19/11/2015 Business Questions


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megawatt are generated will be very competitive with where clean carbon


costs are now. Business question. Will the Leader of the House give us


the business for next week, please? Did business for next week will be


on Monday the 23rd of November, the consideration of allocation of time


motion, followed by all stages of the Northern Ireland Welfare Reform


Bill. I also expect there to be a statement on the National Security


strategy and the strategic defence and security review. Tuesday the


24th is an opposition day in the name of the Scottish National Party


be Trident and there will be a be Trident and there will be a


debate on HMRC office closures. That business will be followed by a


motion to approve a European document relating to restrict the


measures against Iran. On Wednesday the 25th we will have the second


reading of the childcare bill Lords, but the Chancellor of the Exchequer


will deliver his joint Autumn Statement on spending review. On


Thursday the 26th we will have a general debate on the final report


of the airports commission, had debate on the subject tournament at


the back bench business committee. If the house is not sitting. The


provisional business for the week commencing the 30th, on Monday the


30th will be another day nominated by the backbench business committee.


Tuesday the 1st of December the remaining stages of the Immigration


Bill followed by a debate on a motion relating to the high-speed


rail London the West Midlands pill. Wednesday the second will be in


opposition day, subject to be announced. Thursday the 3rd of


December, the second reading of the charities protection and social


investment will Lords. Friday the fourth will be be debating Private


Members' Bill is. The business for Westminster Hall, on the 26th


general debate on the north-east devolution deal. Monday the 30th


debates on a petition on attacks sugary drinks. Last night I was in


Colchester where Nick Alexander, but that is its jewelled man who was


killed while he was at work selling rock merchandise in the Bataclan


concert Hall went to school and where he ran a popular club night. I


know all of our hearts go out to his family and friends of our hearts go


out to his family and friends as they do Beirut. Of course we


remember the valour of the emergency services and the members of the


public to have become unintended heroes. Should we not also paid


tribute to the journalists who often have had to stay at the brutal truth


of murdered -- murderous radicalism in the eyes and bring it to our


attention? As Emile Zola said it is not I who hamstrung the reason and


truth that are strong. I am sure the whole house will want to send


heartfelt sympathy to the family of the two people killed in the


explosion at the steel factory in Cardiff yesterday. Can I ask the


Leader of the House where he has still not given us any dates for


next years recesses? It would be particularly useful for all


honourable members to start making plans for next year and I can't see


any reason why we should be happy to November before the leader provides


us with that. The leader announced a single day for all remaining stages


of the Immigration Bill on the 1st of December at the government has


promised that it would publish the review by Stephen Shaw into the


welfare of detainees in immigration removal centres before the bill


completes its passage. It must surely be right that we in this


House consider the findings of Mr Shaw before signing off on the bill.


Will the leader guarantee that the report will be published in plenty


of time, before the 1st of December? Will the leader also allow


for a three-day debate on the Autumn Statement? I know I have asked this


before but I'm going to try again because Parliamentary scrutiny of


government spending in this House is particularly shoddy. It is extremely


cursory at the best of times. Billions of pounds are pushed


through on the nod. The government is by preparing the most aggressive


assault on public services in this country since the Second World War


and the leaders seems to think that the mere to our question-and-answer


session is plenty of scrutiny for some of the most far-reaching


measures are constituents will face this Parliament. The government has


already tried to be too clever by half pushing the tax credit through


in secondary legislation so we will be going over the Chancellor's plan


with a very fine tooth comb. Not least because we listen to the Prime


Minister very closely. He keeps saying that the counterterrorism


budget will be protected. We are delighted by that, but even the


Prime Minister has been lobbying the Thames Valley Police force against


local cuts to front line services and the former head of


counterterrorism at the Metropolitan Police said the planned cuts to the


wider police budget will make Britain more vulnerable to


terrorism. It is the first duty of government to protect the people so


surely that single sentence should make the government think twice. In


South Wales alone we have lost 284 full-time police officers and


further cuts will lead to another 300 being lost. I'm sure every


member in the house did repeat figures for the local police force.


