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green energy to the construction. My noble friend makes a good point and

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through him, can I congratulate the business involved that as my

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honourable friend. With the government 's plans, to improve the

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energy infrastructure, what positive impact will that have. On small

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businesses when it comes to electricity cost. The primary effect

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will be to keep the it down for small businesses. There is an

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excellent company and a new car is a pride chain that have excellent

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vacancies that will be on offer in Mike seventh annual Pendle jobs

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that. What more can we do to support the nuclear supply chain. Mr Speaker

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one of the things we have done to support the supply chain is to have

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a continuing commitment and it will benefit his constituents and through

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a network of training colleges, we will make sure that we grow the

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nuclear skills. I found the minister was a touch complacent in his

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earlier answer on smart meters, given this is going to coursed the

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taxpayer 11 billion by the end of the Parliament, what is he going to

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do by the fact that it doesn't work when you try to switch supplier. It

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will save ?47 billion by the end of that decade. When will the business

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rate review commenced an report, in the light that sticking plasters

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last week do little for the small businesses in York. The review will

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report in due course and in the not too distant future. Thank you Mr

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Speaker, the Digital strategy is a key component in the government 's

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industrial strategy, can he do better than decent MS and tummy

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which countries have committed to working Great Grimsby as part of the

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skills partnership. It is about invitation to businesses to come

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forward and pose to the government what is required to grow the jobs

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and skills there. That is the aim of all skills. They have felled to

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declare much more complimentary today, tenants are protesting

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outside the office, how long will they keep failing to do their duty

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and not facing up to the situation? The honourable gentleman knows that

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the Commissioner for Public avoidance stated that the panel did

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consider that there were no conflicts of interest in this case

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that would preclude Mr Newby from doing his job. We must now remove

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on. Statements, the Prime Minister. CHEERING

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Thank you Mr Speaker had with permission I would like to make a

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statement on last weeks European Council. And the next steps in

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preparing to trigger Article 50, and beginning in the process of leaving

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the European Union. The summit began by re-electing Donald Tusk as

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president of the European Council, I welcomed this because we have a

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close working relationships with Donald Tusk and we recognise the

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strong contribution he has made in office. In the main business of the

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council we discuss the challenge of managing mass migration, the threats

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from organised crime and instability in the Western Balkans, and the

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measures needed to boost your's growth and competitiveness which

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will remain important for us as we build a new relationship between the

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EU and a self global Britain. In each case who are able to show once

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again how Britain will continue to play a leading role in Europe long

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after we have left the European Union. First on migration, I

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welcomed the progress and in permitting the action plan which we

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had agreed at the informal EU summit in Malta last week. This included

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Italy strengthening asylum processes and increasing returns and Greece

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implementing to work the EU - Turkey deal where the EU is providing

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additional staff to interview Afghan and Iraqi and Eritrea National is. I

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argued we must do more to dismantle the vile people smuggling rings who

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profit from the migrants mystery and who are subjecting many to

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imaginable abuses. With coordinated and committed action, we can make a

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difference. Indeed, just last month, in operation between our national

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crime agency and the Hellenic Coast Guard to the arrest of 19 members of

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organised immigration crime group in Greece. As I have argued before, we

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need a managed, controlled and truly global approach and that is exactly

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what this council agreed. We need to help ensure refugees claim asylum in

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the first safe country that they reach, and help those countries

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support the refugee so they don't have too make the Paris journey to

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Europe. And we need a better overall approach to managing economic

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migration, one which recognises that all countries have the right to

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control their borders. Mr Speaker, engaging our African partners in

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this global approach will be hosting in London in May. Turning to the

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deterrent in situation in the Western Balkans, I have made clear

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my concern the risks that this presents to the region and to the

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wider collective security. Organised criminals and terrorists are ready

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to exploit these vulnerabilities and we are seeing increasingly brazen

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interference by Russia and others. In light of the alleged Montenegro

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coup plot, I called on the council to do more on destabilising Russian

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disinformation campaigns and to raise the disability of the Western

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commitment to this region. The UK will lead the way. The Foreign

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Secretary will be visiting Russia in the coming weeks, where I expect him

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to set out the concerns about the reports of Russian interference in

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the affairs of Montenegro. We will provide strategic expertise to the

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EU institutions to counter disinformation campaigns in the

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region had we will host the 2018 Western Balkans summit, and in a run

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at two that summit, we will enhance the security cooperation for the

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West Balkans can partners, including on organised crime, anti-corruption

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and cyber security. More broadly I also reemphasised, the importance

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that the UK places on Nato. As the bedrock of our collective defence.

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And I urged other member states to start investing more in line of the

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Nato target so that every country plays its full part in sharing the

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burden. For it is only by investing properly in our defence that we can

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ensure that we are properly equipped to keep our people say. Turning to

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growth and competitiveness as I have said, I want us to build a new

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relationship with you that will give that accompanies the maximum freedom

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to trade with and operating the European market and allow European

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businesses to do the same here. So a successful and competitive European

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market in the future will remain in our national interest and that this

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council, I called for further steps to complete the single market and

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the digital single market. LAUGHTER I also... I also welcomed the

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completion of the free trade agreement between EU and Canada and

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I pressed for an agreement with Japan in the coming months. For

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these agreements, just wait for it, these agreements will lay the

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foundation for our continued trade relationships in this country as we

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leave the EU. CHEERING At the same time you'll also seed

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opportunities to forge new trade deals and reach out beyond the

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borders of Europe to build relationships with our friends any

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allies alike. This weekend we announced a two day conference with

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the largest ever trade delegation from Qatar, to build on the ?5

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billion of trade that we already do with Qatar every year. We will

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always strengthen the unique and proud global relationships that we

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forge with a diverse and vibrant alliance of the Commonwealth that we

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celebrated on Commonwealth date yesterday. Finally, last night the

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bill on Article 50 successfully completed its passage through both

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houses unchanged. It will now proceed to Royal assent in the

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coming days, so we remain on track with a timetable that I set out six

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months ago. And I will return to this house before the end of this

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month to notify and I have formally triggered Article 50 and begun the

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process through which the United Kingdom will leave the European

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Union. This will be a defining moment bra whole country as we begin

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to forge a new relationship with Europe and a new role for ourselves

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in the world. We will be a strong self-governing global Britain. With

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control once again over our borders and our laws. And we will use this

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moment of opportunity to build a stronger economy and a fairer

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society, so that we secure both the right deal for Britain abroad, and a

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better deal for ordinary working people at home. And Mr Speaker, the

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new relationship of the EU that we negotiate, will work for the whole

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of the United Kingdom. That is why we had been working closely with the

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devolved administrations, including, including the Scottish Government.

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Listening to their proposals and recognising the many areas of common

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ground that we have. Such as protecting workers' rights, and our

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security from crime and terrorism. So Mr Speaker, it is not a moment to

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play politics will create uncertainty. -- or create

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uncertainty. It is a moment to bring our country together. To honour the

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will of the British people, and to shape for them a brighter future and

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a better Britain and I commend this statement to the house. Jeremy

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Corbyn. Thank you Mr Speaker, I would like to thank the Prime

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Minister Francois is copy of the statement. The passing into law of

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the unification of withdrawal, marks an historic step. Later this month,

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the triggering of Article 50, a process that will shape this

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country's future. There is no doubt, that if the wrong decisions are made

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we will pay the price for decades to come. So now more than ever, Britain

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needs an inclusive government, that listens and acts accordingly.

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However, all of the signs are, that we have a complacent government,

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complacent with our economy, complacent with people's rights and

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complacent about the future of this country. I urged the Prime Minister

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to listen to the collective wisdom of this Parliament. And to give this

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house a full opportunity to scrutinise the Article 50 deal with

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a meaningful final vote. The people's representatives deserve

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better than take it or leave it and if we are to protect jobs and living

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standards, and if we are to protect the future prosperity of this

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country, the Government needs to secure tariff free access to the

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single European market. Mr Speaker, the Prime Minister has already made

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the threat to our negotiating partners to turn Britain into a

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deregulated tax haven. Is that what she means by global Britain? When

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the Foreign Secretary says no deal with the new would be perfectly OK,

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it simply isn't good enough. -- with the EU. Far from taking back

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control, leaving Britain to world Trade Organisation rules would mean

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losing control, jobs and losing out. So when the Prime Minister says a

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bad deal is better than no deal, let me be clear, no deal is a bad steel.

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Such a complacent strategy would punish business, hit jobs and

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devastate public services on which people rely. The Prime Minister says

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she is seeking to secure a future free trade deal with the EU after

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initial negotiations are completed. But if that is the strategy, it is

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essential that this government stops being complacent and focuses on

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securing a transitional agreement with the EU at the earliest

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opportunity. That would at least give the British people and

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businesses some short-term clarity in this period. The Prime Minister

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said she wanted to provide certainty on EU nationals are as soon as

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possible. So, then, why have they voted down every Labour attempt to

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bring certainty to EU nationals who make such a national of -- massive

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contribution to our society? These people are not bargaining chips.

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They are mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, valued members of our

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community. The Government could and should have acted months ago. I

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agree with the Prime Minister, now is not the time to create

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uncertainty or play politics. She should tell that to the EU migrants

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in Britain who have no idea what their future holds because of

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decisions made by her government. Refugees, is the Prime Minister

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saying that she is content for refugees to remain in camps in

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Libya? Is that a safe country? Or for Greece, Italy and Malta to

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shoulder the entire burden of refugees from North Africa and the

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Middle East. Whilst we welcome the conference she is proposing on

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Somalia, we need to know what support Britain is offering to all

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of those countries. Does the Prime Minister still believe we have a

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collective responsibility on the issue of refugees? The Prime

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Minister said that she argued about tackling vile smuggling rings and

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people being subjected to unimaginable abuse. Does she not

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agree that her argument would be so much stronger if her government had

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been prepared to accept some of the victims of that unimaginable abuse,

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for example the children who should have been accepted through the dubs

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amendment? Mr Speaker, as we move towards the triggering of Article

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50, there is much uncertainty about Britain's future. A responsible

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government would set a positive tone with our negotiating partners and

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would move to protect our economy, workers and citizens at the earliest

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opportunity. Instead, we have a reckless government playing fast and

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loose with the British economy. We will fight for jobs and the economy

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using every parliamentary mechanism available and the Government should

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welcome mat scrutiny. -- that scrutiny. The right honourable

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gentleman mentioned a range of issues. He spoke again about the

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issue of EU nationals. As I have said in this House and as has been

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said by others from this dispatch box, we do want to ensure that the

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issue of the staters of EU nationals living here in the UK is dealt with

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at an early stage in the negotiations. -- the status. But we

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also have a consideration for the UK nationals who are living in the

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European Union. He said that the EU Commission was living here are

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individuals who have contributed to our society. Indeed they are but so

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the UK nationals living in the member states of the European Union

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are also individuals who have contributed to their society and

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economy and I want to ensure that their status is also ensured and we

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hope and expect that this will be an issue we can address at an early

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stage. He talked about the need to come forward and be clear about the

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need for a transitional period. I refer him to the speech I gave in

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Lancaster house in January and to the White Paper that we published.

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The need for implementation periods, so we have a smooth and orderly

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process of Brexit, is indeed one of the objectives that was set out in

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that speech and in that document. He talked about refugees from North

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Africa and the Middle East. What we want to ensure is that people don't

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feel the need to make the often dangerous, life-threatening journey

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across the central Mediterranean. Many of these people, more than

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three quarters of the people who are doing this, are not refugees but

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economic migrants. We need to ensure we are providing facilities and

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working with countries within Africa, which the European Union is

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itself doing and other countries are doing, to ensure that the

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circumstances are such that people don't try to make a life-threatening

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journey. But we also need internationally to be able to bring

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a better distinction between refugees and economic migrants so

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that we can give better support to those who are refugees. He taught

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about the vile smuggling rings and appeared to suggest that the UK

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government was doing absolutely nothing to break the vile smuggling

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rings. In my statement, I quoted a very recent example of the work of

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the National Crime Agency, which I might say it is a Conservative

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government that set up the National Crime Agency, that set of the

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organised immigration crime task force and is dealing with these

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issues and while he talks about abuses and the movement of people

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and the trafficking of people, it is this government that brought in the

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Modern Slavery Bill act and I'm very proud that it is this government

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that did it. And finally, he referred to what global Britain

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needs. I'll tell him. It is about a strong, self-governing Britain, a

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Britain that is trading around the world with old friends and new

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allies alike but it is about a Britain that is proud to take its

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place on the world stage. Thank you, Mr Speaker. My I congratulate my

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right honourable friend not only on her statement just now and the way

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she dispatched the Leader of the Opposition but also on the passage

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of the EU withdrawal bill. Would she accept that now is the time for the

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United Kingdom to do all the things that she herself has recommended in

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her statement but, in addition to that, to take urgent legal advice in

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respect of the legal warnings given by Lord hope of Craighead to be sure

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that we don't have any unforeseen further attempts to undo the EU

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withdrawal bill in the courts? I can assure my honourable friend that as

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we move ahead with this, as we have at every stage, we have, of course,

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taken appropriately or advice but, as he will know, we do not discuss

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that on the floor of this House. Me I begin by thanking the Prime

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Minister for advance notice of her statement and agree with her how

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valuable it was in the large -- that the large part of the EU council was

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given to jobs, growth and competitiveness and that is really

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welcome to the whole of the UK, as across all of the 27 member states.

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The single European market really matters to all of us, given it is

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the largest single market in the world. The last time the prime

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minister came to the dispatch box from an EU council meeting, I asked

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what issues you raise a half of the Scottish government and its

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priorities and she couldn't give a single example then, so I'm going to

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try the same question again. Given that this was the last EU council

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since the invoking of Article 50, can she give a single example - just

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one, please - of a single issue that was raised on the half of the

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Scottish government or its priorities at this council meeting?

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Goodness, there is a lot of hubbub from the government benches on this.

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Perhaps they are also keen to hear from the Prime Minister, who didn't

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make a single mention during her statement of what she raised a half

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of the Scottish government. We will all wait with bated breath to hear

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the Prime Minister answer that question. While the Prime Minister

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was in Brussels, what discussions did she have about her Brexit

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timetable? Can she confirmed that the plan is to negotiate a deal and

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after that, there needs to be time. Time for ratification, time for

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agreement across the European Union and its institutions. Will she

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confirm from the dispatch box that that is indeed her plan? The Prime

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Minister has decided, for one reason or another - I can't imagine why -

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to delay the invoking of Article 50. Last July, we were told by the Prime

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Minister herself, and I'm sure she remembers saying these very words,

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that she would not trigger Article 50 until she had, and I quote, her

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own words, a UK wide approach. Now, she knows that she has no agreement

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with the devolved administration, despite months of compromised

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suggestions from the Scottish Government. So will the UK

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government, even at this very late stage, use the next days to secure a

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compromise, UK wide approach? Or does she still planned to plough on

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regardless, even though she knows what the consequences of that will

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mean? Thank you. He asks what issues that were of relevance of the

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Scottish Government and to Scottish people were raised that this

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European council. I can answer him - jobs, growth and competitiveness.

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Those issues that matter to the Scottish people but also matter to

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the people of the whole of the UK. He also talked about whether there

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was a discussion of the European council about the timetable for the

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discussions on the negotiations of Article 50. As I said very early on

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in my statement, in the main business of council, we discuss the

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challenge of managing mass migration, the threats from

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organised crime, and the measures needed to boost your's growth and

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competitiveness. This was a council which focused on those issues and I

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was presenting the case for the United Kingdom's concerns on those

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issues, including jobs, which is I've just said, matter to the people

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of Scotland. Who stalks -- he talks about a single market of the

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European Union. I would remind him and his colleagues once again that

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the most important single market for Scotland is the single market of the

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United Kingdom. Shouldn't friendly democracies with decent values rush

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to reassure British citizens that they can stay on the continent, and

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isn't it strongly in the economic interests of our partners to accept

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our generous offer of continuing with tariff free trade on the same

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basis as today? My right honourable friend makes an important point. I

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think the issues of EU nationals in the UK -- and UK nationals and the

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question of the trading relationship in the future is not a one-sided

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argument, it is actually about benefits for the EU as well and I

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very much think that is the case in relation to trade. This isn't about

:24:29.:24:32.

something that just works for the UK. I believe the right trading deal

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for the UK, the sort of free and open access my right honourable

:24:36.:24:38.

friend talks about, will be good for the rest of the EU as well. The

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Prime Minister has spoken many times about the importance of achieving a

:24:44.:24:49.

good deal from the negotiations that the country is about to embark on.

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Yet, in recent days, the Foreign Secretary has said that leaving with

:24:54.:24:57.

no deal would be perfectly OK, while the international trade secretary

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has said that not achieving a deal would be bad. Would the Prime

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Minister care to adjudicate and tell the House which of those ministers

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is speaking for the government? I can say to him, I am optimistic that

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we are going to get a good deal for the United Kingdom in trading with

:25:16.:25:22.

the European Union. No deal may be a bad deal for both the EU 27 and for

:25:23.:25:28.

the UK but it is very far from the worst deal for the UK if there was

:25:29.:25:35.

no route to a future free trading arrangement with the European Union.

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The deal is not in the gift either of her government, however hard they

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are trying to deliver it, or of this Parliament, but of the European

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Parliament and our partners, so no deal remains a real possibility. It

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seems that her government is now preparing for it. Will that

:25:57.:26:00.

preparation into the opportunity for individuals and businesses to be

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able to make their own dispositions in that possibility? First of all, I

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was clear in the Lancaster House speech that no deal was better than

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a bad deal. I'm optimistic that we will be able to negotiate a good

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deal. He is absolutely right, of course, there are other parties to

:26:20.:26:23.

this. It is not as what we say. There will be a negotiation about

:26:24.:26:26.

that trade arrangement and in coming to that trade arrangement and

:26:27.:26:31.

agreement, I can ensure him that I and others across the Parliament,

:26:32.:26:34.

the Secretary of State is exiting the EU, the Secretary of State the

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business, are talking to businesses across the UK to understand the

:26:40.:26:44.

issues that are most important of them. The Prime Minister has said

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again just now that no deal is better than a bad deal but what

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possible deal is worse than no deal and can she described it? I have to

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say to the honourable lady, we are about to enter into a negotiation

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with the remaining 27 members of the EU. As part of that, we will be

:27:09.:27:13.

negotiating a trade deal for our future relationship with the EU. I

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confidently expect that we will get a good deal and somebody says "You

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hope" from a secondary position. It is precisely because of the answer I

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gave to the Member for Wokingham. This is not about a one-sided

:27:28.:27:31.

negotiation, about what is going to sit the UK, it is about what is

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right for that relationship for the future of the UK with the EU and a

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good trade deal for the UK is a good trade deal for the EU.

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Can I welcome the Prime Minister 's announcement that the UK

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strengthening its contribution to cyber security at countering

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disinformation. Also the Foreign Secretary 's forthcoming visit to

:27:55.:27:57.

Russia. But with Russia spending every billion dollars on media

:27:58.:28:02.

outfits and patrol factories, is she satisfied that the EU's East Strat,

:28:03.:28:08.

organisation account is fake news and misinformation from the Kremlin

:28:09.:28:13.

is sufficiently resourced and what progress was made on setting up the

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further sectors to identify and counteract Russian propaganda that

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was mentioned in the pre-briefings to the council. My right honourable

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friend raises an important point, Naholo Schrotter jujitsu

:28:28.:28:31.

indications, this is an area where the UK does have particular

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expertise and experience. That is why we will be making that expertise

:28:36.:28:38.

available to the European Union in order to be able to enhance the work

:28:39.:28:43.

that they are doing to counter the disinformation campaigns. Can I tell

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the Prime Minister that it is not just in Scotland where there is a

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fear that the right wing of her party is dictating the terms of this

:28:53.:28:55.

debate and pushing us towards a Brexit deal that favours London and

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the South over the North. Can I ask her to did the no more, establish a

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Brexit committee of the regions and nations, to give places like greater

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Manchester equal and fair representation in this crucial

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debate. As I have said repeatedly in this house, this government is

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negotiating a deal, that we will be Wiggo shooting a deal that would be

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good for the whole of the United Kingdom. That is why we had been

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listing to businesses and others from across the whole of the United

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Kingdom, yes the devolved administration but also people from

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regions of England and businesses from across the whole of the United

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Kingdom to understand the interests and what we need to be taken into

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account. As my right honourable friend launches into the

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negotiations I wonder if she has had time to consider the excellent House

:29:54.:29:57.

of Lords report that says we have no legal negation to pay any money

:29:58.:30:02.

whatsoever to the European Union, and does she share my view, that

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this is an excellent basis for beginning the negotiations. I can

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assure my honourable friend that I have noted the House of Lords report

:30:13.:30:17.

on this particular matter, as he will know, when people voted on the

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23rd of June last year. I think they were very clear that they did not

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want to continue year after year to be paying huge sums of money to the

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European Union. Mr Speaker I thank the Prime Minister for advanced site

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of a statement. Given that she is interpreting the will of the people

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and not enacting it, history will declare, that last night she

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demonstrates contempt for this place, and for the British people.

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The Brexit deal, the Brexit deal, the Brexit deal is an unwritten,

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unknown deal. It is a deal that will be signed off by someone, the only

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question days, with be signed off by a handful of politicians or by the

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whole of the people? Does she agree with me it should be signed off by

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the whole of the people? Can I say to the right honourable gentleman

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that I think what he says. Comes a little strange from a party, seen

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tremendous there was a time where the Liberal Democrats were going out

:31:21.:31:23.

there telling everyone that they were going to have an in- out

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referendum on the European union, and now we have had it, and are not

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willing to accept the result that the British people gave them. That

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is why we are putting it into practice, we are delivering the will

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of the British people. My right honourable friend the Prime Minister

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has been very clear that the United Kingdom is leaving the European

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Union, we are not leaving Europe. A strong and prosperous European

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Union, can she agree with me, that a strong stable united United Kingdom

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is also in the interests of the European Union and that she will

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vigorously resist anyone who uses this moment to try and destroy our

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precious United Kingdom? I absolutely agree with my honourable

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friend, as he has said and I have said before, a strong remain

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European Union in 27 will be wanting to see the EU strong. We'll so what

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is he a strong United Kingdom playing its role as a global

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Britain. It is important that we keep the union of the United Kingdom

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together, there is much that binds us and I don't want to see anybody

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doing constitutional gameplaying with the future of the United

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Kingdom. Can I congratulate the Prime Minister on bringing the

:32:52.:32:56.

country together? And uniting Scotland behind the First Minister.

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She was asked, by my right honourable friend about what was

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said last year so let me cite the Tory Bible, the Daily Telegraph on

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the 15th of July. Theresa may has indicated that she will not trigger

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the formal process of leaving the EU until there is an agreed UK approach

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backed by Scotland. Was that misreporting by the Daily Telegraph,

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Miss Peake in by the Prime Minister or is she still working on it? As

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the right honourable gentleman knows full well, we have been in

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discussions with the Scottish Government and the other involved

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administrations recognising the issues they have raised. But it lies

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in the issues and concerns, but The Right Honourable gentleman, refers

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to the views of the Scottish people in relation to the announcement,

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either Scottish First Minister, I might remind him that the evidence

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in Scotland is that the George the Scottish people do not want a second

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independence referendum. Thank you Mr Speaker, can I commend my right

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honourable friend's very measured response to the provocation of the

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calling of another second independence referendum in Scotland.

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That she is not ruling out a referendum in the future, but now is

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not the right time. Can she also just point out, that the 2015

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Scotland act, reserves all of the single market issues to the United

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Kingdom government. These are not matters, these are matters that we

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should share with Scotland in the discussion, but they are matters

:34:33.:34:37.

reserved to the United Kingdom. As I have just said in response to The

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Right Honourable gentleman, the previous question, it is the case at

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the moment as I have said that the evidence is that the Scottish people

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do not want a second independence referendum. As we dish it issues in

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relation to access to the single market through the free trade deals

:34:55.:34:58.

that we will be live to in, we'll be taking into it at the interest of

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the whole of the United Kingdom and every part of the United Kingdom and

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ensuring that deal works for everybody across the United Kingdom

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including the people of Scotland. Following a successful conclusion to

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the Article 50 bill last night, there are some who in Northern

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Ireland will add to the uncertainty and division by calling for a poll,

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they have already traded enough uncertainty and division by

:35:26.:35:28.

collapsing the uncertainty, will she take this opportunity to tell people

:35:29.:35:31.

that there has never been more support for the union in Northern

:35:32.:35:35.

Ireland across all communities, and that in fact such a call, is outside

:35:36.:35:40.

of the terms of the Belfast agreement, the very point that Sinn

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Fein keep harping on about that they want in the meditation of the

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agreements. -- in the mentation. The Right Honourable gentleman is right,

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there are a set of circumstances which the Secretary of State for

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Northern Ireland has looked at this issue, and it is not right to have a

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order poll at this stage. What we should all be focusing on is

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bringing the parties together to ensure that we continue to see the

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devolved administration in Northern Ireland, working as it has done in

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the interest of people in Northern Ireland, we want to see that

:36:12.:36:13.

devolved administration being formed and that is what all of the party

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should be looking for at the moment. Mr Speaker isn't it clear from

:36:20.:36:23.

European negotiations, that a lot of the detail when to be finalised

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until the end of this process and therefore the timetable set out

:36:28.:36:32.

yesterday, by the First Minister, to have a premature second independence

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referendum is an excuse, not a reason, and shouldn't we indeed

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listen to the right honourable gentleman, the member for Gordon,

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when he referred to the last independence referendum as a once in

:36:46.:36:52.

a generation of opportunity. Well I am grateful to my right honourable

:36:53.:36:56.

friend, as he rightly points out, of course, we have a timetable for

:36:57.:36:59.

negotiation which is up to two years. It is possible that the

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details of that negotiation will not be finalised until close to the end

:37:04.:37:07.

of that period. And he is entirely right of course, those in Scotland

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to talk about having a second independence referendum should

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remember what the right honourable gentleman said, that it was a once

:37:15.:37:19.

in a generation vote that took place in September 2014, it seems a

:37:20.:37:22.

generation now is less than three-year 's. Mr Speaker the Prime

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Minister has said, that no deal is better than a bad deal. And whilst

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we all wish her well in getting the best possible deal, for the UK, will

:37:37.:37:43.

she now publish what the effects would be of crashing out of the

:37:44.:37:49.

European Union on WTO rule so that we can have a debate in the country

:37:50.:37:54.

about her assertion that no deal is better than a bad deal. I say to The

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Right Honourable Lady, I'm grateful for the comment that she has made

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about being in support of the government in looking ahead and

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trying to negotiate the best possible deal for the United

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Kingdom. That is precisely what we will be doing.

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I welcome the Prime Minister's positive approach to establishing a

:38:18.:38:23.

new cooperative relationship with Europe, and the sensible mess of

:38:24.:38:29.

planning contingency planning. Can the Prime Minister tell us how much

:38:30.:38:36.

that contingency planning will cost? It is important that contingency

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planning does take place. We have to look at the variety of scenarios and

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a lot of work is being done by the Department and will be done by other

:38:46.:38:51.

departments as well. I think what is important, is that we ensure that

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work is done properly. So that the governance has the best possible of

:38:56.:38:58.

the nation in which to negotiate our relationship for the future. After

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lecturing the other European leaders on how they should complete the

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single market, the sheer member that she had already thrown in the towel

:39:09.:39:10.

on Britain's membership of the single market, and would she admit

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what an error it was. For her to have given the Scottish First

:39:16.:39:19.

Minister exactly the excuse she was looking for, for their opportunistic

:39:20.:39:27.

second referendum? First of all their was no lecturing that took

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place, there was a view around the table, I encouraged that, and others

:39:31.:39:37.

contributed, that it is important that the European Union continues to

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complete the single market, but actually there is work yet to be

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done. That continues to work on trade agents that other parts of the

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country and the reason why I can ask them to do that is because it would

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be good for the United Kingdom in our future relationship with the

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European Union. So this is something that will be good for us. I have

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always been clear, I have always been clear that we will trigger

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Article 50 by the end of March and that is exactly what we will do.

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There has been much speculation about the divorce from the European

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Union has two how much money would be needed. I'm afraid I'm to

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disagree with multiple friend, from North East Somerset. Since we

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joined, the EC in 1973, we have paid in 108 ?84 billion -- 184 billion.

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That is the net contribution, the actual amount we have paid, after

:40:36.:40:41.

the money back. Well when you have a divorcee split it into, so that

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would be ?92 billion that should be paid back to us, did the Prime

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Minister have the chance to bring this up at the conference? LAUGHTER

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We want our money back. I'm tempted to say to my honourable friend nice

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try by date thing that was application for a job that the

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Treasury. -- but I don't think that was an application.

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The honourable gentleman seems to be able to contain his misery. Not

:41:19.:41:26.

everyone shares her it is as for the imminent application of the EU -

:41:27.:41:35.

Canada agreement, not least, because CETA's new court investors

:41:36.:41:38.

discipline, still causes problems. Does she regard R as a blueprint

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for the trade deals that the government thinks she could so

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easily agree. -- CETA as a blueprint. And how will she protect

:41:47.:41:56.

things if that is the case. There is no blueprint, I have said

:41:57.:41:58.

consistently of the last seven months or so that we are not looking

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to adopt a model for another countries relationships. We will

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have a deal that is right for the UK. Did my right on the friends

:42:09.:42:17.

detect any strong support at the EU Council for a separatist Scotland

:42:18.:42:18.

remaining in the EU. I can honestly say that I did not

:42:19.:42:27.

detect any such support in the European Council. Since the country

:42:28.:42:34.

is almost evenly divided about leaving the EU, how does the Prime

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Minister try and resolve this? I've never known this country so divided

:42:41.:42:50.

since Suez in 1956. Can I say to the honourable gentleman, this House

:42:51.:42:53.

chose to give a vote to the British people in the referendum on the 23rd

:42:54.:42:58.

of June. The people of the UK voted in that referendum and the majority

:42:59.:43:03.

voted for the UK to leave the EU. I actually think that when I talk to

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people who voted to leave and people who voted to remain, the

:43:08.:43:10.

overwhelming message is that they want the government now to get on

:43:11.:43:13.

with the job of delivering on that vote. My right honourable friend the

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Prime Minister has made it clear both from the dispatch box and the

:43:21.:43:26.

country that she wishes to prioritise the certainty of UK

:43:27.:43:30.

nationals living in the EU 27 and the EU nationals living here in the

:43:31.:43:34.

UK but I have it on good authority that the EU negotiators want to

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prioritise the so-called divorce settlement. Will she make it clear

:43:40.:43:43.

to the people to whom she is negotiating that we will not

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countenance British and EU citizens being used as bargaining chips in

:43:47.:43:52.

such a way? My honourable friend is right. What we want to do is ensure

:43:53.:43:57.

that we do see both EU citizens living here and UK citizens living

:43:58.:44:01.

in the EU reciprocally protected in terms of their future status and I

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want to see that as a discussion that will take place at an early

:44:08.:44:10.

stage in negotiations. I recognise the point that he has made about

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some of the things that have been said and I will simply say this to

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him, that in my conversations with other European leaders, I believe

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there is also an extent of goodwill there to deal with this issue at an

:44:22.:44:30.

early stage. The Prime Minister lectures nationalists on the

:44:31.:44:34.

importance of staying within unions, all the while she advocates leaving

:44:35.:44:38.

on. She lectures our European partners on the importance of the

:44:39.:44:43.

single market, all the while she is hell belt on our leaving it. Does

:44:44.:44:48.

she think that this incoherence in her position might be dealt with and

:44:49.:44:52.

she might make her own life easier if she thought again about staying

:44:53.:44:59.

in the single market? I've said this on a number of occasions in this

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House and I will repeat it here today - what we want to do is to

:45:04.:45:08.

negotiate the best possible trading arrangement. My right honourable

:45:09.:45:11.

friend the Member for Wokingham taught about fraction were -- tariff

:45:12.:45:16.

free, frictionless, seamless movement of goods and trade in

:45:17.:45:20.

services. It is wrong to think about the issue of in the single market as

:45:21.:45:25.

just a single binary issue - either you are in it or you have no access

:45:26.:45:29.

to its. What we want to do is ensure we have good access to the single

:45:30.:45:33.

market, the best possible trade deal, which allows that frictionless

:45:34.:45:37.

and, as far as possible, tariff free access. Could I particularly welcome

:45:38.:45:44.

my right honourable friend's comments on the Balkans, an area

:45:45.:45:47.

which has plunged Europe into horror several times over the last few

:45:48.:45:52.

centuries? Would she confirmed that it is Britain that has insisted that

:45:53.:45:56.

we keep the mission there going against the opposition of several of

:45:57.:46:01.

our European partners? Indeed, my right honourable friend is

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absolutely right. The UK has been playing a key role in relation to

:46:06.:46:09.

the Western Balkans. There was a very good discussion at the European

:46:10.:46:12.

Council, a very clear recognition around the table of the need for us

:46:13.:46:18.

to continue to be involved in the Western Balkans, and a number of

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steps that can be taken in future to ensure that we do stabilise this

:46:22.:46:25.

region, which is in the interests of not only the countries in the

:46:26.:46:28.

Western Balkans but the rest of us in Europe. In the spirit of this

:46:29.:46:34.

so-called UK wide approach to Brexit, can the Prime Minister

:46:35.:46:38.

confirmed to the House how much advance notice she intends to give

:46:39.:46:42.

to the first ministers of Wales, Scotland and the leadership in

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Northern Ireland of the date upon which she intends to invoke Article

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50? We will be invoking Article 50 by the end of March. There will be a

:46:54.:46:57.

number of processes that will take place in advance that invocation and

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I can assure, as I said to this House, I will come and notify this

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House when the decision is... When we have notified. At the European

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Council, did the Prime Minister have a chance to pick up two issues with

:47:14.:47:16.

the European commission and the Spanish government - one, their

:47:17.:47:21.

attitude to the border of Gibraltar, and their attitude to those

:47:22.:47:23.

separatists that claim that their countries could break away and

:47:24.:47:27.

rejoin the EU? I can assure that in the discussions I've had with the

:47:28.:47:29.

Spanish government on this matter, they are very concerned and they are

:47:30.:47:34.

very clear that it is not possible for a country to break away from a

:47:35.:47:37.

country that is a member of the European Union and to immediately

:47:38.:47:45.

rejoin that European Union. This is the Rosso doctrine, which has been

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reaffirmed by the European commission, so as far as Scotland is

:47:49.:47:52.

concerned, independence would not mean membership of the European

:47:53.:47:55.

Union, it would mean that Scotland would remain outside the European

:47:56.:47:59.

Union. I'm sure the Prime Minister would be pleased to know that there

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are millions of Labour supporters across the country who will be

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delighted and share the pleasure that she has at the legal decision

:48:06.:48:15.

taken through Parliament but did she have any chance in the council

:48:16.:48:20.

meetings to discuss informally with EU leaders the position of our EU

:48:21.:48:28.

citizens in... Our British citizens in other countries and are they

:48:29.:48:31.

sticking up for our citizens there the way we are sticking up for their

:48:32.:48:36.

citizens here? I've had a number of discussions with European leaders on

:48:37.:48:40.

this point and that is why I said earlier in response to another

:48:41.:48:43.

question from an honourable friend that I believe there is goodwill on

:48:44.:48:47.

both sides to deal with this issue and to recognise the needs of UK

:48:48.:48:52.

citizens living in other EU member states, as well as recognising the

:48:53.:48:55.

needs of EU citizens living here in the UK. I think there is goodwill

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there but it has been made clear in the past that no discussion on this

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and take place until the negotiations have formally been

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triggered. I welcome the Prime Minister's statement that politics

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is not a game but for those of us who have fought the SNP, to the SNP

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it is again. Yesterday's announcement by the first Minister

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is the just the first of many we are going to hear in the weeks and

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months to come. With the prime minister agree with me that it is

:49:33.:49:35.

imperative that her government and every member of this House who

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believes in Great Britain and Northern Ireland that we must

:49:40.:49:44.

reaffirm our own constituents outside of Scotland why the United

:49:45.:49:54.

Kingdom is important to all of us? I absolutely agree. It is important

:49:55.:49:59.

for us to continue to confirm and reaffirmed the importance of the

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United Kingdom. He says to reaffirm the importance of the United Kingdom

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for constituencies outside Scotland. I think, as I did when I was in

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Glasgow very recently, also we should reaffirm the importance of

:50:12.:50:14.

the United Kingdom to Scotland and to Scotland's economy. Thank you, Mr

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Speaker. I was glad to hear the prime minister say that she had been

:50:22.:50:26.

working closely with the devolved administrations. Glad but slightly

:50:27.:50:28.

puzzled because the joint ministerial committee on exiting the

:50:29.:50:34.

EU is less organised than a community council. Not my words but

:50:35.:50:40.

those of an actual participant, Mark Drakeford. How is she now ensuring

:50:41.:50:43.

that the system of devolved governments are effective in the

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Article 50 notification? The joint ministerial committee process has

:50:52.:50:55.

been operating now for some months at various levels. It has been

:50:56.:50:58.

bringing ministers together from the United Kingdom government, together

:50:59.:51:02.

with the three devolved administrations, as I say, at

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various levels, discussing the issues that have been raised on both

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sides, including looking at the paper that the Welsh Government

:51:09.:51:13.

provided on the particular concerns that Wales has and those are being

:51:14.:51:21.

taken into account. The premiere of Luxembourg believes, apparently,

:51:22.:51:24.

that we might yet be persuaded to stay. Are there others like him and

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if the emphatic proceedings yesterday as not disabused him, will

:51:30.:51:32.

she do so in the nicest possible way? I have to say that I think we

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can be reassured that the votes that took place in this House and in of

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Lords last night and the passing of the European Union withdrawal

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notification bill into Royal assent will give a very clear message to

:51:51.:51:54.

everybody in Europe that we mean business. The practice and

:51:55.:52:03.

experience in complex negotiations, for example that in Northern

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Ireland, is that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. Does the

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Prime Minister agree that that will be the case here and, if so, given

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that she said that no deal is preferable to a bad deal, what hope

:52:18.:52:23.

can British citizens living in EU countries or European Union citizens

:52:24.:52:28.

living in the UK believe that there is actually going to be any

:52:29.:52:34.

resolution of this uncertainty? The honourable gentleman quotes past

:52:35.:52:38.

experience as the model for what is going to happen in relation to our

:52:39.:52:42.

negotiations. I don't look at these matters in that way. When we invoke,

:52:43.:52:46.

we will start those negotiations. We've already been discussing with

:52:47.:52:51.

other EU leaders the importance of giving reassurance to UK citizens

:52:52.:52:54.

living in the 27 member states and EU citizens living here about their

:52:55.:52:59.

status and their future. As I said in answer to a number of questions,

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including to his honourable friend the member from Vauxhall, this is an

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issue on which I believe there is genuine goodwill on both sides and

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that's why I want to see it as part of the early part of the

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negotiations. The prime minister has rightly talked about the need to

:53:19.:53:22.

reassure EU nationals in this country. Does she agree that the

:53:23.:53:25.

biggest reassurance we can give them is that their rights remain

:53:26.:53:29.

completely unaltered until this House chooses to change those

:53:30.:53:34.

rights? My honourable friend has made a very important point and, of

:53:35.:53:40.

course, until we exit the EU, we are still members of the EU but it is

:53:41.:53:43.

very clear that any changes that need to take place in terms of our

:53:44.:53:46.

immigration rules will have to come before this House. The Prime

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Minister has said several times today that she is in discussions

:53:54.:53:57.

with the Scottish government and has confirmed that she wants to trigger

:53:58.:54:01.

