05/11/2015 Business Questions


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Peninsula, and has pledged its allegiance to eyes -- Isil, and they


are... Is this question, Mr Chris Bryant. Will bid Leader of the House


give us business for next week? On Monday the ninth, we will do the


remaining stages of the Scotland Bill. On Tuesday it will be the


remaining stages of the trade union Bill. The House will then rise for


the short November recess at the end of business on Tuesday, returning


Monday the 16th of November. The Monday the 16th of November. The


business for the week Mensing 16th November, -- commencing. Monday,


business for the backbench committee, following by private


business for consideration. Tuesday, David two for the government


devolution Bill. Wednesday, an opposition day on a subject to be


announced. Thursday, business nominated by the backbench business


committee. On Friday the 20th of November we will consider the


private members bills. I remind honourable members that Parliament


week, the 16th to the 22nd of November, is a programme of events


seeking to connect to people across the UK with parliamentary democracy.


Organisations across the UK are taking part, and arranging


exhibitions in support of this. I know that members on all sides will


as support the institution. On as support the institution. On


Sunday, we will stand with our heads bowed in memory of the fallen. I


will be at the Cenotaph, which has had one name added, John Murray, who


enlisted aged 17 and was killed in enlisted aged 17 and was killed in


action along with other Welsh people two years later. Wheel them all an


enormous debt of gratitude. Can the leader confirmed that the


government's plans to cut working tax credits will leave a level one


Private in the British Army with two children earning 18,000 a year, even


including the increase in personal allowance and free childcare, ?2000


worse off per year? Is it not a disgrace that the government is


letting down 28,000 soldiers? Yesterday the Prime Minister and


last week pointedly refused to guarantee no one will lose out when


the Chancellor revises his plans on working tax credits on the 25th of


November. And I repeat my request for a three-day debate on the Autumn


Statement so that we can all Statement so that we can all


properly scrutinise his plans? This is National trustees week so


can we also have a debate to celebrate the contribution people up


and the country make to the 10,000 are so national charitable trusts


and no many honourable members do their bit for charity as well and


the leader of the house is an ex-trustee of the National portrait


Gallery and we'll look forward to his portrait appealing there soon.


There was a massive public demand. Five members ran the London Marathon


this year and I gather the shadow secretary is running next year. I


have run three times and I was rather depressed the last time I ran


as we were just getting to the final moments outside Buckingham Palace


and I was then overtaken by two men dressed as custard tarts. It is


probably not the first time that an MP has chased a tart down The Mall.


Which brings me to Movember when we raise awareness of prostate and


testicular cancer. Has he noticed that the Honourable member of


Huntington has sprouted a nasty moustache and is beginning to look


like an extra in 1970s pawn movie. That is according to the Honourable


member of Braintree. Earlier this week driving instructors in


Pontypridd were informed that local driving test centre was being closed


by the government will so far not a single member -- because many do not


see a difference between a hasty U-turn and legal break time and on


the issue on Channel 4 the culture secretary said quite categorically


at the 26th of August that the ownership of Channel 4 is not


currently under debate yesterday the Prime Minister make clear that he is


going to sell it off. This did not realise the only way that Channel 4


would be worth selling as if you strip it of all is public service


remit and that would be a profound mistake. That brings the question of


fracking in a national parks. Last week regulations were considered in


committee and eagle like to be trained on the order paper to see


when it might appear in a vote for the whole House. These measures that


we will harm our world Heritage sites such as the North moves in the


South Downs and endanger wildlife drinking zones. Will he tell us with


a measure too and will they explain why the department yesterday


announced publicly a consultation on the very subject that is


theoretically in mid-passage through the size without even bothering to


tell the House? Has the government learnt nothing? It is pushing


through enormous wealth for changes which will slash the work allowance


from ?9,000 to ?5,000 and will provide a real disincentive to work


for more than 12 hours a week. These regulations will not even get a 90


minute debate unless the leader allows it. So will he do so now


following on from the motion tabled in the name of the Leader of the


Opposition and of others. I know he is tempted to emulate Guy Fawkes by


blowing up the House of Lords but will he confirm that their Lordships


are preferably in total to bow to them even if we're not about you?


Several Honourable members have been striving to end gay conversion


therapies. Being gay is not a disease and it is not an illness.


