29/10/2015 Business Questions


29/10/2015

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and will try to do so. This is why the new into regions to end have

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customary expedience right at the heart of them. Business question,

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Chris Bryant. I wonder whether the leader of the house could give as

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the business for next week. The leader of the house. The business

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for next week, on Monday second November we will have the second

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reading of the Housing and planning Bill, on Tuesday November, second

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reading of the European approvals will Lord's. All by the remaining

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stages of the national insurance contributions Bill followed by a

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motion to improve the money resolution for access to medical

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treatments innovation bill. On Wednesday 4th of November will be

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the ninth opposition day including a debate on policing. Thursday fifth

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November a debate on the stake in the bank of Scotland and the future

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of UK banking followed by a debate on the motion relating to the dog

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meat trade as determined by the backbench business committee. Friday

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7th of November will be private members bills. The provisional

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business for the week commencing 9th of November will include, on Monday

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the ninth, the remaining stages of the Scotland Bill and on Tuesday the

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remaining stages of the trade unions bill. The business for Thursday

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fifth November will be a general debate on funding for schools. Mr

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Speaker will wish to be reminded as well colleagues that the house will

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rise for the end of business on Tuesday ten November and return on

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Monday 16th November. I should add that hearing that need we are

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expecting a visit from the Indian PM to this house and I hope those

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colleagues who are around and able to be soap will be part of that

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visit. Mr Chris Bryant. Yesterday set latter admitted the award of the

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World Cup to Russia had been decided long before England had in its bed

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and yesterday the select committee will World Cup sponsors on that

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complicity in blatter's kleptocratic rule. Can we have a debate on the

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sink of corruption that is a fact? British taxpayers and football fans

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have been diddled out of millions. - Fifa. Talking of stitch up jobs, can

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these eco-explain something he said yesterday, the review from the

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second Baron of Strathclyde into the privileges of we the Commons, the

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reader club members that is absolutely essential we do not rush

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into this and for that matter we should not rush headlong into

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change. Lord Strathclyde, unfortunately, undermine the leader

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of the house by telling the world that one yesterday all of this could

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be done and dusted white Christmas. How can this be right? If the risen

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issue shouldn't this house a debasing it? It is not a review at

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all, it is a Fifa style stitch up. I am not sure the government has got

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over its tantrum of losing in the Lord's on Monday. He has said

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several times now he will make substantial changes to his plan in

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the Autumn Statement on November 25. The reader will know the Autumn

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Statement is precisely that, a statement and no more, it does not

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actually do anything legislatively. I asked the reader again, will he

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allow a three-day debate on the effects of the Autumn Statement this

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year? On Tuesday the chairman of the National Cleese chief counsel and

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the Deputy Commissioner of the Met police said if the Home Secretary or

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Chancellor of the Exchequer get their way with the police budget it

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will be the end of the year of bobbies on the beat. Is that

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something to be proud of? Officers have already gone and it looks

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likely more than 20,000 more officers will be lost by the end of

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this Parliament. We should be devoting our opposition day next

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week to this. Can the Home Secretary herself answered this debate so we

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can take her to task? Can we have a debate on the ministerial code of

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conduct? Deviously this has made clear that there was an overarching

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duty on ministers to comply with law including international law and

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treaty obligations. Last week it was revealed that the GM has insisted it

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should be ditched. The former Attorney General and conservative

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Attorney General says it is impossible to understand how this

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change has been carried out and cover was broken as the head of the

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legal service accused number ten of legal service accused number ten of

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contempt for international law. Surely to goodness a minister's word

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is still his wand when he signs a duty. Does he still crosses fingers

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behind his back when he signs treaties? Why on earth was the Ford

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of conduct issued any ministerial statement to the Lords and still not

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to the House of Commons? Mr Speaker, many parts of this country as many

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members have said still have terrible mobile telephone coverage.

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Last year the government had to withdraw its hourly drafted

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telecommunications code which was intended to deal with these spots

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around the country. He promised to bring any new electronic code as a

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matter of urgency but they've is still no sign of it so can the

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reader tell us when this will appear? Mobile phone coverage is

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every bit as much a public utility as water and electricity so will be

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government get a move on? Mr Speaker I confess I am worried about the

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state of health of the Chancellor, he looked really appeal earlier this

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year and I thought. He has, did I see it, something of the night about

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him. With Halloween upon him can the reader as sure as he will be staying

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at home on Saturday night when it is dark. It is one thing to scream

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along with order but quite another to encounter the Chancellor in a

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dark alley and his form of trick or treat is to suck family finances

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dry. Talking of Halloween, in Scotland it is the time for guising

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when people go around in fancy dress but has the member for South

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Cambridgeshire will expose the fact that however hard the PM has tried

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to dress the Tory party up, hugging the gays and marrying huskies,

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conservatism is dead, all that is left is a fake skeleton costume. We

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should be debating a motion next Thursday on the dog meat trade, I

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wondered whether this was the debate of the dogs wrecked first the

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Chancellor has made of the tax credit fiasco but today is award the

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award the Westminster dog of the year. I wish my deputy's badly

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behaved Rottweilers well in the competition but I gather that the

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member for helmet and Rockwell has two dogs called Boris and Maggie. A

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found bodices behaviour improved significantly when he was castrated.

