03/03/2016 Business Questions


03/03/2016

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


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Scotland is unthinkable. Isn't EVEL right for our Brit and -- right for

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abolition? I have to say, I totally disagree with him. Starting with

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next week, on Monday 7th of March, we will have the second reading of

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the policing and crime Bill. On Tuesday the 8th of March, we will

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have the remaining stages of the enterprise Bill, followed by a

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debate on International women's Day, subject determined by the backbench

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business committee on Wednesday the 9th of March, we will have the

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concluding stages of the enterprise Bill. Followed by consideration of

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further Lords amendments. On Thursday the 10th of March, the

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remaining stages of the Northern Ireland Stormont agreement. The

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subjects for this debate was determined by the backbench business

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committee. On Friday 11th of March, we will consider Private members

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bills. The following week, the remaining stages of the energy bill.

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On Tuesday the 15th of March, the second reading of the investigatory

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panel spill, followed by consideration of Lords amendments.

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And when the 16th of March, the Chancellor of the Exchequer will

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deliver his budget statement. On Thursday the 17th of March, there

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will be a continuation of the budget debate. On Friday the 18th of March,

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the house will not be sitting. Before Christmas, I indicated we

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would provide regular updates on the situation in Syria and I would say

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to the house at their will be a further statement shortly on matters

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related to that. They have been to fire alarms in the palace this week,

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and on both occasions, there was a great deal of confusion among

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members and members of the public who were there, so can I urge their

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Needed to initiate a review of these arrangements as soon as possible?

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Last week, I asked whether the Beaded is planning to delay the

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Queens speech until after the referendum. He refused to answer,

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which is as usual, but we all now know that there government is

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intending to extend this session beyond the 23rd of June, because

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Downing Street has told the Times. I know the leader of the houses not

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allowed to see government papers any more, but

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tell us, what will the timetable be? Members from across the house and

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for that matter, the staff who work in this building, or want answers to

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these questions. There is a terrible news about the Times article,

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Downing Street has also said there will be a reshuffle after the

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referendum and that the leader of those tops the list of those who's

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going to be sacked. I am beginning to feel very sorry for so have been

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searching the jobs pages for him the only thing that seemed suitable was

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working as an unpaid voluntary in turn for the honourable member for

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Bath. But he says in a job description that he wants someone

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who is a good team player, so that rules the Reader. All the other jobs

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only want someone with a good sense of humour. Need I say more? Nobody,

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I am sure the Prime Minister will give the reader of the house are

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going reference. The last parliament was a zombie Parliament, four months

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the house had no proper business. Now we have the return of the living

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dead. They walk amongst us, they look like ministers, they are paid

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like ministers, but they're doomed. They hate the Prime Minister, he'd

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be the key is damaging our economy and putting our security at risk.

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The only thing that is keeping them here is the extra salary they will

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get by June. How does the government intend to fill the business between

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now and June. Here are my suggestions. I have married a lot of

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people in my time, to one another, as a vicar, that is. But it has

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always seemed odd to me that marriage certificates include the

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names of the fathers of the people getting married, but not the

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mothers. There will be enough time to do that in this session. There is

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a Private members Bill to be considered tomorrow. I doesn't the

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government adopted or help put into committee? I am delighted the

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government is no longer going to water down Freedom of information,

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but should be extended to private companies engaged in public sector

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contracts? And can the Leader tell us how much their preposterous

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review cost? He might as well tell us now, because if he doesn't, will

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put in her Freedom information requested have to tellers anyway.

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Thirdly, I am glad that Adele did so well at the Trips last week, but

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tickets for concerts are selling for a ridiculous amounts second-hand.

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When is the review of the ticket we still market going to be published?

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When will the government legislate to put an end to this pernicious

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secondary market? We have long been calling for a parliamentary require

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any into concussion and sport. This week, doctors and health experts

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have written to the government, asking for a ban on tackling in

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rugby. I don't want youngsters wrapped in cotton wool, but it is 12

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years since the West Bromwich footballer died of a brain injury

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brought on by heading the ball. It is five years ago since rugby player

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then Robinson died of secondary impact. Isn't it time that we set up

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a proper Parliamentary enquiry to make sure that we get all the facts

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out there? Finally, next week sees the 100th anniversary of Harold

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Wilson's breath. He gave women control over their own property for

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the first time, and their own bodies. He abolished the death

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penalty. He decriminalised homosexuality, he introduced the

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first race relations act and he won the referendum to stay in Europe. He

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ended censorship, created the open University and the arts Council, and

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for that matter, under him, we won the Eurovision Song contest. Three

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times. Three times more than we've ever won it under the Tories. Is it

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not outrageous that we have is statue of Margaret Thatcher, who

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made my constituents lives miserable, but just a bust of Harold

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Wilson, who made this country a civilised society? I was hoping that

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we would win the Eurovision Song contest next year. Of course, it is

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necessary with fire drills to carry them out. Lessons will be learned,

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but I give my thanks to all the officers of the hose who were

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involved in the fire drill. They will now be working to make sure our

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processes are appropriate and suitable for the future. On the

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Queen's Speech, we will announce the date of the Queen's Speech when we

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have decided the date of the Queen's Speech. As always, he makes the

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mistake of thinking that what he reads in the race is what is

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actually going to happen. They will take our decision on the Queen's

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Speech and we will announce it to this size as always. We have to be

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mindful of the need to make sure business and recess goes ahead.