Not a single medical body supports the concept of a gay cure so will


the government please now move to end conversion and aversion


therapies? Can I urge is the leader, himself personally, to backtrack on


something that he said last week? Speaking of the Freedom of


Information Act, he said that it is on occasion issues by those who use


it as you search tool -- a research tool to generate stories to the


media and that is not acceptable. I gather from from one conservative


friend that when they were in opposition they practically drowned


the office with freedom of information requests. The truth is


that countless public interest stories have only come to light


because of Freedom of information. It is an essential part of a free


press today and if there is one of the recovered does not like it is


legitimate opposition. Can I start by echoing the words of the owner


gentleman about the events on Sunday and he is utterly right to pay


tribute to the veterans of past wars and indeed are current Armed Forces.


I might be unusual in my constituency of having a cemetery


marking the lives number of Commonwealth soldiers who came to


Europe to fight the war and to Gloucester lies. They are often


forgotten as we celebrate those who gave their lives from this country.


I would like to data pay tribute to those around the world who came to


Europe to fight a war in the defence of freedom and lost the lies. It is


also ported to remember the Indian soldiers who lost lives here. We are


looking to receive this building next week by Minister of India, the


largest democracy in the world and our friend of the United Kingdom and


look very much forward to the speech he will give to the size of this


House is in recess it is very much my hope is that Honourable size and


peers from the other place will be able to come here and listen to the


words that he addresses to us. -- Honourable members. It was mentioned


that this House should always be good celebrate anniversaries that


surely will join me today in celebrating the 20th anniversary of


passing the disability discrimination act. I'm proud to be


part of a party that is the true -- that has steered through some of the


great reforms in this country. We were the first party to deliver a


disco - -- disability discrimination form. I'm sad that he does not feel


able to join me in celebrating when this House the right thing. But we


were the party who elected the first woman Prime Minister as well. He


asked the question about working tax credits and I reiterate what the


premises said yesterday which is we will have to wait to the Autumn


Statement and we will provide opportunity this hosted question the


Chancellor and the way that has spotted at 313 years in government.


He mentioned issue of our Armed Forces and I would remind them that


we're the party in government that has strengthened military


government. -- the military. He asked about driving test centres. It


is still very clear to me that he has not got over his last brief that


if I were talking about driving test centres, having seen the complete


inability of the Labour Party the summer to do emergency stop in its


leadership contest before drove into a war I would not be arguing that


side of the House they know all about driving test procedures. He


the question of fracking and we have statutory instruments passing


through this House in the normal way and it will be voted on the normal


way and the department yesterday lost a technical consultation. We


are government did not simply stop talking to people when the matter


has been considered by the people. This House boats and every measure


that comes through House. And that will be no different. It will come


through this House in due course. -- this House boats. --Votes. This will


be no exception. He mentioned National trustees week and I will


this afternoon be attending a meeting of the trustees of the


National portrait Gallery and I pay tribute to those who serve our


greatest addition and other institutions and local trustees of


other charities and they do a great job of work for this. Finally I wish


everybody who is going out tonight to enjoy a great night on bonfire


night. This place can be slightly cruel sometimes about it was very


unfavourable of our colleagues a few days ago suggest the honourable


gentleman will be spending the 5th of November at a bonfire of the


vanities. Can we have a debate on helping people to save on the use of


energy, on boosting triggers and on cutting the number of accidents on


our roads? Is he aware that all of these could be achieved if and on


cutting the number of accidents on our roads? Is he aware that all of


these could be achieved if it went? Is it not about time in winter we


stop closing plunging this country into darkness and misery by


mid-afternoon? This is being brought before the size of a number of


occasions and I assume the my piece a difference of opinion between the


benches. This issue will return to the size on a number of occasions


and will be subject to continual debate to make sure we get this


right. I also thank the leader of the house and associate this party


with the remarks about Remembrance Day on Sunday and all of my


colleagues will be services around their constituencies in Scotland. I


have laid a wreath at the post-war graves in Perth and this


demonstrates the people fleeing Nazi persecution came to this country and


went back to ensure that Europe was made free. Can I hope there will be


our bonfire reserved for the callous Tory welfare referrer reforms stoked


by their plans for the trade unions. Last week I suggested to the leader


of the house without any great expectation if you could reserve


more time for the Scotland Bill which will be in front of the House


on Monday. It looks like we will something like five hours to discuss


the debate on over 100 amendments to the Scotland Bill which are critical


to the resolution of the Scottish revolution settlement. --Devolution.


