21/01/2016 Business Questions


21/01/2016

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


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information to which she refers. When the former leader of the outs

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campaign give us the business for this week. -- will. Next week, we

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will be debating the remaining stages of the Charles Care Bill

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Lords followed by a debate on a motion on foreign policy aide in

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central and East Africa. -- childcare bill. We will have a

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motion to approve a ways and means resolution in relation to the

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charities, social and protection Bill Lords and it will be followed

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by the remaining stages of that same bill. On Wednesday 27th of January,

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there will be an opposition day one housing benefit cuts and supporting

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houses followed by a debate on prisons and probation on an

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opposition motion. On Thursday 28th of January, there will be another

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motion that discusses and debates NHS and social care commission.

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Friday 29th of January, we will be looking at private member's bills.

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1st of February will include the second reading of the Bank of

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England and financial services billboards followed by a debate on

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emotion for the future of the Financial Conduct Authority. We will

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have the second reading of the enterprise Bill Lords followed by a

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motion relating to the House of Commons commission. On Wednesday 3rd

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of February, there will be a further opposition day and on Thursday 4th

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of February, there would be a further day of business nominated by

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the backbench business committee. Friday 5th of February will be

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looking at private member's bills. I apologise for the state of my voice.

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When people thought I had lost my voice yesterday, several members

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rushed to the table office calling for a national day of celebration.

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We can be sure he won't exceed his allotted time of five minutes today.

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It will be five brilliant minutes, I am sure. I'm sure it won't be more.

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Brevity is something you are used to, Mr Speaker. What a week it has

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been. As we were debating psychoactive substances in this

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house, the American Republican campaign seems to be on psychoactive

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substances with Sarah Pailin endorsing Donald Trump which is the

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ultimate case of Tweedledum and Tweedledum. Two Tory MPs have

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confessed to taking poppers in the Chamber, they did the confession in

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the Chamber. We learned that the leader is going to be out out of by

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the Work and Pensions Secretary who is not only an hour to as far as the

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EU is concerned, he is so determined to be out that he wants to be out of

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the two out campaigns. As PG Wodehouse wrote in the small

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bachelor, if men were dominoes, he would be the double blank. Can we

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have a debate about the operation of evil, which does seem to be

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descending into farce. Last Thursday, the committee considered

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the order abolishing student maintenance grants and you certified

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that order was England only come yet to Scottish MPs and one Welsh MP

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were selected for the committee and indeed voted. Fair enough but on

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Tuesday when the Labour Party ensured there was a vote of the

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whole house, two English MPs, then a must for Romford and Oldham West

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were excluded from the lists. I have several complaints. Firstly, last

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week the leader told us that if it is prayed against, it will not pass

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without a vote of the whole house. Either he meant that this would

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happen automatically, in which case he doesn't know the rules of the

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House and should get another job, or else he meant that he would make

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sure that the measure was put to a vote of the whole house. In which

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case, we have been sorely disappointed because he did no such

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thing and he should get himself another job. Which is it? Does he

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not know whether table office is? Did he never intend to table the

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motion in the first place? What is bizarre about this is because the

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Government used the negative process and failed to table its own motion

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as promised, it was virtually impossible for the measure to be

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defeated. Even if English MPs want the order annulled, the whole house

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could have overruled them because the annulment required a double

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majority. So much for evil. It is nothing but an elaborate the

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farcical attempt at democracy and we should get rid of it as fast as

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possible. When are we going to have a debate on the Strathclyde report?

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They have had within the House of Lords but we have not had one here.

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We have seen an increase in the use of statutory instruments since this

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Government came to power. It is now churning out 3043 a year compared to

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1891 a year under Labour. That is a 60% increase. Fracking in national

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parks, slashing working tax credits, cutting support for poorer students,

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surely it is wrong to limit the powers of the Lords in relation to

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statutory instruments when 3000 such measures are being pushed through

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the Commons on an amendable motions every year. The latest of these is

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the recall of MPs act 2003. This is no minor piece of legislation. It is

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174 pages long. It is nearly three times longer than the original act,

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yet this Government, who is only allowing a 90 minute debate in

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committee on Tuesday. I think we should have a proper right of

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recall. That is what I voted for in the last parliament rather than a

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damp squib that the Government into juice. Surely an important measure

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should be considered by the whole house line by line. Next Wednesday

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is the Holocaust Memorial Day and we will be debating this afternoon the

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Memorial Day and we will remember the millions of Jews who were

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exterminated. The trade unionists, the gay men, the so called a

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socials, the Jehovah's Witnesses and the people with disabilities who

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were killed under the T4 forced euthanasia programme which saw 9772

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men and women gassed at the Brandenburg Centre in 1940 alone.

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Genocide is still happening today. They slaughter women and children in

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Syria and Iraq and in Darfur, the Sudanese Government has been engaged

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in genocide for more than a decade. I am sure the Leader of the House

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will agree that we must almost take sides because looking the other way

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helps the oppressor, encourages the torment and perpetuates the crime.

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Which takes me to Russia. Sir Robert Owen has delivered his judgment on

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the murder of Alexander living in Coke. The Home Secretary will make a

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statement. -- Alexander Litvinenko. I can understand why she wants to

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negotiate with Russia but the one thing we know for certain about the

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murderous club to major regime in Russia is that it walks all over the

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week. Putin has no respect for those who let him do what he wants. On the

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7th of March 2012, this house declared unanimously that it wanted

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the Government to introduce an act ensuring nobody involved in the

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murderous work that he fell should be able to enter this country. The

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USA has such an act. Is it not time that we made absolutely clear that

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Russian murderers are not welcome in this country and that the likes of

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Andrei Luca Vogt can only enter the country if they are prepared to

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stand trial. , Start with the issue of English votes for English laws.

