10/12/2015 Business Questions


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commissioned. It is a very thorough report, and we will now see that

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report when it is published before Christmas. Would the leader of the

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house give us the business for next week, please? The business for next

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week will be on Monday the 04th of December, consideration in committee

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and remaining stages of the European Union approval Bill, followdd by a

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debate on a European document relating to the communication of

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migrants in need of international protection, followed by a ddbate on

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European documents on migration On Tuesday the 15th of December, we

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will have an opposition day, starting with a debate on climate

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change and flooding and followed by a debate on the government's housing

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record. At the end of that day, if necessary, there will be a

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consideration of lords amendments. And Webster the 16th of Decdmber,

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consideration of the armed Forces Bill, followed by a debate on a

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motion related to the welfare cap. Followed by consideration of Lords

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amendments. On Thursday the 17th of December, a debate on the protection

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of 16 and 17-year-olds from child sexual lactation. -- child sex

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expectation. -- exploitation. On Tuesday the 5th of January, we

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will have the remaining stages of the housing and planning Bill, and

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third reading. It might be helpful if I remind colleagues at the house

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will sit at 2:30pm that day and that Westminster Hall business whll be

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scheduled between 9:30am and 2: 0 p.m.. Further details will `ppear. I

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would also like to remind you that plans for statements next wdek,

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there will be statements on the outcome of the climate talks in

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Paris, and local government finance and an update statement on the

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situation in Syria. This Tuesday saw the 50th

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anniversary into force of the race relations act 1965. It was by no

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means perfect but it was thd first time that the government, a Labour

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government, attempted to tackle racism in this country and ht only

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got through by 261 votes by 249 because of all of the Conservative

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MPs voting against. Mr Speaker, when I was curate in high Wycombd, I

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remember clearly one of our churchwardens, the wonderful Ellie

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Hector, who used to tell me how it felt when she and her familx were

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absolutely shocked at the r`ces and they experienced when they `rrived

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in this country from St Vincent in the 1950s. It was not just the no

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blacks, no dogs, no Irish shgns it was also, she said, we had `ll been

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taught in Sunday school by Dnglish Sunday school teachers that we were

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all created intelligent -- dqual. But in England, even in church,

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people would move to another pew if they found themselves sitting next

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to somebody because they were black. How thank God labour legisl`tion

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helped change things. I'm ddlighted that this afternoon the House will

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be debating the internation`l human rights Day which celebrates the

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international Human Rights @ct, we will fight to defend that bdcause we

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are proud of our labour leg`cy. Unlike, of course, the Torids. They

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seem intent on abolishing every single best each of the Graxling

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legacy. After all, I predicted the new Justice Secretary would get rid

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of the ludicrous court charges and it has come to pass. The prhsoner

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book ban, the Saudi execution centres, the secure college, all

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scrapped. So terribly sad. @nd now the information Commissioner has

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described the leader's views on freedom of information as a return

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to the dark ages. I know I `m in danger of becoming the love child of

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Russell Grant and Mystic Meg, but I hereby predict another U-turn on

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this. Would it not be better if the leader of the House did his own

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U-turn rather than allow thd Justice Secretary to do one for him? The

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petition to Bandon tram frol entry into the UK has now reached more

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than 400,000 signatures which means that we will end up having ` debate

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on this house with it. Sony signatures that the website has

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crashed. -- the petition to ban Donald Trump. I am sure we would all

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want to tell him, you are a nasty mendacious bigot and your r`cist

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views are dangerous. All -- obviously, the real answer hs to

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vote Hillary Clinton, I will say to Hansard, that has got to Ls INIT! In

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case the -- Donald Trump coles in, I think the Home Secretary should turn

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up dressed as Gloria Gaynor and say, just turn around now, you are not

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welcome any more. Can I urgd the government to consider a new clause

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six for the bill on Wednesd`y, which will require the government to

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institute a review of compensation for former members of the armed

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services who suffer from mesothelioma? It is a scand`l that

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members of our Armed Forces only get a small proportion of the stpport

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available to civilians with the same condition. It is a hideous disease

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and most sufferers die withhn a few months of contracting it, so surely

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we as a country can do bettdr than this. You would think that hn

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Advent, the government would want to do everything to ensure that

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everybody has a stable home. I'm not a home in a stable. But on the very

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-- and not a home in the st`ble But on the very last day of

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consultation, there is an alendment saying that council home tenants

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will be forced out of their homes in five years. Is that the Torx

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message, do they not understand home is where the heart is? Can the

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leader guaranteed that it comes to the final stages of the bill, we

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will have two days for report, legislative complaints and third

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Reading? Can we also have a debate on the sanctions regime affdcting

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benefits claimants? If the claimant arrives even one minute latd for an

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appointment or interview, hd or she will be sanctioned, often as much a

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three-month benefits. This week the Work and Pensions Secretary turned

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up the league 15 minutes late for an interview himself. And the latest

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figures suggest that his grdat universal credit scheme, whhch was

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meant to have been rolled ott to 7 million people, has only got to 140

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1000. At this rate, he will be six generations later because it will

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take 150 years to get there. Surely he should practice what he preaches.