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Well this advice be passed on to the Chancellor, Home Secretary and other

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candidates for the Conservative Party leadership? Leader of the

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house, Mr Chris Grayling. Can I start by delivering some good news

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to my honourable friend the member for Kettering who sadly is not in

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his ways today. I shall also informed the house that you, after

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receiving positive feedback, have authorised that the new alphabetical

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meetings will be kept in place for the rest of Parliament. The new warm

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relationship that exists between the Fs and Gs is getting on well. In all

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the old terms it has worked well and we will be continuing it. Can I

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associate myself with the remarks of the honourable gentleman about Fifa?

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He works hard on the brief and I am reliably informed he was

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disappointed to move away from that. He knows very well how

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shocking the developed and sat Fifa have been. It is no excuse

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whatsoever for what has taken place. I would commend all of those who

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have been involved in pursuing the investigation to the stage we have

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reached no. It does look likely that prosecutions will fall and rightly

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so. It is of absolute importance in a game that is seen around the world

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as a region for young people that it should be absolutely clean. Those

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who have left it in a position with it has been this marched by

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corruption should be dealt with by the full force of the law and

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changes essential, I completely agree with him on that.

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Regarding the Strathclyde review into the House of Lords, there will

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be a full statement about the terms of reference when he is ready to

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publish those details, which is right and proper. He will take the

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time necessary, given the scope of the work he intends to do, and he

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will make clear how that will work. On the tax credits point, I will

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remind the honourable gentleman that we will be using for the Autumn

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Statement the same procedure is that operated in 13 years of Labour

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Government. Now they are in opposition they seem to want to

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change how the House works. We will continue to operate the way we have,

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debating issues fully. We have already had extensive debates on the

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tax credits issue, and no doubt we will have more. Under Conservative

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leadership of government and Coalition, and under this

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government, crime has fallen. We have had to take some difficult

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decisions, and they are challenges facing the police. He made a point

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about the ministerial code. I would simply say that under the new

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ministerial code, listers are still required to uphold the law. We would

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expect that. -- ministers are still required. We spoke about the

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Department of Culture, Media and Sport. Just to remind them that the

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former Secretary of State, now the Business Secretary, secured a deal

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to secure five Ilion pounds of investment in mobile telephony. We

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do not just a published. -- published documents, we do things.

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We have watched with interest the pale faces on the side of the House,

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the huddles of pallid people asking the huddles of pallid people asking

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how we get ourselves out of this mess. My worry is for the health of

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him and his colleagues, not for the Chancellor, who I can assure him is

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in great form. He made reference to the point that this weekend as

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Halloween. My sympathies today are with the children of the Rhondda. It

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is my hope that he is not planning to go trick or treating, because can

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you imagine the horror of a small you imagine the horror of a small

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child seeing the honourable child seeing the honourable

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gentleman is out trick or treating? 76-year-old joint Iranians citizen

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has been held in Iran's notorious has been held in Iran's notorious

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where his health deteriorates. -- where his health deteriorates. --

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Sun and grandchildren are in the Sun and grandchildren are in the

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gallery today with a simple message, please let grandpa come

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home. Can I extend my good wishes to his constituent's family and for

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work he is doing. Given the obvious work he is doing. Given the obvious

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urgency of this, I will make a point of ensuring this is communicated

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immediately after the session to my immediately after the session to my

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I will ask them to ensure that they I will ask them to ensure that they

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respond as quickly as possible. Can I thank the Leader of the House

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announcing business for next week. announcing business for next week.

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Our thoughts are very much this morning with the school community

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their pupils in Aberdeenshire. One their pupils in Aberdeenshire. One

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of my honourable friends was a pupil at this school. This was an

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yesterday. It is Dave four of The yesterday. It is Dave four of The

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Great War of the nobles, and it is starting to get ugly. -- day for.

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They have released their not so secret weapon, codenamed big boy, to

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go to the House and sort them out. He is going down there to emasculate

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the House of Lords and ensure that they never do anything like this

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again. Of course they can. The House of Lords is without a shred of

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democratic legitimacy, it represents absolutely no one. I am certain the

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Tories will get their way when it comes to these issues. But what I am

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sensing is a real desire amongst the Conservative benches to deal

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decisively with the House of Lords. I get the sense they have had enough

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of that unelected chamber with the Lords, baronets, earls, dancing

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around like Santa Claus, having a stake in this democracy. I appeal to

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the Conservative members to join us to ensure that we deal decisively.

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Let us have a proper enquiry into the role of that place. We get the

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Scotland Bill back in a couple of weeks, and there is only one day set

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aside for the remaining stages and third reading. We had four days were

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not one amendment was made, even though they were backed by every

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member of Parliament who represented a Scottish constituency. The

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Secretary of State said he would spend the summer reflecting, and

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said he would try to bring back amendments which kept the Scotland

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Bill in line with what was promised in the Smith Commission. Surely we

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need more than one day looking at this. This is the first is in his

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questions I have had an opportunity to speak of a second-class member of

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this House. Groaning I am certain the Leader of the House

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has recognised the sheer anger put forward in Scotland about

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Scotland's member of -- members of Parliament being told not to leave

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the union, but as soon as we get here things change. Is this going to

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be subject to an English veto, and if it is, how will it work out? We

