14/01/2016 Business Questions


14/01/2016

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


Similar Content

Browse content similar to 14/01/2016. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!

Transcript


LineFromTo

today but is at an LGB T conference. This is an important issue. The

:00:00.:00:00.

Prime Minister's commitment to invest in mental health services

:00:00.:00:00.

this week will be important in this space. Will the leader of the out

:00:00.:00:15.

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

:00:16.:00:24.

next week will be on Monday we will have the second reading of the

:00:25.:00:30.

energy Bill. On Tuesday, an opposition day with a debate on the

:00:31.:00:33.

cost of public transport followed by cost of public transport followed by

:00:34.:00:40.

a debate on prisons and probation. Wednesday, the remaining stages of

:00:41.:00:51.

the psychoactive substances debate. Thursday, business will be nominated

:00:52.:00:57.

by the Backbench Business Committee. Friday, we will be debating private

:00:58.:01:01.

members bills. Monday 25th, the remaining stages of the childcare

:01:02.:01:06.

bill followed by business to be nominated by the Backbench Business

:01:07.:01:12.

Committee. Tuesday 26th, a motion to approve the money resolution

:01:13.:01:17.

relating to the charities, social investment and protection Bill,

:01:18.:01:20.

followed by the remaining stages of that same bill. Wins the 27th, a

:01:21.:01:31.

further opposition day. Thursday 28th, Backbench Business Committee.

:01:32.:01:39.

Friday 29th, Private Members' Bill is. In Westminster Hall, there will

:01:40.:01:48.

be a debate for small businesses and the self-employed. And another

:01:49.:01:58.

debate on transitional pension arrangements for women born in the

:01:59.:02:07.

1950s. Can I start by warmly congratulating the Scottish

:02:08.:02:12.

Secretary for joining the ranks of being an out MP. Can I assure him

:02:13.:02:18.

that being gay is not necessarily make you any better as a politician.

:02:19.:02:25.

I didn't think that was very funny, but what mac it appears appropriate

:02:26.:02:35.

that we should have a debate on space, following the debate of David

:02:36.:02:49.

Alway, the ultimate star man. -- David Bowie.

:02:50.:02:57.

The Prime Minister used the word menial. He demeans himself by using

:02:58.:03:08.

that word. There are not menial jobs, only attitudes. Can we have a

:03:09.:03:15.

debate on mysterious disappearances. It is like an Agatha Christie novel.

:03:16.:03:21.

The mystery of the missing Health Secretary. Besought him here, they

:03:22.:03:25.

sought him there, but even when the first strike was happening, he was

:03:26.:03:34.

nowhere to be found. Not even in the television studio. Surely he should

:03:35.:03:35.

be easier cleaning house he has lost the respect and trust of the whole

:03:36.:03:40.

medical profession? Then there was the disappearance of the

:03:41.:03:42.

government's consultation on the future of the BBC. The closing date

:03:43.:03:51.

for the consultation was 99 days ago and it is sown over to be seen. The

:03:52.:03:56.

charter runs out in less than a year. When will they published a

:03:57.:04:00.

consultation on the new draft charter? On Tuesday, a whole

:04:01.:04:08.

committee a was supposed to meet at committee a was supposed to meet at

:04:09.:04:15.

2:30pm in committee room tend to consider the ports authority

:04:16.:04:17.

regulation. Something I'm sure all honourable members think is

:04:18.:04:21.

important. Members of the public turned up from far and wide to you

:04:22.:04:24.

about the Minister had to say, but the government had pulled the

:04:25.:04:29.

meeting. Why? This is an important matter that affects 47 UK ports.

:04:30.:04:35.

Airport workers are very concerned about it. The European scrutiny

:04:36.:04:38.

committee have said they remain deeply concerned the government

:04:39.:04:43.

continues to refuse to have a floor debate on this issue. How can the

:04:44.:04:47.

serious eurosceptic when he won't serious eurosceptic when he won't

:04:48.:04:52.

even allow the House to debate EU measures? That is not the only

:04:53.:04:57.

debate to disappear. The leader of the House promised a debate on

:04:58.:05:00.

abolishing student grants. He made that on 10th December. I know he is

:05:01.:05:07.

doing his huffy puffy, I'm going to get very angry about this later

:05:08.:05:11.

face, but he should admit it. His precise words were these. On student

:05:12.:05:18.

finance regulations, the honourable gentleman is aware that if you want

:05:19.:05:22.

a debate on this in this House, all he has to do is pray against it. I

:05:23.:05:31.

am not aware of any situation where that has not led to a debate in this

:05:32.:05:37.

House. We took him at his word. EDM eight to nine is on the order paper.

:05:38.:05:52.

-- 829. Instead, he has arranged the only debate there will be held will

:05:53.:05:57.

be in committee not in this House, but in a committee at 1130 AM today.

:05:58.:06:05.

Because it is in committee, even if every single member of the committee

:06:06.:06:09.

were to vote against the motion, it would still pass into law. That is

:06:10.:06:14.

not Chrissy, it is government by diktats. Let me be clear. This

:06:15.:06:18.

should not be secondary legislation. should not be secondary legislation.

:06:19.:06:24.

This major change and will deprive around 500,000 of England's

:06:25.:06:29.

pluralist students of maintenance grants. The Deputy Leader is talking

:06:30.:06:33.

nonsense. If she doesn't know the rules of this House, she should go

:06:34.:06:37.

and get another job and come back. Forcing them with debts. As a man of

:06:38.:06:48.

his word, will the leader of the House now ensure there is a proper

:06:49.:06:52.

debate and vote in this House before 23 January? Which brings me to the

:06:53.:07:00.

curious Case of the missing ministerial backbone. You see, I

:07:01.:07:05.

thought ministers were men of integrity and principle. When they

:07:06.:07:08.

was time the leader of the House for it. Last week, I suggested it

:07:09.:07:14.

was time the leader of the House came out as an outer. There is a

:07:15.:07:18.

vacancy. They want a leader. Surely the time has come. Cometh the hour,

:07:19.:07:27.

started to take my advice. Years started to take my advice. Years

:07:28.:07:33.

even written a piece in the Daily Telegraph about it. I was hoping for

:07:34.:07:38.

a proper full throated eurosceptic intellectual argument from the

:07:39.:07:42.

leader of the House. But it is the most missed peddling facing both

:07:43.:07:48.

ways piece of pedestrian journalism which has ever come from his pen.

:07:49.:07:53.

What is the phrase from the Bible? Because thou art lukewarm and

:07:54.:07:58.

neither cold nor hot, while I spew the out of my mouth? I know he was

:07:59.:08:03.

born on first April, but he cannot treat all of us as fools. I know he

:08:04.:08:08.

is desperate to keep his place in the Cabinet but this is becoming a

:08:09.:08:15.

farce. He's pretending he supports the Prime Minister's re-negotiation

:08:16.:08:19.

strategy when he is really necessary to mount the barricades with the

:08:20.:08:23.

banner of English and was. Apparently the Business Secretary is

:08:24.:08:27.

going to pretend he is in favour of leaving the EU so as to bolster the

:08:28.:08:33.

prospect of his favourite candidate for leader, the Chancellor. This

:08:34.:08:35.

really is not a game. It is not really is not a game. It is

:08:36.:08:40.

about the leadership prospects of one or other Tory minister, it is

:08:41.:08:45.

about our constituents's jobs. Our standing as a nation. The most

:08:46.:08:49.

important this country will make in this generation. He says it will be

:08:50.:08:55.

disastrous for us to stay in. I Brown be disastrous for us to leave.

:08:56.:08:59.

leaving our economy on the sidelines destiny at the

:09:00.:09:04.

leaving our economy on the sidelines of the largest market in the world

:09:05.:09:08.

and would undermine the battle against environmental degeneration

:09:09.:09:15.

and international terrorism. You leave, I am staying. Me I thank the

:09:16.:09:21.

innovative and talented rock star I so favourably David Bowie, the most

:09:22.:09:32.

innovative and talented rock star I ever had the privilege of seeing or

:09:33.:09:38.

hearing. Can I endorse the words about the Scottish Secretary. I'm

:09:39.:09:41.

proud of my colleague and the statement he made yesterday. Can I

:09:42.:09:46.

send the good wishes of this House to the people of Indonesia. And can

:09:47.:09:56.

