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the Committee on Standards in Public Life? Yes. Thank you. Order,

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business question, Mr Chris Bryant. Will the Leader of the House give us

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the forthcoming business? The Leader of the House. Mr Chris Grayling. Mr

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Speaker, can I start by in forming the House that the State Opening of

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the next session of Parliament will take place on Wednesday the eighth

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info of May. -- the 18th of May. I am also very pleased to announce the

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calendar for this House for the remainder of the year. The House

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will rise for the early May bank holiday on Thursday the 20th of

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April and return on Tuesday the 3rd of May. For the Whitsun recess, the

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House will rise at the conclusion of business on Thursday the 26th of May

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and will return on Monday the 6th of June. Members will wish to know that

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additionally, the House will rise at the conclusion of business on

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Wednesday the 15th of June and return on Monday the 27th of June.

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The House will rise for the summer recess at the conclusion of business

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on the 21st of July and will return on Monday the 5th of December. --

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Monday the 5th of September. The House will then return on Monday the

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10th of October. The House will rise on the 8th of November and return on

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the 14th of November. And finally, for the Christmas recess, the House

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will rise at the conclusion of business on Tuesday the 20th of

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December and return on Monday the 9th of January 20 17. All dates are

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as usual, as they have been in the last few weeks, Mr Speaker, subject

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to the progress of business. On that question, next week, on Monday the

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14th of March, we will have the remaining stages of the energy bill

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in the Lords. On Wednesday 16th of March the

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Chancellor of the Exchequer will deliver his Budget Statement is. On

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Thursday 17th of March, continuation of the budget debate. 18th of March,

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the house will not sit. For the week commencing 21st of March, a

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continuation and conclusion of the budget debate. On Wednesday and

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Thursday, the high-speed rail is built. My thanks on behalf of the

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house to all of those who have been involved in the extended considering

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phase of the committee stage of that bill. On Friday the 25th of March,

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the house will not be sitting. The business in Westminster Hall for the

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17th-21st of March will be a general debate on cabin air safety and aero

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toxic syndrome. A debate on contract did go see Asians with the British

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Medical Association. Mr Speaker, I am delighted that the leader has

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confirmed the recess dates which I announced three weeks ago. I'm glad

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he is catching up. I have to say, the decision to hold the Queen 's

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speech on the 18th of May is a profound mistake. Whatever the

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government's intentions, they will be misconstrued. We have already

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seen that the Brexit campaign are so desperate that they are trying to

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claim members of the Royal family to their cause. Lay off the Queen and

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think again. The delay on the decision on Heathrow is hurting

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business. The longest delayed child obesity campaign is hurting

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children. The Prime Minister even mentioned the bill on phone masts

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yesterday but we have been calling it for years. Why don't they publish

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the electronic Communications code tomorrow? Has the government learned

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anything from yesterday? How to count, perhaps? The way ministers

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handle the enterprise Bill was a classic case of how not to do it.

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They let it go through the Lords without mentioning Sunday trading

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which they inserting upstairs in committee and at one point ministers

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forgot to vote. They were generously allowed a second chance. They tabled

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a manuscript amendment to their own amendment. Some people have said

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they are being too clever by half. To be honest, I think they are just

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a little dim. There were many managements to rebels yesterday,

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arms were twisted, the Chief Whip explained the facts of life to

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recover to members. The Cabinet secretary tried to be charming. That

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was so terrifying that one rebel turned company a grey and may never

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gain the power of speech again and after all that they lost. Can you

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hear that sound? It is the sound of the slow ebbing out down the beach

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of the authority of the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the

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X. I offered this advice for free, this house doesn't like sharp

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practice. Stop trying to pull a fast one and do things the proper way.

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Isn't it time we abandoned evil. Last night we had the hilarious

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sight of government ministers staring at you in blank amazement

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when you suspended the house. When the member for North Perthshire

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asked the chairman 's former ways and means who should know the answer

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if he could explain, he made it clear he didn't have the foggiest

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idea. Looking at the Minister for small business, there was a desert

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of vast eternity between their ears. Nobody understands it. It wastes

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time and hasn't made a difference to a single decision. It is time to

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abandon it. I note that the leader is giving a Brexit speech today. We

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are agog. Did he get approval from the Prime Minister or from the

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actual leader of the out campaign, the Justice Secretary? Can he

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guarantee that his special advisers were not involved in briefing papers

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on his speech and won't be attending the speech because the cabinet

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secretary has explicitly instructed that specialist advisers may not do

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so during office hours. He and I have one thing in common, the Labour

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Party auctioned the opportunity to swim with sharks with me on Tuesday

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night instead of attending a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party, I

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fear he may be swimming with the fishes after the 23rd of June. The

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Business Select Committee has two Mike Ashley demanding that he gave

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evidence on his company's decidedly shady practices which he has refused

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to do. This is a hideous company. 80% of staff in one warehouse is an

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zero hours contract. Staff are subjected to a 50 minute search on

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paid -- 15 minute search on paid at the end of every day. Can the

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committee ordered Mr Ashley to appear and they can force him if

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necessary to be arraigned before the bar of the house. He might be the

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22nd richest man in Britain but he is running a modern day sweatshop

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and this house will get to the truth. Surely, if we are to

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criticise the working practices of sports direct, we should put our own

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house in order. The cost of agency staff in this house has quadrupled.