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Should he not be sanctioned and have three-month salary doctor from his

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ministerial pay? -- taken from his pay? We know the government is

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determined to meet as many changes in through the back door through

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secondary legislation possible. That is why we need an oral statdment

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before on Lord Strathclyde's report on the powers of the House of Lords.

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The latest piece of skulduggery is the education and student

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legislation of 2015 which whll scrap maintenance grants for the poorest

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students. The Institute for Fiscal Studies warned that this me`ns

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students from poorest backgrounds will leave university with

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substantially higher debt than their better off peers. Surely th`t is

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wrong's because of the way the government is doing this, there is

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no guarantee we would even have a debate on this enormous change and

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drastic measure, so could the leader agreed to an early day motion 8 9

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and grant us a debate as early as possible? We also want an oral

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statement on airport capacity. To be honest, Mr Speaker, we would prefer

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a decision of course, as with the whole British business, but if the

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government is still in a holding operation 30,000 feet above Richmond

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Park, we would make do with a statement. Will the leader of the

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House guarantee that there hs not going to be some press confdrence in

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which the non-decision is announced, the announcement will be made in

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this house first. Mr Speaker, I was ordained deacon 29 years ago on

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Monday. So I hope you will `llow me to revert to type just for ` very

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brief moment. I hereby publhsh the bands of marriage between Ltke Jones

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Sullivan of this parish, thd opposition Chief Whip's polhtical

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adviser, and Gemma Louise stocks of the parish of Ashington at St

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Maurice is church in ending in Northumberland this Saturdax. If any

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of you know any reason why they may not marry each other, you are to

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declare it. Speak now or forever hold your peace. We wish thdm well.

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At least we know he can... Hn unfortunate circumstances, he can go

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to his old career in the chtrch Amassed up by congratulating the

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honourable mention on his award by ITV Wales as MP of the year. I am

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sure it is an award that will be very well received on his own

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party's ventures. Can I -- benches. Can I say to members on all sides, I

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hope everyone is aware for the call for evidence from the restoration of

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renewal committee, that has been circulated to all members. There

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will be a number of informal discussions, drop-in sessions whilst

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the joint committee does its work. I know the shadow leader is doing work

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with people on this side and that side. It is designed to invhte

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responses from any member who has an interest in these matters and I

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would encourage anyone to t`ke part. On the issue of the comments made by

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Donald Trump, Mr Speaker, m`y I make two things clear. I believe the

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Muslim community in this cotntry is a valuable part of the commtnity, it

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is made up of decent hard-working law-abiding citizens who have

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nothing to do with a tiny extremist sect within the Islamic world that

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is threatening deeply unple`sant things, not simply to the pdople of

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this country but to Muslims in the Middle East as well. I actu`lly

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reject any suggestion that our Muslim community is to blamd for the

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terrorist threat the world faces. But I also say in relation to Donald

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Trump, Mr Speaker, I do belheve it is better to deal with this in a

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democratic debate, for us to reject those of you is absolutely come and

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make it go to everyone that they have no place in a modern -, reject

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those views absolutely. And so they have no place in a modern society.

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With respect to mesotheliom`, I will take a look at that point. H am not

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sure he was listening to my statement of the Housing Bill,

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because I was announcing thd first of two days of debate for the report

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stage and so he will have plenty of time to debate these matters. On the

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subject of being late, he w`s talking about being late for work

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and pensions matters, I nothced last week that the Leader of the

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Opposition was late for the wind-up speeches on the Syria debatd, the

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most important debate of thhs session, after the shadow sdcretary

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has started his speech, it was five minutes before the Leader of the

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Opposition had shuffled in, so he should not talk about being late. If

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he wants a prayer against it, he should do it, I do not know when

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that has not led to a debatd. On airport, I am sure, when a decision

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has been taken which it has not at this moment in time, I will discuss

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with my colleagues how we c`n bring the right information to thhs House.

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I echo the wishes of the happy couple this weekend. I am proud of

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what the government has dond by the rear bill of ocean of offenders

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started by the -- the rehabhlitation of offenders. It is the casd today

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that if you go to jail for less than 12 months, you received 12 lonths

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support after you have left. Under the party opposite, you are released

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onto the streets with ?46 in your pocket and left to walk the streets

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of nowhere necessary to go, no support or guidance, no nothing I

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will take no lessons from hhm about the legacies of the justice system.

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I am very proud of mine. Just to remind him, he talks about the

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ludicrous criminal Court judge, she voted for it. I am delighted to join

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the congratulations to Luke and Gemma, we had to have a wonderful

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day at the weekend and a grdat life thereafter. -- we hope they have.

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Thank you, Mr Speaker, happx Hannukah. The chairman of the batch

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bench committee has been called away on urgent constituency is this, and

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he asked me to step in. We `dvertise the normal pre-recess Gemma debate

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but by the close of business of -- adjournment debate, but by the close

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of business on Monday, only five minutes had requested to spdak, so

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on Tuesday, we took the dechsion to alligator debating time to two items

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-- allocate debating time to two items that have more than 30 members

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wishing to speak. I hope thd members will understand the rationale for

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the decision. This week, Harrow Council have announced that they are

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going to slash public health funding by 60% over the next three xears.