I wish the Speaker happy birthday for next week. Can I thank you and

:09:57.:10:00.

the clerks for the work you all dead, that they all did, in ensuring

:10:01.:10:06.

the first English and Welsh grand committee passed smoothly on

:10:07.:10:11.

Tuesday. In our manifesto, we committed to introducing English

:10:12.:10:12.

votes for English laws and we have votes for English laws and we have

:10:13.:10:17.

now delivered at. We thought there was at his irony that the longest

:10:18.:10:22.

contribution we heard yesterday came from the honourable member for Perth

:10:23.:10:34.

who claimed he was being excluded from the debate and that seemed a

:10:35.:10:46.

tad hollow. With a closing date of 26 January, there will be

:10:47.:10:52.

consultation with members is of staff in both houses. Can I

:10:53.:10:59.

interest in the project to take part interest in the project to take part

:11:00.:10:59.

in the consultation? Now, the shadow leader. Today we have heard another

:11:00.:11:06.

seven minute rhetorical flourish from the honourable member with his

:11:07.:11:14.

usual wit and repartee. But... Bat, Mr Speaker, what on earth does he

:11:15.:11:23.

think he is doing? He represents Her Majesty's loyal opposition. Last

:11:24.:11:26.

week, on the day that Kim Jong-un announced he had developed a

:11:27.:11:32.

hydrogen Bob, he was joined at the Shadow Cabinet table by the Shadow

:11:33.:11:38.

Cabinet secretary who believes we should unilaterally disarm our

:11:39.:11:42.

nuclear defences. He set alongside a Shadow Chancellor who attended an

:11:43.:11:47.

event that claimed Jihadi John was a kind and beautiful young man. He

:11:48.:11:53.

works for a man who sacked the Member for Wolverhampton South East

:11:54.:11:56.

are having the effrontery to criticise terrorists.

:11:57.:12:02.

We have seen several more junior members of his front bench have the

:12:03.:12:10.

courage to stand up to his situation which most people in this house

:12:11.:12:11.

regard as distasteful and wrong, they gave up their places on this

:12:12.:12:18.

frontbench. While he and more senior members on gone to their jobs. It is

:12:19.:12:22.

all very well him coming here on a Thursday morning and cracking jokes.

:12:23.:12:29.

I have a simple question for him. Given the disgraceful turn of events

:12:30.:12:32.

in the Labour Party, what on Earth is he still doing here?

:12:33.:12:43.

Can I call on the Leader of the House to hold an urgent debate in

:12:44.:12:46.

government time on the recommendations being made today by

:12:47.:12:50.

the women and equality is committee, the first report of our committee

:12:51.:12:58.

into trans writes and the problems they face today. This Government

:12:59.:13:03.

needs to face swift action and a debate in the House would

:13:04.:13:06.

demonstrate the commitment of the entire house to resolving these

:13:07.:13:08.

problems. Can I congratulate my honourable

:13:09.:13:13.

friend on what she's doing? I am powered to be part of

:13:14.:13:18.

that is leading the way in addressing equality is issues and I

:13:19.:13:20.

think she reflects the best of this house in also addressing those

:13:21.:13:24.

issues. The government will be considering very carefully the

:13:25.:13:27.

report she has brought forward this morning. I commend her and the

:13:28.:13:31.

committee for this work and I have no doubt she will look to get the

:13:32.:13:36.

backbench business committee to debate the report she has brought

:13:37.:13:40.

forward this morning. Make also thank the leader of the

:13:41.:13:49.

Eurosceptics -- make I also thank? It is like a boss, at you wait

:13:50.:13:51.

decades for a mass more -- nasty decades for a mass more -- nasty

:13:52.:14:01.

water, long and two, long that once! My honourable friend on Bastin, we

:14:02.:14:06.

do of the House today for his Euroscepticism. This is serious in

:14:07.:14:10.

Scotland. It is likely our nation may be pulled out of Europe against

:14:11.:14:14.

us and we need a statement from the Leader of the House to say he will

:14:15.:14:18.

respect the views of Scotland on this issue. It is popcorn time here

:14:19.:14:23.

as we watch both UK parties knocking lumps out of each other and out of

:14:24.:14:31.

themselves. Mr Speaker, this week, I have to say I felt like an

:14:32.:14:35.

meeting of the image Parliament got meeting of the image Parliament got

:14:36.:14:40.

right down to it. It was quite a remarkable event. The first time a

:14:41.:14:45.

cause I image Parliament has met since the 18th-century. And we have

:14:46.:14:50.

to make sure it is done properly. What did we do? We put signs on the

:14:51.:15:01.

lobbies, England and Wales. We looked for no Scottish, but they

:15:02.:15:03.

were not there thankfully. Suspending the House's business well

:15:04.:15:09.

you had to see out the clocks to see is something needed to be

:15:10.:15:13.

recertified. This is no way for one of the great Parliament of the world

:15:14.:15:20.

to conduct its business. And it is a sad day for any motion and idea of a

:15:21.:15:28.

unitary Parliament, the United Kingdom being the place where all

:15:29.:15:30.

members are equal and I am sure the Scottish people were observing these

:15:31.:15:36.

events with their Members of Parliament when they became

:15:37.:15:38.

second-class and diminished in this nation and there is real anger in

:15:39.:15:44.

Scotland. There was a Britain ministerial statement from the

:15:45.:15:48.

Secretary of State who I want to congratulate for the way he has

:15:49.:15:53.

identified his sexuality this week. There was a statement with a scheme

:15:54.:16:00.

for Scotland. Forget about the fact the post and you work scheme is

:16:01.:16:03.

wanted by all the higher education institutions in Scotland and the

:16:04.:16:08.

business institutions and employer organisations and even the Scottish

:16:09.:16:12.

Conservatives. The committee which I chair is currently undertaking a

:16:13.:16:19.

report into post and work scheme is. That is practically made irrelevant

:16:20.:16:22.

because of the statement. What do we have to do now, Mr Speaker? Should

:16:23.:16:27.

we get a statement from the relevant department before we undertake such

:16:28.:16:31.

enquiries? I think that was a gross discourtesy and disrespect to the

:16:32.:16:37.

Select Committee in this house when it comes to these things today. This

:16:38.:16:44.

has been a week when the real opposition established itself in

:16:45.:16:50.

this house. It was ours that led as the Leader of the House and we had

:16:51.:16:54.

the debate on trading economy, we will be leading

:16:55.:17:00.

debates today, one on space and you are right, I was devastated about

:17:01.:17:03.

the news of the death of David Bowie this week and I have seen him

:17:04.:17:07.

several times and we have lost a musical icon in this country. One of

:17:08.:17:12.

the things that thrilled me and I am sure thrilled my honourable friend

:17:13.:17:18.

behind me was the endorsement from Star Trek about our space debate

:17:19.:17:24.

today which shows while these two rip themselves apart, it is the

:17:25.:17:26.

Scottish National Party which is Scottish National Party which is

:17:27.:17:31.

boldly going where no party has ever gone before! Of course, Mr Speaker,

:17:32.:17:37.

his party was previously led by one of this house's for most bigger Star

:17:38.:17:44.

Trek fans. As I always say in these events, I have the greatest regard

:17:45.:17:48.

for the honourable member but he does talk an awful lot of nonsense

:17:49.:17:53.

on this. The first thing I would say is the honourable member and I have

:17:54.:17:59.

been friends for more than 25 years and we will carry on being friends.