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I have just set out plans for a second reading of the police and

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crime Bill next week. I announced the investigatory Powers Bill, a

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crucial bill to allow us to enable to defend our country. If he thinks

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that is a feature of a zombie Parliament, he does not know what

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zombie means. Mr Speaker, can I echo, though, his comments about the

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work done tentatively by members across his house, including why the

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number for Daventry? I know how serious an issue this is. Just

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outside my constituency we have the children's trust at Tadworth Court

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which does a brilliant job of helping children who have had the

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most terrible of experiences. This issue should be a matter of concern

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across all sides of this house. I hope that the Senate committee will

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pick up on the work he and others have done and do a full report. He

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asked for a parliamentary investigation. The best organisation

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to do this is the Senate committee. I also set out today plans for the

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Welsh affairs debate to take place later. It is of course this week

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seemed a bit state. I extend my good wishes to all Welsh members of

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Parliament on the occasion. I'm looking forward to me the faith,

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when the people of Wales have the chance to get rid of a failing

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Labour administration. -- I'm looking forward to the 5th of May.

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It is a bit of a relief today to see the shadow leader in better spirits

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than yesterday. He looked utterly miserable during Prime Minister's

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Questions. I can understand why. It wasn't just because the Leader of

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the Opposition spent last Saturday just like old times at a CND rally.

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It was not just that the lead of the opposition has appointed the finance

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minister from the Greek Government as his advisor. I do not know how

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any member of the Labour front bench could take that women seriously. It

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wasn't that a former Shadow Cabinet minister said on Monday expectations

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were rock bottom and Corbin fell below them. I actually thought the

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most bizarre claim to come from the Labour leadership this week was by

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the Leader of the Opposition said he gets his moral compass from

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Eastenders. Surely not even the shadow leader can think this is a

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man fit to be Prime Minister. I understand it is hard when you have

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decided to become a cheerleader, as the shadow leader has come for a

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team he clearly simply does not support. Indeed, I would be happy to

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grant the shadow leader a debate on learning from the lessons of

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history, because here is the man who says he is proud to have stuck a

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knife in the back of Tony Blair, but only this week he seems to have had

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second thoughts. He has started to show signs of thinking again,

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because he told a group of students, I am going to talk about Tony Blair,

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I think we still like to speak about him. But of course, Mr Speaker,

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those were the days when the Labour Party was a serious political party.

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Thank you. Some French minister has apparently been saying today that if

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we have the nerve to come out of the EU, all the 4000 people in Calais

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would be put in rubber boats and come across to Britain because the

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French don't want anything to do with it. If I were a Frenchman I

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would be hugely embarrassed by my Government, a country that is two

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and a half the size of this country and is roughly the same population.

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It cannot disburse 4000 people and look after them. They should be

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ashamed. But could we have a statement from the Foreign Secretary

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next week letting these House know whether it is the Government's

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position that if we came out of the EU we would have more immigration

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into this country rather than less? I am certain the Foreign Secretary

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will be back before these House shortly and the opportunity will be

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there to put forward that point. I have heard in the last couple of

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weeks the French Interior Minister reassure us that bilateral

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agreements that exist between the UK and France over border controls is

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one of the French Government -- that the French Government would not wish

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to put at risk. Today is World Book Day and it is worth noting the

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wonderful writers we have. There are wonderful writers within this

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country and they enhance people'slives. The deed of the house

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and I now have a joint experience of fighting referendums. We have both

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now been on the sharp end of various project fears. I in the Scottish

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referendum and he is currently experiencing the new project fear as

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he leads the campaign to take the UK out of the EU. The scaremongering

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from the inside is almost straight out of the useless and dysfunctional

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Better Together manual. As a supporter of our place in the EU, I

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want this counter-productive scaremongering to stop. I presume

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the Leader of the House is happy with it given that it works in his

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interest. Can we have positive campaigning and can we encourage

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everybody when we are debating our place in Europe to make it as

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positive as possible? A statement from the Defence Secretary on

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Trident. Apparently he's just about to declare that Trident renewal is

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already underway before we get the opportunity to move this House. It

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is absolutely appalling that the Defence Secretary would simply take

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this House for granted, and he must explain himself on this issue.

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Scotland rejects Trident and we intend to make this a hugely

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substantial issue in the Scottish elections, and we simply refuse to

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have this weapon of mass destruction dumped on our nation without any

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approval. What do we do now Schumacher on such a large part of

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Scottish funding. Even though these minor consequentials are huge issues

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for Barnet consequentials for Scotland. The Leader of the House

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told us that the mysteries of the Barnett consequentials... We are

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talking about estimates this week. I was ruled out of order for two

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minutes. Somebody somewhere has got to tell us how we should get this

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addressed and where we are Scottish members get to discuss, debate and

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vote on the issue of the Barnett consequentials. I do not think the

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irony of the debate on the Lords amendment to the welfare bill, with

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Tory after Tory bombast in all these wicked lords. If the Lords are only

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to be chastised when they do not do the Tories' business... There will

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now be another 40 Tory Lords. Why don't they back as instead of trying

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to gerrymander that bizarre house? Why don't they work with us? I start

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by saying of course I very much agree with him about the need for

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positive campaigning. I hope that all those involved in the debate

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over our membership of the EU in the commitments will take a positive

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approach and set out the facts so that the British people can take

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their decisions. When he talks about positive campaigning he talks about

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project fear. Just remind him about the things he said over the

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introduction of Ingush votes for English laws when frankly, if we

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listen to he says, you would have thought that much doom and gloom

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would have fallen upon us. It is not clear to me that that has happened.