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Barring the minor glitch on Tuesday, it has been effectively. As for

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regards to that glitch, it was clearly a minor human error and one

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that I do not think it is right to stop blaming those who set up the

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new system for that minor human error. I am grateful to all of those

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involved in a house that have made this new system work. If I could

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touch briefly on the Rand project. -- this work would have to be

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carried out. This is a grade one listed building and a World Heritage

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site. Work as to happen regardless. The committee will report soon,

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probably in the spring, and it will have sessions in public after the

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end of the consultation period and I would remind honourable members that

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it finishes next week and encourage everyone to take part.

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I echo the comments on Holocaust memorial day. This has always been

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an important point in the Parliamentary calendar and I am

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grateful that we continued the tradition. I have announced two more

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opposition dates. The Shadow Leader has asked for debates on a variety

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of subjects and will have a lot of time to deal with. He may not have

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time for certain things. He did not ask me for a debate on his party's

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new defence policy of sending nuclear submarines out to sea with

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no missiles. He did not, despite comments on diet, he did not ask for

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a statement on Syria so his party leader can set out plans for that.

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He did not ask about reopening his discussions with Argentina on the

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Falkland islands. And he did not ask for a debate on trade union law, so

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his party can return to the days of flying pickets and secondary

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strikes. Putting companies out of business and workers out of jobs. If

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he wants additional time for debates on those issues, I am sure we can

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look at that very carefully. I am certainly willing to provide extra

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time for debate about the backbone of lack of it of members of the

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Shadow Cabinet, not brave enough to put their own jobs on the line when

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it comes to standing up to a Leader of the Opposition whose policies

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pose a real threat to this country. The Shadow Leader has left the

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Church of England because he believes its policies are

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unacceptable. But he will not do the same for a Shadow have an, even

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though its policies are clearly unacceptable. Mr Speaker, he and his

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colleagues actually abandoned the red flag and are scrapping defences

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and today they are about keeping the white flag flying and he should be

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ashamed to still be sitting on that front bench. Following the

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nonviolent demonstration regarding the C2C timetable changes, the

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service is now worse. Would he find time for a debate on matters

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affecting a guild? I would like him to consider the distinction between

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travellers and... My honourable friend is one of parliament's great

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characters himself. I am not surprised he is in the all-party

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group. There is a difference between people who travel this country,

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bringing fairgrounds and entertainment to our communities and

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those groups of travellers who occupy public land illegally and

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leave a vast amount of mess around to be cleared up at huge public

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expense. It is a distinction we should always be proud to make. He

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does a great job in the work he does and it is a distinction that he is

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right to say is enormously important. Thank you for announcing

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the business for next week. Another week and another shambles. The no

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infamous iPad malfunction. How could they do it to the honourable member

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for Romford? The most English of all English members in this House? A man

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who sits proudly in his union Jack underpants, his ringtone is, there

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will always be in England, treated as a need for Scott? And

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second-class status? The honourable member from Romford... But

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seriously, the confusion around English votes For English laws goes

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on. My honourable friend from Dundee West deserves a better response than

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we got previously. Could the leader assist with this? He has always

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characterised the double majority that the English veto, as the

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college, it's something that would give consent to a instrument. What

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we had was a measure that withheld consent but the English votes For

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English laws mechanism subjected an English veto. Can the Leader of the

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House responds to this? When we start to distinguish members of this

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House according to geography and nationality, it will be

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reinterpreted and extended by the end of this Parliament, we will have

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a real divide in this House. And that the of the House's legacy as he

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goes off to fight fight in one of his Euro battles to get this country

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out of Europe. I want to know whether this Government will respect

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the vote of the House of Lords. I am not a great supporter but what they

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did this week is important, with regard to trade unions. Scotland

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should be excluded from the scope of the trade union Bill. We do not want

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this bill to destroy the trade union relationships that we enjoy in

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Scotland. It is a deeply ideological Tory bill. And this is trying to be

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imposed on a country that just does not do Tory. So, can't believe it at

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the border? -- can we leave it at the border? A number of people are

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concerned about Yemen and our role in equipping the Saudi air force in

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the bombing campaign. This was rightly raised by the member for

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Murray. We have sold ?10 million worth of aircraft to the Saudi air

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force and yet we do not have an arms export committee within this House,

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which has lain dormant since the last General Election. Can we get

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this committee up and running as quick as possible, so there is some

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form of scrutiny over arms exports we're making? Lastly, we heard

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rumours yesterday about a possible vote on Trident. I am sorry to see

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that is not in the business statement today. All of us could

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make a real decision about it. All the major parties now have a

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position which is apparent. The gentleman opposite wants to spend

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billions of pounds on useless and obsolete weapons of mass

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destruction. We are opposed to that spending. The Labour Party now have

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the yellow submarine option, maybe four, maybe against and maybe

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sending submarines out with no weapons. We are now all in a

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position to make a decision. Canny Leader of the House proceed so we

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can have a debate and see how the party 's response to this issue? Let

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me start by wishing our friends in the SNP and enjoyable Burns night

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next week. After discussions last week, whether they will pipe in the

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haggis in a traditional way, when, we heard they should be piping in

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the black pudding from Stornoway... I wish them all and enjoyable

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evening of celebration next week. On English votes For English laws,