:18:00.:18:02.

side of the House is that when we do side of the House is that when we do

:18:03.:18:08.

it on the site, we have it with good grace and on that side, they hate

:18:09.:18:12.

each other. And they really do hate each other, Mr Speaker. And I have

:18:13.:18:17.

to say I am still baffled. He talks about the real opposition but it

:18:18.:18:20.

still baffles me how those who purport to claim bail sensible

:18:21.:18:24.

figures in the shambles of the Labour Party can still sit on the

:18:25.:18:27.

front bench and represent a leadership I regard as being utterly

:18:28.:18:32.

beyond the and which will keep completely away from ever having a

:18:33.:18:38.

chance of running this country. Mr Speaker, again, I talk about the

:18:39.:18:41.

propensity of the honourable member opposite to exaggerate just a little

:18:42.:18:46.

bit. His comments about the debate on Tuesday did not really brings

:18:47.:18:50.

very true. This idea that he is excluded from the debate in which

:18:51.:18:53.

she spoke for the best part of half an hour to the great enjoyment of

:18:54.:18:58.

members on the side of the House who enjoyed his rhetorically flourished

:18:59.:19:01.

enormously. But the idea he was in some weight excluded I am afraid

:19:02.:19:04.

it's just stretching the point in little bit and I would just remind

:19:05.:19:09.

him that every poll done in Scotland says the Scottish people support a

:19:10.:19:13.

England and that is what we are England and that is

:19:14.:19:18.

doing. And I thank him for his kind words about the Scottish Secretary

:19:19.:19:22.

and extend the banks of myself and my colleagues to the Scottish First

:19:23.:19:25.

Minister and other leading figures in his party who also made Gracias

:19:26.:19:29.

statements about the Scottish Secretary yesterday, we all very

:19:30.:19:33.

much appreciated that. -- Gracias. On the post and he work scheme, we

:19:34.:19:37.

have to have a managed immigration system. You can do a graduate level

:19:38.:19:41.

job here but it is right and proper we have appropriate safeguards in

:19:42.:19:45.

place, that is what the electorate expects and we will deliver and have

:19:46.:19:48.

delivered and it is what the electorate across the UK of

:19:49.:19:55.

happily we remain still part want us to do.

:19:56.:20:02.

I am glad the European Scrutiny Committee with all-party support has

:20:03.:20:06.

forced the government to cancel this European Standing Committee on ports

:20:07.:20:09.

regulation which would in fact and may continue to damage 350,000 jobs

:20:10.:20:16.

in the UK. This is a vital national interest. Does he recognise that

:20:17.:20:22.

this must be debated on the floor of the House and voted upon and

:20:23.:20:27.

furthermore, does he accept this is a perfect example where the

:20:28.:20:33.

government is effectively through the European Community arrangements,

:20:34.:20:35.

European Union arrangements, in a position where it can only accept

:20:36.:20:43.

either a majority vote or a seedy compromise, and this is a perfect

:20:44.:20:46.

example of why so many people in this country want to leave the

:20:47.:20:51.

European Union! I hope my honourable friend will take comfort from having

:20:52.:20:55.

raised the issue last week that indeed raising an issue like this at

:20:56.:20:59.

business questions can be deeply effective and has led to the changes

:21:00.:21:03.

he suggests. We have been talking about how to address an issue for

:21:04.:21:07.

some many members and we will refer to him shortly and I thank him for

:21:08.:21:09.

the wiki has done in raising this and other issues.

:21:10.:21:18.

This week, my constituents have been suffering due to cancelled trains

:21:19.:21:22.

because of a landslide on our local rail line. Can we have a statement

:21:23.:21:24.

from the Transport Minister because there is complete chaos on all

:21:25.:21:30.

lines? There is a knock-on effect and there seems to be no information

:21:31.:21:35.

on south-eastern, no information about when the service is likely to

:21:36.:21:39.

getting to and from work and getting to and from work and

:21:40.:21:45.

businesses are suffering, we really need somebody to get a grip on the

:21:46.:21:48.

situation. I understand the problems events like these cause for his

:21:49.:21:51.

constituents and elsewhere. Other parts of the network have suffered

:21:52.:21:55.

in recent weeks because of extreme weather. I will make sure concerns

:21:56.:22:00.

are drawn to the attention of the transport Secretary This Morning who

:22:01.:22:03.

will be here in ten days' time, but it is more urgent than that and his

:22:04.:22:05.

concerns will be passed on immediately.

:22:06.:22:13.

I have to state my interest although declaration is not necessarily

:22:14.:22:16.

required. I wonder if my honourable friend would persuade the gunman to

:22:17.:22:19.

have a debate on the UK relationship with the Commonwealth, particularly

:22:20.:22:24.

the old, wealth? -- the honourable gentleman. I have just returned from

:22:25.:22:27.

New Zealand and it is definitely there and I am conscious that in our

:22:28.:22:31.

drive to reduce immigration, we are drive to reduce immigration, we

:22:32.:22:35.

losing out on highly educated English speaking people, generally

:22:36.:22:38.

graduates, who have much to offer in health, education, agriculture,

:22:39.:22:44.

banking, research, Armed Forces and dare I say it rugby! That are issues

:22:45.:22:48.

with these nations, they have and they are still today standing with

:22:49.:22:53.

us in major and less major wars and we need to recognise this. I

:22:54.:22:58.

understand my honourable friend has family roots in New Zealand so he

:22:59.:23:04.

has an understanding of the issue. We try to maintain a sensible

:23:05.:23:08.

balance in the immigration system. It is necessary to have controls and

:23:09.:23:12.

it is right and proper to have controls, but we do also have roots

:23:13.:23:18.

for experienced people to come here and work and many from Australia and

:23:19.:23:21.

New Zealand and the Commonwealth have done over many years. I am sure

:23:22.:23:24.

the Home Office ministers will have heard the comments he made and will

:23:25.:23:28.

do their best to take as pragmatic and approach as they can but he will

:23:29.:23:31.

understand the half to be limitations, electorate expects it.

:23:32.:23:37.

-- there have to be. Given the abolition of student grants will hit

:23:38.:23:43.

half a million university students from the poorest backgrounds, can

:23:44.:23:46.

this is not being debated on the this is not being debated on

:23:47.:23:51.

floor of the House? The people in my constituency certainly did not vote

:23:52.:23:54.

for the people on the opposite benches and their democracy is being

:23:55.:23:57.

assaulted. Mr Speaker, this is following the

:23:58.:24:04.

normal route and it will not pass without a vote of the entire house

:24:05.:24:07.

and will be debated again in this house which is more than just this

:24:08.:24:12.

room. And the Labour Party as I have just announced as a number of

:24:13.:24:16.

opposition days coming up and if this is significant enough, I would

:24:17.:24:20.

suggest she encourages her colleagues to bring this to the

:24:21.:24:23.

floor of the House if they do to do that if they choose to do so.

:24:24.:24:30.

Part of the agreement says all illegally held persons should be

:24:31.:24:33.

released or exchanged between Russia and the Ukraine, will he call for an

:24:34.:24:41.

early debate regarding the release of a member of the Ukrainian

:24:42.:24:45.

Parliament and Council of Europe? My honourable friend makes an important

:24:46.:24:50.

point. I hope consideration will be given by those involved in this

:24:51.:24:56.

detention to that situation. And I am sure my Foreign Office colleagues

:24:57.:24:59.

are both aware of and pursuing the issue. Clearly, we want to see a

:25:00.:25:04.

peaceful situation between Russia and Ukraine and we want to see areas

:25:05.:25:07.

of dispute like this resolved quickly.

:25:08.:25:13.

Last October, the government hosted the Seal Summit at which industry

:25:14.:25:18.

laid out the urgent actions it needed from government to protect

:25:19.:25:23.

the UK steel industry in extremely challenging times, can we have an

:25:24.:25:27.

update about higher -- have asked the government is acting? There has

:25:28.:25:31.

been some movement on energy costs but many areas need government

:25:32.:25:33.

action and the situation is critical. This is still an ongoing

:25:34.:25:39.

concern for members, not just those with steel concerns in their

:25:40.:25:42.

constituencies. I will certainly ask for an update from my colleagues in

:25:43.:25:47.

the business Department, I will ask if they will write to her and to

:25:48.:25:52.

give her an update. There was due to be a debate on steel this afternoon

:25:53.:25:57.

in Westminster Hall but I believe the member who has announced it has

:25:58.:26:00.

withdrawn it, which is a shame, but no doubt there will be other

:26:01.:26:03.

opportunities to debate this shortly. In the light of my right

:26:04.:26:08.

honourable friend's important article in today's Daily Telegraph,

:26:09.:26:12.

and early debate on the issue of and early debate on the issue of

:26:13.:26:17.

ever closer union and how it is possible to ensure legally at the

:26:18.:26:23.

