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Good morning and welcome to BBC Parliament's live coverage of the

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Commons. The Labour chair of the, first committee Yvette Cooper will

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be asking about the decision to end the child refugee programme. Then

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the Leader of the House David Lidington will be asking questions

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about the future parliamentary business on the backbenchers debate.

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Join me for a round-up of the day and both houses of parliament at

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11pm tonight. First questions for the Culture Secretary Karen Bradley

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and her team. Number one, sir.

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Mr Speaker, in a fast changing and challenging broadcast environment,

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the Government wants to ensure that Channel 4 has a secure and strong

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future, and will continue to provide for audiences and support creative

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industries around the UK. The Government is looking at a broad

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range of options and we will set out our plans in this area in due

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course. Is it that the review is not as fast

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changing and fast moving as the broadcast environment? At the end of

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this month, it will have taken longer than the BBC Charter review.

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Can we now put this review out of its misery and declared that Channel

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4 works well and will not be privatised.

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Mr Speaker, unlike the BBC Charter review, this is no formal process

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and there is not an end date to which the charter expires as with

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the BBC. But we need to make sure we get it right. I want to see Channel

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4 survive and flourish and prosper in an ever-changing broadcasting

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world, as he has pointed out, and that means working with Channel 4 to

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get the right deal for viewers, but also the right deal for the whole

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country. David Nuttall.

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Would my honourable friend think the view of the conditions and markets

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authority, what would it be like, if a company owned one broadcasting

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company the size of the BBC and wanted to own another the size of

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the Channel 4? If she would agree that this should not be allowed,

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will she add agree to sell off Channel 4?

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Mr Speaker, I know my honourable friend has strong views on this, but

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I assure him we are looking at all and we will report to the house in

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due course. As we heard from my honourable

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friend from Chester, this is one of the longest-running soap episodes in

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this house, whether Channel 4 will or will not be privatised. Can the

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Secretary of State confirm it will not be privatised and will not be

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for-profit, unlike, and I expect she is coming from pressure from the

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benches opposite to privatise. Mr Speaker, I know the honourable

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gentleman from Chester is interested in long-running soaps on Channel 4,

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given that Hollyoaks is set in his constituency, and I want to make

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sure that Hollyoaks and other programmes around the UK are able to

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prosper so we have a plurality of broadcasting that works for

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everyone. Thank you, Mr Speaker. The Secretary

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of State will be aware Channel 4 won the broadcaster of the year I

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broadcast awards, and she, does she agree if it is not broken to fix it?

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The point is that we make sure Channel 4 has a long term

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sustainable future and that is why we are looking at all options we can

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ensure that a station that relies very, very predominantly on

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advertising revenue is able to continue and provide the excellent

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broadcasting Channel 4 is renowned for.

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But when she spoke to the select committee last year, she said you

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would come to a decision, and I quote, "In the near -ish future".

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And our in due course. I do not know whether the near -ish future is

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sooner than in due course. This messing around about Channel 4 needs

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to come to an end because the uncertainty is damaging the business

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and broadcasting industry. Will she give us, rather than in the near

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-ish future, a decision immediately? I do not agree this is affecting the

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quality of broadcasting Channel 4 is able to produce. The fact that

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Channel 4 has committed to being the broadcaster for the para athletics

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being held in London is a positive move we welcome. I will get this

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right and we're working with Channel 4 and all stakeholders to make sure

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Channel 4 has the long-term, sustainable future and I will report

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back to the honourable gentleman as soon as I can.

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Number two. Matt Hancock.

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Thank you, Mr Speaker. We strongly support a brass bands, and through

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regular arts Council funding to organisations such as the Brass Band

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England, and in addition large brass band can take advantage of the

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orchestra tax relief introduced in April last year.

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Youth Brass 2000 is a small brass band based in Kettering, and would

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my honourable friend join me in congratulating them in recently been

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crowned British Open youth brass band champions for the fifth year

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running? They are an excellent example of youth band should be

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pleased to follow, are they not? I would be delighted to trumpet

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success... Of the winners of the British open

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youth championship for a fifth year in the role. I myself played the

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cornet in a brass band when I was a boy. But I never rose to the

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dizzying heights of the National Champions that he represents and I

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send them congratulations. In my constituency, we have the

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wonderful band that brings together the not so young and the young, with

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instruments that are also young or not so young and I understand the

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minister is keen to support that. Could he endorsed today in this

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chamber of the need to have that cross community, gender balance as

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well, to make sure the brass bands of the future are as such?