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are grateful to you, Mr Speaker, for backing the call we have been making

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about getting rid of the ridiculous conference recess. It is ridiculous

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that we abandon business for participating in a voluntary

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organisations association. I would ask you to use your considerable

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authority to make sure the summer recess covers all parts of the UK,

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there school holidays. A new there school holidays. A new

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tradition has been taken up by the children of Scotland, where the goal

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they are so unusual Andre. The only they are so unusual Andre. The only

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problem is when they turn up to the door, there is real fear that this

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people who open the doors that they people who open the doors that they

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will get any treats because they are Conservatives. I have a confession

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to make. Until last week I had not previously heard any of the work of

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that distinguished band MP four, of which he is a great part. I did not

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realise what great showman he was. He does bring a bit of that showbiz

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to this House. A little bit of fake outrage on some theatre. He showed a

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chink a couple of weeks ago when he said nice things about the House of

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form. I know where he is coming form. I know where he is coming

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from, I am confident that we will be able to find a resolution under the

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guidance of Lord Strathclyde. The guidance of Lord Strathclyde. The

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fake outrage has been there on the Scotland Bill as well. The Law

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Society of Scotland emphasised we are delivering what we committed to.

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I would not expect a group of politicians whose mission is to

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secure independence for Scotland to do anything else but have fake

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outrage. We are delivering what we promised. If ever there was an

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example of that little bit of showbiz that he brings, it is over

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the issue of English votes. He describes himself as a second-class

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citizen, which he will never be anywhere. Having listened to all of

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his arguments, I would remind them about what he said on the 14th of

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October last year, which is I sympathise totally with English

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members. Of course they should have English votes for English laws. They

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English-only legislation. I admire English-only legislation. I admire

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him for this, but on occasion he has a habit of delivering slightly mixed

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messages. Regarding Conservatives in Scotland, I think people have the

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reason to be skewered this autumn, come Halloween and the weeks ahead,

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-- to be frightened. Are the Labour Party. They have been done over by

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the SNP colleagues, and we intend to do them over as well. The nice

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quality standard of autism calls for waiting times between referral and

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initial appointment for assessment to be no longer than three months.

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not being met. Could we have a not being met. Could we have a

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debate on research from the National Autistic Society, which has shown

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that on average the wait for that on average the wait for

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children is 3.5 years and adults five years from the initial time of

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every member of this House has every member of this House has

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constituency suffering from autism, constituency suffering from autism,

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these long waiting times are important, they are pushing people

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to crisis point. She makes a very important point. As constituency MPs

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all of us have experience of the all of us have experience of the

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challenges that families with an challenges that families with

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autistic child face and the autistic child face and the

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importance of doing everything we importance of doing everything we

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can to give those children the best opportunities in life. I am sure

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members across the House she her interest in this area, sheer concern

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to do the best possible. Our concern is shared by the Secretary of

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and I will raise the concerns with. and I will raise the concerns with.

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I would ask her to continue bringing I would ask her to continue bringing

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House and government think that once House and government think that

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again, just looking at the House of again, just looking at the House of

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Lords, is like looking at one wheel Lords, is like looking at one wheel

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other wheel and not looking at the other wheel and not looking at the

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person driving. Should we have a comprehensive review to bring this

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into the 21st century? There are many ways about how the whole of the

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constitutional arrangements should work. The constitutional committee

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is engaged in this at the moment. is engaged in this at the moment.

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The chair of the committee is hard at work looking at the

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constitutional arrangements and I'm sure they will come forward with

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interesting ideas. As you know the credentials of the current UK

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delegation to the parliamentary assembly to the Council of Europe

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expire next week. As the membership of the new delegation is the

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responsibility of Parliament and not the government, will he make time

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next week for this House to express its opinion? I am aware of the

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motion down on his order paper -- the order paper. This is a matter

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that I have no doubt the House will give careful consideration to, and

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the point of a backbench business committee is to ensure there is time

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available to members of the host to allocate time to debate. -- the

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Leader of the House to allocate time to debate. Can I thank the Leader of

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the House for the business statement. For the avoidance of

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doubt, next Thursday we have two debates from the backbench business

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committee. One on this taken because Bank of Scotland, and the other is

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the trade in dog flesh. Could the Leader of the House gives the

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backbench business committee and early indication if there is any

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possibility for time in the week beginning 16th November? I cannot

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give that undertaking, but my expectation is there will be time. I

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have no reason to believe it will not be available. He is picking

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interesting subject for debate which will command great attention, and I

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think particularly the debate on dog meat happening as it is. It is a

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sign of how much concerned there is across the House about the welfare

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of dogs. Also the fact this is a trade that most people in this

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country do not support at all. Steve eco. Communications this week

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seemed to suggest some members of the public might have even confused

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about the finance will weave aborted on on Monday. Could we have a

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statement from the reader that makes clear what the true position is and

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can we also understand from him what keep hands to do to counter the

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occasional misrepresentation of business of this House? - voted on.

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There is no clarification of the nature of a division on the website.

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I have listened to colleagues and do intend to write to that website

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asking them to write some degree of explanation on issues of this kind.

