Mr David Blunkett (Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough) (Lab): I was going to congratulate the Prime Minister on his first foray into the G8 and G20, but he has already congratulated himself....
The Prime Minister: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for his question and his probably justified rebuke, which was well put. However...
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Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham) (Lab): The Prime Minister has had three international outings and he has acquitted himself very well; it would be churlish not to acknowledge that. Ahead of them, he wrote in the Financial Times on 17 June:
"It is shocking that...women still do not have equal rights in the workplace. This is not just unfair; it makes no sense-because it deprives our economies of their full potential as workers and consumers."
Will he therefore agree, in this spirit of bipartisanship, that having the gender pay audits that have been suggested in both the public and private sectors would be a way of getting rid of that huge problem?
The Prime Minister: We have supported-and, indeed, before the election we put forward a case for-gender pay audits, particularly based on those companies where any unfairness is found. The right hon. Gentleman makes a good point, quoting from my FT article, which is that that is one of the structural reforms that we in the west in the developed world should be carrying out in order to increase our growth rates, and as the right hon. Gentleman is being so friendly, I shall have to take away his thoughts and think about them again.