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As you see from the response in the House, there are brass band toured

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across the country. The Haver Hill Brass Band in my constituency is a

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good example. But the point the honourable gentleman makes is that

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brass bands like other music organisations can bring people

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together across cultural divides, from different backgrounds, and

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provide a point of unity. A point well made.

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The Minister is not known for blowing his own trumpet but... I am

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sure he, like me, would want to congratulate the Rossendale Scout

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band and many other bands, all of which particularly work with young

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people. I am sure I hope the Minister will take the opportunity

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to thank these bands getting young people off the street and giving

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them a love of music and helping them perform.

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I never played the trumpet, I was a mere player of the cornet but I want

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to bang the drum for all of these brass bands.

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The long-term sustainability of our brass bands, including the fine

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brass band in my hometown... Yeah, yeah...

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It depends on the affordable music lessons in schools. Does the

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Minister agree that this Government's cuts to devolved

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administrations and local councils but a risk?

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I think that people who play in brass bands across the country

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should be enthused by the level of support across this chamber for this

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question. I would disagree with the honourable gentleman, because in

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England, where the UK Government is responsible for support, we have put

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in ?300 million into music clubs to make sure everybody gets the

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opportunity to play a musical instrument. It is up to the devolved

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authorities to do that. That is outside of England, and I wish that

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the Welsh Government would do something similar.

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Question three. Mr Speaker, the Government wants to

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ensure the best deal for Britain on leaving the EU, and to provide as

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much certainty as we can. The creative industries are one of the

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UK's greatest success stories, contributing over ?87 billion to the

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economy, and ?19 billion in exports, and I am confident this will

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continue when we leave the European Union, and I am working with the

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ministry to ensure this. I am sure the Minister has her

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favourite things, but can she enjoys the Government is ensuring that work

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Visa requirements and increased application costs do not kill the

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ability of UK musicians to tour in European venues post Brexit?

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Mr Speaker, as pointed out, we have moved from brass bands to rock

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bands. A nice segue. But the point of the UK music industry is this is

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a global leader. Not just in 27 countries in the European union but

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across the world, and it is British music and British bands that are

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touring around the world. I understand the point that he makes

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and I am sure to work closely with the industry to ensure we get the

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best deal for British music in Europe but also across the world.

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The EU is crucial funding for the creative sector, and Scottish

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organisations have received over 12 million from creative Europe, but no

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word from this Government as to what will happen to the source of funding

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after the UK leads the EU, so can you commit to giving the creative

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industries assurance that they will not be worse off as the result of

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the UK leaving the EU? The Chancellor of the Exchequer has

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committed that funding will be secured until 2020, which is after

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the UK will leave the European Union, but I am working closely with

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industry and across Government to ensure that we get the right deal

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for Britain, and that means that we have the support that is needed to

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ensure our creative industries flourish.

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Mr Speaker, when I look at the stylish men and women on the front

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bench opposite, I think that each and every one of them...

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LAUGHTER Except perhaps the honourable member

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for Reading, could be models on the catwalk at London Fashion Week.

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Now, the fashion industry, Mr Speaker, are concerned that as the

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UK leads the EU, we will lose the right to present original designs

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with serious knock-on effect for trade showcases, including London

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Fashion Week. Can the Secretary of State tell us what the Government is

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doing to make sure intellectual property rights of our designers are

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protected post Brexit? Mr Speaker, the honourable gentleman

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has a timely question with British Fashion Week coming up, but also,

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because only on Monday myself and the Minister of State met the

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fashion industry to discuss exactly these points, and I reassure him and

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the fashion industry that because the Great Repeal Bill will bring

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European rules into UK law, those rates will be protected.

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Mr Speaker, last week the select committee took evidence from people

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representing the creative industries. Some of these employ a

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40% EU workforce and these people are now in limbo. What reassurances

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can the Secretary of State give that their roles and livelihoods are

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secure? I want to pay tribute to the

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decreative works, and the role they have played in working Government to

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develop our plan to ensure we get the right deal for creative

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industries when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. He will

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know the Prime Minister has been very clear that she wants to get an

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early settlement on the matter of EU nations in the UK and UK nationals

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living in Europe and I know that she is working hard, as we all are,

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across Government, to ensure we can achieve it as soon as possible.