When Cardiff and Swansea regularly host major sporting events, would it


not be a real dereliction of duty yet again the cup police budgets


more than the 5% police forces have already agreed? We also want to look


at the government's travel costs when we are looking at expenditure


in the light of the news that the government today is planning to go


ahead with call me Dave Airways. I mention this because when he was the


Shadow Transport Secretary of the Leader of the House told the BBC of


the idea that the special jet should be set aside for the Prime


Minister, then Tony Blair. He said that this was the wrong moment to be


splashing out taxpayer's money on funding the government to travel in


style. What on earth is changed? Is just that the honourable member has


changed his job and now he has a ministerial car he has got to it? Is


that suddenly there is much more cash to be splashed around in


government, or is it, frankly, that the Leader of the House has become


something of a Liberal Democrat because we all know what they did in


the last government, they voted things through in Parliament, back


to their constituencies and campaigned against them, and that is


what exactly the leader of the hosting is the denial. -- the Leader


of the House is doing now. The Franco British Council was formed 43


years ago but this August the Minister for Europe rotates


Secretary General telling her that its grant will be cut from ?100,000


a year by more than 80%. The council's most recent seminar was


organised by a schoolteacher and she was in the Stade de France with


pupils last Friday. They hope that the next seminar will be on tackling


Islamic radicalisation. Surely this kind of work is worth the ?100,000 a


year that they have been receiving and is not due for a and it is


certainly worth more than a special jet for the Prime Minister. On


Syria, we in the Labour Party stand ready to listen because everyone


wants an end to the Civil War, the defeat of Isil, the end of the


President Assad regime and the safe return of the refugees. The Prime


Minister said he will respond to the Foreign Affairs Committee and the


next few days, when does the leader expect this to be? Will he ensure


that the house has the time to digest that reply before any motion


is made to the house? Panic urchin to make the vision for a two-day


debate when it comes to any formal government proposal? When the house


was summoned back on the 20th of August 2,000 that team we sat -- we


have a 7 and a Havard to be a bad day. That was exceptional because


the day did not start with questions but even so there was a five-minute


limit on speeches which was reduced to three minutes after eight o'clock


in the evening. Surely when we are debating such important matters it


is vital that honourable members can make proper contributions and we


should have a two-day debate. On Friday, as you knew, the UK National


youth Parliament sat in this chamber under your chairmanship. Last


year's youth Parliament chose mental health is our campaign on the back


of which the Select Committee published its report this week


entitled Young people's mental health. It is an excellent report


which argues that mental health is as important as physical health and


says that more than half of all mental ill-health starts before the


age of 18. They also refer to this stigma of mental ill health as the


greatest battle of all. Today is International mainstay and... --


international men's day. Young gay men are six times more likely than


their straight counterparts to take their own lives. Is it not incumbent


on all of us to tackle the root causes of mental ill-health, protect


the vulnerable and to end the stigma that all too often attaches to it?