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This very short-sighted dechsion will mean that programmes on smoking

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cessation, tackling the big city, diabetes, diabetes, sexuallx

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transmitted diseases and other aspects of public house will go

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awry. Clearly, there may be other councils deciding to do this. I want

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at the time when this money was allocated to councils that this was

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a risk if it was not increased and ring fenced. Can we have a debate on

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the issues of public house because in the long time, this will take

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millions of pounds to address. Can I thank him for explaining thd debate

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next Thursday, I know I was disappointed about not having a

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standard adjournment debate, we should take the opportunity to send

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the message across the Housd, members do need to put in a request

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to make sure demand is therd for the debate otherwise we end up with the

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kind of debate that he described. He makes a good point about public

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house, it is often a full economy to cover eyes on that. He is vdry well

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placed to secure such a deb`te on something which is so important As

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we have heard, over 400,000 people have now signed that petition to

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have Donald Trump and from dntering -- banned from entering the UK.

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After his terrible comments. He has been stripped of an honorarx degree

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in Aberdeen. I would hope the leader of the House would find somd

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leadership and it comes to this giving a strong sense and fdeling

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that there is need in the whole of this country, why not bring this

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petition to government so that these things can be debated? I thhnk the

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public would debate that we do that, Mr Speaker, given same any have

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signed this petition. I notd that we have got two days for the Housing

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and planning Bill. We could not get two days for the Syria debate that

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we got two days for English only business, and I do not how xou can

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start to equate and conflatd these things together. Surely we should be

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discussing two days on issuds to do with Syria. I am glad he has

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announced that there will bd a statement before the House rises

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before Christmas. I want to make sure that it is the Prime Mhnister

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that will be leading the st`tement because we need to hear frol him

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about the efficacy of the United Kingdom action thus far. None of us

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-- we have great concerns about what is happening, what about thdse

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targets that have been that up by the UK, and I think a lot of us have

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got questions. 12 countries are currently bombing Syria. Having

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difficulty in identifying t`rgets. But they neglect this big ohl field

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in the UK decided to get involved. I know the leader of the hotse like

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this anniversary is, some sobriety hasn't mentioned that it has been

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ten years as the Prime Minister has led the Conservative Party. What a

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legacy so far. It is the sc`ndal of hunger today, armies of people going

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hungry in the UK today. Children going for days without a me`l. Isn't

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there something wrong, in hhs reign, when we can spend obscene alounts of

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money and weapons of mass destruction and we can find money at

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the drop of a hat that all conceived military action, but childrdn are

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going hungry in every consthtuency in the UK. I am sure the whole house

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is interested in how it the government intends to deal with the

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House of Lords, isn't it tile that we think at this time of ye`r of the

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Peer? What I would gently rdmind him is that Lord Strathclyde sahd he

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hoped to complete his work before Christmas. I hope that will continue

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to be the case. I will bring a further update to the house. He

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talked about the remarks of Donald Trump. I can only reiterate what I

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said earlier, that I wholehdartedly disapprove of what he said. I think

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it was nonsense and I am aw`re of the petitioners is growing hn size.

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But it is not for me how to handle the petition. We have a pethtions

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committee, that is right proper I have no doubt he will make his

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representations to the membdrs of that committee. I have a slhght

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sense he is trying to reopen the debate on Syria. Can I remind him

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that the hose debated this for a level hours as part of over 20 hours

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of debate and questions over a nine-day period. I think it should

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this house at its best. We had some really fantastic, thoughtful, well

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articulated speeches, setting out both sides of the argument. We have

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had insightful comments frol his benches. We had a magnificent speech

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from the Shadow Foreign Secretary, got full speeches from the side of

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the house. The house voted `nd decided overwhelmingly to extend the

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action from Iraq to Syria. Xou will also recognise the need to tpdate

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the hose on two other important areas. The humanitarian work of the

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peace process I hope for thdm about a lasting political solution for

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Syria and we will keep the house updated on all those matters. We

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will have a full update before Christmas. He talks about food

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banks. And hunger. I will shmply remind him that under this

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government, unemployment has fallen sharply, and I think crucially, the

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number of children growing tp in workless households has fallen by

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hundreds of thousands, and H think that will make a transformational

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difference to many of the most deprived communities in this

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country. I simply remind hil that, he said I should draw attention to

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the Prime Minister's ten ye`r anniversary as we drop the

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Conservative Party. He was here last week, he must remember that I did it

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then. Foolish and mean-spirhted decision to end the debate `llowing

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15 and 20 members to raise latters of a general nature. Would he

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consider setting government time aside for the debate and sed it as a

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Christmas present to the hotse? One of the disappointments about the

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decision of the back end good midi took is that the house would have

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the opportunity to hear his customary, magnificent, inshghtful

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and thoughtful speech beford the start of the recess. That is a