Article 50 by the end of the month so, by my calculations, that means

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she has less than two weeks to finish those discussions and to

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agree and announced the UK wide approach she promised in July last

:54:09.:54:13.

year. So when does she expect to finish discussions with the Scottish

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government and announce the outcome of those discussions, as she

:54:17.:54:22.

promised last year? When we trigger Article 50 and go into negotiations,

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as she knows, we will be negotiating as the UK government and we have

:54:27.:54:30.

been in the discussions with the Scottish government and other

:54:31.:54:33.

devolved up ministrations and the discussions continue but I have

:54:34.:54:38.

already set out the broad objectives of our negotiations, which does

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include the reference to the very sort of trade deal that she and her

:54:42.:54:44.

colleagues have said they want to see for the UK and Scotland. There

:54:45.:54:51.

was laughter from the benches opposite on my right honourable

:54:52.:54:54.

friend spoke of the single market and digital. Would should remind the

:54:55.:54:57.

House that we wish to continue to trade with that single market, that

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we inject 60 billion into that market and when it comes to digital,

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the investments of Snap, Facebook and Softbank, this country is a

:55:08.:55:11.

powerhouse in digital? He is absolutely right about the role this

:55:12.:55:14.

country plays in the market for digital services. It is important

:55:15.:55:18.

and is why we have seen our digital strategy being set out by my right

:55:19.:55:24.

honourable friend, the Culture Secretary. And it is important for

:55:25.:55:28.

us. He is absolutely right into the derision from the opposite benches

:55:29.:55:31.

at the suggestion that we should encourage a single market in digital

:55:32.:55:35.

services in the EE you, which we can then trade with and sell into... I'm

:55:36.:55:42.

afraid I was rather surprised at that reaction because it seems that

:55:43.:55:46.

the opposite benches don't want to see us developing that market in a

:55:47.:55:52.

way that is good for the UK. The Prime Minister said, and repeated a

:55:53.:55:58.

moment ago without a hint of irony or comedy, that she is encouraging

:55:59.:56:04.

the European Union to a single market in services because it is in

:56:05.:56:07.

our national interest it would she explain to the House and the country

:56:08.:56:11.

how it is not in our national interest to be a part of it? I know

:56:12.:56:15.

the honourable gentleman has said in the past that he has a different

:56:16.:56:18.

view about the result of the vote that took place and where we should

:56:19.:56:23.

be going as a government in relation to membership of the EU. I know he

:56:24.:56:26.

was asking about the single market and I've answered many questions

:56:27.:56:30.

about the single market and my response to him is the same as my

:56:31.:56:34.

response to my honourable friend, which is, of course it is important

:56:35.:56:38.

for us to encourage that a market that we are going to be working

:56:39.:56:42.

with, trading with, that we want to see the best possible access with

:56:43.:56:49.

and ability to operate within four hours services, that we make sure

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that is a free market that we are able to work with. Can I thank my

:56:53.:56:59.

right honourable friend for her statement. As we do not pay to sell

:57:00.:57:05.

our goods and services to any other country around the world, can my

:57:06.:57:10.

right honourable friend confirm that we will not accept any deal which

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requires us to pay the European Union for access to the single

:57:16.:57:16.

market? I say to my honourable friend that

:57:17.:57:25.

obviously, he may have been looking at the same report that he

:57:26.:57:28.

honourable friend the member for North East Somerset has been doing

:57:29.:57:31.

in relation to the sums of money but as I say, the vote that was taken on

:57:32.:57:39.

the 23rd of June last year was about many things, in terms of leading the

:57:40.:57:43.

European Union one of the things that we were clear about is that we

:57:44.:57:46.

were not going to every year continue to pay huge sums of money

:57:47.:57:52.

into the EU. Is it the Prime Minister 's intention that both the

:57:53.:57:57.

Common travel area and the Good Friday agreement would be

:57:58.:58:01.

specifically named as features in the framework for future

:58:02.:58:08.

relationships between the UK and the EU and she agree about the

:58:09.:58:12.

importance of having the terms specifically reflected in a new UK-

:58:13.:58:17.

EU treaty to make it clear that the Northern Ireland is part of the UK

:58:18.:58:21.

that could elect to rejoin the EU without the sets are Article 49

:58:22.:58:27.

negotiations and the doctrine would not be an impediment. We have been

:58:28.:58:32.

very clear about the important of maintaining the agreements that have

:58:33.:58:35.

been made in relation to Northern Ireland. That is an issue that is

:58:36.:58:40.

very clear to other European states, as well. On the Common travel area.

:58:41.:58:46.

It existed long before either before the Republic or the United Kingdom

:58:47.:58:50.

were part of the European Union and one of the objectives that I set out

:58:51.:58:54.

as we looks to negotiations, is that we will be looking to maintain that

:58:55.:59:01.

Common travel area. Following the last few months of debate, I am

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assured, that they are striving for a zero tariff trade deal as the

:59:06.:59:11.

enter formal the ghost stations. With my honourable friends, look at

:59:12.:59:17.

the impact, following the partial European Union on trade deals.

:59:18.:59:21.

Honourable friend raises an important point, all too often

:59:22.:59:25.

people look as if we are just the supplicant and anything that is

:59:26.:59:28.

decided is only going to have an impact on the United Kingdom. Of

:59:29.:59:32.

course the nature of the trade you will have an impact on companies

:59:33.:59:36.

within the remaining 27 member states as they want to trade with

:59:37.:59:40.

and operate in United Kingdom, that is why I am confident that when we

:59:41.:59:44.

come to negotiations people see the benefit to both sides about getting

:59:45.:59:51.

a deal that is a good trade deal. The Prime Minister has said that in

:59:52.:59:54.

the deal she wanted with the European Union, she wanted associate

:59:55.:59:58.

membership of the customs union, membership that does not as yet

:59:59.:00:03.

exist. On the sixth of debris, I asked the Prime Minister whether she

:00:04.:00:07.

had raised that with The European Council parts and she overlooked

:00:08.:00:11.

that. Can I ask again, as she raised the idea and what was the response

:00:12.:00:17.

or should we take it as meaning no deal. First of all, to the

:00:18.:00:21.

honourable lady, she's slightly misinterpreting the speech that I

:00:22.:00:24.

gave in Lancaster house where I set out there were certain elements of

:00:25.:00:27.

the customs union that we would not wish to be part of because those

:00:28.:00:32.

would prevent us from negotiating trade deals on our reign as the

:00:33.:00:34.

United Kingdom with other countries around the world and I said that the

:00:35.:00:38.

relationship that we wanted to have in terms of the customs union was to

:00:39.:00:45.

have a seamless and frictionless border as possible and indicated

:00:46.:00:49.

that might be something that might be called associate membership. We

:00:50.:00:52.

need to do that as part of the negotiations. Our relationships the

:00:53.:00:57.

customs union in the European Union will be part of the negotiations

:00:58.:01:00.

which will start when we trigger Article 50. I very much welcome the

:01:01.:01:08.

statement by the Prime Minister, paragraph nine of the conclusions on

:01:09.:01:12.

security refers to EU working together to fight terrorism. One of

:01:13.:01:15.

the biggest challenges facing Europe and the UK and the next five to ten

:01:16.:01:19.

years according to experts is returning terrorist fighters from

:01:20.:01:24.

Syria and Iraq as Daesh is defeated back to the host countries. Was this

:01:25.:01:29.

disgust at the European level and is there an agreed strategy across the

:01:30.:01:34.

country to deal with this. I will say this is not one of the issues

:01:35.:01:35.

that was discussed within the that was discussed within the

:01:36.:01:39.

business of The European Council which took place last week and

:01:40.:01:42.

however it is an issue that we have discussed, with other member states

:01:43.:01:46.

on a number of occasions in the past, and we are all very well

:01:47.:01:50.

appraised of the need to make sure that we do have identifying those

:01:51.:01:57.

who are returning and working in a way and dealing with those

:01:58.:02:01.

individuals returning in a way that is most appropriate and of course as

:02:02.:02:04.

far as the icy kingdom is concerned it will be looked at on a day to day

:02:05.:02:12.

basis. On single market membership, in the 2017 manifesto they made an

:02:13.:02:17.

unconditional commitment, to safeguard British interests in the

:02:18.:02:22.

single market. She castigates my honourable friends Horwill south and

:02:23.:02:26.

Pontypridd, for raising this issue but she herself said on the 26th of

:02:27.:02:30.

May last year to an audience of Goldman Sachs bankers in relation to

:02:31.:02:35.

single market membership, "Economic arguments are clear, I think part of

:02:36.:02:42.

being in the 500 trading block that is significant -- 500 million." So

:02:43.:02:47.

why is she waving the white flag and started these negotiations that even

:02:48.:02:51.

trying to keep us as a member of the single market with the reforms that

:02:52.:02:55.

she seeks, the other second-biggest economy in Europe, the fifth biggest

:02:56.:02:59.

military power in a while and she's waving the white flag. I'm doing

:03:00.:03:04.

nothing of the swords and the honourable gentleman, needs to

:03:05.:03:10.

recognise that there is a difference between access to the single market,

:03:11.:03:15.

protecting our ability to operate within the single market and

:03:16.:03:18.

membership of the single market. Membership of the single market

:03:19.:03:22.

means accepting free movement comic means accepting the jurisdiction of

:03:23.:03:26.

the European Court of Justice and it means effectively remaining a member

:03:27.:03:31.

of the opinion. We have voted to leave and that is what we be doing.

:03:32.:03:38.

My right honourable friend needs no lessons in her fry and read duty

:03:39.:03:41.

which is to the defence of this great realm, and I welcome the

:03:42.:03:45.

effort she has made in working together to counter the Russia

:03:46.:03:49.

threat which is growing sadly. Could she please talk about how this

:03:50.:03:54.

threat would affect the United Kingdom should parts of R.N. Great

:03:55.:03:58.

United Kingdom succeed to the European Union and what farmer

:03:59.:04:00.

abilities that were put to our defence. My honourable friend is

:04:01.:04:05.

right to say that we are looking very carefully at the impact that

:04:06.:04:09.

Russia and others can have a crush the European Union in their

:04:10.:04:12.

activities but it is also right I believe that we are stronger as a

:04:13.:04:17.

United Kingdom in our collective defence, and that for any part of

:04:18.:04:20.

the United Kingdom, every part of the nutty kingdom benefits from

:04:21.:04:26.

being part of the UK in terms of our collective defence in terms of

:04:27.:04:32.

security and crime and terrorism. The

:04:33.:04:36.

membership of the customs union gives us tariff free access to every

:04:37.:04:40.

single market in the world and through the customs union, all trade

:04:41.:04:44.

deal that any other leading economy outside of those institutions. Why

:04:45.:04:48.

is she therefore determined to put this outcome is it because she

:04:49.:04:51.

genuinely believes it is the right thing to do which she didn't a

:04:52.:04:54.

matter of months ago or is it because she's taken hostage by the

:04:55.:05:01.

right of her party. Another Conservative Prime Minister putting

:05:02.:05:06.

the Parthiv Patel interests -- the Parthiv Patel interests ahead of the

:05:07.:05:13.

interests of the country. On the 23rd of June 2016, the majority of

:05:14.:05:17.

the people in the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union.

:05:18.:05:22.

There are consequences of leaving the European Union. We want to

:05:23.:05:29.

negotiate, a comprehensive free-trade agreement which gives us

:05:30.:05:34.

the best possible access to the single market. The the honourable

:05:35.:05:41.

member shouts that we have the best possible mems should bother single

:05:42.:05:43.

market and we have that because we are member of the European Union,

:05:44.:05:51.

that involves. The question has been asked, the Prime Minister shouldn't

:05:52.:05:54.

have too fight to be heard, the right Honourable Lady must be heard.

:05:55.:06:01.

That involves accepting certain of the requirements from the European

:06:02.:06:04.

Union, requirements that people voted not to be part of when they

:06:05.:06:10.

voted on the 23rd of June. But this is why I have consistently said,

:06:11.:06:13.

members of this house must stop thinking that there is only an

:06:14.:06:17.

option in the single market terms, which is about membership or

:06:18.:06:21.

nothing. There isn't, there is an option which is about a con Brexit

:06:22.:06:24.

free-trade agreement that gives us the sort of access that we want to

:06:25.:06:27.

have -- comprehensive free-trade agreement. Can I commend the Prime

:06:28.:06:35.

Minister for the strongly the ship, Latvia is hosting the Nato supreme

:06:36.:06:40.

Allied Commander Europe meetings tomorrow, I represent a considerable

:06:41.:06:43.

Ukrainian community. In Huddersfield. It is clear there are

:06:44.:06:49.

real and present threats across from Russia, will the Prime Minister

:06:50.:06:52.

continued to put Nato at the forefront of tackling these worries

:06:53.:06:55.

and concerns from Russian aggression. I can absolutely assure

:06:56.:07:01.

my honourable friends that we will continue to put Nato at the

:07:02.:07:05.

forefront of that, and I'm pleased that UK is able to make a very

:07:06.:07:09.

specific contribution to Nato and its efforts in relation to the

:07:10.:07:16.

eastern border and we will soon be seeing UK troops going to Estonia

:07:17.:07:20.

for example as a very visible sign of the commitment. Fears over the

:07:21.:07:31.

consequences of Brexit have undoubtedly been exploited by Sinn

:07:32.:07:36.

Fein and the recent Northern Ireland election, Sinn Fein increased its

:07:37.:07:39.

first preference vote by somewhere in the region of 58,000 first

:07:40.:07:43.

preference votes. That means that Sinn Fein is just one seat behind

:07:44.:07:48.

the DUP in the new assembly as elected. I wonder and I'm sure that

:07:49.:07:54.

the country wonders, and particularly those in Northern

:07:55.:07:57.

Ireland, what steps the Prime Minister is going to take including

:07:58.:08:01.

visiting Northern Ireland, what additional steps is the Prime

:08:02.:08:04.

Minister going to take to turn back the tide of support for Sinn Fein.

:08:05.:08:15.

Obviously, the honourable lady is correct in what she sets out as the

:08:16.:08:19.

facts in relation to the voting matter place in the election. I

:08:20.:08:22.

think the focus that we must all have in the coming couple of weeks

:08:23.:08:26.

because there is limited time set aside in the legislation for doing

:08:27.:08:30.

this, is on bringing the parties together to form a devolved

:08:31.:08:34.

administration. I believe it is absolutely essential that we do

:08:35.:08:37.

everything that we can to ensure that a devolved administration is

:08:38.:08:41.

maintained in Northern Ireland. On the issue in relation to the impact

:08:42.:08:45.

of Brexit, we have been very clear about the relationship that we want

:08:46.:08:48.

to ensure in relation to the border with the Republic of Ireland and we

:08:49.:08:51.

continue to work with the Republic of Ireland and others on delivering

:08:52.:08:55.

on that. I think the focus of us all over the next couple of weeks as the

:08:56.:09:00.

bringing the parties together to see it but administration being formed

:09:01.:09:06.

in Northern Ireland. As Home Secretary and Prime Minister my rock

:09:07.:09:09.

honourable friend has paid particular attention to the scourge

:09:10.:09:18.

of modern slavery, can she confirmed that as she negotiates out of the

:09:19.:09:22.

European Union, she will prioritise a collaborative approach to continue

:09:23.:09:25.

to tackle this will trade and she would take the same approach when it

:09:26.:09:28.

comes to designing a scheme for seasonal workers who may still have

:09:29.:09:34.

to come to work in this country? It is certainly the case that we will

:09:35.:09:37.

continue to prioritise the work that we do in relation to modern slavery

:09:38.:09:41.

and to supporting the victims of this file trade but also breaking

:09:42.:09:44.

the criminals were making so much money out of this terrible trade and

:09:45.:09:51.

out of the damage, and abuse, that they bring to individuals. As he

:09:52.:09:56.

says, this is something that he has looked at particularly in areas of

:09:57.:09:59.

the agricultural sector in his own part of the country. As we do that

:10:00.:10:04.

we want to continue that cooperation on that matter. As we leave the

:10:05.:10:13.

European Union we will the continuing to cooperate on these

:10:14.:10:16.

issues. They are not just about them ship of the European Union but about

:10:17.:10:19.

whatever international organisations we are part of. The Prime Minister

:10:20.:10:25.

talks about listening to the Scottish Government, that is on the

:10:26.:10:28.

back of the people of Scotland voting overwhelmingly to remain

:10:29.:10:31.

within the European Union. It is little surprise given the tragedy of

:10:32.:10:42.

the UK Government, that the Scottish National party asked if romance of

:10:43.:10:45.

the Scottish referendum, will she attempt to put a veto on the

:10:46.:10:48.

democratic wishes of the Scottish people and the Scottish Parliament.

:10:49.:10:54.

There was a referendum in septum 2014 in which the people of Scotland

:10:55.:10:59.

decided to remain part of the United Kingdom. And his right honourable

:11:00.:11:03.

friend the member for Gordon at the time said it was a once in a

:11:04.:11:12.

generation vote. The honourable member for Murray quite rightly

:11:13.:11:16.

started his questions by emphasising the importance of jobs in the

:11:17.:11:21.

economy. In circumstances where Scottish trade with the UK's ?50

:11:22.:11:25.

billion and is four times less in the EU, is there, does the Prime

:11:26.:11:29.

Minister think there is a good economic case for Scotland to remain

:11:30.:11:34.

in the UK, and ensure that together we work for the besties in Europe?

:11:35.:11:42.

-- the best deal. My honourable friend is absolutely right, the

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figures are very clear, the single market that's most important to

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Scotland is the single market in the United Kingdom. The right Honourable

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member for Gordon shouts the word frictionless and borders from his

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sedentary position. Of course Scotland has a frictionless border

:12:00.:12:02.

with the rest of the United Kingdom and it is also the most important

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single market it is a member. Thank you Mr Speaker, in recent

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discussions it is clear there is no support in any of the parties

:12:15.:12:17.

represented in the German parliament for the UK to return Harry

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The Prime Minister has asserted her optimism but the she recognised that

:12:28.:12:33.

is the starting point we are at? The reality of the starting point is

:12:34.:12:37.

that we are going to be sitting down with the European commission,

:12:38.:12:40.

representatives of the European Council and the European Parliament

:12:41.:12:43.

to negotiate the relationship that is going to be right for the UK and

:12:44.:12:47.

the rest of the EU and the discussions I've had so far indicate

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that there is a recognition of the importance of making sure that that

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is a very good free trade agreement on both sides of the negotiation. I

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commend the Prime Minister for her statement. Would she agree with me

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that now is a very significant time when we can consider raising

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environmental and animal welfare standards as we leave the EU? For

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example, the export of live animals, which currently we cannot stop? The

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position we have taken is that at the point at which we leave the EU,

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the key will be brought into UK law, through the great repeal bill, so

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that at the point at which we believe everybody will know where

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they stand in relation to the various rules and regulations that

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we have abided by as members of the EU but thereafter, it will be open

:13:39.:13:43.

to this Parliament to determine what the standards are that rewrote Crier

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-- that we require. The prime minister will know that under the

:13:55.:13:57.

Dublin rules, Great Britain has returned more asylum seekers than we

:13:58.:14:01.

have received from other countries. What are her intentions post Brexit?

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Does she intend us to continue to participate in that? We will be

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looking at the relationship we will have with the EU on matters such as

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the asylum seekers issue. I have broadened the discussion on this

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issue. It is not just about the UK's relationship with the EU but how the

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whole international community deals with asylum seekers and economic

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migrants and I'm very clear that as an international community we should

:14:30.:14:33.

accept that people should claim asylum in the first safe country

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that they reach. Two Dorset members! Can I congratulate my right

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honourable friend for her clarity and her purpose and does she agree

:14:46.:14:50.

with me that there is no greater importance today as the United

:14:51.:14:53.

Kingdom to stand together, and for those calling for a second

:14:54.:14:56.

referendum, they are behaving totally irresponsibly and leading

:14:57.:15:00.

the people of Scotland potentially over a cliff like lemmings to

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economic ruin? He is right that as we start on the negotiations for the

:15:12.:15:16.

future relationship with the EU, I believe it is important for us to do

:15:17.:15:21.

that as a United Kingdom, to come together, recognising the interests

:15:22.:15:24.

of all parts of the UK and ensuring that we get absolutely the right

:15:25.:15:33.

deal for the whole of the UK. The European Council last week agreed to

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speed up proposals for European travel authorisation and sharing of

:15:37.:15:42.

information on travel. Given Brexit, are we planning to be in that system

:15:43.:15:46.

and, if not, what does it mean for these fees or access Europe for

:15:47.:15:48.

British citizens? -- these Negotiations are ongoing. Is a

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member of the EU, we had the ability not to be part of that arrangement

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but as we look forward to the arrangements post Brexit, one of the

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issues we will be discussing within the negotiations is how we exchange

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information in relation to Borders. The right honourable gentleman will

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know from his experience in his previous positions, it is not just a

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question of issues like that but access to things like you wrote DAX.

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The third of the Dorset trio this afternoon! Like my right honourable

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friend, I am a unionist to my fingertips. Could I invite my right

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honourable friend to discuss with her Cabinet colleagues that as we

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see a dwindling of EU financial contributions to capital programmes

:16:53.:16:58.

in this country, we explore very vigorously the opportunity to

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present all of our constituents where capital projects are

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undertaken in all parts of the kingdom that they are funded,

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supported and delivered by UK taxpayers from a UK Treasury? He

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raises an interesting point and obviously, as he is aware, the

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Treasury have been able to give, in relation to funds that are currently

:17:20.:17:23.

received from the EU, the Treasury have been able to give reassurances

:17:24.:17:27.

to people about those funds moving forward for the period while we are

:17:28.:17:31.

still members of the EU and, in some cases, thereafter as well. Leaving

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the EU does give us an opportunity to look at how support can best be

:17:37.:17:42.

provided, as my honourable friend says, by the United Kingdom

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government. In December last year, just 101 EU nurses came over to work

:17:52.:17:56.

in our NHS, a decrease of over 90% from the pre-referendum months. How

:17:57.:18:00.

does the Prime Minister intends to tackle this so that we don't have

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any more hospital wards like many in my constituency, which are

:18:06.:18:09.

dangerously understaffed? I recognise the contribution nurses

:18:10.:18:12.

from the EU have made to the NHS over the years and, of course, that

:18:13.:18:17.

is one group of EU citizens we will be thinking of when we start those

:18:18.:18:22.

negotiations in relation to the EU citizens that are living here and

:18:23.:18:25.

their rights but what the Government has also recognises that there are

:18:26.:18:29.

many people here in the UK who wish to train as nurses who have not been

:18:30.:18:33.

able to do previously because of the cap on the numbers and we have

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removed that cap and are enabling more to be able to do that. Nobody

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knows what the answer will be when the people of Scotland are asked a

:18:44.:18:46.

simple question, do they want to choose hard Brexit as part of the UK

:18:47.:18:51.

or do they want to seek full partnership with 27 sovereign states

:18:52.:18:55.

in the European Union? Will Prime Minister agree that that question

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should be asked at a time when whatever the Democratic answer from

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people is, it can be seen to be implemented and that means that

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question should be asked in the time frame indicated by Nicola Sturgeon

:19:09.:19:12.

yesterday? He will know because he has been present in this chamber on

:19:13.:19:16.

previous statements and debates I've made, I don't agree or accept the

:19:17.:19:22.

terminology he has used that what we are negotiating will be a hard

:19:23.:19:26.

Brexit from the EU. We will be negotiating a good trade deal which

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will be good for all parts of the EU, including the people of

:19:31.:19:38.

Scotland. In her desperation to do Ukip's bidding, the Prime Minister

:19:39.:19:43.

has determined that we will be leaving the single market as well as

:19:44.:19:50.

withdrawing from the European Union. Can she tell me whether there will

:19:51.:19:55.

be stand-alone legislation to repeal the European Economic Area act of

:19:56.:20:01.

1993, or does she intends to use the EEA as the basis for her

:20:02.:20:09.

transitional implementation period? Can I say to the honourable lady

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that I would have expected better of her than the sort of description

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that she has given and I will say simply this - what this government

:20:19.:20:21.

is doing is the bidding of the British people and the British

:20:22.:20:32.

people alone. Turkey is an exceptionally important partner in

:20:33.:20:37.

Europe's attempts to deal with mass migration. Turkey is also an

:20:38.:20:41.

exceptionally important partner in Nato. Given the events of the last

:20:42.:20:46.

week, did the European Council have any discussions on how we can ensure

:20:47.:20:50.

that democracy does not row back in Turkey but at the same time Turkey

:20:51.:20:53.

remains the important partner it has been so far? The council recognises

:20:54.:21:05.

the contribution made in the EE- Turkey deal made some time ago which

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has led to a significant reduction in the number of people moving from

:21:09.:21:12.

Turkey across the Aegean Sea into Greece. I'm very clear, as others

:21:13.:21:17.

have been, that we want to see Turkey maintaining its democratic

:21:18.:21:20.

institutions, rule of law and respecting international human

:21:21.:21:27.

rights. There has been a lot of emphasis on the trade deal but the

:21:28.:21:31.

divorce deal is very important, too, and at the heart of any divorce deal

:21:32.:21:36.

is a fair financial settlement. What will the prime minister do if there

:21:37.:21:41.

is no fair financial settlement at the end of the Article 50 period?

:21:42.:21:45.

What will happen men to the divorce bill and our exit from the EU? Why

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walk she will be aware that as we exit the EU, there are a number of

:21:52.:21:55.

issues we will be looking at and discussing with the EU. But I didn't

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raise this or respond to this point earlier but a number of people have

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used this term of divorce. I prefer not to use the term of divorce from

:22:05.:22:08.

the European Union because very often when people get divorced, they

:22:09.:22:11.

don't have a very good relationship afterwards and this is about...

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Honourable members need to stop looking at this as simply coming out

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of the European Union and see the opportunity for building a new

:22:23.:22:25.

relationship with the European Union, and that is what we will be

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doing. Thank you, Mr Speaker. In the jumble of words that forms the Prime

:22:35.:22:45.

Minister's statement, she missed two keywords, hypocrisy and irony

:22:46.:22:49.

regarding her actions today. But the real question I want to ask is,

:22:50.:22:53.

post-Brexit, what is the Prime Minister's plans with regards to the

:22:54.:23:00.

London fisheries convention? The London fisheries convention is one

:23:01.:23:06.

of the issues that the government is looking up currently and will be

:23:07.:23:10.

looking at in relation to the future relationship as we come out of the

:23:11.:23:13.

European Union and their four out of the common fisheries policy. A very

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important matter and I believe we are going to learn more about it.

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The honourable gentleman obviously knows all about it. When the first

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minister announced her drive for a second device of Scottish

:23:31.:23:34.

independence referendum yesterday, one of her manufactured grievances

:23:35.:23:37.

was the fact that Brexit gives the UK government an opportunity to

:23:38.:23:40.

muscle in on the powers of the Scottish Parliament. Would the Prime

:23:41.:23:43.

Minister agree with me that the fundamental overriding principle of

:23:44.:23:47.

any EU repatriate powers should be that they are transferred to the

:23:48.:23:51.

defaulter demonstrations? I've been very clear with all the defaulter

:23:52.:23:56.

ministrations that Brexit will not involve any powers that have

:23:57.:24:00.

currently been devolved to those of ministrations being returned to the

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UK government and indeed, as we look of the transfer of powers that are

:24:04.:24:06.

currently in Brussels back to the UK, they may very well see more

:24:07.:24:09.

powers being devolved to the administrations. Thank you, Mr

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Speaker. 43% of publications from the UK's 47 biggest universities

:24:19.:24:23.

come from collaboration with at least one EU firm, even higher in

:24:24.:24:29.

London institutions. So did the discussion is the prime minister

:24:30.:24:32.

engaged in with their European counterparts touch on any kind of

:24:33.:24:35.

safeguards for our university sector, given this level of

:24:36.:24:40.

dependency on European industry? And also, how is her manifesto

:24:41.:24:45.

commitment, page 75, to not only remain in the single market but to

:24:46.:24:52.

expand it... How is that one going? She might have noticed we also

:24:53.:24:54.

promised the British people a referendum and a vote on whether to

:24:55.:24:58.

stay in the EU, we gave them that vote, they decided, we are now

:24:59.:25:03.

acting on the results of that vote. Although the vast majority of

:25:04.:25:05.

questions this afternoon have been about the issue of Brexit, the issue

:25:06.:25:09.

of Brexit was not an issue that was discussed formally in the EU

:25:10.:25:13.

council, as I indicated earlier. But in response of the issue and

:25:14.:25:18.

universities, we have given some comfort to universities in relation

:25:19.:25:21.

to research funding equivalent that they enter into before we leave the

:25:22.:25:25.

EU but if she looks at the Lancaster house speech that I gave in the

:25:26.:25:30.

White Paper, she will see science and innovation is one of the issues

:25:31.:25:33.

we have put as one of the areas which will be a negotiating object

:25:34.:25:40.

of. Many thanks, Mr Speaker. The Prime Minister has welcomed the

:25:41.:25:44.

completion of the free trade agreements between the EU and Canada

:25:45.:25:48.

and the pending free trade agreement between the EU and Japan. Isn't it

:25:49.:25:52.

the case that when it comes to benefits of the single market and

:25:53.:25:56.

free trade, the EU will be getting the full jammy doughnut, whilst the

:25:57.:26:00.

UK will be left behind with nothing but an empty hole?

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No, we will be negotiating free trade agreements, not just with the

:26:07.:26:12.

EU but with other countries around the world. And, crucially, other

:26:13.:26:16.

countries around the world are eager to work with us to negotiate

:26:17.:26:20.

free-trade agreements. Discussions with countries like America,

:26:21.:26:25.

Australia, Mexico, India, we are already looking at agreements we can

:26:26.:26:28.

have as a United Kingdom outside the European Union. Does the Prime

:26:29.:26:35.

Minister accept that her intransigence over amendments to the

:26:36.:26:39.

EU withdrawal bill, her pandering to the Brexit fanatics on her

:26:40.:26:44.

backbenchers, have diminished the role and sovereignty of this

:26:45.:26:48.

Parliament over the Brexit process, and has opened up the door and

:26:49.:26:50.

threatened the future integrity of the UK? Amendments were put before

:26:51.:26:57.

this house, this house voted and took a decision. I find the sort of

:26:58.:27:02.

description that the honourable gentleman has given, if he is saying

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every time this house takes a decision he does not agree with,

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somehow it is disrespectful parliament, I have to tell him that

:27:10.:27:14.

is not how this place works. We put our arguments, we vote on them, one

:27:15.:27:20.

side wins and the other losers. Does the Prime Minister accept if we

:27:21.:27:23.

crash out of the European Union with a bad deal or no deal at all, that

:27:24.:27:27.

would entirely beady failing and responsibility of our chief

:27:28.:27:30.

negotiator and her team, namely the Prime Minister and her ministers? I

:27:31.:27:35.

have already said I am optimistic we will be able to negotiate a good

:27:36.:27:44.

deal for the United Kingdom. Well, I agree with the Prime Minister on one

:27:45.:27:48.

thing, Mr Speaker, that politics is not a game. Which is why I will not

:27:49.:27:53.

sit back and just hope for the best from her Government as she seems to

:27:54.:27:59.

wish me to do. Given the way she has handled the compromise is put

:28:00.:28:03.

forward from the Scottish Government, and the situation she

:28:04.:28:07.

now finds herself in, can I offer her a moment of reflection? Is there

:28:08.:28:11.

anything she regrets in the way that she has responded to those

:28:12.:28:15.

compromises, or does dogma still raining Downing Street? We have had

:28:16.:28:22.

extensive discussions with the Scottish Government and the other

:28:23.:28:24.

devolved administrations on the issues that they have raised with

:28:25.:28:29.

the United Kingdom government, and issues that they wish us to take

:28:30.:28:34.

into concern. As I said earlier, and I said yesterday, there are many

:28:35.:28:37.

areas of common ground between us and the Scottish Government. We both

:28:38.:28:40.

agree on the protection of workers' rights, once we have left the

:28:41.:28:43.

European Union. We have been looking at those areas of common ground. We

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have also been looking, as we will do in negotiations, at ensuring we

:28:50.:28:52.

get a deal, an arrangement, a relationship for the future that is

:28:53.:28:55.

good for the whole of the United Kingdom, including Scotland. First

:28:56.:29:01.

of all, Prime Minister, can I thank you for your statement and refer you

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to the Somalian conference new referred to. At the meeting of the

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IPG for Nigeria, a Nigerian MP was a guest speaker. He informed us that

:29:14.:29:18.

Nigeria have become a centre for illegal arms smuggling for the whole

:29:19.:29:21.

of Africa, the biggest that there was. Can I seek an assurance from

:29:22.:29:24.

the Prime Minister that she will raise this issue at the conference

:29:25.:29:29.

for all of Africa, because it is very important, when it is hosted in

:29:30.:29:35.

the UK in May 2017? I can assure the honourable gentleman that the issues

:29:36.:29:37.

he has raised is one that we will look at very seriously as a

:29:38.:29:43.

government. There are a number of concerns in respect of what he has

:29:44.:29:46.

said. I will certainly look at that issue very carefully. I am extremely

:29:47.:29:50.

grateful to the Prime Minister and to all 66 backbench members,

:29:51.:29:56.

following the Leader of the Opposition, who questioned her.

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Point of order, Maria Miller? The European Court of Justice has

:30:02.:30:04.

announced today any employer can ban religious symbols at work, including

:30:05.:30:08.

the wearing of headscarves. This overturns important existing case

:30:09.:30:13.

law from the European Court of Human Rights. Mr Speaker, what mechanisms

:30:14.:30:18.

are open to this house to obtain a swift clarification of what this

:30:19.:30:22.

means here in the UK, particularly so soon after the Prime Minister 's

:30:23.:30:28.

statement in this house that what a woman wears is her choice, and

:30:29.:30:35.

nobody else's? I am grateful to the honourable lady for the point of

:30:36.:30:39.

order, raised not only in her capacity, doubtless, as a

:30:40.:30:41.

constituency member of Parliament, but on the strength of her interest

:30:42.:30:51.

in the equalities committee. I have not been aware of that development

:30:52.:30:54.

until the right honourable lady notified me, not least because I had

:30:55.:30:58.

been in the chair, tending to my duties. I can imagine the issue will

:30:59.:31:02.

be of considerable interest and concern to a great many people, with

:31:03.:31:08.

a variety of different views, in all parts of the country. The short

:31:09.:31:11.

answer to the right honourable lady is that it is open to her to table a

:31:12.:31:15.

question on the matter. I have received no occasion of an intention

:31:16.:31:21.

by a government minister to come to the house and make an oral

:31:22.:31:24.

statement, but she has the recourse of a question. If, as seems

:31:25.:31:28.

possible, she judges the matter to be urgent, she knows the mechanism

:31:29.:31:32.

that is available to her. To bring the matter of the attention of the

:31:33.:31:36.

house, to secure a ministerial response, sooner, rather than later.

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If there are no further points of order, we come now to the ten minute

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rule motion. Mr Speaker, I beg to move that leave

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be given to bring in a bill to require our overseas embassies and

:31:56.:32:01.

consulates to serve wines and sparkling wines produced in the

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United Kingdom at official functions. Article 50 is on its way

:32:06.:32:10.

and this could be seen as the first post Brexit bill. As we leave the

:32:11.:32:16.

EU, we must grasp every opportunity to find new markets for products

:32:17.:32:19.

around the world and to be imaginative in supporting and

:32:20.:32:25.

promoting them. British culture is an industry that has a golden future

:32:26.:32:30.

ahead of it, much like the colour of its best-known sparkling vintages.

:32:31.:32:33.

It will play an increasing important role in rural economic powerhouse.

:32:34.:32:40.

For those that think our weather cannot support wines to compete with

:32:41.:32:42.

France, Italy and Spain, think again. Chalky soil, with south

:32:43.:32:48.

facing slopes and warmer temperatures provide ideal

:32:49.:32:52.

conditions for producing wine and sparkling wine. Last year, with just

:32:53.:33:01.

5 million bottles of English wine. Even Scotland, Wales and Northern

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Ireland produces wine to be bottled to everybody's taste and budget.

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Admittedly, it is a fraction of the global total, but that means we have

:33:10.:33:14.

a market share in our sights. In fact, speaking of France, we have

:33:15.:33:19.

been beating them at their own game. Last year, a tasting was held in

:33:20.:33:23.

Paris and English wine was not only mistaken for champagne, but it beat

:33:24.:33:26.

respected champagne houses all around. This wasn't just a one-off.

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English wine won more than 175 UK and international awards in 2016

:33:34.:33:40.

alone. One of the great characteristics of modern Britain is

:33:41.:33:44.

that someone who was not exactly brought up with a champagne flute in

:33:45.:33:49.

their hand, unlike several honourable members I could

:33:50.:34:01.

mention... Don't look at me! Has the opportunity to represent and promote

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such a fantastic, blossoming, British industry. My constituency of

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Wilden, East Sussex, has not one or two vineyards, but well over a

:34:11.:34:13.

dozen. Several of them boast international awards. Madam Deputy

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Speaker, I have to report that my husband is doing his single-handed

:34:18.:34:22.

best to support this local industry, judging by the contents of our

:34:23.:34:27.

fridge. It is a hugely exciting time to be part of the English wine

:34:28.:34:30.

industry. There are now 133 wineries and over 500 vineyards dotted across

:34:31.:34:38.

our beautiful English countryside. 150 of these are open to the public,

:34:39.:34:43.

including one of our own local vineyards, which is set in an area

:34:44.:34:47.

of outstanding beauty and with far reaching views to the South Downs in

:34:48.:34:53.

the distance. Sussex Fox And Fox Vineyards, sit either side of the

:34:54.:35:00.

hilltop village of Mayfield. Among rolling hills and woodlands, you

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would be forgiven for seeing a photo of harvest time and thinking it was

:35:07.:35:13.

taken in champagne. Set amid bluebell woods at the edge of

:35:14.:35:17.

Ashdown forest are Bluebell Vineyard Estates. Like many vineyards, it

:35:18.:35:22.

specialises in producing award-winning, estate grown, English

:35:23.:35:25.

sparkling wines, using traditional methods. The same method used to

:35:26.:35:32.

create champagne. Last year, it picked up an impressive haul of 16

:35:33.:35:37.

medals at International wine competitions. Similarly, Davenport,

:35:38.:35:42.

which has vines in my constituency, has won a whopping 35 awards since

:35:43.:35:45.

its establishment. Most impressively, both winemakers

:35:46.:35:51.

received silver medals at the prestigious International Wine And

:35:52.:35:54.

Spirit Competition last year, something which would have been

:35:55.:35:59.

unheard of last year. Last month, I celebrated the English wine

:36:00.:36:01.

industry's success in Parliament, with top wine critic Matthew Gilks,

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hosting a tasting and taking opportunity to boast about the

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stunning quality. It is no wonder that for the first time last year it

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is wineries became official suppliers to Number 10. Chapeltown

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and Ridgeview are now official suppliers for Downing Street

:36:21.:36:23.

receptions and I believe Her Majesty the Queen serves English sparkling

:36:24.:36:27.

wine at State banquets, showing commitment and confidence in the

:36:28.:36:32.

wine industry. UK produced wine currently accounts for around 1% of

:36:33.:36:37.

the wine purchased in the UK. But it has high aspirations and great

:36:38.:36:41.

potential. It is no longer just a few people growing vines in their

:36:42.:36:45.

back garden. Bluebell vineyard has more than doubled in size since

:36:46.:36:52.

opening in 2005, and now has 70 acres and 100,000 vines. On my

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doorstep, my honourable friend for Lewis has an estate established in

:36:56.:37:00.

2010, and it has the potential to produce over 1 million bottles of

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Sussex sparkling wine annually within eight decade. It could

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develop into one of the largest single vineyards in England and even

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the largest in Europe. Back home, there is a real appetite to invest

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in British soil and the industry has seen significant overseas investment

:37:20.:37:25.

in recent years. Champagne houses have already invested into growing

:37:26.:37:28.