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They represent one in 12 members of staff. That means that the house is

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paying substantially more than the employee gets and the employee will

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get no share in the tips. Should we not bring the staff in-house and

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make sure that everyone gets a fair share of the tips when we give them.

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Finally, happy birthday to my father for tomorrow. Delighted to send many

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happy returns to the honourable gentleman's father and also to

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celebrate another important occasion. Tomorrow is the centenary

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of the birth of Harold Wilson. I think it is worth marking that. I

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think a lot of people made the case for having a statue of him in this

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place and there is a lot to be said for this. I hope they work about

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committee will give consideration to it. At the moment we celebrate his

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life because 41 years ago he was the first person to give others a

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referendum on the membership of the European Union. I hope to be part of

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a winning side as well. Mr Speaker, the other thing about Harold Wilson

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is that he is a former Labour Prime Minister that they are still happy

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to talk about. In today's world, that is a rarity. The shadow leader

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went on about the Queens speech. I don't understand what he is talking

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about. He is talking on one hand about a zombie parliament with

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nothing to do but now he is complaining about important measures

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that will help reform the country. When they talk about a zombie

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parliament, last Monday, we brought forward the policing and crime Bill,

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an important set of measures that will make a difference to policing

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in this country. We were here debating it. Where were the Labour

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Party? They Bailey turned up and business finished early. We do not

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have a zombie parliament but a zombie opposition. -- they barely

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turned up. He spoke about the authority of the prime ministers

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seeping away. Coming from the Labour Party today with the authority of

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their leader seeping away, it is frankly unbelievable. We sit here in

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prime ministers questions each week and look at the faces of the party

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opposite as their leader asks questions. The shadow leader's base

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is a picture because we know what he thinks about is leader. They are

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profoundly depressed, miserable. To the extant that the day we have the

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first speech in the next Labour ship leader contest. The shadow leader

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axed about the speech I am going to be given today. I have already given

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it. He clearly wasn't paying attention. Surprisingly enough, I'm

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not after his support. LAUGHTER The evil procedure he talked about,

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we stood on a manifesto of giving the British a share in the

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devolution settlement. If it is now the Labour Party's policy to say to

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English voters, we will take a way you're part of the devolution

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settlement, I look forward to having that debate on the doorsteps and at

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the ballot box. On the question of Mike Ashley and the Business Select

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Committee, it should always be the case that this house seeks to bring

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somebody before it, and they should be free to do so and it should

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happen unequivocally. On the subject of employees in this house, I

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remember that the honourable gentleman is a member of the

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committee that discusses how we spend money in the house. I'm sure

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he will bring the matter to the commission and we will discuss it.

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This weekend is the denoument of the Rugby six Nations between England

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and Wales at Twickenham. I say, may the best team win. The one thing we

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can be sure about is that although he will not be singing Delilah this

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weekend, as a Republican, I look forward to a good old blast of God

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Save The Queen and I am sure you will be joining the amp on Saturday.

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Next week I will be going to read Brock Hayes community primary School

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in Brereton which has been rated good following a couple of years of

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hard work and commitment from the headteacher Chris Gaffney and his

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team. Can we have a debate in government time about the progress

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being made in terms of improving school standards? My honourable

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friend makes an important point. And happy birthday for Saturday, as

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well. We have made enormous progress on improving educational standards.

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I pay tribute to the headteacher she makes reference to an all of those

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in her constituency who are making a difference for the young people of

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Cannock Chase. Let's see if we can get through this business quite

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quickly so the house can resume its core business of slapping off the

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Right honourable friend the Prime Minister. I have an elegant solution

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how we discover whether the Queen is for Brexit or not? Yesterday the

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government were defeated... He said what he said but for the benefit of

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the house and new members, we don't discuss the views of the monarch in

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this chamber. There have been debates occasionally on matters are

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pertaining to the Royal family but we don't discuss that matter and

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it's better that we leave it there. Please continue. Absolutely right.

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We will leave it to government figures to do that. Yesterday, the

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government were defeated and it was the SNP what won it. We can't take

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exclusive credit for that incredible victory. We did have some friends

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who also helped. THEY TALK OVER EACH OTHER

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We really enjoyed the wailing and gnashing of conservative teeth.

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There was something almost delicious about the ways the Tories lashed out

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at the SNP after this government having imposed English votes for

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English laws criticised our temerity for getting up and supporting

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Scottish workers. Does the government believe for a minute that

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normal rules stand when it comes to issues like that? What about this

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rule? Nobody had a clue what was going on yesterday. I asked the

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Deputy Speaker what was going on and he didn't have a clue. You would

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need an advanced degree in madness to understand what is going on with

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the dog 's breakfast that is English votes for English laws. The time has

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come to abandon the plan that doesn't work. If there was some

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accidental consequence for the support of the European leave

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campaign it will be his legacy. What a legacy to leave this house?

