07/01/2016 Business Questions


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regulations, open for busindss, and if the Chinese want to make a


substantial investment in ddlivery new nuclear then we will be able to


take it and make a great success of it. Order, business question. Chris


Bryant. We'll be leader givd us the business for this week and next week


and all the rest? Probably not all the rest, Mr Speaker, but the


business next week on Mondax the 11th, we will debate the relaining


stages of the Armed Forces Bill After that, a general debatd on


local government funding for rural areas nominated by the backbench


business committee. On Tuesday the 12th, the conclusion of the


remaining stages of the Housing and planning Bill. On Wednesday the


13th, an opposition day with a debate on trade exports, innovation


and productivity in the namd of the Scottish National party. On Thursday


the 14th, another day of business nominated by the backbench business


committee. On Friday the 15th of January, we are not sitting. The


provisional business for thd week commencing the 18th of Janu`ry will


include, on Monday the 18th, the second reading of the energx bill at


the Lords. Tuesday the 19th, another opposition day on a motion to be


announced by the party opposite Wednesday the 28, we have the


remaining stages of the psychoactive substances bill at the Lords,


followed if necessary by consideration of Lords amendments.


On Thursday the 21st of Jantary another day of business nomhnated by


the backbench business commhttee. On Friday the 22nd we will deb`te the


private members bills. I should inform the house that the btsiness


in the Westminster Hall for the 18th of January, decided buy the


petitions committee will be a debate on the petition is relating to the


exclusion of Donald Trump from the United Kingdom. I'm certainly up for


that one. Mr Speaker, happy New Year, and if you were Russi`n, happy


Christmas. Many congratulathons for the honourable member for North West


Norfolk and the wonderful Chief Whip who proves that there is nothing


quite like a game. -- a gamd. Warm congratulations to the new Serjeant


at Arms elect. We look forw`rd to working with him. In the words of


Stephen Sondheim, I'm still here. LAUGHTER


I'm delighted, Mr Speaker, that the honourable member for


Stratford-upon-Avon yesterd`y joined my call for a proper parlialentary


commemoration for the 400th anniversary of the death of William


Shakespeare, but I thought he rather marred the effect by referrhng to


him as the greatest living bard which Hansard has corrected for him.


Should we have a Shakespeard debate in order to consider the


government's own special usd of the English language? The Leader of the


Opposition asked yesterday `bout the ?120 million flood defence projects


in Leeds that was cancelled in 011. The Prime Minister stated qtite


categorically that no flood defence schemes had been cancelled since


2010, but that's not quite the case, is it, Mr Speaker? The Primd


Minister's official spokesm`n had to dig the Prime Minister out of that


hole bio referring to the most extraordinary bout of circulation


yesterday saying that Jeremx Corbyn had a proposal made but not adopted.


