03/12/2015 Business Questions


03/12/2015

Live coverage of the announcement of Commons business for the week ahead and questions to leader of the Commons Chris Grayling.


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to be totally transparent in the House when that report comes out and

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to answer the questions on the subject in any lady has desires.

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Business questions, Chris Bryant. Could the leader of the house give

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us the business for next week and before he does so, if he could

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straighten his tie? ! The leader of the house, Chris

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Grayling. The business for next week. On

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Monday the 7th of December there will be the remaining stages of the

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cities and devolution bill. On Tuesday the 8th of December we will

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consider the Lords animals to the European Union Referendum Bill

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followed by a debate and emotion on the cross-border cooperation is to

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tackle serious and I is. Wednesday the 9th of October will be an

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Opposition Day with a debate on mental health and debate on the

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statements regarding women. On Thursday the 10th of December there

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will be a debate on the motion of the Transatlantic Trade and

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Investment Partnership followed by a general debate on International

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human rights Day, the subject of these debates determined by the

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Backbench Business Committee. On Friday the 11th of December the

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holes is not sitting. On Monday the 14th of December, the provisional

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business for that week, the 14th of December we will consider the

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committee at the reigning stages of the European approvals bill,

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followed by a motion to improve European documents related to

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migration, followed if necessary, Mr Speaker, by the consideration of the

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Lords amendments. I should inform the House, Mr Speaker, that the

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business for Thursday the 15th of December will be looking at the

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protection of ancient woodland trees.

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The Mr Speaker, you sat in that chair yesterday from 11:30am until

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10:54pm, as I am sure you are aware! By my accounting, that is 11 hours

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and 24 minutes or 684 minutes without a break, which is quite a

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test of injuries and some of us are wondering what like Davos in Doctor

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Who, you have had some secret for creation and feeding system fitted

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into the chair, Hiddink tubes or something like that! Or perhaps it

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is down to drugs, I wonder? ! Know that the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer

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and its colleague company have come together, perhaps they have invented

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a new drug that you have been imprimatur -- impregnated with which

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means you can keep a stiff upper lip all-day! Mr Speaker, many people

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have over the last few days hold a great deal of abuse at members for

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their views on whether or not that he has should support extending air

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strikes to Syria, some have been called moderates, terrorist

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sympathisers, whatever. I hope the reader would agree that whilst all

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members expect a certain degree of hurly-burly in political life, it is

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a fundamental principle that all members are sent, not as delegates,

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but as representatives with the full power to exercise their judgment and

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conscience and his peak and fought without fear or favour and actual MP

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should ever be intimidated. Sadly, some of the abuse, we would all

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agree, for all members of this House has been beyond the pale. Several

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members have had their offices barricaded. One member had a house

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surrounded, many had photos of dead babies put through their front door

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at home. I gather to date some have received photos of severed heads.

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MPs have broad shoulders, of course we do, but could I ask the reader to

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review the arrangements regarding security of members' homes and

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offices? It is not just about them, it is about their families and

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indeed staff, as several members have pointed out. Can he looked at

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whether the responsibility for funding these matters should now be

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taken away from IPSA and restored to the House authorities? And can I

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express, I hope the flags of the whole house, for the way that the

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police and the staff of the Sergeant at Arms dealt with the legitimate

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demonstrations in Parliament Square yesterday evening, it is important

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that people should be able to demonstrate that MPs and the public

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should go about their business. Most importantly of all, I am sure we all

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wish the men and women of our Armed Forces a safe and successful return.

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Mr Speaker, yesterday we lost Cabinet Office questions, so can the

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leader clarify what has happened to them? Will be no bite next

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Wednesday, what I presume, and will international development questions

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be shunted onto the beach after and so on? And when will the deadlines

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for these various questions now be? I have asked the leader twice about

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the recess dates for next year and he has done 50 shades of grey ring

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about it. On Tuesday morning he told the security session it was about

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getting through the legislation before Easter. Can I tell him, this

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House does not meet for the convenience of the government, the

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government is accountable to this House, so it would be good for us to

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know as soon as possible, and not least so that committees can make

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the dates for their settings available to the public, that we

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were given the dates for the recess next year. The leader has said that

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we will consider Lords amendments to the EU Referendum Bill next Tuesday,

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how long will the leader give for that specific debate? The most

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important of the Americans for the Lords is to the decision to others

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16 and 17-year-olds to Ford. The government has said this is the most

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important decision the country will face in a generation, so why on

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earth does the government wants to exclude from the vote the very

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generation that will be most affected by it? After all, at the

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age of 16, cute and have consensual sex, moved out of the family home,

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red accommodation, refuse consent to medical treatment, drink alcohol,

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join the army and so on and even the three Crown dependencies about votes

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at 16, so why on earth just not give in now and others 16 and

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17-year-olds the vote so that returning officers can get on with

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the job of signing them as soon as possible? Apart from anything else,

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the only way that the government will get this bill on the statute

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book leisure is if they gave in now at their Lordships are voted by 293

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to 211 and I bet they will vote the same way again! The tax credit shoot

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on several Thursdays ago, I predicted that junior doctors a

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U-turn and I predict the votes at 16 U-turn as well. Can the Prime

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Minister updaters on his so-called renegotiation of the UK's membership

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of the European Union? As I understand it, Mr Speaker, he wants

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this all to be signed off at the December meeting of the European

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Council. That meets on the 17th and 18th of December, but this House

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prices on the 17th of December, so, how on earth does the leader of the

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house expect us to be able to question the Prime Minister on the

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outcome of the council which is meant to be one of the most

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important renegotiations of our membership we will have ever seen?

