We will shortly be consulting on the regulations needed for gender pay reporting, and I urge all employers to consider those carefully. Female employment is at a record high, and the gender pay gap has fallen to 9. Not necessarily their poor behaviour, but the poor behaviour of pupils around them. Is that really where we are now? This will complement the wider Pearson support available for Edexcel qualifications, such as ResultsPlus, ResultsPlus Direct, and Exam Wizard. The Windrush Scandal should have been enough.
What about the entrepreneurship gender gap? Use the tabs around the page to navigate around this site. This is not about forcing girls to wear trousers or boys to wear skirts. The Conservative Government has become increasingly paternalist with bans created or looming on public health issues such as sugar; on environmental issues like plastic and ivory; and on activities like social media. Sadly, just a month before my first day at Dr Challoners, my Dad passed away. They assume that spending less on public services invariably leads to poorer services—something that we have comprehensively disproved over the past five years.
As the carer of a 92-year-old woman who came here in 1947 to train as a nurse, I think that is disgraceful, and we need to do something about it. I have listened carefully to the contributions to the debate, and particularly to that of my right hon. If it takes 70 years to equalise the gender pay gap, as is estimated on the current rate of progress, my four-year-old granddaughters will be pensioners by the time this issue is resolved. Friend and others when the legislation was passed by this House in 2011. It is also important that transgender and non-binary pupils feel they can dress comfortably. We know that women make up around two thirds of the public sector workforce, and that cuts to the public sector and pay freezes disproportionately hit women, yet there seems to have been no acknowledgement of this by the Government, and no coherent plan to support women to find new jobs in the private sector. It is important for the House to acknowledge that, given the state of the economy.
The calculations that she has been citing all afternoon do not include these basic facts. I have never gone back to that school and have no desire to. He made the excuse that his Department had not been properly briefed, and he went into crisis talks with the and the to try to claw back billions. First and foremost we should pledge to make no new changes to the national curriculum for the next parliamentary term. After the earthquake my family had been through, it certainly helped restore my confidence, and that hugely benefited my attitude to school and life. Since 2009, the number of women starting engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships has increased threefold.
Our voices are not heard. I am pleased that we are committed to expanding free childcare for two, three, and four-year-olds with an extra £1 billion. There are many obstacles that prevent women from starting and growing their own businesses, and as a Government we are seeking to overcome those obstacles. There is no place in our society for stereotypes about some jobs being suitable for girls and some for boys. In October this year, it was reported that only 26% of directors were female. They contribute massively to our economy, a contribution that amounts to a net saving in the healthcare budget.
Friend says, that they have to wait many more years—up to six years—before they can retire. I went to school that day, and I sat the exam anyway. The Liberal Democrats are ready and willing to challenge the problem in social care. We know that a huge contributory factor to the number of women in prison is abuse and violence earlier in their lives. Does she think that it pays tribute to the hard work of women in our economy to bang on in the way she is about what happened under the previous? Lady is absolutely right that we need to invest in our young women going through school so that they study subjects, and that is exactly what the is doing. Neither of my parents did, but I always admired the success they made of their lives. The pink battle bus may have run on something other than petrol, but the rest of us fill up in the normal way.
We need to find a solution and, I believe, that a wider curriculum until education leaving age is the answer. It is a record that is found wanting. That is far from the security that the Chancellor promised would be at the heart of his spending decisions. Lady makes a number of sweeping assumptions. Is there room for a systemic review of how the policies are working to effect change in the workplace? We need to see an economy with far more equal opportunities for women and support for them to progress in the job market.
This Government are putting £40 million into services for victims of domestic abuse. I am delighted to be a member of the brand-new , which will strain every sinew to ensure that we have fair representation in this House and across the work we do here. Why are women hit the hardest? We are by no means complacent. In 2013, the Government also said that they wanted to encourage more women to become business owners or entrepreneurs. It took Conservative-led Governments another five and a half years to put that into action.
There is also a helpline associated with it to make sure that help is there for women who need it. It grew the economy, created jobs and lifted 1 million children out of poverty, and I am proud of that record. I always support our business community, and if someone wants to start a business, that community will support them. The Labour Government introduced tax credit, childcare vouchers and the initiative. The charge that we see being levelled at the government in the press is that the proposals funnel money away from high-need Labour areas to more affluent Tory ones. However, just one in four partners in City firms are women.
I welcome this action by the Government, which contrasts the reckless incompetence displayed by the previous Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson. Just because someone is fantastic at passing on knowledge to pupils does not mean they make good people managers. The toughest area of government reductions that can be felt by voters — welfare — is being softened by Amber Rudd and the toughest area of government restriction — immigration — is being softened by Sajid Javid. This commitment to gender equality informs the difficult decisions that we have had to make to return the country to surplus and ensure that we no longer depend on debt. Friend, I was out on and I met local businesspeople in Basingstoke.