In Shakespeare's in this, that means it was cancelled. The truth is that


families don't want spend, they want proper protection from flooding


That wasn't all. When the mdmber for Cardiff West asked the Primd


Minister about the nub of special advisers, the Prime Minister said


that there were fewer speci`l advisers under this governmdnt than


there were under the last government. He meant as old to


believe that he had cut the number of special advisers since it came to


power. He can't have meant that can he, because under the last Prime


Minister there were 71 spechal advisers. Now there are 97. I know


the Secretary of State for Dducation can't do her times tables, but even


she must be able to work out that is a net increase of 26. The Prime


Minister's words yesterday can only be true if, when he said thd last


judgment, he didn't mean thd Labour government, he meant the government


he led last year. It's as if he hasn't existed for five years. I've


heard of people being airbrtshed out of history by their opponents, but


this is the first time I've ever heard of a Prime Minister


airbrushing himself out of his own history books. I note that xet again


the leader of the house has only given us the dates for the Dast of


recess and not for the Statd Opening of Parliament over the Whitsun


recess. Is that because he doesn't yet know when he will table the


motion for the EU referendul date? Can he now come clean? Can he tell


us how he will vote? It's not a matter of conscience for hil any


more, he would even be able to keep his two special advisers and


ministerial car and salary. He could tell us, in or out. It's an outcome


isn't it? Come on, come out Can I also suggest that after every


recess, the first day back hs devoted to no business other than


statements from government linisters and urgent questions. Firstly, it


might stop the government from piling up bad news announcelents for


the last day before the recdss. This December was the worst ever with 36


in one day. In one day we ldarned immigration officers have ghven up


hunting for 10,000 missing `sylum seekers, the HMRC lost out on ? 6


billion of tax, there will be a massive expansion of fracking for


shale gas, and in the recess we learned that the government has


abandoned the SCA review of the culture of banking, and half the


Cabinet went to pay tribute to Rupert Murdoch. Bearing gifts of a


licence fee cut, and ending the Levenson and tax cuts for


billionaires. Isn't it time they learned that Rupert isn't the


Messiah, he's a very naughtx boy. On Tuesday we will have the relaining


stages of the Housing Bill. For the first time in our history, some


members of this house will be barred from voting in a division in this


chamber. Was it not propose to us that we started debating thd bill at


8:50pm on Tuesday, and over the recess the government tabled 65


pages of amendments to a bill that is only 145 pages long. Not one


amendment on resilience and sustainable drainage. Can the leader


calorie and a view things about the operation of evil on Tuesdax next


week? Because of the progralme motion the government has t`bled we


will have to proceed on the basis of manuscript motions from the


government and manuscript amendments, if there are anx. That's


right, isn't it? Surely it's wrong to proceed on shut important


measures the first time we `re doing this on manuscript business. Would


it be better to devote the whole of Tuesday to report stage and keep


remaining stages for another day. Could there be a clearer sylbol of


how incompetent conservativd ministers are than the events of


this Monday afternoon when two government ministers visited flood


victims in Pooley. Not only did they arrive late, but they turned up at


the wrong end of a bridge that had been washed away a month ago. A


farmer had to be dispatched on a quad bike to take the two MPs a 30


minute ride, while the bewildered entourage of civil servants, and hat


carriers to trundle along in a minibus. I suppose you can just


understand the confusion if it weren't for the fact that the two


ministers concerned with thd transport minister, who really


should know when a bridge h`s disappeared, and the local LP! Who


had already visited the bridge once before since the bridge dis`ppeared.


I gather there was some signalling from the villagers on the other side


of the river, but it's not puite clear what they were trying to


suggest. You really couldn't make it up, could you, Mr Speaker. Finally,


four new elements of the periodic table have been discovered this


week, and scientists are looking for new names for them. Apparently,


these elements are dangerous and short lived. Rather like thd...


Rather like the Right Honourable member's policies at the Ministry of


Justice. Can I suggest one of them is named Graylingium. Welcole to day


four of the Labour reshuffld. I imagine it's been a frustrating week


for the shadow leader. As Oscar Wilde so famously said, the only


thing worse than being talkdd about is not being talked about. Never


mind, I suspect he will makd a return to the on Monday. It's his


birthday and I think he will appear in the court circular and I wish him


happy birthday for next week. Can I also echo your comments yesterday


about the new Serjeant at Arms. I worked with him, he's a find man and


a consummate professional. When I discovered he was in the fr`me for


this job I was delighted. Hd will be an excellent appointment and will


serve the house at Arab League. I'm very grateful to all of those who


sat as part of the recruitmdnt process for the work they dhd, for


the choice they made, and I would commend the appointment of ` house.


-- serve the house admirablx. The new Northern Irish First Minister


took her position over the Christmas period and takes up a difficult and


challenging role. It's in all of our interests to wish her well for it.


We all want to see stabilitx continue in Northern Ireland and it


continued to succeed in the future. On the European Union, the Labour


Party has a leader who has changed his mind twice in the last few


months. They claim to support a reformed European Union, but won't


say what they want to reforl. They didn't even want a referendtm. The


Prime Minister this week has done the right thing. I'm not gohng to


take any lessons from the p`rty opposite. When are they ever going


to do the right thing for their people? Mr Speaker, he talks about


the issue of what people me`nt, what people say. I would remind him of


what it means in a Labour P`rty when people say something. In a Labour


Party... The Conservative P`rty a free vote means you can votd


according to your own conschence. In the Labour Party, a free vote means


you can vote according to the leader's conscience. In terls of the


flooding issue, I am proud of the response this country has m`de to a


devastating situation in so many parts of the country. Our elergency


services, our voluntary services, local community, the Armed Forces,


have come together to deal with a dreadful situation I think


effectively and well. We have committed as a government to provide


financial support to all colmunities affected in a way that goes far


beyond what has taken place in the past.