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We expect all clubs and sports to fill full their legal obligations

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under the act of 2010, so disabled people are a are not placed at a

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disadvantage. Football has the highest issue, and is stepping up.

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We expect all other sports to do the same.

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People from across the United Kingdom have been contacting me with

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grave concerns about lack of accessibility to sport stadiums.

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Will the minister meet with myself and the all parliamentary group to

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discuss the important steps in the way forward. Can I start by

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congratulating the honourable lady in all she does. Her reputation is

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fast spreading around the chamber and indeed beyond. I would, I am

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sure, along with my colleague for work and pensions, be delighted to

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meet her about this issue. We are making progress on it. It isn't just

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football in the English Premier League. It is football throughout

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this country and across other home nations as well. I encourage all

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members to do what they can to encourage their own local clubs to

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be as successful as possible. Will the minister agree it is

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unacceptable with all the wealth that there are clubs that don't yet

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have a plan to meet their accessibility target for their

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stadia. Will she agree with the report that clubs that fail to do

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that should face legal action? I don't agree with the honourable

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gentleman that the clubs don't have a plan. I believe they have a plan,

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they may not be meeting that plan. He is right to say there should be

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legal action. It is not for me to advance that. It is, he will be

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aware, as others will be, that equally and the human rights

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commission is the body that enforces the act. If insufficient progress is

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made by clubs they should consider using their legal powers and they

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would have my full support. The Government's approach continues to

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be come play sent. The Government's a-- complacent. The Government's

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view is to leave it up to individuals to enforce. When they

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try and enforce it the Government hit them with tribunal fees. Will

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the Government do it itself and stop passing the buck. ? I am not sure he

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listened to the answer. The enforcement body, if they decide to

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take legal action and they would have Government support in doing so.

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I know, Mr Speaker, that the honourable gentleman is in fact a

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Wolverhampton wanderer's fan and Molineux is 62 spaces short of its

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target. I hope he will encourage the excellent disabled, active fan's

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group to make sure they do meet their own target. Number five. As

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the honourable gentleman knows, we have committed to a come produce

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when sieve review which will look at funding arrangements, remit and

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governance. I look forward to the honourable member's contributions to

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that review. She will be fully aware of the sig mans of S4C to the people

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of Wales. When the announcement was made last year of a review, the

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Government also wisely froze the cuts tDCMS share of the budget. The

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review has not started. It will happen this year. Will the Secretary

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of State guarantee to, again, freeze any proposed cuts to S4C's budget?

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The Government is committing to ensuring the future is strong and it

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has a long future in broadcasting. We will make sure the appropriate

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budgets are available. Of course, the forthcoming

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independent review of S4C is welcomed. It remains a scarlet pip

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per them. The to specify recommendations about present and

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future funding arrangements to ensure the channel can achieve its

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public service obligations Mr Speaker, we have ensured that S4C

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has appropriate funding for a very long time I was a Conservative

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Government that introduced S4C in the first place. This Government the

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Government gave over ?600 million and will give that next year in

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addition to the money that comes addition to the money that comes

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from the licence fee. I hope that will show we are committed. The

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current funding projection means a 10% in its funding between now and

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2021. Could the minister assure me the review will look strongly at

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making sure we have a definitive base to S4C's funding? We are

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putting together terms of reference for the reviesmt look forward to The

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Right Honourable gentleman's comments on that review when it is

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put forward. Question six.

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We strongly support the roll out of super fast broadband, which is on

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track to be available to 95% of premises this year. One in three

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homes in my constituency have broadband speeds of under 10

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megabits per second. In recent study 44% repeated repeated loss of

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broadband service. If this situation continues, the future growth

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prospects of my constituency will be severely restrained? I will look

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into the figures which he mentions. But I think broadband, which is the

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independent body which publishes figures on this, think the amount of

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properties with super fast broadband available is much higher and ahead

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of the national average. There's been a huge effort to roll out super

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fast broadband. Of course there's a difference between it being

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available and taken up. Making sure people take up broadband when it is

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available is a very important task. In the rural areas n the isolated

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areas across the country, the hardest to reach areas still haven't

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been reached by broadband. I think, can I urge the Government to have as

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flexible approach, a voucher system in some places? Use all technologies

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in order to get it out to the people in isolated areas? I very strongly

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agree with my honourable friend. Thank you. In designing the super

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fast broadband tender, the Government was warned they were

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effectively entrenching BT's monopoly. Now in designing the

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obligation they appear to be making exactly the same mistake again. Will

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the minister commit to delivering choice in our broadband networks.