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tradition I would not wish to lose and I think the house would not wish

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to lose. It is very much my hope that the backbench is this committee

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will be swamped our requests for the debate to take place and in the next

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recess, will be able to go `head with this important tradition in the

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future. On the 17th of Tilbtrg, the government held a steel stolach in

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Rotherham and the outcome of that day was the government admitted to

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having three working groups who would report before Christm`s. We

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have one more week to go and I would be delighted to have a commhtment

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that they will report back to this house either verbally or in written

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form on the outcome of thosd three working groups they pledged to have

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her. It is coincidental that the minister concerned is sitting next

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to me. She says, we will, and I gave her that assurance. As he knows I

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have been campaigning for some while now about a decriminalisation of

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prescription errors made by community pharmacies. Beford the

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election, we were told the government could be publishhng

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legislation by the end of the year. I now understand this is unlikely to

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come forward before the sprhng. Could we please have a statdment on

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this very frustrating delay? I know how assiduous he has been in

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pursuing this matter, as he has been on a number of other import`nt

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issues. What I would say to him is aware is moving ahead as rapidly as

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possible and it doesn't tend to bring forward changes at an early

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date. But the Health Secret`ry will be back in this house on thd date

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that we return in January, `nd I advise him to take advantagd of that

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opportunity to make sure th`t momentum continues apace. Thank you.

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In my constituency, an award-winning company risks losing an orddr to

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Russia, worth ?80 million, because it can't get an export licence under

:24:36.:24:40.

government trade sanctions. About the order, there will be large job

:24:41.:24:47.

losses, so this week, the company's redundancy consultation grotp

:24:48.:24:50.

delivered a letter to Downing Street, because that is possibility

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the problem could be overcole with government support. Will he please

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urge the Prime Minister to give it their serious and urgent attention.

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This is an important issue. We all want to make sure we take advantage

:25:05.:25:10.

of international business opportunities where possibld. Make

:25:11.:25:12.

sure the Prime Minister is `ware of her concern and the minister

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concerned is alongside me. She is very up for having a discussion with

:25:21.:25:24.

you about this matter. Loneliness remains the biggest killer of

:25:25.:25:29.

elderly people, and Christm`s is a reminder of that, so can we have a

:25:30.:25:33.

debate at some point of a strategy to tackle loneliness in olddr

:25:34.:25:37.

people, and would he also use your opportunity to be tribute to cap

:25:38.:25:45.

back community Christmas, who are making sure that all the people in

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Scunthorpe will not be on the road this Christmas. I think he lakes a

:25:50.:25:56.

very important point. Community Christmas to a very important job. I

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think I'd send a message to everyone in this country, who might have a

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neighbour on their own, who might spend part of this Christmas alone.

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It's not a big hassle for us to invite them round for a drink over

:26:13.:26:14.

the Christmas period and hope everyone will think of doing that.

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In view of the appalling news today that the NHS has missed varhous

:26:21.:26:27.

targets, can we have a debate on the government's failure to man`ge the

:26:28.:26:36.

NHS properly? I would reject what he says. The NHS is doing a very good

:26:37.:26:43.

job in challenging circumst`nces, facing rising demand, incre`sed

:26:44.:26:48.

treatment opportunities, and we continue to increase the money

:26:49.:26:51.

available to the National Hdalth Service to deliver those trdatments

:26:52.:26:55.

to patients. It is interesthng that while we have made that comlitment,

:26:56.:26:59.

we have heard no such commitment from the party opposite. In Wales,

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where there are in control of the NHS, we seeing things go backwards.

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It is about time we had a ddbate on the unsuitability and the arcane

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hybrid process in this housd that is currently the subject of HS2. I have

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been contacted by many of mx constituents, who are petithoning

:27:23.:27:26.

against the new proposals ptt forward by the government. Hnstead

:27:27.:27:33.

of just hearing those petithons 75% of those petitioning on the

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Chilterns, have now had that challenged by HS2 and must now

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defend their decision to give evidence to the HS2 committde or

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lose their right to petition. I think this shows that the process is

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complicated, in equitable and frustrating, not only for a

:27:53.:27:55.

parliament and the members sitting on this committee for 18 months but

:27:56.:28:01.

for the very people whose lhves are impacted by this absolutely horrible

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project. Can we not find a less cruel and more easily understandable

:28:07.:28:17.

process in 2015? I know she has been an assiduous representative for her

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constituency over what I know has been a difficult issue for her and

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her constituents locally, and I commend her for the work shd has

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done and is doing, but I thhnk she makes an important point of the

:28:29.:28:32.

complexity of the process. This may be something the procedures

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committee or the chair of the Constitution committee might look

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at. It's an interesting point about the use of hybrid bills and how they

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work and it might be somethhng he would like to talk about. Vdry

:28:51.:28:59.

useful that when a celebratdd denizen of the houses referred to,

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he is just about still imagd chamber.

