25/02/2016 Business Questions


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and the support given to local to deliver immediately for their


immediate needs and recovery following thereafter. We have


continued to make funds available to do it, we have made that commitment


and we will stick to it. Business question, Mr Chris Bryant. Will the


Leader of the House give us the future business? Mr Speaker, next


week, Monday the 29th of February, we will start with a motion to


approve a statutory instrument relating to the European Union


referendum and there will then be an opposition half day debate on the


UK's steel industry. Tuesday the 1st of March will be the first allotted


day of estimates. There will be a debate on the foreign Commonwealth


Office and the 2015 Spending Review, followed by a debate on the reform


of the police spending for Miller. On the 2nd of March, the second


allotted this village today for estimates, followed by a debate upon


end of life car. The House will then be asked to agree all outstanding


estimates, followed by proceedings on the appropriation and adjustments


bill. Further details will be in the report. That may if necessary be


considered by of loot followed by considerations of Lords amendments.


On the 3rd of March, a debate on the motion of gangs and serious youth


violence, followed by a general debate on Welsh affairs, subjects


brought forward by the backbench business committee. On the 4th of


March, we will be considering Private members alter macro bills.


The provisional business for the week commencing the seventh of will


include a second reading of the policing and crime Bill. The 8th of


March, remaining stages of the enterprise Bill, Lords, day one,


followed by a debate on the motion for International Women's Day,


determined by the backbench business committee. On the 9th of March, we


have the conclusion of the remaining stages of the enterprise Bill,


Lords. Followed, if necessary, by consideration of Lords amendments.


On the 10th of March, consideration in committee and remaining stages of


the Northern Ireland Stormont agreement and implementation plan


Bill, followed by business to be nominated by the business backbench


committee. On the 11th of March, Private members bills. I would also


like to inform the House that the business in Westminster Hall for the


3rd of March and the 7th of March will be on the third, a debate on


the offshore oil gas industry, and on the 7th of March, relating to


income thresholds relating to non-EU citizens and settling in the UK. As


I'm sure you are away... Aware, rather! It has not started very


well, has it? As I'm sure you are aware, today is Saint Ethelbert's


day. I hope you are not confusing him with the other Saint Ethelbert,


King of East Anglia, or any of the other Anglo-Saxon saints like, sent


birth, or sex Wolf, who was the Bishop of Murcia who founded Peter


Borren Abbey. -- Peterborough Abbey. It is particularly relevant today


that we commemorate Saint Ethelbert, that is because it was the first


king to establish laws in this land planning back banning blood feuds. I


suspect the ad campaign and the Conservative Party have need of him.


When George Galloway turn up at an ad campaign, half the room left.