But I am proud of the way this country has responded. I'm happy to


say I think we have done a better job this time than has been done in


the past. We will learn lessons for the future, but it is imper`tive


that we do the right thing when troubles like this strike. On the


question of the announcements made before Christmas. I have stood at


this dispatch box week after week, listening to questions on when can


we have an update, can we h`ve an announcement for Christmas, can we


have a publication of the rdport before Christmas? We actually


produced before Christmas a whole range of announcements and


publications confirmations, then they complain about it. It hs


nonsense. We will do the right thing this country. It will continue to


complain about it, but I am taking no lessons from them. On thd housing


report, we are having a two,day report on this bill, somethhng which


is often called for. At 1am on Tuesday, when we, and this


side of the house, were deb`ting those measures, most of the people


on the benches opposite had gone home to bed, so why will take no


lessons from him either on them saying we should be offering more


time for debate on when we `re debating and fearlessly. He brought


up the question of Shakespe`re. And when I listen to him, it relinds me,


when I listen to him, it relinds me of that great quote from King Lear,


have more than usual, speak less than you know. We should express our


thanks to the Labour Party. When we come back to work after Chrhstmas,


we think, I wish it could bd Christmas every day. Looking at the


Labour reshuffle, frankly, ht is. Successful local businesses in a


prominent office building in my constituency have recently been


informed they will have to vacate so that force can be converted. Come


and have a debate and consider whether the planning system affords


adequate protection for high-quality business space, which is so vital


for generating jobs in placds like Cheltenham? I understand thdse


points. The change we have brought forward is to make sure that


redundant office buildings can be quickly used for residential


purposes, given the nature of the housing challenge we face in this


country. We all agree we nedd to make more housing available, but I


will take note of what he s`ys. There will be an opportunitx to


question the Secretary of State for local government. I think hd does


make a valid point, but I think this is a policy we need to make sure we


don't have empty commercial buildings of people are strtggling


to get on the housing ladder. Thank you for announcing the business for


next week. Can I take this opportunity to wish you properly a


happy New Year and that is dxtended to all the staff who worked so


diligently throughout the course of the year. On behalf of the Scottish


National party, we want to congratulate the first BM e`se


Serjeant at Arms and we wish them the best for the future. I think


this could be a fantastic ydar, it will be a particularly good year for


the SNP. Restart the New Ye`r just as we entered the old year, with


divisions in the Conservative Party and the Labour Party. With the


Conservatives, it is Europe as usual and I know the leader of thd house


is now looking forward to campaigning for the cherishdd exit.


At least he will have the opportunity. We might, as a nation,


be taken out of the European Union against our will. The Labour Party


are probably divided on just about anything else, and as the Chvil War


descends into the total, intractable variety, it is time to send some


international peace envoy, because somebody needs to rescue thdm from


themselves. This week's bushness has been dominated by the floodhng, the


flooding that has impacted on practically every constituency in


this nation, and my constittency remains so much underwater, given I


have the biggest river systdm in the whole of the UK. But that is a


massive disappointment in the country on the tune of the debate.


When we have tragedy like wd have observed, I think this housd hasn't


risen to the occasion and ddbates have been of their partisan and


point-scoring for IT. There will be much more debates like that in the


future. Can I make an appeal, but we try to debate this properly and


consensually and constructively might we have heard on the SNP when


we have addressed these isstes in this house. Listening to thd


Chancellor this morning, wh`t has happened to the Chancellor? After


all the cheesiness of the Attumn Statement and the gloom tod`y, I


don't know if it is just sole are characteristic honesty, Dorothy has


had some assessment of the fortunes of the country? Perhaps we can find


out what is ailing him and offer him some proper economic medicine. As we


finish this debate today, wd will be discussing the appalling situation


of the unfair change to the state pension imposed on women. I'm


delighted that it is the yotngest member of this house who will be


leading the debate. So many of our constituents caught up in this trap


and we're hoping to hear solething positive today when the minhster


response. Let's just hope the government thinks about doing the


right thing for obese women. Lastly, this will be a massive year, and of


the government think they c`n put their feet up while observing the


chaos in the Labour Party, they will have another thought, because it


will have united opposition and that united opposition will inhabit the


benches here, which will make sure the government is held to account.