European Court of Justice and the EU majority voting rules cannot prevent

:26:24.:26:31.

the sovereign Parliament being able to exercise its sovereignty in the

:26:32.:26:32.

future? He makes an important point. When

:26:33.:26:44.

the Prime Minister returns from the council in February, it is an total

:26:45.:26:52.

way -- undoubtedly something he will put forward for the country to judge

:26:53.:26:59.

whether that is sufficient for them to vote to stay or leave. There are

:27:00.:27:11.

reports that a mini beast has spoken on a possible British exit. Can he

:27:12.:27:23.

update the House about people living in his constituency who are citizens

:27:24.:27:41.

of the EU. The only many things I have notice are the Liberal

:27:42.:27:48.

Democrats. Can we have a more widespread debate in this House on

:27:49.:27:53.

the merits of leaving remaining in the European Union? In that debate I

:27:54.:27:56.

think we will see the only arguments think we will see the only arguments

:27:57.:28:05.

the people who want to stay have ask airmen in. Those who are most

:28:06.:28:21.

enthusiastic idols who were enthusiastic about as joining the

:28:22.:28:25.

euro in the past. That is certainly true. What I would say to my

:28:26.:28:31.

honourable friend is he mixes point with his customary articulate and

:28:32.:28:36.

debate that lies ahead. There will debate that lies ahead. There will

:28:37.:28:41.

undoubtedly be extensive discussions undoubtedly be extensive discussions

:28:42.:28:42.

in this House and around the country. We as politicians and the

:28:43.:28:49.

public as a whole needs to decide whether future of this country lies.

:28:50.:28:57.

When can we debate the gravy train of 25 foreign ministers in the last

:28:58.:29:01.

government who are enjoying lucrative jobs in areas they once

:29:02.:29:08.

regulated and the five former chairs of select committees who are

:29:09.:29:14.

involved in jobs over firms which the ones adjudicated? Isn't this a

:29:15.:29:22.

gravy train that is leading to bring this House into disrepute? Because

:29:23.:29:28.

of the feeling that people are talking their insider knowledge to

:29:29.:29:33.

the highest bidder. Last week, the honourable gentleman said he was

:29:34.:29:37.

happy with the situation that all was fine. Previous holders of his

:29:38.:29:43.

office have led in reforms of this House. When will he is leader of the

:29:44.:29:49.

House start to Leeds? In response to the issues raised in the Daily

:29:50.:29:52.

Mirror article, there is one simple to Word and serve which is Tony

:29:53.:29:59.

Blair. As I said to him last week, there are plenty of opportunities

:30:00.:30:03.

for him to raise his concerns with the relevant committees of this

:30:04.:30:07.

House. I suggested last week he did so. I'm sure he will make his point

:30:08.:30:13.

and seek the changes to the rules he is after. A building in my

:30:14.:30:26.

constituency is 45 years old as it is collapsing and it will be

:30:27.:30:32.

demolished. The Scout group are having fundraising problems. Would

:30:33.:30:38.

he facilitate a debate where we can explore how big society

:30:39.:30:42.

organisations like that that serve the wider community can access

:30:43.:30:48.

facilities? Can I pay tribute to the facilities? Can I pay tribute to the

:30:49.:30:53.

volunteers in her constituency who are clearly doing a fantastic job

:30:54.:30:58.

working with young people, providing opportunities for young people?

:30:59.:31:01.

Everyone of us as constituency MPs have a story our Ronan constituency

:31:02.:31:08.

whether it is the Scout or others who are doing fantastic work helping

:31:09.:31:11.

our young people. One of the things I hope the back end business

:31:12.:31:15.

committee will do with the time it has available is to look to one or

:31:16.:31:20.

I think would be in tune with the celebrate our voluntary sector

:31:21.:31:26.

I think would be in tune with the wishes of the size and provide an

:31:27.:31:28.

opportunity to do precisely what my honourable friend has just asked

:31:29.:31:33.

for. With more job losses announced in Aberdeen this week, the UK

:31:34.:31:36.

Government needs to take action to ensure a drive for increased Robert

:31:37.:31:41.

Dinwiddie in the North Sea does not come at the expense of health and

:31:42.:31:44.

safety on the rakes. When can we safety on the rakes.

:31:45.:31:48.

hear a ministerial statement on this matter? She makes an important

:31:49.:31:53.

point. The North Sea oil industry remains an important one to United

:31:54.:31:58.

Kingdom. It is under great pressure because of the fault the oil price.

:31:59.:32:03.

We should not wish to see safety standards compromised as a result.

:32:04.:32:07.

We will debate the energy bill next week which contains measures we

:32:08.:32:11.

believe will help bring costs down for the energy committee, but all of

:32:12.:32:14.

us should work together to ensure we do all we can to help the industry

:32:15.:32:21.

through what is clearly a difficult time. I pay tribute to Sir Albert

:32:22.:32:24.

McQuarrie who died yesterday. Will he find time for a debate on

:32:25.:32:38.

timetable changes for real services in my constituency. There will be a

:32:39.:32:43.

non-violent demonstration tonight at Fenchurch -- Fenchurch Street

:32:44.:32:52.

station at 5:30pm. Connecting graduate him for his continuing work

:32:53.:32:57.

on behalf of his constituents? There is work to be done by our train

:32:58.:33:02.

companies in ensuring the deliver the best possible service. The

:33:03.:33:06.

Secretary of State will be here in ten days to take questions. I'm sure

:33:07.:33:10.

he will take advantage of the opportunity to raise that issue

:33:11.:33:11.

again. I will make sure my right again. I will make sure my right

:33:12.:33:20.

is aware of the concerns he has raised today. As a greater

:33:21.:33:28.

Manchester constituency MP, I am concerned that Fire And Rescue

:33:29.:33:32.

Services are being treated disproportionately again compared to

:33:33.:33:39.

other services across the country. 16 fire engines will be out of

:33:40.:33:45.

action from the streets. This year -- Lea Valley engines and he was

:33:46.:33:53.

that have responded to the flooding emergency is.

:33:54.:34:01.

It is our hope and belief that as we move to try to unify many aspects of

:34:02.:34:09.

the workings of our emergency services, including the sharing of

:34:10.:34:15.

political leadership, it will provide an opportunity to deliver

:34:16.:34:20.

savings, but at the same time ensure we deliver front line services. I

:34:21.:34:26.

know my right honourable friend is in the Home Office will work to try

:34:27.:34:29.

and ensure that happens. There is no option but to take tough decisions

:34:30.:34:35.

challenges. Could we have a debate challenges. Could we have a debate

:34:36.:34:46.

on the activities of Network Rail in landscape sensitive areas such as

:34:47.:34:49.

the area of outstanding natural beauty. Nobody wants to hold up

:34:50.:35:00.

electrification, but a level of... I am aware of his concerns. I have

:35:01.:35:07.

walked through the Goring Gap recently seen the work taking place

:35:08.:35:11.

news for people in his constituency the great Western rail line

:35:12.:35:16.

news for people in his constituency and in South Wales. And will be a

:35:17.:35:20.

benefit to the shadow leader's constituency as well. It is long

:35:21.:35:27.

overdue. When they were in power, only ten miles of railway was

:35:28.:35:31.

electrified. Network Rail needs to use care and be thoughtful to make

:35:32.:35:36.

sure this essential work does not amidst the landscape. In the wake of

:35:37.:35:45.

recent floods, there have been calls for flooding to become a statutory

:35:46.:35:50.

responsibility of Fire authorities. The answer from the government seems

:35:51.:35:57.

to be that the fire Brigade will attend emergencies. Fire Brigade

:35:58.:36:00.

attended fires for many years before it was thought to be a good idea for

:36:01.:36:07.

there to be a statutory responsibility. Will there be a

:36:08.:36:14.

statement to determine whether they are examining this issue? At some

:36:15.:36:19.

point in the future, flooding to be a statutory responsibility of the

:36:20.:36:25.