Nigel Farage thing sad Michael Gove and Boris Johnson are too clever by


half and has sacked all of his deputies and the Prime Minister is


furious with the Justice Secretary for saying his deal on the EU isn't


legally binding. The Johnsons are engaged in a full-blown family bust


of Adam mayor of London seems to be feuding with himself. Only this


month he wrote that leaving would mean diverting energy from the real


problems of the country but now he wants to do precisely that. Not so


much veering around like a shopping trolley, more off his trolley, if


you ask me. The Prime Minister and the mayor maintained that they are


still friends. Well, as Saint Ethelbert might have said, greater


love has no man for himself than this, that a man lay down his friend


for a chance of getting his job. Talking, Mr Speaker, of mother's


advise, my mother told me three things. First, if it is free, take


two. Second, never take a man home who is wearing a hat until you have


seen him without the hat. And third, much more important I see the Leader


of the House agrees with that one... And third, never trust a man wearing


slip on shoes. I merely point out... I merely point out, Mr Speaker, that


the Prime Minister was wearing slip on shoes yesterday. Now, Mr Speaker,


now we know the referendum period will run from the 15th of April to


the 23rd of June... Do keep calm. Now we know that the referendum


period will run from the 15th of April two the 23rd of June, would it


not make sense for the Queen's Speech to be delayed until after the


referendum in late June or early July? And secondly, the House did


not sit in the immediate run-up to the referendums in 1975 and 2014


because they coincided with normal recess dates, but should we not do


the same in relation to this referendum in June, rise on the 16th


of June and return on the 27th of June? I know what you're thinking,


Mr Speaker, the Government's business is so threadbare, halal


nerd could we keep this session going all the way through to July --


how on earth? I have a suggestion, the Government could just hand the


rest of the business over to us. We could first of all abolished the


Bedroom Tax, secondly save our steel, repeal the gerrymandering of


Parliamentary boundaries and force Google to pay their fair share of


tax. Just as the French Socialist Government are doing, who are


charging Google ?1.3 billion in tax as opposed to this shabby little


Tory Government who are letting them get away with a 10th of that, ?130


million. Now, Mr Speaker, I welcome that nearly St David's day debate


next week on Welsh affairs. It will give members a chance to welcome the


750 new jobs just announced by Aston Martin thanks to the work of the


Labour Government in the National Assembly and to point out that


cancer survival rates have improved faster in Wales than anywhere else


in the UK and most importantly, to congratulate subzero, whose new ice


cream parlour in the Rhondda has served 10,000 customers in just 11


days, proving that all those blasted migrants who came to the valleys


from Italy in the 19th century did us a big favour by giving us


properly copy and the best ice cream in the country. -- Coffey. Isn't it


time that you made sure we had Subzero here in Westminster? I also


welcome the International Women's Day debate on the 8th of March, when


I hope we can raise important questions such as the horrifying


statistic that violent crime, including domestic violence, has


risen by 23% in south Wales in recent years. However, Mr Speaker,


can we have a statement from the DCM as secretary on the Dame Janet Smith


review into sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile? Something was terribly,


terribly wrong at the BBC for a long, long time. Staff knew what was


going on but were terrified to say anything. Auntie lost her wake,


children were abused and the victims were badly let down -- lost their


way. We must make sure this never, ever happens again. Private Acts of


Parliament, as you know, have been published on archival paper rather


than vellum since 1956 and now the House of Lords has recommended that


public acts follow suit is to save money. As you will recall, our


administration committee published a report agreeing with the Lords and


the Leader of the House agreed with the report that the members all tee


estimate committee you chaired on the 2nd of November. Yet during the


recess, for some bizarre reason, the Minister for the Cabinet of us stuck


his oar in saying he was going to pay to keep on using vellum. But


this is a Parliamentary decision, it has nothing to do with the


Government or frankly the Cabinet Office, so should the leader... Will


the leader please tell the Cabinet Office to butt out and will he allow


a vote on this so that all members can then make their views known?


If I was the shadow leader, I do not think I would have picked today to


bring up the issue of the European Union referendum. All Labour MPs on


Saturday are being asked to take to the streets to campaign to keep


Britain in the European Union. You may not be surprised that on the


side there are campaigners to leave the European Union. And what about


the Leader of the Opposition? He is going on a CND antinuclear march.


Even though his deputy said yesterday he will vote to keep it.


You really could not make it up. Another two weeks have passed, the


shadow leader is still in his place, Stella Read up member of the Jeremy


Corbyn Fanclub. I knew his leader was a disciple of Marx, I did not


know he was. Not Karl Marx, Groucho Marx, who said these are my


principles. If you do not like them I have others. He asked a question


about the Queen's Speech and the flow of business. I can assure him


that this House will continue to consider the extreme important --


extremely important that agenda that we have brought forward, and we will


have a further second reading in ten days, on reforms of the police Bill.


Will bring forward the investigatory Powers Bill. He need have no fears


that this government has a strong agenda for this country and we will


continue to it. He raised the question of Aston Martin. I am


delighted about Aston Martin's decision in Wales, it is good news


for the people in Wales and the United Kingdom, and as a tribute to


the way the country is being run. It is good news for the economic


climate, which is why big and small businesses are investing in this


country. I agree with what he said about the report at the BBC, about


what has been said this morning. What to lace was clearly shopping.


Lessons need to be learned, not just in the BBC but in -- what took place


was shocking. We must not think this could not happen today, and we must


make sure it never happens today. Secretary of State will be here on


Thursday and he will want to discuss the issue then. On the question of


Belle, it is a question for the House of Lords, and they will reach


the final decision. -- vellum. For beer drinkers, the ?6, you can now


drink your favourite paint out of a Jeremy Corbyn glass. I do not know


if the shadow Minister has it, but he will be rushing out to buy one.


What he did not do this morning is ask for the debate on the public


spending in the economy, perhaps because he agrees with the former


Shadow Chancellor that the approach for public spending is to place all


the faith in a magic money tree, promising to reverse every cut and


spend, spend, spend. Can we wish a happy birthday to the former Shadow


Chancellor, Ed Balls. I never imagined the Labour Party would miss


him so much. I'm sure the Scottish Nationalists could be excluded, but


I am sure the shadow leader can join me in congratulating Wales in their


victory over Scotland in the six Nations over the recess period. I


did still hear the tone is of Delilah coming from the fans.


Obviously the Welsh bands pay no more attention to what the shadow


leader says than anyone here does. -- the Welsh fans. On Monday, the


Minister said the government would be publishing more documents


relating to the European Union. Can my right honourable friend tell the


House what those documents are likely to be, when they are going to


be published, and can he guarantee that those documents will be subject


to independent audit scrutiny by the House? This House will have plenty


opportunity discuss what has been and will be published. Anything


published by the government will have to go through the appropriate


checking by the civil service and are subject to all the rules set out


in the European referendum debate. Can I thank the Leader of the House


for announcing the business for next week. I think it would be


appropriate to congratulate Adele for her BRIT Awards last night, and


for Coldplay for becoming the winner of the most BRIT Awards. We have


been short-changed here. We have heard a business statement from the


outside of the Cabinet, but there is no statement from inside the


Cabinet. Leader of the House has got this opportunity to spread his


pernicious no agenda for the next hour and a half. When will we hear


the business statement from inside? This week marked the end of


collective Cabinet responsibility, particularly for the next few


months. The nasty civil war in the Tories is starting to get serious.