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I want to support the calls yesterday for my right honourable

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friend the member for Moray on the treatment of asylum seekers in this

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country. Perhaps we could have a proper look at the use of private

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services when it comes to the treatment of asylum seekers in this

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country. Lastly, we are also grateful to the Leader of the House

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for announcing the recess dates and the announcement that there will be

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after all a Queen's Speech in advance of the referendum. But once

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again what we find with the recess dates, they do not cover the

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Scottish National Party conference. We are the third largest party. It

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covers the Liberal conference, Mr Speaker. So can I get a guarantee

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from the Leader of the House that the 14th of October will be a norm

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sitting day so that the second party of this House can also get to its

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conference. Once again, what we find with all this time off that we have

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in the summer, we find that it does not include the Scottish school

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holidays once again. My honourable friends, they want to spend time

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with their families, as honourable members across there will be able to

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do from other parts of the United Kingdom. We need to get this sorted

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for next year, Mr Speaker. First of all, can I thank you for what you

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have just said about the Queen and the Royal Family, Mr Speaker. The

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one thing which it is always appropriate to say in this House is

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how much we value our monarchy and we appreciate the magnificent job

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she does for our nation. With regard to the events yesterday, phrase, it

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was the SNP what one it. I have a high regard for my honourable

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friend, but yesterday was one of those occasions where it is very

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clear how far away from political principle the SNP can find itself.

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You cannot on the one hand talk about the importance, as they have

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always done, of standing aside from matters which are England only, and

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then diving in when it is opportunistic for them to do so.

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That is a party of opportunism, I'm a friend, not a party of principle.

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And I listen and again to the honourable gentleman's words about

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English votes for English laws. As he knows, I was in Scotland last

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week supporting our fine team campaigning in the Scottish

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elections there. One of the Scottish members said to me, that Mr Wishart,

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he is very hysterical, isn't he? I had to reassure him and say, he is

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actually a nice guy behind the scenes. But when I hear comments

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like his ones this morning, I can understand why some of the people in

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Scotland get the wrong idea about him. On the asylum seekers, it is a

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matter the Home Secretary takes seriously. We will always do our

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best to make sure that people in this country are treated humanely.

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Clearly I owe him an apology regarding the SNP conference. I had

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thought that making sure he had the opportunity to be here on the first

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day of the SNP conference was a help to him rather than a hindrance,

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because I never had the sense that he was desperate to get there. I

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thought that as this year, we would enjoy being here on the first day of

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conference. Clearly we will have to look at whether we do the same thing

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next year. And finally, I have some bad news for him. He has

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competition. As he may know, there are people on this side of the House

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who are also now making some fine music and I have to say, I think the

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honourable member looks like being tough competition for him when it

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comes to Eurovision next year. May the best man or woman win. Mr

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Speaker, it will not have escaped the Leader of the House that

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depending on how the business pans out today, in particular the

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Northern Ireland business, there is a likelihood that the very important

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debate at the end of the day on the way in which our acts of Parliament

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are recorded may be squeezed out, possibly completely. Will the Leader

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of the House now find government time for substantive debate on the

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matter so that we can let the House of Lords know what we think about

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it? This is of course a subject which has been brought forward on a

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backbench day. I think it is appropriate to be a matter for the

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House and not something which government time is made available

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for. And so as the Chair of the backbench committee is here today,

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if he is not able to move his debate today, then the opportunity will be

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found to bring that matter to the House. I am sure that that will be

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the case. I am grateful also to the Leader of the House for the

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announcement of the future business. And with the date of the State

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Opening be announced for the 18th of May, can I remind the Leader of the

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House that it is a standing order the House that the backbench

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business committee be awarded 27 days of business time within a

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session. We are still some way short of that. And we are expecting a glut

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of backbench business in the five weeks which remain after Easter and

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the State Opening. I would add one personal thing - if we do get this

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to Mike Ashley into This Place, can we also question him about the

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terrible running of Newcastle United Football Club at the same time? I do

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not want to diminish the importance of the employment practices of

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Sports Direct, but I'm afraid to say that based on the management of

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Newcastle United, I do not expect a very big party at a brewery any time

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soon. It is tough being a Newcastle supporter at the moment. I wish him

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and his team well for the rest of the season. There is time to escape

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the relegation zone and I have no doubt he will be cheering from the

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stands. I have no doubt that he is going to be seeking more time over

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the next few weeks. I am not sure we are quite in agreement on the

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numbers. But we will have a proper discussion about that. I hope he

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would note that in response to his request we did make a protected time

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available for a debate on Tuesday. We will obviously look at doing that

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in the future where it is important to do so. On Saturday, I joined the

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Dartmoor search and rescue team and learnt that 70% of calls to the

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service come from within the boundaries of Plymouth, many in Home

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Park, due to elderly people getting lost. Can we have a debate on how we

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might support these excellent volunteers, who get no money from

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central government? Mr Speaker, my honourable friend makes an important

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point. One thing I have suggested before is that the back edge

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business committee might consider holding a four-day debate when one

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is available on volunteering in this country. There are a large number of

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members who would like to pay tribute to the work done in their

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constituency. I cannot resist simply drawing attention to a news story

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this week that a council in East Anglia has appointed the first

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hedgehog tsar. It is clear that his campaign is already making a

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difference. Last week I was approached by retailers facing an

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affordable business rates due to the end of the business rates retail

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relief. Can we have a debate to discuss whether the government plans

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to subsidise these retailers, many of whom would have to close as a

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result of the rises average Mr Speaker, of course we are all very

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concerned about the future of the high street. This is a matter which

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certainly can be brought up during the debate on the budget next week.