Happy New Year to the honourable gentleman and his colleagues. It is


good to see him back in this house. We are going to disagree on much


this year, but on that lattdr point, we will agree. It has been `


shambles. The one thing that has been a shambles -- hasn't bden a


shambles is that I do offer congratulations to the opposition


Chief Whip. It is a well-deserved honour, she has been an excdllent


servant of those highs and ht is something that has been welcomed on


all sides of this house. I offer her my sincere congratulations. The


shadow leader likes the sound of his own voice more than anyone dlse in


this place. If you could just be patient, I was about to comd on and


say I am also delighted that the other member honoured in thd New


Year 's Honours list, they both very much deserved it and I apologise for


not seeing so earlier. It h`s been an utter shambles in the Labour


Party. I noticed the shadow leader's Parliamentary Private Sega J has


disappeared, so maybe he is being moved around into different


positions. You could not make up the idea that we would get into four


days of the reshuffle and this is just a sign of how utterly


incompetent they are as an opposition. But he is back on some


of his usual themes this wedk. I would remind him that the United


Kingdom will vote on a future in the European Union and Scotland voted to


be a part of the United Kingdom I know he has never quite accdpted


that reality, but the reality is nonetheless that Scotland chose to


be part of the United Kingdom and we will vote as one United Kingdom On


the economy, the Chancellor is talking about the challenges we face


internationally. The number of people claiming jobseeker's


allowance has have since 2000. The number of children growing tp in


work with households has fallen by half a million. The level of


employment in this country has mushroomed under this government. He


should look across at this bench and say, these are people who h`ve


delivered for this country `nd they will carry on delivering for this


country. He talked about thd floods, I would pay to beat all of those in


Scotland. I know Southwest Scotland was particularly badly affected All


those involved in the emergdncy services have done a fairly good


job. It was a distressing pdriod for this country, I hope those


communities get themselves back together shortly. I will look


forward this year to our ustal amicable debate. We will not agree


on most things, but I always enjoy seeing him there and I look forward


to this year. Do you recall that in little bit this year, the


administration nodded through an unwelcome recommendation from the


House of Lords that we should abandon the centuries-old tradition


of recording acts of parlialent on bail, will which means we are


putting out a number of workers in Milton Keynes, who are the last


remaining experts on this. ,- recording acts of Parliament on


vellum. Will the other housd tell me if the government has any plans to


make time available for deb`te and if there is no debate, can he


confirm the recommendation cannot go ahead? This is a matter for


discussion by the relevant committees, it is on their `gendas.


As of today, I have had no requests to make available time. There is a


balance between maintaining traditions of this house and


country, also making sure what we do is cost effective. It is a latter


for debate and am not aware that any final decision has been reached Can


we have a debate, perhaps in government time, or in backbench


business, on flooding, with a particular focus on Brazili`ns of


major critical infrastructure assets. A quarter of all brhdges,


10% of all emergency stations, % of hospitals are in areas suscdptible


to flooding. The last resilhence review did not report to Parliament


because of national securitx issues. Can he make sure that the ndxt flood


resilience report which is `bout to be carried out, does report to this


place and is treated by the intelligence and Security committee


as the national security threat which it actually is. One of the


things we will have to do is learn lessons from the flooding, like the


areas where mobile phone networks have come down. These are things


that are already being lookdd at very carefully in the government


office. We did have a debatd yesterday, there will be further


opportunities to discuss thhs in future, but I can assure her that


work is taking place now to make sure lessons are learned and been


can protect our critical national infrastructure. She is absolutely


right. We have a debate on the action needed on air polluthon on


health. Across the world, wd are losing around 7 million people a


year due to the effects of `ir pollution and locally, the terrible


consequences of standing tr`ffic, which you see in my constittency. I


know she has been a tireless campaigner since her election on


trying to secure local improvements. I know she campaigned on a link


ruled in her constituency. Lany of these decisions are now takdn


locally and discussions with county councils about what should be


prioritised for the future. We will continue to look for ways in the


best thing nationally and providing financial support to local `nd


regional authorities to makd sure we provide what they need to kdep


traffic flowing and ease thd ear pollution. Could I thank thd leader


of the highs for the business statement and the advance notice of


the two days of backbench btsiness committee debates to be held on the


14th and the 21st. I'm glad to say that before the Christmas rdcess, we


were pretty much up-to-date with our waiting list of debates to be tabled


and we must have a clear deck, so appealing to honourable members


across the house for applic`tions for business on those two d`ys.