Fire Service. On this issue we disagree. The idea you need to pass

:36:26.:36:28.

a law to tell the emergency services a law to tell the emergency services

:36:29.:36:33.

to respond to emergencies I think would be insulting to a group of

:36:34.:36:36.

professionals who work hard on our behalf. A record 10.2 million

:36:37.:36:45.

passengers passed through Birmingham International Airport in 2015. With

:36:46.:36:51.

all the attention on Heathrow, could he find time to discuss how we can

:36:52.:37:01.

further support regional airports. Worming airport is essential part of

:37:02.:37:08.

the Midlands economy. It is the Midlands economy. It is

:37:09.:37:15.

encouraging to see links improving. It has been helped by the work done

:37:16.:37:19.

by local members of Parliament. This is an issue I know my colleagues in

:37:20.:37:25.

the Department for Transport regard as being immensely important. We

:37:26.:37:31.

will continue to work alongside him in an attempt to continue the

:37:32.:37:35.

successful development of that airport. What message does the

:37:36.:37:41.

leader of the House believe he is sending to young people watching our

:37:42.:37:44.

proceedings today when a government elected by the majority of just 12

:37:45.:37:53.

on a minority share of the vote can abolish grants in such a manner?

:37:54.:38:01.

This is a matter that will be voted on by this House. If it is the

:38:02.:38:06.

choice of a house to vote against it, that is what will happen. It

:38:07.:38:11.

will sit on the floor of this House. If members want to vote on it, they

:38:12.:38:19.

business committee is indisposed. We business committee is indisposed. We

:38:20.:38:26.

send our best wishes for a speedy recovery. On behalf of the

:38:27.:38:30.

committee, can I invite members to apply for the opportunities the

:38:31.:38:35.

leader of the House has set out backbench committee debates. We

:38:36.:38:38.

don't have a huge amount of debates requested. Could I ask members to

:38:39.:38:45.

complete the forms thoroughly, follow the guidelines that are put

:38:46.:38:53.

so the whole process is sped up. One of the main issues that is of

:38:54.:38:57.

concern at the moment is the transport unions are threatening

:38:58.:39:01.

three further strikes on London Underground. This will bring misery

:39:02.:39:07.

to commuters across London. Can we have an urgent statement on what is

:39:08.:39:14.

to be done about this to prevent this action inconveniencing

:39:15.:39:16.

commuters and disrupting the whole of the business of London? Well, I

:39:17.:39:25.

pay tribute our noble friend for the work he and his colleagues ordering

:39:26.:39:30.

yet backbench committee. Were making a lot of time available for that

:39:31.:39:37.

committee. There will be issues of the real sector. These are sections

:39:38.:39:53.

of time set aside and I hope members raising issues today will look to

:39:54.:40:02.

the Backbench Business Committee. I refer to a written question I placed

:40:03.:40:07.

which asked the government what discussions it had with financial

:40:08.:40:13.

institutions prior to the new rules for entrepreneurial visas. The

:40:14.:40:16.

subsequent response simply said the subsequent response simply said the

:40:17.:40:24.

government has met with financial responsibilities many times which is

:40:25.:40:29.

inadequate. Can I get a more substantial response please? If this

:40:30.:40:35.

was raised as a point of order, you would offer the advice to beat

:40:36.:40:42.

persistent. And keep asking individual questions. Ministers

:40:43.:40:50.

involved in migration matters have regular meetings with representative

:40:51.:40:56.

groups and we will discuss this issue on a regular basis. These

:40:57.:41:02.

matters are discussed regularly. A recent report found that consumer

:41:03.:41:09.

strongest year since 2008. Can we strongest year since 2008. Can we

:41:10.:41:16.

have a debate on the steps need to be taken to ensure this positive

:41:17.:41:17.

trend continues? It is a sign of continued economic

:41:18.:41:26.

progress and it is encouraging we have seen that in the Midlands and

:41:27.:41:31.

the Northwest the economy has been growing faster than in South. There

:41:32.:41:35.

is a lot of work still to do. We have a lot of ground to cover but

:41:36.:41:39.

we're making good progress, this country is moving in the right

:41:40.:41:45.

direction. And backwardness was us rather than the party opposite which

:41:46.:41:50.

set up economic policies that would be disastrous for this country.

:41:51.:41:56.

Despite the response by the Secretary of State for the

:41:57.:41:58.

environment to my question on November the 5th stating that she

:41:59.:42:00.

would be happy to discuss the future of the national wildlife crime unit

:42:01.:42:05.

and despite a number of e-mails chasing response, the matter remains

:42:06.:42:10.

unresolved. Given members across the House showed support for the unit at

:42:11.:42:13.

an event last week, can to a range for an adventure -- a debate on this

:42:14.:42:19.

issue in the near future? I know this is a matter of concern and I

:42:20.:42:23.

understand the issues. Some of the wealth is crimes we see in this

:42:24.:42:29.

country, not just in the UK but the smuggling of rare species and Bush

:42:30.:42:33.

meat and products from Endangered Species Act, things we would wish to

:42:34.:42:39.

see stamped out. I will follow it up if he

:42:40.:42:44.

ensure he gets a response quickly after today's debate.

:42:45.:42:52.

EU membership is especially unpopular in my constituency because

:42:53.:42:55.

of the damaging impact of the common fisheries policy. Could the lead of

:42:56.:43:00.

the House arrange for a statement to assure my constituents reform is

:43:01.:43:07.

actually taking place during the renegotiation? I understand the

:43:08.:43:13.

concern he industry is very important to his

:43:14.:43:19.

constituency and the constituency of the shadow Deputy Leader. It is a

:43:20.:43:23.

long-standing and important part of the economy. There have been many

:43:24.:43:30.

calls over the years for more responsibility over the fishing

:43:31.:43:34.

sector to be taken at a local level. Subsidiary take something the

:43:35.:43:40.

premise has set at the heart of his renegotiation and whatever the

:43:41.:43:43.

outcome of the negotiations and a referendum, the idea of decisions

:43:44.:43:49.

being taken above that I think we would all agree should not be the

:43:50.:43:53.

case. Yesterday, myself and my colleagues from the Select Committee

:43:54.:43:57.

met with the Vice President of the EU Commission and I asked him about

:43:58.:44:02.

the European Union's position on the Chinese market. He said that debate

:44:03.:44:05.

has to happen and the decision will be taken. Energy intensive

:44:06.:44:09.

industries such as steel manufacturing alike upon this

:44:10.:44:14.

decision. Why is still the case and can we have statement why? The

:44:15.:44:18.

government, irrespective of being a member of the U or not, why are they

:44:19.:44:22.

backing the Chinese market without other clarification or qualification

:44:23.:44:31.

to that statement? It is worth being cleared China is the largest economy

:44:32.:44:35.

in the world. It is a country with which we have historic links. It is

:44:36.:44:38.

right and proper we should engage with China economic life. But what I

:44:39.:44:45.

would say this train has also, as we saw at the summit in Paris,

:44:46.:44:50.

recognised the importance of environmental issues and I think the

:44:51.:44:52.

outcome of that summit, figures including my right

:44:53.:44:58.

honourable friend the Secretary of State for climate change, that has

:44:59.:45:03.

started this world on a path in the right direction. Mid County College

:45:04.:45:08.

in my constituency is doing a phenomenal amount of work to

:45:09.:45:13.

encourage apprenticeships at informs me the greatest challenge is to

:45:14.:45:16.

ensure young people and their parents see apprenticeships as a

:45:17.:45:20.

good and vital alternative to university. Can we have an urgent

:45:21.:45:23.

statement about what the government is doing to assist his colleges to

:45:24.:45:28.

equally valuable career option? I equally valuable

:45:29.:45:33.

great success stories of this Government. Since 2010, we have seen

:45:34.:45:41.