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The union has not fallen apart with the introduction of Ingush votes for

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English laws. The Scottish people I know think it is entirely fair. If

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he is concerned to bring the Defence Secretary to this house to explain

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himself, he has the ability to seek your consent to do so, all through

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other avenues available. But when he talks about Trident being dumped on

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our nation, as he phrases it, I would just remind him of all the

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people in Scotland whose livelihoods depend upon Trident. All of the

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people in the north-west of England whose jobs depend upon the future

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replacement of Trident. Is he really saying that he wants all of those

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jobs to disappear? That he wants the area to be abandoned without an

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economic role for the future? I do not think that is in the interest of

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those communities. It is in the interest of Scotland and the UK that

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we retain a nuclear deterrent, both for our national security but also

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in order to ensure that imparts a the UK there are jobs. He raised the

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question of the estimates committee. The estimates debate. I would remind

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him he is a member of the DA 's committee. The liaison committee

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choose the subject for debate -- the liaison committee. It is free to

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bring forward any aspects of public spending and it chose to do so on

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office matters. So it is up to him on that

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committee to ensure he secures the debate he want. On this occurred of

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the Lords, his party's position is well set out on that. I think the

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Lords play a role in improving the quality of legislation in this

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place, but I suspect we will never agree on that. In recent months,

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five col power stations have announced they will potentially

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close or partially closed, one of these being Ricci B. Bobby Desmond

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has stated its intention to phase out coal power generation by 2025,

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market conditions mean these closures could come far sooner. Can

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we have a debate in Government time and energy policy and the role this

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existing power station infrastructure can play? I

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understand the concern is the honourable lady has raised. I heard

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her question yesterday at Prime Minister's Questions as well. It is

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a subject where she is able to bring forward debate to seek consent from

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the back bench to have this matter discussed in the house. It clearly

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affects a number of honourable members and I encourage her to bring

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forward that subject for discussion. This session of Parliament runs

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beyond June. Might he consider giving us more days for backbench

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business and our bills? If so, might he put the bill I am promoting with

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colleagues on all sides of the house, for the automatic

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registration of free school meals, as top of one of those days? It is

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the one move we could make between now and the summer holidays that

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would have a real effect on for families. He has a long track record

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of pursuing social reforms of this kind and I will certainly look very

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carefully at his bill and what he is rising. The progress of business in

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this house depends on success in getting Government business through.

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We have a programme which... I want to make sure that the dates set for

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the Queen's Speech and the dates set for recess are consistent with what

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we need to make sure our manifesto is incremented. Would he find time

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for a debate on the impact of timetable changes on the lives of

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commuters in South" to mark the company have long last accepted the

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vote and ordered new rolling stock and have just announced it will not

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be arriving. I commend his work on an issue that affects many of us. I

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would say to him that the Transport Secretary is here at questions next

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Thursday. I would encourage him to raise that issue directly with the

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ministers. He is clearly doing a good job in keeping the company

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under pressure in a time when there are serious issues about the service

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on that particular line. As chair of the Backbench Business Committee, I

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did write to the Leader of the House looking for some assistance with

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getting protected time for particular debates. We did have the

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gangs and serious youth violence debate booked, which has now been

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rescheduled for later today. But on Tuesday, the forthcoming Tuesday,

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International women's Day, a particularly timely debate, I did

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ask the dealer of the has to consider and give an undertaking to

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protect time on that day. I have received a reply and no such

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undertaking has been given. I think that is would Greta Bull. It is

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possible but urgent questions -- that is regrettable. It is possible

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that urgent questions... I think we have already seen that this may be

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required from time to time. Please do reconsider. As I said, I have

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given this careful consideration. I have looked at the flow of business

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on backbench days. I will watch carefully on next Tuesday and I'm

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sure you and I will want to ensure that there is proper time for debate

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on that particular day. But on that, I have to be also mindful of the

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working hours of staff and this House so I do not want to make

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significant changes without being confident there is a real problem

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that needs to be solved rather than occasional problems. I will keep

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this under review but my contention is we will simply have proper time

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available next week. In light of Switzerland withdrawing

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its application for membership of the European Union, can we have a

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debate next week about why they would possibly choose to do that? I

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think this will add grist to the mill to the debate on the

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referendum, and I am sure that while I don't have a debate scheduled and

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European matters next week, I'm in little doubt there will be an

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opportunity shortly to raise those matters with ministers. Most members

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will be surprised that very many current and former service Snell

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have never received a medal acknowledging their service. All

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those who have served have accepted the sacrifice associated with the

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decision, but they've never received a medal and mostly have been

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involved in conflict or served a lengthy period. Can we debate

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introducing in national defence medal as a tangible recognition of

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their servers? I would simply say from my perspective, I don't think

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medals should be handed out without consideration of the contribution

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made. If you start to have medals for all, the value of the medals for

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a particular service and tough circumstances are slightly devalued,

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so I would simply say to her, I would praise unreservedly all of our

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armed forces, but the medal system we have in this country is really

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designed for those who go beyond the routine and put themselves in danger

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in the service of this country. When will this house have an opportunity

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to express its opinion on the new fiscal framework for Scotland? And

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when we have a debate on that issue, will we also have a debate on

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Barnett consequential is, for example, the issue relating to city

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grounds in Glasgow. We give more money to Glasgow inner-city grant

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and more money goes to the Scottish Government as a result. The Scotland