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Given this was a debate about and civil, not substance, it is not

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possible under the current treaty arrangements for this House to cut

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VAT to zero. That decision had to be taken in Brussels. There is strong

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interest in securing change. It is utterly unacceptable to have a

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situation where party groups are misrepresenting the vote as a 0 rate

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for tampons, it is completely unacceptable. There should be a 0

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rate for a product that is clearly not a luxury. The minister gave a

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commitment he would raise that has in Euro and he has done so. The

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Cannes of the House has promised to negotiate at European level to

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achieve a 0 rate of the 80 on women's products. This should go

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alongside the court demands in the forthcoming Wii negotiation.

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Women's rights are not a second-class issue, can he confirm

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that? Women's rights will never be a second-class issue. The party in

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power opposite for 13 years and never secured anything of this sort.

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Since the debate on Tuesday we have already seen the vice chairman of

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the mission say this is an issue that are willing to consider. We are

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taking a step in the right direction. If a minister gives a

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commitment to this has the will do so, they will find it through.

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Devolution is something we all expire to and my county in Somerset

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wish to embrace revolution. We wish to embrace it so that the money

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follows the devolution coming from the centre which is fantastic, we

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want to do it. In this House can be debate this so there is a clear

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message going out to district and unity is for how they can get

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involved in maximising their return for taxpayers? This is what the

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government is seeking to do and there will be no one size fits all

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for different settlements in different parts of the country, it

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depends on the circumstances and different geography and nature of

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the economy. I would encourage my honourable men to make this point to

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other ministers. It is a great opportunity for counties like

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Somerset to be involved in defamation to give them greater

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control over matters that affect their area. There is a real

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opportunity for local authorities and local communities. Given the

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difficult financial circumstances that the NHS finds itself in, is it

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not time for a debate on a national tariff for the treatment of IVF

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given that CCG 's are paying fees as varied as ?2500 to ?6,000 per cycle?

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We have a choice in the NHS, we can either devolved responsibilities to

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local lactation is keep everything at the centre. The moment we start

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to say we do not like different areas where different CCG 's make

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different decisions we start to be centralised again. I want decisions

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taken by local doctors. I would eat reluctant to reverse that. With my

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honourable friend consider having a debate on the future of the House of

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lords in the near future purely and simply because of the events of this

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week and also I have been doing some work and had a successful debate in

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West and start all on a particular oppose all that was met and welcomed

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on all sides of the House. Part Westminster Hall. I have no doubt be

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will have such a debate in future but can I encourage him to talk to

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Lord Strathclyde as well as he dubbed his review? The scope of the

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review will be out shortly but I suggest he takes any ideas for

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change to the noble lord who will wish to hear the views of people in

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this House? The approach of another Parliamentary recess and no

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indication whatsoever that the government intends to seek a mandate

:30:05.:30:09.

for military intervention in Syria. Isn't it he can play obviously there

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is no appetite across this chamber for a second goal through military

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venture. Can we look at the financial initiatives which might

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actually contribute to bringing peace and stability to that country?

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I would simply say to the right honourable gentleman, there will be

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no statement or debate about military intervention in Syria

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unless we have an intention to intervene voluntarily in Syria. The

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reason we do not have another statement about that is because no

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decision has been taken to intervene militarily in Syria and should that

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happen we will come to this House and discuss it fully. We have

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debated this extensively in we said weeks, the Foreign Secretary was

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before this House regularly. They will be plenty opportunities to

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debate what is an difficult situation, something we all of us

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wish to see the resolution but it is difficult to see a path to that

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resolution given how complex the situation is. I feel sure he reader

:31:16.:31:21.

of the House is a Downton at the fan and will have been as alarmed as me

:31:22.:31:32.

by what happened two weeks ago. Fortunately Lord Grantham is

:31:33.:31:37.

recovering well what it is pointed out that survival from upper

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gastrointestinal bleeding in this country lags behind those countries

:31:43.:31:46.

with which we could reasonably be compared. I wonder if we could have

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a debate on how we could configure endoscopy services in this country

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to bring us up among the best in Europe rather than the worst? She

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makes a very important point in his customer Blake light-hearted but

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also serious weight. I did not see the particular scene in Downton

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Abbey but I believe it was eye-catching to say the least

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comment he makes today I think are important ones and I will make sure

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they are forwarded to my colleagues in the Department of Health. My

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honourable friend from the front bench quite rightly lead on the

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issue of Fifa which he described as a sink of corruption but football is

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still the beautiful game and will be readers of the House on behalf of

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the government join me in paying tribute to a happy birthday to a

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former Derbyshire player who was the first black professional footballer

:32:52.:32:56.

in the world. We are very proud of him. Years and adopted son of

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Darlington and will be Cannes what the House join me with say happy

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birthday to him? The beautiful game is tarnished because of the penalty

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shoot out at all Trafford last night. I will join her and also pay

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tribute to all of the black leaders Huebner Pathfinders in the game and

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young people. I would like to see young people. I would like to see

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more black coaches in this country as well and I think that should be a

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minority for the game. I congratulate him for all he has done

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to contribute to the sport. My hard-working constituents who use

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Kingston and Surbiton station 's art forced to pay for zone six tickets

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when logic and fairness dictates they should be in zone five. 26

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stations are in zone five yet further from their London terminus.