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I do not yet know whether the Chancellor has any plans in this

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area, but she will want to make the case for her constituency in the

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four days of debate which followed a budget. It is very much one of the

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matters on the agenda. Today we are starting a consultation on the

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designs following the terrible flooding we had in 2011 on the River

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Parrett. I am grateful for the support from across the House. This

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is massively important. 12% of my district council were underwater in

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2011. The history and the lessons we are learning in the south and the

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north of the UK, is there a time to have a statement in this House?

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First of all, pay tribute to buy honourable friend, who has been a

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more than effective advocate for his constituency and for the areas of

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Somerset affected by flooding. I know lessons have been learned and

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some significant steps have been taken since. There will be another

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occasion next Thursday to question the Environment Secretary, which I

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am sure he will do. When can we discuss early day motion 1182, which

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takes us into the forbidden area that the views of the monarchy

:26:51.:26:53.

cannot be discussed in This Place, and only in This Place - it can be

:26:54.:26:57.

discussed everywhere else. But it does raise the conduct of a

:26:58.:27:01.

well-documented conspiracy between Sir Jeremy Heywood and Sir

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Christopher guide at a time when the Scottish referendum appeared to be

:27:08.:27:10.

in trouble from the governance Ali point of view. And it is alleged

:27:11.:27:15.

that these two gentlemen conspired to put the Queen'sopinion into the

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public domain. Is it not important that we discuss those who give

:27:20.:27:23.

advice to the Royal Family, because their main function is to act in

:27:24.:27:31.

situations where a Prime Minister is acting in her or his own interests

:27:32.:27:37.

against the interests of the country, and then, the

:27:38.:27:39.

politicisation of the monarchy would mean that they could not act in

:27:40.:27:44.

those situations, and any exposure of the Royal Family 's views

:27:45.:27:49.

threatens the and continuation of the institution? There are rather

:27:50.:27:56.

large numbers of conspiracy theories in this world. If we spent all that

:27:57.:28:00.

time in this House discussing them, we would not get around to

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discussing the serious business of the nation. Therefore I regret I

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think we will not be discussing that particular issue. Can I say, right

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honourable friend how pleased I am that the House will be sitting on

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the 26th of May, because that will be the seventh anniversary of the

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Prime Minister's famous speech on fixing broken politics, in which he

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called for more backbench power, more free votes and less pudding.

:28:24.:28:30.

Cowie on that occasion have a debate -- less whipping -- on the progress

:28:31.:28:42.

made on those principles?! Independent spirit on the

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backbenches is certainly not something which is lacking in this

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Parliament. This day week is St Patrick's Day. Yesterday I tabled a

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request that the government bring forward legislative proposals

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because it is not a devolved matter, to make St Patrick's Day a public

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holiday in Northern Ireland. Will the Leader of the House facilitate a

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debate about this important issue? Well, Mr Speaker, of course it is a

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subject she feels strongly about. I think we always have to be careful

:29:16.:29:18.

about granting too many extra bank honoured a is because of the

:29:19.:29:21.

economic impact on the areas. I am sure she will bring forward an

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adjournment debate and bring a minister to the House to make the

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point which she has raised this morning. Would my right honourable

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friend find time for a debate on the practice of big businesses trying to

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stop members of Parliament doing their democratic duty and raising

:29:39.:29:41.

constituentss' concerns in This Place? Outrageously, national

:29:42.:29:48.

express group plc has written to the Noble Lord Fellman, the chairman of

:29:49.:29:51.

the Conservative Party, complaining that I have been raising in This

:29:52.:29:55.

Place issues regarding my constituents' anxieties over CQC

:29:56.:30:04.

timetable changes. Mr Speaker, I suspect that National Express May

:30:05.:30:07.

Need A New Political Advisers. One Thing You Can Be Certain Of Is That

:30:08.:30:11.

Writing A Letter Of Complaint About My Honourable Friend Is Likely To

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Make Him More Zealous, Rather Than Less Zealous. And rightly so! At

:30:15.:30:26.

seven a this morning, a report was produced on the energy market

:30:27.:30:31.

investigation. I welcome this report. It focuses on prepayment

:30:32.:30:36.

users and the hashtag prepay rip-off. I have had an adjournment

:30:37.:30:41.

Abate, I have written to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State

:30:42.:30:44.

and the response has been inadequate. Will the Leader of the

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House make government time so that we can have a proper discussion,

:30:48.:30:51.

which is urgently needed in this House, to explore the CMA's

:30:52.:30:54.

recommendation, which the minister said that she will in ferment? Of

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course, the Energy Secretary will be here in ten days to do just that. If

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she wants to raise matters before that, I suggest she writes and I

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will make the Energy Secretary aware that she will be raising the issue

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at that point. In the first half of last year, six cyclists were fatally

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injured in London following collisions with HGV four. Would he

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find time in the Parliamentary calendar to debate the costs and

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benefits of restricting HGVs from city centres at rush-hour times?

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This is a deeply important matter. We have seen far too many tragedies

:31:31.:31:35.

in recent times, sometimes deaths are sometimes serious injuries. The

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issue has been widely raised as a matter of concern, including by the

:31:40.:31:42.