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Bill is making progress through the other house. I understand, the

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agreement we have reached will provide for a transition the deed to

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a new world for the Scottish Government, but the Scottish

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Government now does have to start using the powers it has been given,

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taking some of the tough decisions are the governments have to take,

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but which so far, we had insulated themselves from. In the last few

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weeks, there have been stories about gamblers and addiction, it is quite

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clear when you go to the roulette table, the Gambler stands no chance

:26:06.:26:08.

of leaving with heavier pulpits than he entered. There is a need for

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change when it comes to fixed odds betting terminals. Would you agree

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to a debate on that matter? The minister will be back before the

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house in due course. I'm aware this is a matter of concern across the

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house, and it's possible this is a subject that might be brought to the

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Backbench Business Committee if it is shared across the house. If the

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government persists with this intention of delaying the vote on

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Trident renewal until after the Labour Party conference, it will

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become harder for pro-defence and pro-trident Labour MPs to vote in

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favour of renewal. May we please have the date that the debate and

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vote will take place, especially if we're going to have more time

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available by extending the length of this session. I do know the concerns

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he has about the timing of this debate. I will make sure his views

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are put back into the discussion about when that event should happen.

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This week, a select committee in the Clause found that contrary to

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government claims, the trade union Bill will profoundly affect Labour

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Party funding. Will the Pleaded no agreed to concessions and help reach

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oh long lasting settlement on party funding? This is a matter of

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discussion, the House of Lords has made recommendations. We are trying

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to provide a sensible balance for the future. The Shadow leader says,

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no, you're not, but on our side of the house, we have to seek voluntary

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contributions from individuals who choose to back the Conservative

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Party. They have depended on a system where people have to go

:28:15.:28:17.

beyond the extra mile to take themselves out of a situation where

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the contributing automatically. -- where they are contributing

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automatically. One of the things it debate will be the size of the UK's

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net contribution to the EU? Can we talk about what they could spend

:28:45.:28:47.

that money on and give an opportunity to those who want to

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defend the money going to Europe rather than being spent on the run

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constituencies. He makes his point in Essex inked way. We have just had

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a debate on EU membership, but I'm certain this is not the last time

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these matters will debate debated in this house. Cammy have a debate on

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the dodgy dossier that the government produced in advance of

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the EU referendum? I don't know if you saw the Cabinet Office Minister

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skewered on the Daily Politics by Andrew Neill yesterday, when he

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stuck by his claim that Norway had to abide by three quarters of EU

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laws, when the figure is actually 9%. Perhaps we need a full debate on

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the dodgy dossier to see how many blatant lies there are. I would

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simply say that I hope everyone across this revel will set out their

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views and factors are completely dispassionate way.

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The Camden new smear is stepping down this year. When speaking to

:30:05.:30:13.

young constituents, I hear that young people feel disenfranchised

:30:14.:30:16.

with politics and disengaged with Parliament. This has been

:30:17.:30:20.

exacerbated by the government refusal to lower 14 age and

:30:21.:30:25.

scrapping policies like the education maintenance allowance. But

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the will to be time for a debate to address all levels of engagement

:30:30.:30:37.

with young people and Parliament? We talked earlier about the importance

:30:38.:30:43.

of this education system in this debate and bringing young people to

:30:44.:30:47.

Parliament, but I think all of us have in duty on this matter. As end

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a lot of time talking to six formers in my constituency and I'm sure she

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does the same. Everyone of us has a duty to be out there about

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Parliament and explaining why they should vote and take an interest.

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Can we find time for the debate on the effects of uncontrolled

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immigration into the UK, which is one of the impacts of us remaining

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in the EU? This has a massive impact on people's as says to services,

:31:20.:31:26.

school places and decent wages and is in extremely important to my

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constituents. He makes an important point. He may also have seen CVO

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that those Asian of a new book which has exposed just how complicit the

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Labour Party was in government in opening our borders and allowing

:31:44.:31:47.

uncontrolled immigration into this country. Those who were part of that

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government should be for ever ashamed of the way the allowed

:31:52.:31:58.

uncontrolled immigration. Not managed immigration done on a

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careful way, but uncontrolled immigration done as a deliberate

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policy. They should be ashamed of that. Has the litre received a

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request any minister to make a statement on why the wheels come off

:32:13.:32:18.

that Grexit BMW or an individual requests from a member who has

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performed a handbrake turn on the issue of EU membership to explain

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their diversion? Such a statement would provide an explanation for the

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weaknesses of the Brexit case and the reasons of some four supporting

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it. Now, I haven't. As a leader of how is seen reports on plans to

:32:42.:32:52.

reclassify E cigarettes. The consequence of the proposal as their

:32:53.:32:55.

price to consumers were more than doubled. They have been deemed to be

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95% safer than tobacco, so can we have a debate to consider taxation

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on these products to make sure they remain an effective method of

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smoking cessation. I know this affects a very large number of

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people. It is the kind of proposal that has caused uncertainty and

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disquiet about decisions taken is in Brussels. I hope no decision on this

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matter will be taken without due care and attention and you focus on

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whether this is a good way of enabling people to move away from

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smoking. Can we have an urgent debate on government time on the

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recent jewels of Rowntree foundation report, which showed that ten of the

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12 towns and cities in greatest economic decline are in the north of

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England. Not a single town in the south is among the worst 24 listed,

:33:52.:33:58.

causing real concern of the Northern Para Has. We urgently need a debate,

:33:59.:34:04.

particularly as the chief executive of our local council, he has accused

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the foundation of using out of date figures that mask the progress

:34:12.:34:17.

already made in northern regions. It never ceases to amaze me that

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honourable members on that side of the house do not understand why the

:34:21.:34:26.

