11/02/2016 Business Questions


11/02/2016

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Bryant. While the absentees part-tile Leader

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of the House gives us the btsiness for next week?

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It is a pleasure to respond to this urgent question from the minister

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responsible. Mr Speaker, Monday the 22nd of February, next week, the

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lead after next, after the half term recess, we will have the second

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reading of the Northern Ireland Stormont agreement and

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implementation plan Bill and I would expect the Prime Minister to make a

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statement following the European Council meeting. On the 23rd of

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February we will have consideration of the Lords amendment to the

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welfare reform and work well for the pie consideration of the amdndments

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to the education and adoption bill for the buy business to be nominated

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by the Backbench Business Committee. On the 24th of February it will be

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an Opposition Day on the subject to be announced. On Thursday the 2 th

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of February there will be a general debate on European affairs. On

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Friday the 26th of February we will consider Private Members' Bhll s.

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The provisional business thd week commencing the 29th of Febrtary

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includes on Monday the 29th of February the 1st allotted d`y for

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estimates, a debate on the science budget, followed by a debatd on end

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of life care. On the 1st of March, the second allotted day for

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estimates, a debate on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the 2015

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Spending Review, followed bx a debate on reform of the polhce

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funding formula. At seven o'clock in the evening the House will be asked

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to agree all outstanding estimates and further details will be given in

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the official report. I will inform the House that the business

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investment for the 23rd of February will be a debate on the sevdnth

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reporting the communities Bhll on letter in England.

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Let me first pay tribute to Harry Hartmann. There are a few mhners

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left in this House and I know that my constituents in the Rhondda will

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want to Marquez passing with a warm salute. Talking of miners, H would

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like to wish the honourable member a happy 84th birthday. He has still

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got the drive of a 40-year-old! Mr Speaker, I hope that the re`der s

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announcement but you all excited and that you wear tingling. I al

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genuinely excited, because hf you read between the lines, you will

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have spotted that Monday thd 22nd of February is going to be a vdry, very

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special day indeed. It is not just that the Prime Minister is laking a

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statement on the EU Council, far more importantly, the 22nd of

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February 2016 will be the d`y that the government abandons collective

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responsibility on the Europdan Union. Cabinet ministers will be

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hurtling down the corridors of power to get to television studios to be

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the first to go live on air to declare themselves someone who wants

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to leave Europe. Forget the liberation of Paris, forget free

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Nelson Mandela, the 22nd of February 2016 will be known as the n`tional

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liberation of Chris Grayling de By your Bunting no, Mr Speaker Talking

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of the 22nd of February, thd leader has announced finally that the

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mystery second reading Bill which will be a Northern Ireland Bill

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while the Leader of the House ensure that the committee and report stages

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of that bill are taking on the floor of the House so that all Northern

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Ireland members can take part in the debate? Can the Leader of the House

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is tell us when State Opening of Parliament will be this year? We

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have fixed term Parliaments now so will it be in the month of Lay even?

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If it is going to be then, there are four possible Wednesdays, the 4th of

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May is the day before local elections, that is out. The 25th of

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May is just before the bank holiday, so will it be the 11th or the 1 th?

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Come on. The 11th or the 18th? Or is the government intending to keep

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this session going indefinitely beyond the European referendum into

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the autumn and next year? If so there are no more private mdmbers

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days allocated on Fridays, so bold that they don't give us mord dates

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for Private Members' Bill 's? We have been saying for a whild that

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the Trade Union Bill is partisan, petty minded and vindictive. But now

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we know that the government believes that to be the case as well. The

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minister in charge, he has written to the Leader of the House telling

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him that large chunks of thd bill needs to be redrafted. Would you

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believe it, simply because they are not rational, his own words. He

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seeks clarity on concessions to ease handling in the House of Lords. One

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of the concessions he is thhnking about making relates to checking

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off, this is the system whereby most trade union members have thdir unit

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subscriptions deducted from their pay and sent to their union by their

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employer. The government wants to warn that entirely but the leaked

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letter makes it clear that that would be illegal to do so in

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Scotland and in Wales because of devolution. But how on earth can it

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be correct for the government to ban it at all? At the government's own

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website, it makes it clear that this arrangement is entirely voltntary.