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there was a mistake, I do not believe we should condemn human

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error in a project that has gone pretty smoothly. No one would wish

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to exclude my honourable friend from Romford from anything, nor would he

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allow himself to be excluded. He is the ultimate English nationalist but

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also a UK nationalists as well. And that is the point the honourable

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member Mrs on the trade union Bill. He talks about imposing something on

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the country. We are all part of one country. That is what the Scottish

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people decided in the referendum. It may be difficult for the SNP to

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accept that but this is a bill that is for the United Kingdom. I

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appreciate they may disagree, but it will be voted upon by the UK

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Parliament and I expect it will be passed by the UK Parliament. On the

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issue of Yemen, the Prime Minister made clear yesterday at PMQs in a

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response to his own leader of the party here at Westminster, exactly

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what the position is with Saudi Arabia and accept what our non-role

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is in the conflict taking place in Yemen. It is something we all want

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to see a solution for. A proper Government to represent all the

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people of Yemen. He talks about arms control. It is a partnership of a

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number of select committees which can meet whenever it chooses and it

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is not for the Government to instruct select committees to meet.

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He highlighted the chaos of the policy opposite on Trident, as I did

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earlier. I don't know where they stand now. Did he want to build

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submarines but send them to see empty? That is probably the case. At

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least, the party opposite has a clear position. The Labour Party is

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all over the place on this issue. I suspect when we bring the issue to

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the House, we will both have an interesting time exposing this

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fraudulent position they now have. There are 47 honourable members

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seeking to catch my eye. I am keen to accommodate colleagues but I must

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point out, there are two ministerial statements to follow. And there are

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two debates under the auspices of the Backbench Business Committee.

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There is a premium upon brevity. What is required from each member is

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a single and short supplementary question, without preamble and a

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characteristically pithy reply by the Leader of the House. Pauline

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Latham. Land an awkward stop the city from being an ardent sprawl.

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There has been substantial opposition. The site surrounds old

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woodland, inhabited by diverse woodland, stopping wildlife entering

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and leaving... May we have a debate on providing corridors for wildlife

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and planning applications to ensure green spaces and safe havens for

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wildlife, to allow them to travel to and from established habitats? You

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might I understand this concern. It has been raised by the honourable

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gentleman for Plymouth, with regard to his own campaign. This is a

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matter which the Secretary of State has given careful consideration to

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and we would always wish to see local authorities provide a proper

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balance between the necessary development to provide housing but

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also to ensure we protect wildlife. I am grateful to the Leader of the

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House for the advance notice of the backbench business debate on

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Thursday for February. I would also note that we have Monday's

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forthcoming on backbench business. With the Leader of the House

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consider again protected time for these debates, so there could be at

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least three hours for his debate at the end of Government business? I

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also point out to members that the Backbench Business Committee is very

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much open for business. Thank you very much. That is an important

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point. We want to see a good range of debates for the committee to

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consider. I will give careful consideration to the point he has

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made about time. Will the leader be good enough to give us a debate on

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how we can get back our own country? The voters must understand that in

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relation to this immigration question, the bulldozing of the

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Dublin regulation, with the connivance of the commission,

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through Angela Merkel's own policy and the new human rights laws, which

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are being extended to allow people in Calais to come over here, these

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are matters that go to the heart of this referendum. Can we have our

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country back, please? As my honourable friend knows, this

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broader issue will be extensively debated in this House and across the

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country in the coming months. With regard to more immediate issues, it

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is important that while the user takes decisions about what will

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happen currently, the interests of the UK should not be forgotten

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simply because we're not in the Schengen area. Can we have a debate

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on the lack of accountability of transport bodies at regional and

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national level who do not work together? We suffered hours of

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gridlock recently because of an accident on a motorway at a football

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match at the Etihad Stadium. Those events likely to happen on the same

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day at times. Agencies find it impossible to work together or come

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up with solutions. Can we have that debate? It is important that

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transport bodies are mindful of events like this. We have seen

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events where major events have coincided with major works. It is an

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important point. I am sure this will be listened to by the Secretary of

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State for Transport who will be here next week to take questions. If the

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Leader of the House aware of the heartless cuts to local library

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services in Telford? Can we have a debate on the vital role that

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library services play in communities like Donington, Hadley and Newport?

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It is an important point. Library services are of enormous importance

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to people in this country. It is striking how Conservative councils

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have faced the challenges that local authorities across the country face

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in a more innovative way. Labour councils are often unable to provide

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efficiencies and protect services. Last week, at Women and Equalities

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questions, we were unable to have questions on the report by the

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select committee on the transgender issue. Though the Minister consider

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allowing time for topical questions as part of the inequalities Question

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Time? We do restructure Question Time from time to time and am happy

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to give that consideration. We make a substantial block of time

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available, as you will have heard, Mr Speaker. It is a good opportunity

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for select committees to seek time for debates they wish to have. We

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heard that the Leader of the House wants a debate on the future of

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Trident. The spokesman for the Scottish Nationalists once a debate

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on the future of Trident. I know from personal experience that the

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leader of the Labour Party is never afraid to have a debate on the

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future of Trident. So, why have we not been given a date for the main

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gate debate and decision? Surely, the Prime Minister can't be so

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occupied with considerations of European negotiations, as to delay

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this once more, when it was delayed outrageously for five years, as part

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of a grubby coalition deal in 2010? He feels strongly that we should

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have such a debate. I'm not sure the opposition want to have that debate

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any time soon. This is a matter under consideration -- and

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consideration and I hope to let you know what the decisions are about