Can I start by echoing the words of the shadow leader about the events


in Paris, but the tragic death of Nick Alexander. We should also


extend your good wishes for those who have been wounded and


traumatised. We wish a speedy recovery to all of them still in


hospital in Paris. As a former journalist and somebody who has


worked alongside some heroic journalists I would echo his words


about journalists as well. They go into some of the most dangerous


situations and some pay with their lives. We always owe them a debt of


gratitude for the information they provide and the light they shine on


some of the most barbaric purposes in the world. Whilst we don't


normally and should not talk about the security of this House I would


like to say the honourable and red honourable members that in the wake


of the Paris attacks are security officials and all of those involved


in running displays are well aware of the challenges we face and always


seek to take appropriate measures. I hope that honourable members and the


staff who work here are always reassured that they are doing


everything they can on their behalf. We also owe a debt of


gratitude to the armed police, to all the security staff who provide


protection for the heart of our democracy. I would also echo his


words on the condolences following the tragic explosion in Cardiff and


are good wishes and sincere sympathies to the families of those


involved. The Shadow leader has always been keen to focus on


anniversaries so will the Scottish National Party join me to celebrate


the 21st anniversary of another great conservative social reform, he


has talked about it recently, it is the 21st birthday of the National


Lottery. A project that has provided important support in the shadow


leader's constituency, in the SNP constituencies and elsewhere. It


makes a real difference to local communities and I would praise all


of those involved over those 21 years in developing the National


Lottery and supporting local projects. And those who have secured


lottery funding for important local causes. All I can say is that we


will provide Rhys West dates as soon as possible but he will understand


that it is incumbent on all Members of this house to put securing the


interests of the nation ahead of holidays. We will seek to deliver


the dates for recesses as soon as we can. On the report on immigration


removal centre is I will make sure that those are brought to the


attention of the Home Secretary ahead of the immigration bill. On


the Autumn Statement is, he asked for a three-day debate but he has an


opposition day coming up. There is no shortage of time available for


opposition parties and Members of the house to secure debates. We in


Government have given more time controlled to Members of the house


outside the Government than any previous Government and it is of


course open to debate any subject that he wishes. He really should


remember why we are taking these decisions. We are still sorting out


problems that we inherited from the years of Gordon Brown when they were


in Government. I have to say that we on this side of the house might take


it more seriously if they have any economic policy of their own.


Frankly I am completely confused. Is it the party leadership or the


Shadow Chancellor or the backbenchers? The messages are so


mixed that no one has any idea. He talked about extra security money


and I'm grateful to the Labour Party for their support for additional


funding for the security services. It is important. We will have to


wait for the details of the spending review. I would remind him that we


have had to take difficult decisions about police funding, police forces


up and down the country have responded admirably. Crime has


fallen and is falling. He talked about the announcement today about


Government transport. I have to say, if I look back at what was proposed


back in the years of a Labour Government, they were going to spend


?100 million on two new aircraft. It would have been a complete waste of


public money. We are spending a small fraction of that upgrading an


existing aircraft to save money for the taxpayer and that is the


difference between the parties, we are delivering value. Foreign Office


funding for bilateral groups. We will respond in due course. On


Syria, he said that he will respond fully to the committee and he will


do that in the next few days, it is a sign of how seriously he takes the


matter that he will respond personally. And when the response


has been considered by this house we can take matters further. He will


have to wait for the response. As my right honourable friend knows, just


to remind him, this was when the British went to find the American


colonies. I recently met with the Secretary of State for culture,


media and sport. Can we have a debate on this important subject and


how it can boost tourism to the UK and importantly Plymouth? Well, my


honourable friend continues to be an admirable champion for not only the


City of Plymouth but the heritage of the City. He is doing more than any


representative of that City in recent years to promote it as a


historic centre in this country and I commend him. We have culture


questions next week and I'm sure he will use that opportunity again. All


of my good wishes to those in Plymouth preparing for this


anniversary and I wish him well in supporting the City he represents.


Can I also thank the leader of the house for his business next week and


associate myself with the condolences to those in Paris and


events in Cardiff and also say that the staff of this house have worked


so hard to crunch in the -- to continue to ensure that we are saved


in a positive way. -- we are safe. And I noticed a few ripples when we


talked about the tried and debates which offers an opportunity to


clarify the position over the critical decision that will be


taken. We know the conservative position. They love their nukes and


are happy to despair and are happy to dispense ?167 billion an obscene


weapons of mass destruction, a Cold War weapon that can't even start to


defend us. You know the SNP position, we have historic


opposition. And we could also suggest a number of ways to spend


more useful the ?167 billion. And we would like to find out what the


Labour Party think and I'm not holding out great expectations! I


think they are both for and against, uncertain and unsure about


Trident and when it comes to the vote next week I think it might be


for, against, maybe four, maybe abstention? That roughly categorises


the Labour position on Trident. I look forward to hearing from them


next week. When are we going to get the debate? I think we are Jews. --


I think we Julie debate. I can hear the voice of Tony Blair.