We had four days on that bill were no amendments were accepted by the


government and they made no amendments of their own. Is this


just stage? -- a listening stage? Surely we must have real-time to


have real debates about real legislation and this is just a


listening stage we will have to rethink how we do business through


this House. There was a historic vote of the Scottish Parliament this


week when in a boat from 96 to 17 voted against renewal of Trident. We


saw the SNP combining with most of Scottish Labour to vote down Trident


which will defile our beautiful country and how it will be placed


there. They join 57 out of 59 members of the Scottish Parliament


who are resolutely opposed to spending billions of pounds on these


obscene weapons of mass destruction. How will the hosts respond to this


very clear call from Scottish parliamentarians? Will we see


supporting the Labour Party West mark we know that the playwrights


have difficulty with Trident renewal. -- Blairites. We have heard


all sorts of panic in the office of the clerk and nobody has a clue


about how this weird legislative rookie cookie will be played out.


--Hokey-cokey. You said that this experiment has


become a dogs breakfast. Will he would drop his Evel from the House?


The Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition did not conclude


until 12:16pm, leaving less than half of the available time for the


rest of us to ask questions. If prime ministers questions will be so


slow, will Leader of the House look at how we discuss them, or perhaps


limit the time available to the opposition to ten minutes. You can


ask as many questions as you want from whoever he wants to ask them on


behalf of, but they're not that point, they will have the


opportunity to questions to the Prime Minister. This would light up


the prospects of backbenchers. I did forget to respond to the shadow


leader on the subject of gay conversion therapy. It might be


unusual to pay tribute to your PPS, but the honourable member has done a


good job in raising this issue. He has now established himself as one


of the foremost champions of LGBT writes. I think gay conversion


therapy is an insult to that community and it has no place in


society. Ahead of the National Health service, -- the head of the


National health service said it has no place in the NHS. You spoke about


the time given to the Scotland Bill. It has been debated extensively and


will be debated next week. But does he not think that this bill will


give his colleagues are substantial additional range of devolved powers,


and what I cannot understand is why are they so keen in carrying on the


debate rather than getting it through and using them? Surely this


is about the extra power of responsibility, and I would want to


get my teeth into that and get on with the job. Why they want to delay


it further I cannot understand. I have great sympathy with him because


he is right to identify that the Labour Party is all over the place.


I am at a loss to understand them saying nuclear deterrent is


necessary, but his party leader does not support this. It is the view of


the government and the settled view of the United Kingdom Parliament in


the majority that at a time when the world is potentially dangerous and


unstable, the worst and we could do is get rid of independent nuclear


deterrent. We have seen a bit of a return of his faux outrage. He sees


no reason privately by the English should not have a Evel type system.


That is what we have now got. I think he is uncomfortable with the


decisions you have taken over the certification of the Evel measures.


In this House, my view is that your word is final, and whether we like


it or not we do have to take your judgment when it comes to matters


like Evel as the defining word about how they will be handled. He may not


like it, but that is the way it is going to


But the reality is it is for the Speaker to decide whether the


session is running too long, and he does that.


Will he consider holding a debate on what more can be done to help


educate people with diabetes and how to manage the condition? The


question of diabetes has become much more of an issue, there is greater


awareness of it and the implications it has for the health of


individuals, and the work done by organisations like Diabetes UK, and


teams of local volunteers and those who have experienced it, they are


input is valuable. It is something regularly brought up in the


adjournment debates we hold in the chamber and Westminster Hall, and I


would encourage her to think about that and make sure this issue stays


in the forefront of ministers and society. Many people across the


north-east will be disappointed by the report of the quality contract


scheme board into the future of local bus services. This report puts


at risk key devolution commitment given less than a fortnight ago to


give powers again. Will he cleared up this by arranging a statement to


be made and offer reassurance that the devolution deal is worth the


paper it is written on? It is very much worth the paper it is written


on and it is our intention to move power away from Whitehall. Regarding


buses, when we're ready to make further announcements we will do so.