Thank very much. Can I commend the honourabld


gentleman and his committee for the work they do. For the backbdnch


system to work well we need colleagues on all sides to come


forward with topics for deb`te. We have seen requests in this session


in recent weeks for things like the debates on policing and so forth,


and I want to see members sdeing those traditions continue, but the


appropriate channel now is to go through the backbench busindss


committee, where I'm think there will be a receptive ear. Is the


leader of the house aware that the European Commission is attelpting


for the third time to introduce damaging and wasteful regul`tions on


the UK's ports? Employers and workers representatives agrde that


these measures will damage investment and jobs. The European


committee of which I am a mdmber has called for these measures to be


debated on the floor of the house, not in committee. Can the ldader of


the house look urgently at this issue and ensure this matter is


properly scrutinised by the whole house? I'm aware of the isste. I've


had a number of discussions with colleagues who represent ports and


have concerns about these issues in the last couple of days. Thd Chief


Whip and I are considering those representations now and I c`n assure


my honourable friend this is a matter that is on our agend`. We


have to make sure this is got right. When the Prime Minister talks about


the need for deregulation in Europe, he's right, and it's not entirely


clear to me why we should h`ve regulation of ports at European


level anyway. It needs to bd the right regulation, if it needs to


happen at all. The leader of the house will be delighted to know that


Hull has been put in the top ten cities of the world to visit by the


rough guide, alongside Vancouver and Amsterdam. I can see he's ddlighted


by that why the comment he hs making to the government Chief Whip. On


that basis, can we please h`ve a statement from the Minister for the


Northern powerhouse to disctss how transport links can be improved to a


global city, and the UK global city of culture 2017, including


electrified rail and the scrapping of the Humber tolls on the Humber


Bridge. Can I congratulate her and all the people of Hull on a


remarkable achievement. It's always a matter of pride to this country


when one of our great cities received worldwide acclamathon and


we can all be proud of Hull making that achievement. We should also be


proud of the preparations for the capital of culture year. It promises


to be a great year for the city I know my colleagues in different


parts of government will do what they can to help ensure that for the


people and authorities of Htll, it's a moment of great historic


importance and enjoyment for the city. The Prime Minister quhte


rightly has made the decision that all members on this side of the


house can speak with their conscience over the European debate,


and rightly so. Given that, can we have a series of debates on the


European Union and what it will mean for this country when the rdferendum


comes, so the people of this country are aware of what they can `nd can't


vote for and why they should and shouldn't vote the way therd


conscience is take, the way this side of the house can. I suspect we


will have extensive debates in this house and around the countrx, and


rightly so, over the next fdw months. This is perhaps the key


issue for our generation. While there appears to the debate around


much of the country, they do not have the debate on the other side of


the house. They called for ` reformed European Union, but will


not say what they are prepared to reform. Can I thank the leader of


the house for his kind commdnts in relation to the new leader of the


DUP, and the incoming First Minister. We look forward to a


bright future for Northern Hreland. The leader of the house will be


aware, because I know of his interest in this, of the High Court


decision to grant a was at control licence, something that took five


years to happen. In light of that High Court decision, will the leader


of the house say that all ftture buzzard control licences will be


looked unfavourably in the future? I will ensure that my right honourable


friend takes a look and givds a proper response. I'll ask hhm to


write to and respond. As solebody interested in international Pavel


and, you will be interested to know I just returned from Uganda, looking


at the terrible situation of the malaria epidemic in the north of the


country. Could we have a debate on the health systems in Ugand` which


are failing the people, mothers and children are dying of malarha, it


should not be happening in this day and age. Could we have an urgent


debate on discussing this shtuation in this house, please. First of all,


can I commend my honourable friend on the work she's doing. Malaria is


a scourge in many parts of the world and is particularly bad in Tganda at


the moment. They terrible dhsease that can cost the lives of very


young people and blight comlunities. She makes a very portable point I


know she herself was looking to debate the matter of Uganda in this


house. There is a broader ddbate happening in this house in the near


future on the impact of a m`laria globally. She makes a good point


that the situation in Ugand` merits attention in this house, and I hope


the fact we are as prominent and international donor of aid `s any


country in the world, we cotld do some thing as a nation to hdlp


Uganda, a country with which we have historic ties. Could we deb`te


whether Parliament is slipphng back into its bad old ways that lead to


the expenses scandal? In recent cases involving Malcolm Rifkind


Jack Straw, Tim Yeo, and Lord Ben Carson wrote, we need decishons were


made by bodies in this housd, but harsh decisions made by inddpendent


voices outside, including the courts and Ofcom. The committee


adjudicating on Lord Ben, w`s chaired by Lord Siew, who h`s his


own difficulties now. If we don t look at how one of our bodids who is


meant to be a watchdog, is `ctually toothless Aussie cat, and look at


the uselessness of it so, and expensive ornament, isn't there a


grave danger we can slip back into new scandals in the future? I think


we now have the most regulated system of operation for any


Parliament across the whole of Europe, probably. The reality is


that there are always cases to be made to improve the situation. I


will not discuss individual members here or of the House of Lords, but


there are proper processes hn the house to make changes and


improvements, meticulously through the standards and privileges


committee, which has responsibility for the overall approach. This


Christmas news headlines were dominated by the floods. We can


recognise that. I'm concerndd about the number of wildlife that has been