Times newspaper, which tragically saw one of its members of staff

:31:43.:31:46.

seriously injured in an accident with an HGV. We want to take all

:31:47.:31:50.

possible steps to improve the situation. The Mayor of London has

:31:51.:31:54.

taken a lead on this. We will continue to look at different ideas

:31:55.:31:55.

on improving the situation. This week we saw the Premier League

:31:56.:32:05.

make the good announcement that all clubs will cap the cost of away

:32:06.:32:15.

tickets at ?30. More pressing for fans, particularly Middlesbrough

:32:16.:32:18.

fans who will be watching their team at Charlton is the changing of

:32:19.:32:23.

fixtures. Their recent game was supposed to be on Saturday. Many

:32:24.:32:31.

fans made arrangements and will not be able to attend due to changing

:32:32.:32:35.

those arrangements. With television coverage having such dominance over

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coverage, can we have a debate about that? TV coverage has brought the

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ability to watch matches to a much broader audience but I absolutely

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understand the point he is making. I do not support last-minute changes

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to arrangements. Can we have a debate on oral

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payments agency? Does the leader share my constituency concerns that

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some small shrubs up our farmers -- some small Shropshire farmers have

:33:29.:33:37.

still not been paid causing great hardship. It is not acceptable for

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small farmers to be left in a position where their cash flows are

:33:45.:33:50.

left inappropriately stretched. A series of payments have been made

:33:51.:33:57.

covering the full range of small and medium-sized farm businesses across

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the industry. 83% of medium farm businesses have received payments

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but the Secretary of State is well aware of the need to complete this

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job and we do not want to see farmers under undue pressure and it

:34:13.:34:18.

is not fair for them to be left high and dry. As chairman of the

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all-party kidney disease group, can I say, welcome to world kidney Day.

:34:26.:34:33.

Polycystic kidney disease accounts for one in four kidney dialysis

:34:34.:34:38.

patients and transplants. I know that the leader of the house is

:34:39.:34:42.

allergic to anything to do with Brussels but the polycystic kidney

:34:43.:34:49.

disease Association do have a Brussels declaration which calls for

:34:50.:34:55.

a coordinated approach to the disease, funding of research,

:34:56.:35:01.

patient centre care parts ways as well as to those knowledge --

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knowledgeable about this disease. Can we have a debate about this

:35:10.:35:15.

matter? I understand the need to provide high-quality services to

:35:16.:35:20.

patients affected. To my mind, the important thing is to take the right

:35:21.:35:24.

decisions for patients in this country which is what the government

:35:25.:35:30.

is doing through Investment In Health Care. Can we have a vote on

:35:31.:35:39.

English votes for English laws. The farce that we had yesterday showed

:35:40.:35:46.

that we don't have English votes for English laws and it was made

:35:47.:35:50.

abundantly clear yesterday. Can we have a debate to get it straight and

:35:51.:35:56.

out once and for all to find out what the English public think is

:35:57.:36:00.

meant by English votes for English laws? Can we have a policy on the

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fact that every time the SNP vote on an issue that only effects England,

:36:09.:36:16.

we deliver it Act two Holyrood for them? My honourable friend has

:36:17.:36:24.

innovative ideas to deal with the situation. He is right to talk about

:36:25.:36:34.

principles and the SNP. We said that they would have the ability to say

:36:35.:36:42.

no to measures enforced upon them by other parts of the UK. We now know

:36:43.:36:50.

that they not only want to interfere in matters like those discussed

:36:51.:36:54.

yesterday but they also want to team up with the Labour Party and impose

:36:55.:36:58.

an England solution is that the English do not want. I have been

:36:59.:37:07.

approached by small businesses in my area regarding the Chancellor's

:37:08.:37:13.

decision to end the business rate relief scheme for small businesses

:37:14.:37:18.

from April this year. Around 1000 small shops in the borough of

:37:19.:37:25.

Rochdale will face extra bills of up to ?1500. For many small shops, that

:37:26.:37:31.

is the difference between survival and going bust. Can we have an

:37:32.:37:36.

urgent debate on government time on this important subject? The answer

:37:37.:37:43.

is yes. It will start next Wednesday and the party opposite will have the

:37:44.:37:47.

chance to speak and vote on these matters if they choose to do so.

:37:48.:37:55.

Following yesterday's deliberations on Sunday trading, can I

:37:56.:37:58.

congratulate the government on the precedent they have set with the

:37:59.:38:09.

family test alongside legislation conceding the negative impact on the

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family. Can they confirm that all primary and secondary legislation

:38:16.:38:19.

will have a family test at the beginning of proceedings and what

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will happen when legislation does not pass the family test? Of course,

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the purpose of impact assessments and family tests is to enable the

:38:30.:38:34.

house to take an informed decision. These tests are less about an

:38:35.:38:40.

individual bar over which a measure need to jump and more about a

:38:41.:38:45.

package of information that can inform decisions. We intend to keep

:38:46.:38:49.

the house as fully informed as possible so they can take decisions.

:38:50.:38:58.

I raised the question of a constituent who was imprisoned in

:38:59.:39:01.