On page 14 of the manifesto agreement, it says we have improved


Parliament, strengthening its ability to hold the government to


account. We have reformed select committees. It goes on to say, we


will reform Parliament. Could the Leader of the House provided at


least a written statement next week with all the reforms he proposes for


Parliament? I will consider the request, but I would say to him that


I tend to want to wait for procedures like -- committees like


the procedure committee to bring forth proposals so that anything we


by Parliament itself. And number of by Parliament itself. And number


committees are looking at committees are looking


recommendations about how Parliament recommendations about how Parliament


works and I am looking forward to see what they suggest. The Leader of


the House can be sure that the backbench business committee has


enough stocks to fill the time allocated to us, but once again I am


afraid to say that the communication lines are not brilliant because I


was first informed we had been allocated Monday the 16th by my own


Chief Whip on Monday night last week, so I really wish we could get


that line of communication working that line of communication working


better so that backbench business committees can become aware first


and foremost of the time allocated to it. Last Saturday I had the


privilege of attending the unveiling privilege of attending the unveiling


of a permanent memorial to Corporal of a permanent memorial to Corporal


Stephen Dunn and Rifleman Mark Turner. Batters in Gateshead, where


we also had the opening of the north-east Field of Remembrance last


Saturday. This marked remembrance week. The Royal British Legion have


end of the First World War, and the end of the First World War, and the


north-east Field of Remembrance will have across every north-east member


of personnel who died. Could the Leader of the House comment on the


support given to the Royal British Legion in its endeavours all over


the country? I would pay tribute not just to those involved in what is


clearly an important symbol of remembrance in the north-east, but


to all of those around the country who will be playing a support role


in the commemorations will we will all be taking part in. This is a


really important moment in the national calendar, and I would pay


great tribute involved in making it happen. I would take note in the


points he makes about communication. Can we have a debate about the right


to wear medals? One of my constituents who is serving with her


majesties forces is the proud recipient of the natal Africa medal,


and he has been told by the Foreign Office that this is a keepsake and


he is not allowed to wear ripped. It seems to me extraordinary that at


this time we can wear poppies with pride, and people such as my


constituent who have won the natal Africa medal against anti-piracy and


not able to do that. I do not see anyone being denied the opportunity


to wear a medal, and I will make sure they are aware of his concerns.


I would like to raise the question of fire safety, which is appropriate


given the history of these buildings. I have written to the


Leader of the House raising the very disappointing number of


parliamentary colleagues and staff parliamentary colleagues and staff


who have completed their online fire safety training available on the


intranet, which takes less than ten minutes, for the safety of ourselves


and visitors and guests. What can the leader do to encourage


colleagues to do more training and encourage their staff to do the


same? Can I commend him for his work. When I took on this role, I


did the tour of the seller. As we will now go Fox and his team did not


hang out there, it has all been rebuilt. -- Guy Fawkes. It is an


enormously complex and fire safety enormously complex and fire safety


should be a priority for all of us. I would in courage people to take


his advice today. Can we discuss Freedom of Information because I


honourable member regarding this. We honourable member regarding this. We


could perhaps highlight the situation where Labour-controlled


West Yorkshire Fire authority have done a deal where they gave up two


existing sites for one new site which most people think... They


so taxpayers can tell whether their so taxpayers can tell whether their


money is being used in an money is being used in an


have a debate on Freedom of have a debate on Freedom of


whether or not local taxpayers are whether or not local taxpayers are


being ripped off by the West being ripped off by the West


Yorkshire Fire authority? There will be no changes to Freedom of


this House, and I'm sure he will this House, and I'm sure he will


constituents are concerned about the constituents are concerned about the


National Grid being able to keep electricity supply over the winter.


Can he bring forward his own plans to assure us that the lights will be


This is an important issue and we This is an important issue and we


are dealing with a lack of investment for the past decade, but


it is something we take seriously and we monitor closely. We are


trying to find the right Alan is between ensuring we have capacity in


this country, and we fulfil our this country, and we fulfil our


obligations and we will provide updates. Last week the delegated


Legislation committee on fracking was voted through, and while


protections have been looked at for UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as