Not caring about UN resolutions, that was his position, not caring


less about public opinions and you can see how it worked out. If we are


going down the Blairite root of going into further military action


without UN authorisation, can we have some sort of statement and


clarity when it comes to the Government? I am really pleased that


we have a debate next week on the airport commission. I on the stand


we have a debate on Thursday. I wonder if this could be a good time


to bring up the issue of Prime Minister's proposals for his


personal air travel will stop Dave Force one, brought to you in


association with Burlington Airways! -- personal air travel. It is an


enormous vanity project. -- Yes, we welcome the 21 years of the


National Lottery, it is a pity that the Government are putting the big


lottery by 40%. It is one year since Nicola Sturgeon took over the reins


of the Scottish National Party, 56 out of 59 of all of the MPs in


Scotland. We are still north of 50% for the Holyrood elections in


opinion polls and we have personal satisfaction ratings way beyond


anything that has been seen by either of the parties down here. I'm


pretty certain that the leader of the house would like to pay tribute


to the success of our First Minister and what she has achieved in the


past year. Well, I should say to start with that the honourable


gentleman had more acclaim behind him than the Leader of the


Opposition behind his. I have... I don't understand where they stand


either, it is utterly confusing. We have had the extraordinary position


yesterday on the Daily Politics show, when the Shadow Foreign


Secretary was asked, when the Honourable Member was asked if he


had confidence in his party leader he said, I have confidence in Hilary


Benn, which speaks volumes. I'm not surprised. I am confused about what


they stand for. The Shadow Defence Secretary supports it. I understand


the confusion. Maybe we will discover next week about what their


policy is. I would gently chide him about the contradictions next week.


But half of the day he will argue we should pull out of Scotland are


vital national resource costing thousands of jobs. Leaving part of


Scotland a wasteland. And the other part of the day he will complain


about making necessary reductions in HMRC and worry about that costing


jobs in Scotland. I don't know how he can swear those two. Our defence


industry pays plays an important part in the Scottish economy. --


industry plays. He asked about Syria and I would simply say that he will


have to wait for the Prime Minister to respond and he said he will


respond personally to the foreign affairs select committee. This is


the first time he has done that. The house needs to wait to see that. We


will address those issues when the house has digested the report. I can


simply say, the difference between us and not between us and Labour but


also the SNP as well, when we make a change of this type it is designed


to save money and reduce Government travel costs. That is surely the


right thing. The Scotsman reported last year that Nicola Sturgeon when


in charge of transport never travelled by rail, she always


travelled by chauffeur driven car and I travelled to work by train


this morning and it was late. It is frustrating but I get the train. I


get the train each day and may be the first secretary should have done


the same. Let me ask him a question. He talks about the first


anniversary and the achievements of the SNP over the past 12 months and


we recognise their success but he slightly underplays his own


contribution. It's a team effort and I think he should give himself a pat


on the back and not just Nicola Sturgeon. Saint Francis's special


school was broken into three times over half term. And again vandalised


last weekend, causing over ?15,000 worth of damage. Forcing it to


close. Will my right honourable friend join me in appealing to


people with more information to come forward, they will be treated


anonymously. An applauding the resilience of the headmaster Steve


Hollinghurst, and the local residents who raised over ?9,000 to


help the school opened this week. It was a shocking incident and it is


always dreadful when a community facility or a school is a target of


crime. It is inexcusable. It is also a sign of the strength of the


communities he represents, but elsewhere, that when something like


this happens people rally around to help to fix the problem. We condemn


unreservedly those who would carry out such an act but it is a tribute


to the strength of community in this country that people have responded


the way they do. Tomorrow is the second anniversary of Hull being


granted UK City of culture for 2017. The science Museum received ?20


million of taxpayer money but have told Hull that it's not possible to


move the gypsy moth aeroplane that Amy Johnson flew to Australia in


1913, the first woman to do that, to Hull for the festival. I wondered


whether we could have a debate on the obligations on national arts


organisations and museums in this country to work with Hull leading up


to the City of culture 2017. And also for Hull's history to actually


be displayed in Hull. Let me congratulate the City for its


achievements. I had some oversight on the City of culture in Liverpool


and it did a fantastic job and I saw and it did a fantastic job and I saw


what it could create in the City. I am sure that if Hull goes through


the same process of preparation and excitement, frankly, about the


capital of culture year, it will be a great boost.