English grapes and this type of venture shows no sign of stopping.

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In 2015, sales of English sparkling hit ?100 million. Overseas markets

:37:34.:37:40.

grew by one third. There is a huge appetite from the industry to

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continue this trend. Indeed, winemakers have pledged to produce

:37:45.:37:48.

10 million bottles by 2020, with 25% of those for export. That is why, in

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a post-Brexit world, we must do all we can to get behind industries that

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show the sort of potential of our wine industry. What better way to do

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that then to give the world a taste by serving UK produced wine and

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sparkling wine in our 268 embassies, high commissions and consulates

:38:11.:38:14.

around the world? What could be more appropriate as a setting to promote

:38:15.:38:20.

English wine than the famed Ambassador's reception? However, the

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lack of consistency in embassy policies for hosting and saving

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British products means that we are missing opportunities to show it off

:38:27.:38:30.

in new markets that should be fertile territory for exports such

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as China, Japan, Singapore and even India, where wine consumption

:38:36.:38:37.

amongst the professional classes is growing exponentially. Last week, I

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was told that our Rome embassy asked the UK wine industry to sponsor a

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wine tasting for Tuscan wines. This just isn't good enough. I doubt

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Italy's outposts in London said anything other than Italian wine.

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This bill will enable a consistent, top-down policy from the Foreign

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Commonwealth Office to require embassies, where possible, to serve

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British wines and thus promote British exports. Our embassies, high

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commissions and UK missions abroad are an extension and projection of

:39:14.:39:18.

our country's brand, showing support for a high quality and high

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indigenous product, such as our award-winning British wines, which

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will demonstrate a confident in our country and a belief in the

:39:27.:39:30.

opportunities ahead of us. -- a confidence. Madam Deputy Speaker,

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Chapeltown in Kent has just signed a deal, a distribution deal, in

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France, of all places. I look forward to the very best of our wine

:39:41.:39:45.

is creating a splash in Paris, and Berlin, and Madrid, and room for

:39:46.:39:49.

that matter and, perhaps, perhaps helping to oil the wheels of the

:39:50.:39:54.

Brexit negotiations to come. Madam Deputy Speaker, I commend this build

:39:55.:40:01.

the house. -- this Bill to the house. The question is that the

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Honourable Member have leave to bring in the Bill. The question is

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that the Honourable Member have leave to bring in the bill. As many

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of that opinion, say aye. I think the ayes have it. Who will bring in

:40:20.:40:25.

the Bill? Said Peter Bottomley, Nigel Evans, James Duddridge, Andrew

:40:26.:40:32.

Trevelyan, Julian Brazier, Chris Bryant, James Heappey, James

:40:33.:40:33.

Cartlidge and myself. Thank you very much. The United

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Kingdom Wines And Sparkling Wines Bill. Second reading, what day?

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Friday, the 24th of March. The Klerk will now proceed to read the orders

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of the day. The question is as on the order

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paper. Thank you. This government is about delivering opportunity. The

:41:43.:41:46.

opportunities that matter to ordinary working people up and down

:41:47.:41:50.

this country, the opportunity to work in a skilled, well paying

:41:51.:41:54.

career. The opportunity to send your children to a good school. The

:41:55.:42:04.

opportunity to contribute to a fair, better society where everyone can do

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their best for their community. These ambitions are not too much for

:42:09.:42:12.

us to ask. They are not unreasonable. But the truth is far

:42:13.:42:17.

too long too many people in our country have felt cut off from

:42:18.:42:22.

opportunity. They see doors open for others but staying closed for them.

:42:23.:42:37.

We will work with the grain of human nature to spread opportunities to

:42:38.:42:46.

every town, city and region in our country, to give everyone the chance

:42:47.:42:55.

to contribute. A strong economy is a vital part of this mission. It

:42:56.:43:02.

provides the careers and the jobs which equip people and fill them

:43:03.:43:08.

with a sense of self-worth. The knowledge that we all have a role in

:43:09.:43:17.

the society, and a strong economy is at the heart of how people could

:43:18.:43:22.

contribute to our country as a whole. This government is in the

:43:23.:43:30.

business of building careers and jobs. Over 2 million jobs since

:43:31.:43:34.

2010. There are more people working than ever before. The employment

:43:35.:43:42.

rate for women is at the highest level since records began with 70%

:43:43.:43:50.

of 60-64 -year-olds -- 16-64 -year-olds now in work. Does she

:43:51.:43:58.

agree with me that one of the most important things the government can

:43:59.:44:03.

do is support women returning to work? Absolutely right. She will

:44:04.:44:15.

hopefully welcome the element of the project that invested in

:44:16.:44:24.

internships. I will come onto that later in my speech. Take it from me,

:44:25.:44:37.

I believe wealth creation is so important to give us the resources

:44:38.:44:41.

for wealth creation. So many people have cut back. We are the 64th worst

:44:42.:44:49.

hit out of 650. We don't feel the affluence she talks about. We have

:44:50.:44:55.

record investment coming into our schools and if I can continue, to

:44:56.:45:02.

secure and build a strong economy we do need sustained investment in the

:45:03.:45:08.

human capital. The skills, the knowledge and the technical

:45:09.:45:12.

excellence that drives productivity and growth, it is people that will

:45:13.:45:17.

lift our country and we are investing in people. We need to do

:45:18.:45:22.

this now more than ever because we know there is a productivity gap

:45:23.:45:26.

between the UK and other advanced economies and we know that part of

:45:27.:45:34.

this is caused by skills shortages. I am grateful for giving way. Is it

:45:35.:45:49.

a mistake to cut this? It will affect them and deny the

:45:50.:45:58.

opportunities. As I already said, the strong economy that has helped

:45:59.:46:15.

to be created I was talking about how that is important. We know that

:46:16.:46:19.

top employers and businesses are telling us the skills they need in

:46:20.:46:24.

science, technology, engineering and maths are in two short supply. As my

:46:25.:46:31.

right honourable friend says, is she aware that 5% of women returning to

:46:32.:46:37.

work would generate an extra ?750 million? Absolutely, and that is why

:46:38.:46:46.

it is one of the most powerful leaders we have two helped Drive

:46:47.:46:49.

growth in the economy and more broadly around the world over the

:46:50.:46:54.

coming years ahead. When we look at how we are going to plug the skills

:46:55.:46:59.

gap, only 10% of adults in our country for the technical

:47:00.:47:06.

qualification. Germany currently produces twice as many science

:47:07.:47:10.

engineering and technology technicians and we know this. We

:47:11.:47:22.

cannot afford to wait. Other economies have been ahead of us and

:47:23.:47:26.

this government is clear that we will not fall further behind. We

:47:27.:47:34.

should recognise globalisation and automation are changing workplace.

:47:35.:47:43.

35% of our jobs are at risk of being replaced, not through competition

:47:44.:47:52.

but by technology. She mentions Germany's lead in training in

:47:53.:47:56.

technical positions. Does she link that with the fact that Germany

:47:57.:48:01.

consistently has a much higher level of corporation tax in order to fund

:48:02.:48:08.

that? I think Germany has its own approach in relation to corporation

:48:09.:48:14.

tax. Ours has been to dramatically reduce it to make sure companies can

:48:15.:48:18.

retain the profits to reinvest in growing their companies. I think

:48:19.:48:28.

there is a substantial job creation in comparison to so many other

:48:29.:48:35.

countries. It is why we have the ability to put it into our public

:48:36.:48:42.

services. As we prepare to leave the European Union we will need to be

:48:43.:48:52.

more self-sufficient in our workforces to set ourselves up for

:48:53.:48:55.

success. We will need new ideas and new jobs and meet every challenge. A

:48:56.:49:04.

global Britain is what we want, strong at home and strong abroad. It

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is time for Britain to step up a gear. To begin the shift up to the

:49:12.:49:18.

high skill, high productivity economy. This government is ready to

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act. Is it not a fact that under this government we've fallen two

:49:28.:49:34.

places in the research and development league tables. The

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Autumn Statement provides further statements, but what I am talking

:49:56.:50:00.

about is not just physical infrastructure, it is how the

:50:01.:50:04.

country will be successful, investing in our people and human

:50:05.:50:09.

capital. That is what we will be doing through this budget. Investing

:50:10.:50:16.

in skills, education and training. Creating a strong economy that works

:50:17.:50:21.

for everyone. This government is rightly focused on apprenticeships

:50:22.:50:26.

because of the huge difference they can make to individuals. They will

:50:27.:50:33.

boost lifetime earnings by 11% on average. If you 3% of apprentices

:50:34.:50:39.

tell us they believe it is improving their prospects and this is already

:50:40.:50:42.

making a big difference to individuals. Last year, 900,000

:50:43.:50:47.

people were enrolled in an apprenticeship and that means more

:50:48.:50:52.

than 3 million people have started an apprenticeship since 2010.

:50:53.:51:01.

Apprentices like Adam Sharp, who moved 150 miles to take up a

:51:02.:51:07.

mechanic apprenticeship. He dreams of being that nuclear power plant's

:51:08.:51:19.

chief engineer. Becky King moved to develop her passion for science.

:51:20.:51:21.

Last week I kicked off National apprenticeships week in the city and

:51:22.:51:27.

I met young people who were inspiring because they were finding

:51:28.:51:31.

out just how well they could do. Apprenticeships are bringing out the

:51:32.:51:37.

underlying talent of our young people and it's cathartic for them

:51:38.:51:42.

to be able to discover their potential. Earlier I met with

:51:43.:51:55.

nationwide representatives from my area keen to get more skills to lead

:51:56.:51:59.

businesses and apprentices from Lloyds last week. One area where we

:52:00.:52:09.

really need to keep the momentum is with the maths skills to make sure

:52:10.:52:15.

women can lead companies as well. The basic skills. Can I just say we

:52:16.:52:27.

need to impose a time limit of eight minutes right from the beginning. It

:52:28.:52:31.

is very heavily subscribed. If people are going to intervene they

:52:32.:52:36.

must keep it very brief. I pay tribute to the work that her local

:52:37.:52:39.

colleges doing and she's absolutely right if we are going to see a

:52:40.:52:43.

change in the workplace we have to start early. We need to build that

:52:44.:52:50.

pipeline to make sure there are girls and women going into those

:52:51.:52:52.

careers that are traditionally male dominated. It's not just about

:52:53.:53:02.

making a difference to the people doing apprenticeships.

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Apprenticeships are also making a difference to our country. When we

:53:06.:53:12.

talk to employers they tell us this increases quality and productivity

:53:13.:53:15.

so for them investing in an apprenticeship pays out for them and

:53:16.:53:20.

their business and it is paying out for the wider economy. This is only

:53:21.:53:26.

the beginning of our apprenticeship reform. Next month we are

:53:27.:53:31.

introducing a levy which will ensure that there will be over ?2.5 billion

:53:32.:53:36.

available to support apprenticeships and contributing to the levy will

:53:37.:53:43.

mean that employers are truly invested. It keeps us on track to

:53:44.:53:52.

meet our manifesto commitment. They will play a key role in delivering

:53:53.:54:00.

the key skills our economy needs to level up but we need to do more to

:54:01.:54:05.

meet the challenges our economy faces and the most successful

:54:06.:54:12.

countries don't just rely on these. There are work -based routes to get

:54:13.:54:17.

skilled professionals. They also depend on college -based routes,

:54:18.:54:25.

technical courses. We will up our game, looking at reforming the

:54:26.:54:31.

system to make it a central plank of how we sustain a growing economy.

:54:32.:54:38.

For decades our country has neglected technical education

:54:39.:54:41.

despite the fact a substantial proportion of our young people take

:54:42.:54:50.

this path. We've never achieved a sustainable strategy and that's

:54:51.:54:54.

because it's never been truly led by employers. We need a strategy that

:54:55.:55:02.

asks businesses what this curriculum should look like, investing in the

:55:03.:55:06.

tools and the teaching and the skills and expertise that helps

:55:07.:55:11.

young people navigate a complex web of choices and careers, to find the

:55:12.:55:17.

skills and careers that are right for them. We've allowed them to

:55:18.:55:22.

emphasise quantity rather than quality. There are 13,000 separate

:55:23.:55:28.

technical qualifications and to take one example, in plumbing a young

:55:29.:55:35.

person has a choice of 33 different courses. How do they know which is

:55:36.:55:41.

the highest quality and which is valued by businesses and the right

:55:42.:55:45.

fit for them? In recent years we have tightened

:55:46.:55:58.

the requirements for school and college tables, but we need to go

:55:59.:56:02.

much further to ensure that technical education is high-quality

:56:03.:56:07.

and meets needs. In place of complexity, this Government is

:56:08.:56:11.

following the advice of Lord Sainsbury and replacing the current

:56:12.:56:16.

system with a streamlined set of just 15 technical skills routes.

:56:17.:56:23.

Each route will be a path to skilled employment, from construction to

:56:24.:56:25.

digital, whether it is bricks and mortar or lines of code, and our

:56:26.:56:30.

standards for each route will be designed and agreed by our best

:56:31.:56:34.

businesses, to make sure that there is a direct flow through to the

:56:35.:56:40.

skills that our economy needs. We know that we need investment as well

:56:41.:56:45.

as reform. At the moment, a young person working towards a technical

:56:46.:56:48.

qualification receives a programme of around 600 hours a year. In the

:56:49.:56:55.

countries with the very best technical education, like Germany,

:56:56.:56:58.

Denmark, the Netherlands and Norway, students will train far more hours

:56:59.:57:04.

per year. If we really are serious about becoming world-class on

:57:05.:57:08.

skills, we need to rival the commitment and investment of the

:57:09.:57:13.

world's leading countries. That is why last Wednesday my right

:57:14.:57:14.

honourable friend the Chancellor announced over half ?1 billion a

:57:15.:57:22.

year of new funding for technical education. This will be used to

:57:23.:57:25.

increase the number of teaching hours for students, as the Sainsbury

:57:26.:57:29.

panel recommended it will also fund institutions to organise a

:57:30.:57:33.

substantial, high quality workplace for every technical education

:57:34.:57:38.

student, helping them apply skills in the workplace and prepare for a

:57:39.:57:42.

successful move into employment. In total, this will mean that a

:57:43.:57:45.

student's programme hours will increase by more than 50% from 600

:57:46.:57:52.

hours per year to more than 900. It is no surprise, Madame Deputy

:57:53.:57:56.

Speaker, that the CBI called this budget a breakthrough budget for

:57:57.:58:02.

skills. The funding for extra hours will roll out alongside the

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technical routes, beginning with the first programmes in autumn, 2019.

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Each of these routes will lead to a new certificate, the T-Level, which

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will be a gold standard for technical and professional

:58:18.:58:20.

excellence. The name will remind members of another prominent

:58:21.:58:24.

qualification, and that is very deliberate. I want there to be no

:58:25.:58:27.

ambiguity whatsoever that this is the most ambitious reform of post-16

:58:28.:58:35.

education since the introduction of A-levels 70 years ago. The

:58:36.:58:40.

investment announced by my right honourable friend the Chancellor

:58:41.:58:43.

shows that the Government is committed to making it a success,

:58:44.:58:47.

building a world-class technical education system will not only

:58:48.:58:52.

generate a skills and productivity... I will give way. I

:58:53.:58:57.

am very privileged to have my constituency based on area that is

:58:58.:59:08.

all about innovation and skills. Will the T-Level be significantly

:59:09.:59:11.

stronger than existing technical qualifications? Will become on a

:59:12.:59:15.

number of different fronts. Firstly, it will have commitment and design

:59:16.:59:18.

led by employers. Secondly it will have more hours, so the student is

:59:19.:59:23.

having a more comprehensive programme of education to reach the

:59:24.:59:27.

T-Level. Thirdly, the quality will be much, much higher. More time

:59:28.:59:32.

spent in the classroom but, critically, more time spent on a

:59:33.:59:36.

quality work placement with an employer, so once that person

:59:37.:59:40.

finishes their T-Level, there will come out of it ready to work and

:59:41.:59:45.

ready to begin their career, with a high-quality qualification that

:59:46.:59:49.

employers truly value. That is why we feel this is such a significant

:59:50.:59:53.

step forward. Building this world-class technical education

:59:54.:59:55.

system is not just going to generate the skills and productivity that are

:59:56.:00:00.

the foundations of a strong economy. It will also spread opportunity and

:00:01.:00:05.

increase social mobility, helping to break the link between a person's

:00:06.:00:09.

background and where they get to in life. Madam Deputy Speaker, it may

:00:10.:00:15.

be no surprise to the house that most young people from... Many young

:00:16.:00:20.

people from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to be on

:00:21.:00:24.

technical courses than their peers. And yet it has not been at the level

:00:25.:00:29.

that they deserve or our economy deserves either. A report by the

:00:30.:00:35.

Boston consulting group and the Sutton trust suggests greater social

:00:36.:00:38.

mobility could boost the economy by a staggering ?140 billion every

:00:39.:00:45.

year. Different young people have different talents. If we can

:00:46.:00:49.

successfully put technical education on a par with academic roots, it is

:00:50.:00:53.

not just good for these young people, it is exactly what the

:00:54.:01:06.

economy needs to. This is not about designing a second chance system for

:01:07.:01:10.

the disadvantaged. I do not want technical education to be seen as a

:01:11.:01:15.

back-up to the academic path. I want parity of esteem. I want to

:01:16.:01:18.

technical education to take its rightful place alongside the

:01:19.:01:23.

academic track, as they totally credible path to a professional

:01:24.:01:34.

career. We're not there yet and... Did you call me Lucy Adams? I am

:01:35.:01:48.

very much a Powell. We on the side of the house welcome any attempt to

:01:49.:01:52.

raise the esteem and status of technical and vocational education,

:01:53.:01:57.

something we began in our time in government. Does she agree with me

:01:58.:02:00.

that in the global world of the future it is often the mix of

:02:01.:02:06.

technical and academic, whether you look at engineering, the digital

:02:07.:02:09.

opportunities, creative industries or even health care and social care,

:02:10.:02:13.

it is the blend. Can she get the house some assurances that people

:02:14.:02:16.

will not be separated at the age of 16? I think the key to success is

:02:17.:02:23.

strengthening the technical education routes, as I have talked

:02:24.:02:26.

about. I think having some longevity to the strategy. The word Lord

:02:27.:02:29.

Sainsbury did was absolutely critical in giving us an

:02:30.:02:34.

architecture to build a strategy around. As we have seen in the past,

:02:35.:02:41.

and around us now. As she says, it's important to make sure that the

:02:42.:02:46.

whole system which together. That is why it is important as we create

:02:47.:02:49.

more of the Institute of technology that we also talk with further

:02:50.:02:52.

education colleges that will be at the centre of all of this. Of

:02:53.:02:57.

course, also universities, who already do degrees in relation to

:02:58.:03:02.

areas like engineering. But clearly they have a real offer that they can

:03:03.:03:07.

make in supporting a more applied learning route and a more technical

:03:08.:03:12.

education route for many young people. We have to make sure, as she

:03:13.:03:17.

says, that this does fit together. Indeed, we want to raise the quality

:03:18.:03:24.

and availability of higher-level technical education so that

:03:25.:03:27.

technically gifted students can continue those studies beyond the

:03:28.:03:30.

age of 19. One of the challenges we have had is not only the lower rungs

:03:31.:03:37.

of the educational ladder not being as high quality as the academic

:03:38.:03:41.

route, but the higher rungs not being there for people to be able to

:03:42.:03:44.

climb up and aim for successfully. The new national colleges and the

:03:45.:03:51.

Institutes Of Technology will make sure there are world-class

:03:52.:03:55.

institutions for studying higher quality technical qualifications.

:03:56.:03:59.

From September 2019, we will introduce its maintenance loans so

:04:00.:04:03.

that study level 4 higher-level qualifications, so that those who

:04:04.:04:13.

study levels at these suggestions, these are right for them. It means,

:04:14.:04:17.

just like university students, the best technical minds will not be

:04:18.:04:21.

limited by financial circumstances or place. It is not just about

:04:22.:04:25.

parity between places, it is also about parity between people. Nearly

:04:26.:04:30.

three quarters of young people in Barnsley follow a tactical path. In

:04:31.:04:35.

Kensington and Chelsea, it is less than one quarter. -- technical path.

:04:36.:04:41.

By levelling up technical education, putting it on a par with academic

:04:42.:04:45.

routes, with reform, investment and focus, we can steadily raise the

:04:46.:04:49.

regional inequalities and make sure that young people -- a -- erase the

:04:50.:05:01.

inequalities and make sure young people have the door of opportunity

:05:02.:05:05.

firmly left open for them. Building an opportunity is also about good

:05:06.:05:08.

school places as well as skills. Good schools are the foundation of

:05:09.:05:11.

economic success and social mobility. This Government is

:05:12.:05:15.

resolute in its pursuit of more good school places in every single part

:05:16.:05:19.

of the country, especially where they are most needed, to be able to

:05:20.:05:22.

power higher educational attainment. That is why there are almost 1.8

:05:23.:05:30.

million more children in good or outstanding schools and there were

:05:31.:05:35.

in 2010. That is 1.8 million young people getting a better start, a

:05:36.:05:40.

crucially better start, to be able to reach their potential. But there

:05:41.:05:43.

are still 1 million pupils in schools judged by Ofsted to be

:05:44.:05:48.

inadequate or schools that require improvement. So there is more work

:05:49.:05:52.

to do. Alongside half a billion a year in investment in skills, this

:05:53.:05:58.

delivers ?23 billion of investment to fund over 70,000 places and up to

:05:59.:06:04.

110 new free school is on top of the 500 free schools we have committed

:06:05.:06:10.

to deliver by 2020. This includes funding for specialist maths

:06:11.:06:12.

schools, which build on the successes of the outstanding Exeter

:06:13.:06:17.

mathematics schools, which I had the privilege to be able to visit

:06:18.:06:20.

recently, and the King's College London maths schools which the Prime

:06:21.:06:25.

Minister visited. If every child in every part of the country needs

:06:26.:06:29.

access to a fantastic school place, we have got to plan ahead and leave

:06:30.:06:34.

no stone unturned in pursuit of those places. I will give way. My

:06:35.:06:39.

right honourable friend is making a powerful case for the importance of

:06:40.:06:42.

education. Does she not share my concern about the current funding

:06:43.:06:45.

system we have in this country, which is more based on a postcode

:06:46.:06:49.

lottery than the needs of those schools in those particular

:06:50.:06:54.

locations? Absolutely. The current approach that we have is not just

:06:55.:07:00.

outdated, it is also coming places, extremely unfair. And yet we want

:07:01.:07:03.

our schools to be able to achieve the same outcomes, while funding

:07:04.:07:07.

them fundamentally different places. Not for any reason other than often

:07:08.:07:14.

wear that child is growing up. That is something that no one who wants

:07:15.:07:20.

to see social mobility get better should accept. We have to move to a

:07:21.:07:23.

more equitable approach on funding. That is what we are consulting on

:07:24.:07:28.

right now. We have to make sure that the school places are there for

:07:29.:07:32.

those children as they move through the system. Madame Deputy Speaker,

:07:33.:07:38.

it is not just about extra school places and the new schools we need,

:07:39.:07:41.

it is also about investing in schools and school places that we

:07:42.:07:47.

already have. My right honourable friend the Chancellor has also put

:07:48.:07:51.

forward an additional ?216 million to help refurbish existing schools

:07:52.:07:55.

and make them fit for the 21st century. This is on top of the

:07:56.:08:04.

existing plans to invest over ?10 billion in improving the addition of

:08:05.:08:11.

the school estate. Does she accept academic A-levels are one way in

:08:12.:08:14.

which young people can ensure they get a good start in life and perhaps

:08:15.:08:17.

go on to great success through our university system? What will her

:08:18.:08:22.

proposals that she is outlining deal for young people in Halewood, who

:08:23.:08:28.

have no option of doing academic A-levels in the entire borough, and

:08:29.:08:34.

must leave in order to study? I think she raises an incredibly

:08:35.:08:39.

profound and important point. Parts of our country were far too long

:08:40.:08:47.

educational attainment for young people growing up has simply not

:08:48.:08:51.

been good enough. The situation she highlights as part of a much broader

:08:52.:08:58.

challenge, I know, in seeking to steadily raise educational

:08:59.:09:02.

attainment. It is important that, alongside the investment we have set

:09:03.:09:06.

out for technical education in this budget, that we really do make sure,

:09:07.:09:10.

through the sort of approaches like opportunity areas, that we zone in

:09:11.:09:13.

on those areas that most need additional support, to make sure

:09:14.:09:18.

that we can shift those outcomes. This government's focus on

:09:19.:09:22.

opportunity does not end when someone leaves full-time education.

:09:23.:09:30.

In a dynamic, modern economy, we need to foster a culture of lifelong

:09:31.:09:36.

learning, a culture where all of us, from all walks of life, are

:09:37.:09:38.

passionate about continuing to upscale themselves. I thank you for

:09:39.:09:45.

giving way. The Foreign Secretary moves of the issue of school fabric.

:09:46.:09:50.

The money for school repairs is welcome, but there is a ?6.7 billion

:09:51.:09:56.

backlog of repairs to bring them up to satisfactory condition. What does

:09:57.:09:58.

she think the backlog will be by the end of the parliament? Well, the

:09:59.:10:04.

investment that we have brought forward as part of the budget will

:10:05.:10:07.

enable us to go further and faster on that backlog that he has pointed

:10:08.:10:13.

to. It is also important, as I said earlier, that we plan ahead. We need

:10:14.:10:18.

to make sure that this demographic bulge of young people who have been

:10:19.:10:24.

in primary and steadily moving through two secondary schools have

:10:25.:10:27.

school places and classrooms to be able to go through when they need

:10:28.:10:30.

them. That is why there is a balanced investment that we saw in

:10:31.:10:34.

the budget, not just in terms of refurbishing existing schools and

:10:35.:10:37.

existing school places, particularly focused on the ones that are needed

:10:38.:10:41.

most, but also looking ahead to make sure that we have the extra good

:10:42.:10:44.

school places that our country will need. Madame Deputy Speaker, I was

:10:45.:10:50.

briefly touching upon why lifelong learning and the investment to the

:10:51.:10:54.

budget into lifelong learning is so important, because it needs to very

:10:55.:10:58.

much become the norm in our country. I want to make sure that people have

:10:59.:11:02.

the tools and is to be able to do it. The reality is, Madame Deputy

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Speaker, is that many of us will never study again once we have left

:11:08.:11:14.

school. And yet we know, in the economy of the future, re-adapting

:11:15.:11:18.

skills, continuing to learn, is going to be absolutely vital. That

:11:19.:11:24.

is why we are making available of ?240 million over the next two years

:11:25.:11:28.

to fund trials into lifetime learning, to help us make sure that

:11:29.:11:32.

we know what works, where it is needed and how we can change our

:11:33.:11:37.

country to have a culture where more adults are seizing opportunities to

:11:38.:11:44.

upscale and taking control of their lives. Madame Deputy Speaker we have

:11:45.:11:47.

the highest level, as I said earlier in this debate, of female

:11:48.:11:53.

employment. It is a fantastic record to have achieved. The gender pay gap

:11:54.:11:59.

is at a record low of 18.1%. But there is still a gap. This

:12:00.:12:04.

government is implacable in our commitment to close this gap to zero

:12:05.:12:09.

within a generation. We know that some women find it hard to return to

:12:10.:12:13.

work after taking time out to care for young children. Many feel that

:12:14.:12:19.

they come back to work at a lower level or they have to expect less

:12:20.:12:25.

progression in work and pay and this is not good enough.

:12:26.:12:31.

Record only cannot afford to miss out on this talent. Some are running

:12:32.:12:39.

schemes to help women return to work. We want to work with them to

:12:40.:12:44.

help them return to work. We want to apply these lessons. When you take

:12:45.:12:51.

these together with improving the ability of people to do lifelong

:12:52.:12:55.

learning I want to see people coming back to work who are better skilled

:12:56.:13:00.

than when they left to take a career break. Not struggling to get their

:13:01.:13:10.

careers back on track. That's why I announced that we will work with

:13:11.:13:15.

business groups... The red book shows in terms of Labour market

:13:16.:13:22.

participation funding for returning is ?5 million as opposed to ?65

:13:23.:13:26.

million for extending the free schools plan. Does she think that is

:13:27.:13:35.

appropriate? Return ships are not used widely, by a few companies, but

:13:36.:13:44.

for those who have invested in them we are at the beginning. We get a

:13:45.:13:58.

clearer sense of what the broader strategy we should have for the

:13:59.:14:02.

long-term is but also critically how we can make sure as we develop those

:14:03.:14:05.

policies and those ideas that they are reformed through evidence. That

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was the investment we announced. I will be brief. One of the areas I

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wonder if the Secretary of State could also look at is about people

:14:18.:14:25.

who step out of the workplace for caring responsibilities, not

:14:26.:14:28.

necessarily youngsters but people who have given up the career for a

:14:29.:14:40.

shorter time. I think she raises a very important point. We need to

:14:41.:14:43.

understand flexible working means people adapting. Not just today, it

:14:44.:14:53.

needs to be able to adapt to changing lives as that happens for

:14:54.:14:58.

all of us in our working lives and careers. Last week was International

:14:59.:15:08.

Women's Day and I thought it was a sign of how important this day has

:15:09.:15:12.

become that the Chancellor marked by making it budget Day! It is

:15:13.:15:20.

symbolic, Madam Deputy Speaker, and I'm extremely, we have our second

:15:21.:15:32.

female Prime Minister and I'm proud that both of them have been

:15:33.:15:36.

conservative Prime Minister is. There's a long way to go but we

:15:37.:15:43.

should celebrate progress the cause it has been important and so nearly

:15:44.:15:52.

100 years after women were given the vote, the Chancellor has set aside

:15:53.:15:57.

?5 million to celebrate that historic event. I will finish by

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saying this budget will continue the government's mission to spread

:16:04.:16:08.

opportunity to every part of the country, and it rests on a strong,

:16:09.:16:14.

stable economy are avoiding the careers and jobs which lead to

:16:15.:16:17.

financial independence and success for a new generation and a sense of

:16:18.:16:23.

meaning in people's lives. We cannot be complacent. There will be more

:16:24.:16:27.

challenges to come but by investing in a world-class system alongside

:16:28.:16:34.

schools and lifelong learning and returned ships, this government has

:16:35.:16:40.

taken a crucial step in underwriting the flow of skills that our country

:16:41.:16:44.

needs. We will level up opportunity. We will lift our country by lifting

:16:45.:16:53.

up young people, and this breakthrough budget merits the

:16:54.:16:57.

support of this house. The question is as on the order paper. It is a

:16:58.:17:07.

pleasure to respond to the Secretary of State and quite right that we

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have a date at this dedication to skills. This comes when Britain has

:17:17.:17:20.

a social mobility problem getting worse, not better, as a result of an

:17:21.:17:30.

unfair education system, a two tier Labour market, imbalanced economy

:17:31.:17:33.

and an unaffordable housing market. Not my accusation but the conclusion

:17:34.:17:44.

of the social mobility commission. Most of these recommendations have

:17:45.:17:52.

been ignored. It made a recommendation against the policy.

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Sadly, that has also been ignored. Instead, the Chancellor used the

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budget to announce plans to spend another ?320 million on the next

:18:10.:18:14.

tranche of free schools which the Prime Minister wrote would provide

:18:15.:18:24.

70,000 new places. This would be the equivalent of ?4571 per pupil. But

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the Secretary of State will know that her own department's recent

:18:32.:18:39.

figures will show that the cash price was ?21,000 per place. The

:18:40.:18:44.

cash cost of a secondary free school place was ?24,000. This is coupled

:18:45.:18:52.

with a slightly curious detail hidden in the back of the red book

:18:53.:19:03.

with further 715,000 pounds for free schools in the next Parliament.

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Perhaps the Minister can answer this question later, if Philip gives just

:19:08.:19:18.

been ?320 million for new free places and each school plays costs

:19:19.:19:23.

?21,000, how many school places will to -- the Prime Minister end up

:19:24.:19:32.

with? I look forward to marking the homework later. Will she join me and

:19:33.:19:36.

local parents in Swindon on congratulating the government with

:19:37.:19:42.

the funding fire-2-mac free schools to help tackle the lack of places

:19:43.:19:54.

provided? I will come to these points. Either the Prime Minister

:19:55.:20:06.

has made an announcement without the Chancellor or they have disguised

:20:07.:20:11.

the overspend on the staggeringly -- inefficient school programme. That

:20:12.:20:19.

would not be a surprise. The National Audit Office has helpfully

:20:20.:20:24.

reminded the Chancellor and the Secretary of State, in 2010, the

:20:25.:20:32.

estimated it would cost ?900 million to open 315 schools. By March 2015

:20:33.:20:42.

the department had spent double the official budget and not manage to

:20:43.:20:49.

hit their target. They found they had already spent ?3.4 billion on

:20:50.:20:56.

the land alone. The Department is now on course to be the largest land

:20:57.:21:00.

purchase, even before the budget sank more money on. They also showed

:21:01.:21:09.

that new places were far more expensive than conventional schools

:21:10.:21:12.

had been. Will the Minister tell this house and the British people

:21:13.:21:17.

how much money her department will spend to deliver these new free

:21:18.:21:23.

schools? Will she guarantee that they will open in places where there

:21:24.:21:29.

is a clear need for places? The Chancellor pledged money for every

:21:30.:21:39.

school over a three-year period. The Secretary of State made reference to

:21:40.:21:44.

it. As the member for Southport stated, the National Audit Office

:21:45.:21:49.

has found that ?6.7 billion is necessary to return all existing

:21:50.:21:56.

schools to a satisfactory condition. The 85% of schools who apply were

:21:57.:22:06.

rejected and this investment was cheaper than the free schools

:22:07.:22:12.

programme. We know why the Chancellor focused on free schools.

:22:13.:22:16.

It will enable the creation of selective free schools. It was the

:22:17.:22:22.

former Education Secretary who said he'd had enough of experts but not

:22:23.:22:27.

even he tried to bring back grammar schools let alone pretend it was a

:22:28.:22:32.

policy of social mobility. I'm not giving way. We now that only one in

:22:33.:22:43.

25 pupils at grammar schools is eligible for free school meals while

:22:44.:22:48.

one in every eight previously attended an independent school. Even

:22:49.:22:55.

among the highest achieving 20% of pupils from the most affluent

:22:56.:22:59.

backgrounds, we are more likely to get into a grammar school than those

:23:00.:23:04.

from the most disadvantaged. Of course, the government have

:23:05.:23:10.

suggested that they intend to take action to change this. It has not

:23:11.:23:17.

gone down well on the back benches opposite. Given they've been happy

:23:18.:23:24.

to jump the gun on the rest of their consultation perhaps the Minister

:23:25.:23:27.

could be forthcoming to the house about those plans, as she was to the

:23:28.:23:35.

press. The Chancellor, the Secretary of State has spent a huge amount of

:23:36.:23:41.

time speaking and I want to carry on. The Chancellor announced the

:23:42.:23:50.

measure to address this. They are bussing children into grammar

:23:51.:23:53.

schools. They forgot to mention they've only just cut ?6 million out

:23:54.:24:00.

of the budget for every other child. That left them with no statutory

:24:01.:24:07.

provision for disabled people. Others were forced to change school.

:24:08.:24:16.

They are paying a tax so a handful can be ferried at the cost of

:24:17.:24:24.

thousands of pounds each. Apparently the comprehensive school buses are

:24:25.:24:34.

out and the grammar school is in. To give them a figleaf of social

:24:35.:24:39.

mobility. The Chancellor said they commit because they understand

:24:40.:24:42.

choice is the key to excellence in education. I would remind the

:24:43.:24:45.

government that good teaching, school leadership, the right

:24:46.:24:50.

curriculum and many of the other things are also key to that. But

:24:51.:24:54.

it's also a rather obvious point that the system they are proposing

:24:55.:25:00.

is not one in which parents or pupils choose the school. They are

:25:01.:25:08.

proposing that schools choose the pupils and parents are unlikely to

:25:09.:25:16.

have a choice on childcare reader. The Chancellor said they will get

:25:17.:25:22.

the entitlement doubled but the Secretary of State has already

:25:23.:25:25.

admitted in written answers that only a small minority of those

:25:26.:25:32.

parents currently receiving 15 hours will be eligible for the 30 hours.

:25:33.:25:37.

Under 400,000 families will qualify despite the promise that over

:25:38.:25:41.

600,000 would benefit. The Chancellor's plans for adult

:25:42.:25:51.

education are no closer to reality. He announced 40 million to trial new

:25:52.:25:55.

ways of delivering adult education and lifelong learning, yet his own

:25:56.:26:00.

Government has, since 2010, cut the adult skills budget by 32%, with

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over ?1 billion taken out since 2010. Now, I know the Chancellor's

:26:08.:26:10.

aides have referred to their neighbours in Number 10 as being

:26:11.:26:14.

economically illiterate, but surely even they can realise the absurdity

:26:15.:26:22.

of trying to reverse damage caused by ?1 billion of cuts with ?40

:26:23.:26:33.

million in trials. The new investment would be welcome, after

:26:34.:26:38.

all, further education budgets were cut by 7% in the last Parliament,

:26:39.:26:44.

and the Institute for Fiscal Studies found between 2010 and 2020, funding

:26:45.:26:49.

per pupil in further education would be cut by 13%. Would my friend give

:26:50.:26:59.

way? Debriefing lines do not quite match the budget lines. The red book

:27:00.:27:05.

shows that in 2019, the new funding will only be ?6 million. Even by

:27:06.:27:11.

2021, the new funding will not have risen to the promised half a billion

:27:12.:27:24.

a year. Is she aware that a consequence of this is that the

:27:25.:27:26.

productivity gap between this country and the rest of the world

:27:27.:27:33.

has worsened every single year since the Tories came in, and even under

:27:34.:27:39.

the coalition, and is now the worst since 1991. Absolutely, I thank my

:27:40.:27:48.

honourable friend for his intervention. I make that 1-1 from

:27:49.:27:52.

both sides of the house, I am going to be moving on. That brings us back

:27:53.:27:56.

to the context of the other announcements, which is the funding

:27:57.:28:01.

crisis facing our schools. We learn from today's Times that they are now

:28:02.:28:04.

in retreat over the new funding formula. Perhaps the sexual state

:28:05.:28:09.

will use this to clarify his position to the house? They might

:28:10.:28:17.

say they are still consulting and they may not have seen the results,

:28:18.:28:20.

yet we still haven't seen the results of the School That Work For

:28:21.:28:26.

Everyone Consultation. That did not stop Prime Minister using the budget

:28:27.:28:29.

to announce most of the forthcoming school bill to the press. It was

:28:30.:28:34.

same with the initial plans of the new grammar schools, the new School

:28:35.:28:39.

improvement funding, and every other education announcement made in last

:28:40.:28:44.

week's budget. Announcements made behind closed doors are the pay wall

:28:45.:28:48.

of the Prime Minister's favoured newspapers, rather than within this

:28:49.:28:54.

house. No wonder they would rather avoid our scrutiny, because there

:28:55.:28:59.

was one thing the budget fails to mention. That is the pledge that the

:29:00.:29:03.

party opposite made in their manifesto. Under a future

:29:04.:29:08.