Bath, the water that feeds into the Bath, the water that feeds into the


area goes into these zones. -- UNESCO. I would say to him that


provisions for fracking include tight rules around a level -- the


level at which they can take place. Through the Health and Safety


Executive we have probably the finest regulators of safety in the


energy industry and he should have confidence that they will ensure


that any fracking that takes place is done with the utmost


technological carer. Following business questions last week there


was a point of order raised by my right honourable friend. Many of us


expected a statement on the delays expected a statement on the delays


of the publication of the Chilcott enquiry so members could express the


views of our constituents. Given allegations that there are delays


beat -- can a statement be made so beat -- can a statement be made so


we can debate this further? The much regret that delays have


taken place. We want to see it happen as soon as possible and the


Prime Minister is offered so John additional resource to bring forward


publication date and we will continue to inform the House is we


don't want republish the correspondence between the premise


and St John last week. Can we have a debate on the education funding


formula in England? My local authority, west Sussex, is the


second lowest funded despite there being some considerable pockets of


deprivation? That is a debate on school and education funding in


Westminster Hall this afternoon and I would encourage them to take part


in that. It is an issue around the country is something we endeavour to


get right and ensure the education system responded properly the


schools budget is one of the idiots we have striven to protect. -- one


of the alias we have striven to protect. --Areas. This week it is


emerged that the private provider of Ambulance Services in the Manchester


area has wrongly stated its figures. Will he provide government time on a


debate in the scandal and whether there will be a police


investigation? As she will know I take allegations of corporate fraud


against torment enormously seriously and when I was Secretary of State at


the Ministry of Justice I referred our providers to the Serious Fraud


Office is secured tens of millions of pounds for events and well


recorded at the time. I was eating her to make sure that the Health


Secretary is aware of the contentions raised and he is and


he's on the size to take questions on Tuesday week and I will make sure


that he is available to take the question then. Last week I had the


pleasure of speaking at the new opening of a new studio at a theatre


and would they agree that theatres bring life to Terence and cities? I


would agree under tight bodice local performers but performers from all


around the country then surely will take advantage of the many options


that he has to make sure that they stay in the public eye will stop


this week is living wage work. Will the leader of the house join me in


congratulating Cardiff University which has won the 2015 living ways


Champion award for Wales? It is the only university in the UK to receive


this recognition and Billy advise the counsellor -- will he advise the


Chancellor that his living wage is not wage? -- not a living wage? I


would commend Cardiff University and say to the party of opposite that


they were in power for 13 years and did not seek to introduce a living


wage and we have the first time brought forward proposals that will


lead to dramatic increase in the living wage to more than ?9 per hour


by the time of the next general election. Another great Conservative


social reform. On Sunday I will be attending a very solemn Remembrance


Sunday remembrance service on the Ho end Plymouth. This year we have not


had the chance to pay tribute to those who fought during the course


of both world war. My grandfather served in Jutland. Can we have a


debate so that we make sure that next year we can pay tribute to


those servicemen and gave their lives to defend our freedoms? It was


traditionally the case in the south that we are five day set aside for


debates on various aspects of defence and our Armed Forces and


veterans. That has been allocated to the backbench business committee and


I think it is something that should be part of our calendar. Can you put


that the understatement of local government funding? On arts and


museums? It is tougher for those in public sector to run services than


there has been because we've had to eliminate the largest deficit in


is up and down the country we are is up and down the country we are


seeing local authorities adapt to those changing circumstances and


still deliver high-quality services and I feel quality that in -- I feel


confident that in his constituency that will be true. Could the Leader


of the House of Lords think about having a debate in government time


about how it is being implemented into the UK parliamentary process to


ensure fair and effective public participation in the preparation of


infrastructure projects? We could perhaps have the same time examined


by the government has yet again called for a postponement of the


Army Convention compliance committee Army Convention compliance committee


relating to HS2. Perhaps we could make sure this takes place before


the passage of the HS2 phase one bill has completed its course in


this House. She is as ever powerful advocate for her constituency. I'm


not certain of the current state of play with regard to that complaint


but I will ask the Secretary of State to write with the response to


the issues she has raised today. Last weekend the Metropolitan Police


had to apologise following the disproportionate and heavy policing


of a demonstration during which one of my constituency was beaten to the


ground and had his turban removed and suffered concussion. He was


released without charge like others on a demonstration. Given the recent


questions about the China demonstration today asked the Home


Secretary to cheer our review on the placing of demonstrations and make a


statement to this oh so we can get the balance right between security


and protecting the freedom of our citizens and also including the


liberty and freedom to protest? It is thusly a difficult challenge for


the police to deal with demonstrations and I would always


cancel them to try and be as measured and careful as possible in


dealing with them. I would say of course that the job was made


difficult -- made more difficult when we have people in our society


who encourage race hatred. The UK is facing a critical shortage it would


be unfair to delay the delivery of the question from North West


Leicestershire. We are facing a critical shortage of heavy goods


vehicle drivers and the average age of drivers of each TV is now 53. --


HGV can we have a debate on how we get more people at the logistics


industry possibly through an HGV apprentice scheme? This is a matter


that is a priority for this government and I would encourage


them to either use the German debate are the backbench committee and we


will return to this matter and government. -- or the backbench


committee. -- in government. The honourable member for Westmorland


asked if I minister would support the campaign to bring children to


the UK. No that it has been confirmed that all of those children


did not have identifiable family, has the leader had a request from


the Prime Minister to come to the size to explain that he is no


willing to take those 3000 children as requested by save the children?