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Some of us think that the Prime Minister is playing Russian roulette

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with our economic and political destiny but this motion, hounded by

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his Eurosceptic party will be in dogs on the backbenches, he keeps on

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doing the wrong thing! Last year the government opted out of the

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Convention on the stepping up of cross-border cooperation,

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particularly in combating terrorism, cross-border crime and illegal

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migration. We are now the only EU country to be excluded from this,

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the only one. We on the site said that was a ludicrous decision last

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year, but now the Home Office has finally woken up and has said that

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there is a clear and compelling case for signing up to the agreements. To

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write, Mr Speaker! That this kind of Haughey called the seriously

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undermines our national-security, surely that depends on us being an

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active member of the union, sharing information with our close allies

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and partners in Europe to prevent dangerous crimes and bringing

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criminals swiftly to justice. The weakness of the Prime Minister is

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standing up to his backbenchers and has reduced our security. Only now

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after Paris does the government recognised that fact, so, how long

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will we have for the debate on that as well? Mr Speaker, you will have

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seen that Tyson Fury won the world heavyweight boxing title last

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weekend and has now been nominated for the BBC's Sports Personality of

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the Year, I hope he does not win. You may also have seen his comments.

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There are only three things, he has said, that need to be accomplished

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before the Devil comes home, one of them is homosexuality being legal in

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countries, one of them is abortion and the other one is paedophilia.

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Being aside the bizarre rather heterodox did ology, this equates

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homosexuality with paedophilia. I would hope that the reader would

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agree that that is profoundly offensive and the kind of line which

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that leads to more young people committing suicide. I gather that

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Tyson Fury has subsequently said some of his best friends are gay.

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So, and can I suggest that they invite him to Parliament sometime in

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the near future, because frankly, I am happy to go head-to-head with

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him. The leader of the house, Chris

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Grayling. Can I start by a green with the

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comments of the Shadow Leader about the events this week. Can I pay

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tribute to him for his brave stand yesterday. -- can I start by

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agreeing. I mentioned the security of Members of Parliament and

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rejecting them against criminal activity. We are subject to

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legitimate public scrutiny but it will never be acceptable for

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members' personal safety to be put in jeopardy, it will never be

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acceptable for members to be the victim of activities that the court

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would judge illegal. Mr Speaker, in the south we would never discuss

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security arrangements for members but suffice to say that you and I

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would both agree that it is and will be continuing as a priority for the

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mission, it day A40 has authorities, we must do everything we possibly

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can to protect the rights of members to express their views on a free and

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unfettered way and to protect them when they do so. -- the House. I

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would echo the comments of the police and not just those who were

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on duty yesterday but those who provide protection for members of

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these house or in their constituencies.

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And following yesterday's debate when honourable members on both

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sides said they would wish to have a tax on Syria, I hope both sides will

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join me in sending our best wishes to the aircrews. The first measure

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covered by our English votes for English laws CDs passed through this

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House on Tuesday evening. I would like to thank the clerk and

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assistance. I am sure the shadow leader and whole counsel will want

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to join me in sending our congratulations to the Prime

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Minister to mark the 10th anniversary this weekend of his

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election as Conservative Party leader. Reading your party for a

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decade is a considerable achievement, one that others might

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perhaps aspire to achieve but at the moment look unlikely to do so. It is

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also this week the anniversary of the stand that Rosa Parks took on a

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bus in the United States to is a cure race equality in that society.

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I am sure we would all agree that the changes to our society since

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then and the work to stand out race discrimination is of necessary and

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something we should all be proud of and committed to. The honourable

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gentleman has asked questions about what will happen to question Time

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sessions. You will remember I addressed this on Tuesday to

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indicate questions would simply move back one week. The session will

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simply take Lee's next Wednesday, the same will be the same for

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Cabinet Office questions. -- take place. There will be a debate on the

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issue of 16 and 17-year-olds, the separate issue. This House will vote

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on the issue of 16 and 17-year-olds. As this is an elected House if he

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expresses his will again that 16 and seven team -year-olds will not be

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given the vote that view will be expected in the other place. He used

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the phrase and I am sure he cannot simply go on what he reads in the

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papers. There are a lot of rumours and counter rumours, when the Prime

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Minister is ready to make a statement he will do so. The House

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decided one year or 18 months ago not to opt out into a number of

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measures. If the government is, as it is bringing forward a proposal on

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Tuesday, the House will be able to decide whether to do that or not. It

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is right and proper that should be the case. On the question of Tyson

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Fury, homophobia is not acceptable in sport. He should work hard to

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encourage more people in sport to be open and accepting of the people in

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sport. It is right and proper that change happens. As the Formula 1

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fan, my vote is for Lewis Hamilton! On small business Saturday I will be

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announcing the winners of Canning chases local shop and market stall

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competition. Well my right honourable friend join me in wishing

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good luck to the nominees and can we have a debate about the contribution

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of independent shops and features to our local economies? I think it is

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an innovation and I wish all constituencies well for the awards

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this weekend. If I might pay tribute to the senior care that had awards

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last week. I have been asked by the deputy leader and my private sector

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treat to make reference to try give even in Golders Green and wish it

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well and Fishers Home Hardware in well and Fishers Home Hardware in

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markets at bra. -- Market Harborough. Can I thank the speaker

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for announcing next week's efforts. It is not for nothing you have

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cheered the title of old bladder for the way you chaired this series. It

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was very well how you structured yesterday's debate but let's never

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have another debate like this ever again in the House, such was the

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demand to speak in yesterday's debate about 50 members never got

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the opportunity to contribute and of those who did so many where only a

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loaded few minutes at the end of the day. Such is democracy that MPs are

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communicated with in such a means that has never been the case.