She is absolutely right that I would hope and expect our great national


museums and other institutions would lead their part in supporting our


regions as well as being centres of national excellence. Tomorrow the


Lancet commission on liver disease will produce a report which will


highlight the enormous impact and financial cost of this disease in


this country. Could we have a debate or a statement, Minister in the


Department of Health over what the government is prepared to do about


this critical problem? I will pay tribute to all of those who have


been involved in producing this report. The Department of Health


intends to take this very seriously. I would simply say to him that this


may very well, given that is a widespread area of concern, be


something that he could bring to the back whence business committee or a


Westminster Hall as a way of bringing a Health Minister here to


debate these issues. I am grateful to the leader for the business


statement. We have business next Thursday from the backbench business


committee regarding the airport commission. I thank the leader for


advance notice of the business on the 30th of November where we have


today allocated to the backbench business committee. The leader can


be assured that the backbench business committee has an ample


supply of applications and business to fill that time. I would thank the


leader for reminding us about the 21st anniversary of the national


lottery. My constituency has benefited greatly three at with arts


and other supplies of funding, the Baltic Gallery, the Gateshead


millennium Bridge. ?100 million from the national lottery for those


projects which has transformed the river skip. One thing I would


disagree with the leader, though, the area around Faslane, with


Trident, would ever be described as being a wasteland. It is beautiful


countryside. There was never any doubt about the beauty of the


countryside in Scotland as a whole. It is a fantastic part of this


country and something we all wish to spend time in. If such an important


facility was lost to western Scotland the impact the local


economy, believing the side that is an important part of the local


economy would be a tragedy which is why I disagree with the Scottish


nationalists on the economic impact of this. Quite apart from the


defence impact. This is one where we will not be with the SNP. On the


national lottery, we should also pay tribute to the man whose idea it was


and he made it a reality. Can we please have a debate on the northern


powerhouse? A survey reported this week that 44% of the North of


England have never heard of it and a further 20% had heard of it but knew


nothing about it. A debate would provide an opportunity to at least


increase awareness. I think it is a good idea. Maybe something that we


could take to the backbench business committee to celebrate a great


Conservative achievement of the day. Finally we have a government that is


determined to drive up economic liberty in the north, compared to


the last Labour government under which the proportion of


manufacturing industry and our economy fell by half but the North


Felden disproportionate amount of that. In this age of austerity and


should the Leader of the House will be as astonished as I am that my


local authority which is run by the city independence and a conservative


coalition have reportedly just bent ?500,000 on getting rid of their


chief executive. Can't we have a debate in government time on golden


parachute in the public sector? Every local council is accountable


to its local electors for the decision it takes. I have no idea


about the nature of the contract on the circumstances behind that payoff


so therefore it would be wrong for me to comment on it. On Monday my


honourable friend the member for North Thanet said that he would like


the procedure committee to make recommendations to enable precise to


choose its own representatives to international organisations. Will my


right honourable friend give an assurance that the government will


not stand in the way of such a process? My honourable friend as


that bastion on Monday but did not receive a reply. I have great


respect for my honourable friend the chair of the procedure committee. I


would not dare try to tell him what to study and what to study and


whatnot to study. I have no doubt if he chooses to look at this issue he


would do so and that is certainly not for me to intervene. Mayor put


on record my condolences for the Vic aims of the explosion to the


neighbouring -- constituency to mine, at the steelworks. Can we have


a debate about continuing Chinese abuses of human rights, in


particular the case an employee is Sage Communications in Hong Kong who


has disappeared along with three other employees of that publishers


who publish books critical of the Chinese Communist elite? Should we


not be doing more than we are to raise these issues of human rights


abuses by the Chinese regime, particularly at a time when we are


looking to develop relationships with that country? One of the things


we were able to do during the recent visit was to raise concerns about


human rights and it remains the view of this government that we are more


likely to to be able to influence change through engagement with


China. The Foreign Secretary will be here next Tuesday for Foreign Office


questions and he will raise the issue again I am sure. It has always


been the case that this government will raise the concerns over human


rights with other nations where it is appropriate to do so. Some time


ago Harrow Council decided to outsource the designation of


disabled parking badges. The result of this is that increasingly a


number of age, infirm individuals who are extremely vulnerable have


had their applications for renewal of their blue badges rejected


without the course to appeal. Did we have a debate in government time on


the implementation of disabled parking so that we can actually


explore the operation right across this country because there is


nothing more and furious and then seeing somebody parking at the


disabled bay he is clearly not disabled but at the same time


disabled people not being able to park in the dash and access shops


and other facilities. The other part of what he is talking about is how


often we go in the car park see vast numbers of empty disabled spaces


that we have people who need look badges who struggle to get them. It


is really an area where local authorities should apply common


sense. There is no point having a large number of disabled spaces get


those who could use am not being able to access them. This is


something he might want to enter the house in the form of a debate.