The programme is being coordinated by the Home Office and the Home


Secretary will be here Monday week to take questions and we are working


closely with the UNHCR to bring to this country some of the vulnerable


refugees University and she will be able to answer detailed questions


about the state of these ago stations which addresses this House


in ten days' time. As we await a ministerial decision on increasing


runway capacity and the south-east can we have it debate on night


flights? While Boris from Uxbridge sleeps soundly each night, someone


in Edenbridge wakes me up regularly to complain about the flights. We


need to consider the issues for committees who live under night


flight flight path. With the emperors commission report I have no


doubt that the report on the runway capacity in the future for this


country will be debated when the government response to the


conditions of the airports authority and no night flights will be part of


that. The government recently issued a call for evidence on this review


to the secondary ticketing market and it is pressed by the chair of


the ticketing society that I have had conversations with ticketing


agencies who have informally I am the first one to bring this to


attention. May I request that when calls to evidence about for what


they are publicised fully otherwise any recommendations that arise out


of will be put as a consequence? The Minister will be here next week and


I would encourage her to make that point directly to him. On the 31st


of December, the Equitable Life payment scheme will close to new


claimants. We have not yet had a chance to debate this in the course


of this Parliament and the number of us that have gone a cross-party


basis and met with victims of that scandal on Tuesday and the member


for Harrow East is attending the annual general meeting today. Can we


have a debate that scheme soon so that in particular the case can be


made that once the number of claimants has been crystallised in


the 31st of December we can ensure that any surplus funds are eager to


identify claimants rather than returned to the Treasury? The


Treasury has sought to broaden the support it provides to Equitable


members as far as it can do and it is operated in line with the


recommendations of the ombudsman. This remains a matter of concern to


members on different sides of the House and may well be we're


allocating sick of -- significant amounts of time to it. Will the


leader of the house ask is right honourable friend the Secretary of


State for business innovations and skills to update the House on the


progress made by the three groups that were set up after the UK steel


summit at rather? They were set up to find ways to support the UK steel


sector at this time. It is reflected in my Motherwell and Wishaw after


they recent announcer of closure of works and Clyde bridge. --


Rotherham. --Clydebridge? I would urge her to put this to the Minister


directly in the House next Tuesday. I have been contacted by one of my


constituents concerned about the avalanche some years ago of the 15


year long stop rule for claims against IFAs.


It is important they brought certain way but sometimes with the full


facts emerge after a period of time and seek a have a deadline that is


too quick either. I'll make sure his concerns are drawn to the attention


of my colleagues in the Treasury and ask that he responds to them. Will


Leader of the House have a debate regarding what discussions have been


made regarding the changes in the steel industry. Many aspects of this


support provided is devolved to Wales, but it is a matter of the UK


Government to provide leadership in the future of the steel industry,


which is what we are looking to do. which is what we are looking to do.


I will be making sure that the ministers will be ready to discuss


this next week. Successive people have been in courage to buy diesel


cars. But can we find time to debate what can be done about the fuel


additives to reduce emissions because millions of people cannot


suddenly buy petrol cars instead. This issue is shocking. Those of us


who are believers in free enterprise argue that the case is not help when


you see corporate malpractice of the kind we have seen with bulks widen


and the diesel sector. I hope the issues can be resolved as quickly as


possible, and clearly individuals who lose out as a result should be


compensated. The industry has a duty to be open and honest, and when


things like this happen it damages confidence in their corporations and


makes the life of the public more difficult. It should never have


happened, it is shocking. Four times happened, it is shocking. Four times


in my constituency -- happens have lost banks in the high Street of


their town. Can we have a debate on the retreat of the high-street


banking companies from rural areas, particularly because many of those


areas cannot access Internet banking as they do not have adequate road


band. This is one of the topics being considered by backbench


business committee. The banks are cod by the fact that more of us are


simply banking online, and increasingly cashless systems are


available whether it is through your phone or the card in your wallet.