:24:38.:24:45.

defence matters. The International Amateur Athletic Federation has

:24:46.:24:47.

acknowledged the widespread doping in world athletics. This morning, UK

:24:48.:24:53.

anti-doping has asked to see arsenal of his long outspokenness on doping

:24:54.:25:00.

in football. What is the Government going to do one stands can we have a

:25:01.:25:09.

on this? I think we understand where your footballing sympathies lie. I

:25:10.:25:14.

feel Manchester United may be unlikely to overtake yours this

:25:15.:25:18.

season but we can but hope. We have had culture questions and that is a

:25:19.:25:26.

point that undoubtedly the Secretary of State has already thought about

:25:27.:25:29.

carefully and will continue to do so. I will make sure his concerns

:25:30.:25:36.

are raised. Doping in sport is to be condemned and dealt with with the

:25:37.:25:39.

strongest possible force when appropriate. Can we have a debate on

:25:40.:25:50.

the entirely unsatisfactory situation of international banks

:25:51.:25:55.

treating members of Parliament as persons of interest in organised

:25:56.:26:02.

crime? Can I commend my honourable friend for bringing forward the

:26:03.:26:05.

debate yesterday and strong support for the comments to be made. On

:26:06.:26:10.

behalf of all members come it is absolutely inappropriate that

:26:11.:26:14.

international banks should look upon members of this house as anything

:26:15.:26:20.

other than normal customers. The fact that they do pursue a line that

:26:21.:26:24.

I believe is often intrusive and necessary is something we should all

:26:25.:26:30.

state clearly that we think is unacceptable. We were delighted in

:26:31.:26:36.

October last year when the Foreign Secretary's visited Saudi Arabia led

:26:37.:26:41.

to the release of Carl Andre from jail. The Prime Minister said at the

:26:42.:26:49.

time we have always acted on British prisoners overseas with all

:26:50.:26:54.

countries are not just Saudi Arabia. We have strength, breadth and depth

:26:55.:26:58.

in our relationship with India. Can we have a statement why we could

:26:59.:27:04.

secure the release of Mr Andre Bossert not of my constituent, Billy

:27:05.:27:10.

Irving, from five years imprisonment in India? Can I commend her

:27:11.:27:18.

diligence in this case. I have raised this matter with the Foreign

:27:19.:27:22.

Office and Prime Minister and I will pursue that and try to ensure she

:27:23.:27:27.

does receive an early reply to the representation she has been making

:27:28.:27:32.

on behalf of her constituents. I know the Government has been told by

:27:33.:27:36.

the insurance industry that all businesses are offered flood

:27:37.:27:39.

insurance for the businesses. We now after the devastating floods in the

:27:40.:27:44.

Calder Valley come about that isn't the case and whether it is the

:27:45.:27:49.

premiums are often extortionate, unaffordable and unfair. Can we have

:27:50.:27:52.

a debate on flood insurance the business and whether the Government

:27:53.:27:57.

will begin negotiations with the Nick insurance industry as they did

:27:58.:28:06.

with domestic properties and flowed awnings. I know his county has been

:28:07.:28:11.

affected by this and all of us would wish to see continued progress being

:28:12.:28:14.

made in the areas affected by flooding to get businesses and

:28:15.:28:21.

homeowners back to normal. He knows there was a residential system but I

:28:22.:28:25.

can assure him that ministers are currently in discussions with the

:28:26.:28:29.

insurance industry about how we address the concerns he has

:28:30.:28:35.

mentioned today. Could we have a statement on criminal legal aid as

:28:36.:28:38.

to whether the Government is going to go ahead with its two tier system

:28:39.:28:48.

for solicitors? The current chaos is in the words of the Law Society this

:28:49.:28:52.

week, undermining access for the most vulnerable in society. The Law

:28:53.:29:00.

Society endorsed this package two years ago and we have had to take

:29:01.:29:04.

decisions in a variety of areas of Government including over legal aid.

:29:05.:29:09.

From -- from 2010, we have had to sort out a mess left behind by the

:29:10.:29:18.

Labour Party. Dudley Council is banning dogs from Hemley Park for

:29:19.:29:26.

people with disabilities. Might we have a debate on facilities to allow

:29:27.:29:31.

guide dog owners and puppy walkers to exercise their dogs properly? It

:29:32.:29:37.

is very important as we rightly do the right thing for people with

:29:38.:29:41.

disabilities, that we try to ensure across society that we give them the

:29:42.:29:45.

support that they need. He makes an important point about his own

:29:46.:29:48.

constituency and I am sure the Commons would have been listened to

:29:49.:29:52.

by his local authority and they will be considering how they can act.

:29:53.:30:00.

Some member's votes can now be void. Chamber votes like women's pensions

:30:01.:30:05.

have been avoided and foes on Syria's issues are increasingly

:30:06.:30:09.

avoided through statutory instruments. Which of these does the

:30:10.:30:12.

Leader of the House take most Prydain? This house has followed the

:30:13.:30:21.

current ways of working that this Government is pursuing the decades.

:30:22.:30:25.

It did so under the last Labour Government and it did so under the

:30:26.:30:28.

Coalition Government and we have not made major changes barring the

:30:29.:30:33.

necessary change to provide variation in and devolution system

:30:34.:30:40.

that it represents. It is with delight I update the House that

:30:41.:30:48.

reservoirs have been taken over on a long-term lease and I praise Welsh

:30:49.:30:52.

water for signing this deal. The real nub of the question is the

:30:53.:30:56.