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It tells us that there is no legal requirement for your employdr to do

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this. So for petty -- petty partisan advantage, a Conservative government

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is intending to outlaw the Beverly rational, sensible and priv`te

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contract between employer and employee. How on does that fit with

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Adam Smith. When the ball w`s in this House, the Conservativd member

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for Stafford wisely tabled ` sensible amendment to allow checking

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off to continue. Why does the Leader of the House not stand up to date

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and tell us that is one of the concessions that they will lake

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Speaking on the Trade Union Bill, a crossbencher said that if ever there

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was some evidence that the hntention of the spill was perhaps not

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entirely honourable, it is hn the refusal to about health tonhc

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balloting. Mr Speaker, would it not be utterly hypocritical to campaign

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for the Tory candidate for the Mayor of London who was elected bx Tory

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members in a bar that whilst refusing to allow trade union

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members to re-ballot their own members? And what the government

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backed down on its preposterous 50% threshold proposal for strike

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action? How many MPs would sit in this House if we had to get 50% of

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the electorate? Can you be Durkan from not a single Conservathve MP

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achieved that? The Leader of the House only got 43% of the

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electorate, so by his own logic he should not be present here. But by

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his own attendance record comedy is not your enemy. What really

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fascinates me, Mr Speaker about this letter that was sent to the Leader

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of the House, was that this was not leaked, it was not linked to the

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Times or the male of the Dahly Telegraph, but to the Socialist

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worker. What is going on, Mr Speaker? Is there something that the

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reader wants to tell us? Can we have a debate on pork barrel polhtics?

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After all, the government w`s so terrified of losing its loc`l govern

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allocation Mr Dyke that it bought off its own members with a special

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slush fund of ?300 million of taxpayers money. How on earth did

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they decide how this money was going to be allocated? Did Tory mhnisters

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sit down with their address books and shout at the postcodes of their

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friends and relatives and pdople who went to the black and white ball

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past the Local Government Mhnister notched up ?21 million for Surrey,

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?19 million for hard up Hampshire, 16 million for Hampshire and 9

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million each for Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire? Why on earth are the

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poorest councils in the land with the toughest circumstances `nd with

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multiple levels of deprivathon getting not a single penny of extra

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money whilst the richest ard showered in ?5.3 million? It is

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thoroughly disreputable, it is Robin Hood in reverse.

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Mr Speaker, he is completelx incapable of keeping his relarks

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within five minutes. Can I begin by echoing his comments about our

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colleague, Harry. It is alw`ys a tragedy when any member of this

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House passes Abe, particularly a tragedy when someone passes after

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such a short period of time in this House. I would echo the sentiments

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of all honourable members and sent wishes to his family. I would extend

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to the member opposite, although I suspect he will not join my iBook

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the Shadow Leader would. He is a great champion of equality hssues,

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and celebrating the 41st anniversary of the first women party le`der in

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this country. A women who bdcame one of our greatest prime ministers a

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great leader of this countrx and I am sure that he would want to

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celebrate her achievements hn demonstrating that the Consdrvative

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Party is the one that reallx creates opportunities for all. As wd heard

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just a day, there is no doubt about the winner of this week's qtote of

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the week award, or deer, or my God, or dear, I need to go one dressed in

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a darkened room. But was not about the parties stunning success in

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launching the campaign in Nottingham, in Nottingham, hn a city

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which has this year no local elections.

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This is the madness that has no end of the Labour Party. He has

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credibility in the Shadow C`binet. I am pleased to confirm the Northern

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Ireland Bill will receive its second reading on the 22nd of Febrtary I

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would like to replace on record as to place on record my thanks to all

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those involved in the negothations to the publication of this Bill I

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am also grateful for the discussions that have taken place betwedn the

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government and opposition p`rties about this Bill. The only strprising

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thing is that when the Shadow leader started jumping up and down about

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the second reading on the 22nd last week, no one on his side had

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apparently bothered to tell him that all of these discussions were

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happening. He is not much in the loop with his party these d`ys. He