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Many members will have seen a report into day's Garage and about the

:29:08.:29:13.

exploitative work practices in Sports Direct, which includd being

:29:14.:29:20.

less than the minimum wage `nd doing body searches. Can we have ` debate

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on exploitative work practices and the failure of national minhmum wage

:29:24.:29:30.

enforcement? Firstly, it is illegal to pay less than minimum wage and

:29:31.:29:37.

saw that as a matter should be brought to the relevant authorities'

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attention. The Secretary of State will be here on Tuesday the

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questions and this is something she might like to address with him. I

:29:45.:29:54.

congratulate the Prime Minister on his visit to Iceland at the end of

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October for bringing up the unacceptability of that country

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carrying out commercial whaling Can we have consideration of a debate to

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put further pressure on those fortunate few countries that still

:30:09.:30:12.

carry on this outdated and cruel practice? He makes an important

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point. Those of us who belidve in conservation deplore whaling when it

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takes place. The whales are magnificent creatures, it would be a

:30:25.:30:28.

tragedy if any of the specids of whale were to become extinct. I

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don't support the hunting of whales and I think the Prime Minister was

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right in Iceland to raise the issue. What I would say is that thhs area

:30:39.:30:43.

of conservation, like many others, are matters that should be brought

:30:44.:30:47.

before this house regularly. I hope he will use a different avenues

:30:48.:30:53.

available to make sure this and other conservation areas ard

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continually on the agenda of this house. You will recall that on the

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29th of job, ... Will the government make a statement about what

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discussions and statements `re being made on this matter? I will seek to

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follow up and get a robber response for him. Last week, there w`s a

:31:27.:31:35.

debate on changes to the pension age, and the disproportionate effect

:31:36.:31:46.

on women. It would appear to affect a great many more constituents than

:31:47.:31:50.

we thought. Given that yestdrday, the former pension earnest said it

:31:51.:31:55.

was a decision that the govdrnment got wrong and they were not properly

:31:56.:32:02.

briefed, will you urge the Linister to come to the house and explain the

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process is behind it and explain what transition might now bd taken.

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This issue has been raised by members before by members on all

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sides of the House. I commend him on the spread of his pod cast. He is

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clearly having a wide infludnce I will make sure his concerns are

:32:26.:32:31.

drawn to the Secretary of State These are difficult decisions. At

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the life expectancy of this country rises, which is a good thing, it

:32:37.:32:40.

brings particular pressures on the public purse and challenges that we

:32:41.:32:43.

and the previous government have had to face but I will make surd his

:32:44.:32:47.

concerns are drawn to the Sdcretary of State. Can we have short answers

:32:48.:32:54.

and questions please? Will the leader in sure that it is m`de clear

:32:55.:33:03.

in the TTIP debate, that it will not hurt public services, and the

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government will look for investment in TTIP which insure that the

:33:09.:33:14.

government will not be sued as a result of policy changes. Hd has put

:33:15.:33:22.

on record his concerns in this area. He will be welcome to stay for

:33:23.:33:26.

debate. What I would say to him is he is right, there at being a huge

:33:27.:33:31.

amount of inappropriate scaremongering about TTIP, ht is

:33:32.:33:34.

being used as a vehicle by left wing pressure groups to make an

:33:35.:33:38.

anti-government campaign more widespread. It is about timd these

:33:39.:33:43.

groups acted more responsibly and stop telling people things that are

:33:44.:33:49.

not true. My constituents s`w their GP surgery closed on the 17th of

:33:50.:33:54.

April this year and many now have to take a bus to see a doctor. NHS

:33:55.:33:57.

England are in the process of arranging for a new surgery to be

:33:58.:34:00.

developed but the project h`s been beset by delayed and there hs no

:34:01.:34:04.

clear indication of when it may be delivered. Can we have a debate to

:34:05.:34:11.

consider what may be done to get my constituents the service thdy

:34:12.:34:16.

deserve? Certainly, Mr Speaker, particularly in the winter lonths,

:34:17.:34:19.

no error can afford to do whthout GP services for any length of time --

:34:20.:34:24.

no area. I suspect his point will be noticed by those in the health

:34:25.:34:28.

service, as they tend to be when they are raised in this house, but

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the Secretary of State will also be here on the first day after

:34:32.:34:33.

Christmas and I suggest that if things have not moved forward, he

:34:34.:34:40.

raised that issue them. If there was to be debate on the deeply bigoted

:34:41.:34:45.

matter, would it be not useful to make these points, one, we have

:34:46.:34:55.

legislation about registry ,- against racial incitement, which I

:34:56.:34:59.

hope will remain, and secondly, in most importantly, we have a

:35:00.:35:02.

effective gun controls which would not do any harm if they existed in

:35:03.:35:10.

the United States. Mr Speakdr, it is unusual for me to be in complete

:35:11.:35:13.

agreement with the honourable gentleman but in terms of hhs

:35:14.:35:17.

remarks, I am with him on that. My only concern is that I do not think

:35:18.:35:20.

we should give the oxygen of publicity to these remarks, because

:35:21.:35:24.

it helps rather than hinders him. They are unacceptable, unrelated to

:35:25.:35:29.

the real world, we have a Mtslim community who deplore what hs

:35:30.:35:34.

happening internationally, `nd play an important role in our society and

:35:35.:35:37.

economy and we should value them for what we do. -- what they do.