Revel -- reservoir action group who have been campaigning with MPs and

:30:57.:31:03.

councillors and we recognise these community groups. They could honour

:31:04.:31:07.

some members of the committee but on a commuter groups in this country

:31:08.:31:12.

who have done huge contribution to Cardiff and the reservoir. Last

:31:13.:31:21.

week, I suggested to the backbench business committee that they might

:31:22.:31:26.

like to hold a debate so different members of the House can praise and

:31:27.:31:30.

reflect the work done by voluntary groups in their organisation. He is

:31:31.:31:34.

right to say the honours system can be used to reflect the good work

:31:35.:31:39.

done by individuals in all of our constituencies and I am sure many of

:31:40.:31:43.

us have used the system appropriately in the past. The plan

:31:44.:31:47.

Mr runs his points of light award on a day by day basis and it is

:31:48.:31:53.

something he might like to consider. Sheffield remains vulnerable to

:31:54.:31:57.

flooding having very few and inadequate flood defences. DEFRA

:31:58.:32:02.

have allocated 23 million of the 43 million Jay Fulton is to protect

:32:03.:32:09.

existing homes and businesses enabling hazards to be built. Can we

:32:10.:32:13.

have debating Government time on DEFRA Grant in aid programme to make

:32:14.:32:17.

sure it recognises the economic benefits of our flood defences? She

:32:18.:32:24.

makes an important point in all of those areas. There is a real focus

:32:25.:32:28.

and determination in local communities as well as at Government

:32:29.:32:32.

level is to make sure we do the sensible things we can to prevent

:32:33.:32:35.

flooding. I will make sure her concerns are passed the Secretary of

:32:36.:32:39.

State and she will be back in this house shortly and I will make a

:32:40.:32:46.

point directly then. Huddersfield Royal Infirmary serves our growing

:32:47.:32:50.

university town. Yesterday, the CCG announced a consultation about

:32:51.:32:54.

closing our A and moving it to Halifax. There is a Mounis deal that

:32:55.:33:01.

will see is paying ?774 million for a hospital which costs ?64 million

:33:02.:33:06.

to build. Can we have an urgent debate on this appalling situation?

:33:07.:33:15.

I can understand his concerns. He will be making strong

:33:16.:33:20.

representations locally to general practitioners but it is a legacy of

:33:21.:33:24.

the appalling structures of PFI that were passed to us by the last Labour

:33:25.:33:29.

Government, deals that you look back with on hindsight and say how do

:33:30.:33:32.

they think those deals were a good idea? Last week I described the

:33:33.:33:40.

leader as a mini beast but I would like to extend the hand of

:33:41.:33:44.

friendship to him and invite him to join me on Southern rail services

:33:45.:33:52.

either by -- and I will buy the Coffey for him. We will have a

:33:53.:33:56.

debate to discuss my proposal that passengers should be entitled to

:33:57.:33:59.

compensation when the trains are delayed by 15 minutes rather than

:34:00.:34:04.

the 30 minutes which currently applies? He doesn't need to invite

:34:05.:34:10.

me because I was on it last night. I am a regular travel on that service.

:34:11.:34:18.

One of the things that I find frustrating is I believe we should

:34:19.:34:22.

be tighter on the statistics around delays to services as well because

:34:23.:34:27.

they can get away with being a few minutes late and not showing up. It

:34:28.:34:32.

is a point that we will continue to argue for and I'm sure his comments

:34:33.:34:37.

will be listened to. Can we have debate on the sensible proposals

:34:38.:34:42.

this week about the importance of immigrants learning English which is

:34:43.:34:49.

an issue amongst Bradford and many Muslim women in helping them

:34:50.:34:56.

integrate into British society. Perhaps we could discuss who should

:34:57.:34:58.

pay for these English lessons because many of my constituents

:34:59.:35:02.

think that it shouldn't be the taxpayers foot the bill, it should

:35:03.:35:05.

be the people themselves. If I decide to go and live in Spain, I

:35:06.:35:09.

wouldn't expect the Spanish Government to teach me Spanish. He

:35:10.:35:15.

makes his point very eloquently but the key to this is that it is

:35:16.:35:20.

absolutely essential that people that come to live and work in this

:35:21.:35:24.

country speak English. Our communities are more divided than

:35:25.:35:28.

they should be because of the fact that so many people have come here

:35:29.:35:31.

and cannot speak English. That is something that really has to change.

:35:32.:35:36.

We learned from the Evening Standard an hour ago that the Government do

:35:37.:35:40.

intend to devolve local Metro train services in London to transport for

:35:41.:35:45.

London, something that was dismissed by the Leader of the House as a

:35:46.:35:49.

renationalisation when I pressed him on it. Can we find time to have a

:35:50.:35:55.

debate on the details of the Government's proposals and what can

:35:56.:35:59.

be done to compel operators like Southeastern who will lose their

:36:00.:36:02.

franchise as a result, to improve their services in the interim?

:36:03.:36:08.

Changes of this kind will be a matter of detailed discussion in

:36:09.:36:14.

this house and what is in the Evening Standard, I can't tell

:36:15.:36:17.

whether that is something which is a rumour or otherwise. I haven't seen

:36:18.:36:22.

it. If is governed is going to bring forward changes, we will set out

:36:23.:36:26.

details to them and we will listen to them. Weetabix is a delicious

:36:27.:36:34.

breakfast cereal. The wheat is served -- sourced from farms within

:36:35.:36:39.

a 50 mile radius within the Weetabix factory in the borough of Kettering.

:36:40.:36:43.