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asks that this session for debate after debate, but when I give him

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and his colleagues and opposition day and they pick their subject it

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is virtually never on the things he says is important. This morning I

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gave him a new opposition d`y, but I bet his party still do not listen to

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him. But it has not been a great week for him anyway. He man`ged to

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turn an important debate about domestic violence about one whether

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Welsh rugby fans should sing at Tom Johnson song at the start of

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matches. He even ended up in a spat with the songwriter who said he did

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not even know what the song was about. He may love the sound of his

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own voice, but now one is lhstening to him. The roads around my

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constituency have been gridlocked due to the closure of a small

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country road used as a short cut. Ember of my constituency had to wait

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20 minutes for an ambulance due to traffic congestion. How can we get

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this bypass built so my constituents and the honourable gentleman talked

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about, up and running? I know that the department is considering road

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improvement in his area, but I know that he has an adjournment debate

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planned for next week. Can H thank the leader for announcing the

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business for the week after next. On these pensions, can be passdd on

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condolences to the family of Harry Harpam. We may have had

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disagreements initially abott sharing this bench, but we could not

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have a finer member to shear the bench with, so happy birthd`y to

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him. There is not much love coming in the way of the Leader of the

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House because we saw that rdport this morning from the public

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administration committee, and what a report it was. Hopefully thhs will

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start to see the death knell of the absurdity of Evel. A Conservative

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cheer... Can we not just adlit that this dogs breakfast has no purpose.

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It is deeply, deeply divisive. Let us call back to equality of

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membership, not division by nationality or geographic location.

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We have tried it, it failed, let us now move on. We all remember being

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told there was no such thing as Barnett formula consequenti`l is,

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and that they would be found in the estimates process. Yet we h`ve no

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difference in the way we ard debating estimates. How are we

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supposed to discuss consequdntial is when the speakers disregard it? We

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cannot find it in anything to do with the estimates. Everyond is

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working extremely hard to gdt a deal on the fiscal framework, and

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hopefully the select committee report will help find a solttion to

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the difficult and fragile conversations. There seems to be a

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real distance to go in the coming together of minds for the no

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detriment principal. What h`ppens if there is no agreement reachdd? What

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would happen to the Scotland Bill if there was no fiscal framework

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agreement met? Can he rule out. . The Leader of the House was asked

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when we made expect a debatd about Trident, and we got the usu`l

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response that it will be solething. I would hope he would rule this out.

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He is not using the chaos and crisis on this issue to play games on

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something as important as this. He will bring a critical decishon to

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this House regardless of thd mess they are in. I think he was right to

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echo the birthday wishes. Wd look back Mr Alger Cueto last sulmer to

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the mornings when the Scotthsh Nationalists and the more union

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focused members of the Labotr Party rushed for those seats until they

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had reached a peace agreement on accommodation, and happiness has

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rained on those benches ever since. He asked about English votes. The

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processes are bedded down pretty well in this House, and I h`ve to

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say that I do not accept wh`t he says about the changes we h`ve put

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in place. Ever in the manifdsto set out in detail, they are the right

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thing to do, and at the momdnt it is still the case that his

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responsibilities are very dhfferent from mine. I have a responshbility

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for issues which are the responsibility of the Scotthsh

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Government in his constituency. So it is only right we give England a

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fierce a as well. I have always regarded him as an influenthal

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member of this House but I would say that the topics for the esthmates

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debate are picked by the li`ison committee, and he is a membdr of the

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leave the -- liaison committee, so is another straight position to

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secure the debates that he wants. What went wrong? Why did he not get

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the debates he wanted? He ndeds to back to his colleagues and try

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better next time. He asked `bout what happens if the politic`l

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framework does not work. I will not understand the concept of f`ilure.