2.5 million young people take apprenticeships in this country, a

:45:42.:45:44.

step in the right direction. My experience is I seemed young people

:45:45.:45:48.

in my constituency recognise the potential of them at their is a lot

:45:49.:45:52.

of work to do. We have a duty as constituency members to promote

:45:53.:45:57.

apprenticeships, some colleges have held apprenticeship affairs. The

:45:58.:46:01.

point he makes today, we should continue to deal with an debate on

:46:02.:46:07.

the floor of this House. Can I thank the Leader of the House for his

:46:08.:46:12.

excellent timing in the Easter recess, he could not have timed it

:46:13.:46:15.

better. Can I also draw his attention to another constituency

:46:16.:46:21.

matter, in my name and many others about the goodness of Stornoway

:46:22.:46:26.

black puddings declared a superfood. Due to it being rich in calcium, in

:46:27.:46:34.

IM, magnesium, potassium, protein rich and the glycaemic index -- in

:46:35.:46:41.

iron. Will he keep himself in good health and Google that so he can

:46:42.:46:45.

time his recess perfectly? honourable gentleman has raised the

:46:46.:46:51.

issue, I can tell the story the most unusual e-mail I have had in this

:46:52.:46:55.

job was from the honourable gentleman who said, could you tell

:46:56.:46:58.

me when the Easter recess is going to be because I need to work out

:46:59.:47:06.

when to put the RAM out with the ewes. We clearly have a taste

:47:07.:47:12.

contest between himself and the honourable member for Bury North as

:47:13.:47:15.

to who can deliver the tastiest black pudding. Perhaps you should be

:47:16.:47:22.

the judge next week and they should ring in Istanbul and you should be

:47:23.:47:27.

the arbiter. It will be diplomatic. The honourable gentleman and unusual

:47:28.:47:32.

have always been very much more than nodding acquaintances!

:47:33.:47:41.

Can we have a statement on the use of smart technology for reporting

:47:42.:47:46.

potholes? Tomorrow is national pothole day and it is a great day

:47:47.:47:55.

for people to develop and app which has seen the number of potholes my

:47:56.:47:59.

constituency reported and sorted double. It is a really good bit of

:48:00.:48:08.

technology and I think the representative for the Department

:48:09.:48:12.

should embrace this. I think I see the emergence of an all-party black

:48:13.:48:19.

pudding group here! I would say this is, especially at this time of year

:48:20.:48:23.

and with the rain we have had, an issue for constituencies across the

:48:24.:48:26.

country and he makes an important point and I am sure members who have

:48:27.:48:30.

an excess of potholes will take note of what he has said and offer

:48:31.:48:33.

guidance to constituents affected and we hope they will be repaired as

:48:34.:48:39.

quickly as possible. At the last general election, the Conservative

:48:40.:48:42.

party promised to protect Social Security for disabled people. And in

:48:43.:48:48.

addition, edition to the cuts proposed for the welfare reform and

:48:49.:48:51.

work bill, before Christmas, they announced a consultation on the

:48:52.:48:56.

process activate introduced it which will in effect reduce eligibility to

:48:57.:49:04.

disabled people. So will the government explain why they have

:49:05.:49:07.

Renate on a promise and when we can have a debate in government time on

:49:08.:49:13.

this very important issue? -- they have gone back on their promise. The

:49:14.:49:18.

system with PIP was its predecessor was being used not for the purpose

:49:19.:49:23.

it was intended. DLA and PIP are both designed to provide extra

:49:24.:49:26.

financial resource for people with disabilities to cover the extra

:49:27.:49:29.

costs they incur in their daily lives. It has become a big call as a

:49:30.:49:36.

sickness benefit and was being used by people who self referred with

:49:37.:49:39.

temporary illnesses rather than a disability. The system was designed

:49:40.:49:42.

to make sure we pay benefits to those people who need it for

:49:43.:49:47.

disabilities are not those who do not have genuine disabilities rather

:49:48.:49:54.

than health problems. That is what the system was introduced for and it

:49:55.:49:55.

is perfectly reasonable to review that system after two years so it is

:49:56.:50:01.

delivering that objective. Yesterday saw the launch of one

:50:02.:50:11.

doors worldwide watch report on persecution of Christians for 2016,

:50:12.:50:16.

which regrettably is growing and has got to a stage where Christians are

:50:17.:50:21.

now the most persecuted group. Will the Secretary of State welcome the

:50:22.:50:25.

work OneWorld and open doors to and secondly asked for an update on his

:50:26.:50:30.

implement their proposal that the right honourable friend the

:50:31.:50:38.

implement their proposal that the UK's position as a major aid donor

:50:39.:50:42.

gives as leverage in ensuring respect for faith in a recipient

:50:43.:50:48.

country? I am very happy to do both of those things. I think we should

:50:49.:50:53.

say very clearly is a Parliament and as a nation that the persecution of

:50:54.:50:57.

Christians around the world is to be aboard. This is a world that should

:50:58.:51:05.

respect freedom of individuals to follow the religion, nobody should

:51:06.:51:07.

be persecuted in their religion and it is right around the world that

:51:08.:51:11.

persecuted for their religion. It persecuted

:51:12.:51:15.

should be for this country as a beacon of Liberal democracy to stand

:51:16.:51:18.

up for them and we will do and we should do. The Leader of the House

:51:19.:51:27.

may be aware yesterday, the House ruled -- allowed my bill on the

:51:28.:51:32.

national anthem to pass to second reading. There is a huge amount of

:51:33.:51:39.

Bill came it was batted away without shame if when the ten minute

:51:40.:51:44.

Bill came it was batted away without a debate. What steps can he take to

:51:45.:51:47.

enable the voice of England to be heard and we can make a decision

:51:48.:51:52.

about whether or not we have a different national anthem?

:51:53.:51:55.

Yesterday's debate was certainly interesting and I am not sure he had

:51:56.:51:59.

and high unity from the frontbench. Jerusalem is a magnificent part of

:52:00.:52:04.

our musical heritage. And although it was broadcast last night and

:52:05.:52:09.

yesterday morning around Westminster, having heard it for the

:52:10.:52:13.

20th time, you just began to think on selective occasions but I commend

:52:14.:52:16.

him for the wiki is doing and it him for the wiki is doing and it

:52:17.:52:21.

will be discussed further. He could bring this to the backbench is this

:52:22.:52:24.

committee and have it debated on the floor if you chose to do so. I am

:52:25.:52:28.

sure House will support the proposal to direct a reconstruction of the

:52:29.:52:36.

Temple of Els arch from Palmyra in Trafalgar Square in April and May

:52:37.:52:41.

this year and maybe longer. That proposal coincides with the Queen's

:52:42.:52:45.

Speech with my right honourable friend will be involved in. To

:52:46.:52:52.

increase the symbolism of our environs against Daesh, with the

:52:53.:52:56.

Leader of the House include the ratification and bring into law the

:52:57.:53:01.

Hague Convention on which this area has

:53:02.:53:05.

concluded swiftly in this House and the other ways and will be an

:53:06.:53:09.

important symbol for this country? Can I say first my honourable friend

:53:10.:53:16.

makes an important point. We have looked at dismay at the gratuitous

:53:17.:53:19.

destruction of part of our collective heritage in the Middle

:53:20.:53:22.

East at the hands of a group of people nothing short of barbarians.

:53:23.:53:26.

He will forgive me that it will not be appropriate to give advanced

:53:27.:53:30.

billing of the Queen's Speech. I will simply say I know this is a

:53:31.:53:34.

honourable friend the Secretary of honourable friend the Secretary of

:53:35.:53:38.