The agricultural Secretary is there to launch the new great British food

:36:44.:36:48.

unit to promote the export of British foodstuffs around the world.

:36:49.:36:52.

With a leader make sure that all his breakfast meetings and all the

:36:53.:36:55.

breakfast meetings arranged by the House authorities Weetabix has made

:36:56.:37:05.

available? I am sure you and I look at catering matters, will give

:37:06.:37:07.

careful look -- insight into this. I hope the Leader of the House is in

:37:08.:37:25.

good health and has been enjoying some of that food which is Stornoway

:37:26.:37:31.

black pudding and easily ordered on the Internet. With his health

:37:32.:37:40.

fortified, we have a debate on the... Maybe they could get behind

:37:41.:37:45.

my ten minute rule Bill on Scottish votes this Scottish laws and engage

:37:46.:37:52.

with the Scottish representatives. Hopefully the Stornoway superfood

:37:53.:37:55.

will provide a counterbalance to the class of the other product that

:37:56.:38:01.

comes from his other constituency that we will be looking at. The

:38:02.:38:05.

Scottish party is calling for an act of union that is in need of

:38:06.:38:09.

departure and one that we should consider carefully. Can we please

:38:10.:38:14.

have a debate on the export value and potential of Bury black pudding

:38:15.:38:20.

which was raised with me when I visited the very black pudding

:38:21.:38:28.

Company last week. This will enable me to dispel the suggestion that was

:38:29.:38:35.

raised by someone, that black pudding made in their constituency

:38:36.:38:40.

was in the same league as Bury black pudding. This is clearly a

:38:41.:38:45.

suggestion that needs to be dealt with as quickly as possible. I think

:38:46.:38:50.

we are going to have to hold a black pudding tasting competition. We will

:38:51.:38:54.

not be inviting the shadow leader of the Howard -- house to take part

:38:55.:38:59.

because he doesn't like black pudding. Following on from the point

:39:00.:39:06.

the Shipley, we do need that urgent debate on cuts to funding. The adult

:39:07.:39:13.

community have had cuts from their budget. Doing other the premise has

:39:14.:39:18.

asked them to do. The Prime Minister has allocated 20 million and could

:39:19.:39:24.

they have that money back? She makes a strong representation on behalf of

:39:25.:39:28.

her local college and I'm sure the minister will take that into account

:39:29.:39:34.

as he uses this money into best effect. Last week and saw

:39:35.:39:40.

celebration of Lowry and British citizens celebrated the winter

:39:41.:39:46.

harvest in the Indian subcontinent. This is a great source of

:39:47.:39:49.

congratulation and we should have a debate in this house on the variety

:39:50.:39:52.

of different community festivals that are held in this country, that

:39:53.:39:59.

never debated in this Chamber. Can I congratulate my honourable friend on

:40:00.:40:06.

this. He raises the issue of groups in Kashmir that is a part of the

:40:07.:40:12.

world where we would like to see lasting settlement and lasting

:40:13.:40:17.

peace. He makes an important point about the different community

:40:18.:40:20.

festivals which as a richness to this country and provide a fantastic

:40:21.:40:24.

route to spread community understanding between different

:40:25.:40:24.

parts of our society. In disappointed to hear yesterday...

:40:25.:40:42.

Unemployment went up again in my constituency. Can we have a debate

:40:43.:40:48.

on the continuing North-South divide before the Northern Powerhouse goes

:40:49.:40:55.

the way of the big society? I simply do not agree. What we have seen over

:40:56.:41:01.

the last five and a half years is a steady fall in unemployment. And a

:41:02.:41:05.

steady rise in employment. The economy of the north is growing

:41:06.:41:08.

faster than the economy in the South. I am proud of the

:41:09.:41:12.

achievements of this Government. We have turned around a situation

:41:13.:41:17.

where, when we came to office, the forecast was unemployment would rise

:41:18.:41:20.

to three million and it is now around half that. The Government

:41:21.:41:25.

invested ?50 million of Regional Growth Fund and established the

:41:26.:41:30.

largest enterprise zone in the country in order to forward their

:41:31.:41:36.

ambitions to ensure the Humber became the energy estuary, vital to

:41:37.:41:40.

the economy of my constituency. Progress seems to be rather too

:41:41.:41:43.

slow. Could we have an urgent statement on how we pursue the

:41:44.:41:48.

matter? We'll want to see continued economic growth in Humberside. The

:41:49.:41:52.

enterprise zone he talks about is one part of our strategy to see

:41:53.:41:56.

continued improvement and a continued fall in an implement. The

:41:57.:42:00.

Secretary of State will be made aware of his concerns and will look

:42:01.:42:04.

to see what he can do to help. Last night, I met with the parents of a

:42:05.:42:12.

man who had a 15 year in cabin crew before a sudden death in January 20

:42:13.:42:16.

14. He was found to have died from chronic exposure to chemicals. It is

:42:17.:42:22.

believed this was caused by contaminated cabin air. Will the

:42:23.:42:30.

Minister made a statement to ensure air passengers are aware of the

:42:31.:42:34.

situation and what steps the Government is taking to ensure air

:42:35.:42:39.

passengers are safe? This has been brought up in this House over a

:42:40.:42:42.

number of years and has been debated. We might look at bringing

:42:43.:42:49.

up a debate on this again. I will insure that concerns over this

:42:50.:42:55.

tragic death will be passed on and she can put this point across again.

:42:56.:43:03.