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It is in his parties interest to do the right thing for Scotland, and

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hours. I'm sure we will do that We will bring forward the meastre for

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debate in due course. In thd meantime we are enjoying thd

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spectacle of the utter chaos on the Labour benches, and even those

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doggedly determined to hang on to their jobs could avoid the reality

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that they are in total shambles While the word focuses on the crisis

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in Syria, it is too easy to overlook the unfolding crisis in Afrhca. The

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drought in Ethiopia is putthng at risk the death of a million people

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who are in desperate need of food aid. The government has responded

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but much more needs to be done. Can the House considered this as a

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matter of urgency? Given th`t we are on recess next week, will hd bring

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this matter to the attention of his right honourable friend the

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Secretary of State for International Development, to see what urgent

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relief can be brought to thdse people? All of us would reg`rd

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current situation is enormotsly distressing. Discussions have

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already taken place within government about this, the

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government is already providing ?11 million more of aid and we will

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continue to do everything wd can to alleviate this dreadful crisis. Will

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the Leader of the House makd time to debate the manifesto commitlent to

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install smart meters in every household by 2020? This movd will

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help end the prepay riff off if those customers involved in the

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roll-out. -- rip-off. We ard trying to ensure consumers get a bdtter

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deal, and we will make more of it information available soon. She may

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also want to bring this to the floor of the House to do the backbench

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business committee or through an adjournment debate. We are going

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over the top about the European debate. The only place it whll make

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a decision to stop this is the House of Commons. Can we please h`ve time

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to debate in government timd so that all members across this House can

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have a say on the EU referendum before it takes its own lifd and we

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start to get more and more hnnuendos on the front of the press. Can the

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government make some dates `vailable to discuss what we really w`nt. Can

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I congratulate him on the role he has taken up on the Council of

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Europe. This is enormously important. We will be making time

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available for a debate. The debate that takes place in this Hotse and

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country needs to be measured, based on facts and information. All this

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about Project fear and innudndo actually we have to table

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information and make arguments in a measured way so the public can make

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an informed decision before voting in the summer or whenever it is The

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backbench business committed was aware that there was a posshbility

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of getting some time, and there are number of debates we would like to

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table. But it is now only d`ys away, and we have not been told there will

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be guaranteed time for such a debate. There is an important issue

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on gangs and youth violence, but we would be wearied to table that

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unless we get think it would get a good airing. There are other debates

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that time sensitive, one on Welsh affairs which we would like to have

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close to St David's Day, and one on International women's Day, which we

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would like to have close to the 18th of March as possible. Could we get

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some undertakings about such progress? I am aware of the requests

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for those debates, and that is something we are discussing and will

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seek to find the best way of making that happen. There should bd plenty

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of time on Tuesday week, and I will be confident that there will be time

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for the debate that they. If you look back on the last few wdeks it

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has tended to work, but we will keep the matter under review. Today the

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report on the draft investigatory Powers Bill was published. This week

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we had a report by the Intelligence and Security Committee on the same

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issue. There is a lot of public interest on this. Would the Leader

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of the House ensure there is sufficient time allotted to

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consideration of what the Prime Minister have described as the most

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important part of this? Canonised breast thanks to the

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people involved in scrutinising this bill. You are quite correct, we need

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time to scrutinise this and debated. It will come in front of thhs is

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shortly and we must make sure that people have the opportunity to do

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with the issues and it fullx. The Prime Minister makes a great

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play that this is part of hhs European negotiations, does the

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reader not get embarrassed `bout the fact that a debate on Europdan

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affairs will be after these negotiations, rather than the

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government having given the properties that what this p`lm of

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things should be negotiating on I do not think, Mr Speaker that

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anyone in this House has bedn short of opportunities recently to make

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their views known across thd size. We haven't extended statement and

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opportunities for questions. I do not think that as the Prime Minister

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has gone into these negotiations he has been under any illusions that

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the differences that exist hn this House.

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I know that the Leader of the House is not going to tell us tod`y the

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date of the forthcoming deb`te vote on Trident successor submarhnes but

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can he at least tell the Hotse whether or not the government has

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made up its mind to hold thhs debate soon or whether it is deterlined to

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spin things out and told thd Labour Party Conference in October?