Israel. What action is the government taking

:39:02.:39:27.

regarding the worrying rise in blasphemy charges in Egypt? I

:39:28.:39:41.

commend his stand in protecting the Christian faith. I am aware of the

:39:42.:39:49.

concerns he has raised today. Following Tim Peake's call for

:39:50.:39:56.

pupils in Brecon and Radnorshire, can I ask my right honourable friend

:39:57.:40:03.

if we can have a debate on promoting the sciences as an option to pupils

:40:04.:40:08.

so that Britain can capitalise on our Peking interest it in science so

:40:09.:40:15.

we continue to lead the world in research and development for years

:40:16.:40:21.

to come? An important point. We celebrated Tim Peake going into

:40:22.:40:24.

space and we should also celebrate the contribution he has made since

:40:25.:40:31.

having regular interactions with the International Space Station, talking

:40:32.:40:35.

about the work he has done and inspiring young people. Long may

:40:36.:40:40.

that continue and long may there be role models like him contributing to

:40:41.:40:49.

our innovative future. Contact the elderly is a small national charity

:40:50.:40:54.

in Scotland which helps old people who live alone by funding monthly

:40:55.:41:00.

get-togethers. This kind of community support initiative is

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excellent and inspiring. Can we have a debate to discuss these selection

:41:04.:41:11.

initiatives? I very much support the idea of session debates. It is a

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real opportunity. We have had fixed moments in the past two debate

:41:18.:41:22.

things like veterans's issues and now there is a real opportunity to

:41:23.:41:26.

have debate across the United Kingdom. I forgot to say earlier, I

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hope the committee will give judo consideration -- due consideration

:41:35.:41:40.

in the form of a pre-recess adjournment debate. I welcome the

:41:41.:41:49.

Premier League announcement on capping away tickets at football

:41:50.:41:53.

next season but is the leader of the house aware that might seem others

:41:54.:42:00.

feel town will be offering a season ticket for just ?179 next season. ?7

:42:01.:42:06.

80 per game, great value in the championship. Will he allow a debate

:42:07.:42:11.

on the cost of football which is so important for fans across the

:42:12.:42:16.

country? I applaud what others feel town are doing. The point is that

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clubs like that play such an important community role and I know

:42:23.:42:26.

they are very involved in charitable activities across the town. I pay

:42:27.:42:30.

tribute to the club for playing that role in the community and doing what

:42:31.:42:34.

they can to give fans the opportunity to see them play and

:42:35.:42:39.

affordable basis. May they succeed on the pitch as a result. Happy

:42:40.:42:45.

birthday to my daughter next Tuesday. On the matter of Wales

:42:46.:42:51.

against England, made a better team win and may it be Wales. Couldn't we

:42:52.:42:58.

use the annunciator to have subtitles when we go

:42:59.:43:13.

into the 10th one procedure so they can explain the impossible task of

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describing what is going on. What I am not doing is reversing the

:43:21.:43:25.

gesture we made to the English of saying you have got a part of the

:43:26.:43:29.

devolution package as well. I don't think that a position that says that

:43:30.:43:36.

the Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish can have devolution without the

:43:37.:43:44.

English having it is something we can go back on. West Berkshire

:43:45.:43:49.

Council has been forced by bizarre funding to do a very unconservative

:43:50.:43:55.

thing which is to raise taxes and cut services to those in need. We

:43:56.:44:05.

have the perverse actions of the office which can wipe millions of

:44:06.:44:08.

pounds of business rates from a small unity authority for large

:44:09.:44:13.

sites. Can we have a debate about the actions of the valuations office

:44:14.:44:19.

agency about how small councils are funded? An excellent point. I will

:44:20.:44:29.

draw attention to his concerns to the Secretary of State. It is likely

:44:30.:44:33.

that the issue of business rates will be addressed next week as well.

:44:34.:44:39.

On the 2nd of December, the Prime Minister promised this house that he

:44:40.:44:44.

would make quarterly statements on the involvement of British military

:44:45.:44:50.

forces in Syria. That should have happened by the 2nd of March. Can we

:44:51.:44:55.

have an urgent statement of when we are going to have these vital

:44:56.:45:01.

quarterly updates? What I said last week is that we would be holding

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such statements and it would happen before the Easter recess. Can I add

:45:05.:45:13.

my voice to the calls for a debate on having genuine English votes for

:45:14.:45:21.

English laws, despite the recent reforms, yesterday proved that the

:45:22.:45:26.

votes of Scottish MPs are still able to stop my constituents from

:45:27.:45:30.

enjoying the same freedoms that their own constituents enjoyed. An

:45:31.:45:37.

important point. We should remember that the SNP when we were debating

:45:38.:45:44.

EVEL said that we don't need this because we don't take part. That

:45:45.:45:48.

promise was shown yesterday to be paper-thin. We celebrated

:45:49.:45:58.

International Women's Day with a superb debate in the chamber. I

:45:59.:46:05.

pointed out that only fathers names appear on birth certificates and not

:46:06.:46:11.

mothers named. I have a private members bill that will add mothers

:46:12.:46:18.

marriage names -- names to marriage certificates. Can we please have a

:46:19.:46:29.

debate in government time? Can I say to her, I'm afraid that she is

:46:30.:46:33.

running into a long queue at the end of the session for private members

:46:34.:46:37.

bills but the commitment that the government made stamps.

:46:38.:46:44.