Hopefully raising the issue today will send a message to local


authorities that we want them to be smart about this. Earlier this week


the Prime Minister announced an extra ?2 billion of extra funding


for special forces. We only have 450 in a special forces. Apparently the


money is to be used to buy equipment, protection equipment,


vehicles including helicopters, and night fighting equipment. Can we


have a debate on whether this is in fact new money or is it money


diverted from the wider defence budget, and whether or not it is now


time given the Prime Minister Knight has its own private army but the


sound of it in which Parliamentary oversight for special forces is


widened and more open? I think the then Minister's private army is a


pretty worry -- pretty disparaging way of describing some of our most


special forces. We are providing money so very brave group of people


can't defend our country against the appalling things we have seen in


France over the last few days. She will have plenty of opportunity to


question the Chancellor about his spending plans next week. We will


always do the right thing to protect our citizens. Employees at the


airline in my constituency are very worried in light of the announcement


last week about job losses. Unfortunately, the airline won't


engage with me or the employees or the unions. Can we have a debate on


the responsibilities and obligations on companies to engage with the


communities did, to engage with employees and do what they can to


make sure we can get the right support for the right people at the


right time? I always think employers make a big mistake if they act in


the way that my honourable friend the suggesting is taking place in


his constituency. The fact he has raised this issue today will be


noticed outside. It does reputational damage to the companies


concerned. I would always encourage any employer to try to do the right


ring even when they have to take difficult decisions. In the end,


they pay the price. The EH sector platform and the pensioners


Parliament in Northern Ireland have passed various resolutions over the


last few years is asking to extend the warm homes discount scheme to


Northern Ireland. So far, that has not happened. It would be an


important fuel poverty mitigating measure. Would it be possible to


have a debate in relation to this particular issue that would impact


of a large number of older people throughout Northern Ireland? The


Northern Ireland Secretary is sitting next to me in the chamber


and will have heard the honourable lady's comments and I am sure it is


something she will take away and I jest. Can we have a debate on the


National Health Service? I am proud to be supporting a government that


is investing an additional 10 billion in this Parliament, is


putting mental health on the right parity with physical health and has


introduced the Cancer Drugs Fund. A debate would help us expose the


reality of the rhetoric opposite where in Wales where they are in


control they are cutting their NHS? I think my honourable friend makes a


very important point, that the health service faces enormous


challenges with an ageing population, the development of new


treatments, it always faces a challenge to keep and that is why it


is right and proper that we have provided or a commitment to provide


the billion pound that Simon Stevens ask for. That is why we have


committed to deliver more support from mental health funding. The


contrast between the health service in England and Wales is there for


all to see and I hope in the future everyone in this country learned


that lesson. The Leader of the House may be aware that a trust that runs


425 foodbanks this country have put out its midyear statistics


yesterday, April to September. North Enfield foodbank gave 2465 three-day


emergency food supplies to people in crisis in Enfield and 990 of these


were given to children. Could we have an early debate in this House


on the government policies that are widening the gap significantly


between rich and poor and driving so many children into abject poverty?


First only pay tribute to all the volunteers who work in food banks


around the country. Food banks are not unique to the United Kingdom.


They are used more extensively in countries like Germany. They do good


work in helping people overcome crisis in their lives and I pay


tribute to all the volunteers. I have to say to her it is simply not


the case that the gap between rich and poor is widening. Unemployment


is falling sharply, the number of children growing up in workless


households is falling sharply. We don't need a debate on what is the


ugliest building in Britain because it is the bus station in the centre


of Preston, therefore it would be helpful to have a debate on why the


Labour-controlled like as the County Council has spent ?23 million


restoring this concrete monstrosity while at the same time proposing


shutting libraries and museums in my constituency. I have visited the bus


station in Preston and they know exactly what he means though I have


to say that a competition of their kind might attract some entries from


around the house on both sides. But I would say is that where a local


authority gets it wrong, as he suggested Labour in Lancashire may


have done, they will pay a price and literally. Perhaps we should hear


more about these matters are visiting bus stations! Cute I


associate myself with the comments made about the tragic accident in


Cardiff yesterday. Last week to teenagers received custodial


sentences from a Cardiff youth court following an incident with them PB


Gunne despite the spear -- sale of such weapons being illegal to those


under 18. Could we have a debate on the sale of imitation weapons


because the current law is busy not working. Imitation weapons can be


reactivated so a weapon that is being sold as unusable can become


usable. She is raising a broader issue, something that I am certain


the Home Secretary is taking very seriously. In the meantime I hope


the police will seek to take action against the person who sold it. I


noticed that in next week 's business we are having a legislation


coming forward on Northern Irish welfare reform. As leader of the


house, have you any concerns that this legislation is coming through


this house as opposed to the Northern Ireland executive assembly?