It looks like the poor Justice Secretary will be first for the bit.


I do not know whether the honourable gentleman will rush to his defence


to save him, but even friendships that go right back to the playing


fields of Eton... It is time for popcorn as we observe a civil war in


the Tory party and the ongoing civil war in the Labour Party. I am going


to do something radical on Tuesday. It is not announcing Univision


participation, I will do something much more radical. On the debate


about the estimates, I am going to attempt to debate the estimates. --


Eurovision. I have had some conversation with the clerics, and


it is more than likely I will be ruled out of order for attempting to


debate the estimates. One thing you have not to debate on estimates they


is the estimates! What other place in the world other than this absurd


House can this possibly be the case? Just to remind the House what the


estimates are. This is the consolidated spend of departments of


this nation. We have no opportunity to debate this. During the debates,


and the Leader of the House will remember this, during the debate


about English votes for English laws, he made a weird to ask that


all issues of Barnet consequential is where to be bound up in the


debate about the estimates. You would be right and proper to rule me


out of order, but we have two end this absurd notion that we cannot


even debate the departmental bend within the House. We have a deal on


fiscal framework this week, and everyone is delighted. I would want


to congratulate First Minister for stopping the Treasury trying to


peddle Scotland out of ?7 billion. -- diddle. But where will this end?


I do not mind scrutiny of the fiscal framework, I think that is right and


proper, but can the Leader of the House rule out today that this House


will not have a veto in the fiscal agreement that the fiscal framework


was agreed by this House and with the Scottish Government? Lastly, I


do not know if he is on speaking terms with his no longer friend, the


right honourable member, the Prime Minister, but if he is, could he


please stay to him to please stay away from Scotland -- say to him,


please stay away from Scotland? We value our European membership in


Scotland, so please stay away. In the meantime there is invitation to


the Justice Secretary, the Leader of the House and the Mayor of London to


come to Scotland any time. I am coming to Scotland and about ten


days, and I will look forward to whipping up support for the


Conservative campaign that I think has a really good chance of


consigning the Labour Party to third place in the Scottish elections,


which would give us enormous pleasure, but I have a sneaking


suspicion that might give the honourable gentleman leisure as


well. This may surprise some, but we have the same view on Europe. I want


him to succeed in the Eurovision Song Contest. Whether it is this


year, whether it is next year, I want to see MP for go all the way.


There is even a new scoring system that might give the British entry a


better chance. If at first you do not succeed, keep trying. We are


with him all the way. I hate to disappoint him on the European


referendum. He will not find any nastiness, because we're all friends


and get on with each other. LAUGHTER


The differences, they all hate each other, split down the middle.


That is the Labour Party. We are going to have a grown-up, sensible


debate, the country will decide and then we will work together to


implement what the country decides. In the meantime they will run around


like headless chickens to work out what they do about the mess they are


in at the moment. On the estimates issue, I remind him that he is a


member of the liaison committee, which has estimates they've at its


disposal to decide what subject to debate and consider. He may have


lost the argument in the liaison committee, or maybe he did not bring


it forward, but we decide what is to be debated on these two days, and if


they choose not to debate a particular issue, that is up to


them. There will be other times to raise issues regarding public


spending. In the Scotland Bill, we are delighted agreement has been


reached on fiscal framework, and it is progressing through the other


place. I think all of us want to get it on the statute bill, so we are


seen to have fulfilled the promises we made at the time of the


referendum in implementing all of the recommendations of the Smith


report. Regarding the Prime Minister, I am sure he will be


spending time in Scotland campaigning for the Conservative


victory at the Scottish elections in May. It has been a criminal offence


to shine a laser at an aircraft since 2010, but over the last five


and a half years there have been nearly 9000 incidents of lasers


being aimed at military and civilian, mostly civilian, aircraft.


Can we have a debate on what more the government can do to protect


civilian and military aircraft, protecting passengers and pilots,


making sure is that -- making sure that the skies are safe to fly in?


He raises an important point. It is a matter of great concern,


particularly the recent incident of an aeroplane turning back after a


laser attack. None of us would wish to see an aviation disaster as a


result of this behaviour. Transport Secretary will be


week. I will make sure he is aware of the concerns today, but my


honourable friend can raise this as well. Lord Adonis made his most


interesting promise suggesting that the government should prioritise a


number of early investments in the railway infrastructure. I have


proposed changes to various lines, and others will no doubt have the


wrong proposals. So could the leader make time for an early full debate


on railway investment? I have a lot of sympathy with what he says and


Lord Adonis says. One of the things that characterised the approach of


the government is that it also characterised the railways since


privatisation, we have seen the opening of new stations, the


reopening of new lines, and we have seen a second route open from London


to Oxford. This is a sign for a flourishing industry that we want to


see grow and develop. The Secretary of State will be here in ten days to


make that point. But we believe in the future of the railways. Is the


Leader of the House aware that the renegotiation package for the EU


referendum is based on an international agreement? It lacks


the enforcement mechanisms of both EU and domestic law. Is it correct


that any such agreement must conform to EU law and to the extent that it


doesn't, then EU law will prevail? This is a matter that will be


subject to lively debate this afternoon and over the coming weeks.