Northern Para Has is needed. It is because, when they were in power,

:34:27.:34:35.

the manufacturing sector of this country almost halved. There

:34:36.:34:43.

policies feel to the north of this country unreservedly, and that is

:34:44.:34:47.

why we need the Northern Powerhouse, which is helping to contribute to

:34:48.:34:50.

the significant fall in unemployment which we have seen in the North of

:34:51.:34:54.

England, something we inherited and something we are sorting out. I look

:34:55.:35:04.

forward to the Welsh affairs debate later on. Cardiff and Wales has seen

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many sporting contests. I've played tribute to what the Scottish

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Government did with the Commonwealth games in Glasgow. Is it not time for

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a debate in this house on how we can encourage the Welsh Labour

:35:27.:35:31.

government to put a bid forward for the Commonwealth games in Cardiff

:35:32.:35:35.

and Wales Western Mark London did the drastic job of hosting the

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Olympics, Glasgow did a great job of hosting the Commonwealth games. I

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would love to see the Commonwealth games come to Cardiff. I hope that

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will happen. Last week, I very discreetly visited and alia where

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there has been suppression of civil liberties. Given the proximity, the

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fact that Turkey is a Nato ally, and emerging evidence that Turkey is

:36:14.:36:21.

targeting others, can be commit to a debate to allow members to discuss

:36:22.:36:31.

the nature of relationship? I have made provision and agreed with my

:36:32.:36:35.

colleagues in government that there will be a further statement on the

:36:36.:36:37.

situation in Syria coming up shortly. Tomorrow I will be at New

:36:38.:36:52.

College in Huddersfield, with the Anthony Nolan Register And Be A

:36:53.:36:59.

Life-saver programme. Can we have a debate on bone marrow donation and

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blood donation to see if we can increase participation? It's an

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important point and I've paid to get to everyone involved in that

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important work. He raises an issue which has been a matter of concern

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to members on all sides. I would put it to the the Backbench Business

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Committee that they might like to consider that the debate on a

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Thursday. It has been 29 years since the brutal murder of Daniel Morgan.

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He was investigating police corruption in south London. Panorama

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this week gave a vivid account of the extraordinary amount of

:37:47.:37:51.

corruption that existed in the Metropolitan police. But the

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government published, perhaps next Thursday, the Tiberias report, that

:37:57.:38:01.

I1 of the few people who have read in this house, and the strict

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surveillance, the most deeply shocking document I have ever read

:38:06.:38:10.

in my life, so that the whole country can understand the breadth

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and depth of police corruption in this city?

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I will make sure the Home Secretary is aware of his concerns. I will

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make sure she responds. Unfortunately, a number of my

:38:30.:38:33.

constituents have recently been the victim of a substandard building

:38:34.:38:41.

firm that simply, when challenged, liquidate, only to re-establish

:38:42.:38:46.

itself in a new guys very quickly afterwards. Can we have

:38:47.:38:53.

consideration of a debate on a piece of company law in such respect? It

:38:54.:38:57.

is disturbing when one hears of instances of this kind. The Business

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Secretary will be here in ten days' time but current procedures for

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direct disqualification to allow mothers of the public to lodge

:39:05.:39:08.

direct complaints when issues of this kind arise so they can be

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investigated. Can we debate internet awareness? The Prime Minister's

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explanation for his conversion on Sunday trading between April and

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June last year is the existence of internet shopping, in other words,

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between April and June he discovered the existence of the internet. Isn't

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that an empty excuse for a broken promise that will affect workers not

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just in England and Wales but in Scotland and Northern Ireland, too?

:39:35.:39:40.

The measures also include provision for improving workers rights but he

:39:41.:39:44.

will have the opportunity to debate all this when the measures are

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brought before the House shortly. He can raise them there and vote

:39:49.:39:55.

accordingly. Each of us recognise how sensitive pensions are and if we

:39:56.:39:59.

make any changes, the impact it has on individuals. We have seen that

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with the raising of the pension age for women. So now I understand that

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there may be further changes about pensions generally that may come

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about. Can the Leader of the House give a guarantee that should that

:40:14.:40:16.

happen, we will have sufficient time to debate this changes in this House

:40:17.:40:20.

to consider the impact that this will have on the quality of life of

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our constituents? I know that the Chancellor will want to take great

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care in bringing forward proposals of reforms to the pension system.

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There will be ample time, whatever is in the budget, for debate. These

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matters must be handled carefully. We do not want to make the same

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mistakes that Gordon Brown and the party opposite made in Government. I

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hope you bear with me while I outlined this case because it is

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important. I am supporting the parents seeking answers over the

:40:56.:41:01.

death of their son killed in a hit-and-run accident in 2010. The

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driver, Colin McDonald, is a criminal with little regard for

:41:07.:41:09.

human life. He was on bail for a serious stabbing, had dealt with

:41:10.:41:15.

having already been put out on early release for manslaughter. Colin

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McDonald was sentenced for the stabbing and the hit and run but

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again let out on early release on licence until 2021. Last week he was

:41:24.:41:28.

again sentenced to another manslaughter. The parents want

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answers. How can the justice system that is meant to give people

:41:33.:41:38.

confidence do this to people? Will you support securing a meaningful

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debate? I have been in my time as Justice Secretary involved in