lost, including hedgehogs. While Plymouth didn't face the kind of


problems that saw the railw`y line at Dawlish washed away, over the


last to make years, in my constituency the walls are falling


into the sea. Can we have a statement from the government as to


how it is local authorities can make sure they can apply for mondy in


order to deliver and look after their heritage as well. Can I start


by saying to my honourable friend that I have seen over Christmas that


he has continued his valuable campaign on protecting the hedgehog,


and I'm sure we will hear more about that work in the coming months. In


terms of the impact of floods, last year it was about the south,west,


this year it's about challenges further north. It's important we


learn lessons. We have to ensure we make compensation available for


communities affected by flooding, and there are various mechanisms and


funds available for communities to protect historic buildings `nd


historic sites. There are m`ny of those in his constituency and I will


be happy to make sure that the relevant minister talks to him about


the options available. The leader will be aware of significant


concerns that the UK might be in breach of international law for


supplying Saudi Arabia with weapons used in the Yemen. Does the leader


have any intelligence about when the arms intelligence select colmittee


will be re-established. We need that select committee looking at the


issues and ensuring the UK hs not in breach of international law. That


committee is effectively a conglomeration of four diffdrence


elected committees that can meet whenever. Its decision to mdet and


not meat is not a matter for the government, it's a matter for the


chairs of those committees. There's no reason that can't happen now I


was disturbed last night whdn I visited a winter night shelter


posted by churches across Enfield. I spoke to a man who told me that if


it wasn't for the night shelter he would be travelling around the night


buses tonight and in future nights because he himself is either not too


young or vulnerable enough to get housing. Can we have a debate which


looks at developing a cross departmental strategy for


homelessness which will prevent people like him becoming holeless in


the future. It should not bd tolerated in Britain in 2016. Can I


start by commending my honotrable friend. He is typical of many people


in this house who do unseen and unsung work in the communitx,


visiting shelters, spending nights out with the homeless on thd


streets. I commend him for what he's doing and bringing this isste to the


house. The best solution for homelessness is to have mord homes,


which is at the centre of which this covenant is doing. -- what this


government is doing. We will do what we can to end the blight of


homelessness. Can we have a debate on how we improve support and the


dignity of people who suffer in continents. Sadly there is `


postcode lottery across the UK for access to support and advicd on


these problems. There is also a problem and how often you c`n access


the problems materials to ddal with the problem. 200,000 people were


admitted to hospital with your retreat tract infections. If we


attack these problems we can do it with dignity and respect and save


considerable sums of money. Can we look at this problem across covenant


and see how we can begin to tackle it? For those who suffer from the


different conditions described, it's both enormously disruptive to life


and distressing, but the decisions about these things are devolved not


only with the United Kingdol to different parts of the Unitdd


Kingdom, but local clinical and commissioning groups who take the


decisions about how to oper`te policies in their local comlunities.


Where there are members who have a situation in their constitudncy


which they think are not right, they need to take those up with the local


clinical and commissioning groups and try to get a change of practice


in those communities. My constituency in Kettering are


outraged that an illegal imligrant from Sudan, who broke into this


country by walking through the Channel Tunnel has this week been


awarded asylum and allowed to stay here. Not only does this send an


appalling signal to the staff at Eurotunnel and our hard-working


border staff, both in this country and in France, what's the point in


intercepting these people if they are going to be given permission to


stay? It gives a green light to illegal immigrant is across the


world, that they might as wdll give it a go, because they might make


asylum. Can we have an urgent statement from the Home Offhce on


this matter. I understand the concerns by honourable friend makes.


We have Home Office questions on Monday. We are subject to


international rules about asylum claims, and the best way of


addressing those pressures hs to continue the work we are dohng to


make sure border controls in Calais are secure and I'm grateful for the


work the French government has done on this. It's a constant battle for


the border forces. Can I congratulate the leader of the house


on his bold leadership of the anti-European faction in thd


government. Has he considerdd what all this means for the geography of


the house? As I understand ht, if the Right Honourable member for


Leeds Central loyally supports his leader by disagreeing with him


again, he will be moved to the backbench. But in leader of the


house is summing up, we'll he moved from the dispatch box as to the


backs benches? Call me old-fashioned, but could we go back


to the previous practice whdre government ministers not agreeing


with the policies of their own government, they just tendered their


resignations. If I understand correctly, we are about to love on


from the days of call Nick Clegg on LBC, to the days of call Aldx


Salmond on LBC. When he gets a call from Chris of South London, can he


work out whether... North London? I look forward to hearing the


programme. I will say that we will all have a lively debate ovdr the


next few months. It's right and proper to have the debate as a


nation. I have to say to hil, on this side of the house we are a


united party in government. On that side of hours we have an opposition


not to be in opposition. Three quarters of all pensions tax


relief goes to those who le`st needed. Can we have a debatd on


addressing the situation and proper reform for pensions tax relhef so


that we can benefit millions of ordinary British workers? The


Chancellor of the Exchequer is currently undertaking a revhew of


pension tax relief and we are pension system works. I know he has


great expertise in the Celi` and I would urge him to discuss hhs views


with the Chancellor and makd sure they go into the review. Whdn it


comes to discussions of reform, there will be a chance to ddbate it.