State for culture and the government and I welcome what will be happening

:53:39.:53:40.

into vulgar square, we need to work together across the world to protect

:53:41.:53:44.

the architectural treasures and archaeological treasures that will

:53:45.:53:47.

be a part of our heritage and those of future generations. My

:53:48.:53:54.

constituent Mark Middle Hirst is in a critical condition in hospital in

:53:55.:53:57.

Perth Western Australia after suffering a severe brain injury as a

:53:58.:54:02.

need to raise over ?50,000 to make have travel

:54:03.:54:06.

need to raise over ?50,000 to make the journey back to the UK,

:54:07.:54:11.

accompanied by a medical team. And the Leader of the House asked the UK

:54:12.:54:15.

Ambassador to Australia to make urgent representations on this and

:54:16.:54:19.

ask the Foreign Secretary to publish a statement next week with the

:54:20.:54:23.

response? Can I first extend my best wishes to him and his family and to

:54:24.:54:29.

him personally for the wiki is doing? It is always distressing as

:54:30.:54:33.

constituency members when we come across a tragic case like this. I

:54:34.:54:41.

will this morning after this session may contact with the Foreign Office

:54:42.:54:42.

to follow up the point he has raised. It's very unfortunate when

:54:43.:54:48.

people travel without insurance and we will always advise constituents

:54:49.:54:52.

not to do so but I am sure the diplomatic service will do

:54:53.:54:54.

everything it can to help the family. Following the point made by

:54:55.:55:02.

the honourable member for Newark, can I ask the Speaker if he will

:55:03.:55:05.

meet up with the members of the all-party Parliamentary group on

:55:06.:55:10.

cultural heritage to discuss the issue of the Hague Convention and

:55:11.:55:13.

how we can ensure it does become part of UK law in the next Queen's

:55:14.:55:17.

Speech? Happy to discuss the issue with my honourable friend and

:55:18.:55:23.

State is here for questions next week so you can raise the issue with

:55:24.:55:26.

him. It is a matter the government is well aware of. There are growing

:55:27.:55:32.

concerns across the UK and Northern Ireland to do with Sharia law and

:55:33.:55:38.

councils. The Leader of the House, there can never be two legal systems

:55:39.:55:43.

in the UK, the law is created and processed as this only law of the

:55:44.:55:51.

land. All the Leader of the House agreed this is a legal matter? Let's

:55:52.:55:55.

be absolutely clear, we have one more of the land that applies to

:55:56.:55:59.

every single citizen of this country, every

:56:00.:56:03.

country, regardless of race, colour or creed. That is beyond question.

:56:04.:56:08.

It can never different in my view. Where we have systems that offer

:56:09.:56:14.

arbitration services within for example religious groups, those

:56:15.:56:20.

alternately are not legally binding, they are automatically the only

:56:21.:56:24.

place in our country delivering legally binding solutions, the

:56:25.:56:31.

courts and people always have recourse to the courts in

:56:32.:56:33.

challenging matters in their lives. I know this is a concern for the

:56:34.:56:37.

Home Secretary, she will be here next week and I would encourage him

:56:38.:56:41.

to raise those concerned with her as indeed I will.

:56:42.:56:49.

Figures published today show there has been a 30% increase in acid

:56:50.:56:54.

attacks over the last two years. Little attacks leaving victims with

:56:55.:57:02.

a life sentence. Can we have a debate in this House on how to

:57:03.:57:10.

tackle acid attacks? I had a brief discussion about this matter with

:57:11.:57:14.

Home Office minister of biological. I know it is a matter of great

:57:15.:57:20.

concern to Home Office ministers. They have been looking at issues

:57:21.:57:24.

around acid attacks and have been discussing it in recent days. I will

:57:25.:57:26.

make sure his concerns are raised make sure his concerns are raised

:57:27.:57:33.

after the session. It is a matter of great concern. The lasting effect of

:57:34.:57:40.

such an attacked on an individual can be life changing. Last Monday

:57:41.:57:47.

saw the deadline passed for responses to the Greater Manchester

:57:48.:57:52.

spatial framework consultation which sets out housing land supply for the

:57:53.:57:59.

next 20 years. The fact that very few councillors in Greater

:58:00.:58:02.

but the fact the public did not know taking place would be

:58:03.:58:07.

but the fact the public did not know at all this consultation was taking

:58:08.:58:16.

place is atrocious. Can we have a debate on the accountability of

:58:17.:58:19.

combined authorities, particularly to the electorate, but also to the

:58:20.:58:24.

councillors of the constituent councils? I listen carefully to what

:58:25.:58:32.

he says. I will pass his concerns to the humanities and local government

:58:33.:58:38.

and undoubtedly they will be concerned to ensure the new systems

:58:39.:58:50.

are working effectively. There is a duty on councillors to convey to

:58:51.:58:53.

their constituents what is happening. They need to try to make

:58:54.:59:00.

sure the message get out. I was pleased that the Minister for

:59:01.:59:05.

equalities welcomed the trans-report. May I divert my

:59:06.:59:18.

expertise to the clerks for working out whether this has happened

:59:19.:59:20.

before. As I understand it, there before. As I understand it, there

:59:21.:59:25.

has not been a debate on the main floor of this House regarding the

:59:26.:59:32.

trans-community. I think that would be a very sensible thing to do. The

:59:33.:59:37.

deputy chair of the Backbench Business Committee is sitting there.

:59:38.:59:41.

place, formal -- request from the place, formal -- request from the

:59:42.:59:51.

committee needs to be played. That is an ideal opportunity for this

:59:52.:59:55.

report to be debated. I suspect the issue has not been debated before in

:59:56.:00:01.

this House. But it is a genuine one and needs to be discussed. The

:00:02.:00:07.

leader of the House will be very well we are the feet of six British

:00:08.:00:09.

sailors in Shanghai, including one sailors in Shanghai, including one

:00:10.:00:18.

of my constituents. They were detained for two years and have now

:00:19.:00:24.

been sentenced to five years in prison. It has caused great upset to

:00:25.:00:30.

the men and their families. Could I ask the Foreign Office to make an

:00:31.:00:33.

urgent statement to the House as soon as possible about what they

:00:34.:00:39.

plan to do to help these men. I know the honourable gentleman has been a

:00:40.:00:44.

vigorous campaigner on behalf of these gentlemen and their families.

:00:45.:00:48.

After the session has finished, it will pass that message to the

:00:49.:00:53.

Foreign Office and ask them to respond to him. Once a court has

:00:54.:00:59.

ruled, it is a much more challenging situation to address because we have

:01:00.:01:03.

to respect the Justice systems of other countries. If they choose to

:01:04.:01:10.

appeal, I would expect usual consular access to be made

:01:11.:01:19.

available. It has been reported that the President of America will be

:01:20.:01:22.

visiting this country in May, no doubt as the start of his farewell

:01:23.:01:25.

tour. It is is will be invited by the Prime

:01:26.:01:34.

Minister to comment on the merits of Britain staying in the European

:01:35.:01:40.

Union as part of an increasingly desperate attempt to shore up the

:01:41.:01:44.

increasingly threadbare proposals for us to stay in the European

:01:45.:01:50.

Union. With the leader of the House right to be knighted States

:01:51.:01:54.

ambassador not only to welcome President Obama to this country but

:01:55.:01:58.

to make it clear to the ambassador the president should not be

:01:59.:02:01.

commenting on very important domestic issues important to the

:02:02.:02:06.

people of this country? I think I can reassure my honourable friend

:02:07.:02:12.

that I suspect such a letter is not that I suspect such a letter is not

:02:13.:02:13.

needed because I have no doubt the American ambassador follows closely

:02:14.:02:17.

the proceedings at in this chamber and those comments will be reported

:02:18.:02:22.

to him. I'm sure that message will filter back to the Americans. Can we

:02:23.:02:31.

have a debate on the rather bizarre decision reached by the fisheries

:02:32.:02:40.

minister at the open opportunities meeting, whereby guild net fishing

:02:41.:02:46.

the endangered bass species, whereas the endangered bass species, whereas

:02:47.:02:53.

domestic anglers are told they are to have a zero bag take. It seems to

:02:54.:03:00.

me and many domestic anglers and absolutely unfair decision that

:03:01.:03:08.

stops their recreational fishing whilst increasing a huge take on an

:03:09.:03:13.