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She's wrong on the premise of the question. There is now many, many

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companies delivering into the BDU scheme. In fact there are companies

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that didn't even exist a few years ago who are now delivering super

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fast and much faster broadband across the country.

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Question eight, Sir. Rob Wilson. Thank you, Mr Speaker.

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The Government is providing support for library authorities throughout

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England to deliver library services that are accessible, modern and meet

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modern needs. This includes a ?4 million libraries innovation fund

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and support for libraries to explore alternative operating models. I

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believe very strongly that staff should have a stake in the public

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services they provide. Lichfield library is situated in a

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lovely building. It will cost over ?1 million to maintain it.

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Staffordshire County Council decided to move the library out into a

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heritage centre, which will strengthen the heritage centre and

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the old building is being privatised, if you like and being

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restored so. A win-win situation. What sort of best practise advice

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does his department give to other County Councils? And perhaps

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Staffordshire County Council n this area at least could be a model?

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Could I welcome the approach taken by Lichfield library and

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congratulate Staffordshire County Council. Local authorities need to

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think very imaginatively about how libraries can deliver priorities and

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the ambition document which we recently published through the

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library's task force challenges them to do so. Standing still is not an

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option. I encourage local authorities to embrace change and be

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bold in finding solutions. Can I thank the minister for being so

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personally engaged in supporting our efforts to protect Swindon's

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community libraries. Can he praise the trust which has saved the

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library and should be expanded further?

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Can I thank him for his efforts in Swindon, where I did recently visit

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the local authority and I was encouraged by the desire to keep

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local libraries open. I join him in congratulating his local colleague

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and local councillor for the work he's done in setting up a local

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trust and keeping libraries open. Topical number one, Mr Speaker.

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Today, my department published the first annual report setting out our

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progress against sporting future, our sports strategy for an active

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nation. Since the last oral questions my ministerial team and I

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have held round table meetses with representatives from various

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sectors, the purpose is to identify challenges and opportunities as the

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United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union.

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Thank you, Mr Speaker. Last week, when I went and visited Deptford

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green secondary school a teenager from the school council asked me a

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question. She started by asking the question by saying, "It's not

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political." She asked me, why are there not more sports facilities for

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young girls in the area. Female sports participation is half that of

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men. This is a very, very political qu efrom a young girl. Is there any

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surprise when female role models like Stef Houghton is paid ?65,000 a

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year. And Wayne Rooney is paid ?250,000 a week. No, that is ?12

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million less. THE SPEAKER: Speak! Order! I am

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sorry. It is a very good question, but it is far too long. Topical

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questions have to be far shorter. Sorry to interrupt.

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I do appreciate the point. We are aware of it and we are working

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across Government to address it. Can the minister tell the House what

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work her department is doing to help small charities to secure public

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service contracts? Mr Speaker, my Right Honourable friends raises a

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very important point. We know the volumetry sector has the ability to

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bring greater social value to our services. We know they can face

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barriers when up against established providers. We announced new measures

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in this area in December. It is why a group attended by the ministers

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for civil society met for the first time yesterday to lead our work on

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this issue. Keeping our children safe on line is one of the most

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important responsibilities. That is why section 67 made it a criminal

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offence for adults to send sexual messages to children TNSPCC say two

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years on the law is still not enforst forced. Will the minister --

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enforced. Will the minister explain why the Government is dragging their

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feet on this and ensure this is implemented immediately? It is very

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good to see a member of the shadow team who has been voting with the

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rest of the shadow front bench this week. On the important issue that

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she addresses ensuring Internet safety is something, as she knows,

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is at the top of the Government's agenda. It has been a crucial part

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of the digital bill and the proposal she makes is also something we are

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considering very seriously. Thank you. Million on the, Mr Speaker,

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million on the is widely recognised as the horse racing capital of the

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north. And the racing -- Molton. And the levy will bring up to ?30

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million a year into the industry. Would the minister update us on the

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progress of its implementation. I recognise the valuable contribution

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that horse racing makes to the whole of the country. We remain on course

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to implement the reforms to the levy in 2017 and lay legislation to that

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effect shortly. Thank you Mr Speaker. Every day player, coach,