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I know there are other reasoning campaigns in London yet houses

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certainly the most compelling. We make time for a debate on the zoning

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of stations in London? I would not go as far to say... He may be the

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most campaigning campaign in London but the campaign to get Epsom in

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zone six which is outside London may be a great important. There are

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zoning concerns and I have drawn this to the Department for Transport

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was my attention. I hope we can make regressing what we are doing and our

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constituents can see that. It is something I know people in still are

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looking forward to him succeeding in due course in. A cross-party support

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for a series of appeals. Open up family courts is something a

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succession of governments have promised to reform. Will there be a

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debate on how we can break open the cartels that surround the family

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courts system? Having been Secretary Of State for just as I am aware of

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this and sympathetic. We have two be careful there are some deeply

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distressing stories take place within the family courts and we must

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not open them up in a way that exposes family heartache to the

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tabloid media. He is right to say there is no reason for the agree of

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closed environment that exists around those family courts. I know

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this is a matter of concern to my colleague the Secretary Of State

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today. He will be here again on Tuesday and I would encourage him to

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re-raised this point. As my right honourable friend knows, I am

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running a campaign to save the hedgehog. Will my right honourable

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friend 's urge every member and right on rubble member to ensure

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there are safety measures in place within one fires next Thursday which

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is Guy Fawkes night? Thank you. I share his concern about the

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hedgehog. We have seen a really distressing fall in our hedgehog

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population in the last few decades. When I was a child you would find

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one in every garden, it will would feed them outside the door and it

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now does not happen to any degree like it used to. I would say to

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members on all sides of the House and anyone listening to this debate,

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bonfire night is a period of great danger to hedgehogs. If you drive

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around the country you will already see large piles of wood setup. It is

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all too common that a hedgehog finds refuge in those bonfires in the next

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few days. I would ask anyone to double-check before they like them

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to make sure there is not a hedgehog nesting inside, we cannot afford to

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lose any more. Young people are being killed on our streets.

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Tragically, in my constituency, there have been two youth deaths in

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as many months. This is not isolated. A boy stabbed to death in

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Aberdeen, shooting in Hackney, Alford, even machine-gun fire in

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Willesden. This had to stop. With the government continuing to cut

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front line services, young people are turning to crime and violence in

:37:30.:37:34.

bigger and bigger numbers. Is it not time to call an urgent debate

:37:35.:37:39.

looking at how all parties can work together to stop the rise of youth

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violence? Mr Speaker, firstly, let us be clear, knife crime is a blight

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on our society as our knife murders and I would endorse the comments

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made earlier about the tragic events in Aberdeen yesterday. They are

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fortunately rare in this country that makes them even more shocking

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when they do happen. I send my condolences and good wishes not only

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to the family but also those in the school for whom it would have aimed

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a deeply traumatic experience. On the streets of London any death

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through knife crime is too much, we have taken measures to toughen the

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law around carrying knives but it is important to support those

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organisations that try to take young people away from crime and carrying

:38:28.:38:34.

by a couple who set it up after the by a couple who set it up after the

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death of their son. The number of young people entering the criminal

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justice system for the first time is balding and has continued to fall

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for a number of years. That is a great step forward. The challenge of

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the offending is a good news story that fewer people are entering the

:38:54.:38:58.

justice system for the first time, long may that continue.

:38:59.:39:06.

British farmers who successfully applied for environmental

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improvement grants are being told improvement grants are being told

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that unless they put up all boards indicating the money came from the

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EU, they could lose part or all of the grant. Since the United Kingdom

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isn't it akin to me taking my money isn't it akin to me taking my money

:39:46.:39:48.

from my bank to do a home from my bank to do a home

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billboard saying, thank you, billboard saying, thank you,

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Barclays? Could we have a statement from an agricultural Minister

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we will resist the desecration of we will resist the desecration of

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the British countryside by this propaganda? The countryside here is

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around the most -- among the most beautiful anywhere in the world. I

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have some sympathy with him, and I do not want to see anything

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detracting from its natural beauty full stop DEFRA questions are next

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Thursday, so he can put it to him directly. But keep the countryside

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pure and natural. Will the government make a statement on the

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situation of employees pensions and the Commonwealth War Graves

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Commission? He will not allow them to make a decision on closing...

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Does he agree that staff working harder than ever due to the

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centenary commemorations at cutting committee staff pensions while the

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Director-General gets a 50% pay rise is utterly inappropriate? I

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understand the point he is making. A range of organisations have had to

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make decisions about final salary pensions. I will make sure they

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concerns he has raised will be concerns he has raised will be

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passed on to my ministerial colleagues. Following the comments

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from the honourable member for Perth and your excellent article this week

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a debate on whether this House a debate on whether this House

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recess, or whether the political recess, or whether the political

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party should sort themselves out and arrange their confidence at

:41:55.:41:54.

weekend, like the SNP do. We would weekend, like the SNP do. We would

:41:55.:41:55.

be able to work out which MPs are able to do the job in their -- their

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job in this House and hold the job in this House and hold the

:41:57.:41:56.

government to account. There is growing interest in this area.

:41:57.:41:58.

Particularly given the fact that there are perhaps fewer Liberal

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Democrats than there used to be for the confidence week. This has been

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raised through the usual channels. raised through the usual channels.