:41:44.:41:45.

discussions about a number of such cases. We did also bring forward

:41:46.:41:50.

some measures to tackle the law then -- tighten the law then. We also

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started a review of the laws around this to see if there were further

:41:55.:41:59.

steps to be taken in cases of this kind. The Lord Chancellor is here

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next Tuesday but I would encourage him, from past experience with

:42:07.:42:10.

constituency matters myself, to use the debate system to bring a

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minister to the House to really go through the House in detail and look

:42:15.:42:18.

for changes that can make a difference to families like that who

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have been through the most terrible situations. Local councils must help

:42:21.:42:28.

maintain trust in politics at the local level by the way they openly

:42:29.:42:33.

discuss and transparently agreed their budget and explain savings and

:42:34.:42:38.

efficiencies and the programmes that they will undertake. Will the Leader

:42:39.:42:41.

of the House agree with me that councils such as... Must lead the

:42:42.:42:48.

way in this? They are struggling to openly explain their budgets to the

:42:49.:42:55.

public. Can we have a debate on this so MPs can highlight the importance

:42:56.:42:58.

of these total delivered vital local decisions and how they must be

:42:59.:43:03.

clearly and roundly understood for residents? My honourable friend

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makes an important point and there was a curious irony given the

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control of her Borough Council and the Liberal Democrats are digging

:43:10.:43:13.

for openness but not always delivering it when in power. I am

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sure that if the decisions they take are as Opec as they -- she

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suggests... It is important that we have transparency and councils

:43:28.:43:33.

explain why they take decisions. Yesterday in the Westminster Hall we

:43:34.:43:37.

had a debate about chaos on Southeast trains and the minister

:43:38.:43:40.

gave this reassurances that things were improving. Last night I got a

:43:41.:43:43.

phone call from a concerned constituent who was on a train being

:43:44.:43:49.

told by the driver that we had been mistakenly by the signal is put on

:43:50.:43:53.

the wrong line, so they would not be visiting any of the stations to

:43:54.:43:56.

which the passengers on that train but intending to go. My constituents

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to me, we are used to the chaos but this is just downright dangerous.

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Can we have a statement from the minister of transport about safety

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on our Railways, in particular Southeast and, because this is just

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going to far? Obviously that situation is unacceptable. Every

:44:20.:44:23.

service is occasionally subject to human error but nobody would seek to

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defend a situation that kind. The Secretary of State is he on Thursday

:44:27.:44:31.

and came take questions about the challenges around South-eastern

:44:32.:44:37.

Trains which are to some degree team caused by the huge investments we

:44:38.:44:41.

are putting into London Bridge, which will improve things in the

:44:42.:44:45.

future. In the last Council of Europe meeting we initiated a debate

:44:46.:44:49.

on the media portrayal of the women abused in Cologne and other places

:44:50.:44:53.

at New Year. The reason for this was because the media had not reported

:44:54.:44:56.

for you or in a timely fashion on this. Can we have a debate on this

:44:57.:45:03.

in the House? The BBC was one of those media identified. It is not

:45:04.:45:09.

acceptable for free media to not set out the facts of cases when they

:45:10.:45:12.

arise and I commend him for his work in the council of Europe and I am

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sure this is a matter my honourable friend the Culture Secretary will

:45:17.:45:21.

have taken light of -- account of in the light of matters today. About

:45:22.:45:32.

the Malawi tax treaty, the Leader of the House said he would ask the

:45:33.:45:35.

Foreign Office to give me a detailed reply. The pens are writing slowly.

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When can I expect a response? I'm sorry about that. I will give them a

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kick after this. Can we have a debate on the Midlands engine and

:45:52.:45:55.

the important role manufacturing plays in regional economy and how

:45:56.:45:58.

the Government will provide further support to this vital sector? I

:45:59.:46:03.

would commend all of those in the Midlands who are working so hard to

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be vitalised business in that part of the country. The Midlands is

:46:09.:46:11.

another area which was badly affected by the collapse of

:46:12.:46:14.

manufacturing in the use of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. We are now

:46:15.:46:21.

ceiling investment and improvements. In the Midlands we are seeing

:46:22.:46:25.

expansion of capacity, the investment and new jobs created. The

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Midlands under the Conservative Government is going from strength to

:46:30.:46:33.

strength. Earlier this week I took part in a workshop delivered by the

:46:34.:46:37.

Alzheimer's Society, which was attended by MPs from across this

:46:38.:46:40.

House in order to become dementia friends. Can we have a debate to

:46:41.:46:45.

discuss what more can be done to support those living with dementia

:46:46.:46:49.

and their carers and families, particularly extending the blue

:46:50.:46:53.

badge parking scheme to those facing dementia related challenges? I would

:46:54.:46:58.

commend all of those in this House who have had the training to become

:46:59.:47:02.

dementia friends. We did the same. It is enormously important that we

:47:03.:47:07.

all understand the impact of dementia, and having had a relative

:47:08.:47:11.

with dementia, my understanding now having been through the dementia

:47:12.:47:15.

training, of what she went through, is much greater, so I praise

:47:16.:47:17.

enormously all those delivering back training. Again, this is a subject

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that the Backbench Business Committee might like to consider.

