19/11/2015 Business Questions


19/11/2015

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megawatt are generated will be very competitive with where clean carbon

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

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

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

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

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

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strategy and the strategic defence and security review. Tuesday the

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

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

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

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motion to approve a European document relating to restrict the

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

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

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will deliver his joint Autumn Statement on spending review. On

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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December, the second reading of the charities protection and social

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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next years recesses? It would be particularly useful for all

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

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

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

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

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

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welfare of detainees in immigration removal centres before the bill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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measures are constituents will face this Parliament. The government has

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

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

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

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Minister very closely. He keeps saying that the counterterrorism

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

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Prime Minister has been lobbying the Thames Valley Police force against

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local cuts to front line services and the former head of

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counterterrorism at the Metropolitan Police said the planned cuts to the

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wider police budget will make Britain more vulnerable to

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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to their constituencies and campaigned against them, and that is

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

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

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years ago but this August the Minister for Europe rotates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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is vital that honourable members can make proper contributions and we

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

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youth Parliament sat in this chamber under your chairmanship. Last

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

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of which the Select Committee published its report this week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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extend your good wishes for those who have been wounded and

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

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

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worked alongside some heroic journalists I would echo his words

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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staff who work here are always reassured that they are doing

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

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

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

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words on the condolences following the tragic explosion in Cardiff and

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are good wishes and sincere sympathies to the families of those

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

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anniversaries so will the Scottish National Party join me to celebrate

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

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

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

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

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

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of those involved over those 21 years in developing the National

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Lottery and supporting local projects. And those who have secured

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Government have given more time controlled to Members of the house

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outside the Government than any previous Government and it is of

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Shadow Chancellor or the backbenchers? The messages are so

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

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

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

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

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

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up and down the country have responded admirably. Crime has

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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matter that he will respond personally. And when the response

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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of my good wishes to those in Plymouth preparing for this

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

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

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associate myself with the condolences to those in Paris and

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

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

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

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talked about the tried and debates which offers an opportunity to

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clarify the position over the critical decision that will be

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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going down the Blairite root of going into further military action

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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opinion polls and we have personal satisfaction ratings way beyond

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

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

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

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

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gentleman had more acclaim behind him than the Leader of the

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

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

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yesterday on the Daily Politics show, when the Shadow Foreign

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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vital national resource costing thousands of jobs. Leaving part of

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

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about making necessary reductions in HMRC and worry about that costing

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

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

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

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

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respond personally to the foreign affairs select committee. This is

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

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

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

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

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

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

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in charge of transport never travelled by rail, she always

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

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

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

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

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

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we recognise their success but he slightly underplays his own

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

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

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

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

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

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

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anonymously. An applauding the resilience of the headmaster Steve

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

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

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

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

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communities he represents, but elsewhere, that when something like

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

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

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

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

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

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

:24:56.:25:00.

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

:25:01.:25:06.

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

:25:07.:25:12.

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

:25:13.:25:19.

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

:25:20.:25:25.

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

:25:26.:25:31.

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

:25:32.:25:35.

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

:25:36.:25:40.

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

:25:41.:25:44.

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

:25:45.:25:50.

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

:25:51.:25:54.

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

:25:55.:26:01.

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

:26:02.:26:07.

museums and other institutions would lead their part in supporting our

:26:08.:26:11.

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

:26:12.:26:17.

Lancet commission on liver disease will produce a report which will

:26:18.:26:22.

highlight the enormous impact and financial cost of this disease in

:26:23.:26:25.

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

:26:26.:26:29.

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

:26:30.:26:36.

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

:26:37.:26:40.

been involved in producing this report. The Department of Health

:26:41.:26:44.

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

:26:45.:26:48.

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

:26:49.:26:51.

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

:26:52.:26:56.

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

:26:57.:27:01.

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

:27:02.:27:08.

statement. We have business next Thursday from the backbench business

:27:09.:27:13.

committee regarding the airport commission. I thank the leader for

:27:14.:27:17.