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Confidence became take place some years in advance. This is something

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carefully. I am pleased to hear carefully. I am pleased to hear

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but I am concerned at the lack of but I am concerned at the lack of

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reality in the Leader of the House's responses on police

:42:25.:42:28.

questions. In Enfield we have lost 150 plus uniformed presence from the

:42:29.:42:35.

street and seen a 22% increase in violent crime in the last year. It

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is a connection between these things. Will the Leader of the House

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ensure that when the government come to this House to pretend there --

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present the debate on policing, that they face the facts as we do in our

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communities? I can only reactivate that the crime survey shows that

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notwithstanding some of the difficult challenges the police

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force has had to face up to, crime has continued to fall. There is

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scope for police officers and police forces to deliver new ways of

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working, bringing down cost without affecting front line support to the

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community 's. Labour run Kirklees Council have written off ?850,000 in

:43:24.:43:29.

section 106 cash which was allocated section 106 cash which was allocated

:43:30.:43:34.

to improve local infrastructure by house-builders and developers. Can

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be debate how appalling situations like this is seeing local

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communities lose confidence in planning opportunities? I am aware

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of the issue. Begs questions about credit control and bringing money

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when it is due. Local authorities have the power to set timelines even

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to get money in advance for the payments they receive. Can I suggest

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to him, it is a matter of concern, to him, it is a matter of concern,

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that he raises this with the department concerned, perhaps

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through an adjournment debate or the next time they are in this House for

:44:12.:44:18.

questions? Can he share his current understanding of when legislation

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regarding the Stormont House agreement may be brought forward?

:44:27.:44:28.

With the government continue a draft Bill for scrutiny by a joint

:44:29.:44:34.

committee from both houses, dealing with the sensitive issue of legacy,

:44:35.:44:38.

which there has not been due consultation with victims for a

:44:39.:44:41.

variety of reasons and excuses, and this Parliament has been asked to

:44:42.:44:48.

legislate in lieu of the assembly. With the government give that period

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of special legislative scrutiny? I of special legislative scrutiny? I

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will discuss that with the Secretary of State. We have been involved in

:44:56.:44:58.

discussions with all parties in Northern Ireland, and those are

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continuing. We will bring it to this House as soon as we can. But I will

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make the Secretary of State of the issue he has raised. I was delighted

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to hear that others it will be taking place on the 12th to 14th of

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November, and there will be an opportunity for Parliament to

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receive him properly. That takes place between the November recess of

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this place and during Hindu New Year. Can I take the opportunity to

:45:32.:45:38.

invite the Leader of the House to wish a happy, peaceful and

:45:39.:45:42.

prosperous New Year, but equally can we have a statement as to the trade

:45:43.:45:45.

Guilds and educational arrangements and other arrangement is taking

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place during that visit? I echo the happy New Year wishes he has made

:45:56.:45:56.

reference to, and I hope everyone reference to, and I hope everyone

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has an enjoyable, relaxing, successful set of New Year festival

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's. No doubt we will all wish you, Mr Speaker, and I will make the

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House aware of the details of the visit shortly. India is one of the

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biggest allies and it is a great democracy. This is a great

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opportunity. We were guests last night for the club the London

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Tigers, a sports club which does amazing work with young people from

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all different communities, and it would be appropriate to place on

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record our appreciation for the club. Can I associate myself with a

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call for the debate on families who call for the debate on families who

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have autism in the family? I'm sure have autism in the family? I'm sure

:46:51.:46:58.

recent news of more diversity in the recent news of more diversity in the

:46:59.:47:03.

boardroom, it is welcome but needs to go further. Could we have an

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early debate on diversity, and shouldn't this House be an exemplar?

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If you look at the photograph in the corridor, it has 64 photographs of

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senior level. Everyone is white and senior level. Everyone is white and

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absolutely agree, and I would say absolutely agree, and I would say

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that notwithstanding what he says that notwithstanding what he says

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about the photographs out the back, we have made great progress over

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years. If I think what this looked years. If I think what this looked

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like in 2001 when I was elected, and what it looks like today, there is

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world of difference. We need to world of difference. We need to

:47:54.:47:53.

recruitment process. I want a recruitment process. I want a

:47:54.:48:03.

society that is reflected in this House, and it has two reflect the

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society outside in all aspects of its working. The plans for the

:48:09.:48:17.

station in Torbay, the first one for decades, is progressing well,

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therefore can we have a statement on when the next tranche of station

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funding will be available to bid for the complete this project?

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Unfortunately we have just had transport questions, so he will have

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to wait before the Secretary of State is back again, but his

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comments will have been noted. But if you look around this country, 20

:48:40.:48:46.

years after the privatisation of railways, we have new railway lines

:48:47.:48:49.

opening, the start of a new service from Oxford to London, something

:48:50.:48:54.

the days of British Rail. We have a the days of British Rail. We have a

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party opposite who think we would be better off renationalising

:48:59.:48:59.

everything. It would be disastrous. everything. It would be disastrous.