I would simply say that the view of the Attorney General is that the


agreement reached in Brussels last week is indeed legally binding on


all members of the European Union. The leader will be aware that I have


written to him on this issue. Earlier this week we saw very


important debate on knife crime and gang crime being bumped by


government business and urgent questions and a statement. We have


rescheduled that debate for next Thursday, 3rd of March. On the 8th


of March, we have international women's day and a debate sponsored


by the backbench business committee. I am wondering if the Leader of the


House would allow us protected time so that such an eventuality would


not happen on that occasion, particularly since international


women's day debate is time specific because the 8th of March is


International women's Day. On a second issue, many hundreds of


thousands of people are now missing from electoral registers around the


country. Yesterday the Office of National Statistics found on what


size constituencies should be by population. That is also a drive for


people to register which is the referendum for the European Union. I


wondered if he would take back to the Cabinet question of whether the


boundary commission should be put on hold to see if these hundreds of


thousands of people who have not registered will registered in time


for the referendum then boundaries can be drawn up on the real elect of


it rather than it was in December. -- electorate.


Well, on those two points, I will take away his point about


International Women's Day, as it is time sensitive that day that I


continue to bear in mind what he has asked the bird protected time. At


the moment, it doesn't feel as though there was a long pipeline of


debate is being delayed -- about the protected time. I think it was


better that the debate was moved rather than severely curtailed. With


regards to boundaries, the Boundary Commission takes place over two


years and there will be plenty of time for the Boundary Commission to


adapt and indeed for individual members to come back and make


representations for changes if they do not believe the particular


situation is right, the particular recommendation is correct. And I


hear the Shadow leader chuntering in his place as usual, I hope from his


point of view that his members in the Rhondda, like him -- members of


the Rhondda like him as much as his backbenchers do whether it


determines him getting a seat in the changes or not. I was perturbed


today to hear that BBC Radio Foyle Clive could be moved to online


content only. -- 5 Live. Whilst it would relieve the nation of


colleagues in the House playing Kiss, Marry Or Avoid, it could


otherwise the notion an outstanding news and sports broadcaster, so


could we hold a debate in this place to address the need for the BBC to


be continued to be funded as befits the nation's broadcaster. Of course,


the subject of the BBC charter renewal is a very live one at the


moment, many of us have had about it. It is the Government's view that


we want to preserve the BBC as a high-quality public service


broadcaster but it will be a matter for the BBC to decide how best to


deploy its resources and we have to make sure that given the fact it is


a levy on household from all different circumstances up and down


the country that the BBC operates in a cost-effective way and keeps the


licence fee as low as possible. I notice that the leader of the has


failed to respond to my honourable friend's very sensible suggestion


that the recess and the Queen's Speech be scheduled in order to take


account of the EU referendum. Can the Leader of the House give a


proper response, especially given that the outcome of the referendum


itself could have a major impact on the legislative programme? The point


I made in my remarks as this Government has a full programme and


will continue to have a full programme. It is important that we


do not allow the EU referendum to divert us from the very important


task of governing the country. We will continue to deliver the right


solutions for the country and continue to bring forward the right


legislation for the country and of course, we will consider how best to


ensure that honourable members have the right opportunity to participate


in the referendum. We also need to make sure the doubling of the


country is not diverted by what is happening. My constituents Mr and Mr


Vaughan have been waiting for years for an assessment of their


continuing health care costs for a deceased relative, despite an


assurance that the CCG had made attempts with extra resources to


clear backlog. Could I ask the Leader of the House, will he make


time for a statement from the Secretary of State help on the


delays to retrospective see -- CHC assessments, because it is causing


much distress. My honourable friend speaks with his customary


effectiveness of behalf of his constituents and I know it affects a


number of constituents down the country and I will make sure the


Health Secretary is aware of the concerns he has raised and to reply


to him. What is the Leader of the House's view of the legal status of


the Prime Minister's European agreement? Does he agree with his


successor as Justice Secretary, or does he agree with the Attorney


General, whose view he mentioned earlier? It was the only Lord


Chancellor not to be a lawyer, he is therefore at an advantage on terms


of plain speaking. So who does he agree with? The Justice Secretary or


the Attorney General? Well, Mr Speaker, fortunately I am not a


lawyer and will not give the honourable gentleman legal advice. I


will say what I said earlier, it is the view of the Attorney General on


behalf of the Government that has legal force but I am sure it will be


a matter of lively debate in the weeks ahead. The Leader of the House