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Mr Speaker, as my rate on the friend the Prime Minister made cle`r

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yesterday, he will bring forward this matter for debate at an

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appropriate moment. In the leantime, perhaps we can have a debatd about

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these mysterious underwater clones which all render Trident redundant

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will come from? An Egyptian TV presenter and

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researcher hosted a religiots talk show. He was sentenced to fhve years

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in prison and hard labour. On the 2nd of February and 2016 of this

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year a court upheld his symptoms. The TV show that he posted was a way

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to debate Islamic interpret`tions which comes under freedom of

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religion or belief. They have violated their obligations by

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upholding his sentence. With the Leader of the House tell us the

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steps that this covenant is taking to secure his release?

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The honourable gentleman makes an important point, I will makd sure

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that his concerns are drawn to the attention of the Foreign Secretary,

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who will, of course, be before the sows on Tuesday beat and yot can put

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that point to him. I will m`ke sure he is aware of the concerns raised

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today. Mr Speaker, a few things upset my

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constituents, but none more so than the new housing development and

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local infrastructure and doctors and schools, the Housing Ministdr

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recently in the housing bubble emphasised the importance of local

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councils giving due consideration to impact on infrastructure, while the

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Leader of the House give a written statement from the Housing Linister

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so that local councils can have proper guidance on how to apply that

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principle? Mr Speaker, this is an important

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point, it is essential that as development takes place and we do

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need more housing Minister day, but that the resources are available

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through development schemes as well as smart local planning to dnsure

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that the appropriate infrastructure is in place. She makes an ilportant

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point and I will make sure that ministers are aware of the concerns

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she has raised. In the 70s and 80s, at least eight

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young boys in my constituency where sexually abused in homes in the

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north of Wales. The report has been on the guest of government linisters

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for at least two months. We understand some of it may bd

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redacted. If this is truly `n independent report, why is the

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government sitting upon it? Mr Speaker, I do not know the

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reasons for the timing of the report, I was setting it up in the

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first place when I held the role of Justice Secretary. I will p`y

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tribute to that distinguishdd judge who will have done the job `s

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effectively as possible. I will make sure the concern you have r`ised is

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passed to my right honourable friend, the current Justice

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Secretary, and clearly, knew we wanted to do the right things by the

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victims. Mr Speaker, you will be delhghted to

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know that at 1015 this mornhng, my petition to save the hedgehog went

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live. It can be found at a specific website, I can tell you it later.

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Stanley Odd is my right honourable friend to archrival members of this

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House to gather signatures to ensure we have a father debate on saving

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the hedgehog. I am sure that everyone of ts in the

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South Today will commend my friend for his determination to pursue this

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course and for his determin`tion to pursue the protection of a noble

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species, I congratulate him on what he is doing, the hedgehog is an

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integral part of our countrx's wildlife. It is, despite wh`t the

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Shadow Leader says, a very noble species and an important part of our

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national heritage. I commend him for the work that he is doing. H have no

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doubt that the petition comlittee when he comes forward with that

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there will be made time avahlable for a debate on that.

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My constituent received a two-week fixed penalty notice. One for

:29:27.:29:31.

exiting a car parked in front of the wrong exit, another for parking in a

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business permit to be. As a result, he was told that he had failed the

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good character requirement for British citizenship. So, cotld we

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have a debate on proportion`te decision-making in the Home Office?

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It is difficult for me to comment on the individual case, clearlx we

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would want those people who are pie for citizenship to be of good

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character, but I accept his point, the system has gone wrong b`dly

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someone must do something about it. The Home Secretary will be here on

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Monday week for oral questions, I suggest he put that question forward

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then. Will the Leader of the Housd join me

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in congratulating the University hospitals of Leicester star NHS

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Trust who opened the new di`lysis unit in Kettering? It is a state of

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the art first class ultramodern world standard kidney dialysis unit

:30:27.:30:34.

located near the centre of the town. Can we have a statement frol the

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Department of Health listing all of the new infrastructure investments

:30:39.:30:44.

in our NHS which are going to make a world of difference to patidnts who

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need them? My honourable friend makes ` very

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important point. I am sure this investment was helped on its way by

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the effectively in which he represents the tone of Kettdring.

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What I would tell them is that he highlights a very real new

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investment that is taking place around the National Health Service,

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new treatments, new equipment all as a result of the extra funding we are

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putting into the health service Something that the opposition party

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did not want to do and that the Labour Party in Wales is not doing.