Endangered Species Act by fishermen including in the fisheries industry

:03:14.:03:22.

ministers construe it stay that constituency. She is not the first

:03:23.:03:30.

one to raise this concern. I can understand why honourable members

:03:31.:03:33.

think it is somewhat strange. I will ask my honourable friends to write

:03:34.:03:37.

to her after this meeting to talk to her about the reason for that

:03:38.:03:40.

government has a new years decision and what will happen next.

:03:41.:03:48.

government has a new years resolution to further deregulate

:03:49.:03:53.

Sunday trading in the forthcoming enterprise Bill? Why doesn't the

:03:54.:03:57.

government which the results its Sunday trading consultation which

:03:58.:04:00.

might have got lost in the Christmas decorations back? This is a New Year

:04:01.:04:05.

is resolution which makes no business sense, no family sends and

:04:06.:04:09.

should be broken as soon as possible. IPAQ this is an issue my

:04:10.:04:12.

honourable friend feel strongly about. If any proposals are to be

:04:13.:04:19.

brought forward, the House will be properly informed and all

:04:20.:04:21.

appropriate information will be provided to the House. After the

:04:22.:04:30.

legislative grant committee on Tuesday, there were some forlorn

:04:31.:04:36.

looking clerks in the division lobbies packing away iPads which

:04:37.:04:43.

were not used. Why not put them to use and record all divisions and the

:04:44.:04:49.

House as the first step towards a 21st-century system of electronic

:04:50.:04:53.

voting? I think that is the intention. House of Lords is already

:04:54.:04:58.

using them. It seems logical we should do the same. The system is

:04:59.:05:06.

now in place and it is my hope and expectation we move to general

:05:07.:05:10.

recording in the near future. Businesses across York have been

:05:11.:05:27.

devastated by flooding. Can we have a debate on funding available. Can

:05:28.:05:36.

he make it clear that the best way to support such places is to visit

:05:37.:05:45.

and take advantage of the fantastic amenities. York is a large place.

:05:46.:05:55.

The floods were damaging part of York. We should be encouraging

:05:56.:06:02.

people into the city to visit, to people into the

:06:03.:06:06.

shop, eat and rent and make sure the economy flourishes. That is true of

:06:07.:06:12.

other places affected by flooding as well. Next week, the High Court will

:06:13.:06:20.

hear a judicial review regarding a civil partnership. This is a matter

:06:21.:06:36.

for Parliament. Will he find government time to legislate to

:06:37.:06:41.

allow different sex couples to enter civil partnerships? He makes a point

:06:42.:06:46.

that he has made before. If this is that he has made before. If

:06:47.:06:52.

a matter before the courts, it is not appropriate to start discussing

:06:53.:06:57.

it today. The government does not currently have proposals to make a

:06:58.:07:03.

change, but it is always something we will keep under review. The

:07:04.:07:11.

energy secretary has noted her frustration that the foul in

:07:12.:07:18.

wholesale prices has been passed on to consumers. Frankly, my

:07:19.:07:25.

constituents want to know what action will be taken. Can we have a

:07:26.:07:29.

statement on what she will do to help hard-pressed businesses and

:07:30.:07:33.

households from paying through the nose? Shop around. The have been

:07:34.:07:44.

reductions in price. We have taken significant steps to try to

:07:45.:07:48.

encourage a broader range of providers in the market. It has

:07:49.:07:56.

risen from six to 30. We should try everything we can to help encourage

:07:57.:08:06.

people to switch easily. Can we have a report from the museum Association

:08:07.:08:10.

that reveals nearly one in five regional museums have closed part of

:08:11.:08:20.

their facilities to the public. The North of England has been

:08:21.:08:22.

disproportionately affected. We can't dictate what local authorities

:08:23.:08:29.

do with their money, but in Mr -- in the Spending Review we protected the

:08:30.:08:33.

money going to cultural institutions because we recognise the importance.

:08:34.:08:34.

It is for a local councils to set It is for a local councils to set

:08:35.:08:45.

their own local priorities. The leader of the House will be aware

:08:46.:08:49.

that the Welsh grand committee meets from time to time. I believe he

:08:50.:09:01.

appeared once in Wrexham. Members may make representations and speak

:09:02.:09:06.

in either English or Welsh. However, when the Welsh grand committee meets

:09:07.:09:09.

in this place in a committee room, members are only permitted to use

:09:10.:09:15.

English. There are two official languages in Wales. We have Welsh

:09:16.:09:22.

grand committee coming up on three February. Will he commit that all

:09:23.:09:27.

Welsh? She makes a serious point. We Welsh? She makes a serious point. We

:09:28.:09:35.

will look at that. Clearly it is important in Wales that happens. I

:09:36.:09:39.

was not aware that was not possible in this building. I will look at

:09:40.:09:46.

that for. Every piece of evidence shows that scrapping student grants

:09:47.:09:51.

will deter students from Hoover backgrounds. Isn't this about

:09:52.:09:56.

democracy? We have a proposal not contained within the Conservative

:09:57.:09:59.

manifesto affecting over half a million people and it will be

:10:00.:10:03.

shoddy way to do the government number of people. Isn't that

:10:04.:10:08.

shoddy way to do the government should show the courage of their

:10:09.:10:11.

convictions and allow a full debate and a full vote on the floor of this

:10:12.:10:16.

House. If the Labour Party feels as strongly today about this, there is

:10:17.:10:23.

an opposition Day on Tuesday it could use to debate this issue.

:10:24.:10:29.

Statutes of this kind cannot pass into law against the wishes of the

:10:30.:10:32.

voted upon on the floor of the size. voted upon on the

:10:33.:10:40.

Every night, we address motions at the end of the day. If they

:10:41.:10:44.

disagree, they will vote against them. I will remind him. The number

:10:45.:10:54.

of young people from deprived backgrounds going to university has

:10:55.:10:59.

increased, not decreased. Can we have government time to debate

:11:00.:11:06.

cervical smearing for women under 25? Too many have died after being

:11:07.:11:20.

refused a smear test? They are being erroneously diagnosed as having a

:11:21.:11:25.

human infection. It is time to offer young women tests and promote more

:11:26.:11:32.

to encourage take-up of smear tests amongst women of all

:11:33.:12:04.

Will I make the Health Secretary aware of her point. Today we have a

:12:05.:12:14.

debate on space technology, in sharp contrast, the leader of the House

:12:15.:12:29.

hardly supports 20 for six -- 21st-century technology. Because

:12:30.:12:35.

normal e-mails are not secure. I am secure that it implies that MP's

:12:36.:12:38.

e-mails are not sink your. Kimi ever e-mails are not sink your.

:12:39.:12:43.

proper ministerial statement and debate on the security of the IT

:12:44.:12:49.

system? Mr Speaker, the honourable gentleman makes an important point.

:12:50.:12:55.

On these e-mails, it is a matter being discussed as a matter of

:12:56.:13:03.

ongoing concern. The new head of security has discussed the

:13:04.:13:08.

importance of the integrity and security of e-mail systems. I give

:13:09.:13:12.

assurance to the House that this is indeed the case. Point of order, Mr

:13:13.:13:20.

Chris Bryant. The leader of the House has twice that that the

:13:21.:13:28.

student Finance measure that was being considered at 11:30 a.m.,

:13:29.:13:32.

there will automatically be a vote of the whole House, on the remaining

:13:33.:13:37.

orders of the day. But is not the case. I would say this gently to the

:13:38.:13:44.

leader of the House commie does not understand the rules

:13:45.:13:45.

Live coverage of the announcement of Commons business for the week ahead and questions to Leader of the Commons Chris Grayling. Followed by select committee statement on the UK's delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.


Download Subtitles

SRT

ASS