will no doubt be aware that over a very short time span, to separate


debate in Westminster Hall over very serious allegations of collusion


between banks to undervalue and seize assets. Numerous other cases


have come to light and more than ten cross-party MPs have written to the


Chair of Business, Innovation and Skills committee asking to


investigate. In my constituency, this involved Barclays Bank and has


led to one of my constituents losing everything he has worked for over


many years, including his house. Is it their four-time pro debate on the


floor of the House on these matters and whether the Government needs to


act to ensure the is upheld? -- is it therefore time? My honourable


friend is working hard on behalf of his constituents but I cannot


comment on the details of the allegations. The solicitor general


address Westminster Hall on this earlier this month and he is well


aware of the conclusions reached from reports. If he is on bag of


loot of the view that the remit of the SFO should be broadened to take


matters further, we could possibly look to bring back to the floor


debate on the broader remit of the SFO and other organisations to


investigate matters like this. Is the Leader of the House aware that


Huddersfield, a large university town, is likely, if the clinical


commissioning group and the Government has its way, will be one


of the only large towns to have no accident emergency facility within


five miles of the town? Would he agree that an early debate on what


is going on with clinical commissioning groups, what is going


on with this pressure on the Health Service when the Prime Minister,


during the General Election, said he would preserve A in the towns and


cities of this country? Of course, this is something that has affected


my own constituency where there has been debate for a while. What we


have done is entrusted local doctors with decision-making about the


configuration of services and certainly in my own area, it was the


view of local doctors that prevailed over plans for reconfiguration 18


months ago, so it really is going to be down to his local GPs and those


who control commissioning in the area to decide what the


configuration is. My advice, having been through this, is make sure he


has discussed the issue with them and brought forward their views


because that made the big difference in my area. Mr Speaker, you may like


to know that my petition to save the hedgehog has now reached over 19,000


signatures since it was launched two weeks ago. I am fully aware that


this is just 80,000 short of us having a debate but would my right


honourable friend like to just confirmed that because it has got


over 10,000, the Government now has the right to me to say what it is


they might actually do? -- has the right to me. I congratulate my


honourable friend on his assiduous nose, he will receive a proper


response from the Government and I have a sneaking suspicion he may


make his way towards the 100,000 point to have a debate in this


House, but of course we have had this week a cautionary tale linking


some of the things that somehow appear at this session. We took


those super foods, black puddings, berries, but we have learned that if


you feed meat to hedgehogs, it can have a rather adverse effect, as we


saw in the tragic case of the hedgehog that has become so fat from


eating meat, it can't even roll itself up. We are all better


informed than we were. Thank you Mr Speaker. My constituent and


bombardier James Simpson sadly lost both legs in Afghanistan and has


since inspired people by becoming the first double amputee to do an


obstacle challenge. He and other brave injured servicemen have found


that the NHS is not able to cope with their artificial limbs. Could


we have a statement from the Secretary of State for Health as to


how the NHS will solve this and come up with a better plan for how we


help our brave servicemen and women? I wasn't aware of this and those who


have served this country, those who have lost limbs in the service of


this country, are people who we should all admire and without


reserve and some of the achievements we have seen by those who have been


injured in this way since they have returned from the front line have


been simply awe-inspiring. I wasn't aware of the problem he has brought


to the House today. My colleague the Secretary of State is here on Monday


for defence but I will also make sure the health Department is aware


of the concerns he has raised and respond to him. I hope the whole


house without vote to join me in congratulating the Mayorova London,


the honourable member for Uxbridge and south voice live, for his very


wise decision, much-publicised this week, to name Crossrail the


Elizabeth line to commemorate the Queen's 90th birthday. My patriotic


residents in the village of Worthington would also like to


commemorate this event but have been hit by the County Council with a


?400 bill for road closure. Could we have a statement for the guide to


County Council to waive such charges as we did during the Jubilee? Well,


first of all, I was also delighted about the decision to name Crossrail


the Elizabeth line, it is a fitting tribute to a magnificent monarch, as


she approaches her 90th birthday and we should all celebrate the things


she has done for this country. Mr Speaker, I think in terms of the


celebrations we will be seeing this summer, I hope local authorities


will be wise and sensible and will be encouraging communities to come


together to celebrate them and I have to say this has been the week


in which my honourable friend the Mayorova London has shown great


wisdom. The North Middlesex Hospital on the 19th of February, more than


100 point patients were informed over the tannoy, please go home


unless you have a life-threatening illness. Of course, they would have


to self diagnose to make that decision. Some patients had been


