21/01/2016 Business Questions


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


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


will be debating the remaining stages of the Charles Care Bill


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


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


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


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


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


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


houses followed by a debate on prisons and probation on an


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


motion that discusses and debates NHS and social care commission.


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


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


England and financial services billboards followed by a debate on


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


been. As we were debating psychoactive substances in this


house, the American Republican campaign seems to be on psychoactive


substances with Sarah Pailin endorsing Donald Trump which is the


ultimate case of Tweedledum and Tweedledum. Two Tory MPs have


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


descending into farce. Last Thursday, the committee considered


the order abolishing student maintenance grants and you certified


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


could have overruled them because the annulment required a double


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


statutory instruments when 3000 such measures are being pushed through


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


were killed under the T4 forced euthanasia programme which saw 9772


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the Government to introduce an act ensuring nobody involved in the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


it finishes next week and encourage everyone to take part.


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


an important point in the Parliamentary calendar and I am


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


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


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


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


new defence policy of sending nuclear submarines out to sea with


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Church of England because he believes its policies are


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


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


colleagues actually abandoned the red flag and are scrapping defences


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


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


nonviolent demonstration regarding the C2C timetable changes, the


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


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


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


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


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


bringing fairgrounds and entertainment to our communities and


those groups of travellers who occupy public land illegally and


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


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


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


right to say is enormously important. Thank you for announcing


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


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


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


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


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


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


seriously, the confusion around English votes For English laws goes


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


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


characterised the double majority that the English veto, as the


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


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


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


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


House according to geography and nationality, it will be


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


position which is apparent. The gentleman opposite wants to spend


billions of pounds on useless and obsolete weapons of mass


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


fraudulent position they now have. There are 47 honourable members


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


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


two debates under the auspices of the Backbench Business Committee.


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


a single and short supplementary question, without preamble and a


characteristically pithy reply by the Leader of the House. Pauline


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


There has been substantial opposition. The site surrounds old


woodland, inhabited by diverse woodland, stopping wildlife entering


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


and planning applications to ensure green spaces and safe havens for


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


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


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


matter which the Secretary of State has given careful consideration to


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


balance between the necessary development to provide housing but


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


House for the advance notice of the backbench business debate on


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


forthcoming on backbench business. With the Leader of the House


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


relation to this immigration question, the bulldozing of the


Dublin regulation, with the connivance of the commission,


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


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


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


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


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


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


is important that while the user takes decisions about what will


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


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


on the lack of accountability of transport bodies at regional and


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


have faced the challenges that local authorities across the country face


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


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


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


select committee on the transgender issue. Though the Minister consider


allowing time for topical questions as part of the inequalities Question


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


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


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


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


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


Trident. The spokesman for the Scottish Nationalists once a debate


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


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


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


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


occupied with considerations of European negotiations, as to delay


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


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


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


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


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


defence matters. The International Amateur Athletic Federation has


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


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


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


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


feel Manchester United may be unlikely to overtake yours this


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


point that undoubtedly the Secretary of State has already thought about


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


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


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


the entirely unsatisfactory situation of international banks


treating members of Parliament as persons of interest in organised


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


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


behalf of all members come it is absolutely inappropriate that


international banks should look upon members of this house as anything


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


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


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


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


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


time we have always acted on British prisoners overseas with all


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the insurance industry that all businesses are offered flood


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


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


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


a debate on flood insurance the business and whether the Government


will begin negotiations with the Nick insurance industry as they did


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


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


made in the areas affected by flooding to get businesses and


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


can assure him that ministers are currently in discussions with the


insurance industry about how we address the concerns he has


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


avoided through statutory instruments. Which of these does the


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


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


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


Coalition Government and we have not made major changes barring the


necessary change to provide variation in and devolution system


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


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


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


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


councillors and we recognise these community groups. They could honour


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


something he might like to consider. Sheffield remains vulnerable to


flooding having very few and inadequate flood defences. DEFRA


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


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


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


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


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


and determination in local communities as well as at Government


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


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


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


point directly then. Huddersfield Royal Infirmary serves our growing


university town. Yesterday, the CCG announced a consultation about


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


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


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


I can understand his concerns. He will be making strong


representations locally to general practitioners but it is a legacy of


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


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


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


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


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


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


debate to discuss my proposal that passengers should be entitled to


compensation when the trains are delayed by 15 minutes rather than


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


this week about the importance of immigrants learning English which is


an issue amongst Bradford and many Muslim women in helping them


integrate into British society. Perhaps we could discuss who should


pay for these English lessons because many of my constituents


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


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


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


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


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


country speak English. Our communities are more divided than


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


be done to compel operators like Southeastern who will lose their


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


breakfast meetings arranged by the House authorities Weetabix has made


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


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


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


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


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


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


with the Scottish representatives. Hopefully the Stornoway superfood


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


raised by someone, that black pudding made in their constituency


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


celebration of Lowry and British citizens celebrated the winter


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


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


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


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


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


world where we would like to see lasting settlement and lasting


peace. He makes an important point about the different community


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


route to spread community understanding between different


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


achievements of this Government. We have turned around a situation


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


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


invested ?50 million of Regional Growth Fund and established the


largest enterprise zone in the country in order to forward their


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


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


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


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


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


continued improvement and a continued fall in an implement. The


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


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


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


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


believed this was caused by contaminated cabin air. Will the


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


situation and what steps the Government is taking to ensure air


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Dawlish caused. Both the Government and Network Rail responded as


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


for possible alternatives to provide contingency for the future. The


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


be provided but CCGs imposing restrictions. My constituents have


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


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


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


officials in Whitehall. Different decisions may be taken in different


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


raised. Dozens of businesses in Rochdale have been without power


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


over whether BT are capable of delivering what is an essential


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


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


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


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


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


cause great concern. People have been haunted because of the


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


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


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


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


designed to protect young people from inappropriate exploitation,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


normally paid directly through a different route from the benefits


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


importance of town centres to our economies? Congratulations to the


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


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


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


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


which the centres of Manchester and Liverpool in particular have been


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


that we strongly believe this country should have proper and solid


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


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


that this is an international challenge which is not easy to


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


departmental statement and then a counter statement. He was fully


aware there was an ongoing and current investigation with a select


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


have a debate or a statutory instrument advising local


authorities of the impact of installing a small shelf in disabled


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


effectively change their backs without having to scrabble on 30


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


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


have a debate on the Government decision to cut public health


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


subsequently have transferred that meeting to a junior minister, who


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


members to put that to the Backbench Business Committee.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


unexpected changes like this. If Scotland became independent, then


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


member of Parliament and across all parties, there is overwhelming


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


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


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


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


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


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


to implement Scottish votes for Scottish laws in order to address


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


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


Scottish laws in the Scottish elections when we have elections the


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


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


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


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


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


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


And the steady trade enquiry into that death which published its


findings this morning. --


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