Conservative Government, the amount of money following your child into

:29:09.:29:13.

schools will be protected. There will be a real terms increase in the

:29:14.:29:16.

schools budget in the next Parliament. The last Prime Minister

:29:17.:29:20.

made clear what he meant. The amount of money following your child into

:29:21.:29:27.

schools will not be cut. In Treasury speak, flat cash per pupil. So, they

:29:28.:29:34.

were clear, Mr Deputy Speaker, not a single pupil in the country would

:29:35.:29:38.

see their funding cut by a single penny. That was their promise. Yet

:29:39.:29:42.

the National Audit Office has found that there will be an 8% drop in

:29:43.:29:48.

per-pupil funding this Parliament, leaving schools forced to make cuts

:29:49.:29:55.

worth ?3 billion. Up and down the country we hear schools that are

:29:56.:29:57.

seeing less money in their budgets and forced to cut hours or subjects,

:29:58.:30:05.

or asking parents to chip in. Yesterday, on the European issue,

:30:06.:30:09.

the government was clear that their justification was a mandate of the

:30:10.:30:13.

British people. Yet they too had a mandate when it came to funding our

:30:14.:30:18.

schools. I know that they would like to airbrush the last Prime Minister

:30:19.:30:21.

from history, but they tell us today, will they tell us today, that

:30:22.:30:30.

the pledge still stands? When does the Treasury intend to meet it? The

:30:31.:30:37.

Prime Minister have a lot to say about education, but when it came to

:30:38.:30:41.

meeting their own promises they were selective with their facts and

:30:42.:30:43.

copper offensive in their failure. They must do better.

:30:44.:30:51.

-- comprehensive in their failure. It gives me some pleasure to follow

:30:52.:30:58.

the shadow Secretary of State for education. Let me start by

:30:59.:31:02.

congratulating the Secretary of State on his speech. I am delighted

:31:03.:31:07.

she managed to secure protection for the schools budget, which will

:31:08.:31:11.

continue to grow in real terms. I congratulate the Chief Secretary,

:31:12.:31:15.

who I see is in his place, for facilitating that. I would also like

:31:16.:31:18.

to welcome the national funding formula which the Secretary of State

:31:19.:31:23.

has been working on with a forensic attention to detail. It will ensure

:31:24.:31:30.

that funding follows need, rather than an historic accident of

:31:31.:31:34.

postcode, and in Croydon, the borough I represent, which has been

:31:35.:31:39.

historically underfunded, we will see the historic injustice

:31:40.:31:41.

corrected. I would like to congratulate the Secretary of State

:31:42.:31:45.

for her work and welcome the national funding formula. The Shadow

:31:46.:31:51.

Secretary of State for Education, in her speech she read out a few

:31:52.:31:57.

minutes ago, gave us some statistics. The most important

:31:58.:32:05.

statistic we have when it comes to this country in education, is that

:32:06.:32:10.

1.8 million more children are being educated in good or outstanding

:32:11.:32:15.

schools compared to 2010. The honourable lady opposite can quote

:32:16.:32:18.

all of the sums that she likes, but the fact remains that this

:32:19.:32:26.

government is delivering, delivering a better education for more children

:32:27.:32:29.

than ever before and members on this side of the house are proud that our

:32:30.:32:36.

government are doing that. 1.8 million more children in good and

:32:37.:32:39.

outstanding schools. That is the result of the free school and

:32:40.:32:46.

Academy programme and I am delighted that this Government is continuing

:32:47.:32:52.

and expanding the programme. In that vein, I am also pleased that the

:32:53.:32:58.

chief secretary, the Chancellor and the Education Secretary have found,

:32:59.:33:02.

over the next five years, up until 2021-22, and additional ?1 billion

:33:03.:33:10.

to fund further new schools. New schools give choice to parents. As

:33:11.:33:15.

this statistics I have quoted show, they encourage higher standards.

:33:16.:33:19.

Some of the schools may well be new grammar schools, which the

:33:20.:33:22.

honourable lady opposite criticised. I should declare to the house that I

:33:23.:33:26.

am a grammar school boy. I went to a grammar school in south London. I

:33:27.:33:29.

know from my own experience that grammar schools help children from

:33:30.:33:35.

ordinary backgrounds fulfil their potential. All of the studies show

:33:36.:33:40.

that children... Children from ordinary backgrounds that go to

:33:41.:33:43.

grammar schools do a great deal better than those who go to other

:33:44.:33:48.

schools. I am sorry the honourable lady opposite to not give way, she

:33:49.:33:51.

did give way to the honourable gentleman for Bassetlaw, many of his

:33:52.:33:58.

constituents attended grammar school in my constituency. The question she

:33:59.:34:02.

failed to answer is wide as the abolition of grammar schools has

:34:03.:34:08.

that been a catastrophic fall in mobility in socially deprived areas?

:34:09.:34:19.

They can and should be for social mobility. But they include new

:34:20.:34:21.

measures to make sure grammar schools take on board a higher

:34:22.:34:25.

proportion of pupils on free school meals. There is a very successful

:34:26.:34:34.

case study for this. A number of steps, which include outreach for

:34:35.:34:37.

local primary schools in deprived areas, free tuition for the tests

:34:38.:34:41.

and bursaries to fund things like school uniform and travel, which

:34:42.:34:44.

have, together, increased the grammar schools free school meals

:34:45.:34:51.

intake from 3%, up to 22%, which shows the measures the Education

:34:52.:34:58.

Secretary is proposing works in practice and I strongly welcome

:34:59.:35:03.

them. In the interests of joined up thinking, what proportion of

:35:04.:35:07.

qualifications will the new grammar schools give over to T-Levels? I

:35:08.:35:14.

think it is up to individual schools to set their own individual

:35:15.:35:20.

curricula, and also for the parents, children and pupils' choices. That

:35:21.:35:24.

is what local is a means. Grammar schools, by their nature, tend to be

:35:25.:35:29.

more academic and flavour. Well, that is what a grammar school is. It

:35:30.:35:32.

should hardly be a surprise to members opposite. There are other

:35:33.:35:36.

kinds of school which have a more technical specialisation. Diversity

:35:37.:35:42.

of provision, choice for parents and variety in our system are signs of

:35:43.:35:50.

success. Members on this side of the house celebrate that. I would like

:35:51.:35:57.

to turn to some other measures in the Budget, starting with business

:35:58.:36:03.

rates. I know a number of members were concerned, including me, about

:36:04.:36:07.

the effect of the business rates revaluation on smaller businesses,

:36:08.:36:13.

and a town in my constituency was particularly affected by some quite

:36:14.:36:16.

significant upward revaluation is. In that context, I think it is very

:36:17.:36:22.

welcome that the Budget announced ?435 million of discretionary relief

:36:23.:36:27.

to help small businesses in towns like Pearly. But it might be worth

:36:28.:36:39.

adjusting that over time. The lion's share comes in the first two years,

:36:40.:36:47.

180 million in 2017-18. It is very welcome, but the transitional

:36:48.:36:51.

reliefs, the put caps on small business rate increases, in 17-18,

:36:52.:36:58.

they are 5%, and 7.5% in 18-19, meaning most small businesses will

:36:59.:37:01.

not feel too much of an effect in the next two years. It is really

:37:02.:37:08.

three, four and five-year's time when it will be most powerfully

:37:09.:37:12.

felt. I wonder if the Home Secretary might consider changing the profile

:37:13.:37:16.

of that money, so rather than frontloading it, it might be back

:37:17.:37:20.

loaded into year three and four of the period, when the effects of the

:37:21.:37:24.

business rate increases will be most heavily felt. The total amount of

:37:25.:37:29.

money will remain the same, 435 million, but the profile overtime

:37:30.:37:32.

will be shifted to better match the effects of the business rate

:37:33.:37:35.

increases. A second thought which I would offer for the future on

:37:36.:37:42.

transitional relief relates to the upward and downward caps. For the

:37:43.:37:46.

next financial year, 17-18, bills have been sent out and there is an

:37:47.:37:50.

upward cap of 5% for small businesses, so no small business get

:37:51.:37:57.

an increase of more than 5%, there is a downward cap of 4.1%, so no

:37:58.:38:02.

large business gets a downward decrease of less than 4.1. Lucky to

:38:03.:38:08.

the future, I wonder if in the Autumn Statement we might consider

:38:09.:38:14.

fine tuning the upward and downward caps so that the largest businesses,

:38:15.:38:19.

such as the big four supermarkets, have a lower or even zero further

:38:20.:38:23.

downward cap, they don't get any further decreases beyond the

:38:24.:38:25.

decrease next year, and that would fund a more generous upward cap for

:38:26.:38:30.

the smallest businesses. Rather than getting an upward cap of 10-15% in

:38:31.:38:37.

2019-21, the money saved might be used to lower the cap. It would be

:38:38.:38:41.

fiscally neutral, it would not affect the coming financial year,

:38:42.:38:45.

which is fully set in stone already, but it would help some of those

:38:46.:38:48.

small businesses in three or four years' time, including businesses in

:38:49.:38:54.

my constituency. I have noticed the cumulative upward cap for these

:38:55.:38:58.

small businesses over the five-year period accumulates to 64.2%, quite a

:38:59.:39:02.

high upward cap. If we could find a way of softening the blow, I think

:39:03.:39:08.

it would be very welcome indeed. Another area which the Chancellor

:39:09.:39:11.

touched on in the budget statement related to pollution. He indicated

:39:12.:39:16.

that, particularly from diesel cars, and as a London MP this affects my

:39:17.:39:21.

constituency and all London constituencies particularly

:39:22.:39:23.

profoundly, the Chancellor mentioned there would be a plan delivered over

:39:24.:39:26.

the summer, responding to the European Union court case, and that

:39:27.:39:29.

fiscal measures would be introduced in the autumn budget. I must say, I

:39:30.:39:34.

have very significant reservations about Sidiq Khan's diesel scrappage

:39:35.:39:40.

scheme, which would cost in London ?515 million over two years. We want

:39:41.:39:44.

to do that nationally, the cost would be ?3.5 billion per year over

:39:45.:39:49.

two years, which I think is an affordable and will just cause one

:39:50.:39:52.

set of diesel cars to be replaced by another. I don't support the diesel

:39:53.:39:56.

scrappage scheme proposed by the Mayor of London. One fiscal measure

:39:57.:40:02.

the Government might consider, given that diesel cars burned 10 million

:40:03.:40:06.

tonnes of fuel every year, a three times increase over the last ten

:40:07.:40:12.

years, the Government might consider introducing a significantly

:40:13.:40:14.

increased registration tax for new diesel cars. I say cars, not vans or

:40:15.:40:23.

lorries, in order to deter people from buying new diesel cars, which

:40:24.:40:26.

make up half of the purchases in the country. It would have no effect

:40:27.:40:29.

retrospectively on people that bought a diesel car already, but it

:40:30.:40:32.

would encourage people to switch away from diesel cars in future. I

:40:33.:40:38.

think it would greatly help ease pollution problems in cities like

:40:39.:40:42.

London in the months and years ahead. I can see the time limit is

:40:43.:40:47.

rapidly approaching. Let me conclude. I'm glad to something

:40:48.:40:55.

popular on the benches opposite. Let me conclude by welcoming this

:40:56.:40:58.

Budget, continuing the Government's record of job creation and growth,

:40:59.:41:02.

and let me congratulate the Education Secretary and chief

:41:03.:41:05.

secretary for protecting and growing education funding and committing to

:41:06.:41:09.

fund more excellent schools in our country.

:41:10.:41:17.

It was a dull budget. I don't say that as a criticism because it was

:41:18.:41:25.

meant to be dull. The Chancellor did most of his heavy lifting in the

:41:26.:41:28.

Autumn Statement when he amassed the war chest by borrowing ?120 billion.

:41:29.:41:39.

The criticism is rather than use that to raise productivity, improve

:41:40.:41:45.

productivity, he's put it aside because he doesn't know what will

:41:46.:41:48.

happen after the Brexit deal is done. The education minister made a

:41:49.:41:56.

reasonable fist of trying to explain the new levels but after half an

:41:57.:42:02.

hour I began to think she was arguing a little bit too hard as if

:42:03.:42:06.

she did not really believe it herself. I think one of the more

:42:07.:42:12.

innovative parts of the budget was this. If you want a technical

:42:13.:42:21.

education of the standard of Germany or the Netherlands you have to have

:42:22.:42:24.

the schools, the workshops, the machinery in the schools to do the

:42:25.:42:30.

teaching. The equivalent must be better than what you will get when

:42:31.:42:36.

you get to the factory at you've graduated. That is how you raise

:42:37.:42:41.

productivity, training at the highest level. If the budget had put

:42:42.:42:51.

the money into schools, technical skills, and a level that you see in

:42:52.:42:59.

Germany and the Netherlands, I might have believed the government.

:43:00.:43:06.

Actually they are another addition to the fact that this government

:43:07.:43:14.

wants to pursue selective education, for a narrow stream of people. You

:43:15.:43:19.

will not solve the problem of productivity. The one thing that we

:43:20.:43:30.

did get in the government was a rise in national insurance for the

:43:31.:43:31.

self-employed. There is a building company and an

:43:32.:43:47.

investment company. Does anybody know who these companies are? They

:43:48.:43:54.

are both owned by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. In 2010 he put them

:43:55.:44:01.

into a blind trust. He's a very honourable man so there is no

:44:02.:44:07.

question of him influencing. Unlike certain presidents of the United

:44:08.:44:13.

States. But it is interesting to see what these companies are thinking

:44:14.:44:20.

about. The accounts say the building industry is suffering from supply

:44:21.:44:27.

bottlenecks of skilled trades people driving up costs. What does the

:44:28.:44:35.

building company say? The scarcity of good quality subcontractors is

:44:36.:44:37.

still an issue and they are considering going back. This skills

:44:38.:44:46.

and supply bottleneck is largely among the self-employed. To sum up,

:44:47.:44:55.

the Federation of Master builders says 60% of construction firms are

:44:56.:45:00.

struggling to hire bricklayers and carpenters. They claim the increase

:45:01.:45:06.

will help supply some of this much-needed skill that is being

:45:07.:45:14.

demanded. At the same time, this Chancellor is removing the incentive

:45:15.:45:19.

to work and take your training because he's raising taxes on the

:45:20.:45:24.

very workers his companies say they need. This Chancellor is so

:45:25.:45:29.

short-sighted he is not only hurting his own business, sadly and

:45:30.:45:31.

unfortunately he is hurting everybody else's. This is not just a

:45:32.:45:39.

dull budget. At the heart there is a ticking time bomb. The forecast is

:45:40.:45:46.

quite interesting about what happens next. It relates to whether the

:45:47.:45:50.

money will be there to provide the training the Minister has been

:45:51.:45:54.

talking about. The Chancellor was very concerned to tell us that

:45:55.:46:00.

growth has been very strong in the last 12 months. Growth in this

:46:01.:46:04.

country has been powered by consumer borrowing. The OBR says in 2016 the

:46:05.:46:14.

ratio in the UK get a historical low.

:46:15.:46:35.

But the OBR does not think that there is a potential for consumer

:46:36.:46:43.

borrowing to continue to carry the economy. They are predicting there

:46:44.:46:50.

will be a downturn in availability of consumer funds. This cannot

:46:51.:47:00.

continue. Why? Most of the boost to consumer spending in the last year

:47:01.:47:02.

is a hangover from 2015 people felt they were

:47:03.:47:16.

better off and that is why they've been spending money in the last

:47:17.:47:23.

year. With inflation now rising, because the pound has tanked, we can

:47:24.:47:27.

expect that to disappear. So how will they reach the growth targets?

:47:28.:47:35.

The OBR says it will be replaced by a rise in business investment. When

:47:36.:47:44.

I asked, where was the evidence, they had a really wonderful answer.

:47:45.:47:50.

It took my breath away. Business investment has been so low for so

:47:51.:47:57.

long it is bound to go up sometime. That is what they said. Things can

:47:58.:48:02.

only get better as my colleague says. I will believe that when I see

:48:03.:48:13.

that. Just to amplify the point he's making, when you look at the book,

:48:14.:48:19.

investment intentions have been put on hold. And yet when you turn the

:48:20.:48:27.

page you find business investment goes between... It quite simply does

:48:28.:48:35.

not add up, does it? Not only does it not add up it means we will have

:48:36.:48:40.

the sharing which will raise productivity. We will miss the

:48:41.:48:48.

target yet again. I say, since the Chancellor has amassed this war

:48:49.:48:51.

chest he should be using it now, to wait and see what happens is not

:48:52.:48:56.

something that anybody does, you need to invest now. So let's invest

:48:57.:49:03.

in the schools. I think that would be good, but that is not what the

:49:04.:49:10.

budget says. As I understand the government has invested and the

:49:11.:49:15.

front bench can Mehdi confirmed, ?300 million that colleges can apply

:49:16.:49:16.

for a technical status. Having spent 25 years of my life

:49:17.:49:38.

teaching in further education, this is a tiny amount when you drill down

:49:39.:49:53.

through the institutions. Can the government not... You're talking

:49:54.:49:57.

about ?30 billion. If you don't want to spend it then fine. Don't pretend

:49:58.:50:02.

these small amounts of money somehow solve the problem. The truth is...

:50:03.:50:13.

I'm very grateful. The honourable member was my economic lecturer 30

:50:14.:50:23.

years ago. We have delegated responsibility. It is the lack of

:50:24.:50:30.

balance that has quite simply not work. We've not seen enough fiscal

:50:31.:50:35.

responsibility from this government to create the circumstances that

:50:36.:50:40.

will deliver sustainable growth. I thank my honourable friend and he is

:50:41.:50:45.

right but I think it is important to pin the blame where it is deserved.

:50:46.:50:50.

I think perhaps the Chancellor gets too much of the blame. The blame

:50:51.:50:54.

lies in Downing Street, with the Prime Minister. Let me quote to you

:50:55.:51:01.

from the Prime Minister's speech when she launched her leadership

:51:02.:51:11.

bid. She said if there is a choice between further spending cuts, and

:51:12.:51:17.

tax rises, the priority must be to avoid tax increases since they will

:51:18.:51:23.

disrupt investment. Now we have a budget which is going to raise taxes

:51:24.:51:30.

of the self-employed, the entrepreneurs, the people who

:51:31.:51:34.

require the motivation to grow the economy and raise productivity. It

:51:35.:51:38.

is the Prime Minister who has reneged on that leadership promise.

:51:39.:51:44.

The Chancellor is already doing her bidding. This budget claims to

:51:45.:51:53.

address the productivity question but is actually about selectivity.

:51:54.:52:05.

What the budget has not done. The millennial generation is earning

:52:06.:52:08.

less than its appearance. The budget does not do that because the

:52:09.:52:13.

Chancellor set his war chest. Home ownership is falling among middle

:52:14.:52:16.

earners for the first time in 50 years. Mrs Thatcher would be turning

:52:17.:52:22.

in her grave if she heard that from a Conservative government. Average

:52:23.:52:25.

incomes by 2021 will be a fifth less than it would have been if growth

:52:26.:52:29.

had been continued at precrisis levels. ?5,000 less for every

:52:30.:52:34.

household. You have not delivered a return to incomes and wealth for the

:52:35.:52:40.

ordinary person. The Chancellor's fees on universal credits is one

:52:41.:52:47.

person will have a lower real income in five years. The government has

:52:48.:52:50.

not delivered for the ordinary person. This is a budget which does

:52:51.:52:56.

not address the real issues of inequality in this country. It is a

:52:57.:52:59.

budget for inertia and complacency and I will be voting against it. It

:53:00.:53:10.

is a pleasure to follow the honourable gentleman and he had a

:53:11.:53:13.

lot to say about education in England. Perhaps we would have liked

:53:14.:53:21.

to hear more about it in Scotland. I've hardly started. I'd like to

:53:22.:53:27.

tell you the outcomes in Scottish education of people going into work

:53:28.:53:32.

are significantly higher than in this part of the UK. I'm very

:53:33.:53:39.

grateful to be informed and before the honourable gentleman stood up I

:53:40.:53:42.

did want to say to him at his colleague that the events of the

:53:43.:53:45.

last 24 hours have convinced me more than ever before but I was right at

:53:46.:53:50.

the beginning of this Parliament to move an amendment to give full

:53:51.:53:55.

fiscal autonomy to Scotland with a modern equalisation formula which

:53:56.:53:58.

will ensure prosperity across the nations of the United Kingdom and

:53:59.:54:01.

replace the outdated Barnett formula so perhaps the SNP should not

:54:02.:54:06.

intervene too often because basically I am on their side. I just

:54:07.:54:12.

wanted to say a few words in defence of the government. I know this is

:54:13.:54:17.

sometimes an unpopular thing to do but I do feel that the Chancellor

:54:18.:54:30.

was courageous. I think it was the right thing to do. A storm has risen

:54:31.:54:44.

above our heads. It is the right thing to do because it is about

:54:45.:54:56.

honesty in politics. Too often we have had little giveaways and we

:54:57.:55:02.

realise successive chancellors have taken back from is what they've

:55:03.:55:12.

given to us. In plugging the gap, the Chancellor was trying to say

:55:13.:55:17.

we've got to have a mature and grown-up debate in this country

:55:18.:55:22.

about how we meet this funding gap. This debate will now run and run,

:55:23.:55:29.

we've got a few months to think about it and come up with a

:55:30.:55:36.

solution. When it is said there is a manifesto commitment, sometimes

:55:37.:55:38.

circumstances change and you've got to do what is right for the country.

:55:39.:55:45.

Manifesto commitments are not written in stone. If we have to

:55:46.:55:58.

spend our money on social care, it is there. We know what will happen

:55:59.:56:09.

with those words written in stone we have to have a mature debate about

:56:10.:56:13.

how we paid for the National Health Service.

:56:14.:56:18.

Why do I say this? I'm going to be completely honest about it. A lot

:56:19.:56:24.

more needs to be done for our NHS. I rely, as do my family, entirely on

:56:25.:56:30.

the NHS, we have no other providers, people of my age are deeply worried

:56:31.:56:34.

about this funding crisis. We have seen what has happened to the mist

:56:35.:56:38.

A targets, we have seen the report that puts the United Kingdom just

:56:39.:56:43.

ahead of Slovenia. We, as a country, should be doing better than that. We

:56:44.:56:51.

see worse, England was ranked 30th for accessibility because of the

:56:52.:56:54.

exceptionally long waiting times for treatment. Figures from the OECD

:56:55.:56:58.

show the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and France top, while the UK

:56:59.:57:06.

stands at just 8.5% of GDP. I think we need to have a mature debate

:57:07.:57:10.

about how we are going to meet this funding gap people. The Kings fund

:57:11.:57:16.

estimates if we wanted to close the gap solely by increasing NHS from

:57:17.:57:25.

central government by 2021, we would need to increase by 30%, a whopping

:57:26.:57:31.

?43 billion in real terms. It would push NHS spending to ?135 billion

:57:32.:57:37.

overall. Are there any alternatives to these scenarios? I pose this

:57:38.:57:42.

question, I know it is unpopular and people do not necessarily want to

:57:43.:57:46.

debate it, we cannot raise this money from general taxation. There

:57:47.:57:49.

is not the political will. We can't afford to do it. Not if we want to

:57:50.:57:56.

maintain the NHS as a universal, noncontributory, entirely free at

:57:57.:57:59.

the point of use system. Something has to give. The health consumer

:58:00.:58:05.

interest points out a contrast between the two styles of health

:58:06.:58:11.

care. One system is based on citizens taking out insurance

:58:12.:58:16.

available from a range of providers, the systems like ours have one body

:58:17.:58:23.

that provides all care. The largest countries like that, the UK, Spain

:58:24.:58:27.

and Italy, keep clinging together in the middle of the index. The Health

:58:28.:58:32.

Consumer Index rated the Dutch system is the best performing in

:58:33.:58:35.

Europe. The Netherlands happens to have a Bismarck style system. I

:58:36.:58:41.

believe, I know it is controversial, I know colleagues do not necessarily

:58:42.:58:44.

want to debate it because politically it is very sensitive,

:58:45.:58:47.

but I do think that without appointing a Royal commission,

:58:48.:58:53.

wasting years, that ministers and the opposition really happy to have

:58:54.:58:56.

an open mind about how we are going to raise more money for people, not

:58:57.:59:03.

from general taxation, but actually moving, gradually, for parts of our

:59:04.:59:08.

health care, to an insurance -based system, a socially insurance -based

:59:09.:59:14.

system. We have to have the courage to think radically about following

:59:15.:59:20.

the German and French example, and indeed the Australian example. If

:59:21.:59:23.

you go to see a GP in Australia, you have to pay some money, if you don't

:59:24.:59:28.

turn up, you lose the money. In France, if you see a doctor, if you

:59:29.:59:34.

go to A, you have to pay, and if you can't afford to pay, it will be

:59:35.:59:38.

returned to you, if you can, you have to make a contribution. I know

:59:39.:59:42.

these are radical ideas. But if people are going to dismiss these

:59:43.:59:48.

ideas, dismissed the need for an open debate about how we are going

:59:49.:59:51.

to fund the health care system, they themselves have to explain to us how

:59:52.:59:55.

they are going to raise money from general taxation. There is no points

:59:56.:00:03.

of the attacking the Government for increasing national insurance

:00:04.:00:04.

contributions, without themselves proposing how they are going to tax

:00:05.:00:08.

a world beating health care system which is in all our interests. I

:00:09.:00:12.

think we want an open debate on that. I will return to education for

:00:13.:00:17.

a moment. I think we need to have a realistic debate about this as well.

:00:18.:00:21.

On both sides of the chamber, I think the way to approach the debate

:00:22.:00:24.

is to say I believe in grammar schools or, on all accounts, I

:00:25.:00:28.

oppose selective education in any shape or form. I think the

:00:29.:00:32.

opposition has to ask themselves, it is a serious question, why social

:00:33.:00:37.

mobility has declined so catastrophically in our most

:00:38.:00:41.

deprived areas. The solution may not be to have grammar schools in our

:00:42.:00:45.

deprived areas. It may be to have more academic streams in conference

:00:46.:00:50.

of schools. It may be that if you set out some selective schools, you

:00:51.:00:55.

only do so in deprived areas. The solution may be that you only

:00:56.:00:58.

provide places for academically gifted children who come from

:00:59.:01:04.

deprived backgrounds. If Ideologically you say we are not

:01:05.:01:06.

going to go down that route at all, we believe in neighbourhood

:01:07.:01:13.

comprehensives in deprived areas, you have to ask yourselves while

:01:14.:01:17.

social mobility is declining, has declined and will go on declining. I

:01:18.:01:23.

think the Prime Minister is trying to open up a serious and interesting

:01:24.:01:29.

debate. I think the Health Secretary is starting to open up a serious and

:01:30.:01:33.

interesting debate about how we are going to fund the NHS. I think the

:01:34.:01:37.

Chancellor of the Exchequer is opening up a serious and interesting

:01:38.:01:41.

debate about how we are going to find the money to meet all of our

:01:42.:01:45.

needs in the future. In those terms, on that basis, I welcome the Budget

:01:46.:01:52.

speech. It is a pleasure to follow the Right Honourable Gentleman for

:01:53.:01:55.

Gainsborough. I think he made a thoughtful and forward-looking

:01:56.:02:00.

speech. I have to say, on the matter of insurance -based payments to fund

:02:01.:02:06.

the NHS, in regards to his points on selective education, I could not

:02:07.:02:09.

disagree with him more. I think it is the wrong approach for this

:02:10.:02:13.

country should take. I want to mention three key points in my

:02:14.:02:16.

contribution. The first is the position of the national debt. This

:02:17.:02:22.

year's economic and fiscal outlook document states, and I quote, the

:02:23.:02:26.

fiscal mandate has targeted different measures of the deficit at

:02:27.:02:30.

different horizons, which I think is a beautifully diplomatic way of

:02:31.:02:34.

saying that the Government keeps moving the goalposts and still fails

:02:35.:02:39.

to score the goal. The OBR goes on to state that the Government does

:02:40.:02:42.

not appear to be on track to meet its stated fiscal objective to

:02:43.:02:45.

return public finances to balance at the earliest possible date in the

:02:46.:02:49.

next Parliament. They have failed on the deficit, but they are failing

:02:50.:02:54.

catastrophically on the debt. In 2010, the Government expected public

:02:55.:02:57.

sector net debt to be falling as a share of GDP, having forecast to

:02:58.:03:06.

reach a high of 70.3% in 2013-14, falling to 67.4% by 2015-16.

:03:07.:03:11.

However, in every single year that the Tories have been in number 11,

:03:12.:03:18.

net debt has rose in actual and relative terms. It reached 87.3% of

:03:19.:03:23.

GDP last year. It is going to rise to this Parliament. The red book

:03:24.:03:29.

forecasts that it is to reach 88.9% this year. When the coalition took

:03:30.:03:35.

office, public sector net debt was ?771 billion. This year, it reached

:03:36.:03:40.

?1.6 trillion. The Redbook forecast it is going to rise again throughout

:03:41.:03:44.

this Parliament, to ?1.9 trillion. This is my first key point. In

:03:45.:03:50.

little over a decade, the Tories will have increased the public

:03:51.:03:55.

sector debt by 146%, by over ?1 trillion. In his statement, the

:03:56.:04:02.

Chancellor said we will not saddle our children with ever increasing

:04:03.:04:07.

debts. However, when Tory councillors have increased the

:04:08.:04:11.

public debt by almost 150% in a decade, saddling children with ever

:04:12.:04:15.

debt seems to be precisely what this government is doing. With the

:04:16.:04:21.

honourable gentleman join me in welcoming the fact that the deficit

:04:22.:04:26.

has gone down from 11% of GDP when Labour left office, down to 3% of

:04:27.:04:31.

GDP today? But the public sector debt is almost touching ?2 trillion!

:04:32.:04:37.

The honourable gentleman cannot be satisfied with that situation when

:04:38.:04:41.

the whole nature of Tory government since 2010 has been not only to

:04:42.:04:45.

reduce the deficit, but also to get the debt and a manageable

:04:46.:04:50.

conditions. On that point, having debt on a low and falling proportion

:04:51.:04:54.

of GDP provides some scope to absorb the impact of any future economic

:04:55.:04:57.

shock. That was the case with the Labour Government in the run-up to

:04:58.:05:02.

2008. In many respects, it was the runner-up in respect to the Thatcher

:05:03.:05:16.

government in 1988-1989. We will hit any economic turbulence or downturn

:05:17.:05:19.

with public sector debt being about 85% of GDP. That is not giving us

:05:20.:05:26.

the flexibility to respond and help firms and families in a robust and

:05:27.:05:29.

strong way. The second point I want to make is the nature of the

:05:30.:05:34.

economic recovery. Seven years ago, Tory Chancellor's first budget for

:05:35.:05:38.

13 years, it stated the British economy had become unbalanced, too

:05:39.:05:44.

reliant on growth, driven by the accumulation of unsustainable levels

:05:45.:05:47.

of private-sector debt and rising public sector debt. Growth was

:05:48.:05:50.

confined to a limited number of sectors and regions. I have

:05:51.:05:55.

mentioned above public sector debt. It is true to say that the British

:05:56.:05:59.

economy has performed well. The UK was the fastest-growing economy in

:06:00.:06:03.

the G7 last year. However, scratch below the surface and it is

:06:04.:06:06.

questionable precisely who is benefiting from that growth and what

:06:07.:06:10.

sort of growth we are having. Of course, growth is growth. That has

:06:11.:06:15.

got to be welcomed. But the British economy seems to be reverting to

:06:16.:06:19.

type, which could, in turn, leave us vulnerable to long-term challenges

:06:20.:06:23.

and could fail for us to take advantage of great opportunities. In

:06:24.:06:26.

terms of who is benefiting from the growth, the UK has been the only big

:06:27.:06:30.

advanced economy in which wages have contracted while the economy has

:06:31.:06:34.

expanded. Households are facing a period of 15 years in which average

:06:35.:06:39.

real wage growth did not happen. Average earnings, in real terms, are

:06:40.:06:43.

expected to be the same in 20-22 as they were in 2007. This period, the

:06:44.:06:49.

length period of stagnant wages, is unprecedented in the UK since before

:06:50.:06:54.

the Industrial Revolution. And yet, despite the lack of wage growth,

:06:55.:06:58.

household consumption is powering the economy. I think in a powerful

:06:59.:07:04.

contribution from the honourable gentleman for East Lothian, he

:07:05.:07:08.

mentioned this. It led to an expansion in the dominant services

:07:09.:07:10.

sector. If consumption growth is running faster than wage growth, it

:07:11.:07:16.

means people are reducing their savings or reducing borrowings. As

:07:17.:07:19.

the governor of the Bank of England said in January, UK expansion is

:07:20.:07:23.

increasingly consumption led. Evidence across a range of countries

:07:24.:07:27.

suggests episodes of consumption led growth tends to be both slower and

:07:28.:07:33.

less durable. And household debt to income ratio has increased this year

:07:34.:07:39.

alone from 140.8%, to 143.9%. These are worrying trends. We are not

:07:40.:07:45.

seeing an increase in investment and we are not seeing an export led

:07:46.:07:50.

recovery. Business investment has constantly undershot expectations.

:07:51.:07:54.

There has actually been a fall, year-on-year, in business investment

:07:55.:07:59.

last year of 1.5%. Despite the drop in Stirling's value against the

:08:00.:08:03.

dollar by a fifth by June 23, we have not seen a booming exports, as

:08:04.:08:08.

might be expected. In fact, the trade deficit widened to ?13.6

:08:09.:08:15.

billion in quarter three of 2016. It was due predominantly to a trading

:08:16.:08:18.

goods deficit getting larger by ?8.5 billion. My third point is that we

:08:19.:08:23.

need a new model of the economy. To be fair to the Prime Minister, when

:08:24.:08:27.

she came into Number 10, she said she wants to see an economy that

:08:28.:08:32.

works for everyone. She said she wanted to see public sector reform

:08:33.:08:36.

to ensure growth is re-balanced and reaches all parts of the UK. That is

:08:37.:08:40.

not what we saw in last week's budget. The government back row has

:08:41.:08:44.

referred to an industrial strategy as the path to which such growth

:08:45.:08:46.

could be achieved. The Chancellor failed to mention the term

:08:47.:08:51.

industrial strategy once in his financial statement, which I think

:08:52.:08:54.

demonstrates the extent of the buy in from the Treasury on the concept.

:08:55.:08:59.

We talk about rebalancing the regions, but as a north-eastern MP,

:09:00.:09:04.

I could not find any reference to the north in this whatsoever, let

:09:05.:09:07.

alone in terms of making sure we have an economy that works for

:09:08.:09:10.

everyone. As we on the select committee said in the recent

:09:11.:09:15.

publication into our inquiry into industrial strategy, Government

:09:16.:09:20.

tends to operate in silos. This sadly shows business as usual, more

:09:21.:09:24.

of the same. The government back intervenes in the economy every day,

:09:25.:09:28.

from taxes to regulation, as the red book shows. It can do that in an ad

:09:29.:09:32.

hoc and piecemeal way, or as part of a coordinated, strategic purpose.

:09:33.:09:37.

The Budget sadly seemed to stress the former. It is true that the

:09:38.:09:41.

Budget talks about skills as being essential. The Chancellor's

:09:42.:09:45.

announcement of technical education is welcome, but we don't see any

:09:46.:09:51.

fruits of that until 2020-21. The industrial strategy also talks about

:09:52.:09:53.

ensuring we are one of the most competitive places in the world to

:09:54.:09:57.

start and grow business. Yet the national insurance contributions

:09:58.:10:03.

debacle, attacks on enterprise, ambition and the personal risk taken

:10:04.:10:07.

by entrepreneurs. The committee would have liked to have seen a more

:10:08.:10:12.

ambitious approach, where Government, working with business,

:10:13.:10:16.

set a long-term direction for the economy in the pursuit of tackling

:10:17.:10:19.

global and national challenges. Where in the budget was the vision

:10:20.:10:23.

on decarbonisation? Where on the budget was the ambition to be the

:10:24.:10:28.

leading economy to exploit the fourth Industrial Revolution? Sadly,

:10:29.:10:31.

we got the same short-term tinkering, which will not address

:10:32.:10:34.

many of the issues such as low productivity, skills deficiencies

:10:35.:10:39.

and massive regional imbalances. If the Prime Minister is serious about

:10:40.:10:41.

an economy that works for everyone we need a step change in the way the

:10:42.:10:51.

economy works. An industrial strategy could be the means by which

:10:52.:10:53.

we achieve that. Sadly, with this Budget, we saw business as usual.

:10:54.:10:58.

Thank you for calling me to speak in this important debate. It is a

:10:59.:11:01.

pleasure to follow the Honourable Member for Hartlepool and the

:11:02.:11:04.

considered speech he has just made. I would like to congratulate the

:11:05.:11:08.

Secretary of State for her passion and commitment to social mobility.

:11:09.:11:11.

We have seen this today and we have seen it in the Budget. I am so

:11:12.:11:16.

pleased she is doing everything possible to ensure that my

:11:17.:11:18.

constituents have the opportunity to realise their potential.

:11:19.:11:26.

I particularly welcome the commitment to technological

:11:27.:11:32.

education. This is truly a budget for skills and the reason I care so

:11:33.:11:40.

much about that is this is a vitally important investment for the future

:11:41.:11:46.

of my constituency. Telford has a proud past as the birthplace of the

:11:47.:11:54.

Industrial Revolution. I will continue to say that it is the

:11:55.:12:00.

birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. We have the invention of

:12:01.:12:08.

the inclined plane, the Ironbridge, I could go on but I am here to talk

:12:09.:12:14.

about skills. Over the years, we've been able to overcome obstacles and

:12:15.:12:20.

find solutions to many problems. As a result of that, it has become a

:12:21.:12:28.

dynamic, vibrant centre of the modern Industrial Revolution. With

:12:29.:12:38.

high skilled, high-paid jobs on offer to the young people of

:12:39.:12:43.

Telford. I was addressing a sixth form some years ago which is in my

:12:44.:12:51.

constituency, and I said in the course of that discussion that

:12:52.:12:57.

university is not for everyone. Many graduates feel ill-equipped for the

:12:58.:13:01.

world of work on graduating and some of them feel in a state of high debt

:13:02.:13:07.

and low-paid jobs. There was shovelling and silence, then it

:13:08.:13:15.

became clear that almost all of the students were being encouraged to go

:13:16.:13:20.

on to university and that is what they were planning to do. At that

:13:21.:13:24.

stage they didn't have the choice that is now being offered to them.

:13:25.:13:31.

We now have a clear-cut quality alternative so that students can

:13:32.:13:37.

spend those 16 years preparing for the world of work, and that must be

:13:38.:13:44.

a good thing because Intel first we need to make sure that our young

:13:45.:13:48.

people have the right skills and the work readiness and abilities to take

:13:49.:13:53.

full advantage of the opportunities of these high skilled, high-tech

:13:54.:13:57.

jobs coming to Telford. When I meet employers they tell me about the

:13:58.:14:02.

skills gap and they see that as being a major challenge. The budget

:14:03.:14:09.

measures will address this. We already have some fantastic

:14:10.:14:14.

organisation is working hard to upscale our young people and I want

:14:15.:14:23.

to take the opportunity to mention training and colleges but do

:14:24.:14:31.

fantastic work. But also, and equally important, the skills

:14:32.:14:38.

training offered by our primary schools in Telford. I think we're

:14:39.:14:42.

doing something unique. I want to tell the house about this because I

:14:43.:14:46.

believe this is a model other primary schools should seek to

:14:47.:14:52.

follow. At the primary school which I visited quite recently every

:14:53.:14:57.

single child uses technology in the classroom in an amazing advanced

:14:58.:15:03.

way. They are getting skills which will equip them for the tasks of the

:15:04.:15:21.

future. They were making flowerpots for outdoor areas. Even today I had

:15:22.:15:32.

a school from Telford visiting me and one of the young boys told me

:15:33.:15:37.

about how they are learning to code in primary school. Many still do

:15:38.:15:40.

this. We need to build on these technical skills young people learn

:15:41.:15:48.

at this very young age. I think it is fantastic that we can build on

:15:49.:15:53.

that so that we can create a workforce for tomorrow for jobs that

:15:54.:15:59.

have not even yet been created. This is vital for us to be global and

:16:00.:16:08.

competitive. So I say well done to Richard Smith and all the companies

:16:09.:16:12.

that go round the primary schools helping them from the youngest age

:16:13.:16:20.

you can imagine. You're giving them the skills they need to thrive.