waiting on trolleys for more than five hours with no cubicle space and


no beds to go to, while dozens were on a waiting room, faced with a


weight of over eight hours to be seen. Now, this is a crisis in A


provision, certainly for Enfield and Haringey, and I think it is wider


spread than that. It is entirely predictable, particularly given that


the Government closed the A at Chase farm in 2013. Many of my


constituents were sat waiting that night and are outraged at this


situation. Can we have an early debate in Government time about the


A crisis affecting Enfield and Haringey and generally wider? I


don't know about the individual circumstance. Clearly, pressures on


A ebb and flow depending on local circumstance, particularly on this


time of year but what I would say is this is one reason we continue to


put additional funding into the NHS and I simply remember the former


Health Secretary argued that putting more money into the NHS was not the


right thing to do. I am sure the House will agree with me that you


don't discuss Europe enough in this place and therefore, my helpful


suggestion is that we alter the business of the House and have a


weekly EU Question Time and my prejudice is the Leader of the House


and says these questions. It would give me the opportunity to ask, for


instance, should the British people in their wisdom leave the European


Union? Would it be right that it would be this Government that would


decide, for instance, the VAT rate on sanitary towels? It is certainly


correct that the VAT on sanitary tolls is imposed by the European


Union -- sanitary towels. I suspect it would not be enforced by this


Government. The one debate I would love to have is with the Shadow


leader: he is the one person who bitterly regretted that we didn't


join the euro. Can the leader of his has cast his mind back to business


questions on the 28th of January? You may recall he failed to answer a


question from the Shadow leader for details of how he was going to


arrange Parliamentary scrutiny of changes Cabinet office were


intending to introduce for local Government and procurement


guidelines for public institutions. He will also know that since then,


the Minister for the Cabinet Office has decided to announce the second


of those changes last week. Not to this House, but to Israel and a


joint press conference -- with Benjamin Netanyahu. The difference


between what the Cabinet sees as the target those guidelines and official


Foreign Office advice regarding risk to business and legal action in the


occupied territories, we are still waiting to hear how all of this can


be scrutinised. So will the leader arrange for the Minister of the


Cabinet Office finally to come to this House, make a statement and


answer questions. He will be here on the 9th of March to make questions.


You have been very fulsome in granting opportunities to member of


this House who have concerns to bring forward urgent questions. But


I can't remember this subject been brought forward as an urgent


question so perhaps it isn't that urgent. When I heard from a


constituent of mine that she had gone elsewhere in the country to


volunteer as part of her Duke of Edinburgh award, I was, like I am


sure, all honourable members, delighted at her commitment to this


award scheme and volunteering. I was less pleased by the fact that she


had to pay a rather large sum for her rail ticket and then she


discovered afterwards that by splitting her tickets, she could


quite legally have paid a lot less. Could we have a debate on how this


could be much more publicised and whether rail companies should be


obliged to show the cheapest possible way of getting from to B


version The rail minister would be in


agreement with what he says and is working to achieve that. All of us


who travel by train find some bizarre structures of fares, finding


that first-class fares are lower than standard class. It would be


much easier if the information was available to the public of the


cheapest way to travel. You will be aware that several times I have


called for us to have a debate on youth violence, and my honourable


member advised us to go to the backbench business committee. I was


really pleased that the backbench business committee brought forward a


debate on this. However, deeply disappointed that the time was not


given to that this Tuesday. Many colleagues of mine came to the


gallery to watch the debate, who were not able to engage in it. How


are you going to ensure that next Thursday the time is protected and


we debate this very, very important issue? It is a very important issue,


and it was unfortunate on Tuesday that there was an extended statement


on Monday from the Prime Minister, and the volume of additional


subjects that people wanted to bring before the House, the debate ended


up being squeezed out. We will make sure there is an opportunity to


bring it back. When it comes back on that Thursday, it is much less


likely to be under pressure than it was on Tuesday. This week has seen


the welcome news that a trust has secured planning permission for the


first state-sponsored Hindu through school. In Harrow, a school has


secret approval, which will make sure people in Harrow will have a


faith -based education if that's what they want for their children.


Could be arranged for a debate in the House on the importance of faith


-based education so parents can choose the education for children


that they wish? I would congratulate all of those who have succeeded in


bringing forward these new plans. It has always been my view that faith


-based education is an important place that has an important place in


our society, and while it is important that faith -based school


is not a school of one faith, my experience is that the ethos it


brings is a high-quality of education, and it is very exciting.


