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Mike Wood: What assessment has my right hon. Friend made of the announcement’s impact on the recruitment and retention of prison officers?

 

Elizabeth Truss The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

My hon. Friend makes a very important point. Prison officers will receive a 2% rise and a 0.75% bonus. Prison officers who were newly recruited on fair and sustainable terms will receive additional progression pay to make sure that we retain those really important workers.

Mike Wood: What will the impact be of the measures associated with this deal on the cost of new nuclear power stations and on decommissioning former nuclear sites?

 

Sam Gyimah Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Higher Education), Minister of State (Education)

Mike Wood: What progress the Government have made on improving the safety of prison officers.

 

Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Mike Wood: Given my hon. Friend’s personal interest in this matter, will he join me in supporting the Government’s “Share the joy” campaign to encourage greater take-up of shared parental leave?

 

Andrew Griffiths (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy))

Mike Wood: Mandatory reporting requirements are an important step in eliminating the gender pay gap, but does my hon. Friend agree that it will be key for shareholders and customers, as well as employees, to hold businesses to account on those reports?

 

Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

Mike Wood: What sanctions are available if companies fail to meet their legal obligations to help to close the gender pay gap?

 

Amber Rudd (The Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women and Equalities)

What is the law is that gender pay gap reporting takes place. The EHRC has the ability to take measures that can end up with fines and further sanctions. In terms of proposals for companies to actually close the gap themselves, we encourage them to put forward their own plans.

Mike Wood: What steps his Department is taking to support the use of small businesses in Government procurement.

 

Oliver Dowden The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

Over the past two and a half years I have met many constituents who have been directly affected by the various changes to the state pension age. Listening to them, it is impossible not to feel every sympathy, given the circumstances in which many find themselves. If I suddenly found out that I would not be able to retire at the age I had expected, I am not sure that I could say how I felt—actually, I probably could, but I fear my language would not be parliamentary.

Mike Wood & James Cleverly (Braintree)

What steps the Government are taking to support women back into work when they have had time out of the workplace to look after children or other relatives.

 

Anne Milton 

(Minister of State (Education), Minister for Women)

Mike Wood: On the 100th anniversary of the communist revolution’s introduction of a system that impoverished and imprisoned tens of millions, what is the Department doing to promote the benefits of free markets for workers, consumers and society as a whole?

 

Greg Clark The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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