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The way we have it now, we are seeing innovations and long may that

:49:06.:49:13.

continue. Last week the Prime Minister said he did not want anyone

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relying on food banks, but this week the Work and Pensions Secretary told

:49:19.:49:22.

the select committee that he planned to station job advisers and food

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banks. Is it right that extreme food poverty should become an accepted

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element of GWP National planning? Could we have a debate on this? She

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has got this plain wrong. If we have people who are in need of food

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banks, and I would remind her that we have a lower use of food banks in

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this country than in countries like Germany, so it is simply not true

:49:51.:49:53.

that you can lead it to government -- link it to public policy. That we

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should be helping these people into work and out of poverty. Making sure

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the Jobcentre is aware of what is going on in food banks seem

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sensible. It was an honour to present certificates recently to

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some of the 1500 graduates of the National Citizen Service scheme.

:50:20.:50:24.

Does he agree with me that this is a real government success story

:50:25.:50:25.

will he allow time for a debate on will he allow time for a debate on

:50:26.:50:29.

how we can roll out this to more people every year? This has been a

:50:30.:50:36.

huge success story, this is one of the things that will have the most

:50:37.:50:39.

lasting impact on the country. It is lasting impact on the country. It is

:50:40.:50:44.

growing and developing and proving a great success. It is changing the

:50:45.:50:48.

lives of young people in different parts of the countries, bringing

:50:49.:50:52.

together people from different backgrounds in a way that can only

:50:53.:50:54.

be positive for the future. Long may it continue. The shadow leader of

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the House was right to raise the ministerial code. Could we have an

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urgent statement on who made the decision on changing the code, the

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reasons for doing so? The honour of the ministerial code is the Prime

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Minister, so there will be plenty opportunities for the honourable

:51:22.:51:29.

lady to ask. On page 29 of the day's order paper there is a motion

:51:30.:51:33.

about the UK dedication to the alimentary assembly of the Council

:51:34.:51:39.

of Europe. It goes on to page 30 because it is signed by 58 members

:51:40.:51:44.

of this House from all the major political parties. It commends the

:51:45.:51:46.

work of the honourable member work of the honourable member

:51:47.:51:57.

Christchurch, his years there, and I wonder if the Leader of the House

:51:58.:52:02.

would not only welcome this motion but put it on the order paper next

:52:03.:52:08.

week. There is not a business of the House committee, so we're relying on

:52:09.:52:11.

the government to bring this motion forward. Would he bring this

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forward? I have spotted the degree of support for this motion. I am

:52:20.:52:27.

aware of the desire to debate it. What I would say is that there is

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quite a lot of time allocated through backbench business committee

:52:31.:52:30.

to debate in this House. He will to debate in this House. He will

:52:31.:52:35.

return to the issue shortly, but return to the issue shortly, but

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there is a simple allocation there is a simple allocation

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available to debate this. The chair is sitting over there. The Minister

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may be aware of the case of 26 you will transmit and who been sentenced

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to serve her prison sentence in a men's prison. The good news I heard

:52:58.:53:08.

today is that she is to be transferred to a women's prison. --

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a 26-year-old trans-women. Decisions in detail of this tend to be out

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with the metal ministers, but the Ministry of Justice will always want

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decisions of this nature to be taken sensitively and carefully. There are

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questions for the House on Tuesday, and they will listen to her concerns

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then. Can we have a debate on how to then. Can we have a debate on how to

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complaints from constituents in the complaints from constituents in the

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past, and there is another report in past, and there is another report in

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constituents having received a constituents having received a

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convincing and genuine looking e-mail purporting to come from a

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high street bank asking for personal details which could lead to

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being defrauded. There have been a being defrauded. There have been a

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highlighted in recent weeks and highlighted in recent weeks and

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of life savings to some pretty of life savings to some pretty

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message we should give out is to be message we should give out is to be

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messages to the people we represent messages to the people we represent

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that they are criminal groups out there who are trying to rip you off

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honourable friend, keep bringing up honourable friend, keep bringing up

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the issue, it is important to do so. I hear the usual chuntering from a

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sedentary position from the shadow leader. This is a really serious

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issue. On television this week there was a woman who had been swindled

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for ?35,000 by a gang who persuaded for ?35,000 by a gang who persuaded

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her money to a different account. It her money to a different account. It

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Leader of the House understand the Leader of the House understand the

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concern being expressed in concern being expressed in

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Post and mail over the threat to Post and mail over the threat to

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Freedom of Information and will he agree to an urgent debate on what is

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a threat to the cornerstone of our democracy?

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The irony is that the person who said they regretted the Freedom of

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Information Act most was Jack Straw who introduced it and looked upon it

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as one of the things he got wrong. The Freedom of Information Act is

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something this government is committed to. We want to make sure

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it works fairly and cannot be misused but it is misused by people

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who use it as EV search tool to generate stories for the media. It

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is a legitimate tool for those who understand how this government has

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taken decisions. It is not the intention of this government to

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change that. I know from my family's on experience just how

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devastating pancreatic cancer can be and whether November being

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pancreatic awareness month can we see what is being done to help those

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suffering from this disease? My honourable friend makes an important

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point and of course all forms of cancer, particularly pancreatic

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cancer, are deeply distressing for the families of those involved and

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those who suffered from the different varieties of cancer. One

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of the things that is encouraging at the moment is that we really seemed

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to be making some significant steps forward in treatment and research

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for treatment in future. One of the things I am pleased we have done as

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the government is not withstanding the financial pressures we face. We

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have continued to keep up our budgets going into the search which

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open up a better future for those who are sufferers and I hope that

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what continues. Since the session started this morning welcome news