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Constituents expect to see members in this House expressing their

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opinions especially on massive issues of state like yesterday and I

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am disappointed people could not contribute from all around the

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House, from all around the country, to have the proper structured debate

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from everyone who wanted to contribute. Let's hope we never have

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that again. If we do have debates such as important as this hopefully

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we will find the time to contribute. You constituents have the right to

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hear from their MPs. One of the consequences we have of trying to

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shoehorn this two-day debate into one day is the impact on

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departmental questions and the reader is quite right, I listened

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carefully to what will happen about this. What this means for others we

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will not have Scottish office questions until next year now. It

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will be two months since the last Scottish office questions and we

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have the lying Scottish bill just now. Huge questions to be asked. The

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question of military impact on Scotland. Scottish members of

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Parliament did not vote for military action last night, the 22% of Scots

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oppose military action. I now we hear about shaving but Scotland

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rejected this military action and it will not matter a jot to this

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government but it is massively important to us. Mr Speaker, the ink

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was barely dry on the voting clerks gesture when these aircraft went out

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last night. We particularly want to hear what will happen to the

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refugees because all this is going to do is increase the demand for

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this country to deal with refugees. Warming that nation the natural

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consequence is for more refugees to come here. This has been a week

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characterised why finding targets, friendly fire and Civil War. But I

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think that is enough about the Labour Party. Every government needs

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an effective opposition, especially one for a callous Conservative

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government, brittle Conservative government, such as this. If the

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Labour Party cannot get its act together and they cannot agree with

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something as important as going to war, will the get out the way and

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let the Scottish National party will this government to account for what

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they are doing just now? I am afraid, as is often the case, the

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honourable gentleman and I do not agree. I have two say heaving

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speeches on all sides of the House, on both sides of the argument

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yesterday, some really impassioned and empowered speeches which will be

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important to this House. We tried our best and having heard from 104

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members, after more than ten days dumping like 20 hours of questions

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in this House. I think yesterday this House got it right. I also

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think it got the decision right and I accept he does not agree. We heard

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impassioned contributions from both sides. That is democracy. He asked

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questions about hoping the government to account and it is very

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important we provide regular updates to this House. You will be a

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statement before the Christmas recess to update the House. It is

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right and proper that is the case. I thought long and hard about the

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issue of Scotland questions but he asked the question about how will

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people be government to account over the question yesterday that the

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answer will be there will be eight statement in this House for United

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Kingdom members to have an input on questions concerning the UK. In my

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judgment the question session that might have been delayed until after

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Christmas was international development and given his comments

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about refugees I think it is right and proper this House has the right

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to question the Secretary Of State on the work we are doing as part of

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our strategy on Syria to make sure we provide proper support for

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refugees and prepare for what we hope will be a period of

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reconstruction and redevelopment in that country as soon as we can

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possibly achieve a lasting peace. I accept that yesterday this House to

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egg challenging decisions and we know, as the administration, will

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make sure this houses informed properly and appropriately but given

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the passions that where expressed from his benches yesterday, I am

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sure he will understand I think it is a greater priority to have these

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date went on what happened in Syria and an international development

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questions before Christmas. He will carry on working on questions over

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Scotland and will do so in the New Year. The shadow leader was

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absolutely right to condemn the Weill behaviour of a Cabinet

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minority in respect of Cabinet members acting according to their

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conscience but his argument was not advanced by his reference to

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Eurosceptics on this site as dogs, however Pavlovian. Many of our

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constituents most anguished questions relate to cancellation at

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short notice of procedures at hospital. It seems that is on the

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increase. Can we have a debate on government time on the provision of

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step-down care in the National Health Service and in particular he

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disappeared and then many parts of our country of community hospitals?

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The state of our local health services a continuing matter of

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concern for constituents and ourselves and we will always be

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champions of those facilities. I always believe that although

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emergencies happen and sometimes it is unavoidable, unless there are

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unforeseen circumstances in cancelling operations is something

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that should really only be done in extreme circumstances as it causes

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disruption to individuals. He has been an advocate for local community

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hospitals in his own county and I am certain he will take advantage of

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the opportunities provided to make sure he is a champion for the health

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service in Wiltshire. The backbench business committee would really like

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early confirmation that we will be allocated the last day before the

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Christmas recess on 17 December, we had been given notice that was

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likely but have yet to have it confirmed. And I also referred back

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to the point made by another member that have, on occasion, backbench

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business time allocated which is then severely squeezed by statements

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or urgent questions in terms of the allocation of time? Two weeks ago on

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the Monday we had three others protected time which was a welcome

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departure and that I think is what the honourable member for Kettering

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was referring to, the protected time for a particular debate, we would

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like to see more of that effort all possible. I am happy to look at

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that, it was discussed in the last Parliament and his predecessor

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thought it was necessary. I am happy to have the discussion on whether we

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do need to protect it. It depends how many urgent questions there are

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but I've accept the question and perhaps we can have a conversation

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about it. Can we have a debate and review of section 16 eight of the

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criminal Justice and Public order act of 1994 about the winning of

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masks and face coverings in demonstrations? Surely on public

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demonstrations on public land the police should not have two apply for

:24:27.:24:31.

a special order but we should have statutory legislation that allows

:24:32.:24:35.

people if they really have the courage of the convictions, whether

:24:36.:24:39.

the National front or stop the War coalition, to remove all masks and

:24:40.:24:42.

face coverings on public demonstrations? I have a lot of

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sympathy with what he says, it is the matter that the Home Office

:24:49.:24:50.

should give careful consideration to. The reality is that these

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coverings are used to intimidate and in our society there is room for

:24:58.:25:01.

legitimate protest but not for intimidation. I think anything that

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allows protesters to intimidate rather than protest is something

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that should be looked at carefully on whether it should be permitted.

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E-reader rock the House will be a way of the bizarre decision by the

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Chancellor to axe the funding for the cap your and storage projects of

:25:19.:25:26.

carbon in the UK. The first industrial project with the

:25:27.:25:29.

potential to create thousands of jobs in an alien that has been

:25:30.:25:33.

devastated by job losses in steel, mining and production, can we have a

:25:34.:25:37.

debate to discuss the implications of the decision to strike at the

:25:38.:25:40.

industry as disastrous? And to take difficult decisions in a

:25:41.:25:49.