May I take advantage of the opportunity to pay tribute to the


Northern Ireland Secretary who has worked tirelessly in recent weeks to


try to find a solution to a very complex and difficult problem. The


bill that will come before the house on Monday is an outcome of all of


those talks, something that has the support of all of the parties in


Northern Ireland. The motion was passed through the assembly


yesterday. I hope that Members on all sides of the house will come


together to pass this legislation speedily and indeed in the other


place. One of the things we should always do is where Northern Ireland


politics reach an agreement it is beholden upon all of us to put it


into place as soon as we can. Last Thursday it was announced that 1000


miners will be made redundant by 2015. It comes on the back of other


redundancies which amounts to around 5000 public sector jobs in the last


two months alone. In order to deal with this situation properly, can we


have a statement of the Government review of CCS programmes. Teesside


is an excellent candidate and we could attract private investment to


the area. Can I say first ball that any large-scale job losses in this


country is unwelcome and any job loss. The Government will certainly


work with all of those on Teesside and others are affected by recent


developments to do everything we can to ease the immediate impact but


also secure appropriate investment to replace the jobs lost. That will


always be a priority. In terms of addressing the issue of carbon


capture, the Prime Minister said yesterday that this is something


that is under consideration by the energy Department. I will make sure


that if he did not have the opportunity to raise it with the


Secretary of State, she will no doubt bring forth information about


her plans in due course. Can we have an urgent debate or statement on the


junior doctors dispute given that we now know that 98% of junior doctors


have overwhelmingly voted in favour of offal is right. The turnout was


76%. -- of eight full strike. He has clearly you lost -- he has


clearly lost the confidence of junior doctors. The Health Secretary


will come to the house shortly to make a statement and clearly the


house has to be involved in what is happening and will provide more


information shortly. Could I ask whether consideration could be given


to a debate on abated military pensions for those who left the


Armed Forces before 1975, many have contacted me and I know that this


issue affects over 40,000 veterans across the UK. By happy coincidence


defence questions is on Monday so can I suggest the honourable


gentleman that he raises the issue directly with the Secretary of State


and I will make sure his department is aware that the subject will be


put to him. Could I associate myself with the remarks on the industrial


accident in Cardiff. On the Friday before last we talked about that at


the dispatch box. This was despite public opinion and opinion on all


sides of the house. Given that the health Minister said that the


Government shares the ambitions of my bill, will the Government find


time to debate off patents drugs. It was the Government position that


legislation on the subject was not necessary. We share some of his


aspirations and I know that health ministers will continue to look at


the issues that he raised in the debate and he will no doubt find


opportunities to pursue the debate if he feels those issues are not


being addressed. HMRC's Welsh customer service centre is currently


located in Porthmadog. This is a convenient place for Welsh speaking


staff but also for the majority of people who are likely to use


services in Welsh. The service is to be moved to Cardiff which is four


hours away on a good day in the car, but we have a debate on the proposed


changes on Welsh speaking jobs and services and jobs as a whole


throughout Wales? Of course by happy coincidence there is a debate next


Tuesday as part of the Scottish Nationalists opposition day. The


Government is well aware of the sensitivities in providing Welsh


speaking services. There is a need to ensure that HMRC operates in as


efficient way possible and she would want us to deliver value for money


for the taxpayers that she represents. Of course HMRC will


ensure that it can continue to provide an appropriate Welsh


language service but those who need it. -- for those who need it. This


house is united in reaction to the dreadful events in Paris last week


and in making clear that these have nothing to me -- have nothing to do


with the Muslim community. Muslim refugees were displayed as rats in a


cartoon in a national newspaper. Can he provide an opportunity for this


house to make clear that this kind of hatred should have no place in


our national conversation? Well, I did not see the cartoon that she


mentions. Let me be absolutely clear, the events that took place in


Paris were not representative of the Muslim community either in France or


anywhere else in the world. The vast majority of Muslim people are


decent, God-fearing, law abiding people who work hard for their


families and do the right thing in their community. None of us should


have anything to do with a narrative suggesting otherwise. There is a


tiny minority of people who come from Muslim countries who in my view


this birch the Muslim faith through an ideology that is among the most


unpleasant that we have ever experienced in the history of


