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Jenny Willott in Parliament

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  • 2015 Mawrth 5:
    • International Women's Day | Business of the House | Commons debates

      Does the hon. Lady agree that we should also think about the toys that children play with when they are extremely young, and ensure that they have a variety of experiences? Should we not encourage girls to play with science and engineering kits, rather than confining those exciting toys to the boys' aisles in supermarkets so that girls think that they can only dress up, play with dolls and so on?

    • International Women's Day | Business of the House | Commons debates

      Does the hon. Lady agree that that is often a particularly good way for women with young children to branch out and set up their own business? We had an event earlier this week with the National Childbirth Trust on the cost of child care, and there were a number of women there with lots of small children-always refreshing in Parliament-who had changed career because of the cost of child care and were setting up their own businesses, which in years to come will have huge potential to contribute to the economy.

  • 2015 Chwef 26:
    • Backbench Business - Equitable Life | Culture, Media and Sport Committee | Commons debates

      Does the hon. Gentleman agree that people have been pushed into an extremely difficult position, and that some of them are extremely close to poverty as a result of the amount they have lost? In many cases, they are not at an age at which there is anything they can do to replace the funds they have lost. They face a very uncertain future, as they have for many years, but there is absolutely nothing they can do to make a difference.

  • 2015 Chwef 5:
    • Safety Deposit Boxes | Home Office | Written Answers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions her Department has had with suppliers of safety deposit facilities on ensuring that the annual cost of hiring and using such facilities is kept at a reasonable level; and if she will make a statement.

    • Safety Deposit Boxes | Home Office | Written Answers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions her Department has had with (a) banks, (b) solicitors and (c) other providers on the availability of safety deposit boxes across the UK; and if she will make a statement.

    • Safety Deposit Boxes | Home Office | Written Answers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of safety deposit boxes across the UK; and if she will make a statement.

  • 2015 Chwef 2:
  • 2015 Ion 15:
    • Contaminated Blood | Business of the House | Commons debates

      Does the hon. Gentleman agree that, because we are talking about quite a small number of people, fairly generous packages of compensation would be affordable? We are not looking at millions of people; we are looking at a small number of people who have suffered very seriously as a result of the NHS.

    • Contaminated Blood | Business of the House | Commons debates

      On the point that my right hon. Friend was just making about what could be done without any more money being made available in the interim, does he share my concerns about the process that people have to go through to access the support that is already available, how invasive and demeaning the processes often are and how much that upsets those who are already in a very difficult position, when they are simply trying to get what they should be getting anyway?

    • Contaminated Blood | Business of the House | Commons debates

      Does my right hon. Friend share my concern that in cases where haemophilia is passed down through the generations, entire families have been affected by this terrible scandal? The Lewis family in my constituency is one such example. Hayden Lewis tragically passed away. His brother was also infected and has also since died. Hayden infected his wife Gaynor with HIV before he was diagnosed, which will have an impact down the generations. That is why these families deserve far, far better treatment than they have so far received.

  • 2015 Ion 5:
  • 2014 Rhag 16:
    • Post Office Card Account | Oral Answers to Questions - Justice | Commons debates

      I am delighted by today's news that the Post Office will be able to serve customers using the new POCA well into the future. As

      the Minister said, that will enable the Government to achieve their commitment to protecting the post office network, unlike the previous Labour Government, who closed thousands of branches in every single constituency across the entire country. How many customers does he estimate will access the new accounts, which will bring trade into these post office branches, and how many are unable to access bank accounts at the moment?

  • 2014 Rhag 9:
    • Tax Avoidance | HM Treasury | Written Answers

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to reduce tax avoidance in the UK.

    • Topical Questions | Oral Answers to Questions - Treasury | Commons debates

      Thank you, Mr Speaker, and my apologies. I wanted to ask about tax avoidance. At a time of falling incomes when many people are finding it difficult to make ends meet, does the Minister agree that those on high incomes should avoid using expensive lawyers-if they can afford to use them-to assist with tax avoidance? Does he share my hope that tax avoidance, like drink-driving, will become a moral taboo?

  • 2014 Rhag 8:
    • Topical Questions | Oral Answers to Questions - Work and Pensions | Commons debates

      We have heard today about the use of food banks, and the right hon. Member for East Ham (Stephen Timms) mentioned a recent report from the Church of England,

      the Child Poverty Action Group, Oxfam and the Trussell Trust that highlighted the problems that arise when those who have been sanctioned lose all their benefits, including housing benefit. I understand that the Department for Work and Pensions is working on a fix to prevent housing benefit from being stopped when a claimant is sanctioned, but while that is being worked on, will the Minister consider sanctioning all but, say, 10p of jobseeker's allowance or employment and support allowance now so that other benefits are not automatically cancelled and claimants do not need to use a food bank and end up in rent arrears while they are being sanctioned?

  • 2014 Rhag 3:
    • Child Care | Oral Answers to Questions - Wales | Commons debates

      Parents in Cardiff complain that they cannot access their free child care entitlement. They can only get a place if they apply for three hours a day, five days a week at a state-run nursery school, which is useless if they work. Given that that means that parents in Wales are worse off than those in England, will the Minister speak to Assembly Ministers to ensure that parents can access their entitlement to free child care places in a way that suits them and not the Labour council?

    • Child Care | Oral Answers to Questions - Wales | Commons debates

      What recent discussions he has had with Ministers in the Welsh Government on the provision of free child care places for three and four-year-olds in Wales.

  • 2014 Tach 26:
    • Government Policies (Wales) | Opposition Day | Commons debates

      The Secretary of State mentioned the growth in the small business sector and he also mentioned the employment allowance, which gives a national insurance contribution rebate to businesses. Will he welcome with me the fact that more than 1,000 small businesses in my constituency alone and tens of thousands across Wales have already taken that up, enabling them to invest in their staff through training or higher salaries and even to create new jobs and take on more people?