Spending Review and we have not ruled out Carbon capture in the

:25:50.:25:53.

future but we have added a difficult decisions to provide value for the

:25:54.:25:58.

taxpayer. He knows that is our duty in office. We will look carefully at

:25:59.:26:03.

carbon capture and we hope it will be a sound and viable approach in

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the future but the government has added it a difficult decision at the

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moment. I would remind him that in the northern half of the country,

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the economy has been going further than the south, the best way of

:26:16.:26:18.

securing jobs in his constituency and the surrounding area is to get

:26:19.:26:23.

consistent growth and investment into that area. On Remembrance

:26:24.:26:29.

Sunday projection onto the House of Commons of a swastika with the

:26:30.:26:36.

message of the Indian Prime Minister not been welcome was put forward by

:26:37.:26:40.

an organisation. The cold ever when they had done

:26:41.:26:44.

that. We have photographic evidence and witness statements of those who

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saw and took those of those responsible. We know that the

:26:49.:26:53.

message was completely wrong, because you made the ending crime is

:26:54.:26:57.

the most welcome on his historic visit to Parliament. But could we

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have a statement on what measures we will take to combat this particular

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incident, but future incidents that could happen on a much more serious

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skill? -- you made the Indian Prime Minister most welcome.

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It is the same for any organisation and wrong for them to make the sort

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of links with the swastika. We have close relations with India and I

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would condemn such action. I would say to my honourable friend I am

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aware of to which he refers and it is not yet clear that that was an

:27:33.:27:37.

actual incident as opposed to a creative use of computer

:27:38.:27:38.

technologies to create the sense that it did take place. As he has

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information that suggests it really did take place, we would be glad to

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see it. Can we have a debate on the cuts to

:27:51.:27:55.

the police? The Metropolitan Police are currently making clerical staff

:27:56.:28:01.

redundant and filling those posts with warranted officers, that fight

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in the face of the policy of the government of making police more

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visible to the public. I assume they met will adopt a policy of moving

:28:08.:28:13.

desks closer to windows so that they can fill that requirement! Can we

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have a debate on this because this series the degree is in the number

:28:19.:28:21.

of officers available in our communities?

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You are a couple of weeks late on this. If you listened to the Autumn

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Statement, we are not cutting police budgets. It is a matter of the mayor

:28:34.:28:36.

and the Commissioner to decide how they spend their budgets most

:28:37.:28:38.

effectively in London and I would not seek to tell them how to do so.

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We have not cut budgets but protected them.

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Thank you, Mr Speaker, there was an incredibly well attended debate in

:28:47.:28:49.

Westminster Hall to speak about temporary post office closures and

:28:50.:28:54.

make one local one has been closed temporarily supposedly for six weeks

:28:55.:28:57.

now. Could we have a statement on these temporary closures of post-PCs

:28:58.:29:03.

which many communities there might be a long-term, they are much needed

:29:04.:29:09.

assets in rural deprived communities.

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I understand your concern, there has been cases of temporary closures

:29:13.:29:14.

leading to permanent closures and I understand the anxiety. When Mrs --

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when Ms -- when Ms -- when ministers met, he might want to raise that

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with them. Sometimes change is sadly unavoidable.

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Thank you, Mr Speaker. Later I will host the inaugural meeting of the

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all-party parliamentary group for the philosophy and religion and

:29:41.:29:46.

cultural identity. Sadly, neither the order religion are recognised in

:29:47.:29:50.

Turkey, the country of origin. I would ask the Leader of the House if

:29:51.:29:54.

we could have a debate on government time on the very positive

:29:55.:29:58.

contribution over 300,000 of these religious people have made to this

:29:59.:30:03.

country, continue to me to this country and also the situation under

:30:04.:30:06.

which they live in Turkey. I think one of the fundamentals that

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characterises our society is the right to defend the interests of

:30:12.:30:15.

religious minorities, we are a liberal democracy that believes in

:30:16.:30:19.

freedom of speech and freedom of expression and worship, so I commend

:30:20.:30:23.

her for the work that he is doing and I am sure that she will use one

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of the occasional available to or in this House to provide a greater

:30:27.:30:30.

platform for the what she is doing on that all-party group and the

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committees that he seeks to represent.

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Thank you, Mr Speaker. As my right honourable friend knows, I have been

:30:40.:30:45.

campaigning to save the hedgehog, which declined by over one third in

:30:46.:30:49.

the last ten years and whilst hedgehogs are not fully protected

:30:50.:30:55.

species, badgers which have risen significantly are. Could we please

:30:56.:30:59.

have a debate or statement on protected species so they can have

:31:00.:31:05.

greater flexibility? Can I commend my honourable friend

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for the work that he is doing? He is too well aware as I am of the

:31:10.:31:13.

decline in hedgehog numbers in this country and it is only have our

:31:14.:31:17.

society works together to try and rectify that situation will be

:31:18.:31:21.

provide an opportunity for those figures to be restored. There are a

:31:22.:31:24.

variety of challenges but could I pay tribute to the Times newspaper,

:31:25.:31:29.

Mr Speaker, which has launched a campaign in defence of our

:31:30.:31:36.

hedgehogs, encouraging all of us to make holes in our garden fences for

:31:37.:31:38.

a superhighway for hedgehogs? Whilst I have such a hole in my garden, Mr

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Speaker, sadly, I do not have any hedgehogs!

:31:45.:31:47.

On the subject of protected species, I should point out to the House that

:31:48.:31:52.

the honourable gentleman for Mid Sussex who is not in his place at

:31:53.:31:56.

this time was for a considerable period as he has often pointed out

:31:57.:32:00.

to the House, president of the rare breeds survival trust. Colleagues

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may wish to reflect upon the appropriateness of the right

:32:09.:32:10.

honourable gentleman holding that particular post, Mister Jim Shannon.