mankind. It should be resisted at all costs. For nearly two years my


constituent has been detained in Chennai and he is undergoing a


second trial for pie see despite it being dropped. I spoke to the


Minister for Commonwealth affairs and the Foreign Secretary on the 2nd


of November and neither has yet responded so can we have a statement


as to whether the Government will commit to providing every assistance


to Billy and his shipmates and ensuring as BD turnaround of their


passport applications to allow them to return to their families at the


conclusion of their trip? I know she is particular concerned and she has


raised this before. I know that the Prime Minister will be here for


questions and I will let them know and hopefully she will get a


response during the question session. There is an epidemic of


addiction to prescription drugs in my constituency. It has been brought


to my attention that there is a black market on GP prescriptions. If


it is happening there, it is happening across the country in


different constituencies. Will the leader of the house make time for a


debate to discuss this deeply disturbing development? I have not


been aware of that problem but I take on board the point he is making


and it would be extremely serious, not only in terms of addiction for


people in his community but also the financing of the local health


service and we should not tolerate that. I will make sure that the


Health Secretary today is aware of his concerns and perhaps if he could


write to the Health Secretary setting out in more detail what is


happening I will ask the Health Secretary to look out for that


letter and make sure it is given immediate attention. Can we have a


debate about the rights of football supporters in the UK? Such a debate


will allow us to pay tribute to Brian Lomax, the founder of


supporters direct in the UK and who sadly passed away at the beginning


of the month. He understood that football is more than just a


business and more than entertainment, it is about emotion,


loyalty and our communities and he will be sorely missed. I think the


honourable gentleman's words speak volumes. He is absolutely right to


pay tribute. And I think also to remind us of the importance that


football plays in communities open down the country, not just in the


professional game and of course supporters trusts are focused on the


professional game but also a grass-roots sport bringing together


people from all aspects of society. I pay tribute to Mr Lomax for the


work he did and my condolences go to his family on his sad death. If any


of us object to the leader of the house's business motion we would


lose the right to table amendments. In the microwave legislative


business of next Monday which will also take place on a day where many


honourable Members will want to ask questions. This sort of microwave


bass track procedure will only be used in emergency situations or when


there is a compelling exceed and see. What is the compelling


emergency in this situation other than part of the overdose of...


Accompanying the step down by the First Minister and the climb-down by


Sinn Fein in relation to welfare reform? Since we are about to have a


statement from the Northern Ireland Secretary at will be better that I


let her answer the question. -- it will. I want to ensure that this


measure has the smoothest possible passage. When huge efforts are put


in by all parties in Northern Ireland and I pay tribute and IC


more of the Northern Ireland MPs have now joined us, and I pay


tribute to those that have been involved because it has been a real


marathon. The Secretary of State has done a fantastic job in the work she


has done and I pay tribute to everyone. Given the complexities and


challenges involved in Northern Ireland, we have to do everything to


facilitate that. I am shocked we have not heard yet that the


Secretary of State for Health is coming to the house to make a


statement. The leader of the house has indicated that he is but it


would not be good enough for him to do that tomorrow and hide his


statement on Friday when many Members will be back in their


constituencies, and that would give him the opportunity to come back to


correct the statement he made at the dispatch box that patients have to


wait 14 hours before seeing a consultant at the weekend which has


been disproved. Only the Government believes that and it would give him


the opportunity to put it right. When are we going to get the


statement? The result was only announced a few minutes before the


start of this session. There will be a Bateman shortly -- there will be a


statement. There will no doubt be an opportunity to ask questions. Given


the Government concern over the performance of unelected Lords in


the other place I was wondering if the leader of the house could make a


statement outlining what mechanisms are in place to allow an MP to


scrutinise the performance of his business like the newly appointed


Baroness of Mayfair. .. Actually sends out the wrong signal to


potential business entrepreneurs? I don't agree that Conservatives


voting for tax credit cards is the wrong thing to do. We are committed


to substantial welfare cuts. It is a commitment we are fulfilling as we


meet the financial challenge that we face and make sure that we have a


sound financial base for the future. Statement, the Secretary of State


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