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volunteer of every sport should be made welcome. Will she join me in

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praising the leadership shown by rugby league in tackling homophobia

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in sport, on this, the day the Superleague season kicks off? I will

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certainly join with the honourable gentleman in praising rugby league

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for its efforts to make progress on this issue. Homophobia should not be

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allowed in sport. We share the same rugby league team, Leeds. We wish

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them well this evening against St Helens. English and Welsh wine is a

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great quality success story. By 2020 will produce more than 12 million

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bottles. I know the Secretary of State does her bit to boost wine

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consumption. What is she doing to promote the use of English wine in

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her department, across Government departments and attracting visitors

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to our emerging wine regions? I have travelled down and grown in

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my constituency is one of the finest English wines, and I am passionate

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about wine for all of the right reasons and tourism is part of

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ensuring English wine is part of that.

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Manchester United should be applauded for their recent

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announcement to increase the number of disabled supporters attending

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games, but this is not a step that clubs at all levels can afford to

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take. What will be Minister do to support those smaller clubs looking

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to improve the experience of disabled supporters attending

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matches? Manchester United should be

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applauded, and other Premier League clubs are doing the same to improve

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the offering for disabled spectators at their clubs. It is to other clubs

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in lower leagues do find it difficult and they are working well

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to ensure they meet their commitment going forward. We as the Government

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do what we can to support that. If a broadband service is to be

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advertised as Faber, should it not be full labour and should the

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service speed advertised not be got by at least half of people receiving

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it? -- fibre. The advertising standards authority

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is a non-statutory body looking at some of these issues but it needs to

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look more broadly to ensure people know what they are getting and the

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advertising is proper and fair. In 2014 - 15, nearly ?4 million was

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lost in the Stockton North constituency by those who could not

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afford it. I know ministers have concerns highlighted in an report

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last year, and can I urge them to respond possibly and have more

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stakes on these machines -- lower stakes on the machines.

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There was a review announced on these machines, and I am considering

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the findings of that will be publishing shortly.

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A football club are part of the fabric of the community and have

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inspired many generations to participate in sport and foster a

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sense of town pride, so will the Minister welcome the home of these

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football and rugby team thanks to a ?7 million investment?

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I am pleased to help that Oldfield has now opened, having the right

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facilities in the right places and combining sports with those

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facilities is not only important in driving participation but it is

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excellent leave money. The tech sector number one Brexit

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concern is that when we leave it will become unlawful to send

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personal data from Europe to UK firms unless the commission, the UK

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commission has declared that to be adequate. What steps are being taken

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to secure that declaration in time? This is an important point and

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making sure that we have unhindered flow of data between the UK and the

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EU and indeed other trading partners around the world like the US is

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vital. We are implementing this in full to make sure we have that

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unhindered flow of data. In 2020, my right honourable friend

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knows that we will be celebrating the 400 anniversary of the Mayflower

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setting sail to found the American colony. Can I ask my right

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honourable friend what discussion she has had with the Secretary of

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State for Transport to make sure that tourists can get to the place

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they set off from to get to the wonderful event?

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Mr Speaker, I had the honour last week to meet the team who are

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putting together the Mayflower 400 celebrations, and also attended an

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event at the US embassy last summer where I saw a replica of the

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Mayflower that will be part of the celebrations we look forward to in

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2020. It is important that as many people as possible can visit those

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celebrations and I had discussions with the Secretary of State for

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Transport for that matter last night.

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When the Government reduced the maximum stake on fixed odds betting

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terminals to ?50, it accepted the principle that we are lowering the

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level of the state to have a positive impact on problem gambling.

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As part of the review, will you examine the success of that measure,

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and see if it has been successful, will you consider reducing the state

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even further? The Minister might do one or other

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or conceivably if they got honourable gentleman is a lucky boy,

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both. Mr Speaker, we have had many

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responses to the consultation and you will be welcome to help consider

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those recommendations. I will make my recommendations shortly and we

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are looking through the body of evidence that came to us from the

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review published in October. I expect to publish the

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recommendations and findings in the spring.

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Questions for the Secretary of State for International Trade, Thomas

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Simmonds. Mr Speaker, the EU Canada

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comprehensive economic trade agreement, CE GAA, is a good

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agreement for the UK. -- CETA. The UK Government is fully committed to

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supporting such agreements whilst we remain EU members. The investment

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protection provisions in

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