The rail line at Dawlish was cut off due to severe storms. The Secretary

:43:04.:43:09.

of State for Transport set up a task force to report on resilience in the

:43:10.:43:18.

south-west. Can we have a statement on the Government on how they are

:43:19.:43:22.

proceeding? I am aware of the huge disruption that the damage at

:43:23.:43:25.

Dawlish caused. Both the Government and Network Rail responded as

:43:26.:43:31.

quickly as possible to restore the existing route and work is ongoing

:43:32.:43:37.

for possible alternatives to provide contingency for the future. The

:43:38.:43:40.

Secretary of State will be here in the next few days and I will make

:43:41.:43:48.

sure these concerns are passed on. This week, the Prime Minister

:43:49.:43:52.

appeared to back a ban on the Muslim veil in some circumstances but not

:43:53.:43:56.

in others and seemed to stop short on an outright ban on the facial

:43:57.:44:01.

veil. This has caused confusion and concern among the Muslim community

:44:02.:44:05.

in my constituency. Can we have a statement from the premise to

:44:06.:44:08.

clarify what the Government policy is and will he clarify that this

:44:09.:44:14.

will not apply in devolved Scotland? The Prime Minister will be here next

:44:15.:44:18.

week to take questions. But it is the case that there are places in

:44:19.:44:21.

our society where it is not appropriate to wear a face veil. An

:44:22.:44:28.

example is giving evidence in court. It would be wrong to have someone in

:44:29.:44:32.

court didn't evidence with a full face veil on. That is one example.

:44:33.:44:39.

It is sensible to have a balance. Can we have a debate about the

:44:40.:44:45.

provision of IVF? The guidelines for 2013 recommend three or four cycles

:44:46.:44:51.

be provided but CCGs imposing restrictions. My constituents have

:44:52.:44:58.

to raise thousands of pounds to fund a second and third cycle. Can the

:44:59.:45:04.

nice guidance be followed? We have taken a conscious decision about the

:45:05.:45:08.

provision of services. That should be taken by local doctors and not

:45:09.:45:15.

officials in Whitehall. Different decisions may be taken in different

:45:16.:45:19.

areas. That is the right thing but I will make sure her concerns are

:45:20.:45:24.

raised. Dozens of businesses in Rochdale have been without power

:45:25.:45:27.

since the floods. BT are dragging their feet. Can we have a debate

:45:28.:45:32.

over whether BT are capable of delivering what is an essential

:45:33.:45:38.

service? If BT have not been able to deliver phone lines to businesses,

:45:39.:45:42.

that is of serious concern and I will pass that on to the Business

:45:43.:45:46.

Department this morning. And indeed to the culture Department, both of

:45:47.:45:50.

whom have responsible tea in this area. It needs to be rectified

:45:51.:45:57.

quickly. I'd back the prosecution of children who post indecent images

:45:58.:46:07.

cause great concern. People have been haunted because of the

:46:08.:46:10.

sensitivity of the issue. We need to decriminalise the issue. If we

:46:11.:46:19.

decriminalise, more will come forward for help. Can we have a

:46:20.:46:26.

statement on this? I hope that the prosecuting authorities in Northern

:46:27.:46:29.

Ireland and elsewhere apply a degree of common sense. We have rules

:46:30.:46:34.

designed to protect young people from inappropriate exploitation,

:46:35.:46:38.

from revenge porn, and all of us would take the view that if a

:46:39.:46:41.

teenager does something stupid, we would not wish to see them

:46:42.:46:45.

criminalised without good reason. Can we have a statement from the

:46:46.:46:53.

Works and pensions Minister, over the Christmas period, I had a number

:46:54.:46:58.

of families who could not access benefits of tax credits. The

:46:59.:47:02.

procedure seems to be slow and delayed. I think this is serious.

:47:03.:47:07.

Can we have a statement or a debate on the issue? Tax credits are

:47:08.:47:15.

normally paid directly through a different route from the benefits

:47:16.:47:19.

system. So, it depends entirely on individual cases. If he wants to

:47:20.:47:22.

write me with more detailed examples, I will make sure it is

:47:23.:47:32.

passed to the Secretary of State. My constituent was tragically killed

:47:33.:47:38.

during a crushing incident at the Hajj in Saudi Arabia. Can we have a

:47:39.:47:45.

statement on what pressure can be applied on the Saudi authorities to

:47:46.:47:48.

ensure a rapid and public report back, to ensure lessons are learned

:47:49.:47:53.

and British pilgrims can travel to the Hajj in safety? It is an

:47:54.:48:05.

important point. I will pass on that concern. This was obviously a

:48:06.:48:13.

tragedy for families involved. You want to see answers are addressed.

:48:14.:48:22.

Could we have a debate on local Government finance, to help explain

:48:23.:48:28.

why cautious, prudent Labour-run Cheshire West and Cheshire Council

:48:29.:48:31.

have received a ?2 million underspend this year? This has lost

:48:32.:48:42.

?2.3 million to our local council. If there is a formula error, the

:48:43.:48:48.

Department will look at this. I will make sure the Department responsible

:48:49.:49:00.

rights to him. Greater Manchester's bid for enterprise zones in its town

:49:01.:49:03.

centres was refused by Government. Can we have a debate about the

:49:04.:49:06.

importance of town centres to our economies? Congratulations to the

:49:07.:49:13.

honourable member on his election to the House. I am sorry he was caught

:49:14.:49:18.

up in the glitch on Tuesday. It was a human error and I am certain this

:49:19.:49:25.

will not be repeated. I would say that he makes an important point

:49:26.:49:30.

about city centres of the Northwest. I am pleased to have seen the way in

:49:31.:49:35.

which the centres of Manchester and Liverpool in particular have been

:49:36.:49:38.

transformed in recent years. I take the point he makes. I will ask the

:49:39.:49:45.