:16:21.:16:27.

Particular well done to the Secretary of State for introducing

:16:28.:16:35.

this transformative approach. In the same way we are helping those

:16:36.:16:40.

children do what they wish to do and we are boosting UK productivity and

:16:41.:16:43.

competitiveness in a post-Brexit world. I welcome the budget and many

:16:44.:16:49.

other measures in their budget and I want to mention the measures in

:16:50.:16:55.

their four women. The 5 million for the centenary of the votes for women

:16:56.:17:02.

in 1918. That's incredibly important that we mark that incredible

:17:03.:17:06.

milestone. The 5 million for returners. Those are important

:17:07.:17:23.

measures. Does she share the dismay that when her government talks about

:17:24.:17:29.

giving support to domestic violence victims it refuses to get rid of the

:17:30.:17:36.

repugnant sexual assault clause? I am glad she welcomes that money and

:17:37.:17:40.

think it is extremely important as government goes on recognising these

:17:41.:17:44.

victims and I believe our Prime Minister is 100% behind that. In

:17:45.:17:50.

conclusion, Madam Deputy Speaker, I welcome the budget and specifically

:17:51.:18:00.

are Secretary of State, and I know that it will benefit from the

:18:01.:18:07.

measures she has set out. I've heard a few budgets, the first was Sir

:18:08.:18:11.

Geoffrey Howe, a thoroughly decent man. I remember his budget and I

:18:12.:18:26.

thought the budget that we just had was deeply disappointing. In the

:18:27.:18:32.

context of the miserable votes last night where this government is

:18:33.:18:38.

heading into hard Brexit, I expected an imaginative budget. What Harold

:18:39.:18:52.

Macmillan said was events, events. There will be many more. This

:18:53.:18:59.

country will be rocked by events and this was not a budget that helps

:19:00.:19:05.

anybody. This is the average town in Britain. I have to say that the

:19:06.:19:12.

dreadful state, closing accident and emergency services, closing the

:19:13.:19:18.

hospital, this chaos up-and-downer country. Two thirds of the health

:19:19.:19:23.

services in our country are in dreadful trouble. Most of the local

:19:24.:19:32.

authorities I know, the real parts of Britain, not the leafy suburbs

:19:33.:19:41.

but those real parts in deep trouble, unable to bear the cost of

:19:42.:19:47.

care. I was expecting something imaginative from this budget and we

:19:48.:19:52.

didn't get it. In terms of education, we got very little. Where

:19:53.:20:01.

could we get alternative funding? We were on the liaison committee. I

:20:02.:20:09.

used to call them part of the barmy Army but he did think a lot. He's

:20:10.:20:13.

always been quite provocative and has something to say but we do need

:20:14.:20:26.

imagination and passion. I heard little fashion. Every child in this

:20:27.:20:34.

country has potential and if we cannot create a system that

:20:35.:20:39.

liberates that we are not doing our job. The disaster of our education

:20:40.:20:47.

system is good primary schools with bright little kids and then we lose

:20:48.:20:53.

them after the age of 11. What sort of country is that? What sort of

:20:54.:20:59.

school system is it? We've seen some real change and there are signs of

:21:00.:21:07.

improvement. And I want to give very briefly the test that most teachers

:21:08.:21:14.

give, the two stars on the wish list. I want to say, I'm going to

:21:15.:21:25.

give a start to the fact that there is a good, fundamental policy

:21:26.:21:29.

approach to skills in this budget. But we've been languishing in skills

:21:30.:21:36.

for so long, who would have thought, John Prescott, this crazy man of the

:21:37.:21:44.

left who wanted to have a levy, this left-wing horror. Well, we've got an

:21:45.:21:50.

apprenticeship levy. We should have that. We will hopefully see it

:21:51.:21:57.

succeeding. We will also have, because the government has done it,

:21:58.:22:05.

gone about policy-making in a sensible way. They took evidence and

:22:06.:22:08.

they consulted, they put Lord Sainsbury in charge, they had a

:22:09.:22:17.

former minister, he got to know something about skills and training.

:22:18.:22:22.

He's gone now but some of us will miss him. He did listen. He

:22:23.:22:27.

introduced Lord Sainsbury to the skills commission which I share and

:22:28.:22:35.

I give evidence about what I wanted to see as a skills policy and some

:22:36.:22:39.

of that is in the policy which came through in the budget. I welcome

:22:40.:22:44.

that. The select committee, when I cheered it, we used to applaud

:22:45.:22:53.

evidence -based policies. There is something here in terms of what

:22:54.:23:03.

Alison Ruoff admitted to the committee, talking to employers,

:23:04.:23:08.

businesses, on a cross-party basis. That's the way to make policy. The

:23:09.:23:19.

honourable gentleman is speaking with great passion. Can I give him

:23:20.:23:23.

another solution? Perhaps end the fiction that national insurance

:23:24.:23:28.

contributions can pay for all social care, merge it with taxation,

:23:29.:23:31.

simplify and try to make more money that way? He is to be complimented

:23:32.:23:42.

on being a good out-of-the-box thinker. On productivity, it is

:23:43.:23:48.

really only a half star because we cannot really check this additional

:23:49.:23:57.

investment. There is a world-class infrastructure investment. Most of

:23:58.:24:03.

that I like even though I am one of these people who cannot believe HS2,

:24:04.:24:09.

all that national treasure that is being put into a motorway that will

:24:10.:24:15.

be out of date by the time it is built. But I know that I am in a

:24:16.:24:20.

minority on that. 300 million for the development of future research

:24:21.:24:29.

talent in the UK. I like all that but it is good stuff. All that stuff

:24:30.:24:37.

is about disruptive technology. Artificial intelligence. That is

:24:38.:24:44.

good stuff but, mad gets the speaker -- Madam Deputy Speaker, I know that

:24:45.:24:49.

research has not been high enough and the cooperation between business

:24:50.:24:53.

and universities has not been good enough, and I know that productivity

:24:54.:24:58.

will never get the levels we want until we have that kind of

:24:59.:25:07.

relationship. Lastly, the wish I have, where is the evidence that

:25:08.:25:11.

grammar schools and free schools do anything about finding that spark in

:25:12.:25:19.

children? No research, no evidence, not one reputable search believes

:25:20.:25:28.

selective education helped anybody. It is the reverse. All the research,

:25:29.:25:37.

experience, just look at Kent. For God's sake. It is the most selective

:25:38.:25:41.

in the country and the worst performance across all schools in

:25:42.:25:46.

the country. That is selective education. Selective education has

:25:47.:25:49.

no research base, no experience base, no global comparison where we

:25:50.:25:55.

can say, isn't it wonderful? They don't have it in Denmark, they don't

:25:56.:25:58.

have it in Sweden, they don't have it in Finland, I doubt they have it

:25:59.:26:06.

in Shanghai. I like policy based on good research, good evaluation and,

:26:07.:26:12.

yes, sometimes across the party divide. That's the way to make

:26:13.:26:16.

policy. This budget hasn't delivered it and if we want that spark to be

:26:17.:26:21.

found and promoted, and for a country to be rich and successful,

:26:22.:26:25.

in a challenging disaster, it is not this budget.

:26:26.:26:32.

Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I am delighted to follow the

:26:33.:26:39.

Honourable Member for Huddersfield. We co-chair the All-party Group On

:26:40.:26:45.

Manufacturing together and we are involved in many other things. He

:26:46.:26:52.

displayed his typical fashion... His typical fashion? Is typical passion

:26:53.:26:57.

in his speech this afternoon. At a time when we must be forward-looking

:26:58.:27:03.

in our approach, in our increasingly dynamic economy, tying in with the

:27:04.:27:07.

industrial strategy, there is, I believe, much to the optimistic

:27:08.:27:13.

about. I would like to start by acknowledging the positive news in

:27:14.:27:18.

terms of employment. A record high in terms of 31.8 million people in

:27:19.:27:24.

work, also reflected locally in figures in my constituency, a 74%

:27:25.:27:32.

fall in unemployment since 2010. Businesses can be particularly proud

:27:33.:27:38.

of this achievement. As the unemployment figure falls, it

:27:39.:27:41.

becomes increasingly difficult to reduce that figure further. For this

:27:42.:27:46.

reason, we must think differently about developing the skills base,

:27:47.:27:55.

not least in terms of investment in are and deep, and industry 4.0. A

:27:56.:27:59.

prime example of an idea we must implement into our policy, spanning

:28:00.:28:08.

a range of departments. I also welcome the introduction of

:28:09.:28:11.

T-Levels. Technical education has the potential to boost productivity.

:28:12.:28:15.

The new system being introduced in 2019 increases the number of hours

:28:16.:28:20.

on such courses and includes good, strong work placements. I spoke

:28:21.:28:25.

recently on a debate on the productivity plan. If we are to

:28:26.:28:29.

improve productivity in the UK, we must first improve our skills in our

:28:30.:28:36.

domestic base. He investment in technical education is a boost,

:28:37.:28:40.

rising to over 500 million per year. Our own Warwickshire College, in my

:28:41.:28:44.

constituency, is an example of what we can achieve. Given parity to

:28:45.:28:50.

respect, too technical education, is, in relation to A-levels,

:28:51.:28:57.

something I have long believed in. I am pleased to see the Government

:28:58.:29:00.

raise the significance of this standard. More generally,

:29:01.:29:05.

strengthening ties between our education system and business should

:29:06.:29:09.

be a priority. Particularly as the demands on business will continue to

:29:10.:29:11.

shift with the changing landscapes of the economy. On productivity and

:29:12.:29:19.

building on the announcement of the National productivity investment

:29:20.:29:22.

fund, during the Autumn Statement, I welcome the funding in the spring

:29:23.:29:26.

budget to upgrade transport infrastructure, not least in the

:29:27.:29:31.

Midlands this will see 23 million directed towards improving the

:29:32.:29:37.

transport network. Wider spending on infrastructure, with a focus on

:29:38.:29:41.

providing the very best framework for business to operate within is

:29:42.:29:47.

vital. The launch of the industrial strategy fund is also very welcome,

:29:48.:29:52.

particularly with focus on investing in innovation. It is absolutely

:29:53.:29:57.

right, and I hope it can be built on as the strategy develops. During the

:29:58.:30:02.

Queen 's speech debate last year, I spoke of the importance of shaping

:30:03.:30:06.

and industrial strategy to give certainty and confidence to British

:30:07.:30:11.

business. Despite being a little alone with that opinion on this side

:30:12.:30:18.

of the house, I welcome the Green paper and the development of the

:30:19.:30:25.

department. With this new funding, projects such as Federer the

:30:26.:30:29.

capabilities of the automotive sector, increasing the longevity of

:30:30.:30:33.

batteries in electric vehicles can go a long way in sustaining a

:30:34.:30:39.

prosperous future. Investment in infrastructure and are and Dee is

:30:40.:30:42.

vital if potential is to be realised. -- R I welcome the

:30:43.:30:53.

launch of the Midlands Engine Strategy, which is specifically

:30:54.:30:58.

mentions the automotive industry. The fact that 39% of the UK

:30:59.:31:04.

employment in the UK is in our region. Providing additional support

:31:05.:31:07.

to the Midlands is the most effective weight of enabling the UK

:31:08.:31:12.

to take a greater share of the international market. Regional

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empowerment should be a key consideration in government policy,

:31:17.:31:21.

and sustained support for the Midlands Engine is vital. A final

:31:22.:31:28.

point I would like to raise is that concern of a number of businesses in

:31:29.:31:31.

my constituency regarding business rates. In recent weeks, I have

:31:32.:31:35.

canvassed opinion locally on the upcoming changes to rateable values.

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By way of example, a pub in my constituency is seeing a rise from

:31:42.:31:47.

18,000, 260 8000. Another is seeing an from 33,000, 294,000. Elsewhere,

:31:48.:31:53.

a business is seeing the rateable value rise to

:31:54.:32:06.

?12,500. Even for successful enterprises, the significant hikes

:32:07.:32:12.

in business rates risked job losses and closures of businesses

:32:13.:32:18.

altogether. The ?1000 business rate discount, for one year, for pubs

:32:19.:32:22.

with a rateable value up to ?100,000 is put into context with the rises I

:32:23.:32:30.

have just mentioned. Allocating 400 35mm pounds towards supporting those

:32:31.:32:33.

that will be particularly impacted is welcome, but I urge the

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Chancellor to review this issue urgently. Maiden speech, Gareth

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Snell. Thank you very much for the opportunity to make this, my maiden

:32:50.:32:54.

speech, during an important debate on education and skills. Both are

:32:55.:32:58.

vital to the future success of my constituency, albeit a greater

:32:59.:33:03.

challenge follows sustained underfunding of Stoke schools. It is

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a pleasure to have been elected as the member of Parliament for

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Stoke-on-Trent Central. In an election that was not planned, and

:33:12.:33:15.

from a campaign which come all too often, did not do justice to the

:33:16.:33:20.

wonderful city that I now represent. Many colleagues on these benches

:33:21.:33:24.

and, I would wager, on the benches opposite, who came to Stoke-on-Trent

:33:25.:33:28.

during the by-election would struggle to reconcile the vibrant,

:33:29.:33:31.

welcoming and proud city they visited with the portrait painted by

:33:32.:33:38.

national media. All too often, cameras lingered over this used to

:33:39.:33:42.

bottle kilns, while our resurgence in high-tech ceramic went

:33:43.:33:46.

unmentioned. Journalists posed by abandoning shop fronts, just yards

:33:47.:33:49.

away from the thriving cultural Quarter and Ryrie did -- are rarely

:33:50.:33:57.

did the world-class university feature in reports. They talked down

:33:58.:34:00.

the city to play up their own narrative. They dismissed the

:34:01.:34:03.

capital of culture as little more than the capital of Brexit. They

:34:04.:34:06.

pigeonholed my constituents into a box that does not reflect their true

:34:07.:34:13.

character. While that narrative suited those seeking to win the

:34:14.:34:18.

election on a platform of hatred, division and nationalism dressed up

:34:19.:34:21.

as patriotism, it did a grave disservice to my city, whose motto

:34:22.:34:30.

is United, Stronger In Strength. My city demonstrated that nationalism

:34:31.:34:33.

of any sort has no place in our politics. My challenge, for however

:34:34.:34:41.

long I am blessed to represent Stoke-on-Trent in this place, is to

:34:42.:34:47.

champion everything great and good about our city. To recognise our

:34:48.:34:51.

problems, but also recognise our many achievements. To shout loud and

:34:52.:34:55.

shout often about why the potteries, above all else, is the best place in

:34:56.:34:57.

the UK, if not the world. In the Potteries, we are innovators

:34:58.:35:13.

and educators, artists and entrepreneurs. We pioneered the

:35:14.:35:19.

first industrial revolution, something that has been discussed

:35:20.:35:26.

quite a lot this afternoon. We also have the potential to lead the next.

:35:27.:35:30.

We are the home of Reginald Mitchell, Josiah Wedgwood, of

:35:31.:35:36.

Clarence Cliff and, more recently, Robbie Williams. But, most

:35:37.:35:44.

importantly, we are home to the Staffordshire oatcake, a delicacy

:35:45.:35:54.

seldom found outside of the ST postcode, but, once savoured, is

:35:55.:35:58.

never forgotten. I would like to try it. We were the beating heart of a

:35:59.:36:02.

ceramic empire that stretched to the four corners of the world, and now

:36:03.:36:08.

proud members of the Turnover Club can be inspecting tableware for the

:36:09.:36:14.

important backstab, hoping to find the five greatest words in the

:36:15.:36:17.

English language, made in Stoke-on-Trent. It is a ceremony

:36:18.:36:23.

that my own daughter has taken up with vigour. So enthusiastically

:36:24.:36:31.

does she want to discover the origin of her dinner plate that she has

:36:32.:36:35.

sometimes forgotten to finish its contents before training is over and

:36:36.:36:38.

depositing the contents in her lap. It was with utter joy that when I

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arrived in this place, the first cup of tea I had was in a cup produced

:36:44.:36:54.

in my city. Technically it is in Stoke-on-Trent North, but I am sure

:36:55.:36:56.

my honourable friend will not mind sharing for the purposes of this

:36:57.:37:03.

speech. But ceramics is not just our history and heritage, it is our

:37:04.:37:07.

present. With the write-up from this Government, can be our future. --

:37:08.:37:12.

the right help from this Government. In the middle of my constituency, on

:37:13.:37:16.

an otherwise unassuming window in the city centre, you will see a

:37:17.:37:21.

life-sized picture of TV's Eric Knowles, best known as the ceramic

:37:22.:37:26.

expert on the antiques Road show. He proudly proclaims that the potteries

:37:27.:37:30.

Museum and Art Gallery boasts a greater collection of ceramics than

:37:31.:37:44.

even the fee and -- V A discussion which I will no doubt

:37:45.:37:51.

have with the V's new director. Which, Mr Speaker, allows me to

:37:52.:37:56.

segue neatly into paying tribute to my predecessor, Tristram Hunt.

:37:57.:38:00.

Although like me not a native son of Stoke-on-Trent, anyone who met him

:38:01.:38:04.

knew that the potteries had found his way into his heart. A fervent

:38:05.:38:09.

champion of Stoke-on-Trent, never was an opportunity missed to extol

:38:10.:38:14.

the virtues of our ?6. His ability to bring people together and ignite

:38:15.:38:17.

them with a passion for The Potteries will be sorely missed. It

:38:18.:38:22.

was the city's children that most preoccupied his efforts. He knew the

:38:23.:38:26.

best hope for the continuing resurgence of the city was to ensure

:38:27.:38:30.

that every young person had a good education and the best possible

:38:31.:38:35.

start in life. He was a champion of sure start, one of Labour's greatest

:38:36.:38:40.

achievements. For the doubters opposite, something we will rescue

:38:41.:38:45.

in the next Labour government. He was a frequent visitor to the many

:38:46.:38:49.

wonderful schools across the constituency. He delivered the Maths

:38:50.:38:53.

Excellence Partnership to improve standards in local schools and give

:38:54.:39:00.

young people the skills they need to prosper. He knew the value of

:39:01.:39:04.

inspiring children to read and foster a love of books. His enduring

:39:05.:39:08.

legacy in Stoke-on-Trent Central will be a generation of children

:39:09.:39:13.

who, through his work on the literary festival, have been able to

:39:14.:39:16.

expand their reading, take a creative writing and explore a world

:39:17.:39:19.

of literature which otherwise would have passed them by. As we speak of

:39:20.:39:24.

the importance of education and training for post-Brexit Britain,

:39:25.:39:29.

these achievements and the ongoing challenges are as important as ever.

:39:30.:39:34.

He was a thoughtful and forceful voice in this house and beyond, and

:39:35.:39:39.

I know his contributions will be missed. But he is one of a longline

:39:40.:39:43.

of distinguished parliamentarians to have Stoke-on-Trent Central. Whether

:39:44.:39:48.

it be Mark Fisher, in his campaign for local health services and to

:39:49.:39:50.

ensure the sovereignty of Parliament, or Bob Cant, my

:39:51.:40:01.

constituency has been saved by dedicated public servants and I will

:40:02.:40:04.

do my utmost to continuing that tradition. My predecessor was a man

:40:05.:40:08.

who loved our movement's history, but I am a man who lived it. Going

:40:09.:40:13.

from my grandfather, a union replicon I was taught from a young

:40:14.:40:16.

age that a greater strength working people have is our solidarity. It

:40:17.:40:24.

was a lesson that embodied his own life, representing his colleagues at

:40:25.:40:28.

the chicken factory where he worked and representing his friends and

:40:29.:40:31.

neighbours as a Labour counsellor. My childhood taught me to always

:40:32.:40:35.

stand up for what I believe, and to always speak my mind. The latter, Mr

:40:36.:40:42.

Speaker, it has to be said, has sometimes brought mixed results. 140

:40:43.:40:52.

characters coming up later. Nevertheless, it was that advice

:40:53.:40:55.

that has served me well and which my wife, Sophia, and I would be proud

:40:56.:40:59.

to pass on to my daughter, Hannah. I would also like to put on record my

:41:00.:41:04.

thanks to the Labour movement, friends in the Labour Party, the

:41:05.:41:08.

co-operative party and the trade unions for their assistance in my

:41:09.:41:13.

collection. Particular thanks to my honourable friend, the member for

:41:14.:41:16.

Birmingham, and my new neighbours in Stoke-on-Trent North and South. Ours

:41:17.:41:20.

is a politics based on comradeship, in which the strength of our common

:41:21.:41:23.

endeavour means that we really do achieve more together than we

:41:24.:41:29.

achieve alone. Those same values of fairness, cooperation and social

:41:30.:41:32.

justice run through the history of Stoke-on-Trent and its people. They

:41:33.:41:38.

were on display in 1942, when the North Staffordshire mining community

:41:39.:41:42.

help to rebuild the village in the Czech Republic after it was raised

:41:43.:41:46.

by the Nazis. The driving force behind that was another of my

:41:47.:41:52.

predecessors, and at the time he said the lamp dispels the shadows on

:41:53.:41:56.

the coal face. It can also send a ray of light across the sea to those

:41:57.:42:01.

that struggle in darkness. At its best, that is what the Labour

:42:02.:42:03.

movement has always been, a ray It is my immense privilege to be

:42:04.:42:14.

part of that movement in Parliament and teacher tried in my own small

:42:15.:42:19.

way to help all that lamp aloft. It is a responsibility I will do my

:42:20.:42:22.

best to meet as I strive to give a voice to those people I represent

:42:23.:42:26.

and showcase all that is great about Stoke-on-Trent. Thank you Mr

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Speaker. Can I say, it's a great pleasure to follow the honourable

:42:37.:42:40.

member for Stoke-on-Trent Central, giving his maiden speech. We all

:42:41.:42:45.

remember our maiden speeches and I personally thought it was an

:42:46.:42:52.

excellent speech full of passion, conviction, and maybe a shiver came

:42:53.:42:55.

through these benches that we have a man of conviction, which is what

:42:56.:42:58.

this post needs in my very humble opinion. From Staffordshire oatcakes

:42:59.:43:05.

to the surrounding empire, we heard it all. You represent an honourable

:43:06.:43:10.

seat and I'm sure you will do an honourable job and it is a delight

:43:11.:43:17.

to follow your maiden speech. Mr Speaker, in my short eight minutes I

:43:18.:43:21.

would like to congratulate the government on an excellent job so

:43:22.:43:27.

far bearing in mind the appalling inheritance that we had in 2010,

:43:28.:43:33.

along with the banking crisis and many other factors, that led to the

:43:34.:43:38.

massive cash crisis we face. The UK economy is forecast to grow by 2%,

:43:39.:43:44.

real wages to rise every year, deficit due to fall and the

:43:45.:43:51.

proportion due to fall. All this is to be most welcomed and I

:43:52.:43:57.

congratulate the government of which I am proud to be a member. I'm glad

:43:58.:44:05.

the government is not ashamed to mention the dire financial

:44:06.:44:08.

circumstances are country faces. Wherever I go, and I'm sure most

:44:09.:44:14.

members are the same, we cannot wash over the fact that we are still on a

:44:15.:44:19.

knife edge. We are told that the figures are still there, that the

:44:20.:44:27.

debt, private debt, which is not often mentioned is a similar figure,

:44:28.:44:34.

?50 billion a year of debt interest, more than we spend on defence and

:44:35.:44:37.

policing together. These are horrifying figures and ones that the

:44:38.:44:43.

government and front bench are trying desperately to deal with. I

:44:44.:44:53.

would not be doing my duty if I did not raise some concerns about the

:44:54.:44:56.

budget although overall I support it. Can I pick up on the word

:44:57.:45:08.

fairness because it is used a lot by the Chancellor. I'm not sure that

:45:09.:45:12.

resounds with those who will be affected by one or two tax rises. I

:45:13.:45:21.

long, as I am a Conservative, to hear from a Conservative Chancellor

:45:22.:45:25.

attacks vision from this country, a massive reform for the tax system,

:45:26.:45:29.

one of the most complicated in the world. Why can't we have a tax rate

:45:30.:45:36.

that is flat of 30%, keep it simple, stupid. That is what we were told. I

:45:37.:45:43.

think there's a lot of room for that in the tax system in this country.

:45:44.:45:53.

The reason we cannot have a straight tax is the top 2% pay a quarter of

:45:54.:45:58.

all income tax and it would be impossible to move to a true flat

:45:59.:46:08.

tax. You could simplify and have two rates, merge capital taxes into

:46:09.:46:12.

income taxes and then you would start to get rid of the poverty and

:46:13.:46:18.

unemployment trap. I entirely concur with my honourable friend. His

:46:19.:46:24.

intervention is spot on. The other point that I've noticed, everything

:46:25.:46:31.

is ring fenced. Every department is ring fenced. We hear them say there

:46:32.:46:40.

is a little room for manoeuvre. Can I suggest we take it away and think

:46:41.:46:44.

radically over areas like the national health service and look at

:46:45.:46:50.

things in the round for the future of our country? I would like to have

:46:51.:47:00.

heard a lot more about the future of Brexit and a vision from the

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Chancellor which I don't believe I did. Good to touch on some issues,

:47:04.:47:09.

the first is the national insurance hike which I am concerned about

:47:10.:47:15.

because many of them work in my constituency. The money raised will

:47:16.:47:28.

be pitiful. We've heard about a manifesto pledge being broken and I

:47:29.:47:34.

believe it has been. I'm not saying they cannot be broken but if we are

:47:35.:47:47.

getting to look for more money the overseas budget is the area we

:47:48.:47:50.

should look at. Many in my constituency believe we should help

:47:51.:47:55.

the less well off but to set an arbitrary figure of 0.7% GDP I think

:47:56.:48:07.

is too far and one that the country cannot afford because so many areas

:48:08.:48:12.

in national life are calling for more money. These self applied

:48:13.:48:20.

people take risks that the employed do not. We know that. They risk

:48:21.:48:25.

their homes, their livelihoods and their families. That is why they had

:48:26.:48:32.

the tax advantage. There has been a as far as pensions are concerned but

:48:33.:48:38.

I believe the risk takers, the people we need to create the wealth

:48:39.:48:44.

and prosperity, especially as we move to leave the EU, should not be

:48:45.:48:54.

penalised. The self-employed will be required to fill four income tax

:48:55.:49:01.

forms a year instead of one. It needs to be done digitally. Speak to

:49:02.:49:06.

farmers about applying for grants digitally it is not always easy. You

:49:07.:49:17.

require an accountant, an extra cost, and income tax paid a quarter

:49:18.:49:21.

rather than one or two instalments. This will affect the cash flow and

:49:22.:49:26.

in good times or bad times it is important to have the annual look

:49:27.:49:37.

rather than the effective look. Probate fees is not there but I am

:49:38.:49:39.

concerned about that. At the moment the cost accounts to ?215. It is

:49:40.:49:54.

worth noting it could range from ?300 - ?20,000. The press have

:49:55.:50:00.

dubbed this the death tax. I think that's a fair comment and I would

:50:01.:50:07.

like to touch on inheritance tax. I declare an interest. I personally

:50:08.:50:14.

think it is completely immoral. We pay taxes all our life, a lot of

:50:15.:50:25.

tax. When we die, 40% is charged to the States. This is completely

:50:26.:50:30.

immoral. Let me called David Cameron, he said this, and I quote,

:50:31.:50:36.

we will take the family out of inheritance tax. That home that you

:50:37.:50:43.

worked for belongs to you and your family. You should be able to pass

:50:44.:50:49.

it on to your children. I concur. What I would like to see is the

:50:50.:50:57.

following. Abolish inheritance tax. Simplify the tax system. Invest much

:50:58.:51:15.

more in technology colleges. Money should be targeted rather than any

:51:16.:51:21.

other ring fenced area. Business rates concern me and Tim Martin of

:51:22.:51:30.

Wetherspoon is says supermarkets will get away with it and his pubs

:51:31.:51:35.

will get hammered. Lastly, can we stop using tax avoidance and evasion

:51:36.:51:45.

in the same sentence? Tax evasion is a legal, tax avoidance, we all do it

:51:46.:52:01.

for our family's sake. Thank you. Can I start by congratulating the

:52:02.:52:05.

new member for Stoke-on-Trent, I thought it was a very interesting

:52:06.:52:09.

speech, are very hopeful speech given the economic situation. I'm

:52:10.:52:18.

sure that the new member will do his constituency proud. Having said

:52:19.:52:29.

that, if we look at the budget and put it in the context of the

:52:30.:52:41.

austerity measures, these austerity measures will be far longer, and

:52:42.:52:47.

people wonder why people like Donald Trump get elected, because of

:52:48.:52:53.

austerity, and because it has gone on far too long and I would expect

:52:54.:52:58.

the budget to offer at least some hope to the British people but all

:52:59.:53:04.

we've had is that those of further austerity. If we look at our

:53:05.:53:12.

situation, we were told the deficit would be eliminated by the end of

:53:13.:53:18.

the last Parliament. In actual fact the Chancellor is extending it. We

:53:19.:53:30.

found that the UK Lancs 103 of 112 countries. 6 million people left

:53:31.:53:38.

than the living wage and 4 million people in poverty. When we left

:53:39.:53:48.

office we retained a triple-A rating. We had 30,000 more doctors.

:53:49.:53:58.

This government is living off the benefits of that. Another broken

:53:59.:54:07.

promise of this government has been touched on and I won't elaborate but

:54:08.:54:15.

the manifesto promise was broken in relation to manifesto contributions.

:54:16.:54:20.

This was a Tory manifesto pledge which will affect self-employed

:54:21.:54:24.

people, especially those in the lower paid bracket. For example, you

:54:25.:54:35.

get taxi drivers, so the rich will not be better off but it will be

:54:36.:54:41.

hitting hard working people. There has been no reversal of the cuts and

:54:42.:54:48.

the changes and this will hit disabled people very hard. The

:54:49.:54:59.

government alone some people to pass on property free from inheritance

:55:00.:55:07.

tax. Not only do we get lobbied in our surgeries but also at home. My

:55:08.:55:12.

son was speaking to me the other day. He's going to have to do the

:55:13.:55:17.

quarterly tax returns and he's tempted to vote Labour! This is the

:55:18.:55:21.

unfortunate side-effect from their point of view. It seems to me that

:55:22.:55:27.

the party opposite is no longer the party of the self-employed, no

:55:28.:55:29.

longer the party of white van man and woman. The party of themselves.

:55:30.:55:46.

The party opposite is something that has never been on the side of the

:55:47.:55:50.

working man. I'm quite surprised that claims that some people thought

:55:51.:55:51.

for the party opposite. When we look at health, the funding

:55:52.:56:02.

of social care is welcome but it is too little, too late. It is putting

:56:03.:56:06.

a plaster over a wound and this will not solve the long-term social care

:56:07.:56:11.

issues. Funding for the National Health Service is needed, but it

:56:12.:56:15.

will not help in the longer term. Greater investment is needed.

:56:16.:56:18.

Council tax increases will raise money in the short term, but this

:56:19.:56:22.

will not solve the problem in the longer term will stop in commentary,

:56:23.:56:26.

the increase in council tax will generate around ?443 million. But

:56:27.:56:34.

with the national living wage increases, it will cost about ?600

:56:35.:56:39.

million. The government is devolving social care to local authorities

:56:40.:56:46.

because the Government has abdicated response ability and shifted the

:56:47.:56:49.

burden onto local people, not through general taxation. If we look

:56:50.:56:55.

at pensions, nothing in the budget to address the problems, and women's

:56:56.:57:05.

issues have certainly been mentioned in a large number of debates, over a

:57:06.:57:09.

long period of time, but on issues that really affect these particular

:57:10.:57:12.

women, and I will not go into the detail of the hardship these women

:57:13.:57:16.

have experienced, it is well known to the house. The Government has

:57:17.:57:24.

done nothing to reverse that. The Government says more women are in

:57:25.:57:27.

work. That might be true, but more women have to work longer. It is

:57:28.:57:32.

also often in lower paid, manual jobs. If we look at business rates,

:57:33.:57:38.

small businesses in the High Street, they are hit the hardest. A ?1000

:57:39.:57:44.

for a pub is not a lot when you take it in the great scheme of things, it

:57:45.:57:49.

is only a gesture that will not help in a meaningful way. Education, if

:57:50.:57:53.

we look at education, instead of funding free schools, money should

:57:54.:57:59.

be invested in existing schools. They are being asked to find ?3

:58:00.:58:03.

billion worth of cuts. Resources are already stretched to breaking point.

:58:04.:58:06.

Local authorities in commentary have always taken the decision to fund

:58:07.:58:11.

schools well. The National formula will leave pupils with less funding,

:58:12.:58:17.

yet the Government says no pupils will be worse off. Will they

:58:18.:58:22.

guarantee money to make sure that the funding formula does not leave

:58:23.:58:28.

Coventry schools with a shortfall? By 2020, funding by people will be

:58:29.:58:38.

cut in real terms by 16% for schools. 16-18 education will be in

:58:39.:58:42.

a similar level to that of 30 years ago, in real terms. The Chancellor

:58:43.:58:47.

has ignored the funding crisis in the Budget. The costs are ongoing

:58:48.:58:55.

because of increases and employer contribution to national insurance,

:58:56.:58:58.

and there has been no additional funding. Women will still have to

:58:59.:59:03.

prove that their third or subsequent child was a product of rape to get a

:59:04.:59:08.

child benefits. Once again, we see women being discriminated against

:59:09.:59:15.

through this government. Women are still disproportionately affected by

:59:16.:59:24.

austerity. It is very likely a repeat of the ?20 million announced

:59:25.:59:29.

last November. It might not be new money. Then we come onto the

:59:30.:59:38.

Midlands. The 392 million for the Midlands, wireless is welcome, is

:59:39.:59:42.

not sufficient if you have real intentions with relation to

:59:43.:59:44.

developing the economy of the West Midlands. Coventry and Warwickshire,

:59:45.:59:51.

when you look at it, only 42.4 million. ?20 million for the

:59:52.:00:03.

Midlands Skills Challenge will improve employment prospects in the

:00:04.:00:08.

area. 4 million to support the Midlands engine project. ?20 million

:00:09.:00:15.

for broadband infrastructure. 11 million to support skills and

:00:16.:00:19.

apprenticeships in Coventry and Warwickshire. It will not solve the

:00:20.:00:23.

problems across the country. While investment is welcome, there are

:00:24.:00:25.

also housing pressures that need tackling. London have been awarded

:00:26.:00:32.

ten times as much for housing. Since 2010, there has been a 40% cut in

:00:33.:00:37.

government funding for local councils. Small businesses and the

:00:38.:00:39.

High Street will be hit hard by business rate rises. This will not

:00:40.:00:44.

be addressed in the Midlands Engine strategy. By 2020, the Conservative

:00:45.:00:50.

government will have put ?655 million on commentary council

:00:51.:00:56.

budget. The strategy will not cover that shortfall. When we look at

:00:57.:01:00.

social care, the NHS desperately needs funding and the local

:01:01.:01:06.

authorities expect a deficit of ?43 million by 2020-21 in social care.

:01:07.:01:13.

Finally, this proposal is superficially attractive, but it

:01:14.:01:15.

will not address some of the long-term issues in the West

:01:16.:01:17.

Midlands. Thank you. Can I start by congratulating my

:01:18.:01:27.

honourable friend the member for Stoke-on-Trent Central for his

:01:28.:01:34.

excellent maiden speech, which I enjoyed very much. Moved many of us

:01:35.:01:38.

to laughter and tears, though I gently correct him that Stoke is not

:01:39.:01:43.

the centre of the known universe, that is another place in the West

:01:44.:01:47.

Midlands, called Birmingham. I will let him off, because it was a

:01:48.:01:50.

first-rate start to his Parliamentary life and I wish him

:01:51.:01:55.

all the very best. I wanted to focus my remarks on the government record

:01:56.:02:01.

and its failure on its own terms. I noted with interest that government

:02:02.:02:06.

benches are all but empty. Maybe it is because Government backbenchers

:02:07.:02:09.

are not lining up to come along and defend the increase in national

:02:10.:02:13.

insurance, given the row between Number 10 and number 11. I think it

:02:14.:02:23.

may also go on longer than that. Long before we had the failed and

:02:24.:02:29.

broken manifesto commitment on national insurance, this Government

:02:30.:02:32.

failed the test it set for itself, it's central mission when it came

:02:33.:02:36.

into Government in 2010, the one promise they made this country, that

:02:37.:02:39.

they would eliminate the deficit in five years. In the age of austerity,

:02:40.:02:47.

it was the only way to achieve it. Well, the Budget documents are

:02:48.:02:53.

clear. In 2016-17, and I am glad more government members are coming

:02:54.:02:56.

in, and they can hear their Government's failure on the deficit

:02:57.:03:02.

in person. In 2016-17, the deficit will be ?51.7 billion. In 2017-18,

:03:03.:03:12.

it will be ?58.3 billion. By 2021-2022, it will still be ?16.8

:03:13.:03:21.

billion. The deficit on this trajectory will not be eliminated

:03:22.:03:29.

until 2025-26, a full 15 years after that famous promise made in 2010

:03:30.:03:34.

when the Government Saturday would eliminated in five years. That is

:03:35.:03:37.

the true, shameful record of this Government. It sits alongside a much

:03:38.:03:45.

starker, indeed more catastrophic reality on living standards for

:03:46.:03:48.

ordinary working people. I think Government members should stop

:03:49.:03:54.

chuntering and listen to what they have done to ordinary working people

:03:55.:03:58.

in our country. On current forecasts, average earnings will be

:03:59.:04:03.

no higher in 2022 than they were in 2007. That amounts to 15 years

:04:04.:04:07.

without a pay rise for ordinary working people in our country.

:04:08.:04:12.

According to the Revolution Foundation, families are missing out

:04:13.:04:19.

on ?12,000 worth of pay growth by 2020, the worst decade in 210 years.

:04:20.:04:24.

That is what this Government has delivered for ordinary working

:04:25.:04:27.

people. They used to taunt us on this side of the house with a slogan

:04:28.:04:30.

that we didn't fix the roof when the sun was shining, for people going 15

:04:31.:04:35.

years without a pay rise, it is as if the sun has never shone at all. I

:04:36.:04:44.

was disappointed on Universal Credit in particular, on this issue of pay,

:04:45.:04:50.

wages, jobs and growth, because the Government failed to take any action

:04:51.:04:54.

to set off the cuts that are planned in Universal Credit for later in

:04:55.:04:58.

this Parliament. I do say to Conservative members who kicked up

:04:59.:05:04.

such a fuss, rightfully, on the changes planned by the former

:05:05.:05:07.

Chancellor of the Exchequer on tax credits, that what happened in terms

:05:08.:05:11.

of the U-turn, it was not truly a U-turn because the cuts are still

:05:12.:05:14.

coming down the tracks and many of the same people will still be

:05:15.:05:18.

affected when many of those who are currently on tax credits moved on to

:05:19.:05:20.

Universal Credit is. That will happen towards the end of this

:05:21.:05:26.

Parliament. At the moment, only 170,000 people are in receipt of

:05:27.:05:30.

Universal Credit. By the end of the parliament, millions of families

:05:31.:05:35.

will be on Universal Credit. The Secretary of State's warm words on

:05:36.:05:39.

opportunity mean nothing given to what is being done to the working

:05:40.:05:47.

poor. The cuts to allowances, only a tiny concession was given on the

:05:48.:05:53.

