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Darren questions Immigration minister

In European Scrutiny Committee, Darren questioned Caroline Nokes, Minister for Immigration, on the system by which EU citizens will be able to get ‘settled status’ – i.e. the right to live and work in the UK after Brexit. He also asked her about the Brexit negotiations.

Watch highlights below (press play and videos will skip to where Darren is questioning the minister):

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Darren backs Plastic Free Parliament

 

Darren Jones MP is proudly supporting a Plastic Free Parliament. Plastic Free Parliament is Surfers Against Sewage’s latest campaign to highlight and tackle avoidable plastics.

Darren Jones MP said:

“I’ll be reducing my plastic consumption wherever possible and I back the use of reusable bottles, plates , cutlery and mugs on the parliamentary estate. Shockingly over 2million single-use plastic items were used on the estate in 2017!”

 

You can find out more at Plastic Free Parliament.

Darren questions Minister for Countering Extremism on Bio-metrics and Forensics

This happened in Science and Tech Committee. Watch below (press play and it will skip to the part where Darren speaks):

Darren also questioned Dr Gillian Tully, Forensic Services regulator, on this topic:

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Darren speaks in the House of Commons about Debt Relief Schemes

Watch the full speech here:

Darren questions Minister over algorithms in decision making

This took place in Science and Tech Committee, where Margot James, Minister for Digital and Creative Industries, was in front of the committee. Listen below (press play on the video and it will skip to where Darren speaks):

Darren also questioned the Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, on this topic:

Darren calls for Houses of Parliament to be retired

Darren said, as quoted in the Bristol Post;

I think quite frankly we should just move out and give it over to the National Trust and have a building that is fit for purpose… I think we should move out completely and turn it into an attraction, make sure it is fit for purpose but actually put us in a new modern building that sets a new tone, that is more family friendly in its hours – but that doesn’t have a pub in it.

I don’t know any other workplace that has a pub in it. I don’t know why there are pubs in Parliament.

 

 

 

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Darren asks the government about sexism in schools

In a written question, Darren wrote:

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the National Education Union report on Sexism in schools published in December 2017, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the relationships and sex education curriculum is designed to prevent sexism and sexual harassment among children and young people at all key stages.

Nick Gibb, Minister for Schools, replied:

On 14 December 2017 the Department published advice for schools on how to prevent and respond to reports of sexual violence and sexual harassment between children: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sexual-violence-and-sexual-harassment-between-children-in-schools-and-colleges.

The Department wants to ensure that all pupils gain the knowledge and skills they need to keep themselves safe and develop healthy, respectful and positive relationships for adult life in modern Britain. The Department is actively engaging with a wide range of stakeholders to develop the regulations and guidance on Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education; and we launched two calls for evidence on 19 December, one for adults and one for young people, to seek views on the curriculum content for these subjects. The calls for evidence close on 12 February and can be accessed via this link: https://consult.education.gov.uk/life-skills/pshe-rse-call-for-evidence/.

We envisage draft regulations and the guidance will be published for consultation later this year. The regulations will then be laid in Parliament.

16th January Science and Tech Committee – Artificial Intelligence

The witnesses were Dr Dominic King, Senior Staff Research Scientist and Clinical Lead, DeepMind Health, Dr Ian Hudson, Chief Executive, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Professor Harry Hemingway, Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research, and Eleonora Harwich, Head of Digital and Tech Innovation, Reform.

Listen to highlights below (press play and the audio will skip to where Darren is speaking:

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Gender Pay Gap

Darren Jones MP names and shames Bristol employers who pay men more than women.

In January 2018, the Government published information about the gender pay gap: the difference that men are paid to women.

Labour passed the Equalities Act in Government which made it clear: men and women should get equal pay for equal work. Yet many organisations are failing to do that, with conscious or unconscious bias in appointments, promotions and pay between men and women. This is unacceptable and must stop.

Today, Darren Jones MP has written to organisations on the list of published offenders that employ people in Bristol to call them out, and ask what they’re doing to fix the problem. This is part of wider work being done by Darren to eradicate modern slavery and unethical work from Bristol. The  list includes prominent Bristol employers such as the BBC, day nursery Mama Bears, Rolls Royce and Wessex Bus.

Darren said:

There is no excuse for employers who pay men more than women for the same work. And to respond saying that women aren’t in senior positions misses the point entirely. For whatever reason, women continue to get paid less than men for doing exactly the same job. It’s time to call that out publically and I encourage women to raise it with their employers, and to ask what is being done to fix the problem. They have my full support in doing so.

Here is the list of organisations thought to employ people in Bristol, who pay men more than women:

  • Accenture (16.7% gap)
  • Arup (17.4% gap)
  • Baker Tilly (14.8% gap)
  • BBC (10.7% gap)
  • BDO (18.3% gap)
  • Capgemini (19.4% gap)
  • Clydesdale Bank (37% gap)
  • CMS Cameron McKenna (17.3% gap)
  • Coral Racing (14% gap)
  • Crown Prosecution Services / CPS (10.6% gap)
  • Deloitte (17% gap)
  • Ernst and Young (19.7% gap)
  • Europa Worldwide Logistics (19% gap)
  • First Wessex (15.1% gap)
  • Fujitsu (16.7% gap)
  • Hayley Group (18.6% gap)
  • HSE (22.9% gap)
  • Ladbrokes (15% gap)
  • Land Registry (33.3% gap)
  • Mama Bears (27.5% gap)
  • Ministry of Defence (12.5% gap)
  • NHS Digital (16.1% gap)
  • Rolls-Royce (6.3-11.1% gap)
  • Shell UK (18-31.5% gap)
  • The Coop Bank (30.3% gap)
  • TSB Bank (31% gap)

This list is based on national figures, excludes a 10% +/- range (not that a pay gap of less than 10% is an excuse!) and where there are various subsidiaries a range has been included.

And here is the letter Darren has sent to each of them: