05/11/2015 Business Questions


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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business for the backbench committee, following by private

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business for consideration. Tuesday, David two for the government

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

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announced. Thursday, business nominated by the backbench business

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

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private members bills. I remind honourable members that Parliament

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

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

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Organisations across the UK are taking part, and arranging

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

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

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

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

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

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

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enormous debt of gratitude. Can the leader confirmed that the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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properly scrutinise his plans? This is National trustees week so

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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testicular cancer. Has he noticed that the Honourable member of

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Huntington has sprouted a nasty moustache and is beginning to look

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

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member of Braintree. Earlier this week driving instructors in

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Pontypridd were informed that local driving test centre was being closed

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

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

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the issue on Channel 4 the culture secretary said quite categorically

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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a measure too and will they explain why the department yesterday

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announced publicly a consultation on the very subject that is

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

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

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through enormous wealth for changes which will slash the work allowance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Several Honourable members have been striving to end gay conversion

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

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

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the government please now move to end conversion and aversion

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

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

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

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

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

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friend that when they were in opposition they practically drowned

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the office with freedom of information requests. The truth is

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that countless public interest stories have only come to light

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

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

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

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

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

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I might be unusual in my constituency of having a cemetery

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marking the lives number of Commonwealth soldiers who came to

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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that this House should always be good celebrate anniversaries that

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Statement and we will provide opportunity this hosted question the

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

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

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we're the party in government that has strengthened military

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the question of fracking and we have statutory instruments passing

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

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way and the department yesterday lost a technical consultation. We

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

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

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

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

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

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this afternoon be attending a meeting of the trustees of the

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

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greatest addition and other institutions and local trustees of

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

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

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

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unfavourable of our colleagues a few days ago suggest the honourable

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

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

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

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

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

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

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stop closing plunging this country into darkness and misery by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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colleagues will be services around their constituencies in Scotland. I

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

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demonstrates the people fleeing Nazi persecution came to this country and

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

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our bonfire reserved for the callous Tory welfare referrer reforms stoked

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

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of the house without any great expectation if you could reserve

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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have real debates about real legislation and this is just a

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

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

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

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

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

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

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who are resolutely opposed to spending billions of pounds on these

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

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very clear call from Scottish parliamentarians? Will we see

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supporting the Labour Party West mark we know that the playwrights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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give his colleagues are substantial additional range of devolved powers,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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session is running too long, and he does that.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Parliament, strengthening its ability to hold the government to

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

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

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

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

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

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the procedure committee to bring forth proposals so that anything we

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

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committees are looking at committees are looking

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recommendations about how Parliament recommendations about how Parliament

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

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the House can be sure that the backbench business committee has

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

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

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

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

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that line of communication working that line of communication working

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better so that backbench business committees can become aware first

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

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privilege of attending the unveiling privilege of attending the unveiling

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Leader of the House raising the very disappointing number of

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parliamentary colleagues and staff parliamentary colleagues and staff

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who have completed their online fire safety training available on the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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enormously complex and fire safety enormously complex and fire safety

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

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

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

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could perhaps highlight the situation where Labour-controlled

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

:30:10.:30:14.

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

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

:30:26.:30:52.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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constituents are concerned about the constituents are concerned about the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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obligations and we will provide updates. Last week the delegated

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Legislation committee on fracking was voted through, and while

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

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

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

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

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

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Executive we have probably the finest regulators of safety in the

:32:30.:32:37.

energy industry and he should have confidence that they will ensure

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that any fracking that takes place is done with the utmost

:32:40.:32:43.

technological carer. Following business questions last week there

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

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

:32:50.:32:53.

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

:32:54.:32:57.

views of our constituents. Given allegations that there are delays

:32:58.:33:05.

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

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

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

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Prime Minister is offered so John additional resource to bring forward

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

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don't want republish the correspondence between the premise

:33:43.:33:47.

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

:33:48.:33:51.

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

:33:52.:33:55.

second lowest funded despite there being some considerable pockets of

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

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

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

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get right and ensure the education system responded properly the

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

:34:20.:34:26.

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

:34:27.:34:41.

emerged that the private provider of Ambulance Services in the Manchester

:34:42.:34:46.

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

:34:47.:34:53.

debate in the scandal and whether there will be a police

:34:54.:34:59.

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

:35:00.:35:03.

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

:35:04.:35:07.

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

:35:08.:35:13.

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

:35:14.:35:17.

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

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Secretary is aware of the contentions raised and he is and

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

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

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

:35:46.:35:58.

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

:35:59.:36:08.

would agree under tight bodice local performers but performers from all

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

:36:12.:36:16.

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

:36:17.:36:26.

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

:36:27.:36:28.

congratulating Cardiff University which has won the 2015 living ways

:36:29.:36:35.

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

:36:36.:36:37.

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

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

:36:47.:36:57.

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

:36:58.:37:01.

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

:37:02.:37:06.

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

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

:37:11.:37:14.

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

:37:15.:37:23.

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

:37:24.:37:33.

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

:37:34.:37:42.

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

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

:37:49.:37:54.

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

:37:55.:37:59.

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

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

:38:07.:38:11.

debates on various aspects of defence and our Armed Forces and

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

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

:38:21.:38:31.

that the understatement of local government funding? On arts and

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

:38:43.:38:45.

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

:38:46.:38:49.

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

:38:50.:38:54.

seeing local authorities adapt to those changing circumstances and

:38:55.:38:57.

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

:38:58.:39:05.

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

:39:06.:39:10.

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

:39:11.:39:18.

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

:39:19.:39:23.

ensure fair and effective public participation in the preparation of

:39:24.:39:27.

infrastructure projects? We could perhaps have the same time examined

:39:28.:39:31.

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

:39:32.:39:37.

Army Convention compliance committee Army Convention compliance committee

:39:38.:39:46.

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

:39:47.:39:50.

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

:39:51.:39:57.

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

:39:58.:40:02.

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

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

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

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had to apologise following the disproportionate and heavy policing

:40:19.:40:27.

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

:40:28.:40:31.

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

:40:32.:40:36.

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

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questions about the China demonstration today asked the Home

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

:40:48.:40:50.

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

:40:51.:40:54.

and protecting the freedom of our citizens and also including the

:40:55.:40:59.

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

:41:00.:41:03.

the police to deal with demonstrations and I would always

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

:41:09.:41:12.

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

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

:41:18.:41:26.

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

:41:27.:41:40.

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

:41:41.:41:50.

Leicestershire. We are facing a critical shortage of heavy goods

:41:51.:41:56.

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

:41:57.:42:08.

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

:42:09.:42:13.

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

:42:14.:42:21.

that is a priority for this government and I would encourage

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

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

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

:42:47.:42:53.

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

:42:54.:43:00.

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

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

:43:05.:43:07.

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

:43:08.:43:11.

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

:43:12.:43:18.

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

:43:19.:43:21.

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

:43:22.:43:29.

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

:43:30.:43:33.

refugees University and she will be able to answer detailed questions

:43:34.:43:37.

about the state of these ago stations which addresses this House

:43:38.:43:42.

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

:43:43.:43:45.

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

:43:46.:43:54.

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

:43:55.:44:00.

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

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need to consider the issues for committees who live under night

:44:12.:44:17.

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

:44:18.:44:24.

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

:44:25.:44:28.

country will be debated when the government response to the

:44:29.:44:35.

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

:44:36.:44:41.

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

:44:42.:44:46.

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

:44:47.:45:02.

the ticketing society that I have had conversations with ticketing

:45:03.:45:12.

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

:45:13.:45:15.

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

:45:16.:45:22.

they are publicised fully otherwise any recommendations that arise out

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

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

:45:32.:45:39.

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

:45:40.:45:44.

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

:45:45.:45:48.

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

:45:49.:45:53.

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

:45:54.:45:58.

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

:45:59.:46:02.

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

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made that once the number of claimants has been crystallised in

:46:06.:46:08.

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

:46:09.:46:14.

identify claimants rather than returned to the Treasury? The

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Treasury has sought to broaden the support it provides to Equitable

:46:19.:46:24.

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

:46:25.:46:27.

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

:46:28.:46:31.

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

:46:32.:46:37.

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

:46:38.:46:47.

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

:46:48.:46:50.

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

:46:51.:46:53.

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

:46:54.:46:59.

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

:47:00.:47:08.

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

:47:09.:47:13.

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

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

:47:30.:47:38.

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

:47:39.:47:43.

constituents concerned about the avalanche some years ago of the 15

:47:44.:47:49.

year long stop rule for claims against IFAs.

:47:50.:48:03.

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

:48:04.:48:20.

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

:48:21.:48:26.

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

:48:27.:48:29.

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

:48:30.:48:44.

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

:48:45.:48:54.

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

:48:55.:49:02.

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

:49:03.:49:05.

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

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

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

:49:17.:49:22.

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

:49:23.:49:29.

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

:49:30.:49:37.

additives to reduce emissions because millions of people cannot

:49:38.:49:41.

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

:49:42.:49:47.

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

:49:48.:49:53.

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

:49:54.:50:00.

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

:50:01.:50:07.

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

:50:08.:50:11.

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

:50:12.:50:17.

things like this happen it damages confidence in their corporations and

:50:18.:50:20.

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

:50:21.:50:22.

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

:50:23.:50:31.

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

:50:32.:50:38.

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

:50:39.:50:41.

banking companies from rural areas, particularly because many of those

:50:42.:50:48.

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

:50:49.:50:54.

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

:50:55.:50:59.

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

:51:00.:51:03.

simply banking online, and increasingly cashless systems are

:51:04.:51:10.

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

:51:11.:51:14.

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

:51:15.:51:18.

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

:51:19.:51:25.

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

:51:26.:51:35.

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

:51:36.:51:47.

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

:51:48.:51:53.

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

:51:54.:52:00.

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

:52:01.:52:05.

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

:52:06.:52:12.

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

:52:13.:52:15.

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

:52:16.:52:31.

business rates, specifically the time it takes for the valuation

:52:32.:52:35.

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

:52:36.:52:42.

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

:52:43.:52:50.

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

:52:51.:52:55.

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

:52:56.:52:55.

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

:52:56.:52:59.

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

:53:00.:53:08.

Clearly we do not want barriers to businesses operating successfully.

:53:09.:53:10.

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

:53:11.:53:27.

address them. Next Tuesday as business questions and I

:53:28.:53:27.

will take advantage of the will take advantage of the

:53:28.:53:28.

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

:53:29.:53:29.

a debate on the relative a debate on the relative

:53:30.:53:29.

place and the other place place and the other place

:53:30.:53:30.

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

:53:31.:53:38.

if it is concerned about the appointments to the Lords should

:53:39.:53:43.

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

:53:44.:53:48.

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

:53:49.:53:55.

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

:53:56.:54:00.

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

:54:01.:54:11.

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

:54:12.:54:22.

former local councillor I am generally supportive of the

:54:23.:54:26.

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

:54:27.:54:36.

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

:54:37.:54:39.

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

:54:40.:54:49.

transparent and fair? There are many opportunities to question ministers

:54:50.:54:50.

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

:54:51.:54:56.

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

:54:57.:55:02.

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

:55:03.:55:05.

devolution agenda is making better use of the resources available,

:55:06.:55:11.

giving greater power to local authorities to deliver high quality

:55:12.:55:19.

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

:55:20.:55:26.

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

:55:27.:55:35.

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

:55:36.:55:40.

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

:55:41.:55:47.

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

:55:48.:55:53.

Scottish Parliament. I keep listening to the outrage from the

:55:54.:55:56.

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

:55:57.:55:57.

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

:55:58.:56:00.

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

:56:01.:56:08.

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

:56:09.:56:15.

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

:56:16.:56:23.

with hearing loss. There was a parliamentary reception yesterday

:56:24.:56:26.

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

:56:27.:56:31.

health authorities no longer health authorities no longer

:56:32.:56:35.

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

:56:36.:56:44.

debate about how health resources debate about how health

:56:45.:56:50.

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

:56:51.:56:50.

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

:56:51.:56:53.

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

:56:54.:56:57.

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

:56:58.:57:05.

the House, raising awareness and challenges of those facing hearing

:57:06.:57:11.

loss. Commissioning decisions and spending decisions on health care

:57:12.:57:15.

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

:57:16.:57:33.

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

:57:34.:57:37.

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

:57:38.:57:43.

products, from microbreweries to organic food suppliers they all

:57:44.:57:48.

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

:57:49.:57:52.

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

:57:53.:57:55.

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

:57:56.:58:02.

wage foundation, thus achieving the high pay economy the government

:58:03.:58:09.

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

:58:10.:58:12.

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

:58:13.:58:17.

introduction of our own national living wage, with different economic

:58:18.:58:23.

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

:58:24.:58:28.

encourage employers to look hard at the challenges faced by their

:58:29.:58:34.

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

:58:35.:58:44.

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

:58:45.:58:47.

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

:58:48.:58:57.

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

:58:58.:59:02.

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

:59:03.:59:06.

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

:59:07.:59:08.

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

:59:09.:59:14.

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

:59:15.:59:21.

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

:59:22.:59:25.

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

:59:26.:59:31.

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

:59:32.:59:34.

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

:59:35.:59:40.

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

:59:41.:59:45.

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

:59:46.:59:51.

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

:59:52.:59:54.

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

:59:55.:00:07.

debate prime ministerial hubris, the symptoms include strutting like

:00:08.:00:11.

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

:00:12.:00:18.

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

:00:19.:00:25.

an effect on Prime Minister is because writing their own bloody

:00:26.:00:30.

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

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

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

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

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interesting fact that we celebrate interesting fact that we celebrate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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House health ministers to answer House health ministers to answer

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

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

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occurred anywhere else in the occurred anywhere else in the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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business paper lists details of legislation and other documents

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

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

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

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

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

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process? This is something the chairman of the scrutiny committee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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but the resolution foundation which deals with policy issues that affect

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

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

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resolution foundation and joined by the Chief Executive of the taxpayers

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

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

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

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

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

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critically economically for the Chancellor. He can do that while

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

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

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

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

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

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

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because they are fundamentally different people. You have five ways

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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every pensioner. Even millionaire pensioners. Lu despite that the

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government has stopped giving child benefit to families, still living

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

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which the government could be finding the

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