24/03/2016 Business Questions


24/03/2016

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absence of that condemnation, the House will only drawback conclusion

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that the Labour Party supports the withdrawal of emergency action in

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this strike. Order. That will come after business question, and I feel

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sure that the honourable lady will be in her place, perched, ready to

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points with her point of order at the appropriate moment. We will

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await at that prospect and I am sure with eager anticipation. Meanwhile,

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business question. Will the deputy leader please give us the future

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business? The debt you Leader of the House. Thank you, Mr Speaker. The

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business for the week commencing 11 of April, second reading of the

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Finance Bill. Tuesday, 2nd of April, debate on the motion on reform of

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support arrangements for people with contaminated blood. The subject of

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this debate was determined by the backbench business committee and

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followed by the chairman of ways and Means has named People's private

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business for consideration. Wednesday the 13th, opposition day

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and a lot of today there will be a debate on an opposition motion

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subject to be announced. Thursday 14th of April, debate on the motion

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on national security checking of the Iraqi Enquirer report, followed by a

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debate on emotion on diversity in the BBC to stop the subject of these

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were divided by a committee. -- a debate on the notion of diversity in

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the BBC. Monday the 18th of April, debate on emotion on the

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introduction of a national Living Wage and contracts. Followed by a

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debate on a motion on Yorkshire and Humber. As for business in

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Westminster Hall, I should like to inform the House that the business

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in Westminster Hall for the 14th and 18th of April will be 30 the 14th,

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general debate on the pub scored and adjudicator. Monday the 18th, debate

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on an eager addition relating to funding for research into Range

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Rovers. -- debate on a petition. This week remembered those who died

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in the terrorist attacks Brussels. It shows remains is the importance

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of nations standing together against extremism. I thank the health

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authority for taking this threat seriously and the Security guide

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that they have published. Mr Speaker, I welcome that today we

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have three women speaking for the party in business questions. I will

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avoid doing my best to being hostile. I was concerned I'd have

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nothing to talk about when I was asked the standing, but I need not

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have worried. I have made my own list. It has been a truly dismal

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week for the governments ever since the budget they have been incomplete

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confusion and chaos and this must be a record for the number of

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government U-turns in seven short days. First, the disgraceful PIP

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cuts were dropped on Friday with a pre-election promise of ?12 billion

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of cuts disowned by Monday. Then the government said they would fulfil

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that manifesto commitment on welfare cuts. Can she explained to me in

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simple terms how point form William Power in black hole in the budget

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will be filled by? As my honourable friend asked on Tuesday if it was so

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easy to absorb the ?1 billion a year in the time, why did the Chancellor

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proposes in the first place? It frightened the life out of disabled

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people. There are 3,000 people in Grimsby who are going to be

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transferred to temp one and they would've had sleepless nights

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wondering how they were going to manage. We'll see nine to what the

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Chancellor and Prime Minister failed to do and apologise for the stress

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and anxiety caused to the hundreds of thousands of disabled people in

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this country over this needless upset? Can I welcome the new

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Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to his post although I am

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not sure how grateful he is to have been dropped into such hot water. It

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seems that the claws are already out and let's hope that he does not have

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a soft-shell because almost immediately after his appointment he

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faced calls to step down as the patron of his local men branch

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because of his support for the disability benefit cuts and he his

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taking his own constituents to court to force them to pay the Bedroom

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Tax. It might be a new face, but more of the same from the nasty

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party. There were more U-turns on Tuesday to allow the fat on solar

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panels on the Tampon Tax to be defeated. I congratulate my friends

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for this major achievement, feisty campaigner, the first opposition

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backbencher to secure an amendment to a budget, and all him her first

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year. In the same day the Home Office quietly announced that they

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will no longer be banning poppers, so the honourable member for Reigate

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can relax now. According to the Education Secretary, all government

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announcements... It is coming, it is coming. Mike Kim all government

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announcements are really just consultations and not concrete

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policies so can I suggest one more day turned? Following the Lords vote

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on Monday will the government allowed 3,000 children to take

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refuge in Britain and when will this has been at? The refugee children in

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Europe who are travelling without a parent or guardian and it is time

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that Britain act and gives those children at home and the childhood.

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Can we also have a statement on the energy security in this country? EDF

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energy the company behind the Hinckley Project for the committee

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that the decision over the new site's future has been delayed until

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May and rests in the hands of the French government. If this project

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does not go ahead there will be serious questions as to whether this

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government can keep the lights on and meet our climate change

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commitments. Can the secretary come towards the size and make a

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statement about this project and what is her plan B point C does not

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receive? Many responded to the resignation of the previous

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Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Really, there is no

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comparison between the two events. They could not be more different.