Autumn Statement when he reduced the paper rate to 63%. It still remains

:05:54.:06:00.

the case that a lone parent, earning ?16,000, will lose ?2800. The

:06:01.:06:08.

measures in the Autumn Statement will only give them back ?200 of

:06:09.:06:15.

money. They will beat 2006 of the pounds a year worse off. Those are

:06:16.:06:18.

not small sums of money. They are the difference between keeping a

:06:19.:06:21.

roof over your head or being homeless. The difference between

:06:22.:06:25.

putting food on the table and watching your children go hungry. It

:06:26.:06:29.

is unacceptable that is the record, that is the delivery that the

:06:30.:06:32.

Government is putting on the people of our country in 21st-century

:06:33.:06:39.

Britain. Politics, in the end, is always about choices and priorities.

:06:40.:06:44.

This Government has set aside choices in corporation tax cuts

:06:45.:06:51.

which, by 2021-22, will total ?11.2 billion. They can make a different

:06:52.:06:55.

choice and choose to spend the money elsewhere, maybe on Universal

:06:56.:06:59.

Credit, perhaps on social care, perhaps to alleviate the crisis in

:07:00.:07:02.

the National Health Service. It is a choice they are making it is not the

:07:03.:07:07.

case that cuts to tax would be necessary to make sure we have jobs

:07:08.:07:10.

growth in the country, because we have seen what has happened to wages

:07:11.:07:13.

and we know that business investment is nowhere near where it could be.

:07:14.:07:18.

Cuts to corporation tax being pocketed as profits more than they

:07:19.:07:22.

are delivering for the rest of the economy. They should be

:07:23.:07:24.

reconsidered, because the choices that the Government has made so far

:07:25.:07:28.

are making ordinary people pay the price and that is unacceptable. As

:07:29.:07:34.

the honourable lady cleverly and rightly anticipated, the time limit

:07:35.:07:39.

for speeches has been reduced to six minutes. Thank you Madam Deputy

:07:40.:07:47.

Speaker. Can I just say how proud and delighted I am to be joined by

:07:48.:07:54.

the new member for Stoke-on-Trent Central. He made a wonderful maiden

:07:55.:07:58.

speech and I am grateful for every door I knocked on in the rain. We

:07:59.:08:07.

can send him back now. What we heard last week was a budget breast, and

:08:08.:08:15.

ears -- a budget breast of ideas. It offered no vision for the country's

:08:16.:08:20.

future outside the EU and now offer hope for the potteries which I am so

:08:21.:08:27.

proud to represent. The alleged support for health and social care

:08:28.:08:30.

was little more than an empty gesture in the face of a crippling

:08:31.:08:35.

financial crisis in the NHS. Madam Deputy Speaker, it prioritised the

:08:36.:08:40.

vanity project of an out of touch Prime Minister in fixing the

:08:41.:08:45.

struggling education system. This budget is timid, in the face of

:08:46.:08:49.

unprecedented challenges. It is bold and only one respect, its choice of

:08:50.:08:56.

victims. The Chancellor will no doubt be counting his blessings that

:08:57.:09:01.

he had a ministerial car to flee the scene last week. I am sure the

:09:02.:09:06.

cabbies of central London would have painted him a colourful picture of

:09:07.:09:09.

what his announcement on national insurance is set to do to the

:09:10.:09:14.

take-home pay. I am grateful to my honourable friend for giving way. I

:09:15.:09:20.

can tell her that taxi drivers, as well as other self-employed workers,

:09:21.:09:25.

cannot understand why their burden, as relatively low paid workers,

:09:26.:09:29.

would go up, while there are taxes for the very rich is being cut. Is

:09:30.:09:36.

that not the reason why there are so few members of the Government to

:09:37.:09:42.

defend this terrible Budget? As the niece of a cab-driver, I should

:09:43.:09:50.

declare an interest. It seems that the strivers his party claims to be

:09:51.:09:55.

working for not striving hard enough. When Britain needs to

:09:56.:09:59.

rebuild and rejuvenate its economy, the government Marco has chosen to

:10:00.:10:05.

impose a tax on hard work and entrepreneurship. A tax on

:10:06.:10:12.

aspiration. This was billed by many as the last pre-Brexit budget. Yet

:10:13.:10:15.

the glaring omission in the Chancellor's plans was without any

:10:16.:10:24.

clear vision of what Britain after Brexit might look like, and what

:10:25.:10:28.

sort of investment and government support might be needed to get us

:10:29.:10:32.

there. As for constituencies like mine, which voted overwhelmingly to

:10:33.:10:36.

leave, there seems to be no consideration of the investment and

:10:37.:10:40.

support needed to make sure that places like Stoke-on-Trent can

:10:41.:10:44.

benefit and thrive from our new relationship with the world. There

:10:45.:10:51.

was no clearer example of this than the Government's approach to

:10:52.:10:55.

education and skills, the single biggest issue raised by all my

:10:56.:10:59.

employers and educators when we discuss industrial strategy, another

:11:00.:11:03.

phrase sorely missed from the budget. Schools in my constituency

:11:04.:11:10.

are losing an average of ?400 per pupil and our city is crying out for

:11:11.:11:14.

proper investment in skills and education. Instead, the Chancellor

:11:15.:11:19.

is choking the life out of our public education system, while

:11:20.:11:22.

pouring millions into a doomed experiment in selective education.

:11:23.:11:27.

That lack of commitment to our wider education system is deeply

:11:28.:11:30.

concerning. The single most important thing we can do to improve

:11:31.:11:36.

the economy of my great city, and others, is to improve the skills of

:11:37.:11:37.

the people who live and work there. It is not a lack of will holding

:11:38.:11:47.

young people back. They are enthusiastic and keen to work. What

:11:48.:11:51.

is missing is the support and investment to make sure they are

:11:52.:11:54.

fulfilling their potential, learning the skills to succeed, gaining the

:11:55.:12:03.

qualifications to prove it. Last week I visited the best primary

:12:04.:12:09.

school in my city but they are already having to choose between

:12:10.:12:15.

teachers and computers. That's why this is wrong. At the time when we

:12:16.:12:20.

should be giving our communities the skills for the future, for the

:12:21.:12:27.

government to focus on grammar system that will only benefit a

:12:28.:12:30.

select few and focus on those more privileged backgrounds in stead of

:12:31.:12:36.

providing the basics for every child. Madam Deputy Speaker, we need

:12:37.:12:40.

to ensure that all our schools are properly funded and we have a robust

:12:41.:12:47.

system of early intervention to support the most vulnerable families

:12:48.:12:53.

right from the start. Which is why our primary schools and secondary

:12:54.:12:57.

schools need investment, not vanity projects. If we are going to make

:12:58.:13:03.

the best out of Brexit which we need to then we need to ensure that our

:13:04.:13:07.

communities are ready to seize those opportunities and make sure there is

:13:08.:13:11.

a workforce for the jobs of the future. We need a universal and

:13:12.:13:16.

properly funded education system and ensure that all our young people are

:13:17.:13:20.

supported to ensure they realise their potential. We need a better

:13:21.:13:25.

deal for the next generation, not this ideological driven waste of

:13:26.:13:34.

public funds. Thank you very much. Can I echo what has already been

:13:35.:13:41.

said about the fantastic maiden speech. I went on a visit with him

:13:42.:13:48.

and I know how committed he is to education and skills in his area.

:13:49.:13:55.

That is the main thrust of my speech today. After nearly seven years in

:13:56.:14:02.

government the cumulative effect of government policy on education and

:14:03.:14:06.

skills is being felt by parents and teachers and has given rise to a

:14:07.:14:13.

number of serious issues, each one of which should demand the attention

:14:14.:14:17.

of ministers. School budgets falling for the first time in 20 years, a

:14:18.:14:21.

teacher shortage crisis, huge rise in numbers requiring 400,000 new

:14:22.:14:28.

school places. The biggest changes to GCSEs in a generation which many

:14:29.:14:34.

people are unaware is coming. Primary assessment, with the results

:14:35.:14:44.

coming. The introduction of more free childcare with insufficient

:14:45.:14:52.

funding and serious failings in the school system with many of the

:14:53.:14:55.

previous pet projects failing and closing. This was described as the

:14:56.:15:05.

biggest revolution in decades. Any one of these should command the

:15:06.:15:12.

undermanned at -- should command the attention of ministers. Instead they

:15:13.:15:16.

want to impose further changes on the school system. There is the

:15:17.:15:25.

reintroduction of grammar schools without the shred of evidence which

:15:26.:15:29.

has shone a light on the record of grammar schools. This budget had

:15:30.:15:36.

nothing to say about social mobility, closing the productivity

:15:37.:15:42.

gap or creating the high skilled economy. Perhaps the government

:15:43.:15:44.

would have been better spending more of their time setting out these

:15:45.:15:53.

experiments. What has happened to them? Since 2010, the introduction

:15:54.:16:01.

of the previous gimmicks, there have been huge problems and massive

:16:02.:16:08.

wasted resources. Many more are on the brink. Whilst there are a few

:16:09.:16:19.

excellent ones, even the man who introduced them admitted the

:16:20.:16:28.

experiment has failed. Three in ten studio schools have closed or are

:16:29.:16:33.

due to close as the analysis has found out. There are many more on

:16:34.:16:38.

the brink of closure only one has reached the mark that they were set

:16:39.:16:45.

out to do. The future is looking bleak for these institutions. Yet

:16:46.:16:48.

the government is hell bent on creating more. One in five free

:16:49.:16:53.

schools are in places where they weren't needed at all. The starving

:16:54.:17:02.

of capital funds to existing schools continue to throw good money after

:17:03.:17:08.

bad. This does nothing to deal with the real issues facing our schools

:17:09.:17:13.

today. While we are awaiting the outcome, we heard the government are

:17:14.:17:19.

hell on going ahead with the grammar school programme, which they are

:17:20.:17:27.

calling selective free schools. The Secretary of State is so ashamed

:17:28.:17:30.

that this policy she did not mention it. I reiterate, I see few members

:17:31.:17:49.

defending this policy. I think we can infer that and the evidence is

:17:50.:17:56.

very clear. These systems do not boost social mobility and in fact

:17:57.:18:01.

they may widen the gap. As we know, the big challenge facing the system

:18:02.:18:07.

is the long tail of underachievement. It's not about how

:18:08.:18:13.

we better support the high achievers. The only argument put

:18:14.:18:16.

forward by members opposite which was be treated earlier is the

:18:17.:18:24.

already high achieving tiny number of children on free school meals who

:18:25.:18:28.

are already high achieving do better than all the other children on free

:18:29.:18:32.

school meals including the low achievers on everyone else. What a

:18:33.:18:40.

joke of an argument that is. There's huge amounts of evidence going the

:18:41.:18:50.

other way and maybe that's why addressing the usually pragmatic

:18:51.:18:56.

college she was booed, which has never happened at that conference

:18:57.:19:03.

before. It's why the government's social mobility commission, all the

:19:04.:19:12.

secondary heads in Surrey and many others, and many members opposite,

:19:13.:19:17.

have come out against these proposals. There is plenty the

:19:18.:19:20.

government should be doing and I mentioned a few of them earlier.

:19:21.:19:25.

Perhaps they should get back to these core issues rather than

:19:26.:19:27.

creating more uncertainty and instability. Get on with doing

:19:28.:19:34.

something about the major funding challenge. It's not about funding,

:19:35.:19:40.

challenges, it is about levels being maintained. When the belts are being

:19:41.:19:44.

tightened, they are being tightened even more for these schools and they

:19:45.:19:49.

are losing out. Do something about the teacher shortages. For five

:19:50.:19:54.

years in a row they've missed the tension. Do something about school

:19:55.:19:59.

places. Work with local authorities. Do not put schools where they are

:20:00.:20:04.

not needed. Get a grip of what is happening in our new curriculum.

:20:05.:20:10.

There is absolute chaos there. If they really want to do something

:20:11.:20:16.

about social mobility they should look at investing properly in

:20:17.:20:19.

quality in the early years rather than trying to deliver a childcare

:20:20.:20:23.

on the cheap. There's plenty of evidence for that and I'm happy to

:20:24.:20:26.

discuss that with ministers if they want to have a real agenda for

:20:27.:20:34.

social mobility. Thank you. Sometimes when you hear the

:20:35.:20:37.

government MPs and the Prime Minister talk, you would think when

:20:38.:20:44.

Labour was in power we did nothing for health, education, children,

:20:45.:20:48.

homelessness and other vulnerable groups. Let me remind this house,

:20:49.:20:57.

and take the members of parliament on a trip down memory lane. In 1997

:20:58.:21:04.

when hospital waiting list for more than three years, when people

:21:05.:21:10.

relying on hospital trolleys, we spent millions and millions of

:21:11.:21:15.

pounds on repairing hospitals, investment in people, nurses,

:21:16.:21:21.

doctors, hospital services, so that when we left in 2010 are NHS was one

:21:22.:21:28.

of the most brilliant the Tories inherited, they are now destroying

:21:29.:21:39.

it. On education we had the motto of education, education education, and

:21:40.:21:44.

we follow that. I'm sure people will remember that tomorrow lies teachers

:21:45.:21:47.

and rundown schools and all the extra funding we put in so when this

:21:48.:21:50.

government takes credit for the fact that this is going so well it is

:21:51.:21:56.

because of the investment we pretend from 1997. We took out half a

:21:57.:22:02.

million children out of poverty and started a programme which helped

:22:03.:22:06.

young people because if you really want to help young people, you need

:22:07.:22:15.

to ensure that early education is good and the sure start programme

:22:16.:22:20.

helped many families. We also have the educational maintenance

:22:21.:22:25.

allowance. It helped many young people carry on, and many young

:22:26.:22:40.

people are having to go to the job centre to sign on and it is one of

:22:41.:22:49.

the most counter-productive measures. And yes, we did create an

:22:50.:23:03.

academy. But since 2010 this government has been making many

:23:04.:23:15.

outstanding schools in false academies Haixun 01 when many

:23:16.:23:22.

ordinary schools are suffering and the funding formula has been

:23:23.:23:27.

changed, affecting many schools in my constituency, so it would be far

:23:28.:23:32.

better to spend money for most schools. I'm so disappointed the

:23:33.:23:42.

Chancellor has not putting anything like this. Everybody except the

:23:43.:23:57.

early years is important. Providers came to see me on a number of

:23:58.:24:01.

occasions, and have spoken about the fact that the funding formula is

:24:02.:24:13.

just not enough for them. Many of them have said that they are going

:24:14.:24:22.

to go out of business because they cannot offer decent nursing

:24:23.:24:30.

provision. I raise this question at Prime Minister's Questions. I said,

:24:31.:24:37.

can we please reconsider the funding for nursery education. I'm afraid

:24:38.:24:51.

this we are told that a lot of the cuts and austerity are about

:24:52.:24:55.

balancing the book but this Conservative Government has borrowed

:24:56.:25:02.

?1 trillion so our debt is higher than it has ever been. And let's not

:25:03.:25:08.

have lectures opposite from the government that they are the or the

:25:09.:25:17.

country that will get -- the party that will get the country going.

:25:18.:25:24.

When the Labour government came in it was only 40%. A few years after

:25:25.:25:32.

that it was 34% of the GDP. Again, that was not a requirement for

:25:33.:25:42.

lectures. We propose a different future. It has done nothing for

:25:43.:25:51.

people's pay or people who are low income.

:25:52.:26:02.

We need to advocate a government that does not sit on the sidelines,

:26:03.:26:11.

we don't need a laughing complacent Chancellor. For one who proudly she

:26:12.:26:25.

in the mining heritage of Stoke-on-Trent, even though I do not

:26:26.:26:31.

agree with everything he says, he is to be commended for his passionate

:26:32.:26:34.

and excellent speech and his kind and honest words for his

:26:35.:26:41.

predecessor. Stoke-on-Trent has a new champion and we wish him all the

:26:42.:26:43.

best. Mile honourable friends have made

:26:44.:26:53.

numerous salient points about the shortfalls in the Budget. A thinner

:26:54.:26:59.

document than last year. A thinner document with thinner rule within. A

:27:00.:27:06.

glaring issue, that of the extra ordinary misleading employment

:27:07.:27:11.

many of the new proposals within the many of the new proposals within the

:27:12.:27:16.

Budget. The Chancellor has waned that 2.7 million more people are, I

:27:17.:27:22.

quote, enjoying the security and dignity of work than in 2010. I

:27:23.:27:27.

cannot fathom how they can describe the gauge economy that has been

:27:28.:27:33.

filled since 2010 with zero hours contracts, temporary work that is

:27:34.:27:37.

insecure, and people are self-employed through necessity,

:27:38.:27:44.

that is dignified. The working conditions are far less thing about

:27:45.:27:49.

than those faced a decade ago. Many of these workers face the loss of

:27:50.:27:53.

the minimum remaining employment rights that have been secured

:27:54.:27:58.

through the EU by the coming hard Tory Brexit. The Chancellor has

:27:59.:28:02.

stated he does not want to saddle the next generation with

:28:03.:28:06.

ever-increasing debt. I would suggest that he may consider taking

:28:07.:28:11.

a closer look at the funding allocated to the DWP's work

:28:12.:28:16.

programme. Since 2011, more than ?1 billion has been spent on attachment

:28:17.:28:21.

sustainment payments all of which sustainment payments all of which

:28:22.:28:24.

are nice sounding euphemisms. The Government hasn't really been paying

:28:25.:28:32.

of employers. Offer it large chain reads fashion retailers to stack

:28:33.:28:40.

shelves and work on sales. -- tills. This also stagnates productivity. It

:28:41.:28:47.

hardly seems a stretch to suggest that if the ?1 billion was used to

:28:48.:28:51.

invest rather than AIDS the Government is budging if I miss the

:28:52.:28:57.

distance, productivity may be higher. I would also -- a aid the

:28:58.:29:15.

Government. This may be the case for a wealthy constituents in the City

:29:16.:29:18.

of London, but it is not the case for builders, joiners, electricians

:29:19.:29:25.

and other trades I have spoken to in my constituency and all over

:29:26.:29:31.

Scotland. On the 27th of October 2015, the honourable member for

:29:32.:29:41.

South West that Mac... National Insurance conjuration stated, I

:29:42.:29:43.

remind the committee of the purpose to emphasise the commitment not to

:29:44.:29:49.

increase National Insurance contribution rate in the course of

:29:50.:29:51.

the parliament. What does he think went wrong? It appears that word is

:29:52.:30:00.

very seldom kept in this place. These people often do jobs for the

:30:01.:30:06.

same companies for years on end. These copies will not hire them as

:30:07.:30:10.

regular employees due to the cost of providing them with basic employee

:30:11.:30:16.

benefits. This means they do not have maternity, activity or sick

:30:17.:30:18.

leave paid holidays. Nor the leave paid holidays. Nor the

:30:19.:30:21.

security of knowing whether they will employed in one month. The

:30:22.:30:25.

insinuation by the Chancellor that these individuals alike to go off

:30:26.:30:30.

all of these benefits for the sake of saving a small percentage of the

:30:31.:30:34.

income of National Insurance payments is absurd and offensive. If

:30:35.:30:39.

the Chancellor would like to address the gap in revenue due to the

:30:40.:30:43.

growing trend of several comic, I would suggest a fairer and more

:30:44.:30:46.

effective way would be to tackle those companies who have only hired

:30:47.:30:52.

workers, self-employed contractors to up -- avoid paying if Poyet

:30:53.:30:56.

benefits rather than claiming those who are subjected to be unfair

:30:57.:31:00.

practices. The Chancellor has ventured -- presented another Budget

:31:01.:31:04.

claiming working people for the economic problems created by the

:31:05.:31:13.

London centric elite. Offers nothing new to address the big hitting

:31:14.:31:17.

problems. Nor does it protect working people from the fallout from

:31:18.:31:22.

the hard Tory Brexit. So much for caring conservative -- conservatism.

:31:23.:31:32.

After seven years of economic failure, missed deficit reduction

:31:33.:31:38.

targets, failing public services, an explosion of food banks supporting

:31:39.:31:42.

working people, for this, my expectations for this Conservative

:31:43.:31:48.

Budget were already low. Madame Deputy Speaker, have we ever had a

:31:49.:31:52.

Budget lacking in substance are much? It is clear for the earlier

:31:53.:31:59.

debates this afternoon that the Government does not have a clue what

:32:00.:32:03.

it wants from Brexit and what it will cost. Eliminating the deficit

:32:04.:32:08.

by 2015 used to be the overriding goal. Now, the target has been

:32:09.:32:12.

dumped and public debt is climbing to almost ?2 trillion. Is this...

:32:13.:32:21.

Our public services have paid the price of the failure. Waiting lists

:32:22.:32:25.

in the NHS are rising. Our social care system is facing a funding back

:32:26.:32:32.

Cole. -- black hole. Spending has gone down in real terms by a faith

:32:33.:32:38.

despite rising demand. There are 400 fewer police officers in the

:32:39.:32:43.

Cleveland area keeping our community say. We will be losing a whopping

:32:44.:32:52.

?7.8 million by 2020, ?422 per pupil in one of the most deprived areas in

:32:53.:32:57.

the country. As my honourable friend from Huddersfield said, while

:32:58.:33:00.

primary schools are in the top ten, secondary schools need more support.

:33:01.:33:03.

The newly departed Michael has when Askew was closed and our

:33:04.:33:18.

economy has been battered, leaving us with 3000 job losses and a youth

:33:19.:33:21.

an appointment rate higher than national average, she uses it as an

:33:22.:33:30.

investment to invest not snuff out potential. With lost jobs and

:33:31.:33:38.

falling living standards, unemployment in the Tees Valley has

:33:39.:33:42.

been above 10%. Posterity has hit many families. 2000 people hit by

:33:43.:33:47.

the Belgian tax to unfair sanctions on tax credits. Wages are set to

:33:48.:33:54.

rise much more slowly than expected over four years. Families are

:33:55.:33:58.

turning to credit to make ends meet. House of debt up by 110 billion by

:33:59.:34:10.

20 21. What Teessiders really needed was investment in infrastructure,

:34:11.:34:12.

industry and skills to give the local economy the boost it needs. I

:34:13.:34:16.

believe that our region despite the difficulties of the last few years

:34:17.:34:29.

is on the verge of a renaissance. Mineral and energy cheap power is

:34:30.:34:39.

investing. But this investment will not benefit local people unless

:34:40.:34:45.

there is a revolution in skills and we are able to capitalise on

:34:46.:34:49.

opportunities. The Chancellor did not take action to address the

:34:50.:34:53.

unfairness that is holding areas like my own back. The north-east

:34:54.:34:57.

continues to reside on regional investment, funding for

:34:58.:35:05.

infrastructure and skills to benefit industry of the future. No mention

:35:06.:35:11.

of the Northern powered House. -- Northern Powerhouse. The future of

:35:12.:35:17.

our economic resilience will depend on the success of small to medium

:35:18.:35:22.

size businesses. Lots of businesses have talked about the... The

:35:23.:35:30.

Chancellor's measures to soften the burden are welcome but not enough.

:35:31.:35:36.

National Insurance contributions will now rise despite a manifesto

:35:37.:35:39.

promise by the Tories not to do so. Many of the X the workers are

:35:40.:35:44.

self-employed. With the Government's funding at imploring them to do so

:35:45.:35:52.

and they will be hit. It was a paper thin, brittle Budget coming after

:35:53.:35:56.

posterity. I have... It was a privilege to follow my

:35:57.:36:13.

honourable friend the Member for breath card. I am here today... A

:36:14.:36:22.

member of Stoke-on-Trent Central. I member of Stoke-on-Trent Central. I

:36:23.:36:28.

know he will be a great asset to us. I was interested to hear the

:36:29.:36:30.

Secretary of State discussing the Secretary of State discussing the

:36:31.:36:34.

fact that the Budget was on International women 's. That made it

:36:35.:36:42.

a greater insult, the Chancellor did not give work to the Waspi women

:36:43.:36:49.

campaigning for fairness. They were born in the 19... They got not one

:36:50.:37:01.

word from this Chancellor. Like many word from this Chancellor. Like many

:37:02.:37:08.

members last week, I met with a delegation of local woman affected

:37:09.:37:12.

by the changes of the state pension law. Women came down from many areas

:37:13.:37:19.

in my constituency. These women, there are more than 3 million across

:37:20.:37:24.

our country, they are not political militants. They do not oppose the

:37:25.:37:31.

pension age, they do not want the H2. To go down to 60. I think it is

:37:32.:37:40.

shameful that the Government chose not to this on to them. Budgets are

:37:41.:37:49.

about choices. I can't accept that when the Government agrees to ?17

:37:50.:37:55.

billion of corporation tax cuts, ?2.8 billion in inheritance tax

:37:56.:37:59.

cuts, and many other items, they put those above a modest bridging

:38:00.:38:04.

support for these women. I was interested in the figures

:38:05.:38:05.

inheritance tax, the Member for inheritance tax, the Member for

:38:06.:38:09.

Leeds West recently wrote an Leeds West recently wrote an

:38:10.:38:14.

excellent article on this. I read that the proportion of Houses sold

:38:15.:38:18.

for ?65,000 or more in my constituency in 2015 and 2016 was

:38:19.:38:26.

only 15. That is 0.9% of all total House sales. At a time when the

:38:27.:38:30.

total number of Houses sold in the period was 1700. The average sold

:38:31.:38:39.

price was ?140,000. In June 2016. I wish there was 15 people -- I wish

:38:40.:38:45.

them well indeed. I don't think they deserve a tax cut to enjoy their

:38:46.:38:52.

properties. Rather then this extravagant change to inheritance

:38:53.:38:56.

and cut to corporation tax, the Government should be on the side of

:38:57.:39:00.

the small business person, the self-employed. How extraordinary

:39:01.:39:03.

that this is the Conservative party that has broken its promise to the

:39:04.:39:10.

plumber, the cabbie in Cardiff and even, indeed, the grocer from

:39:11.:39:17.

Grantham. A Conservative Government that is charging grocers from

:39:18.:39:24.

Grantham more. How extraordinary! It is a trade-off, being self-employed

:39:25.:39:27.

means the parental leave, no sick pay. No holiday pay. Difficulty

:39:28.:39:32.

getting mortgages. It is a decent consensus. That height to class for

:39:33.:39:38.

National Insurance contributions has broken the consensus that we in this

:39:39.:39:45.

country has believed in it for years. -- class four contributions.

:39:46.:39:55.

The farmers union of Wales, I hope they will consider what they have to

:39:56.:39:58.

say. This is a consequence in a rural amenities. The managing

:39:59.:40:03.

director, Alan Davies, asked the question last week, why is it that

:40:04.:40:08.

tax is being increased for those hard working individuals, some of

:40:09.:40:13.

whom only make a profit just over ?8,000? While at the same time

:40:14.:40:22.

Corporation tax is falling. One of Wales' office minister says there

:40:23.:40:31.

should be an apology to those who read the Conservative manifesto. I

:40:32.:40:34.

would rather that the Government reversed their tax hike and scrap

:40:35.:40:44.

the tax. We remember the Tories' 20 shelf that -- 2012... War on the

:40:45.:40:55.

humble Cornish pasty, caravanners, it is high time that this Government

:40:56.:41:02.

listen to the voice of the honest people in our community, the

:41:03.:41:05.

entrepreneurs, it is high time that the Government listen to the women

:41:06.:41:09.

who have fought so hard right through the lives and have

:41:10.:41:15.

contributed so much to society. It is time this Government acted in the

:41:16.:41:18.

committees, rural, suburban and committees, rural, suburban and

:41:19.:41:24.

urban, and recognise that what must happen now, they must restore

:41:25.:41:28.

fairness, do a U-turn on this ridiculous tax hike for 75 people.

:41:29.:41:33.

They must give some decent team to the people in this country now. --

:41:34.:41:35.

decency. Thank you for calling me in this

:41:36.:41:46.

important debate. It is a pleasure to follow the honourable lady. A

:41:47.:41:51.

fine constituency in north Wales, one I know particularly well. She

:41:52.:41:58.

will know how closely those MPs, those of us in Cheshire, work with

:41:59.:42:03.

her and her colleagues in north Wales to look at the economic

:42:04.:42:08.

benefits that working together, England in Cheshire and north Wales

:42:09.:42:12.

for the benefit of all our constituents. I would like to think

:42:13.:42:18.

this has come some way to enable us to raise tax and invest in

:42:19.:42:22.

infrastructure that benefits those cross-border constituents. Against a

:42:23.:42:27.

backdrop of global uncertainty, as we start our negotiations to exit

:42:28.:42:31.

the European Union, this budget takes forward our plan to plan a

:42:32.:42:35.

brighter future for Britain. Nine years ago, it is the UK was one of

:42:36.:42:41.

the worst prepared economies to feed the financial crisis. Today the UK

:42:42.:42:47.

is one of the best prepared. The forecast says the UK economy will

:42:48.:42:53.

grow by 4% in 2017, revised from 1.4% forecast last November. Growing

:42:54.:42:58.

faster than every major economy in Europe, except Germany. Any families

:42:59.:43:03.

sitting in the kitchen table will tell you cannot keep spending more

:43:04.:43:08.

than you bring in. The same holds true for Government. There is no

:43:09.:43:13.

magic money tree. Britain has a debt of nearly 1.7 trillion, almost

:43:14.:43:18.

62,000 for every household in the country. We must never forget that

:43:19.:43:24.

under Labour ?1 in every ?4 was spent by the Government was

:43:25.:43:28.

borrowed. I will give way. Does he agree with me that it behoves the

:43:29.:43:35.

opposition to oppose any spending reduction including any welfare

:43:36.:43:39.

spending reduction over the last ten years and yet also make uncosted

:43:40.:43:46.

promises amounting to ?63 billion, completely uncosted. Thank you. He

:43:47.:43:52.

is absolutely right. During the last parliament, the opposed every single

:43:53.:43:56.

reform that this preview Government did. And the current element has

:43:57.:44:04.

made. It is called austerity on the other side, I call it living within

:44:05.:44:08.

1's means. You have to make those very difficult decisions. A final

:44:09.:44:13.

point of milk over to the final -- the other gentleman. In the

:44:14.:44:20.

counterproposals from the members opposite, they have forgotten about

:44:21.:44:25.

the mistakes in the past. He made that bizarre analogy of comparing

:44:26.:44:32.

the country with a family and balancing one's books. When you are

:44:33.:44:35.

sitting around the dinner table, can he print money? That analogy is

:44:36.:44:42.

completely and utterly defunct. I didn't catch the last word of the

:44:43.:44:47.

honourable gentleman. I used that analogy when it comes to economics.

:44:48.:44:52.

We had home economics when I was at school. You had to make very

:44:53.:44:57.

difficult decisions at home. I was merely making that point that we all

:44:58.:45:02.

have difficult decisions to make, but that analogy with families

:45:03.:45:04.

applies to families across the country. Indeed, it also applies to

:45:05.:45:10.

Government. I am sorry the honourable gentleman from the SNP

:45:11.:45:12.

doesn't feel that is a good analogy. I will wait to hear him speak later

:45:13.:45:20.

and comment on his speech. I welcome... To carry on the

:45:21.:45:25.

Government's commitment to take the country's lowest earners out of tax

:45:26.:45:30.

altogether by raising the allowance of 11 and a half thousand pounds.

:45:31.:45:37.

When I sat on the work and pensions select committee, the whole point of

:45:38.:45:43.

the Government's mantra was to make work pay and I believe that is the

:45:44.:45:47.

right course of action to take. If I may, I wish to come to a subject

:45:48.:45:52.

which is very close to my heart. I declare an interest, I am a German

:45:53.:45:58.

of the all party beer group. As Chairman, I welcome the ?1000 relief

:45:59.:46:03.

for pubs with a readable value of less than ?100,000 which will

:46:04.:46:08.

benefit 9% of pubs. I also welcome the discretionary fund made to local

:46:09.:46:14.

authorities who can award businesses based on their area. However, I am

:46:15.:46:20.

somewhat disappointed by the inflationary rise in beer duty,

:46:21.:46:28.

Puget now 43% higher than it was a decade ago. 13 times higher than in

:46:29.:46:33.

Germany and significantly higher than the major brewing neighbours

:46:34.:46:36.

with in Europe. Although the Government has a great track record

:46:37.:46:41.

of three reductions in beer duty, duty frees and the removal of the

:46:42.:46:47.

year duty escalator. While I welcome the introduction of duty-bound to

:46:48.:46:52.

target high ABV White ciders and encourage responsible drinking, it

:46:53.:46:55.

is important to remember that 70% of drinks bought in pubs are indeed

:46:56.:47:01.

beer. The current bracket of reduced rate beer sits at 1.2 to 2.2% ABV.

:47:02.:47:10.

Current HMI si demonstrates that in six years since a policy was

:47:11.:47:17.

introduced, point Dawie van der Walt 0.1% drinks at ABV beer. I know they

:47:18.:47:26.

want to split the bearded unit into two parts. -- beer duty. They have

:47:27.:47:40.

much less alcohol than the UK average and are highly drinkable to

:47:41.:47:44.

UK consumers. However, this is something that we can work together

:47:45.:47:47.

on over the coming months to encourage a broader selection of

:47:48.:47:50.

lower strength beers to become part of the nine in the UK drinking

:47:51.:47:54.

culture and I will be encouraging the industry to step up to the plate

:47:55.:47:58.

with lower strength beers that can be drunk and enjoyed in the great

:47:59.:48:04.

British pub. This Government has a plan to build an economy that works

:48:05.:48:07.

for everyone and this budget continues with the plan by building

:48:08.:48:13.

on the foundation of our fundamental economic strength. It is make sure

:48:14.:48:16.

our economy remains strong so we can properly fund our public services,

:48:17.:48:20.

helps ordinary working families make ends meet and makes clear that

:48:21.:48:30.

Britain is open for business. Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. It is a

:48:31.:48:33.

pleasure to follow the honourable member. I fully highlighted in the

:48:34.:48:39.

second half of his speech very well the importance of our community

:48:40.:48:44.

pubs. It is also a pleasure to speak in the debate in which my honourable

:48:45.:48:49.

friend the member for Stoke Central made his quite superb maiden speech.

:48:50.:48:58.

Someone once said of the then Prime Minister that he had an absolute

:48:59.:49:02.

genius forbidding flamboyant labels on empty luggage. I am afraid in

:49:03.:49:06.

this budget we have got plenty of empty luggage and even the

:49:07.:49:10.

flamboyant labels have now gone. There was certainly no vision in the

:49:11.:49:16.

budget for what post Brexit Britain should look like. Neither was there

:49:17.:49:19.

anything in the budget about tackling some of the very

:49:20.:49:22.

fundamental problems that our economy faces over the next two

:49:23.:49:26.

years. And nowhere is that better illustrated than the approach that

:49:27.:49:30.

has been taken to being self-employed in this country. There

:49:31.:49:35.

are 4.6 million self-employed people in the UK today. Of course, I am

:49:36.:49:41.

completely opposed to those unscrupulous employers who push

:49:42.:49:45.

people into a self-employed status to avoid the duties of them being

:49:46.:49:51.

employed. But the reality is that there are millions of people who are

:49:52.:49:56.

self-employed who have chosen to be so, who have the flexibility that

:49:57.:50:01.

that brings. But there has always been a trade-off. Self-employed

:50:02.:50:05.

people don't have the same access to pensions, they don't have the same

:50:06.:50:09.

access to our social security system and having been self-employed for

:50:10.:50:17.

many years myself, I also know they don't have absolute certainty over

:50:18.:50:20.

income. They don't know how much money is going to comment week to

:50:21.:50:24.

week. The truly answer to that, it appears, is to hammer them on their

:50:25.:50:27.

national insurance contributions, this rise in the class for

:50:28.:50:32.

contribution. It is a breach of the manifesto pledge. I'm not a regular

:50:33.:50:36.

visitor to conservatives.com, but I can tell you that you can get a PDF

:50:37.:50:40.

version of the 2015 manifesto and it is there on page five under the

:50:41.:50:46.

headline while you grew older in promising not to raise income tax,

:50:47.:50:50.

VAT on national insurance. It is a flagrant breach of that manifesto

:50:51.:50:55.

promise. It is also short-sighted. What we should be seeking to do is

:50:56.:51:01.

looking at policies solutions in the long-time for how these 4.6 million

:51:02.:51:07.

people, who take -- you are great entrepreneurs can actually access

:51:08.:51:12.

our social security system and can access appropriate pensions. How

:51:13.:51:16.

must the self-employed field by their treatment under this Tory

:51:17.:51:20.

Government? We all know the Prime Minister likes to read the brief

:51:21.:51:23.

first, she likes to consider your position, with their opinions. What

:51:24.:51:30.

did she say on the self-employed bat self-employed? We are eroding our

:51:31.:51:36.

tax benefit. What is that today millions of self-employed people in

:51:37.:51:40.

this country? I certainly agreed with the Chancellorwords about

:51:41.:51:45.

parity of esteem between vocational and academic qualifications and the

:51:46.:51:49.

idea of fee levels. The problem was when I was hearing him speaking, I

:51:50.:51:55.

was reminded of somebody else. I was struck to go and look at who this

:51:56.:51:59.

actually was, someone who promised new university technical colleges,

:52:00.:52:03.

someone who promised looking at vocational training right across the

:52:04.:52:07.

board. What do I discover? It was actually the honourable member, the

:52:08.:52:13.

previous Chancellor, speaking on the Andrew Marshall in 20 11. We can be

:52:14.:52:20.

sceptical I think of the ability of Tory chancellors to deliver on

:52:21.:52:24.

vocational training, given that almost the same thing was said six

:52:25.:52:30.

years ago. We also have to look at the overall impact of this budget. I

:52:31.:52:35.

would commend to ministers opposite a document produced by the

:52:36.:52:39.

resolution foundation, appropriately called back to the 1980s, it is the

:52:40.:52:45.

study of what happens to working age incomes over the next four years as

:52:46.:52:49.

a consequence of Conservative policies. What does it tell us? That

:52:50.:52:56.

the lowest quarter of incomes are going to be five to 15% worse off in

:52:57.:53:01.

the next four years, what happens to be going to be for two 5% better off

:53:02.:53:11.

over the next four years. Whilst we live, Mr Speaker, in an age of great

:53:12.:53:15.

political uncertainty in many ways, there are some things that are still

:53:16.:53:19.

absolutely certain. What is still flows downhill by the easiest route,

:53:20.:53:26.

the sun will rise tomorrow and Tory Government always make the rich

:53:27.:53:29.

richer and the poor poorer. That is precisely what this budget does.

:53:30.:53:36.

Thank you, Mr Speaker. This budget was more about what the Chancellor

:53:37.:53:40.

didn't see them what he did. It's incredible that the consequences of

:53:41.:53:44.

us leaving the EU, the biggest cause of uncertainty and the biggest

:53:45.:53:49.

threat to our economic well-being have got no significant measure tile

:53:50.:53:53.

in the budget and that fact alone is enough to render the budget a

:53:54.:53:57.

failure. It wasn't the only failure. Most chancellors get to see good

:53:58.:54:03.

headlines the next morning. But not so spreadsheet Phil as the Right

:54:04.:54:06.

honourable gentleman likes to be known. The way that the Prime

:54:07.:54:10.

Minister, her Chancellor and the close allies, ministerial aides and

:54:11.:54:13.

senior sources have been denouncing each other over the weekend in the

:54:14.:54:23.

most rigid brewers to do times. Apart from the considerable

:54:24.:54:26.

entertainment value of all this briefing and counter briefing which

:54:27.:54:30.

shows the dysfunction at the heart of this blundering fractures divided

:54:31.:54:35.

Government, I must say "aye" find it astonishing, Mr Speaker, that no one

:54:36.:54:39.

in the entire cabinet spotted the howling broken election promise at

:54:40.:54:43.

the heart of this budget Bobby Dazzler briefed him on his plans.

:54:44.:54:49.