As this is English Tourism Week, could we find time for a debate on

:46:45.:46:50.

the important contribution of tourism to the English economy? A

:46:51.:46:55.

record 35mm as it is came last year, but we need to get them out of

:46:56.:47:01.

London to visit other areas of the country, and maybe visit the fleece

:47:02.:47:05.

Inn, which was named Pub of the year recently?! Indeed, I hope that the

:47:06.:47:11.

announcement of the recess dates will give a moment for honourable

:47:12.:47:15.

members to pay ever visit to Worcestershire and take advantage of

:47:16.:47:18.

the fine hospitality you will find there. I am sure he would be

:47:19.:47:21.

delighted to have the whole house visit. The Leader of the House will

:47:22.:47:29.

know that I have been calling for support on all sides of this House

:47:30.:47:34.

to address the root causes of serious youth violence. We had a

:47:35.:47:37.

backbench debate on the issue last week. Earlier this week, the

:47:38.:47:41.

Secretary of State adjusters confirm that he will report back to the

:47:42.:47:45.

House on progress made on this issue. Can the leader of the explain

:47:46.:47:50.

how this will happen and when we can expect that report? My right

:47:51.:47:57.

honourable friend has these matters under review all the time. We have

:47:58.:48:01.

made significant changes for example to the laws on live crime. We have

:48:02.:48:04.

taken through the work which has been done with the Home Office on

:48:05.:48:08.

gangs, to try to break them up. And of course the Justice Secretary is

:48:09.:48:13.

before this House regularly and will provide regular updates. Can

:48:14.:48:21.

a debate on the importance of raising the profile of dyslexia

:48:22.:48:26.

teacher training, which many people are concerned is not getting the

:48:27.:48:33.

sort of focus which it should be? Mr Speaker, my honourable friend makes

:48:34.:48:37.

a very, very important point. It is certainly the case that many young

:48:38.:48:41.

people who struggle at school do so because they are dyslexic. I have

:48:42.:48:46.

already discussed this with the Secretary of State, who assured me

:48:47.:48:50.

that part of the training manoeuvre teaches does contain help on the

:48:51.:48:56.

understanding of dyslexia. We will do everything we can. I'm sure the

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House will want to join me in welcoming the two defeats last night

:49:10.:49:11.

in the Other Place on the Immigration Bill? Could he make a

:49:12.:49:15.

statement to confirm whether the government will use last night's

:49:16.:49:20.

vote as motivation to start treating asylum seekers with the respect and

:49:21.:49:24.

dignity that they deserve? That is a first, I cannot remember the

:49:25.:49:26.

Scottish National Party praising what happened in the House of Lords.

:49:27.:49:30.

But what I would say to him is that I think we have a record of treating

:49:31.:49:34.

asylum seekers which bears comparison with anywhere in the

:49:35.:49:38.

world. I will not hear anybody say otherwise. Can I congratulate my

:49:39.:49:42.

right honourable friend for his excellent contribution to Radio 4

:49:43.:49:46.

and for his excellent speech? And can we ask for a speech in

:49:47.:49:49.

government time on the merits of leaving the EU, which I suggest

:49:50.:50:00.

should have a project title Hope? He tempts me but he must bear in mind

:50:01.:50:05.

that the governments position is to recommend that Britannia Stadium the

:50:06.:50:10.

European Union. We will have debates in the country and ultimately in

:50:11.:50:12.

June, the British people will decide. Three days, the

:50:13.:50:26.

institutional investors group which represents ?13 trillion of assets

:50:27.:50:29.

under management wrote to the Chancellor to ensure mandatory

:50:30.:50:33.

corporate disclosure of climate risks. Could we have a debate in

:50:34.:50:38.

government time on the mandatory reporting of climate risks, so that

:50:39.:50:41.

there is transparency about the financial health of our corporate

:50:42.:50:45.

and that the confidence of such an enormous body of investment funds

:50:46.:50:50.

can be increased? He is another person we need to wish a happy

:50:51.:50:54.

birthday to. We are at the leading edge in this country in combating

:50:55.:50:59.

climate change. We have adopted targets which stand comparison with

:51:00.:51:02.

anywhere in the world. But I do think simply putting additional

:51:03.:51:06.

reporting requirements and the sleep on to business leads to us having

:51:07.:51:09.

fewer jobs in this country, and not more. -- requirements endlessly on

:51:10.:51:19.

to business. As tens of thousands of people arrived in Cheltenham for the

:51:20.:51:24.

superb jump racing festival, we are reminded how necessary have been the

:51:25.:51:28.

upgrades at the railway station. Can we have an announcement on the

:51:29.:51:34.

delivery of station funding pledges? Of course we have just missed

:51:35.:51:38.

transport questions, which took place this morning, but I'm sure he

:51:39.:51:42.

will be able to raise an adjournment debate if he wants. Can I wish him

:51:43.:51:45.

and his constituents well for what is one of the best racing events in

:51:46.:51:50.

the country - perhaps not quite as good as the Epsom Derby. Tomorrow I

:51:51.:51:57.

will be visiting my constituent Walter Brown from Duckinfield, who

:51:58.:52:03.

is 90 years of age but who has just been awarded an award from France

:52:04.:52:08.

for his role in the liberation of France in 1944 as a Marine

:52:09.:52:14.

commander. Can I request a debate on what a privilege it is to request

:52:15.:52:17.

somebody like Walter Brown in the House of Commons and request the

:52:18.:52:21.

whole house put on record it's thanks? I absolutely agree with him.