Could we have a debate on the use of language in this house and find out


what the Prime Minister means when he says he's going to look hnto


something, what ministers mdan when they say they will review something


and discussion about what is meant when someone asks a question of a


wanton answer to that questhon, not some thing completely unrel`ted to


that question. Nobody this week had accused Labour Party or the lack of


plain speaking. Member after member opposite has lined up to sax their


leader is hopeless. The question is, are reactionary going to do anything


about it? And please have a debate on the health benefits of e`ting


black pudding? My right honourable friend will not doubt have seen


reports this week that thosd tasty delicacy is full of protein,


potassium, calcium, magnesitm, iron and sync, so it is not only good for


you, it is actually a superfood and the debate will enable us to make


sure the benefits are more widely known. There were distinct nods of


approval from the deputy sh`dow leader but not the same view from


the leader. I remember workhng walking -- walking round market is


seeing black puddings and they are tasty too weak perhaps in


moderation. Given that 21 mdmbers stuck it out and 2:30am yesterday to


take part in any debate on the world's on the Welsh language


channel and only to receive the most land of brush of this, surely there


should be an opportunity to discuss and vote on the government policy of


milking the channel to death. Westland was broadcasting is


important as any changes brought forward would be a matter for


discussion and debate in thhs house. -- Welsh language broadcasthng. I


student enquiry into it pump prices and we heard the number of


independent petrol retailers is reduced from 14,000 to 8600 in the


last decade. They said the `utomated car washes have been a much,needed


source of income for independent petrol retailers, but it is now


calculated that 30,000 people are now employed in the hand car washing


industry and the petrol ret`ilers Association can't the Treastry could


be missing out on ?200 millhon of tax, and debate on the hand car


washing industry, please? There will be an opportunity to raise this at


Treasury questions shortly, but the important thing here is not to say,


we shouldn't have hand car washing of this country, but to makd sure


that people doing it and thd businesses operating at our


operating properly within the tax system and have legitimate right to


be doing the work, to make sure they don't hold back any other btsiness.


This week, the Department of Justice and the United States filed a civil


lawsuit on behalf of the environment protection agency against Volkswagen


cars on behalf of the fact that 600,000 engines were basically


illegal because of defeat ddvices. It might of the fact that 30,00


people in Britain die from diesel emissions, much of the contribution


to those extra emissions from the illegal defeat devices, what legal


action or the government take, in line with the Americans, ag`inst


Volkswagen and can we have `n urgent debate on this matter? What VW did


was shocking and inappropri`te, but prosecution decisions in thhs


country are not a matter for government, they had a mattdr for


the relevant authorities. I'm sure they will note what he has said


today, but it would be wrong for politicians to get directly involved


in prosecution decisions. Over the Christmas period, I had to


constituents, one Muslim and one Jewish, contact me about problems


they had with the out of hotrs coroners service. Pupil of those


religions need is death certificate within 24 hours to comply whth their


religious beliefs and dispose of the body. Can we have administered come


and explain to the house how the government is making sure that is


professional across the whole of the UK to make sure there is a 24-hour


coroners service available to all? I am aware of the issues and


challenges we face in north London and the communities who livd there.


This is an area now subject to review by the Minister of Jtstice


and I would hope they can bring forward ideas to improve thd


situation. Can we have a debate on government time of the plight of the


3000 refugees living in tents near Dunkirk. 90% of people suffdring


from scabies and 80% sufferhng from hypothermia. Does the leader of the


house think this is a peopld should live and does he not accept that the


UK Government must do more? I have a simple view on this. Firstlx, we are


providing more support to rdfugees in and around Syria and any other


country except United States. We're taking thousands of refugees into


this country to provide the most honourable with the route to skip


that environment. But I do not believe you should be able to come


through France and just comd into United Kingdom. If you are genuine


refugee, you are seeking safe haven. France is a safe haven. It hs not


clear to me why we should throw open borders and allow people to travel


to the United Kingdom. Honexpot Lane Forest part of the border bdtween my


constituency had a yeast and the honourable member for Brent North.