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In the last week, we have had a discussion about a tax on cigarettes

:32:17.:32:21.

products and the intention of the government to do that. Many of us

:32:22.:32:26.

feel that other things must be looked at. Will you agree to a

:32:27.:32:30.

debate, if there is a tax, that that could be used directly for the

:32:31.:32:34.

health service? We did have a debate last Monday on

:32:35.:32:39.

the issue of the sugar tax following a petition, it is an example of how

:32:40.:32:44.

we are using the system to debate matters of public concern. I must

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tell you I have some doubts about such an approach. The danger, it

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seems to me, as people have said, all things are good in moderation,

:32:53.:32:57.

but not in excess. We are better off explain to people what is good for

:32:58.:33:00.

them and what is not and letting them take their own decisions

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otherwise we will become a nanny state.

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Philip Davies. Could we have a debate on fixed term recourse? When

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people are convinced of serious offences and release from prison

:33:12.:33:15.

before their term is up, when they either re-offence or break the

:33:16.:33:18.

licence conditions, most people would expect them to be returned to

:33:19.:33:22.

prison to serve the rest of their sentence in full, when commonly,

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they only go back to prison for 28 days. By Stuart that apply to 546

:33:27.:33:30.

offender is up, when they either re-offence or break the licence

:33:31.:33:32.

conditions, most people would expect them to be returned to prison to

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serve the rest of their sentence in full, when commonly, they only go

:33:35.:33:37.

back to prison for 28 days. By Stuart that apply to 546

:33:38.:33:40.

manslaughter and assault. Can we have a debate to make sure that

:33:41.:33:42.

these people go back to prison for the member of their sentence rather

:33:43.:33:46.

than aid arrives 328 days? As Justice Secretary I did the deed

:33:47.:33:49.

to provide additional powers for those on remand and I have to say,

:33:50.:33:56.

he shares my view that we must be willing to respond to such

:33:57.:33:59.

situations when they arise. My right honourable friend, the Chancellor,

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will be in the south on Tuesday and I am sure my right on but will take

:34:05.:34:08.

advantage of making that point to him at that time.

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Mr Speaker, despite the comments of the Leader of the House and the

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Foreign Secretary yesterday, yesterday was great for democracy to

:34:20.:34:22.

see it in action. As my honourable friend from Perthshire said, have as

:34:23.:34:30.

many where against as came forward. I was one of those frustrated

:34:31.:34:34.

backbenchers. My constituents expect me to be able to put my views on

:34:35.:34:38.

record in this House and they are disappointed that I do not get to do

:34:39.:34:45.

that. They make the decision as to whether the Prime Minister's

:34:46.:34:48.

comments were a slap on my voters record in terms of being a terrorist

:34:49.:34:53.

so-called sympathiser. These are important for future debates.

:34:54.:34:58.

I do not think anyone was in doubt of his views or those of his

:34:59.:35:00.

colleagues, they made their point very articulately yesterday even

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though I do not agree with them. Of course, over the past few days there

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have been many opportunities to question the Prime Minister and

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raise these matters in debate. My view is that this has handled the

:35:14.:35:16.

matter in the right way and took the correct decision. I do not agree on

:35:17.:35:22.

that point. The Leader of the House will be

:35:23.:35:25.

aware that the reservoir of bovine TB has the attention to devastate

:35:26.:35:30.

dairy herds in my constituency given the worldwide shortage of the

:35:31.:35:34.

vaccine and the withdrawal of the Welsh Government's vaccine programme

:35:35.:35:38.

against badgers, I wonder if we could have a debate in government

:35:39.:35:49.

time on the impact of that? This is a very real issue for the

:35:50.:35:54.

agricultural community in this country. I read those reports with

:35:55.:35:58.

concern as well. It is absolutely right and proper that we take

:35:59.:36:01.

measures to protect our farming industry. It is crucial to this

:36:02.:36:05.

country. I will make sure that the concerns are passed on to my right

:36:06.:36:11.

honourable friend, the Secretary of State, who will be in this House

:36:12.:36:13.

shortly before the Christmas recess and be able to look at that in

:36:14.:36:15.

greater detail. Mister Douglas Carswell. Yesterday,

:36:16.:36:19.

this has 44 a military response against ISAs extremists in Syria,

:36:20.:36:26.

Candy government find time to agree a Sangin bass response against the

:36:27.:36:30.

barbaric Saudi regime which has for too long promoted and exported a

:36:31.:36:39.

similar extremist creed. -- Isis. I know that you feel strongly about

:36:40.:36:42.

this but I would tell him that this country has had a long relationship

:36:43.:36:48.

with Saudi Arabia and have worked collaboratively with them to try and

:36:49.:36:53.

improve their society as well. We have got the right balance.

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Thank you. Can I pay tribute to your Olympic gold winning performance

:37:03.:37:06.

yesterday as well? When I was sure deputy I had to sit in that chair

:37:07.:37:10.

for six hours ones, halfway through I had a call of emergency and left

:37:11.:37:17.

the chair and you replace me for a couple of minutes, how'd you did

:37:18.:37:21.

that yesterday, I will never know and I pay tribute to you. Tourism is

:37:22.:37:25.

vital to my constituency. It is great that London attracts more

:37:26.:37:30.

visitors than any other city on but we want to get them out to places

:37:31.:37:39.

like my constituency. England will be put under Visit Britain, so

:37:40.:37:45.

England will not have its own voice. England and Northern Ireland and

:37:46.:37:51.

Wales have their own voice, could we have a statement from the government

:37:52.:37:54.

ministers or that we can ensure that England will have a distinct voice

:37:55.:37:58.

as far as tourism is concerned? Mr Speaker, here it presents one of

:37:59.:38:02.

the most beautiful parts of England, my family came from close to the and

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I used to spend many times walking in the Rebel Valley as a child. I

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will make sure that his concerns are drawn to the attention of the

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Minister. We know that she is an active supporter of the tourism

:38:18.:38:19.

industry in England and Eagle of the United Kingdom and she will not be

:38:20.:38:23.

taking session lightly and will not want to see decisions that adversely

:38:24.:38:26.

affect his constituency and discourage people from visiting it.

:38:27.:38:32.