Banks are finding it more difficult to sustain banking networks, but we


do not want to lose key services in rural areas, and I would ask him to


bring this to the host to the relevant minister to discuss the


matter. In my constituency, a band has celebrated recording history of


years. Can we discuss funding for arts venues? I congratulate the band


on its centenary. There are some great bands in the country. The


reality is that we celebrate the work done in local communities for


musical groups up and down the country, local bands that add value


to this country, and I know that local authorities and grant giving


bodies will do their best to sustain these bands. Can we have a debate on


business rates, specifically the time it takes for the valuation


office agency to consider appeals? office agency to consider appeals?


There is a brewing business located There is a brewing business located


in my constituency that has been waiting ten months. We should have a


debate so ministers can assert some pressure on the valuation to support


small and medium enterprises to have small and medium enterprises to have


this heard in a timely matter. this heard in a timely matter.


Clearly we do not want barriers to businesses operating successfully.


Where problems arise we will seek to Where problems arise we will seek to


address them. Next Tuesday as business questions and I


will take advantage of the will take advantage of the


the department are well aware of the the department are well aware of the


a debate on the relative a debate on the relative


place and the other place place and the other place


particularly regarding cuts the tax credits. I think the party opposite,


if it is concerned about the appointments to the Lords should


look in the mirror. Goes over the years in government, the rate of


were far higher than it is under were far higher than it is under


this government. I did say last week that I would ensure that a statement


would be made about the Strathclyde review, and that was brought forward


just a day before releasing it to the public. -- yesterday. As a


former local councillor I am generally supportive of the


government's devolution agenda so long as it follows responsibility.