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Thank you, Mr Speaker. I have a constituent, a single mother of a

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daughter. She suffers from depression, she has been di`gnosed

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with dyslexia, she had not had any benefits since July and as len at

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risk of infection having bedn sanctioned no fewer than five times.

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She has not been informed of her rights. Can the Leader of the House

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ensure that she will get a full investigation by ministers

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personally on this issue? It is difficult for me to comment on

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the individual case but of the honourable lady writes to md with

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details of it, I will pass back to the respective ministers to look at

:31:49.:31:52.

the situation. One of the challenges we will face

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over the coming years as thd need to address our skills gap, not least in

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terms of engineering. Can wd have a debate on the provision of puality

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careers advice in our schools and colleges?

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This is something that I know is a matter of great importance to the

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Education Secretary and the something that she is working on at

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the moment. My honourable friend makes an important point, ensuring a

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smooth transition from school and college into work is an essdntial

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part of securing the economhc future of this country and one of the

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things we are trying to do to strengthen that is to incre`se the

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number of apprenticeships and to make clear to young people that the

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Apprenticeship Week can be ` powerful and successful route into

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work for them. Can we have government time for a

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debate on a consultation on tips and gratuities? His colleague confirmed

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in a written answer this morning that no government response is a

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minute. One hotel chain has appeared to take a 50% cut from tips and use

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it to top up the pay of senhor managers, something describdd as

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standard industry practice. Can you in confirming this is unaccdptable

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and artist colleagues to take action?

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I have taken the view that hf someone is given a tip, thex should

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keep it or it should be shared amongst other members of st`ff. I

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know this is an issue the sdcond state takes seriously and I will

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make sure this concern is p`stor. Marston football club in my

:33:29.:33:33.

constituency established in 190 is fighting for survival, many matches

:33:34.:33:36.

have been postponed because of a flooded pitch and also the clubhouse

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was raided. This comes at a time of a record TV deal in the Prel beat

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and we have spoken about ticket pricing in the Premier Leagte. Can

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we have a debate about the finances in football to make sure th`t not

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only fans get a fair deal btt committee football clubs do as well?

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-- Premier League. My honourable friend makes an important point

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Local football clubs are an essential part of local comlittees

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and that is the case in his constituency. I will make stre that

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is passed on to my honourable friend the Sports Minister. I would

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congratulate him and those `t the club for working to raise charitable

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funds for the air ambulance service, that suggest to me that this is a

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really engaged group of people and an engaged couple trying to do the

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right thing for the local community. Today the Minister of Justice will

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publish a written statement which may close over 80 courts in England

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and Wales, surely, Mr Speakdr, a statement of this magnitude must be

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made on the floor of the Hotse so that ministers can be held to

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account. Can we have an oral statement on this following the

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recess? This is something that has been

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under consideration for somd time, the secretary of state has been here

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on several occasions, this has been raised, discussed and debatdd

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previously. It is right that the gum brings forward its conclusions to

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end this uncertainty. Thank you, Mr Speaker, so it is the

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year of the monkey this week and I fear this brings out a mystdrious

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street and people. Mr Speakdr, I am not sure if you are beer, btt you

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are a rabbit. Some traits are being gentle, elegant, alert, quick and

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kind. So please be kind to ly! The Leader of the House is indedd a

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tiger. Often known for being overindulgent, but also known for

:35:38.:35:41.

bravery. Well, you have got to be brave to go up against the diligent,

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dependable, full of strength and determination, the shadow Ldader of

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the House, our ox. Many readers may or may not know that the Ch`ncellor

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is a tag. Sorry, he is a pack. But I will be that there and simply ask

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that the Leader of the Housd joins the two wish my Chinese Jim Eadie,

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who are enjoying celebrations this weekend with a happy Chinesd New

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Year. That night he is a kite. - he is a termite.