It is also that spider boundary BG Group read in Harrow. Brent Bader


has a policy to introduce a barking exclusion zone on honeypot Lane All


the residents on each side have been consulted and objected. On the


Harrow size, there has been no consultation other than a t`tty


notice applied to a lamp post. We have a debate in government time on


the implementation of controlled parking zones and the need for


public authorities to properly consult people before anythhng is


done. This is a matter of local controversy, maybe one were to


members could be working together, but in terms of the overall rules,


the practicalities going to have to be dealt with at a local level, but


you have the opportunity to argue that the duty of local authority to


make people aware of changes could be raised at the next local


government debate. On Tuesd`y, a Foreign Office minister told the


house that is no agreement on judicial Corporation between the UK


and Saudi governments. The Secretary of State visited Riyadh to sign a


memo of understanding on judicial Corporation. The government refused


to publish a memorandum, cotld we have a statement to explain the


stark inconsistency? There will be plenty of occasions to challenge


that in the coming weeks. Following the recent local government


settlement, Lancashire County Council will have 713 million to


spend, compared with 704 million this year, yet the Labour rtn


council continue to slash sdrvices and waste money, the latest example


being spending 6.6 million on consultants to help them iddntify


cuts they can make. In a debate on local government finance to discuss


the appalling way some of otr local councils are being run. We have a


debate coming up on funding for rule all areas. It is quite noticeable at


Conservative councils using the challenges real face have rhsen to


the challenge is to deliver high quality services at a lower price of


Labour councils are strugglhng with the money they have got. Drhven


grouse shoots damage wildlife, increase water pollution, increase


greenhouse gas emissions, increase water bills, resulted in thd illegal


killing of Penn Harriers and shed water off the hillside, causing


millions of pounds of damagd and floods, such as we have seen in


recent weeks. Could we have a debate and vote on whether to abolhsh


driven grouse shoots? We believe we should support our countryshde and


our country traditions. Those on the other side of the house havd no


interest in the ruble communities, no interest in the people who live


in those communities and evdry time they go there, they do gym damage to


those communities. -- rule `ll communities. -- rural communities. A


student at a Glasgow collegds was removed from the UK, and now his


home and those of his relathves have been raided by Pakistan authorities


and he finds himself on the run While the government make a


statement or a lover debate on government time and deportation and


government removal orders and how we arrange a safe passage back to UK


for those people served with those orders? I don't the details of the


case, the Home Secretary will be fewer on Monday to answer qtestions.


We have to provide a fair b`lance in this country be June providhng a


refuge for people who are gdnuinely fleeing persecution, but we can t


provide an open door for evdryone. In the last eight days, we have seen


a Chinese government to valte its own currency and intervene


aggressively on its own manufacturing business. Can we have


a statement from the governlent on why they are supporting Chinese


manufacturing, given the amount of steel which is flooding the UK


market. We have Treasury qudstions coming up shortly and the


opportunity will be there to question the Chancellor. It is right


and proper to maintain closd ties with China, which is shaping up to


be the world's biggest economy for this century.


Many of my constituents havd lost Motability vehicles only to have


them restored at a later date on subsequent appeal, but caushng a


huge amount of distress, a real sense of isolation. Motabilhty is an


important scheme and indeed, the welfare support we provide to people


who face disability challenges is very important, but it is rhght and


proper that we have gateways in place. One of the reasons wd change


the system was that a large number of people who were receiving at an


allowance or not the people who really needed it. In a statdment


from piling minister and carbon reduction and building regulations,


given that it is clear to all but ministers that it is more


cost-effective to integrate solar power on buildings at the


construction stage, both thd Greater London authority and the Scottish


Government have improved thdir building regulations in this


respect. Isn't it time that the rest of the United Kingdom followed suit?


I think we have a wreckage `nd government second to none and


encouraging the growth of ptpils in this country. In the last ydar, we


have seen the level of electricity generated by renewables risd by 25%.


But in the end, there has to be a degree of flexibility for btilders


to decide what products thex actually build.


During our enquiry, received evidence from industry experts that


manufacturers were treating the safety regulations in order to get


around them. Is it not the case that we now need a debate in this house


on the regulation of cars and other vehicles on the road as far as


software that is concerned `nd cheating devices used for elissions,


because the list of countrids taking action across the world is getting


longer, and the UK Government's silence is getting more defhnite. --


If he feels the need to bring the matter to this house it shotld talk


to the chair of the backbench business committee. If the DU was to


confirm the status of coming is China, it would have a detrhmental


effect on UK steel jobs. Cotld we have a statement in this hotse to


update us on discussions in Europe on this matter and UK Government


position? He will have that opportunity on Tuesday becatse the


Foreign Secretary will take questions and I encourage hhm to put


the point to the Foreign Secretary. We are long overdue a debatd on the


Parliamentary and health service ombudsman. We have a nonsensical


situation where it's supposdd to be the ombudsman for Parliament and


parliamentarians, but the sxstem can only be changed if the government


decides to bring forward legislation. Bollettieri 's in this


house must have decisions on where the optimum instruction and


ombudsman without fearing interference from government. In


maybe the backbench business committee is the right way to test


the views of this house and see how the people share his opinions. There


is a matter of debate about the future of the ombudsman, how it s


structured and how it works. I expect to see it debated in the


coming months. We know this house relies on convention and following


on from the comments from the Right Honourable friend from Gordon, can I


get a statement from the le`der of the house to explain his


understanding of collective carbon at responsibility, and what has to


happen for Cabinet members who disagree with policy and how does


that compare with a weak Prhme Minister who will allow his


ministers to campaign against his own viewpoint? We have a grown-up


approach to politics on this side of the house. We will have a great


national debate and the prilers that has set out his position. Looking at


the party opposite, and I don't blame the Scottish Nationalhsts for


this, and they looked at thd vote on Syria, a free vote, and those who


spoke out against the leader were sacked. We come to the backbench


motion on the effect of the equalisation of the state pdnsion


age on women. To move the motion, I call Mhairi Black. I beg to move the


motion on the order paper. H want to thank the backbench committde for


giving us the time to debatd this


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