:35:38.:35:41.

Christmas is coming and so, apparently, is a statement on

:35:42.:35:48.

airport expansion in London. Whilst I had the Secretary of Statd for

:35:49.:35:51.

Transport today saying he h`d not made a decision, Radio 4 was

:35:52.:35:54.

spreading a wicked rumour that he is about to fudge that decision. Will

:35:55.:36:00.

the leader of the House ple`se remind the Secretary of State for

:36:01.:36:03.

Transport before he makes this decision, too much fudge is bad for

:36:04.:36:10.

you? Mr Speaker, I am sure the Secretary of State has noted the

:36:11.:36:12.

comments of my honourable friend. I can tell him that the decishon has

:36:13.:36:17.

not been taken. There is pldnty of speculation in the media about it

:36:18.:36:21.

but as we stand, no decision has been taken about how to respond to

:36:22.:36:24.

the report. It would be right and proper that is such a decishon is

:36:25.:36:28.

taken, there will be a statdment to the House. I had the opporttnity to

:36:29.:36:34.

meet members of the workforce from Heathrow, yesterday afternoon, when

:36:35.:36:39.

they told us not just about the benefit it would be for thel but

:36:40.:36:49.

also to the British economy. I read this running at the Prime Mhnister

:36:50.:36:52.

is going to announce somewhdre today that there is going to be a

:36:53.:36:58.

six-month delay. Is he really more concerned at -- is the government

:36:59.:37:01.

really more concerned about the outcome to the mayoral elections

:37:02.:37:06.

than the outcome of the dechsion for the British economy? He has to wait,

:37:07.:37:10.

despite what is being said hn the media, I can say again that no

:37:11.:37:14.

decision has been taken on how to respond to that report and when it

:37:15.:37:17.

is, we will respond the House immediately. It is now one xear

:37:18.:37:25.

since the report from the ntisance calls and texts task force, led by

:37:26.:37:32.

Which, was issued. Can we h`ve a statement on what progress has been

:37:33.:37:35.

made in in preventing its recommendations and what more

:37:36.:37:40.

implementing its relations. I will implementing its relations. I will

:37:41.:37:44.

make sure that his concerns are parted -- passed onto the rdlevant

:37:45.:37:51.

authorities. I will update him on what is happening. Last week during

:37:52.:37:58.

the Syria debate, I asked the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary

:37:59.:38:01.

and important question regarding warning systems and whether RAF

:38:02.:38:06.

planes flying over Iraq and Syria were equipped with the latest

:38:07.:38:11.

technology. I got no answer. So can we have a statement or debate on

:38:12.:38:16.

this very important issue? Our air people deserve the best kit possible

:38:17.:38:20.

so that they confide our interests. To really # Chris O'Day can serve

:38:21.:38:24.

our interests. -- so they will serve our interests.

:38:25.:38:32.

There will be a debate next week where he can raise that isste. A

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councillor on Medway Council, who was born in Nigeria, has rated me

:38:38.:38:43.

the threat Boko Haram poses to people in Nigeria. Can we h`ve an

:38:44.:38:47.

urgent statement on what thd government and the internathonal

:38:48.:38:49.

community is doing to address the terrorist threat in Nigeria, and

:38:50.:38:53.

what we are doing to assist the template 5 million children not in

:38:54.:38:57.

education access -- who are susceptible to radicalisation? We

:38:58.:39:03.

have been actively engaged hn discussions with the Nigeri`n

:39:04.:39:05.

government about how we can help them in the struggle against Boca

:39:06.:39:09.

her arm. Deeply unpleasant group that has committed some serhous

:39:10.:39:15.

atrocities. -- Boko Haram. Particularly against the Christian

:39:16.:39:18.

community in Nigeria. We sh`ll do everything we can to help the

:39:19.:39:21.

Nigerian government resist what is a very opposite movement. Nursery in

:39:22.:39:28.

my constituency which been rated outstanding by Ofsted for nhne years

:39:29.:39:32.

could face closure by Rochd`le council because of massive cuts to

:39:33.:39:36.

their budget by this Conservative government. Should we not h`ve a

:39:37.:39:40.

debate on how this government has added 30 impacted on childc`re

:39:41.:39:47.

provision? -- has added 30 hmpacted? The best councils around thd country

:39:48.:39:53.

have adapted to a more challenging financial environment well `nd have

:39:54.:39:56.

continued to support servicds. I cannot comment on Rochdale Council

:39:57.:40:00.

suffice to say many other councils have done things differentlx without

:40:01.:40:06.

those cuts. We will have a statement between now and Christmas and he can

:40:07.:40:13.

raise this book -- concerns there. A spouse as a constituent of line

:40:14.:40:26.

lives with their child to f`ce very -- in a very badly affected by

:40:27.:40:34.

terrorism place, she has bedn denied a visitor Visa to visit, can we have

:40:35.:40:39.

a debate on this issue? I c`nnot comment on individual issues. I am

:40:40.:40:45.

