What is a Parliamentary Question?
A Parliamentary Questions (PQs) are questions put formally to a government minister about a matter they are responsible for by an MP or a member of the Lords. They are used to seek information or to press for action from the Government.
This page shows the PQs which relate to the work of this APPG, asked by APPG members and their answers (as we receive them). (Note: the PQ is asked by the member, not by the APPG.)
It also contains suggestions for questions.
Members are asked to let us know when they ask a PQ so we can record it here. This will make it easier to ask a wider range of questions.
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether the Government has made an assessment of the potential merits of appointing a Minister responsible for male-specific issues. (Asked by Henry Smith MP 4 June 2021)
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the learning gap between girls and boys. (Asked by Henry Smith MP 4th June 2021)
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department is developing to tackle specific health issues affecting men and boys. (Asked by Henry Smith MP 28th June 2021)
Answered 6 July 2021 by Jo Churchill Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care. “The Department does not have a specific men’s health strategy. Relevant issues are identified and policy developed on a condition specific basis.”
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has made an assessment of the potential effect of fatherlessness on gang membership by young men. (Asked by Mark Jenkinson MP )
Answered 15 7 2021 by Kit Malthouse, Minister of State (Home Office).
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he plans to take to ensure that more separation and divorce proceedings are resolved through mediation rather than the family courts system. (Asked by Scott Benton MP 5th July 2021)
Answered 13 7 2021 by Alex Chalk, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice).
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of providing funding to male domestic violence victim service providers. (Asked by Scott Benton MP 5th July 2021)
Answered 13 7 2021 by Victoria Atkins, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office).
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to close the learning gap between boys and girls; and in particular, what steps they are taking to address boys’ early years underachievement in language and vocabulary development.. (Asked by Baroness Eaton 5th July 2021)
Answered 19 July 2021 by Baroness Berridge, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Dept for Education)
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of fatherlessness on young men who are members of gangs. (Asked by Baroness Eaton 5th July 2021)
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that information on a pupil’s (a) family status and (b) known issues at home are routinely transferred from primary to secondary school. (Asked by Mark Jenkinson MP 8th July 2021)
Suggestions for questions
(Note: The secretariat are not yet expert in drafting parliamentary questions. The suggestions below are mainly subject matters, rather than suggested wording.)
- Male-specific health issues: What plans are being developed to address the specific health issues affecting men and boys.
- Fatherless pupils in secondary school. What actions have the government taken to ensure that data on fatherlessness (Single parent?) is routinely transferred from primary school to secondary?
- Use of prison. The government proposes to end imprisonment for women as they recognise that most offenders need help, rehabilitation etc due to prior abuse, trauma etc. What plans does the government have to offer the same routes for men?
- Access to counselling for offenders with mental health problems. What proportion of recipients of the Offenders with Personality Disorder Pathway (OPDP) are male vs female?
- Access to psychological help for offenders: What steps are being taken to ensure psychological therapy is as equally accessible to men and youths as it is to women offenders?
- Lower level of vaccination by young men: What steps is the minister taking to close the Covid-19 gender vaccination gap between young men and young women in England?
- Istanbul Convention: hidden commitments. What steps will the government take to ensure that the parts of the Istanbul Convention that require UK school children be taught that gender is a ‘social construct’ do not become UK law?