They have all been whingeing to the newspapers... But the tangled and

:54:50.:54:58.

flag it up. There has been increased that Mango increased the entire

:54:59.:55:04.

graduate of Parliament. Yet none of them noticed. I wouldn't have

:55:05.:55:09.

expected that we had forgotten about it, but apparently the dead all

:55:10.:55:12.

managed to put it right out of their minds. It shows just how cynical the

:55:13.:55:19.

Tory Government is, that the entire Cabinet fails to remember their main

:55:20.:55:20.

election promise with him. Thanks to these coalition

:55:21.:55:58.

governments, and the governments we now have, there has been a fall, and

:55:59.:56:06.

is due to fall by a further 6.5%. I have received from the head of the

:56:07.:56:42.

governing body at a college in my constituency spells out the reality

:56:43.:56:45.

of the financial pressures they are under. Increases in the salary bill,

:56:46.:56:52.

higher pensions, higher national insurance contributions, the removal

:56:53.:56:58.

of the education and support grant, the apprentice levy, payable from

:56:59.:57:03.

April, a loss in per capita sixth form funding. The college has

:57:04.:57:07.

reduced its leadership team and their salaries, and has six teaching

:57:08.:57:14.

posts unfilled. They say they are extremely concerned about the

:57:15.:57:19.

potential impact of the forthcoming National funding formula. The impact

:57:20.:57:21.

of this is likely to make it impossible the country can remain

:57:22.:57:24.

financially stable and this will have a detrimental effect upon the

:57:25.:57:29.

provision for people is a city which has among the highest levels of

:57:30.:57:35.

deprivation in the UK. This is a popular oversubscribed school. I

:57:36.:57:39.

have written to the Secretary of State about this but I have yet to

:57:40.:57:43.

receive a reply. It is not the only skill in my constituency with these

:57:44.:57:48.

problems. This is a disaster for our schools, but the budget has made it

:57:49.:57:52.

worse when it could have made it better. In divisive and answers

:57:53.:57:57.

measures, the Government has set aside ?1 trillion and the Prime

:57:58.:58:02.

Minister's back to the 1950s Grammar School vanity project and have

:58:03.:58:05.

agreed to pay transport costs for poorer pupils but only those who

:58:06.:58:12.

attend selective schools. The young people in my constituency can no

:58:13.:58:15.

longer study for academic A-levels without leaving the borough and to

:58:16.:58:26.

get no such help, even though Is when I host the Minister for the

:58:27.:58:31.

school system, Lord Nash, what assistance the Government could

:58:32.:58:37.

order to ensure studying for A-levels could happen. It would be

:58:38.:58:44.

unfair, he said, to offer free jazz was too one area and not others. --

:58:45.:58:54.

free transport. A divisive, selective grammar school. How

:58:55.:59:00.

typically Tory. Children who want to study A-levels have been given

:59:01.:59:05.

nothing because he was to recreate the 1950s grammar school myth. Money

:59:06.:59:11.

needs to be into building all our schools, employing 36,000 more

:59:12.:59:17.

teachers, and more teaching assistants. After seven years of Lib

:59:18.:59:24.

Dems, Tories and Tories. Crisis again with pass rates going down,

:59:25.:59:31.

teachers fleeing the profession. It has set about doing even more damage

:59:32.:59:37.

want to focus on the need to put want to focus on the need to put

:59:38.:59:42.

skills and jobs in our country, especially in manufacturing,

:59:43.:59:46.

following the Budget. This is pertinent as we begin the process of

:59:47.:59:53.

leaving the EU. As a listening exercise I conducted, it is telling

:59:54.:00:03.

that Nissan featured dominantly. Last week is likewise it was a

:00:04.:00:07.

perfect opportunity for the Chancellor to lay the foundations

:00:08.:00:10.

for strong economic growth, resilient to any storms we may

:00:11.:00:15.

weather during the EU negotiations. Sadly, we were left wanting. The

:00:16.:00:18.

announcement we did get an skills did not go far enough. They must be

:00:19.:00:23.

placed within the context of the Government's wide approach to

:00:24.:00:28.

education and skills. Since 2010, we have seen the further education

:00:29.:00:31.

Budget cuts by 14% in real terms. This is a cash reduction from 3.18

:00:32.:00:41.

million in 2011, two two point nine 4 billion. Depleted by 54%. This

:00:42.:00:53.

negligence approach by Government has not scuppered the innovative

:00:54.:00:57.

work in my constituency by great employers. Last Friday, I was

:00:58.:01:01.

honoured to open a new training Academy which will help to boost the

:01:02.:01:08.

skills and our local workforce by giving apprenticeship opportunities.

:01:09.:01:11.

It goes without saying that manufacturing is about it with it

:01:12.:01:15.

the north-east. We have a country's makers and builders. What I believe

:01:16.:01:24.

to be the innate talent of the people in our region, the skills we

:01:25.:01:28.

inherently have within hours to manufacture with high-quality and

:01:29.:01:34.

high productivity. My constituency is what I like to call the

:01:35.:01:39.

Manufacturing hub of our region. Leading the country with BAE

:01:40.:01:48.

Systems, Nissan, to name a few. All based on my constituency. The

:01:49.:01:51.

manufacturing presence will only be strengthened by the creation of the

:01:52.:02:04.

eye a M, the entrance -- team1-mac. -- IAM. Manufacturers in my

:02:05.:02:12.

constituency, large down to small and medium, Washington Components

:02:13.:02:21.

among others, depend upon the Government strengthening their

:02:22.:02:25.

approach to skills and jobs. This is especially important with Brexit on

:02:26.:02:28.

the horizon. There is one way I think ministers could help bolster

:02:29.:02:32.

manufacturing in not only the North East but also across the country,

:02:33.:02:37.

that is true catapults. I am not talking about ancient war machines,

:02:38.:02:43.

but a network of world leading centre is designed to transform the

:02:44.:02:47.

specific areas and help future specific areas and help future

:02:48.:02:53.

economic growth. There have been a number of catapults across the

:02:54.:02:59.

country. Looking at them, none for materials. No support for the

:03:00.:03:02.

innovation and development of materials such as steel, ceramics,

:03:03.:03:06.

glass and plastic. All of which are crucial to the dominance automotive

:03:07.:03:13.

sector in Sunderland. If we were to see a catapults for materials like

:03:14.:03:17.

the industry supported proposal for the materials processing Institute

:03:18.:03:20.

in Redcar that's received cross-party endorsement in January

:03:21.:03:27.

from the... This could have a positive impact on the whole of the

:03:28.:03:30.

manufacturing industry. It would, however, especially help the Nissan

:03:31.:03:37.

supply chain, that they said needs repowering. I appreciate the mention

:03:38.:03:48.

of the fantastic Institute. Swansea is predicted to receive ?80 million

:03:49.:03:53.

for a steal signed centre which would almost directly duplicate the

:03:54.:04:03.

work happening in the... Redcar. I don't want to take anything away

:04:04.:04:07.

from Wales. Especially colleagues from Wales in the Chamber, but

:04:08.:04:13.

duplication is not go to be good, especially when there is so little

:04:14.:04:17.

funding around. It doesn't make any sense to duplicate. We definitely

:04:18.:04:22.

don't want to take any support away from Nissan. I am pleased my

:04:23.:04:25.

honourable friend made that point was that currently, only a minority

:04:26.:04:30.

of parts used to build Nissan cars are made here in the UK. Do a

:04:31.:04:41.

38,000... Drew a 38,000 strong supply chain workforce around the UK

:04:42.:04:45.

with 27,000 of those jobs based in the north-east. What an exciting

:04:46.:04:52.

constituency she represents. My understanding one of the reasons why

:04:53.:04:57.

Nissan decided to stay in her constituency is because of the

:04:58.:05:00.

cluster of battery technology and technology countries. Is that true?

:05:01.:05:05.

Yes. I am pleased he has made that point. The electric battery

:05:06.:05:10.

technology is going from strength to strength. I was pleased to see that

:05:11.:05:14.

there was an announcement with regards to electric vehicles and

:05:15.:05:19.

battery technology in the Budget. However, we currently do see a

:05:20.:05:21.

predicament of looming on the horizon. As we begin to leave the

:05:22.:05:32.

EU. That is the WTO tariffs. Ministers have said we will strike a

:05:33.:05:35.

deal which means we do not half to deal which means we do not half to

:05:36.:05:42.

get rid of the WTO 10% tariffs. A document showing the Prime

:05:43.:05:46.

Minister's willingness to go back on these terms regardless of the

:05:47.:05:50.

economic impact. Reiterated by the Foreign Secretary on TV all over the

:05:51.:05:54.

weekend also. This would be catastrophic, not only for the

:05:55.:05:58.

country but from my constituency and the businesses that was take Nissan.

:05:59.:06:05.

Falling back onto W T O tariffs and crashing out of the customs union

:06:06.:06:11.

would cause the least -- cause delays. And also an issue for

:06:12.:06:17.

overseeing parts used to build the car is would have to be reduced to

:06:18.:06:24.

meet prewritten -- rules of origin. There would need to be a 50% local

:06:25.:06:29.

content to meet rules of origin and the cast is British made. This could

:06:30.:06:35.

prove a major problem for Nissan. This is where the materials

:06:36.:06:37.

catapults comes into play. Not only would this reinvigorate innovation

:06:38.:06:45.

mitigate issues in terms of the mitigate issues in terms of the

:06:46.:06:55.

tariffs on manufactured. I cannot make this point strongly enough,

:06:56.:06:56.

this catalogue could also mean this catalogue could also mean

:06:57.:07:00.

potential job growth. If we take the case of adjusting overseas content

:07:01.:07:04.

in this and cars, this could significantly boost the UK's supply

:07:05.:07:08.

chain and create tens of thousands of new UK jobs. This could seriously

:07:09.:07:13.

transform the manufacturing sector in the UK. Catapults could help in

:07:14.:07:17.

part achieve this resilience that they have been talking about. I hope

:07:18.:07:21.

the Government will listen and look again at the potential of a

:07:22.:07:29.

materials catapults. I want to begin by putting this Budget in context

:07:30.:07:33.

for my constituents. We have a Government that has borrowed more in

:07:34.:07:36.

seven years down the last Labour Government did in 13. The deficit we

:07:37.:07:41.

were told would be gone is still there. The country is just about to

:07:42.:07:46.

embark on the most support negotiations since the end of the

:07:47.:07:51.

Second World War. The Chancellor barely mentions Brexit. The disabled

:07:52.:07:54.

employment are to have their incomes employment are to have their incomes

:07:55.:07:58.

cuts by close to one third next month. Children who are an lucky

:07:59.:08:02.

enough to be the third child in a struggling family will suffer as the

:08:03.:08:07.

withdrawal of child tax credit which is another 600,000 children into

:08:08.:08:12.

poverty. Many families are just not managing. All they have to look

:08:13.:08:18.

forward to is years of austerity stretching far into the 20 20ths. It

:08:19.:08:24.

is OK, we don't need to worry because inheritance tax is to be

:08:25.:08:29.

reduced. Mr Speaker, I worry if the Chancellor knows how many people in

:08:30.:08:32.

my constituency are likely to benefit from the cutting inheritance

:08:33.:08:38.

tax. Last year, it would have been six. This year, it is eight. Not

:08:39.:08:43.

even double figures. Mr Speaker, it is obscene to take from the

:08:44.:08:47.

disabled, from those struggling to make ends meet, to give to the

:08:48.:08:51.

richest households in the land. Turning to some of the announcements

:08:52.:08:56.

made on Budget day, firstly considering the increased National

:08:57.:08:59.

Insurance for the self-employed, these changes to National Insurance

:09:00.:09:03.

contributions for the self-employed taking alongside the cut in

:09:04.:09:06.

corporation tax tell my constituents all they need to know about this

:09:07.:09:10.

small business and reduce costs for small business and reduce costs for

:09:11.:09:15.

big business. There are over 4000 self-employed people in my

:09:16.:09:18.

constituency and they will all be worse off despite the fact that the

:09:19.:09:24.

2015 Conservative manifesto promised that National Insurance

:09:25.:09:26.

contributions would not be increased. There can be no

:09:27.:09:31.

justification for any of this. Mr Speaker, if the Government was

:09:32.:09:35.

serious about tackling the deficit, why is it cutting taxes for the

:09:36.:09:42.

richest? By 2022, cuts for the banking, capital gains tax,

:09:43.:09:46.

corporation tax will have cost the taxpayer another ?70 billion. Mr

:09:47.:09:51.

Speaker, I repeat. It is obscene. Turning to the issue of social care,

:09:52.:09:54.

in the light of the cost of tax cuts, no wonder there is no money

:09:55.:09:59.

for adequate social care. Depriving all people of the care they need is

:10:00.:10:02.

causing widespread misery. It is placing additional pressure on an

:10:03.:10:09.

should be made to... He offered only should be made to... He offered only

:10:10.:10:19.

2 billion for the next three years. Only giving the care centre only

:10:20.:10:25.

half of what it needs. Since 2010, the Government has cut 4.2 billion

:10:26.:10:31.

from social care budgets. My constituents might not have been

:10:32.:10:34.

aware of the figures, but they know what they see with their own eyes.

:10:35.:10:38.

They understand that the Government takes with two cans and gives back

:10:39.:10:41.

with one. Quite frankly, they are not impressed. -- two hands.

:10:42.:10:47.

Finally, the Government was my Finally, the Government was my

:10:48.:10:51.

proposal to spend millions of pounds to create new gamma schools --

:10:52.:10:57.

grammar schools to the detriment of current schools. Funding is set to

:10:58.:11:05.

be cut here by ?400 per pupil. For some so much for giving all children

:11:06.:11:11.

in education. Subjects dropped from the curriculum, special educational

:11:12.:11:15.

needs and disabilities losing vital support. Staff vacancy left unfilled

:11:16.:11:23.

or cut altogether. Introduction of armour skills will not help schools

:11:24.:11:28.

in Burnley. Nor do anything for social mobility. In spite of Theresa

:11:29.:11:32.

May's grand promises, this Budget and Government has once again failed

:11:33.:11:39.

to deliver for my constituents. Mr Speaker, there is much I could say

:11:40.:11:44.

about the budgets last week, but given tankers don't I will limit my

:11:45.:11:51.

remarks to the specific topic of education and skills. In recent

:11:52.:11:55.

weeks, there have been protests in my constituency, as there have been

:11:56.:12:02.

about cuts to school budgets across the country. Parents are talking

:12:03.:12:06.

about fewer teachers and support staff, reduced curriculums and fewer

:12:07.:12:10.

opportunities for their children. What is good news did last week's

:12:11.:12:15.

Budget contained for those concerns mums and dads? The answer is very

:12:16.:12:19.

little. Ministers are ramped up their grammar school rhetoric, made

:12:20.:12:26.

lots of noise about being on the side of aspiration and hoped that no

:12:27.:12:29.

one would notice that they don't have any real solutions for the

:12:30.:12:33.

schools which are struggling most today. The Government buys make

:12:34.:12:38.

education policy is nothing more than an aspirational Mirage. ?320

:12:39.:12:46.

million allocated for up to 140 new free schools, 30 of which will be

:12:47.:12:51.

opened by September 20 20. Some of which could be grammars. ?320

:12:52.:12:55.

million may sound like a pot of money, but in the grand scheme of

:12:56.:12:58.

things it is not. The building schools for the future programme in

:12:59.:13:02.

Lewisham, which rebuilt nine secondary schools and two special

:13:03.:13:06.

schools, was a ?285 million programme. That is one brother, one

:13:07.:13:13.

city, 285 million. Within the budget allocation for

:13:14.:13:24.

free schools, is she aware there are possibilities there for a university

:13:25.:13:28.

technical colleges which will enable constituencies like mine to go ahead

:13:29.:13:32.

with the proposal for a new health university technical College which

:13:33.:13:35.

will help the huge number of young people work in the NHS in the

:13:36.:13:40.

future. Do she think that's constructive? I am grateful. I am

:13:41.:13:45.

not sure whether he was in the chamber earlier for the speech made

:13:46.:13:49.

by the former Shadow Education Secretary, but she pointed out some

:13:50.:13:54.

of the evidence around UTC 's is quite dubious at best. I was talking

:13:55.:14:00.

about the comparative size of the budget for the new grammar schools

:14:01.:14:05.

and I was pointing out that in Lewisham, the building schools for

:14:06.:14:08.

the future programme was ?285 million to rebuild when the budget

:14:09.:14:14.

for the whole country, with regard to grammar schools, is 320 million.

:14:15.:14:20.

The revelation -- revelation that the Government speak about in

:14:21.:14:25.

education is really... They want to bring the wrong schools in the wrong

:14:26.:14:29.

places and have the wrong priorities. I don't think a penny of

:14:30.:14:33.

extra money should be spent on new grammar schools. I have read the

:14:34.:14:37.

research which so is there is no aggregate improvement in outcomes in

:14:38.:14:41.

areas which operate selection and I have seen the impact of selection in

:14:42.:14:46.

my own family. My own mum, as bright and capable as anyone in this

:14:47.:14:51.

chamber, was told when she was 11 she wasn't good enough, she was a

:14:52.:14:57.

slow learner and she was not academic. She believes that to this

:14:58.:15:01.

day, Mr Speaker. I strongly believe in our comprehensive system, teach

:15:02.:15:04.

children from different backgrounds and different faiths with different

:15:05.:15:10.

abilities in the same school. Ensure that young people get to mix with

:15:11.:15:14.

others who aren't exactly the same as them. The truth is, this

:15:15.:15:18.

Government isn't interested in that, they want to play politics instead

:15:19.:15:22.

of addressing real problems. It doesn't matter what they say about

:15:23.:15:26.

paying for transport to grammars, or fiddling with entrance exams, the

:15:27.:15:32.

proposals cream of the lucky few at the expense of the majority. To rub

:15:33.:15:37.

salt into the wind, Mr Speaker, the I simply failing to address the

:15:38.:15:41.

problems in some of the country's worst schools and the loop to

:15:42.:15:45.

exacerbate the problem there with their new funding formula. The earth

:15:46.:15:50.

still pursuing an academy strategy which is slowly falling apart. --

:15:51.:15:56.

The Artist L. Lewisham has the worst performing secondary schools of any

:15:57.:16:01.

borough in London. The academies in my constituency are struggling. They

:16:02.:16:06.

have not delivered the soaring GCSE results that were promised and they

:16:07.:16:10.

have a mixed record on discipline. That is not the worst of it. At a

:16:11.:16:15.

certain school, the staff and pupils have been left in a permanent state

:16:16.:16:20.

of limbo. An Academy order has been issued following the imposition of

:16:21.:16:26.

an interim executive board, but no academy sponsor seems interested in

:16:27.:16:31.

taking the school on. This has been dragging on for over two years. What

:16:32.:16:37.

is the Government's answer to schools like this? What is their

:16:38.:16:44.

answer to the parents who ask me whether the school is one of the

:16:45.:16:49.

many so-called orphans or Untouchables goes that the Read

:16:50.:16:53.

about in the papers from which Academy sponsors cannot be found? It

:16:54.:17:02.

is an absolute disgrace, Mr Speaker. If you can't identify an academy

:17:03.:17:07.

sponsor, we invoke the Academy order and put in place a tailored package

:17:08.:17:15.

of support for the school. Focus on what is going on inside the

:17:16.:17:20.

classroom and not the sign outside the school gates. Don't blame the

:17:21.:17:24.

local authorities either. Councils have been emasculated by central

:17:25.:17:28.

Government in recent years, stripped of resources, leading to the last of

:17:29.:17:32.

school improvement services, stripped of the ability to open new

:17:33.:17:36.

skills of their choosing, and stripped of any real power to sort

:17:37.:17:41.

things out when things go wrong. I am fed up of listening to ministers

:17:42.:17:47.

talk about grammar schools when they have no answer for schools like

:17:48.:17:54.

this. I don't want teachers to be asking me why the PTA is raising

:17:55.:17:59.

money for photo copying paper and not for the luxuries that they use

:18:00.:18:05.

to raise money for. And I don't see how anything in this Government's

:18:06.:18:10.

budget and anything that they are doing in education at the moment

:18:11.:18:16.

will equip all children with these skills, knowledge and confidence

:18:17.:18:23.

that is needed to succeed in this increasingly competitive, complex

:18:24.:18:26.

and fast moving world we now live in. Thank you, Mr Speaker. I would

:18:27.:18:34.

like to apologise for missing business questions earlier today. I

:18:35.:18:41.

would like to focus on a couple of issues. First of all the Scottish

:18:42.:18:46.

whiskey industry. The increases in the national insurance contributions

:18:47.:18:50.

to be self-employed. Let me declare an interest as the Treasurer for the

:18:51.:18:54.

all-party group on Scotch whiskey, a position which has offered me the

:18:55.:18:58.

opportunity to establish a close working relationship with this vital

:18:59.:19:02.

industry which is very local in the West Dunbartonshire. As the member

:19:03.:19:06.

for West Dunbartonshire, a constituency home to two well-known

:19:07.:19:12.

distilleries, Loch Lomond being one, the have seen massive investment in

:19:13.:19:18.

recent months. In a bottling plant, is there are very strong

:19:19.:19:21.

reservations over the impact of the Government's decision to increase

:19:22.:19:26.

excise duty on spirits by 3.9%. This money grab has been described by

:19:27.:19:31.

Loch Lomond distillery as the spectacularly poor decision by the

:19:32.:19:35.

Chancellor of the Exchequer and by the Scottish whiskey association as

:19:36.:19:38.

a major blow to the industry, which will undermine the progress that the

:19:39.:19:42.

industry has made in recent years. I would urge the Chancellor to use the

:19:43.:19:47.

opportunity to carry out an urgent review of the UK's alcohol taxation

:19:48.:19:52.

system, to give this industry, as described by the Prime Minister only

:19:53.:19:58.

a week ago, as a truly Scottish and British and the world's pre-eminent

:19:59.:20:04.

spirit, and the support it requires to remain competitive, it is vitally

:20:05.:20:09.

important in this global market. For the ill thought out increase in

:20:10.:20:12.

excise duty to be potentially disastrous impact on self-employed

:20:13.:20:19.

increase in class for national insurance conjure visions by nearly

:20:20.:20:24.

11% over the next two years, in my constituency the local community and

:20:25.:20:28.

economy has built a very strong foundation 's small businesses and

:20:29.:20:33.

have serious concerns. Over the long-term impact and pressure that

:20:34.:20:38.

this increase will have on small businesses, specifically. The

:20:39.:20:42.

Federation for small business in Scotland have said to my office and

:20:43.:20:46.

voice concerns the proposed policy instated and have said that the risk

:20:47.:20:50.

that the self-employed face makes them fundamentally different to

:20:51.:20:55.

employ use. This is why the proposed national insurance tax grab on the

:20:56.:20:59.

group is an absolute kit in the teeth. Just at a time when we need

:21:00.:21:05.

to create more entrepreneurs, not fewer. The fact that the Chancellor

:21:06.:21:10.

of the Exchequer's own benches do not support this policy, we hear

:21:11.:21:14.

them in the lobbies of the time, sends a strong message to the

:21:15.:21:19.

Chancellor and to the Treasury that the business community must be

:21:20.:21:22.

understood and consulted before any drastic changes must be made. There

:21:23.:21:27.

is still time for the Chancellor to see sense and gives small business

:21:28.:21:32.

the respect and support they deserve, Mr Speaker, to feel to do

:21:33.:21:37.

so would be a dereliction of duty and a show of no confidence in those

:21:38.:21:41.

who ensure the economy is built on a strong base. Finally, what I see is

:21:42.:21:49.

an utter failure even to mention the women in this budget. It shows the

:21:50.:21:54.

Treasury has failed to grasp the reality faced by women born in the

:21:55.:22:02.

1950s. Poverty, destitution and a political state unwilling, not

:22:03.:22:06.

unable, but unwilling to offer them a quality in the 21st century. As

:22:07.:22:16.

the SNP spokesperson for industrial strategy, can I add my ad management

:22:17.:22:21.

to him missing questions this morning. --

:22:22.:22:32.

I wanted to touch in part on national insurance contributions.

:22:33.:22:40.

This was dressed up as something a little bit different, a bit bland,

:22:41.:22:44.

and it really was bland. There are some bits in it but just really

:22:45.:22:49.

didn't ring true. The Chancellor seem to think that he and his budget

:22:50.:22:55.

the process we have been going through and through Tory austerity

:22:56.:23:01.

has not been felt most strongly, and those who do not have the means to

:23:02.:23:08.

beat it. And, to a degree, that may be true. If you look at it in a very

:23:09.:23:14.

narrow sense, the top 10% of earners when you take into account all

:23:15.:23:19.

things considered, have borne a slightly greater part of that...

:23:20.:23:30.

What needs to be boring, I suppose. But the lowest three have Pawnee

:23:31.:23:33.

similar percentage decline in their income as a result of this

:23:34.:23:37.

Government's policies. Whilst it is easy to see that the top have had

:23:38.:23:41.

the greatest hit, the reality is that if you are in those bottom

:23:42.:23:46.

three, that 1.2% fall on your income will mean considerably more to you

:23:47.:23:49.

than a will to somebody in the top 10%. The Chancellor with as a badge

:23:50.:23:55.

of pride in his budget speech that as a result of this changes we have

:23:56.:24:00.

made since 2010, the top 1% of income taxpayers now pay 27% of all

:24:01.:24:05.

income tax. Mr Speaker, that is not the indication of a fairer society.

:24:06.:24:10.

That is the very opposite and demonstrates we live in an

:24:11.:24:15.

incredibly unfair society, for 27% of income taxes paid by 1% of the

:24:16.:24:19.

population. That is because the are an unjustifiably more than the rest

:24:20.:24:24.

of the population, that is not a badge of honour, that should be a

:24:25.:24:29.

badge of shame to this Government. We have heard talk around about how

:24:30.:24:33.

this Government wants to use technical education and reforms to

:24:34.:24:36.

the budget to make entrepreneurship the heart of the British economy and

:24:37.:24:40.

to have technical skills at the heart of it. Yet, the single key

:24:41.:24:45.

announcement as part of this budget has been the change in terms of

:24:46.:24:49.

national insurance contributions for the self-employed. Those are the

:24:50.:24:54.

entrepreneurs, those are the folks with the technical skills that we

:24:55.:24:58.

need in our economy. As we have heard from member after mentally,

:24:59.:25:02.

those people do not enjoy the same benefits and protections that those

:25:03.:25:07.

in and employed position that we enjoy. That is why they deserve to

:25:08.:25:13.

have a differential in terms of their national insurance

:25:14.:25:16.

contributions. To address this up as anything other than a naked tax grab

:25:17.:25:23.

is to be entirely disingenuous. This will not help our economy, it is

:25:24.:25:27.

coming at precisely the worst time to do so, and it must be not just

:25:28.:25:34.

stopped, but cancelled entirely. For me, Mr Speaker, the most

:25:35.:25:37.

disappointing part of this budget has been in terms of its utter

:25:38.:25:42.

silence on the energy challenges that we as a country face. Whether

:25:43.:25:47.

it be the fact there was next to nothing said renewables, nothing

:25:48.:25:50.

about how we decarbonise our economy, nothing about how we tap

:25:51.:25:54.

the massive potential that we have in Scotland, particularly in a rural

:25:55.:25:59.

communities, how we get CFT is for the island communities, how we tap

:26:00.:26:02.

the massive potential of our tidal streams. We heard nothing about how

:26:03.:26:08.

we will see implementation of carbon capture and storage that we will

:26:09.:26:12.

need if you are going to be able to afford to meet both any financial

:26:13.:26:16.

sense and actually in a technical sense our carbon budgets that we

:26:17.:26:21.

have agreed at Parliament. We also have... I won't, there are others.

:26:22.:26:28.

Thank you. We are also pushing ahead with the privatisation of the green

:26:29.:26:31.

investment at precisely the wrong time. As part of this, I hope the

:26:32.:26:36.

Government will reflect upon the challenges that they face and cancel

:26:37.:26:40.

that sale. Oil and gas, something that has raised its head, given the

:26:41.:26:46.

changes in the Scottish political debate. In 2014, the then Prime

:26:47.:26:53.

Minister promised Scotland a ?200 billion oil bonanza, if we voted no.

:26:54.:26:59.

He told us that that industry relied upon the broad shoulders of this UK.

:27:00.:27:06.

Those shoulders have barely shrugged in defence of the 65,000 people,

:27:07.:27:11.

many of whom are in my constituency and lost their job well they have

:27:12.:27:15.

been asleep at the wheel. I and my party will take no lectures from

:27:16.:27:19.

folks over there on the oil and gas industry. They have had an absolute

:27:20.:27:25.

dereliction of duty. This budget had the opportunity to right that wrong.

:27:26.:27:30.

What did they do? Did they come forward with the explanation

:27:31.:27:33.

incentives that the industry needs? No, they did not. We simply reheated

:27:34.:27:39.

a previous commitment from the last budget and said that we will set up

:27:40.:27:44.

a discussion group. Mr Speaker, that frankly is not good enough. For

:27:45.:27:49.

people are losing their jobs, you do not sit down and have a chat over a

:27:50.:27:55.

cup of tea. In an independent Scotland, it would have undoubtedly

:27:56.:27:59.

acted, swiftly, decisively and would have saved these people's jobs.

:28:00.:28:07.

Is all great but it's a great policy statements made, there is a vision.

:28:08.:28:19.

That vision is backed by policy. Today's the theme of the Budget

:28:20.:28:24.

debate is education. We had the Secretary of state speak at great

:28:25.:28:28.

length about one of the great problems that has beset the

:28:29.:28:30.

education system in our country for decades, the link between social

:28:31.:28:34.

background and educational attainment. Of course, it is one

:28:35.:28:40.

thing to talk about it, and another to actually address that with

:28:41.:28:45.

policies. That will work. I think, for most of us, to see the

:28:46.:28:49.

Government to return to the failed policies of the past, to try to

:28:50.:28:54.

address that, I think was a great mistake. To say that the issue of

:28:55.:29:01.

social backgrounds and educational attainment will actually be solved

:29:02.:29:06.

by the return of grammar schools, which may have benefited if you, but

:29:07.:29:09.

did to at the vast expense of the did to at the vast expense of the

:29:10.:29:13.

majority of the young people in an area, is something totally and

:29:14.:29:17.

utterly unacceptable. The Government itself, it has had problems with its

:29:18.:29:22.

own backbenchers in terms of trying to put forward that particular

:29:23.:29:26.

policy. I say to the Government, yes, we all agree with tackling

:29:27.:29:31.

educational attainment and social background, but not like a return to

:29:32.:29:36.

selective education. To essentially what will be the 11 plus. Let me

:29:37.:29:42.

also say that it is clear that the Treasury Minister is at the Treasury

:29:43.:29:47.

bench there, midget -- ministers went to the Treasury and said, the

:29:48.:29:51.

National Audit Office is saying there will be a ?3 billion cut. A

:29:52.:29:55.

real terms cut in our Budget by 2020. That is not defensible. I say

:29:56.:30:02.

to the Conservative MPs, they will not have on their leaflets all of

:30:03.:30:04.

the cuts that will be to their own the cuts that will be to their own

:30:05.:30:08.

skills. Generally, I will write to the Minister about this, as though

:30:09.:30:12.

it somehow happens without Government decision. The education

:30:13.:30:15.

Department have failed in their attempt to get the Treasury to stay

:30:16.:30:17.

dump up more money to pay for our dump up more money to pay for our

:30:18.:30:23.

schools. The consequences are for virtue every school in the country,

:30:24.:30:28.

a reduction of funding. For large numbers of teachers, large numbers

:30:29.:30:33.

of them will be made redundant or not the employed. That is the

:30:34.:30:39.

reality of the Government's policy with respect to education. My own

:30:40.:30:46.

constituency by 2020 will see cuts of ?5.6 million in real terms. The

:30:47.:30:52.

equivalent of 139 teachers. In Nottinghamshire, that accounts to

:30:53.:30:58.

nearly ?40 million worth of cuts. The local Conservative candidates

:30:59.:30:59.

those elections somehow pretend it those elections somehow pretend it

:31:00.:31:03.

has nothing to do with them and object when we point out it is their

:31:04.:31:07.

own Government that is doing it. We also say that we also face a crisis

:31:08.:31:12.

with respected teacher recruitment and retention. At the heart of any

:31:13.:31:22.

policy to raise attainment in some of our most difficult schools, some

:31:23.:31:26.

of our schools where we wanted that the timid to be raised, at the heart

:31:27.:31:29.

of that is good teaching and good headteachers. That is absolutely

:31:30.:31:35.

fundamental to it. Every single policy over the last few years until

:31:36.:31:40.

fairly recently has recognised that and try to make sure that happens.

:31:41.:31:45.

And yet, we see teacher recruitment and retention but under threat. In

:31:46.:31:51.

certain subjects, the inability of schools to recruit to teaching

:31:52.:31:54.

specialists and in some circumstances some schools actually

:31:55.:31:57.

reflect on whether they have enough staff to ensure whether they can

:31:58.:32:02.

deliver a full regular over a full number of schooldays. I also want to

:32:03.:32:09.

say, Mr Speaker, to the Government about the issue, it is the case that

:32:10.:32:19.

every single Government for decades has called for parity of esteem

:32:20.:32:25.

between academic and vocational education. With respect to what they

:32:26.:32:32.

need to actually answer is wide wheelbase policy initiative of T

:32:33.:32:36.

levels be different to other policy and that have gone before which have

:32:37.:32:40.

topped about the courtier of work experience, parity of esteem. The

:32:41.:32:46.

problem in this country that has not been addressed by the Government,

:32:47.:32:50.

all of us need are addressed, we have a cultural problem. The

:32:51.:32:57.

vocational education is not seen as of parity with academic education.

:32:58.:33:02.

When the Government itself decides what is a good school, it doesn't

:33:03.:33:06.

say this is a good school because of the number of people in the gets

:33:07.:33:10.

into high-quality occasional education after sitting. A judge is

:33:11.:33:17.

it on academic results. If we are judging our schools purely on the

:33:18.:33:22.

basis of academic achievement, it is a wonder that education is regarded

:33:23.:33:29.

as second-rate when it shouldn't be. My overview is that there needs to

:33:30.:33:34.

be a national crusade on vocational education to say that it is

:33:35.:33:38.

problem in this country, something problem in this country, something

:33:39.:33:41.

that we need to change attitudes with respect to if we are actually

:33:42.:33:46.

ever going to deliver that high quality that we need. Across the

:33:47.:33:51.

whole of the country, there are shortages in skills. In various

:33:52.:33:56.

industries. The Government needs to spend why what they are proposing

:33:57.:34:00.

will be different to many of the sound and well-meaning policy

:34:01.:34:06.

objectives that there were before. Thank you, Mr Speaker. A few weeks

:34:07.:34:13.

ago I joined the Faversham care worker came on her rounds. I don't

:34:14.:34:18.

at 7:30am and she had already started washing her first client.

:34:19.:34:25.

That Lady needed came's help to get up, washed and dressed and have

:34:26.:34:27.

breakfast, things that we take for granted. If you suffer disabilities,

:34:28.:34:35.

you may need help. I spent that morning with her because I wanted to

:34:36.:34:36.

see the challenges we have in social see the challenges we have in social

:34:37.:34:40.

care for myself. In my constituency, we have an acute sorted of until you

:34:41.:34:43.

care. Care agencies tell me they care. Care agencies tell me they

:34:44.:34:49.

cannot recruit enough to meet demand. Not at the rates they can

:34:50.:34:54.

pay. I am told there are people going without care who need it.

:34:55.:35:00.

Local hospital to me that any time around a third of their patients

:35:01.:35:01.

would be kept -- better care for it would be kept -- better care for it

:35:02.:35:08.

somewhere else. Efficiency agencies have been achieved, but in my part

:35:09.:35:13.

of Kent, it feels like the care system is only just managing. Across

:35:14.:35:17.

the country, there are similar stories. That is why I asked the

:35:18.:35:23.

Chancellor before this Budget if he could find extra money for social

:35:24.:35:24.

care. I know I was one of many, and care. I know I was one of many, and

:35:25.:35:30.

I am grateful that we have been heard. This Budget will give social

:35:31.:35:36.

care ?2 billion more over the next three years, of which 1 billion will

:35:37.:35:44.

be available in 2017-18. That is an extra 6 million share in Kent. More

:35:45.:35:51.

than double... It will make a real difference. Also welcome is ?100

:35:52.:35:55.

million to fund more GPs in a and trees. They are at pressure point.

:35:56.:36:00.

-- the need for Health and Social Care

:36:01.:36:10.

is going to rise and the costs with it. The number of over 85s is set to

:36:11.:36:17.

there are worrying trends about there are worrying trends about

:36:18.:36:20.

people much anger, in their 60s per instance, living with life limiting

:36:21.:36:27.

conditions. -- younger. The money to care for people has to come from

:36:28.:36:31.

somewhere, not adding to get to be paid off by future generations, nor

:36:32.:36:35.

by tax changes which I have heard some members of the opposition

:36:36.:36:41.

proposed that have not been thought through and could result in area

:36:42.:36:44.

cost of care, rather than money that cost of care, rather than money that

:36:45.:36:51.

is needed. The best way to pay for the increasing cost of care is to

:36:52.:36:54.

buy having a strong and growing economy. I welcome that this Budget

:36:55.:36:58.

has boosting productivity at its core. With investment in

:36:59.:37:05.

infrastructure, skills, education. But we also need to adapt the

:37:06.:37:09.

changes to the nature of work that are already happening. As the

:37:10.:37:12.

Secretary of State said earlier, jobs are changing fast. 6% of the

:37:13.:37:20.

jobs today was 's schoolchildren will do have not been invented. More

:37:21.:37:24.

people are self-imposed, finding work in the gig economy. We need to

:37:25.:37:34.

respond. I recognise the extra risks and insecurities for self-employed

:37:35.:37:37.

and entrepreneurs, I am married to one, and I hope that in the autumn

:37:38.:37:43.

some of the insecurities of modern work will be addressed, some of the

:37:44.:37:51.

-- imbalance between self-employed and those in employment. Particular

:37:52.:37:55.

when you factor in National Insurance contradictions paid by a

:37:56.:37:59.

point. Business models have developed to take advantage of the

:38:00.:38:02.

tax differential. In the process, the rapid rise of seven climate is

:38:03.:38:09.

eroding the tax base and that has to be addressed. We will all get old.

:38:10.:38:11.

They need care one day. We all need They need care one day. We all need

:38:12.:38:18.

to contribute to pay for that. Finally, Mr Speaker, I look forward

:38:19.:38:22.

to the plans green paper on the future of social care funding. We

:38:23.:38:27.

need a funding system that means providers of care will look ahead

:38:28.:38:31.

and invest in facilities and is particularly in the workforce. The

:38:32.:38:37.

people who provide care are at the heart of this. It was a chip

:38:38.:38:41.

provides to spend time with came in Faversham and see what she did for

:38:42.:38:44.

the people she cared for. We must make sure that no one has to worry

:38:45.:38:48.

in future whether they would get the in future whether they would get the

:38:49.:38:51.

care that they need when they need it. Lastly, the Chancellor delivered

:38:52.:39:00.

his Budget on International Women's Day. A day when women and men across

:39:01.:39:05.

the world celebrated women and their conservation to society. And

:39:06.:39:09.

highlighted how important it is to have an inclusive gender balanced

:39:10.:39:13.

workplace. I can't think of a better day than International Women's Day

:39:14.:39:16.

for the Chancellor to show how much we value the contribution that women

:39:17.:39:21.

make to the economy. Instead, the Chancellor used his Budget to

:39:22.:39:27.

continue the hard Tory as Verity policies that disproportionately

:39:28.:39:30.

affect women and men, and indeed their families across this country.

:39:31.:39:34.