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Yes, I would join and wish `ll Chinese members of committeds across

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Britain a happy New Year. I must say that I would rather be a tiger than

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an aux! Yesterday I collected the stpply

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estimates which despite running to 700 pages describes itself `s a

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booklet. Can the Minister tdll me what opportunities as a member of

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Scotland, I will have to debate and amend the specifics of this booklet

:36:55.:36:58.

if I think it has Barnett Formula consequential strike Eagle

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legislation and what is the deadline for tabling those?

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This is a matter for the Li`ison Committee. His honourable friend

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sitting next to him as on that committee, I can't be wrong person

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to ask. Thank you, Mr Speaker. Everx day we

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see tragic pictures of people fleeing the horror of Aleppo. We see

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anxiety building as they ard refused entry into Turkey. We fear that they

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will make their way across the Mediterranean into Europe. Can we

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have one day of debate on the international crisis that is facing

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the world, flooding out of Serbia and how we take responsibilhty for

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the crisis that is largely being treated by the Assad regime and

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Russia? I think all of us see what hs

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happening in Aleppo and are distressed. We want to see peace in

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that country. As you will know, the secretary of state was in this House

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at the beginning of this wedk, addressing this issue. We whll

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continue to put substantial amounts of aid into Serbia and the

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surrounding areas. She will know that the recent Serie A conference

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in London raised more money in windy than any previous event of hts kind.

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I can assure her that in so far as possible for us to do so, this

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country will do all that we can to facilitate peace in Syria and the

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reconstruction of that country and the opportunity for people to return

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to their homes. -- Syria. Many of us were critical of the

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World Health Organisation in its slowness in dealing with thd Ebola

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virus disaster in west Africa. There is another crisis emerging from

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Brazil, the Zika virus. It hs spreading throughout South @merica

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and beyond. Could we have an urgent debate on this Zika virus and what

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the impact that is good to have on the rest of the world, and can be

:38:53.:38:58.

large the W H all and other great charities that did step into the

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beach to act on a ball at qtickly and act now.

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This is still a matter of great international concern. The tragedy

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coming from South America, the impact on pregnant women and babies,

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it is enormously distressing. The government will do all it c`n to

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help play a role to tackle this crisis. I have no doubt that my

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right honourable friends, the Foreign Secretary and the... I am

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sure they will do everything they can to make sure there is an

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appropriate response. During last week's debate on violence against

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women, there was a comment `bout discussing human rights -- women's

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writes, is there any date on this matter, and Kenny asked the

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Secretary of State -- can hd asked the Secretary of State by the gizmo

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update if not. I will make sure the Minister is aware of the concern

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that has been raised. The British Retail Consortium's crime rdport for

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2014 - 2015 found that therd were 24 issues of violence and abusd power

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1000 employees, that is up from the previous year. -- for the two

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issues. Can we have an urgent debate about this an acceptable level of

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violence against a retail workers? Any violence against the retail

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worker is unacceptable. The police have many powers to deal with them,

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and to charge and prosecute, and I hope the police would see this as an

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important area to take action. Double secretary will be here on

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Monday week, so she is welcome to also raise this with her. The Leader

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of the House will probably be aware that within very short order we have

:41:20.:41:27.

had two debates in Westminster regarding the Lubavitch downgrading

:41:28.:41:31.

of assets, and allegations of collusion between banks,

:41:32.:41:43.

receivers... In the case of my constituent,... Over ten cross-party

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MPs have written to the seldct committee chaired to ask if he will

:41:47.:41:53.

look at this urgently. I have also asked the Serious Fraud Offhce to

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have a meeting. Is it not thme for a debate on this matter and for the

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Serious Fraud Office to invdstigate these very serious allegations? I am

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not aware of these allegations, but he will have our response from the

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select committee. It is also a matter that the business department

:42:22.:42:24.

should be aware of, and I whll make sure they are. A warning given by a

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senior Japanese industrialist that the continuing financial fi`sco of

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Hinkley point is damaging the reputation of Britain

:42:39.:42:40.

internationally and threatening further investment. Can we recognise

:42:41.:42:47.

the problems are terminal and changed to practical technology of

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tidal power, that is clean, British, free and eternal? Well, as he knows,

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the government's policy is not to put all eggs in one basket. We have

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done more than any government regarding renewable energy, but we

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believe we need a mix of generation in the future, and that will include

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nuclear. Is a point that, c`n I ask the Leader of the House of the

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government intends to make ` statement or hold a debate hn

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government time on the contradictory statements he is making in relation

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to the government's and the trade union Bill. I am referring to the

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aforementioned letter for the Minister of skills and qualhties,

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which is in contrast with the answer he provided to me on the 2nd of

:43:41.:43:44.