I'm sure he will take advantage of the opportunity express to the


Secretary of State shortly how important this work is. The


government has amended its own enterprise Bill to include


provisions on Sunday trading. Can the leader please explain how


backbenchers who are concerned about the Evel status being introduced to


make representations within the standing orders concerning the


effect of new proposals made by the government? These proposals will be


subject to debate in committee, and if members choose to do so, on the


floor of the House, but the advice he seeks is best obtained from the


clerics. Can we have a minister make a statement to explain what action


the government is taking to protect holders of the Lloyds bank enhanced


capital is and forced early redemption? Several constituents


have contacted me to say they have been forced to close this. It has


had a great effect on their planned income, and they have received


little protection on the financial -- from the financial authority. I


am aware of these concerns and he is doing his usual effective job on


behalf of his constituents. It is good with the re-met to do the job


in a matter like this. The Treasury ministers on Monday have ultimate


responsibility of setting the re-met of the authority. The Leader of the


House may be aware of the horrible murder of a man in Egypt's, who is


much missed in Cambridge where he was carrying out academic duties. I


urge him to impress on the Egyptian authorities what has gone on. Can we


discuss the situation in Egypt's soon? This was a horrible incident,


and as a sign that although Egypt's is a great country, there are still


some significant challenges for it. I will make sure the Foreign


Secretary is reminded of these concerns, and I'm sure the


government will set out an opportunity to discuss this in the


near future. Tomorrow I will attend the residents meeting in Cleethorpes


accompanied by the Humberside Police Commissioner. The Commissioner has


been effective in representing its constituents. Could we have the


debate on the role of the Commissioner and how the powers may


be extended? He will always have a fond place in the conservative


lexicon as the man who beat John Prescott. It is a matter of huge


disappointment on that side of the House. The Deputy Leader is not a


fan. But we will always regard him fondly. My constituency has


benefited tremendously from European Union structural funding, but that


will not be available if we leave the European Union. Can we have a


statement of the advantages that EU structural funds have brought to the


UK, and whether he will give such a statement personally? We have a


debate this afternoon, so he can take part in that. Structural funds


are important, and I am sure that those who agree with that would see


that all we're doing is giving money to Brussels in order to give it back


to us. Notwithstanding the debate we have had on flooding, there is


another part of this that we do not discuss enough during this House,


which is coastal erosion. This year we have seen more around the coasts


of the UK because of the storms than we have for many years. Can we have


time for a statement in this chamber on this? We need to make plans now,


to be able to look to the future. The importance of this issue has


been brought home to us by the extraordinary archaeology work round


the port of Dunnett, which was one of England's largest towns, and has


nearly disappeared. It shows how much difference coastal erosion can


make. Perhaps you would like to join with others whose constituencies


have been affected, and bring forward a debate through the


backbench committee. Can we have a debate on the extraordinary


allegations published by the London Times newspaper on the treatment of


asylum seekers living in Glasgow, by Home Office providers circle.


Allegations which include spraying air freshener towards asylum seekers


and placing them in and then have up to housing. Does he agree with me


that -- in uninhabitable housing. No one would condone that kind of


treatment of any individual, no matter who they are. He makes an


important point which will be noted by the ministers. Hull City


councillors meeting to set its budget at the moment. Since 2010, it


has had a cut of ?310 per person in the city, one of the steepest cuts


in the country. In the same period, one of the least deprived areas,


excellent, -- Epsom, has gained. Could we please have a debate about


why the poorest areas of this country keep being cut by this


government? She needs to remember the huge disparities that still


exist on funding per head targeting cities like Hull, targeting towns


and cities where there are big challenges, even with a substantial


number of us... The government's mobile infrastructure project


identified 600 potentially new mobile mast sites. Only 15 of them


had been built by last year. Could we have a debate on the failure of


the government's infrastructure project, and why so many communities


that were promised mobile connectivity still do not have it?


We are making real progress in spreading mobile coverage and


high-speed broadband coverage. The government does not build the masts,


it is the operators. We are doing as well as almost all of the major


international competitors in making sure we have these connections. On


the 7th of November last year I wrote to the BBC with asset of


perfectly reasonable questions about their musical output and their


relationship with universal music. Response times were disappointing.