We know that women are affected twice as hard by this Government's

:39:35.:39:37.

dangerous obsession with austerity. It is very clear that Tory as dirty

:39:38.:39:44.

as gendered. Cuts to public-sector jobs, increase in temporary and you

:39:45.:39:47.

are our contract affect women the most. Women make up the majority of

:39:48.:39:53.

workers living in poverty, with many juggling 23 low-paid part-time jobs

:39:54.:39:56.

as they try to make ends meet. Where is the help they successfully to

:39:57.:40:01.

scramble from just about managing to be able to provide for their

:40:02.:40:05.

families without the fear and stress of ever household budgets. The

:40:06.:40:08.

gentle started his Speech by talking about preparing for a brighter

:40:09.:40:13.

future. I have to ask him and his colleagues, in what parallel

:40:14.:40:15.

universes the future bright for the universes the future bright for the

:40:16.:40:20.

300,000 children that will be forced into poverty as a result of their

:40:21.:40:24.

refusal to stop the cuts to the work allowance? This despite a report

:40:25.:40:28.

from the resolution foundation only this month that one is that the Tory

:40:29.:40:32.

Government's tax and social security policy would drive the biggest

:40:33.:40:35.

increase in inequality since Thatcher. Mr Speaker, I grew up in a

:40:36.:40:40.

single mother Margaret Thatcher. It strikes me that not much has

:40:41.:40:45.

that on the same page of the Budget that on the same page of the

:40:46.:40:47.

document, this Government gives document, this Government gives

:40:48.:40:50.

welcome move yet refuses to take welcome move yet refuses to take

:40:51.:40:58.

action on the impunity of two child limit and scrappy repugnant rate

:40:59.:41:02.

clause. As he spoke about the writer future, hundreds of Waspi

:41:03.:41:07.

campaigners, including women from my constituency, protested outside

:41:08.:41:09.

parliament and still be Chancellor failed resolutely to outside a

:41:10.:41:12.

single measure to tackle state pension it was of those women were

:41:13.:41:16.

tied for their bright future. This Tory Government is exclusion it. The

:41:17.:41:20.

cuts announced women that Scotland was negated day-to-day Budget will

:41:21.:41:25.

be an out of those that by 2020, Scotland will be 2.5 billion pounds

:41:26.:41:32.

of my real terms. This territory, focusing on last to the middle of

:41:33.:41:37.

the next decade. Public services and household goods face 15 years of UK

:41:38.:41:43.

Government austerity. A second report projected that child poverty

:41:44.:41:49.

would increase to 30% by 2122. That said that it was entirely explained

:41:50.:41:53.

by the direct impact of tax and benefit reforms. Let's not forget,

:41:54.:41:57.

Mr Speaker, it was only 18 months after the Tory Government came to

:41:58.:42:02.

power that it scrapped child poverty targets, coming just after child tax

:42:03.:42:06.

credit cuts. What a shameful way to start your time in Government. This

:42:07.:42:10.

Government, this Chancellor had a chance to reverse that and he did

:42:11.:42:15.

nothing. I have asked the Government to act -- tell us why they brought

:42:16.:42:20.

forward nothing to address the cuts that will hit low to mid income

:42:21.:42:25.

families. Why has he did nothing to project millions of children from

:42:26.:42:30.

the prospect of poverty? The poorest quarter of working age households

:42:31.:42:35.

are projected to be five to 15% worse off. That is an income growth

:42:36.:42:41.

that it is said that the worst period of income growth for the

:42:42.:42:44.

poorest households since records began in the mid-19 60s. This is

:42:45.:42:48.

before the cuts are due to hit. And before Brexit was of the Chancellor

:42:49.:42:55.

told that his Budget continues the task of getting Britain to live

:42:56.:42:58.

within its means. I'm sure there are thousands of families across the

:42:59.:43:02.

country who would love to have the means within which to live. But they

:43:03.:43:06.

do not. And yet, they are simply struggling every day because of a

:43:07.:43:09.

punitive measures of this Government. What will be Chancellor

:43:10.:43:12.

Cologne parents are numerous credit who will lose an average ?2380 per

:43:13.:43:22.

year. The impact of the benefits freeze in the context of rapid price

:43:23.:43:28.

registered as a dramatic effect on family incomes, families on a low

:43:29.:43:31.

income cannot afford to pay increase that will happen as a result of

:43:32.:43:34.

their policies. It hard to read Brexit remains the

:43:35.:43:45.

major threat to Scotland. The negative threat has not been

:43:46.:43:51.

exaggerated. It hasn't happened yet. They have said there will be no

:43:52.:43:56.

structural improvement and forecasts for the next five years remain

:43:57.:43:58.

unchanged. The impact of a hard Brexit is yet to be felt. Among the

:43:59.:44:04.

other tales of a hard Tory Brexit, the change for entrepreneurs and for

:44:05.:44:08.

the self-employed is going to be devastating. The SNP wholeheartedly

:44:09.:44:12.

believed in flexible labour markets but that flexibility must be guarded

:44:13.:44:16.

against vulnerability and self-employed workers in the UK on

:44:17.:44:19.

low incomes do not enjoy the same guarantees as we have heard. This

:44:20.:44:24.

budget was an opportunity to do the right thing to support women on low

:44:25.:44:28.

income families and beaten into austerity. It is nothing more than

:44:29.:44:32.

an opportunity lost by this Government. This Government might

:44:33.:44:36.

see a bright future, Bill looks more to me like dark clouds and a perfect

:44:37.:44:40.

storm for the rest of us. Winter is coming, Mr Speaker, and Scotland is

:44:41.:44:43.

heading in a different direction. It will be, I think, a new dawn for us.

:44:44.:44:50.

Education has a key role to play in cycles of poverty but we know that

:44:51.:44:54.

poverty has a profound impact upon a child's ability to make the most of

:44:55.:44:58.

any education opportunity available. This budget did nothing to tackle

:44:59.:45:01.

child poverty which stands at around 4 million in this country. A

:45:02.:45:06.

shameful figure and one that is set to rise. According to the child

:45:07.:45:10.

poverty action group, by the age of three, poorer children are estimated

:45:11.:45:13.

to be an average nine months behind children from wealthier backgrounds.

:45:14.:45:20.

By the end of primary school, pupils receiving free school meals are

:45:21.:45:22.

estimated to be almost three times behind children of market affluent

:45:23.:45:28.

families. By forging, this gap could rose to over five times. -- by 14.

:45:29.:45:38.

We know as well that the early years are crucial for Child development.

:45:39.:45:42.

Maintained nursery schools do a really important job for children in

:45:43.:45:46.

early years and many are struggling financially. The Chancellor chose to

:45:47.:45:52.

find ?320 million for 140 new free schools. I would really question his

:45:53.:45:58.

sense of priorities. 65% of nursery schools in the most deprived areas

:45:59.:46:02.

in the UK. 97% of them are rated good arrow standing Ofsted. No other

:46:03.:46:09.

part of the education sector can match that and their value cannot be

:46:10.:46:13.

in doubt. In nursery in my constituency has received three

:46:14.:46:16.

outstanding judgment in its last three Ofsted report provides a vital

:46:17.:46:21.

service to families. Around 20% of the children have special

:46:22.:46:24.

educational needs and or a disability including autism,

:46:25.:46:28.

epilepsy or mobility problems. The families of a number of children are

:46:29.:46:33.

on low incomes. The school gives those children the very best start

:46:34.:46:39.

in life. Despite this service is based on specialist expertise by

:46:40.:46:46.

highly qualified trained teaching staff, it is funded at the same rate

:46:47.:46:48.

as all childcare providers. Local authorities can top up the funding.

:46:49.:46:52.

They have seen their budgets cut severely by central Government. It

:46:53.:46:54.

has announced extra funding for nursery schools but schools like the

:46:55.:46:59.

one I spoke about will only see a very small amount. So the school

:47:00.:47:06.

will remain financially squeezed. If the Government is really serious

:47:07.:47:11.

about... It should maintain a nursery schools and ensure they get

:47:12.:47:14.

the funding they need to maintain their future. Between 2013 and 19, a

:47:15.:47:21.

finding very people in my constituency is expected to fall by

:47:22.:47:27.

10%. That will mean a loss of ?309 per pupil. This will inevitably lead

:47:28.:47:32.

to the detriment of the people's education and the morale of staff

:47:33.:47:38.

and is unacceptable. The arts in education are particularly at risk

:47:39.:47:41.

at the moment. Uptake of creative subject at secondary level fell by

:47:42.:47:46.

14% between 2010 and 2015 and the Government has so far failed to

:47:47.:47:50.

respond to the consultation which included the place of arts subjects

:47:51.:47:57.

on the curriculum. 90% of respondents reported that either art

:47:58.:48:01.

music or drama is no longer offered at their school. 20% said one or

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more of these subjects have been given reduced timetable space.

:48:06.:48:09.

Studies here and in the US have shown students from low-income

:48:10.:48:13.

families who have the opportunity to engage in the arts school are

:48:14.:48:16.

significantly more likely to go on to get a degree and the role so more

:48:17.:48:20.

employable overall. We can see these to school funding by damaging the

:48:21.:48:25.

future prospects of our young people. We also have a real issue

:48:26.:48:30.

around adult literacy and numeracy, latest Government studies published

:48:31.:48:36.

in 2011 found that nearly 15% of 16 to 65-year-olds are functionally

:48:37.:48:40.

illiterate. 23% of people in the survey lacked basic new Morrissey

:48:41.:48:44.

skills. This is a real crisis and the Government should tackle it as a

:48:45.:48:48.

matter of urgency. Not only for the individuals but for their families.

:48:49.:48:52.

Educate the mother or father and of course to educate the child. We need

:48:53.:48:58.

real investment in adult education. The Chancellor announced 40 million

:48:59.:49:04.

in funding for 2018 last 29 team for this. There have been cuts of over

:49:05.:49:10.

?1 billion to the sectors and 2010. I would question the need for

:49:11.:49:15.

pilots. As someone has a close knowledge of the work of the British

:49:16.:49:19.

education Association, I can assure the Government there is plenty of

:49:20.:49:22.

expertise out doubt they can tap into to put together a programme of

:49:23.:49:27.

adult education and lifelong learning. I would urge them to think

:49:28.:49:32.

beyond retraining and up killing two. These are vital to provide

:49:33.:49:36.

training opportunities to move on in terms of employment, but it is

:49:37.:49:40.

important to provide education for education's 's sake. We see the huge

:49:41.:49:45.

popularity of things like the great British because, the great painting

:49:46.:49:53.

challenge, and we can see how the they have everything to do with

:49:54.:49:57.

creativity and learning. I will join my right honourable friend the

:49:58.:50:00.

member for Tottenham for the call in the reintroduction of night schools.

:50:01.:50:04.

Places where people can learn and socialise. They help people growing

:50:05.:50:08.

confidence and make friends and provide an effective way to tackle

:50:09.:50:13.

social isolation. They can be transforming for individuals and

:50:14.:50:17.

their communities. They have a particular important offer in our

:50:18.:50:21.

ageing society. In her Lancaster house speech setting out the

:50:22.:50:24.

Government negotiation objectives for exiting the EU, she said they

:50:25.:50:28.

would aim to build a stronger economy and fairer society. If the

:50:29.:50:33.

Government is sincere, it should make a priority to fund education.

:50:34.:50:39.

It should be ambitious as plans for lifelong learning and make a real

:50:40.:50:44.

priority of tackling child poverty so children are healthy and able to

:50:45.:50:47.

make the most of the education opportunities on offer. As I call

:50:48.:50:53.

the honourable member for Sheffield Brightside in Hillsborough, I ensure

:50:54.:50:56.

members on both side of the House will join me in wishing her a happy

:50:57.:51:03.

birthday. Thank you, Mr Speaker. This budget is at its heart deeply

:51:04.:51:08.

unfair and a budget of broken promises and missed opportunities.

:51:09.:51:14.

As an MP for Sheffield, I grew up here and I'm extremely proud to

:51:15.:51:17.

represent them in this place. That means standing up for them. There

:51:18.:51:21.

have been cuts every year to Sheffield City Council for seven

:51:22.:51:27.

years. Now totalling ?352 million and next year they will have to find

:51:28.:51:31.

another 40 million to balance the budget. Sheffield is a fantastic

:51:32.:51:42.

Sethi, with a strong industrial base, we drove the industrial

:51:43.:51:48.

revolution... But wages have fallen dramatically. Shamefully, it was

:51:49.:51:53.

recently found that Sheffield was the low pay capital of the UK. There

:51:54.:52:00.

was little in this budget to help. The self employed at the engine

:52:01.:52:04.

drivers of entrepreneurship, many at the cutting edge of technology and

:52:05.:52:08.

self-employment in Sheffield has increased in recent years by 10%.

:52:09.:52:14.

This shows our city's entrepreneurial character. Real

:52:15.:52:17.

wages are among those who are self-employed have fallen faster

:52:18.:52:22.

than employees. For my constituents, a ?2 billion broken promise on

:52:23.:52:27.

national insurance contributions will have a serious effect on their

:52:28.:52:31.

livelihoods. And fairness is at the heart of this budget, Mr Speaker. It

:52:32.:52:36.

will hit low and middle earners hardest. That is hurting working

:52:37.:52:41.

people in Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough. Whilst raising taxes

:52:42.:52:43.

are the most vulnerable in our society and simultaneously choosing

:52:44.:52:48.

to do nothing about working standards for the self-employed, the

:52:49.:52:51.

Chancellor decided to cut taxes for the richest. Since 2010, policy

:52:52.:52:57.

measures introduced by this Government will, over the next five

:52:58.:53:01.

years, result in over 70 billion of tax giveaways to big businesses and

:53:02.:53:06.

the super rich. Meanwhile, as much authority been said about the

:53:07.:53:09.

contentious business rates. Pubs in my constituency will feel the pain

:53:10.:53:16.

of increased rates, despite the headline grabbing one year only

:53:17.:53:21.

discount. The British beer and Pub Association forecast that increases

:53:22.:53:26.

on beer duty will result in 4000 job losses and more pub closures. We

:53:27.:53:31.

know what to expect from this Government by now, taking the can

:53:32.:53:34.

down the road. Naturally, there was no mention for the struggling steel

:53:35.:53:42.

sector, no mention of climate change in the Chancellor's speech. Social

:53:43.:53:48.

care is an of emergency due to due to cuts to local council's budgets,

:53:49.:53:52.

with over 1 million vulnerable elderly people not receiving the

:53:53.:53:56.

care they need. The extra 2 billion for adult social care does not make

:53:57.:54:02.

the 4.6 billion in cuts over the last Parliament. Believe me,

:54:03.:54:05.

councils in the north are not getting the same sorry sweetheart

:54:06.:54:12.

deal on social care. The Chancellor had an opportunity last Wednesday to

:54:13.:54:16.

properly address the crisis but he didn't take it. On the NHS, the

:54:17.:54:21.

Chancellor announced no money to do with hospitals although there is a 5

:54:22.:54:24.

billion black hole in NHS maintenance. The cuts to nurses

:54:25.:54:36.

bursaries, have led to a reduction applications for nursing courses. A

:54:37.:54:40.

E are in crisis. Waiting lists are soaring. Forgive me if I feel this

:54:41.:54:45.

is all too little too late, ensuring a decent education for our children

:54:46.:54:50.

should be of absolute priority, not an afterthought. This Government

:54:51.:54:55.

promised they would protect people spending, but after inflation it has

:54:56.:54:58.

fallen in real terms another broken promise. In my constituency, Foxhill

:54:59.:55:08.

primary School will be ?1003 worth of, according to the National union

:55:09.:55:16.

of teachers. Van beware in 2013. Community primary will be ?1586

:55:17.:55:21.

worth of people during that same period. Funding per pupil will have

:55:22.:55:30.

fallen by average 11% from 2013 levels and by 2019. However, there

:55:31.:55:38.

are 1.5 million fewer adult learners than under the last Labour

:55:39.:55:41.

Government and since 2010, adult skills training has been cut by 54%.

:55:42.:55:50.

Furthermore, the further education sector has fared little better.

:55:51.:55:55.

According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, I could, by 2020,

:55:56.:55:59.

spending per student will only just be above the level the 30 years ago

:56:00.:56:10.

at the end of the 1980s. Mr Speaker, it is ironic that this budget fell

:56:11.:56:13.

on the same day as International Women's Day. Tory cuts have

:56:14.:56:18.

disproportionately affected women and sadly this budget did nothing to

:56:19.:56:24.

change that. This budget has hurt the self-employed, below owners and

:56:25.:56:28.

those on benefits while letting the richest of the hook. It is a

:56:29.:56:33.

divisive and unfair budget. The Conservatives are clearly not the

:56:34.:56:36.

party of the working people of Britain. Mr Speaker, this budget is

:56:37.:56:42.

at its heart deeply unfair, a budget bill of broken promises and missed

:56:43.:56:47.

opportunities and it will hurt my constituents of Sheffield,

:56:48.:56:50.

Brightside and Hillsborough. Thank you. The honourable member for

:56:51.:56:54.

Willow west has advised me that it is her birthday as well. Again, on

:56:55.:56:59.

both sides of the House, we wish the honourable lady a very happy

:57:00.:57:00.

birthday indeed. 'S is deliver confidence. It is

:57:01.:57:18.

stated that the future is uncertain. Any focus is unlikely to be

:57:19.:57:22.

unfulfilled, a damning statement has it is likely to be the

:57:23.:57:25.

responsibility of the Government to create certainty. Brexit approaches

:57:26.:57:34.

us like a black cloud. Perhaps not be Chancellor's fold, after all, the

:57:35.:57:37.

Prime Minister set the direction. As the storm approaches, in the modern

:57:38.:57:43.

parlance of giving impending storms names, we should call it at Maxtor

:57:44.:57:48.

to reason. This Budget was another missed opportunity to do with the

:57:49.:57:52.

unfairness of the steep rise in women's venture were aged over to

:57:53.:58:11.

shorter time frame. -- Storm anti. The Waspi when making a noise

:58:12.:58:19.

outside Parliament. The Chancellor could not hear it. Death to the

:58:20.:58:26.

legitimate demands of the Waspi women. Desperately hoping that the

:58:27.:58:31.

unfairness and inequality would go away. It is not going to go away

:58:32.:58:36.

like the message last week, the volume is going to be turned up. The

:58:37.:58:40.

campaign is gathering momentum and the Government are going to have to

:58:41.:58:46.

listen. 245 Members of Parliament have lodged petitions asking for

:58:47.:58:54.

action. There was a debate on Westminster Hall on the 9th of

:58:55.:58:58.

February. The chair at that meeting accepted to the challenge that the

:58:59.:59:01.

House had not considered the effect of state pension changes on

:59:02.:59:07.

working-class women after a quite woeful and I may say this respectful

:59:08.:59:13.

response from the Minister, the Member for Southampton North. The

:59:14.:59:17.

fact that on the back of the motion being rejected that this matter has

:59:18.:59:22.

not come back to the Chamber for determination is disgraceful. And we

:59:23.:59:25.

will continue to pursue this matter. This of course follows a division in

:59:26.:59:31.

this Chamber on the 1st of December 2016 when the House divided by 106-2

:59:32.:59:40.

against the motion that the House had considered the Excel oration of

:59:41.:59:44.

the pension age for women born in the 1950s. No response from the

:59:45.:59:50.

Government from the vote. They chose to ignore it. When we have been

:59:51.:59:59.

discussing the matter of women against... The focus has been on the

:00:00.:00:05.

2.6 million women supposedly affected. That is the number the

:00:06.:00:07.

Government have referred to. All the Government have referred to. All the

:00:08.:00:10.

discussions taking place have been around that number. Now it is

:00:11.:00:15.

alleged from a Freedom of Information request it came to light

:00:16.:00:20.

last Friday that he action number is 02.6 million women, but 3.4 eight

:00:21.:00:30.

million women. Nearly 1 million more woman if the reports are accurate

:00:31.:00:35.

are set to miss out. It is outrageous, if this is the case. I

:00:36.:00:41.

has the Minister in summing up to give us a narrative. What is the

:00:42.:00:47.

figure, why the discrepancy? Why at this page does the Government not

:00:48.:00:50.

appear to know what the exact number of women affected by these changes

:00:51.:00:56.

is? We had the farce of the situation where it to the Government

:00:57.:01:00.

14 years to communicate formally with any of the women affected. This

:01:01.:01:06.

latest twist adds insult to injury. If the reports are true, how did the

:01:07.:01:13.

Government get the figures wrong? Mr Deputy Speaker, we need answers and

:01:14.:01:17.

we need answers from the Government front bench today in their summing

:01:18.:01:23.

up. The UK Government must recognise that pensions ought to be a contract

:01:24.:01:28.

and not a benefit. In this Budget, it's presented an opportunity for

:01:29.:01:32.

the Government to live up to the contract. It is clear that

:01:33.:01:36.

delivering fair pensions is not high on this Government 's at it. With

:01:37.:01:42.

Budget was completely devoid of any Budget was completely devoid of any

:01:43.:01:45.

mitigating measures to future proof pension incomes. We need a clear

:01:46.:01:52.

commitment that the triple lock will remain in place beyond 2020, and

:01:53.:01:56.

that mitigation will be put in place for the Waspi women. We in the SNP

:01:57.:02:02.

have published a paper already explain how the Government can push

:02:03.:02:08.

back the timescales on increasing women's pension age at a cost of 8

:02:09.:02:11.

billion in this Parliament. Something that is affordable giving

:02:12.:02:19.

the 30 billion surplus in the National Insurance fund. Why was the

:02:20.:02:24.

not a take an opportunity in the Budget? Let me say there is talk of

:02:25.:02:31.

a referendum. I want to make it clear that pensioners in Scotland

:02:32.:02:35.

would get justice and fair pensions from an SNP Government, something

:02:36.:02:41.

that is sadly lacking from this UK Tory Government. When we read the

:02:42.:02:47.

economic and fiscal outlook from the Budget of responsibility, it is a

:02:48.:02:50.

damning indictment of Government policy over the last few years, and

:02:51.:02:52.

demonstrates a lack from this Government over our economic future.

:02:53.:03:02.

Every school in my constituency is facing cuts to funding. Combined

:03:03.:03:06.

with rising costs. I speak to head teachers all the time, some of whom

:03:07.:03:09.

had been teaching for many years, who are telling me they are actually

:03:10.:03:14.

concerned about finding situations. In the past, they have cut

:03:15.:03:17.

nonessential activities and support services, feel they have no choice

:03:18.:03:21.

but to cut classroom teachers and whole subject. For the first time

:03:22.:03:26.

they think the funding cuts will actually impact the quality of the

:03:27.:03:30.

teaching. I went to an event in my constituency last night for parents

:03:31.:03:34.

in local schools who are concerned that there were well over ?200

:03:35.:03:38.

there, there was a real anger amongst them about the prospect of

:03:39.:03:42.

these cuts. They feel a sense of betrayal that their children are not

:03:43.:03:46.

going to the of education that their parents feel they deserve. There are

:03:47.:03:50.

Alice schools ready and willing to Alice schools ready and willing to

:03:51.:03:54.

do the best they can for our children. They will not be able to

:03:55.:03:57.

if the resources available to them are not increased. There are many

:03:58.:04:00.

different causes for the current prices. Not all are related to the

:04:01.:04:04.

proposed changes to the funding formula. Cost are increasing due to

:04:05.:04:09.

unavoidable pension and NIC increases. The Government is

:04:10.:04:14.

stopping grants ending in September. Many schools find themselves

:04:15.:04:17.

absurdly having to play the apprenticeship that it was the

:04:18.:04:18.

funding formula will also increase funding formula will also increase

:04:19.:04:22.

the money available to schools in my constituency, many of them. Parents

:04:23.:04:26.

and teachers are not uninformed. They know there is a squeeze on

:04:27.:04:30.

public spending. They know belts have to be tightened their borrowing

:04:31.:04:33.

has to be cut. They question some of the dishes and is being made. --

:04:34.:04:39.

decision. A report from the National Audit Office finds that the free

:04:40.:04:43.

schools programme originally budgeted for 90 million will now

:04:44.:04:47.

cost 9 billion. Because of procuring line for school buildings is a big

:04:48.:04:55.

company, 2.5 billion. The estimate that the funding agency is paying

:04:56.:05:00.

30% of the value of land for new schools. Some of the sites are being

:05:01.:05:06.

purchased for schools in areas where there is no demand for extra school

:05:07.:05:10.

places. Nobody is arguing there isn't an urgent need for new school

:05:11.:05:15.

visits. With of all in my own constituency which badly needs a new

:05:16.:05:18.

secondary school. But the free School programme is not providing a

:05:19.:05:22.

cost effective or efficient solution to the needs that needs to be

:05:23.:05:26.

reviews. Tougher regulations on land resources and targeting the areas of

:05:27.:05:31.

greatest needs will provide more money and free up resources for new

:05:32.:05:36.

schools and for existing schools. The Budget announcement including

:05:37.:05:39.

money put aside for grammar schools to be introduced. I have searched

:05:40.:05:46.

the 20 15th manifesto, can find no mention. If Theresa May can find the

:05:47.:05:51.

necessity for a mandate of her own, she has an obligation to deliver

:05:52.:05:56.

what the Conservatives were elected on. She has no mandate for grammar

:05:57.:06:00.

schools. This is not a spending choice the public were asked to vote

:06:01.:06:05.

on. No evidence that grammar schools provide better education. Surely the

:06:06.:06:09.

only goal... I visited a composite School in my constituency yesterday.

:06:10.:06:17.

Rated outstanding in all areas. I was impressed by the quality of

:06:18.:06:21.

teaching on display. I watched a year 11 history lesson and years

:06:22.:06:24.

seven French lesson. The headteacher said they had introduced a classical

:06:25.:06:28.

server licensing A-level in response to demand from pupils. One is now at

:06:29.:06:33.

headteacher is worried, as the all, headteacher is worried, as the all,

:06:34.:06:40.

that the cuts in funding means that she will not be able to deliver the

:06:41.:06:43.

A-levels she used to. There is nothing... At this excellent

:06:44.:06:51.

comments of school cannot already deliver and deliver without advice

:06:52.:06:54.

of selection. I call on the premise that to cancel plans for unnecessary

:06:55.:07:00.

grammars and make use of the excellent provisions already

:07:01.:07:03.

available in education and continue to ensure its excellence. The

:07:04.:07:07.

Chancellor and parameter has both stated that commitment to increasing

:07:08.:07:10.

choice in education. Choice is no good to parents who already have

:07:11.:07:14.

children in schools that are facing funding cuts. Choice implies that

:07:15.:07:18.

there are places in a range of schools for each child, and that

:07:19.:07:20.

parents only need to make a decision. The reality is that this

:07:21.:07:25.

would be any extraordinary week with a way to find school places. Most

:07:26.:07:30.

parents take the place in the school they are offered. Rather than

:07:31.:07:33.

choice, most parents just want to know that the school place offered

:07:34.:07:39.

is for the best education possible. I call on the Government to look at

:07:40.:07:43.

extending plans for education and to take lead on a rising chorus of

:07:44.:07:48.

protest against cutting budgets in my constituency and elsewhere.

:07:49.:07:51.

Investing in education is essential for securing a prosperous future for

:07:52.:07:54.

this country and skills training, not grammar school is, should be the

:07:55.:08:02.

priority if we are to survive outside EU. The T levels will be

:08:03.:08:11.

aligned with NVQs. How much of the proposed spending will be... That

:08:12.:08:19.

could have been spent directly on teaching convocations. I do

:08:20.:08:21.

believe this Budget provides the believe this Budget provides the

:08:22.:08:28.

best possible provision... Which she worked with me and other colleagues

:08:29.:08:33.

on examining whether or not the apprenticeship Navy being taken by

:08:34.:08:36.

local authorities and imposed upon all schools in our constituencies is

:08:37.:08:42.

either right or lawful is I thank the honourable lady. . I quite

:08:43.:08:48.

agree. To include the schools in the apprenticeship levy is absurd. The

:08:49.:08:51.

apprenticeship levy is due to raise money for training and in

:08:52.:08:57.

employment. And to levy this on schools which are already providing

:08:58.:09:00.

excellent learning opportunities is outrageous. I welcome the honourable

:09:01.:09:05.

certainly work with her to certainly work with her to

:09:06.:09:08.

investigate this further. To conclude, I do not believe this

:09:09.:09:12.

Budget provides the best possible provision for education in this

:09:13.:09:15.

country. As families that the Chancellor to look again at their

:09:16.:09:23.

spending plan. I would like to thank colleagues who have spoken today.

:09:24.:09:28.

They have torn this Budget apart. The Member for Washington and

:09:29.:09:32.

Sunderland West, Lewisham East, Burnley, Redcar, Sheffield

:09:33.:09:39.

Brightside, Hillsborough. And menu honourable friend the man for Stoke

:09:40.:09:45.

Central and many other people. Lastly, the Chancellor painted a

:09:46.:09:48.

rosy picture of the nation's finances. He claimed the

:09:49.:09:52.

Conservative party's stewardship has been nothing short of miraculous.

:09:53.:09:57.

The Chancellor attempt tempting joke throughout his Speech. The Prime

:09:58.:10:03.

Minister showed shaking with amusement. Many members chuckled.

:10:04.:10:08.

Some of the more experienced members were watching cautiously as the

:10:09.:10:11.

nosedive gain velocity. The Chancellor got it wrong the time.

:10:12.:10:17.

Within hours, he was attacked by members of his own backbenchers. He

:10:18.:10:20.

was hung out to dry by the primers that, and unsurprisingly has faced

:10:21.:10:27.

universal criticism of his plans to raise National Insurance to 11% for

:10:28.:10:31.

millions of people who are 75. As Sir Michael Caine in the iconic

:10:32.:10:36.

Italian Job movie set, you are only supposed to blow the doors of --

:10:37.:10:47.

off. While the debris of the exposure is descending committee

:10:48.:10:50.

manifesto pledge broken, pure and simply. Sisters Wednesday, ten and

:10:51.:10:56.

number 11 have been in a briefing war with each other child to blame

:10:57.:11:02.

the other for the fine mess. Ostensibly, number ten suggest the

:11:03.:11:06.

chance that snaked the National Insurance rising to the Budget.

:11:07.:11:09.

Apparently, other colleagues indicated she failed to mention that

:11:10.:11:13.

would break their manifesto pledge. It is worrying, as my honourable

:11:14.:11:20.

friend said, that Cabinet members do not know their own manifesto

:11:21.:11:23.

commitments. Perhaps they don't care. Then again, the Government has

:11:24.:11:33.

a attitude towards this manifesto commitment. Then again, this

:11:34.:11:42.

insouciant attitude goes on. First the Government committed to getting

:11:43.:11:46.

rid of the debt by 2015. Broken promise. Pushed back to 2019-20.

:11:47.:11:54.

Another broken promise. Thirdly, debt starting to come down after

:11:55.:11:59.

2015, another broken promise. The Government will vote on the job and

:12:00.:12:03.

double the time they have taken to get it down. This is what they call

:12:04.:12:08.

success and fiscal credibility. They seem to think they can simply press

:12:09.:12:13.

the reset button when it comes to meeting their own fiscal rules. And

:12:14.:12:21.

no one will notice. The flip side of the approach meant that, when I

:12:22.:12:25.

change my mind, the facts change with it!

:12:26.:12:30.

Now he has had his fun, Katie explained how he is going to find or

:12:31.:12:35.

proposing the Labour Party would find the money required for a social

:12:36.:12:43.

care? Eight fiscal rectitude. When the Government misses the deadline,

:12:44.:12:48.

its modus operandi is to set up a new one and brazenly move on. The

:12:49.:12:53.

immutable law of Tory economics, make it up as you go along. What

:12:54.:12:58.

happened to the long-term economic plan? It didn't last very long. The

:12:59.:13:03.

Prime Minister and the Chancellor have their fingerprints all over

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every single financial decisions made during the past seven years. It

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is no surprise they have come under criticism from many in their own

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party, including the former member for Whitney and the former

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Chancellor Norman Lamont. He called this a rookie error. Otherwise known

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in the real world as gross incompetence. Regrettably, it is

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other people who will pay the price for that incompetence. Turning to

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Brexit. I will mention it even if the Chancellor doesn't want to. It

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is the tenth anniversary since the production of free Britain to

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compete, equipping the UK for globalisation. The publication was a

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wide ranging policy document offered by the Right Honourable member for

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walking and friends. It was endorsed by the then shadow, -- Cabinet. The

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publication that was hard to track down as it has been removed from the

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Conservative Party website, for good reason, but I find a copy. Its

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contents were toxic and all the more so in the wake of the subsequent

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global financial crisis and remains so. But in the light of Brexit and

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the resurgence of the honourable member's influence, it will soon get

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a second run out. It is worth the praise of the House, it includes

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policies such as the abolition of inheritance tax, charging foreign

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lorries to use British roads, the potential abolition of the BBC

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licence fee which are advised -- refers to as the poll tax. The

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deregulation of mortgage finance, because it is the lending

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institution rather than the client taking the risk. Try telling that to

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someone whose home has been repossessed. It goes on, we need to

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make it more difficult for ministers to regulate. Remember this document

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was dated 2007 and was rubber-stamped by the current Prime

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Minister and the Chancellor at the time as Northern Rock was about to

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go under. It continues, listen to this one, the Labour Government

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claims that this regulation is all necessary. They seem to believe that

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without it the banks could steal -- steal our money. That might not be

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the case, but we had liabilities in the banking crisis. Mr Speaker, many

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people did believe the banks were stealing money and queued up outside

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banks accordingly. It refers to wanting reliably low inflation,

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taking the risks by turning fiscal rules into flexible friends. Not the

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Chancellor has got many of them nowadays. As for Europe, in search

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of jobs in perspective, it says they should go to Brussels with proposals

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to do regulate -- deregulate the whole of the EU. No wonder they

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wanted to bury the evidence. It is the order biography of the hardline

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Brexit and the Tory blueprint for a post Brexit deregulated Britain. It

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is a race to the bottom. These policies are is telling narrative of

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the views of the fundamentalist wing of the Conservative Party and the

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Prime Minister is hostage to that right wing and she is on the hook.

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The stage direction coming from looking hammer, North Somerset,

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occasional guest appearances by the Foreign Secretary. He was briefed

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against because he may just have a less hardline approach to Brexit

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than his colleagues. These are the dusted off policies of hard Brexit

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tears who will stop until nothing when Britain becomes a low-wage, low

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tax the regulation economy. They want to turn our country, not the

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country, our country into the bargain basement of the Western

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world and we have the Prime Minister Intel. Parliamentary scrutiny is a

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hindrance. Meanwhile the Prime Minister has put kamikaze pilots in

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the cockpit. The Chancellor knows this too well and that is why there

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is a reported 60 billion set aside as a trauma fund, a failure funds.

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It is not Brexit proof in the economy, rather proving the economy

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from a toxic ideology of the Brexiteers. The Government's

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proposal to increase premium -- premium insurance tax is a

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regressive measure and we will not be supporting it. I was surprised to

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see in the Autumn Statement it is coming from the Government he uses

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the high cost of insurance premiums as an excess of curbs on victim

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right to claim compensation. While the Government drives up insurance

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for millions of families, it wants to forego 70 billion of revenue. As

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far as we're concerned, Mr Speaker, the budget claims it is very low and

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middle earners. The NHS, social care industries, self-employed, schools,

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businesses, pubs, the entrepreneurs, it wants to give them the thumbs up.

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There is not giving a thumbs up to those people, it is beating two

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fingers up to them. That is something Labour will never do.

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Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. This is a budget that demonstrates that

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this Government has the determination to face up to our

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long-term challenges, this is the budget recognises the only

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sustainable way to improve living standards is to improve our

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productivity and this is a budget that recognises that sustainable

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public finances are not an impediment to prosperity but in

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necessary we can discern. -- precondition. I would like to thank

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my honourable friend who participated in this debate, can I

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say a particular congratulations to the honourable member for

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Stoke-on-Trent Central. I apologise for having missed his speech but I

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have heard from a number of people it was excellent. And proves that in

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terms of his attributes as a member of Parliament, it is not only that

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he is not Paul Nuttall that he will be welcome in this place. In terms

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of other contributions from the opposition benches, I could properly

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summarise them in saying we are not spending enough, we are tackling too

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much and we are borrowing too much. Thankfully, it's not my job to

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reconcile it but I wish the honourable Burrell -- honourable

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member the best of luck. He can see it fiscal rectitude of the likes. An

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important part of this budget has been ensuring that this country has

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the skills we need to grow in the 21st-century. Because we have to

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face up to the fact that tomorrow's labour market is going to look very

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different to today's. One study estimates that over a third of all

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jobs in the UK are at high risk of replacement, in the next one or two

:20:34.:20:38.

decades, as technology and Society advances. Economic, social and

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technological change can make certain jobs or institutions

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obsolete. Lamplighter 's, handling Uighurs, I suppose you could add the

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Labour Party to that list. The job of Government is not to stand in the

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way of those, preserving the old by stifling menu. Our role is to

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prepare the country and its people to adapt to the changes ahead. That

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is what this budget was all about, giving young people the skills they

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will need to get ahead in tomorrow's world. That includes expanding the

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programme of free skills, investing more in schools maintenance,

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reforming technical education and increasing teaching hours for

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further education students. Alongside that, we also took steps

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to help people with the opportunities to up and reskill

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throughout their working lives as well as to help our top researchers

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to develop so that our brightest can become the worldbest. We are taking

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forward an ambitious plan to improve education across the board for

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people of all backgrounds and of all ages. Because that alongside our

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investment in the country's underlying infrastructure is what

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will count in turning the tide on Britain's long-standing productivity

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problems. It is only by doing that that we can increase living

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standards and fund world-class public services. But as we prepare a

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bright future for the 21st century, we do so responsibly. This was a

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budget that protected and improved our health and social services, a

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budget that invested in reform and reform for the benefit the next

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generation of workers and businesses alike. A budget that did so by

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finding all of the new spending commitments it made. Unlike the

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party opposite, we don't believe in spending and promising what we can't

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deliver. And that does mean having a tax base that is capable of funding

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the public services that we provide and doing so anyway that is fair. We

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have heard a lot of mention of the change we made in national insurance

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for the self-employed and we are listening to our Honourable member

:22:51.:22:53.

's's concerns. We have to recognise the difference between the benefits

:22:54.:22:58.

received by the implied and the self-employed have narrowed the gap

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in contributions has not. This means the implied to pay a lot more if the

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same benefits. As self-employment grows in our economy, a welcome

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trend, that does not place a pressure on funding public services

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and deficit reduction. A Government addressing long-term challenges has

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too address this point, not ignore it. So, Mr Deputy Speaker, this is a

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budget that keeps Britain working. One that invests in our people and

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public services but one that does so responsibly, continuing to steer the

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country's was away from Labour spend what you can borrow approach to our

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spend what you can afford approach. In doing so we are once again

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demonstrating the other part of it is delivering for this generation,

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without doing so at the expense of the Next Generation. That is why, Mr

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Speaker, the house should support the budget and the lobbies tonight.

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The question is only in. The ayes have it. On the motions of procedure

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numbers 47 to 51, on all of which the bill is to be brought in, these

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motions are set out in a separate paper distributed with today's order

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paper. I must inform the House for the purposes of standing order

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number 83 and on that basis of material put before Mr Speaker who

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certified that... Published on the 8th of March 2017 and moved by the

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Chancellor of the Exchequer related exclusively to England, Wales and

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Northern Ireland and are within the competence. Income tax, landfill

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tax. With the leave of the House Albot the questions that I

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delusional questions to 218 together. As many of that opinion

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they aye. The ayes have it. We now come to motion 19 on the separate

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paper relating to business investment relief. As many of that

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opinion say aye. Clear the lobbies.

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