Treasury to respond. The steel crisis rumbles on. The Government

:49:46.:49:51.

policy relating to the Chinese is pure, irrespective of whether the

:49:52.:49:54.

country remains within the EU or Leeds. Can we have a statement upon

:49:55.:50:02.

the Government's MES statement or Chinese MES statement? Or are we to

:50:03.:50:09.

believe that the Communist red flag flies above Number ten? This issue

:50:10.:50:15.

was addressed in this House a couple of days ago and the steel industry

:50:16.:50:21.

faces massive bombs. It is not unique to this country. I would say

:50:22.:50:30.

that we strongly believe this country should have proper and solid

:50:31.:50:33.

economic ties with China. That does not mean you putting serious effort

:50:34.:50:38.

into addressing the problems of the steel industry. He will understand

:50:39.:50:41.

that this is an international challenge which is not easy to

:50:42.:50:47.

resolve. Last week, the Secretary of State for Scotland made a

:50:48.:50:50.

departmental statement and then a counter statement. He was fully

:50:51.:50:56.

aware there was an ongoing and current investigation with a select

:50:57.:51:01.

committee in this matter, enraging the Scottish media and the people of

:51:02.:51:06.

Scotland. Will he issued a statement that this behaviour undermines the

:51:07.:51:10.

cross-party work and undermines subsequent reports? Will he give

:51:11.:51:15.

assurances that the UK Government made an abject error and will not

:51:16.:51:20.

undermine parliamentary democracy in future? This was an error that was

:51:21.:51:24.

not in the Smith Commission report. It is one that we seek to do the

:51:25.:51:29.

right thing to provide the right balance. We think the systems in

:51:30.:51:34.

place provide the balance, even if he and his party disagree. Can we

:51:35.:51:42.

have a debate or a statutory instrument advising local

:51:43.:51:48.

authorities of the impact of installing a small shelf in disabled

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toilets, so people who have silly stories or colostomy is can

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effectively change their backs without having to scrabble on 30

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floors? This is a sensible point. We will put the point to the Minister.

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It will be passed on to the Department. A valuable point. Can we

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have a debate on the Government decision to cut public health

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budgets in ?200 million, given that Simon Stevens's five-year forward

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view predicates in year five at ?5 billion will be freed up for

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prevention. Is it not short-sighted of the Government to cut the very

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budgets that will prevent that in future? We face different challenges

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in the health world, but we continue to increase the amount of money we

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spend on health in this country and will continue to do so. In PMQs on

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the 4th of November, the premise agreed to a meeting with my

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constituents to discuss the very sad case around the babies' ashes

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scandal. He said he was happy to arrange the meeting. Downing Street

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subsequently have transferred that meeting to a junior minister, who

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the family has already met. I wrote to the Prime Minister to express

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concern, but to no avail. Does the reputation -- it does the reputation

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of this House no good when commitments are not kept. Can this

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meeting be rearranged? I will look at these points. Yes. Further to

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your previous answer, but I press you on the urgency of the matter and

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that we can have an urgent statement on toxic gas escape syndrome. I

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accept this point. It is very much a subject that we have heard earlier

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from another member who controls the block of time that we have on

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debates like this, that he is short of topics. I would ask honourable

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members to put that to the Backbench Business Committee.

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This week there was talk about the price of oil. Before the referendum,

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they could predict 135 dollars a barrel for this year alone. The low

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oil prices affect workers all over the UK and I have a constituent who

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doesn't know if his son will get back onto the rigs or not. Will he

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make a statement on apologies on why people are losing their jobs? What

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the SNP cannot understand is it because we are one United Kingdom

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that we can provide support to parts of our economy that are affected by

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unexpected changes like this. If Scotland became independent, then

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right now came, the new Scottish Administration would face a massive

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financial gap because of the falling oil price and that is why Scotland

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are better off as part of the UK. Is the leader of the aware that the

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11th of March marks the Centenary of the birth of Harold Wilson, one of

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our great Prime ministers? Will he join me in ensuring that the House

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recognises the life of that great Yorkshireman who was born in my

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constituency of Huddersfield? Will you try and persuade the speaker's

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but it is about time we had a proper statue of Harold Wilson on the

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Westminster estate? And I for him that I have been in touch with every

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member of Parliament and across all parties, there is overwhelming

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majority for that. I have heard the comments the honourable gentleman

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has made. He makes an important one. Harold Wilson was one of the major

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figures of 20th-century politics. Everyone in this house on all sides

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was which to extend to his widow Al congratulations on the milestone she

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has celebrated of her 100th birthday. I'm sure the House wishes

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to be consistent and fair. Can I ask when he will bring foreign measures

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to implement Scottish votes for Scottish laws in order to address

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democratic deficit he has created with evil? I can give an assurance

:56:30.:56:36.

that we will see new developers -- developments in Scottish votes for

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Scottish laws in the Scottish elections when we have elections the

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big Scottish parliament. When I am confident our strong team in

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Scotland will be working to make real progress, I am equally

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confident that the Labour Party can have a difficult night in Scotland.

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Statement, the Secretary of State for the Home Department. Secretary

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Theresa May. With permission, I would like to make a statement about

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the death of Alexander Litvinenko on the 23rd of November 2000 and six.

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And the steady trade enquiry into that death which published its

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findings this morning. --

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