Not only did they fail to answer questions that said I was unhappy


with the response, and that I should take it up with the information


Commissioner. I value the work the BBC does, but they have to be open


about how they operate, so can we have a debate about creating a


transparent culture within the BBC and their publishers. The Culture


Secretary is here next week to raise the issue with, but we are having


such a debate at the moment on the renewal Charter, and it is for them


as the public and members of this House to bring forward their


thoughts about the future shape of the BBC, and despite the fact that


the shadow leader is chuntering from his position, I have no doubt that


he wants to bring forward further thoughts and present them to the


Secretary of State, and they will be taken into account. It was welcome


when the government agreed to change the rules to allow fear compensation


for people suffering from mesothelioma. So can we have a


debate about how a small number of veterans are not covered, and having


more stress as a result. I will make sure the health minister will make


-- is all we're. The childhood obesity strategy has been delayed


not once, but I am now on the fifth time of counting. And the answers


I'm getting from ministers and including the Prime Minister, who


cannot even tell you whether or not he has seen a draft, copy -- seen a


draft copy of this, so can we have a statement as soon as possible,


outlining their intentions to publish the childhood obesity


strategy and break this wall of silence from ministers? It is the


government's intention to publish the childhood obesity strategy, but


also working to get it right, and I can assure him that when we come to


publish the document, when we are satisfied it is the right tool for


the job, we will bring it to the House. The Prime Minister has made


233 appointments to the unelected House of Lords that has been


elected, making it a total of 826, and yet only yesterday many of us


received an e-mail from the boundaries commission informing us


of our review of the chamber to reduce the number of Scottish MPs


from 59, 253. With the result of the House of Lords being 40% larger than


this House, will he bring to this chamber and urgent debate of the


rough wearing of democracy in Scotland, we will have more Tory


Lords than MPs representing our country? This is the elected House,


this is the House that ultimately has the final say on matters. It is


right and proper that we have a structure of representation that


represents the balance of population in the country. It is the case that


the boundary commission has arena to align the size of constituencies


across the country. This is not a matter related to the other place,


it is related to ensuring that there is Furnace of representation in this


elected House, which decides what happens. and is my constituent and


he is afraid train driver. He and his colleagues across 11 depots in


Yorkshire and the North of facing redundancy due to the downturn of


coal traffic because of the closure of Ferrybridge, power stations and


the pit. Can we have a debate in Government time on the secondary


impact of these closures and what this Government has caused in


supporting industries such as bread and how we might support those


affected in finding new and appropriate jobs it is or is


difficult when an individual change in an industry causes jobs to go.


But she has to understand that under this Government, Railfreight has


continued to grow, the freight network has continued to receive new


investment and for those in the industry, there are more


opportunities perhaps than there has been provided long time. Mr Speaker,


Edward Padden, the son of my constituents Fiona and Scott, was


just nine days old when he died, in part because of group B


Streptococcus ascending infection. Instead of looking forward to what


would have been his second birthday, his parents are campaigning so


others do not suffer as they have. Can we have an urgent debate to see


what can be done with urgent screening to prevent deaths of


newborn babies? This issue is obviously a very sensitive and


important one. It is one where there are many opportunities in the House


to bring forward debates both through the backbench business


committee, the German debate system. What I would also say which I should


have mentioned earlier, we now have the largest petition we have now


seen to this House for a debate on the floor of this has related to


meningitis in childhood and it is something I will be discussing with


the Chair of the backbench business committee, because I hope when that


petition is brought before this has, it is debated on the floor rather


than Westminster Hall -- this House. Can we please have a statement on


today's Ofcom review into Britain's broadband needs? It pointed out that


too many rule all communities have a very poor broadband service -- rural


communities. There is still work to do. We have done work back to live


good work so far but there is still some to do and there will be


progress. I think as far as rural committees that do not have access


to high-speed broadband and modern communications, we continue to have


a job to do. Two weeks ago, the Leader of the House was unable to


answer if legislation to ratify the convention citing the Queen's


Speech. Would he be able to tell us if the Government would still be


able to ratify this convention that aids the protection of women or are


there plans to suspend that also? I have no doubt that of the people of


this country vote to leave the European Union, we will continue to


play a very active role in the international bodies of which we are


part, very active role in the international community as a whole.


Whatever happens in the future of this country, we will always be


internationalist and always will do right thing by this country on the


international stage. The incompetent Tory Labour administration the


coalition of Stirling Council will present its budget this evening.


That will include savage cuts to social care across the Stirling


area. Government pressure has been put on local Government financed by


the austerity agenda of his Government and welfare reforms.


Could we have a debate on this urgent matter? Well, of course, the


overall framework for economic success and for funding in Scotland


rests with the SNP. The interesting thing about this week with the


fiscal framework is they are now going to have to take decisions in


the future about the right balance between lower taxes, public spending


and they will find it a whole lot more difficult than they think.


Farmers in my constituency tell me that the basic payment scheme, as


delivered late, is somewhat chaotic. Can we have a statement from the


relevant Secretary of State about the performance of the ruble


payments agency? -- rural payments agency? I am happy to draw his


concerns to the Secretary of State and if you would like to write with


some more specific examples, it makes it easier for ministers to


look at what is going wrong. Could we have a debate or a statement on


EDM 1138 regarding the anti-lobbying or gagging Clause, which was


announced that the Cabinet office just before recess with little or no


scrutiny or consultation. It threatens the ability of


organisations and charities in receipt of Government grants from


speaking out campaigning either for or against Government policy and it


be scrapped immediately. Mr Speaker, the honourable gentleman has do


understand that in Government, we find on a number of occasions bodies


that are being funded by us are using the money that we are


providing from the taxpayer to lobby us. That makes no sense at all. The


Cabinet Office is trying to deliver sensible regime and when it comes


before this House, he will be able to debated the way he wishes. --


debate it. Point of order, Joanna Cherry. On a point of order, I would


like to seek your assistance in relation to a matter of some concern


to me. It has been brought to my attention that on Monday the 22nd,


out with my presence and without notifying me in advance, the


honourable member for South Leicestershire raised what he


described as a point of order during which he said I had misled the


House. I should make it clear that notwithstanding his conduct, I have


afforded him the courtesy of notifying him I would be raising


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