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There is a demand for these subjects for debate and I suggest she brings

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this board as a suggestion. -- forward. There is a shortage of

:47:34.:47:38.

engineers in the UK. Can we have a debate on career advice for young

:47:39.:47:44.

people approaching school leaving age? How else will we have enough

:47:45.:47:49.

engineers to build the network of hedgehog highways... We are all

:47:50.:47:57.

waiting. I govern out that the honourable gentleman has now got his

:47:58.:48:03.

petition past 20,000 signatures so we are on our way to a debate. The

:48:04.:48:11.

hedgehog population of the UK have every reason to be grateful. But the

:48:12.:48:14.

solution of this problem is at the heart of the Government strategy

:48:15.:48:19.

with the expansion in the number of apprenticeships which are the best

:48:20.:48:21.

way of ensuring we have the breadth of engineering skills we need. It is

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a year ago today that the GPU load -- the association looking at a

:48:37.:48:39.

particular disease started their campaign, looking at licensing. Can

:48:40.:48:46.

we finally now have a statement a year on about when the sufferers

:48:47.:48:51.

from this condition can get access to the treatment that can save their

:48:52.:48:56.

lives? This is a subject that would be a matter for normal procedure is

:48:57.:49:01.

going through the Nationalists shooting for clinical excellence,

:49:02.:49:05.

looking at what drugs are right for the NHS to offer. -- going through

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the National Institute for clinical excellence. But I will ask. This

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week we welcomed the new Indian High Commissioner to a meeting and next

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week we have the celebration across the Indian subcontinent of the day

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which commemorate the auspicious occasion of the wedding of Lord

:49:26.:49:31.

Shiva and Parvati. Can we find time eventually to have a debate in this

:49:32.:49:36.

House on the tremendously between the UK and India, the opportunity

:49:37.:49:41.

for business, trade, education and opening up of services, because it

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has been a very long time indeed since we have had such a debate in

:49:46.:49:50.

this House? My honourable friend is a powerful champion for the ties

:49:51.:49:53.

that exist between this country and India. I pay tribute to all the

:49:54.:49:58.

members of the Indian diaster in the UK who play a really important role.

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-- the Indian diaster. -- diaspora. We should develop the best possible

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trade links for the future with India. Could we have a statement on

:50:19.:50:24.

the uses of broadcast footage of the House of Commons? My constituent

:50:25.:50:28.

Charlie Brooker has raised with me that he...

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LAUGHTER He is a constituent. He was one of

:50:31.:50:36.

my 370 majority. He has raised with me that he is unable to use it in

:50:37.:50:42.

his programme, whereas other not dissimilar broadcasts are able to

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use it. It depends whether it is satire, light entertainment or

:50:48.:50:50.

factual, so given how vague these boundaries are and the fact that the

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rules were dreamt up 27 years ago, would he not agree with me it would

:50:55.:50:59.

be a good idea to revisit this and have a statement? If it is a matter

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of concern to her, she should put a submission to the administration

:51:06.:51:09.

committee. However, I think it is important to ensure that we use

:51:10.:51:14.

coverage of this House in a dull with an appropriate way. In other

:51:15.:51:18.

referendum news, I know the Leader of the House will be playing close

:51:19.:51:21.

attention to the outcome of the referendum on the Mayor of Bath and

:51:22.:51:25.

North East Somerset coming up on March the 10th, proposed by myself,

:51:26.:51:29.

the right honourable friend for North East Somerset as well as

:51:30.:51:31.

pretty much every other local party as well. Would he join me in

:51:32.:51:38.

opposing a Bath for North East Somerset and consider a Government

:51:39.:51:43.

debate on it huge cost. I'm sure I could not do a better job of

:51:44.:51:47.

influencing the people of Bath and Somerset than my honourable friend

:51:48.:51:50.

just so I think I will leave it to him to make the case. Yesterday at

:51:51.:51:58.

PMQ 's, the Prime Minister said he will go begging to the French

:51:59.:52:06.

President to get EDF to commit to simply point C. Hinckley point C and

:52:07.:52:12.

HS2 can only happen with Chinese investment. There are signs in the

:52:13.:52:21.

green investment... Can we have a debate in Government time on why the

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long-term recovery plan means owning nothing but being forever in debt to

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other countries? I always thought it was a good thing to attract

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international investment but if it is now SNP policy not to, we will

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have to attract these investors outside Scotland.

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Nuisance calls are an annoyance to many colleagues across the house,

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but they can call real disservice -- they can cause real distress for the

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vulnerable and the elderly. Can we have a debate to talk about what

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more can be done to tackle this menace? This is an important issue,

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because there are a large number of elderly people who suffer from

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nuisance calls and the more we can do to prevent it the better. A lot

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of work has gone into this, but he should take advantage of the

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opportunity of bringing the business department back to the house next

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week or putting a question directly through the written method. Can I

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call upon your assistance. We have sought a meeting with the public

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health minister to discuss the consultation taking place on

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contaminated blood. The Minister has refused to meet us. Many

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constituents are perplexed as to why in the middle of a public

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consultation, the public health minister will not meet and listen to

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the concern that MPs are getting from the constituents affected by

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the worst treatment disaster in the NHS's yesterday. I wonder if the

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Beater can intervene? I will certainly make enquiries on her

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behalf and in the meantime, I hope preparations are going well. This

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morning, I picked up a bill which authorises government spending of

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258 billion pounds and some more. In the space of three minutes last

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night, this bill received its first, second and third readings. When was

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my opportunity to to debate the Barnett consequential is? He clearly

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hasn't done enough of a job in persuading his honourable friend to

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secure that debate. That is the route by deciding the debate. I'd

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advise him to talk together more closely next time. I was

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disappointed to learn this week about the closure of a place that

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represents the future of manufacturing. I ask myself, if this

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government is really serious about eight northern Powerhouse, why are

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they allowing this excellent facility to close? Can we have a

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debate about when ministers are going to start putting their words

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into action? I do know enough detail about the individual case, but

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unemployment in the north of this country and business in the north of

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this country are moving in the right direction, not the wrong direction.

