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10 February 2016

Committee to question Ministers Nicky Morgan and Nick Boles

The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Education Secretary
and Minister for Women and Equalities
As businesses and their employees await the Government’s proposals for gender pay reporting requirements,  Women and Equalities Committee Minister Nicky Morgan and Skills Minister Nick Boles will this morning be questioned by the Women and Equalities Committee in the final session of the Committee’s gender pay gap inquiry.
The evidence session will begin at 10.30 am and you can watch it here.
Areas of particular interest to the Committee include:
  •      Finding out the Government’s response to evidence the Committee has heard on the impact of gender pay gap reporting regulations, the details of which are expected imminently.
  •     What action the Government is taking to tackle the gender pay gap for women over 40.
  •     What plans, if any, the Government has for ensuring that the skills of women over 40 are fully utilised.

     Committee Chair Maria Miller said:

"The Prime Minister’s commitment to eliminating the gender pay gap in a generation is clear but the Committee is concerned that the policies to bring about this change are not clear and may not be adequate. We want to find out what new policies the Government might be considering and why they think gender pay gap reporting can address the structural issues many women face in accessing employment. In particular we want to investigate how Ministers plan to reduce the pay gap where it hits hardest – amongst women over the age of 40."

The Committee will question Nicky Morgan and Nick Boles about the Government’s plans to close the gap for women over 40, with a particular focus on the potential economic gains, on better provision for women returners, flexible working, and better provision for carers.

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