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has emerged from China that they are to end their one child policy. Will

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the leader of the house for a debate on the government's to child policy

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with particular reference to the Greek clause? The boot them please

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fill details and I am a wee of the issue she has raised and the fact

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she has continued to make this concern will be conveyed to my

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colleagues. -- rape clause. Anti-Muslim rape right --

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anti-Muslim hate crime will be recorded separately. Can we

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therefore have a debate on heat crime in all of its forms and what

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we can do to eradicate this from our society? Mr Speaker, heat crime in

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any form is unacceptable. I am very much aware that although we have

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seen he's beat of anti-Semitic attacks in recent months the also

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see in this country regularly attacks on mosques and Muslims. The

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steps the government are taking is right. We should not tolerate heat

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crime against any of our communities in this country. We should be dealt

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with with the full force of the law wherever that occurs. This House

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should remind us of obligations in that direction. Can we have the

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debate on defence attunement and buying British? Why are the three

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new royal navy ships and the 500 last armed vehicles from the army

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not been built with British Steel? On occasions when the Lizzie

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specialist metal requirement we have two source the specialist metal from

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wherever it comes from. 90s percent of the steel being put into

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Crossrail is coming from British sources. It is disappointing in

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Scotland the Scottish Government has not done the same. The steel going

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into our aircraft carriers is also British Steel. The question I would

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ask him, he talks about defence procurement and the question I would

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ask about defence procurement and British jobs, if he is so concerned

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about the use of British Steel and jobs in Britain, why does his party

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now support a policy that would scrap the plans for Trident

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submarines to be built in Barrow in Furness? When can we debate the

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convention that serving time ministers are not invited to give

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evidence to select committees? There is compelling evidence now that

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three prime ministers were unwittingly but directly involved in

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an enterprise that cost the taxpayers many millions of pounds.

:00:30.:00:35.

Isn't it important, too, that we understand why three prime ministers

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were infatuated by the delusional fraudsters of Kicks Company dinar

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two points to make. Everyone on both sides of the House are concerned

:00:57.:01:06.

about what happened with Kicks Company understanding what went

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wrong in that charity was not the fault of some people involved in it.

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In my view the Beagle he is looking for is already in existence. Three

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years ago the caravan manufacturers of Hull had to fight off the caravan

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tax that would like their industry. Now the government is buying steel

:01:42.:01:46.

from abroad and I wonder if it is time we had a debate about an

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industrial policy for our country and not every other country in the

:01:52.:01:57.

world? Let me tell her about industrial policy. The industrial

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policy which leads to the dramatic drop in level feel I boot in the

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UK, and industrial policy that leads to the near halving of manufacturing

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is a policy we had under the last Labour government. We have been

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working to restore manufacturing and steel development and production is

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now at the same level or slightly higher than when he took office.

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Just on occasions, they are the opposition and can ask questions

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without remembering there on record in government. When it came to

:02:34.:02:37.

manufacturing in this country they made a right royal mess up. Concern

:02:38.:02:45.

about the illegal wildlife trade is growing and the Duke of Cambridge

:02:46.:02:49.

spoke out about this last week. Responsibility in government lies

:02:50.:02:54.

between DEFRA, the Commonwealth and government office. Can we look at

:02:55.:02:58.

how we can better coordinate a UK Government response to end this vile

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trade? I wholeheartedly agree with him. To see a return to the poaching

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of elephants in southern Africa is something I find completely

:03:10.:03:15.

distressing. The threat facing the Rhino I find profoundly distressing.

:03:16.:03:19.

I would commend Prince Harry and Prince William for the work they

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have done on this over the years. I commend everyone in this House who

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works to work on this challenge. People should be able to CDs great

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animals in the wild and not look at on the history books about their

:03:36.:03:43.

death. The department that has the biggest role in all of this it is

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really ought Porto we do everything we can to stem what is a vile

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trade. -- see these great animals. Gentry and contractor is a

:03:58.:03:59.

debilitating disease of the hands caused by manual Labour. The

:04:00.:04:05.

industrial injuries advisory Council made recommendations to the DWP last

:04:06.:04:13.

year as to why they should make this a prescribed occupational disease

:04:14.:04:17.

yet there has not been any official announcement. With the leader of the

:04:18.:04:22.

house make a statement about why there has been such a delay which

:04:23.:04:25.

has impacted on many disabled people in the UK? She raises an important

:04:26.:04:32.

issue. I do not know the answer to his question but we will have the

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DWP minister is here on Monday and I will make sure they are briefed in

:04:38.:04:41.

advance of that so they can give the proper response if he raises it

:04:42.:04:46.

then. Point of order, Mr Alex Salmond. At the same time as

:04:47.:04:51.

business questions it was announced nicer John Chilcott why means of a

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letter to the tri- Minister that it would be a further nine months

:04:57.:05:01.

before the Iraq enquiry is to be published which will mean it is

:05:02.:05:04.

seven years since it was established and the full 13 years since the war

:05:05.:05:10.

was started. Would it not just be an order but a mark of respect to the

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179 families of dead servicemen at the government had come to the House

:05:22.:05:26.

to explore reasons of delay in the enquiry and the possible legal

:05:27.:05:31.

consequences that might fall on certain individuals if that

:05:32.:05:35.

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