

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies (Eastleigh) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
11 Dec 2017, 5:08 p.m.

Thank you, Prime Minister. It is no mean feat to balance remainers and leavers inside and outside the House, and to balance the rights of British citizens abroad—we think about that a lot, and my constituents have raised it with me—with those of the 3 million EU citizens here, many of whom work in our public services, as well as balancing people who live in the past and have not accepted the result. Does the Prime Minister agree that the agreement bodes well for the second phase and that all our constituents, and UK plc, should look positively to the future?

The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
11 Dec 2017, 5:08 p.m.

Yes, I absolutely agree. We have shown that we can achieve what we want to achieve for the United Kingdom. That bodes well for the next phase of the negotiations. I am optimistic about that next phase and I hope others will be, too.

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Mims Davies Excerpts
Wednesday 6th December 2017

(2 years, 9 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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David Mundell Portrait David Mundell - Hansard

I am quite clear that my red line is the integrity of the United Kingdom, and keeping Scotland in the United Kingdom, which people in Scotland voted for in 2014. We are leaving the EU as a United Kingdom, and nothing that the SNP does will stop that.

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies (Eastleigh) (Con) - Hansard

5. What steps the Government plan to take to ensure that Scotland benefits from the new industrial strategy. [902719]

David Mundell Portrait The Secretary of State for Scotland (David Mundell) - Parliament Live - Hansard
6 Dec 2017, 11:47 a.m.

The industrial strategy is a comprehensive plan for boosting productivity to raise the earning power of people and businesses. We have been working constructively with the Scottish Government, who hold many of the policy levers that will help to make the industrial strategy a success in Scotland. We have proposed a review of inter-agency collaboration to maximise the coherence and impact of both Governments’ work in Scotland.

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies - Parliament Live - Hansard
6 Dec 2017, 11:47 a.m.

This UK-wide industrial strategy is extremely welcome in my constituency. Southampton airport connects Eastleigh to Edinburgh and Glasgow by two busy routes across the UK. Does the Secretary of State agree that regional airports and vital connectivity will increase prosperity in Scotland and England?

David Mundell Portrait David Mundell - Parliament Live - Hansard
6 Dec 2017, 11:48 a.m.

I was delighted to hear that Edinburgh airport has had its busiest year ever, so I agree absolutely with my hon. Friend and recognise that regional airports across the UK make a vital contribution to the economic health of the whole country. That is why we are developing a new aviation strategy that will consider how best to encourage and improve domestic connectivity, to the benefit of both Scotland and the whole United Kingdom.

Oral Answers to Questions

Mims Davies Excerpts
Wednesday 22nd November 2017

(2 years, 10 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Chris Skidmore Portrait Chris Skidmore - Hansard
22 Nov 2017, 11:57 a.m.

I recognise the individual case. The hon. Gentleman has written a letter to me on this matter and I hope he has received my response. The Government obviously update freedom of information arrangements regularly, so we will keep this matter in mind. There is a consultation on various points in the freedom of information code, which the hon. Gentleman is welcome to be involved in.

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies (Eastleigh) (Con) - Hansard
22 Nov 2017, 11:57 a.m.

Ministers, like me, are absolutely passionate about making sure that people get to the ballot, whether at parish, town or district level. Do Ministers agree that it is really important that we continue to have polling cards at every election so that everyone can play their part in the electoral process?

Chris Skidmore Portrait Chris Skidmore - Hansard

As I have said, the Government are committed to ensuring that as many people are engaged in the democratic process as possible, and this includes ensuring electors are equipped with the information they need to vote. As a result, we have no plans to change the current arrangements for poll cards.

Oral Answers to Questions

Mims Davies Excerpts
Wednesday 18th October 2017

(2 years, 11 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Alistair Burt Hansard
18 Oct 2017, 11:55 a.m.

The UK continues to make representations on demolitions in the west bank and ensures that Israel understands the relationship between the UK and funding. We support efforts to bring to the notice of the Israeli authorities the legal arguments against demolitions, and we will continue to do so.

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies (Eastleigh) (Con) - Hansard

T5. Oxfam marked its 75-year anniversary earlier this month. I am proud of the work that British charities such as WaterAid, which was founded here in 1981, are doing around the world. Will the Minister outline what the Government are doing to support charities’ excellent work on campaigns for women and girls to have a safe and private place, as they come of age, to keep themselves clean? [901245]

Priti Patel Portrait Priti Patel - Hansard

My hon. Friend is absolutely right, because DFID and Britain are working with many partners, including WaterAid. I pay tribute to this country’s great non-governmental organisations that provide wash and sanitation facilities for women and girls around the world, and protect their health and wellbeing. I pay tribute to what my hon. Friend and other Members are doing to work with them.

Oral Answers to Questions

Mims Davies Excerpts
Wednesday 6th September 2017

(3 years ago)

Commons Chamber
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Guto Bebb Hansard
6 Sep 2017, 11:46 a.m.

I remind the hon. Gentleman that the Secretary of State and I have been successful in achieving city deals for Cardiff and Swansea, and we are working towards a north Wales growth deal as well. That additional funding from Westminster was not subject to any Barnett consequentials with regard to any other part of the United Kingdom.

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies (Eastleigh) (Con) - Hansard
6 Sep 2017, 11:46 a.m.

Does my hon. Friend agree that last year’s fiscal framework agreement secures long-term, needs-based funding for the Welsh Government, and that that can act as an enabler for improved public services across Wales?

Guto Bebb Hansard
6 Sep 2017, 11:46 a.m.

I thank my hon. Friend for her question. She is absolutely right: this Government have delivered a fiscal framework for Wales that was called for for 13 years, when the Labour party did absolutely nothing. That fiscal framework gives certainty of funding for Wales and the people of Wales, and it will be beneficial to the development of the Welsh economy.

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The Prime Minister - Hansard

First, we are of course pleased that we are going to be increasing the number of training places, which means that the Department of Health is looking at the whole question of what places are available and where, and what new medical schools should be set up. So I am sure that the Secretary of State for Health will be interested in hearing the hon. Lady’s pitch for Bradford to have a medical school.

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies (Eastleigh) (Con) - Hansard

Q10. In the 1960s and 1970s, thousands of women were prescribed Primodos as a pregnancy test, which resulted in profound effects for the babies that followed. Alongside elderly parents, my constituent Charlotte Fensome cares for her brother Steven, who was profoundly affected. Does the Prime Minister agree that those families now deserve justice and that there should be a chance to launch a public inquiry into this terrible scandal? [900633]

The Prime Minister - Hansard
6 Sep 2017, 12:37 p.m.

My hon. Friend has raised an important issue, and she is absolutely right to do so. We should recognise the impact that this had on those women who took this hormone pregnancy test during pregnancy from the late 1950s into the 1970s—I believe 1978 was the last time. An expert working group has been set up to look into this issue and it is due to publish its findings in the autumn, but I would be very happy to meet my hon. Friend to discuss this issue with her.