-- Ribble Valley. Can we have a debate on the

:38:33.:38:37.

practices of big businesses? Marks Spencer 's need to challenge

:38:38.:38:46.

premiums regarding flowers. Guilt lanes are also a problem. They have

:38:47.:38:51.

refused to meet me about appalling treatment of workers. They are kept

:38:52.:38:54.

on insecure contracts exploiting loopholes in the EU law to pay staff

:38:55.:38:59.

less than others do in the same work. But he agreed that it is

:39:00.:39:03.

unacceptable for a brand that is on its British ideals to treat its

:39:04.:39:07.

staff and customers in such an irresponsible manner?

:39:08.:39:10.

I have not looked at the details of Marks Spencer but I would tell you

:39:11.:39:13.

that I think every company today benefits from being a responsible

:39:14.:39:17.

employer and irresponsible organisation. I think she has made

:39:18.:39:21.

the point that she wishes to make very articulately.

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Mister Glyn Davies. Thank you, can I ask the reader of the House if he

:39:27.:39:29.

can settle the debate in this House, in this Chamber, on the

:39:30.:39:33.

protection and status of the motion of the Welsh language? Every

:39:34.:39:38.

department has a statutory duty to comply with the Welsh language

:39:39.:39:43.

legislation, the DCMS has a statutory duty to enshrine the

:39:44.:39:47.

public bodies build and ensure public finance. Britain must not

:39:48.:39:52.

lose this beautiful culture and treasure and we need a debate to

:39:53.:39:57.

ensure it does not happen. What I would say to my honourable

:39:58.:40:00.

friend as I know every government department takes this issue very

:40:01.:40:04.

seriously, I know from my time into government departments that we were

:40:05.:40:07.

always careful to make sure the proper information is provided to

:40:08.:40:11.

Welsh language speakers in Wales, and I agree, it is part of

:40:12.:40:15.

protecting the diversity and culture of the United Kingdom as a whole

:40:16.:40:19.

that we will protect the Welsh language, but actually, also, if one

:40:20.:40:24.

things further north, of the need to make sure we have a culture that

:40:25.:40:29.

represents some of the areas that have no Scottish National Party

:40:30.:40:33.

representatives, traditional language is in Scotland, traditional

:40:34.:40:36.

areas of Scotland, we have a duty to protect the whole diversity of our

:40:37.:40:41.

United Kingdom. Can I pay childhood to your

:40:42.:40:46.

Herculean effort just that, I do not know how you got through it. I took

:40:47.:40:51.

part in Prime Minister 's questions last week. I questioned the Prime

:40:52.:40:55.

Minister after the statement last Thursday, I took part in the

:40:56.:40:58.

Backbench Business Committee on Monday and I always raised the issue

:40:59.:41:03.

of how we protect the ancient minorities in Syria and that part of

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the world because history shows us that our plan must, absolutely must

:41:07.:41:11.

include protection for minorities who have a history of fleeing

:41:12.:41:14.

whenever a military invasion takes place. That is the big hole that I

:41:15.:41:19.

saw in the plan of the government and I do not wish to go over those

:41:20.:41:24.

arguments again, but will the Leader of the House schedule a debate,

:41:25.:41:27.

particularly on that part of the world and how we protect the many

:41:28.:41:29.

religious and linguistic minorities? In a sense he is making the point

:41:30.:41:48.

for our site of the argument yesterday. The Kurds were seeking to

:41:49.:41:57.

protect the issue. We need to protect citizens of Syria and when

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we come back we will give an update on what we are doing. We cannot

:42:04.:42:09.

rescue these people without delivering military support which is

:42:10.:42:16.

what he is opposed to. Many members were disappointed not to be able to

:42:17.:42:20.

vote on the first day in the education Bill. Regardless of the

:42:21.:42:27.

rights or wrongs of individual bills I think it would be really useful if

:42:28.:42:31.

we could have a full debate on reform of the private bills system.

:42:32.:42:38.

First and foremost I think this is a matter for the procedure committee.

:42:39.:42:42.

I would not be to intrude on the work carried about why him and his

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colleagues. Can he raise this with the committee and give consideration

:42:52.:42:57.

to it? On the matter of Syria I welcome the fact the government are

:42:58.:43:00.

going to make quarterly reports. If the reader able to confirm those

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will be oral statements from the Foreign Secretary? Will these focus

:43:08.:43:12.

particularly on the Gulf states, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are making

:43:13.:43:18.

in terms of diplomatic initiatives and the willingness to tackle

:43:19.:43:24.

extremism? The four that had he had a request from the Prime Minister to

:43:25.:43:29.

come to this House? He has said he will look once again at the question

:43:30.:43:34.

of orphans, as the row minister had time to consider that and will he

:43:35.:43:37.

tell us what his deliberations have led to? We have indicated we will

:43:38.:43:44.

provide quarterly reports but this is why I was able to say to the

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House this morning it was appropriate to have a further

:43:48.:43:52.

statement before Christmas updating on the matters raised yesterday, not

:43:53.:43:56.

simply military action but the humanity alien issues which are to

:43:57.:44:03.

be addressed as well. I intend it will be an opportunity to put those

:44:04.:44:08.

questions to government. As colleagues will know, unfortunately

:44:09.:44:12.

there was an extremely tragic incident in my constituents we

:44:13.:44:16.

recently, the matter which is now subject the day, I know this

:44:17.:44:21.

government takes the issue of online grooming seriously and that the PM

:44:22.:44:26.

has led on this issue but can we have a further debate on how social

:44:27.:44:33.

media is used as a vehicle for sexual grooming and set out what

:44:34.:44:36.

further measures we can take to protect vulnerable young teenagers

:44:37.:44:44.

from sexual predators? I think we are all aware of the horrible

:44:45.:44:48.

incident which to lease in his constituency and all of us would

:44:49.:44:54.

want to give our good wishes and condolences to the family of the

:44:55.:44:58.

victim of this horrible crime. We cannot discuss the details of that

:44:59.:45:02.

case but suffice to say I know ministers will have noted what

:45:03.:45:10.

happened and will want to learn any lessons. The Justice Secretary who

:45:11.:45:15.

is often responsible for such legislation will be here on Tuesday

:45:16.:45:18.

and will listen carefully to any ideas he wants to make. I first

:45:19.:45:27.

raised with the leader of the house the wind call each and in the

:45:28.:45:34.

complements and sector five colleges were announced but not one for the

:45:35.:45:39.