:52:22.:52:25.

I have a gentleman in my constituency in the same position. I

:52:26.:52:29.

think it is a real tribute to the government of France but they have

:52:30.:52:33.

seen fit to honour in this way the grip of people who risked their

:52:34.:52:38.

lives to try to save France from the Nazis, and did so successfully. We

:52:39.:52:42.

should always remember them and be grateful to them and I am very glad

:52:43.:52:48.

the French have recognised that. You will be aware that on previous

:52:49.:52:51.

occasions I have raised the issue of literally hundreds of casual

:52:52.:52:55.

labourers congregating outside the queue in Queensbury, on the border

:52:56.:52:59.

between my constituency and that of the honourable member for brand

:53:00.:53:03.

north. I am pleased to say that Harlow Council and Brent Council

:53:04.:53:06.

have introduced a public space protection order under which anyone

:53:07.:53:11.

that picks up those casual labourers will be liable for a fixed rate

:53:12.:53:15.

penalty of ?100. Could we find time for a debate in this House, because

:53:16.:53:19.

this is a problem which emanates across the country? So that public

:53:20.:53:24.

space protection orders can be put in place to stop this unauthorised

:53:25.:53:28.

activity? It is a very important issue. The Business Secretary is

:53:29.:53:33.

here on Tuesday and I will ask him to be prepared to address the issue.

:53:34.:53:40.

All too often these people are operating within a gang master

:53:41.:53:44.

culture which is below the radar and is not within the legal framework of

:53:45.:53:48.

work in this country. And where those people are very likely to be

:53:49.:53:54.

exploited. Last year, Sir Nicholas McPherson said he would not hesitate

:53:55.:53:58.

to call in the police if the budget was leaked. Should any stories about

:53:59.:54:02.

this year's budget appear in the papers this weekend, will the Leader

:54:03.:54:08.

of the House join this most senior official in calling for the police

:54:09.:54:10.

to come and investigate and give time for this House to debate it?

:54:11.:54:16.

I'm not sure that if the civil service think anything untoward has

:54:17.:54:18.

been done, we will take appropriate action. Last Saturday I joined

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hundreds of residents at the only municipal golf course in our area to

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protest against plans by the council to close the facility. The Lib Dem

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run council claimed that getting the course would save ?50,000 a year and

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blamed cuts in government funding. However the same month, the council

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spent an estimated ?300,000 on a now unused health centre and admitted

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they have no plans for what they intend to do with it. Can we have a

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debate on the shocking mismanagement on my local council? As ever, my

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honourable friend is a very articulately presented if of his

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constituents. He is an appropriate critic of his Labour council. Around

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the country, where difficult decisions are having to be taken by

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councils, one finds Conservative ones taking a thoughtful approach

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whilst Labour councils take dumb decisions like the one he has just

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mentioned. As my honourable friends have referred to, the Chancellor

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Sunny decision to remove retail rate relief is causing great

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consternation for small businesses, having to find an extra ?1500 a

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year. In the area of Chester, 472 businesses will have to find an

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extra ?1.8 million next year. Can the leader assured us there will be

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sufficient time over the next few weeks to debate whether this is

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really the right time to start clobbering small businesses with

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more taxes? Mr Speaker, I can assure him that time will be available next

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week. We have four days available for the post-budget debate. When he

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talks about clobbering businesses, for 13 years in this country,

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businesses and suffered at the hands of a government which did not

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understand them, regulated in a way which caused them deeper problems

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and led to the halving of our manufacturing sector. Ministers have

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been very willing to engage on the steel issue. But in advance of the

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budget next week, will there be the opportunity to put the case for a

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business rates holiday for the injury to the Chancellor on the

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floor of this House? Mr Speaker, there will be that, at the Business

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Secretary is here on Tuesday, and he has been working with the steel

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industry. Can I suggest that he raises it with him then? Apologies

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for leaving the Chamber earlier on. It was somewhat ironic, a number of

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SNP members actually got a cheer from the office in the last ten

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days. Will the Leader of the House make a statement outlining that the

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title is not a complete misnomer? During the enterprise built, the

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second reading, the House was asked to vote on amendments which had not

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been seen. The government took a view on the SNP position Joseph

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Tuite now know was wrong. A government minister was pleading the

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House to vote with them because he was not going to implement what was

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on the bill. It was a farce from start to finish. Can we get a

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statement from the Leader of the House and the government? I am sorry

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but I think the only farce around here is the approach the SNP has

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taken to this. I did not vote in amity. They then decided to vote

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against it later, and we know it was for reasons of opportunism, not

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principle. -- in amity. He may know this week we had a serious outbreak

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of Stockholm syndrome in the east of England, as eight local leaders

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backed the remaining campaign in the press. Is it not important that

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voters know what level of funding from all forms of the European Union

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has induced this self-interested plea to hand more powers and money

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to Brussels? Mr Speaker, we have well established principles in this

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country of transparency in our political system. I think it is

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important in the coming months, whichever side of the argument we

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may be on, that people who have a financial link to the European Union

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make that clear as they make their arguments. Statement, the minister

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of State for

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