Earlier this morning during an Urgent Question debate on the closure of Marks and Spencer stores, I asked the Minister from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:
"As we know, the retail sector predominantly employs women. What can the Government do to support them during this process and to ensure that they are not disproportionately affected by the closures?"
Minister Claire Perry MP responded:
"The hon. Gentleman is right—retail is very much a female employment sector, often because women are working part time—but he and I should celebrate the fact that there are more women in work than at any time since records began and that the gender pay gap is at its lowest-ever level."