Humber area in wind. I wondered if we could have a debate in government

:45:40.:45:45.

time on the debate on renewable energy, particularly on shore, and

:45:46.:45:50.

wonder why the whole of the Humber seems to have been missed out yet

:45:51.:45:56.

again. I am not sure there is any intention to miss out Hull on the

:45:57.:46:01.

Humber and it is the heart of the wind industry which is a centre of

:46:02.:46:08.

the local economy. I will pass her concerns to the Treasury. Having

:46:09.:46:11.

visited more than one of the centres of education in the Humber area in

:46:12.:46:16.

the last few years, I think she is already well served by some extra

:46:17.:46:19.

professionals who are well skilled in delivering skills to young

:46:20.:46:27.

people. On both sides of the House there was disappointment and some

:46:28.:46:31.

members were not able to speak in the important debate yesterday and

:46:32.:46:34.

also on the restricted line cash time-limit that had to be imposed. I

:46:35.:46:44.

hear what the SNP and Labour Party say, we could have voted for

:46:45.:46:49.

extended time and we could have removed the moment of interruption

:46:50.:46:52.

which would have solved the problem. The only problem with removing the

:46:53.:46:55.

moment of interruption might have moment of interruption might have

:46:56.:47:01.

been your bladder! But with the leader of the House, with the leader

:47:02.:47:05.

of the house make a statement next week on when we have major issues

:47:06.:47:11.

where the whole country is concerned that we do not put a time limit on

:47:12.:47:19.

those debates? We thought long and hard about this and believed that

:47:20.:47:24.

2.5 hours being set aside yesterday as part of 20 hours of debating

:47:25.:47:29.

questions over a period of nine days, seven business days in this

:47:30.:47:34.

House, was the right balance. It was open to every member, the party

:47:35.:47:38.

opposite, the Scottish Nationalists and backbenchers if they disagreed

:47:39.:47:43.

with us and nobody chose to do so. Last week I drew the attention of

:47:44.:47:50.

the leader of the house to the Business Secretary's commitment to

:47:51.:47:53.

the report on the three working groups that he set up to the steel

:47:54.:47:59.

summit to the actions they will take urgently to support the steel

:48:00.:48:04.

industry in this country. The leader of the house helpfully said he would

:48:05.:48:06.

take that up with his right honourable friend. We are running

:48:07.:48:10.

out of time and I have heard nothing. We are running out of time

:48:11.:48:15.

for the Business Secretary to come to this House and report progress.

:48:16.:48:20.

The Business Secretary will be here on Tuesday week in any case, I have

:48:21.:48:25.

passed on the request. I will make sure he is able to address the point

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on what is a very serious matter for him, his constituents and the

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region. In a recent report Public Health England stated e-cigarettes

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are 95% safer than smoking, have no identifiable risk to buy standards

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and should not be treated in the same way as by-products yet in many

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public and work places the users of e-cigarettes two, are in almost

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every case, people who have given up using tobacco are in every case may

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to stand in the same place as smokers and get the same risks as

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smokers. I wonder if we might debate the use of e-cigarettes across the

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Parliamentary debate? This matter has been previously considered by

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the administration committee. A decision was made rightly or wrongly

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to have in place the current policy as he describes it. I would suggest

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he rights to the honourable member who sheers that committee to make

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the point is that he does. I do think that is a matter for

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the matter of debate but his views the matter of debate but his views

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will be carefully considered. The leader has on a couple of times

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today stressed the important of different questions. Will he give

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further concern to the questions I raised that the procedures

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committee, the departments that he questions before PMQ 's, to give

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them more time and perhaps during the convivial atmosphere of a

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Thursday morning rather than let them get drowned out as often

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happens before PMQ 's? In the 15 minute section before leader of the

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house sections before I did pose the question on whether it was important

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to have a leader of the house section and impose that on business

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questions and whether that's what should we used to extend the time

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available for another Avia, I have sympathy for what he says. On the

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same subject can we have a short debate on this whole issue on all

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questions because this would give members an opportunity to suggest

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changes and also the possibility of the electrode you'll commission

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because at present members who may want to question more than one body

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at the same time are unable to do so and there may be other bodies as

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well we ought to be questioning at all question Time. I think these are

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important points and I am going to give careful consideration to them.

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We have to use the time available in the best possible way and while he

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says he wants to hear from me every day I suspect it will not be me he

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wants to hear from everyday! Earlier this week the Welsh Labour

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government ground breaking organ the nation bloc came into effect and

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with more than 12,000 people across the UK waiting for an organ

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transplant can we have a question on presumed consent so England can

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follow the Welsh lead? It is a really important point and well

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worth consideration but what I would say, this does feel like something

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the backbench business bring to this House and that debate would give the

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government an indication as to where the balance of power is in this

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House. I think perhaps that is the best way of doing it. The football

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club in my constituency has recently been awarded a ?60,000 grant to

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install new flood lighting by the Premier League and if the facilities

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fund. I am sure the whole House would like to congratulate them on

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that reward. Can we have a debate on sports funding and what more the

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government can do to support sports in our schools? This is one reason

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why we have sought to ensure that funding for sport is actually

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available and rejected in the spending plans we have. I would like

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to thank the Premier League clubs for the work they do. Many Premier

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League club foundations do excellent work promoting that sports bash

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grassroots sports. I wish his club well and I also wish the big club in

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his constituency well in sorting out their problems. On Saturday I shall