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

:27:18.:27:23.

today allocated to the backbench business committee. The leader can

:27:24.:27:27.

be assured that the backbench business committee has an ample

:27:28.:27:31.

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

:27:32.:27:36.

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

:27:37.:27:40.

lottery. My constituency has benefited greatly three at with arts

:27:41.:27:50.

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

:27:51.:27:53.

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

:27:54.:28:00.

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

:28:01.:28:03.

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

:28:04.:28:11.

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

:28:12.:28:16.

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

:28:17.:28:21.

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

:28:22.:28:26.

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

:28:27.:28:31.

facility was lost to western Scotland the impact the local

:28:32.:28:34.

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

:28:35.:28:40.

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

:28:41.:28:44.

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

:28:45.:28:50.

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

:28:51.:28:58.

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

:28:59.:29:08.

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

:29:09.:29:16.

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

:29:17.:29:19.

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

:29:20.:29:24.

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

:29:25.:29:29.

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

:29:30.:29:41.

could take to the backbench business committee to celebrate a great

:29:42.:29:45.

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

:29:46.:29:49.

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

:29:50.:29:53.

the last Labour government under which the proportion of

:29:54.:29:56.

manufacturing industry and our economy fell by half but the North

:29:57.:30:00.

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

:30:01.:30:05.

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

:30:06.:30:10.

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

:30:11.:30:17.

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

:30:18.:30:21.

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

:30:22.:30:29.

parachute in the public sector? Every local council is accountable

:30:30.:30:33.

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

:30:34.:30:39.

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

:30:40.:30:43.

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

:30:44.:30:49.

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

:30:50.:30:54.

the procedure committee to make recommendations to enable precise to

:30:55.:30:58.

choose its own representatives to international organisations. Will my

:30:59.:31:01.

right honourable friend give an assurance that the government will

:31:02.:31:04.

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

:31:05.:31:08.

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

:31:09.:31:14.

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

:31:15.:31:18.

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

:31:19.:31:22.

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

:31:23.:31:25.

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

:31:26.:31:34.

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

:31:35.:31:41.

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

:31:42.:31:46.

a debate about continuing Chinese abuses of human rights, in

:31:47.:31:53.

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

:31:54.:31:57.

has disappeared along with three other employees of that publishers

:31:58.:32:01.

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

:32:02.:32:07.

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

:32:08.:32:11.

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

:32:12.:32:14.

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

:32:15.:32:19.

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

:32:20.:32:23.

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

:32:24.:32:29.

likely to to be able to influence change through engagement with

:32:30.:32:32.

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

:32:33.:32:35.

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

:32:36.:32:40.

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

:32:41.:32:43.

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

:32:44.:32:50.

ago Harrow Council decided to outsource the designation of

:32:51.:32:56.

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

:32:57.:33:00.

number of age, infirm individuals who are extremely vulnerable have

:33:01.:33:04.

had their applications for renewal of their blue badges rejected

:33:05.:33:11.

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

:33:12.:33:15.

the implementation of disabled parking so that we can actually

:33:16.:33:20.

explore the operation right across this country because there is

:33:21.:33:22.

nothing more and furious and then seeing somebody parking at the

:33:23.:33:25.

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

:33:26.:33:29.

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

:33:30.:33:34.

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

:33:35.:33:39.

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

:33:40.:33:44.

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

:33:45.:33:48.

is really an area where local authorities should apply common

:33:49.:33:52.

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

:33:53.:33:55.

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

:33:56.:33:59.

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

:34:00.:34:04.

Hopefully raising the issue today will send a message to local

:34:05.:34:07.

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

:34:08.:34:12.

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

:34:13.:34:20.

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

:34:21.:34:24.

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

:34:25.:34:29.

vehicles including helicopters, and night fighting equipment. Can we

:34:30.:34:32.

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

:34:33.:34:38.

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

:34:39.:34:42.

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

:34:43.:34:47.

sound of it in which Parliamentary oversight for special forces is

:34:48.:34:53.

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

:34:54.:34:58.

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

:34:59.:35:05.

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

:35:06.:35:09.