February, saying there would be no concessions on facility timd in

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check. Could the Leader of the House tell us what was his answer to this,

:43:53.:43:56.

or is that also the exclusive property of the Socialist worker

:43:57.:44:02.

newspaper? The issues will be discussed in the other placd and in

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this place, and we have to wait until then to debate them.

:44:07.:44:17.

The shadow Leader of the Hotse is right, we need a debate on good

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governance. Need to weighing up the decisions for that settlement. In a

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society that is free, able to express individual views, none of us

:44:35.:44:39.

seek to gather relatives, even if they agree with us. Can we have a

:44:40.:44:46.

debate about the operation of the child maintenance regulations? I

:44:47.:44:50.

have a constituent whose 17,year-old daughter has moved out of the family

:44:51.:44:55.

home into a third-party property against the will of the famhly, and

:44:56.:44:59.

they have no requested a cl`im of child maintenance against that

:45:00.:45:10.

family. This is an immenselx complex area but most of us who havd been in

:45:11.:45:14.

this House for a long period of time had extensively experienced

:45:15.:45:18.

frustrations with. We all sdek to bring individual cases to the

:45:19.:45:23.

relevant authorities and we will continue to do so, and I am

:45:24.:45:26.

confident the ministers will do their best to ensure the regime in

:45:27.:45:30.

place will deal with the ch`llenges they face in the tragic sittations

:45:31.:45:39.

around family breakdown. On the 21st of January I asked for the Leader of

:45:40.:45:44.

the House to get the meeting the prime Minister promised with my

:45:45.:45:49.

constituents regarding the scandal of the baby Ashes. I have hdard

:45:50.:45:57.

nothing. I also asked the Mhnister for Justice and the 26th of January,

:45:58.:46:03.

and I have not heard from hdr either. Politicians need to keep

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their promises, and we would like this meeting. I have checked on this

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and I think she has possiblx misinterpreted the response. If the

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ministerial meeting has not come through I will follow it today. The

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flooding in your was devast`ting for so many because so many could not

:46:28.:46:33.

afford insurance. The government still have not applied for the EU

:46:34.:46:38.

Solidarity fund. Can we havd an urgent statement as to why that has

:46:39.:46:42.

not taken place and what progress is being made? The government's

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approach is being trying to get finance on those who need it

:46:50.:46:54.

quickly, rather than complicated bidding processes. If you look at

:46:55.:46:58.

the amounts of money providdd, I think we have done the right thing.

:46:59.:47:06.

Last Saturday marked the 126th anniversary of the landmark colliery

:47:07.:47:08.

disaster in my constituency in which a number of men and boys lost their

:47:09.:47:17.

lives. Can we have a debate on the sacrifices made by miners and their

:47:18.:47:23.

families and communities ovdr generations? There is no dotbt that

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mining communities played a huge role in this country. They provided

:47:29.:47:33.

the energy which kept this country going for decades. I am glad that

:47:34.:47:38.

today we can provide energy sources from a variety of different areas so

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we do not have too subject those workers to those conditions today.

:47:45.:47:50.

Order. Statement, the Secretary of State for health, Secretary Jeremy

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Hunt. Nearly three years ago today the government first sat down with

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the British Medical Association to negotiate a contract for junior

:48:07.:48:10.

doctors. Both sides agreed that the current arrangements drawn tp in

:48:11.:48:15.

1999 were not fit for purpose. And that the system of paying for a

:48:16.:48:18.

unsociable hours was unfair. Under the existing contact, Dutch

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contract, doctors can receive different pay for different

:48:28.:48:29.

unsociable hours. Doctors p`ying nights can be paid the same as those

:48:30.:48:32.

who

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