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be visiting some of the excellent small businesses in my constituency

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including red Star Brewery, Roxy 's treasures and others but will he

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join me thinking gradually gained those responsible for this success

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that small-business Saturday has had over the last few years including

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the Federation of Small Businesses and the small-business Saturdays

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team and the honourable member for Streatham which was instrumental in

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bringing the concept to this country? Can we have the debate his

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honourable friend asked for at the start of business questions so that

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we can discuss the importance and support we should be getting to

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small businesses all year round, not just on that one day of the year? We

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always work to support and encourage small businesses. I think the work

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done by members on all sides, not just on small-business Saturday but

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across the year to support small businesses is absolutely right. He

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will now that the job of running a small business is the cover one,

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often seven days per week and 18 hours per day. It is tremendously

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valuable to our society that people are willing to commit that effort to

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running small businesses in our communities. The whole communities

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together. We will celebrate them on Saturday but I commend all members

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for the work they are doing on the small businesses in their

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communities. In this of this, the honourable

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member for Bournemouth East, following the publication by the

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second report, he read the report on UK involvement in Syria, the role of

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committee is to scrutinise current government policy, not set

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conditions on any future policy. Standing order 152 says that select

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committees appointed to look at the policy of government departments,

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how they do that is up to them, the reason committee said in its second

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report on the effectiveness, that Select Committee should influence

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policy and have an impact upon government departments and that the

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extent of this influence and impact is the primary measure of the

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effectiveness of the select committees. On the 5th of November

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the honourable member asked an urgent question on human rights in

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Egypt expressing the hope that he was speaking as an individual and

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not the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. Chairman

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must look at the urgent questions and they have a mandate elected by

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the all house and it seemed a discourtesy to that mandate for a

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minister to try to dismantle it -- diminish that authority. Through the

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Foreign Secretary, and as Parliamentary Secretary, I drew his

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addition bat-mac his attention -- his attention to this matter.

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that private assurance it has not that private assurance it has not

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been forthcoming and I regret I need your clarification that my

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understanding or standing orders and the appropriate courtesy of the

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Chamber is correct? I am grateful to the honourable

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member for giving me notice of this point of order. Firstly, I can

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confirm that it is entirely a matter for select committees to interpret

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the terms of reference set by the House and to decide for themselves

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what subjects of inquiry to pursue. I would suggest that it is both an

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appropriate and unwise for ministers to comment on such matters. To put

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it bluntly, they should stick to their own responsibilities, and it

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is to be execution of those responsibilities that they should

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dedicate themselves. They need not and should not stray beyond that.

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Secondly, I can confirm that the Liaison Committee has recommended

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that select committees should seek to influence government policy and

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indeed, the House has endorsed that recommendation. I would go further

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and kill you it is a matter of some concern that if there are ministers

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who are unaware of that important fact, and hopefully, from now on,

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they will not be. Thirdly, I can confirm that the cheers of

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departmental select committees, including therefore obviously the

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honourable gentleman, have been directly elected by the House. That

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gives them a particular status and authority. -- chairs. Of course, on

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many occasions they will want to speak in a personal capacity and not

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in that role. Once again, we do not need ministers telling Select

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Committee chairman what they should or should not be doing. The terms of

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support is orderly conduct any house and they can leave that to the

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chairs. May I take this opportunity to thank the honourable member for

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his foible contribution that has committee and report on the

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extension of offensive military operations to Syria have made to the

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discussion in the House over the past few weeks. I believe and I hope

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I can say this without fear of contradiction, that members on all

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sides of the House, whatever their views on that matter, have found the

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committee's exposition of the issues very helpful indeed. If there are no

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further points of order... We will continue.

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Thank you, Mr Speaker, if you have been of us who have raised issues

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about children and care leavers. The group meets, which I chair, every

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three weeks and books the Boothroyd room and because of the high

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interest and the fact that 95 people travel from all over the country to

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its meetings with additional adults in support, the room is invaluable

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standing room only. -- invariably. I have been advised that the room

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booking has been taking for next week's meeting by the Liaison

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Committee, I understand the process by which these things happen. But

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there is not another room in the House that can accommodate these

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large numbers and as you will know, this is an incredibly important area

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and supporting these young people is of something of great importance to

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all members, I am sure. I wonder what advice you might be able to

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give me and the secretary for the all-party group for children in care

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and care leavers as to how we should address this, otherwise it will be

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very difficult for those young people and those supporting them in

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the meeting next week. I am grateful to the honourable

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gentleman for his point of order. As a matter of fact, I should say to

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him that committees always take precedence in terms of the

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allocation of such rooms, so there is nothing untoward or indeed

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unusual about that, however, I recognise the very considerable

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inconvenience and potential dilemma caused to the honourable gentleman

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and his colleagues, as well as those planning to attend such a meeting

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that has been caused. What I can tell him is that the Administration

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committee is reviewing the room booking system and given what he has

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said to the House today, I would strongly encourage the honourable

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gentleman to make representations to the administration Committee and

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indeed, perhaps directly to its chairman in order to address

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matters. A conversation with the honourable gentleman regarding this

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might be useful in addition to any written evidence he wishes to

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submit. As far as next week is concerned over the question as to

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whether a room can be found, if he needs such for next week, I think he

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probably better have private discussions and we will see if

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anything can be done is that need remains. If there are no further

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points of order, perhaps he can proceed to the main business. Just

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before the minister is asked to move the second reading of the ball, I

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have to tell you the following, I remind the House that I have

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certified the charity 's protection and social investment Bill Lord's

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and order number 83 giant, in relation to England and Wales, our

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Father remind the House that this does not affect proceedings in the

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debate on the second reading, or indeed in committee or in report

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stage. After the report stage I will consider the bill again for

:02:55.:02:57.

certification if it has been amended. The relevant committee will

:02:58.:03:02.

be asked to consent to certifying provisions. The clerk will proceed

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to read the orders of the

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