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

:35:10.:35:13.

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

:35:14.:35:17.

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

:35:18.:35:21.

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

:35:22.:35:26.

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

:35:27.:35:31.

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

:35:32.:35:34.

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

:35:35.:35:38.

the responsibilities and obligations on companies to engage with the

:35:39.:35:44.

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

:35:45.:35:47.

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

:35:48.:35:52.

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

:35:53.:35:56.

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

:35:57.:36:00.

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

:36:01.:36:03.

noticed outside. It does reputational damage to the companies

:36:04.:36:07.

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

:36:08.:36:13.

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

:36:14.:36:21.

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

:36:22.:36:26.

Parliament in Northern Ireland have passed various resolutions over the

:36:27.:36:34.

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

:36:35.:36:38.

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

:36:39.:36:42.

important fuel poverty mitigating measure. Would it be possible to

:36:43.:36:46.

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

:36:47.:36:51.

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

:36:52.:36:57.

Northern Ireland Secretary is sitting next to me in the chamber

:36:58.:37:01.

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

:37:02.:37:04.

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

:37:05.:37:13.

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

:37:14.:37:16.

is investing an additional 10 billion in this Parliament, is

:37:17.:37:23.

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

:37:24.:37:27.

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

:37:28.:37:31.

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

:37:32.:37:39.

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

:37:40.:37:44.

very important point, that the health service faces enormous

:37:45.:37:47.

challenges with an ageing population, the development of new

:37:48.:37:52.

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

:37:53.:37:57.

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

:37:58.:38:03.

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

:38:04.:38:09.

committed to deliver more support from mental health funding. The

:38:10.:38:12.

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

:38:13.:38:19.

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

:38:20.:38:24.

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

:38:25.:38:32.

425 foodbanks this country have put out its midyear statistics

:38:33.:38:36.

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

:38:37.:38:45.

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

:38:46.:38:50.

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

:38:51.:38:54.

on the government policies that are widening the gap significantly

:38:55.:38:59.

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

:39:00.:39:07.

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

:39:08.:39:09.

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

:39:10.:39:15.

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

:39:16.:39:19.

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

:39:20.:39:22.

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

:39:23.:39:25.

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

:39:26.:39:32.

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

:39:33.:39:38.

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

:39:39.:39:42.

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

:39:43.:39:46.

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

:39:47.:39:51.

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

:39:52.:39:55.

restoring this concrete monstrosity while at the same time proposing

:39:56.:39:58.

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

:39:59.:40:06.

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

:40:07.:40:10.

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

:40:11.:40:15.

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

:40:16.:40:19.

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

:40:20.:40:23.

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

:40:24.:40:37.

more about these matters are visiting bus stations! Cute I

:40:38.:40:43.

associate myself with the comments made about the tragic accident in

:40:44.:40:48.

Cardiff yesterday. Last week to teenagers received custodial

:40:49.:40:52.

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

:40:53.:40:59.

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

:41:00.:41:07.

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

:41:08.:41:12.

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

:41:13.:41:19.

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

:41:20.:41:23.

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

:41:24.:41:27.

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

:41:28.:41:34.

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

:41:35.:41:43.

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

:41:44.:41:46.

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

:41:47.:41:53.

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

:41:54.:41:56.

this house as opposed to the Northern Ireland executive assembly?

:41:57.:42:04.

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

:42:05.:42:07.

Northern Ireland Secretary who has worked tirelessly in recent weeks to

:42:08.:42:12.

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

:42:13.:42:17.

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

:42:18.:42:21.

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

:42:22.:42:27.

Northern Ireland. The motion was passed through the assembly

:42:28.:42:30.

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

:42:31.:42:33.

together to pass this legislation speedily and indeed in the other

:42:34.:42:40.

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

:42:41.:42:44.

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

:42:45.:42:52.

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

:42:53.:43:03.

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

:43:04.:43:08.

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

:43:09.:43:15.

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

:43:16.:43:22.

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

:43:23.:43:29.

is an excellent candidate and we could attract private investment to

:43:30.:43:37.