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Popular walk-in clinics in Harrow are being put out to tender and the

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the direction of the NHS procurement authority, including one used by

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many of my constituents. Could we have a debate on government time of

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the role of the NHS procurement authority and could we use that

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debate to explore her local GPs, who are currently running such services,

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continue to be allowed a stake in the long-running provision of such

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crucial and imported services. Local GPs are able to have a stake in

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those services, they are typically private concerns and they are able

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to demonstrate their best place to do the work. Despite his funny ways,

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I have become very fond of the leader of the house over recent

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months. One of the thing I think he's good at is having regular

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debates on Syria, so we don't put it on the back burner. Every now and

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then, we have a good debate on it. Most people would expect us to do

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the same for the EU and the referendum. Surely we should have a

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major debate every week. Could we start with one and a dreadful impact

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leaving the EU would have on our universities? For most of us in

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university towns, they are the biggest employer in the area. Not

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one Chancellor has come out in favour of Brexit. Can we have a

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debate? I'm sure will have plenty of opportunities to debate it. I am

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sure the future of universities will be a matter of debate and

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discussion, in which the means of funding will be a regular subject

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for debate. The guardians of Scotland trust is a charity based in

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Stirling in my constituency, it is raising money to create a permanent

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memorial. Could we have a debate on recognising the excellence of

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fundraising efforts such as this? He is very able to use the backbench

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system to bring forward such a debate and it could be a subject he

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wants his colleagues from the Scottish Parliament to debate. The

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Leonard Cheshire care home in Little Black provides care for people with

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long-term disabilities. I was taken aback by the length of the staff go

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to to help the patients. However, Leonard Cheshire have decided to

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close the home. This is devastating. Can we have a debate on the charity?

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I don't know enough about the circumstances and the reasons, but I

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would encourage him to bring forward questions to the charities minister

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to raise his concerns. On the 17th of November, I wrote to the

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Department for energy and climate change asking for a meeting after

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the officials had met in my constituency to discuss a deplorable

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situation in relation to an opencast mine that are still not been

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restored. Despite several follow-up phone calls, I still don't have a

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meeting. On the 2nd of November, each MRC promised me a substantive

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reply by the 20th of November on a case of Mr Thornhill I have been

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chasing since 2010. I am still awaiting a reply. Could I ask the

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leader of the house to utilise his boat that has been offered to the

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SNP, in my efforts, to it also ensure justice for my constituents?

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Of course, I will chase that up for her. Yesterday, a train carrying

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highly radioactive waste travelled through a station in Paisley,

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causing obvious anger and concern to passengers. The Scottish parliament

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is against these nuclear weapons and we don't want this way is travelling

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through our stations. Can we have a statement setting out what safety

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precautions were put in place prior to this train setting off on its

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journey? He may not remember, but some years ago, there was visible

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demonstration of the safety of such trains, to demonstrate how robust

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the units are. You cleared energy remains an important part of energy

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generation in this country and waste will have to be moved around, but I

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can assure him that the standards required are of the highest level.

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Last Friday, I visited greenhead College, which many of Mike Young

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constituents study at. Deep concern was expressed regarding delays in

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the accreditation process by some of the new style A-levels which are due

:01:19.:01:22.

to start the September. Without accreditation, the new curriculum

:01:23.:01:28.

cannot take place. Teachers are in limbo. Can we debate this issue so

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that colleges in six farms can make the necessary plans for the new

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students? The Education Secretary is he on Monday, and I will let her

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know today of the concerns being raised, so she is able to raise that

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concern and get a proper response. The leader of the house has yet

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again failed to announce the recess dates. I can understand the

:01:52.:01:57.

political advantage and feeling to announce it, but there are hundreds

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of staff in this place struggling with holiday and childcare

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arrangements. When will he stop this unnecessary power trip and show some

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respect for its staff members in this house. The government's first

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and foremost task is to ensure the flow of business. We will announce

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the recess dates as soon as we can, but I also committed to making sure

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we our manifesto. Wilton Lane allotments in Guisborough have been

:02:32.:02:35.

used as allotments for a hundred years. Part of that land is in the

:02:36.:02:42.

ownership of the people of the time, but the Tory chairman of the town

:02:43.:02:45.

council wants to sell this land for development. Can we have a debate

:02:46.:02:56.

upon the powers and responsibilities that town and parish councils have

:02:57.:03:03.

across our country? On the matter of town and parish councils, it is for

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the town and parish councillors to decide whether to take a step or

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not. No individual can take a step without securing a majority vote

:03:14.:03:20.

from their counsel. With the working and child tax credit departments

:03:21.:03:24.

only accepting faxes and letters and not e-mails from constituency MPs

:03:25.:03:31.

offices, with faxes being described as an insecure form of

:03:32.:03:33.

communication, can we have a statement from ministers confirming

:03:34.:03:43.

a full modernisation programme? Each department has to work out the best

:03:44.:03:47.

way of receiving complaints, receiving issues from members of the

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sewers. I hear his point, the Cabinet Office minister is here next

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week and I'm sure he will want to make that point. Point of

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