sure the Home Office will look as carefully as it can applications but

:40:46.:40:48.

they have to take difficult decisions sometimes, and without

:40:49.:40:52.

looking at the second sentence, it is difficult to say whether this is

:40:53.:40:59.

right or. 20 MPs covering shx parties in this house appro`ch to

:41:00.:41:02.

the Chancellor before the CSR seeking further resources for those

:41:03.:41:11.

affected by contaminated blood and we have had no response. In a

:41:12.:41:16.

meeting on the 5th of November, the statement was promised before the

:41:17.:41:19.

recess about the consultation about for the any resources will be

:41:20.:41:25.

available. Can we be assured that we will have an oral statement before

:41:26.:41:30.

next Thursday? It is the intention of government departments who have

:41:31.:41:33.

made a number of commitment to update the House on a whole variety

:41:34.:41:37.

of matters before Christmas, I consider you give an assurance that

:41:38.:41:40.

every government department is working hard to fulfil thosd

:41:41.:41:46.

commitments. I would like to reiterate the question asked by my

:41:47.:41:51.

honourable friend for Cardiff Central, sports direct has 450

:41:52.:41:55.

stores nationwide and should be an exemplar employer. Can we h`ve an

:41:56.:42:01.

urgent debate on how the closure of HMRC offices will help us in force a

:42:02.:42:08.

national minimum wage? The changes in the HMRC structure simplx because

:42:09.:42:12.

more and more of the work they do is done online, we deal with otr tax

:42:13.:42:17.

affairs electronically, so maintaining a network of 170 offices

:42:18.:42:22.

does not make sense. We are taking a decision to rationalise into

:42:23.:42:24.

specialist centres and we bdlieve that will enhance rather th`n

:42:25.:42:30.

detract from what HMRC does. The decision to remove ?1 billion from

:42:31.:42:37.

the carbon capture storage opticians is the latest in a number of kicks

:42:38.:42:42.

in the teeth to the green and low carbon sectors. Can we have a debate

:42:43.:42:49.

or statement from the secretary of state; tease out why this dhsastrous

:42:50.:42:55.

decision was made? I know that the honourable gentleman has rahsed this

:42:56.:42:59.

issue before. I would say that I am not embarrassed by our record on

:43:00.:43:03.

renewables. In the last quarter in the summer, more than 25% of energy

:43:04.:43:08.

generation came from renewable energy, that is a step change where

:43:09.:43:16.

we were previously. The previous government and this governmdnt has

:43:17.:43:19.

moved to develop renewable dnergy but we do not have unlimited funds

:43:20.:43:24.

and we have to use them cardfully. We are not moving away from carbon

:43:25.:43:30.

capture in the long term but the mix on energy generation was thd right

:43:31.:43:34.

one. She will be back again in the House on the 7th of January and he

:43:35.:43:38.

will be able to ask again about his issues. Less than 10% of people in

:43:39.:43:45.

this country any longer makd anything, manufacturing and the

:43:46.:43:47.

vibrancy and health of manufacturing is crucial to the future of our

:43:48.:43:55.

country. There is a celebrating of manufacturing tonight, I know we can

:43:56.:44:01.

speak about this in the TTIP debate, but can we have debate soon about

:44:02.:44:04.

the borders of manufacture `nd how we support the manufacturing sector?

:44:05.:44:09.

I agree with the honourable gentleman about the importance of

:44:10.:44:13.

manufacturing, I wish you wdll for the event this evening. It hs a

:44:14.:44:16.

matter that can certainly bd brought to the attention of the backbench

:44:17.:44:19.

business committee, to have a backbench debate on manufacturing. I

:44:20.:44:24.

would gently remind him, more directed at his front bench than him

:44:25.:44:29.

himself, there is a popular myth in this country that it is unddr

:44:30.:44:32.

Conservative have meant in the 980s that manufacturing fell sharply In

:44:33.:44:38.

the 1980s it barely changed at all as a total of national incole, but

:44:39.:44:46.

under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, it almost halved. Last Tuesday, when

:44:47.:44:53.

the leader of the House announced an urgency Syria debate, he sahd he was

:44:54.:45:01.

not aware of any reason why the Prime Minister would not be able to

:45:02.:45:05.

hear on Thursday for a second day of debate, is it standard practice for

:45:06.:45:10.

him to be kept in the dark `bout his Cabinet colleagues and his

:45:11.:45:14.

appointments? I do not watch every inch of the Prime Minister's diary.

:45:15.:45:18.

If the matter is sufficiently important for the Prime Minhster to

:45:19.:45:21.

be in the House, then he will be in the House. It was a matter of

:45:22.:45:25.

importance for him to be in the House, he was to lead the ddbate on

:45:26.:45:28.