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

:43:38.:43:40.

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

:43:41.:43:46.

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

:43:47.:43:50.

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

:43:51.:43:54.

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

:43:55.:44:00.

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

:44:01.:44:03.

capture, the Prime Minister said yesterday that this is something

:44:04.:44:06.

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

:44:07.:44:12.

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

:44:13.:44:15.

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

:44:16.:44:22.

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

:44:23.:44:26.

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

:44:27.:44:31.

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

:44:32.:44:35.

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

:44:36.:44:47.

clearly lost the confidence of junior doctors. The Health Secretary

:44:48.:44:53.

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

:44:54.:44:56.

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

:44:57.:45:06.

information shortly. Could I ask whether consideration could be given

:45:07.:45:10.

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

:45:11.:45:17.

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

:45:18.:45:21.

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

:45:22.:45:28.

defence questions is on Monday so can I suggest the honourable

:45:29.:45:31.

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

:45:32.:45:34.

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

:45:35.:45:41.

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

:45:42.:45:49.

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

:45:50.:45:57.

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

:45:58.:46:01.

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

:46:02.:46:04.

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

:46:05.:46:15.

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

:46:16.:46:18.

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

:46:19.:46:23.

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

:46:24.:46:26.

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

:46:27.:46:29.

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

:46:30.:46:43.

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

:46:44.:46:49.

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

:46:50.:46:54.

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

:46:55.:46:57.

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

:46:58.:47:03.

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

:47:04.:47:09.

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

:47:10.:47:16.

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

:47:17.:47:19.

Tuesday as part of the Scottish Nationalists opposition day. The

:47:20.:47:25.

Government is well aware of the sensitivities in providing Welsh

:47:26.:47:27.

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

:47:28.:47:33.

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

:47:34.:47:39.

for the taxpayers that she represents. Of course HMRC will

:47:40.:47:44.

ensure that it can continue to provide an appropriate Welsh

:47:45.:47:46.

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

:47:47.:47:55.

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

:47:56.:47:59.

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

:48:00.:48:10.

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

:48:11.:48:19.

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

:48:20.:48:22.

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

:48:23.:48:29.

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

:48:30.:48:34.

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

:48:35.:48:41.

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

:48:42.:48:45.

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

:48:46.:48:49.

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

:48:50.:48:53.

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

:48:54.:48:58.

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

:48:59.:49:02.

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

:49:03.:49:07.

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

:49:08.:49:11.

unpleasant that we have ever experienced in the history of

:49:12.:49:14.

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

:49:15.:49:24.

constituent has been detained in Chennai and he is undergoing a

:49:25.:49:27.

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

:49:28.:49:34.

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

:49:35.:49:38.

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

:49:39.:49:42.

as to whether the Government will commit to providing every assistance

:49:43.:49:46.

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

:49:47.:49:51.

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

:49:52.:49:54.

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

:49:55.:50:04.

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

:50:05.:50:09.

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

:50:10.:50:11.

response during the question session. There is an epidemic of

:50:12.:50:20.

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

:50:21.:50:26.

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

:50:27.:50:32.

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

:50:33.:50:37.

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

:50:38.:50:40.

debate to discuss this deeply disturbing development? I have not

:50:41.:50:47.

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

:50:48.:50:50.

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

:50:51.:50:55.

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

:50:56.:50:58.

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

:50:59.:51:03.

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

:51:04.:51:06.

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

:51:07.:51:09.

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

:51:10.:51:12.

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

:51:13.:51:20.

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

:51:21.:51:27.

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

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

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

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business and more than entertainment, it is about emotion,

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

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

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

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

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professional game and of course supporters trusts are focused on the

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professional game but also a grass-roots sport bringing together

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

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

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

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lose the right to table amendments. In the microwave legislative

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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statement on Friday when many Members will be back in their

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the Government concern over the performance of unelected Lords in

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

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

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scrutinise the performance of his business like the newly appointed

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

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potential business entrepreneurs? I don't agree that Conservatives

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

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

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

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

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