But given the lack of public negotiations, does the Leader of the


House not think there is a role to consider agreements are consistent,


transparent and fair? There are many opportunities to question ministers


about the agreements they are reaching, and it is not a matter of


the resources, it is about making better use of money. There are many


parts of public money that tend to do the same thing, and part of the


devolution agenda is making better use of the resources available,


giving greater power to local authorities to deliver high quality


services to the public. Now that the Leader of the House has prosecuted


Evel on this place, by creating second-class MPs, head of the debate


Scottish laws? Will he make sure Scottish laws? Will he make sure


that English Tory MPs do not exercise a veto against us? Of


Scottish laws, it is called a Scottish laws, it is called a


Scottish Parliament. I keep listening to the outrage from the


benches opposite. I will remind them that firstly there is no vote in the


chamber that they will be excluded chamber that they will be excluded


from in future, and secondly, when from in future, and secondly, when


they discuss the matters away from here, they are less outraged as they


of the 11 million Britons to suffer of the 11 million Britons to suffer


with hearing loss. There was a parliamentary reception yesterday


for actions on this, which reveal there are no health of solid --


health authorities no longer health authorities no longer


prescribing hearing aids for people with minor hearing loss. One in six


debate about how health resources debate about how health


can be used to ensure that people can be used to ensure that people


with hearing loss do not suffer unnecessary isolation? Can I pay


tribute to him for the work he does. This is one of these issues that


transcends party lines, and we're good work is done on all sides of


the House, raising awareness and challenges of those facing hearing


loss. Commissioning decisions and spending decisions on health care


matters have been devolved. I hope his advocacy will ask those parts of


the country to change their views. Yesterday I attended a parliamentary


event, where businesses who pay the real living wage showcase their


products, from microbreweries to organic food suppliers they all


spoke about the benefits of being a living wage employer, from better


staff morale to improved applicable as a. How can we encourage more


employers to sign up to the real living wage as set by the living


wage foundation, thus achieving the high pay economy the government


speak so much about? Clearly we want to see wage levels rise, so we have


debated constantly hear, with the debated constantly hear, with the


introduction of our own national living wage, with different economic


debates, so she will have plenty of opportunity to raise this. I would


encourage employers to look hard at the challenges faced by their


employees, and the more we can see in ploy is paying a higher rate, the


better it is for the country. That can only happen if the economy is


growing strongly, which is what it is doing now. Could we have a debate


on the use of children as suicide bombers? I recent had a Westminster


Hall debate on this, and the situation continues to deteriorate,


not least for orphaned children who are often kidnap in places such as


Syria, and it is estimated that Syria, and it is estimated that


somewhere close to 1000 children are now training as suicide bombers. Can


we have a debate on this? The Minister responsible is behind me


and has taken note of his comments. It is completely shocking. It is a


sign of a barbaric ideology which has no place in the modern world,


which is what we are seeking to resist in the north-west of Iraq and


the East of Syria, particularly. The kind of extremist views that sends a


child with a bomb attached to them, to blow themselves up in pursuit of


an ideology that is perverse is something we should all continue to


find up rent and do everything we can to resist. Can we do meet --


debate prime ministerial hubris, the symptoms include strutting like


Napoleon and speaking in the language of Churchill, and it makes


prime ministers susceptible to this give War a chance party. It also has


an effect on Prime Minister is because writing their own bloody


page in history often unhinge is the balance of the mind, and while the


permanent, to leave tens of permanent, to leave tens of


thousands of soldiers ordered into battle, it can be lethal in fighting


unaffordable wars. It is an unaffordable wars. It is an


interesting fact that we celebrate interesting fact that we celebrate


the Prime Minister who led us to three general election victories,


but the other side of the House like the airbrush him out of history. It


has transpired that last winter the south-east ambulance trust has


trialled a new system which put in trialled a new system which put in


danger 25,000 patients. It could have led to the loss of life of up


to 25 people. Could he bring to the to 25 people. Could he bring to the


House health ministers to answer House health ministers to answer


questions of what they knew, when questions of what they knew, when


they knew, and make sure this is not they knew, and make sure this is not


occurred anywhere else in the occurred anywhere else in the


and I share his concern. The and I share his concern. The


Secretary of State will be here on Tuesday week, and I urge him to put


that point to him. The government that point to him. The government


has chosen to exclude... This condition will severely undermined


the growing energy sector across the country. Will he agreed to allocate


government time to debate this perverse decision? Of course we have


tried to take a range of decisions to encourage and support the growth


of renewable energy, to make sure we keep the lights on, and meet the


financial challenges. I understand the point he is making. The Energy


Secretary will be here the week after next. The European order


business paper lists details of legislation and other documents


sourced from the European Union, but has been deemed political importance


to merit debate either by the House or committees. As of today, the


documents awaiting debate, and only documents awaiting debate, and only


one of them has a provisional date allocated to it. Could the Leader of


the House tell us who is responsible for this lack of respect to the due


process? This is something the chairman of the scrutiny committee


raised recently, and the government has just written to him setting out


plans for a serious op -- series of other debates. There are many


demands for the use of time for debates on a variety of subjects,


and we take the issue seriously, making additional time available.


Are determined to deliver a higher wage, lower welfare economy.


Although George Osborne has been forced into a U-turn of swords were


he says he is determined to push through with reform to tax credits


but the resolution foundation which deals with policy issues that affect


those on low incomes says the Chancellor should strap his plan to


cut tax credits -- scrap as planned. Personnel is the director of the


resolution foundation and joined by the Chief Executive of the taxpayers


Alliance. We have heard about freaks being made, things will be done to


mitigate cuts to tax credits, so how can you say that he should drop the


idea altogether, we don't know what he is proposing. The state of the


debate we are at, the something must be done stage. Options that would


take the distinct changes and tweak them a little will not deliver


critically economically for the Chancellor. He can do that while


maintaining his fiscal objectives. You are saying there is not money


that could be spent that would make a dramatic enough change to tax


credit cuts or make the savings that he wants? We should be clear that we


welcome his raising the minimum wage and that will benefit some people


who are losing in the tax credit changes but further increases to the


minimum wage for tax cuts will not compensate the losers of tax cuts


because they are fundamentally different people. You have five ways


of changing the system and offering an alternative, why did the


government not come up with that, if they were so obvious and pain free,


why did the Chancellor not come off of them? Very few changes are not


pain-free. He will revisit his decision on 25 November. We wouldn't


say they were pain-free, it is a choice of whether you have a large


amount of pain or a small group of working people on tax credits.


Therefore easing the pressure. Before we come onto what you are


proposing, EU except that cuts to tax credits morally whether right or


wrong thing to do? I wouldn't have started from here. Lu there are a


lot of other things the government should look at before it looked at


cutting tax credits, not least the benefits and pensions received by


pensioners and has reminded us that if -- inflation is 0%. Your pension


goes up by 2.5%. That is unsustainable. The government should


be looking at that kind of thing, winter fuel payments are given to


every pensioner. Even millionaire pensioners. Lu despite that the


government has stopped giving child benefit to families, still living


winter fuel payments to the richest pensioners. There are other ways in


which the government could be finding the


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