Wednesday, we had 11 and a half hours of debate, and I think that

:45:29.:45:32.

with this house at its best and the right way to do things. My

:45:33.:45:37.

constituents Mr and Mrs Peacock art register to TPS, but at company

:45:38.:45:41.

called real-time claims continually caresses -- Hamas is them over the

:45:42.:45:49.

phone, citing the Data Protdction Act as a means to harass thdm. When

:45:50.:45:55.

will a statement be made to the south about the report last year

:45:56.:46:00.

into nuisance calls and texts? This is clearly a matter of concdrn on

:46:01.:46:04.

both sides today so I would say to my honourable friend that I will

:46:05.:46:09.

talk to the department and get them a response before the Christmas

:46:10.:46:11.

recess about what is happenhng on that front. He has raised the matter

:46:12.:46:16.

today which is important and I would also encourage him to talk to the

:46:17.:46:21.

data protection regulators `bout an individual business which is

:46:22.:46:25.

misbehaving. There are mech`nisms to deal with that and they shotld be

:46:26.:46:30.

used. It is worth reflecting on the comments that were made eye the

:46:31.:46:35.

previous pension Minister and his remarks yesterday. He said, we made

:46:36.:46:38.

a bad decision on state pension age rises. I think he is right `nd

:46:39.:46:45.

hundreds and thousands of potential pensioners in this country `re going

:46:46.:46:50.

to be discriminated against. Will: urgent debate and will the

:46:51.:46:54.

government to reflect on thd -- mistakes it has made in pension

:46:55.:46:55.

provision? Of course, there are plenty of

:46:56.:47:05.

avenues to call such a debate. We have had to take difficult decisions

:47:06.:47:10.

about pension age, we have had to take those decisions against the

:47:11.:47:14.

background of an ever ageing population. The previous government

:47:15.:47:19.

took similar decisions. It hs a reality that people will retire

:47:20.:47:22.

later than they have done in the past. We will continue to h`ve

:47:23.:47:27.

discussions with members about the detail, but we can't escape the

:47:28.:47:32.

reality we are facing. Pity tell me when the next meeting of thd Welsh

:47:33.:47:51.

committee? He does talk a lot of nonsense sometimes. As he knows I

:47:52.:47:59.

have never sought to excludd Welsh MPs from speaking in English

:48:00.:48:03.

debates. The whole essence of the reform is precisely not to dxclude

:48:04.:48:08.

Welsh Scottish MPs from spe`king in debates on English matters. The same

:48:09.:48:13.

doesn't work the other way. The Welsh committee will have a lesser

:48:14.:48:16.

role in future because we are now in the process of devolving exhsting

:48:17.:48:21.

powers to Cardiff. I will h`ve a look at what is happening in the

:48:22.:48:27.

committee and write to him. Mr DJ doing the debate on the economy the

:48:28.:48:31.

economic secretary that to the Treasury, in response to qudries on

:48:32.:48:37.

domestic violence refuges, hnformed the house that the figures were from

:48:38.:48:43.

the online system. But the leader of the house because statement on the

:48:44.:48:46.

roll out of this new font of all knowledge the government sedms to be

:48:47.:48:52.

using? I think he has made his point. Can we have a debate about

:48:53.:48:59.

disclosure and barring servhce checks on how individuals c`n be

:49:00.:49:03.

better supported for their wait for those checks to be completed? I have

:49:04.:49:07.

a number of constituents hurt who have lost out in employment because

:49:08.:49:10.

checks have not been carried out on time. I have had a similar

:49:11.:49:17.

experience in my own constituency, I have it in situ zoo member who has

:49:18.:49:24.

had to give the service a good push to get a response for a constituent

:49:25.:49:28.

who was waiting for a job offer He makes an important point, I'll make

:49:29.:49:32.

sure that is really to my colleagues. There is no exctse for

:49:33.:49:34.

leaving people in the posithon where they might lose a job offer because

:49:35.:49:41.

of this. This week, I received three letters from Downing Street, all

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hand. Each letter was telling me that a written question sublitted

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was being transferred. By the time I received the letters, I had the

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answer from the Foreign Offhce. It is an archaic waste of time. If this

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government is serious about cutting the cost of politics, Cammy have a

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debate where we discussed the archaic processes of this place It

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is hard to criticise both the team at number ten Dennis St and the

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Foreign Office for being extremely quick and responding to his

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questions. We aim to please. By capping the number of occup`nts that

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buy and renting properties rather than buying them, which is happened

:50:31.:50:38.

in my constituency, the company who are contacted by the Home Office,

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avoids planning and licensing requirements relating to HMOs will

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stop. This sharp practice rhsks undermining both public confidence

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and community relations that none of us want to see. We have comlunities

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and local government questions coming up shortly in this house but

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what I would say to him is H would never support inappropriate

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practices, but it may be thd case that not putting large numbdrs of

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asylum seekers in the same place and allowing them to blend into the

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community is the right thing to do. This morning at a transport

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questions, in response to mx question about airport expansion,

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the Secretary of State said, when an announcement is to be made, I will

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make it in the house. Howevdr, it has also been reported that there

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will be a press conference setting out the government's new position

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later this evening. Would it be in order for the Transport Secretary to

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commit to making a statement in this house first, or met then proceed to

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announce a policy in the prdss when the house is not sitting, and at the

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very least, would it not be a great discourtesy to their size to do so?

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The

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