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The Ides of March marks the brutal end of a career of someone who was

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in favour of closer European integration, had filled the

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legislature with his followers and was feared to be setting himself up

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as unfettered leader of his country, but not quite the record of the

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right honourable member for Chingford and Woodford Green. Thank

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you, Mr Speaker. I echo her comments about Brussels and she is right to

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point out the sentiments of the British people the Vic Dems. It is

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important that we should be alert but not alarms and recognise the

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ongoing work that our police and domestic services take to make sure

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that we are all safe. Can I start by paying tribute to Milton Tolbert? E

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will be much missed, including his role in the Parliamentary choir. His

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dulcet tones echoing out of costs -- across the chapel. I first met him

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and his lovely wife back in 2003 at a garden party. As his wife is a

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senior county councillor and he was rightly supporting her. After his

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service in the Armed Forces on his service to the size and his

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dedication to democracy, I really wish Milburn well in the next stage

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of his life. I welcome the honourable ladies to the places and

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the honourable lady opposite, her constituency and might have similar

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attributes. We are on the coast, fishing is important and green

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energy offers a vibrant future. She has shown she is a dab hand at the

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dispatch box. That said, as the honourable lady is in the hostile

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gang and it seems that the honourable member for Rhondda has

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been neutered, she will have to put skids on to get back in the good

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books. What do week it has been. Far from dismal, we have had a

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turbo-charged budget back in businesses of all sizes. Providing

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work to millions more people. I'm sure she will welcome the fact that

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over 600,000 businesses will no longer pay business rates from 2017,

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70,000 of which are from Yorkshire and Humber. The Labour Party is

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between a rock and a hard place, floundering to get off the hook of

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the fact that they left office with the largest deficit ever. The Prime

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Minister and the Chancellor have negotiated choppy waters. We have

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weathered the storms and our long-term economic plan means we are

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shipshape to reach a safe harbour of economic security, living within our

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means and working towards tackling the deficit that was at risk of

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tracking down the country. She asked several questions. She can use the

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opposition day to debate these matters. On the issue of PIP and

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disabilities and want to say we are a one nation government who wants to

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support everyone to achieve their full potential and live independent

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lives. In the last 12 months alone hundred and 52,000 more disabled

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people have moved into work. That represents real lives transformed as

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will help people with disabilities to move into work and benefit from

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the advantages that brings. Even though Labour has the largest

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peacetime deficit ever I should remind members that spending on

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those with disabilities will be higher in Twenty20 than in 2010. The

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government will not be going ahead with the changes to PIP. We have

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legislated to deliver the ?12 billion of savings promised in our

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manifesto, including those made a fortnight ago in the welfare reform

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act. We are committed to ensuring that disabled people live their

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lives free from discrimination and that is why we have strengthened the

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equality act to ensure that the lot properly protects them. She refers

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to the Tampon Tax. I will give due credit to the honourable lady for

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Dewsbury. The honourable lady and I had a back and forth on twitter, but

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I am pleased at what has happened. The government has successfully

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negotiated with prompting, I am not denying that, to ensure that we have

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a zero great. I am hoping that will be introduced legislation in due

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course. With regard to the refugee children, everybody is moved by it.

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I support the policy of this government by taking the most

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vulnerable people directly from camps in the countries surrounding

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Syria. Since the decisions were made early in the year, sorry late last

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year, that the United Kingdom has welcomed over a thousand people from

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Syrian refugee camps and I am pleased that the communities had

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done their best to make sure that these people are made to feel

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welcome. But energy security, we have just had energy questions and

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cheaper fares to EDF and Hinckley. I have Sizewell in my constituency. I

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hope that Sizewell C will follow Hinkley C. I can assure her that the

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Prime Minister and the energy ministers are continuing to have

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these discussions with the people at the highest level in the French

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government. It has been quite a week and many MPs find some fun at the

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British babel awards last night. The Leader of the Opposition, after

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being skewered at the end keys yesterday, may be looking for some

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donors, but instead he found some Donner kebabs. I hope the MPs enjoy

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the Easter recess. They are welcome to my constituency. They need to

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recharge the batteries as only come back we will have a full agenda of

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legislation to progress, the Finance Bill, further cementing this

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government's long-term economic land. Today is National... This

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highlights brain tumours which kill more children and adults under the

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age of 40 than any other cancer, yet only 1% of the National Cancer spent

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is on cancer research for brain tumours. I pay tribute to Philippa

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Barber and her family who lost their precious husband, Nigel, in 2013 to

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this. Can we have a debate please on extra funding to support this

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important research and tackling this devastating disease, please? My

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honourable friend is right to raise this important issue. The petitions

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committee enquired into this matter. There will be a debate on the whole

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issue in Westminster Hall on the 18th of April. I commend her and

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other colleagues who wear hats in order to push forward this issue.

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Given the appalling events in Brussels, can the government find

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time in forthcoming business on the debates to address underlying causes

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of terrorism? We need to tackle extremism at its root cause if we

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are to make our communities safer. As a to adopting the reactionary and

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often racist approach carried out by some figures at home and abroad. Can

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we have a debate on the new budget? It would give ministers the chance

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to properly apologise to the hundreds of thousands of disabled

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people left in limbo thanks to the Chancellor's calloused

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miscalculations. They have not taken up the opportunity all week. Can we

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have a debate on the importance of unity and political parties? The SNP

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could lead it and the others could learn how to inspire confidence in

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the electorate? People know that we are the party that puts people first

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and that is why they are backing us in record numbers. The Equal Pay Act

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was an act of three days ago but pay inequality remains. We need a full

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debate to agree a programme and specific timetable for achieving

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equality for women. In my time in this Parliament I have seen real

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progress made in women work together bridging part of the -- pigeon party

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and political divides to unite. Let's find more ways for the women

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of this House to join forces for the benefit of all. Today is an historic

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day. Here is to the deputies who may soon become the leaders in the

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position. I was proud to be one of the 1,617,989 people in Scotland who

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voted yes in the referendum in 2014 in Scotland. I respect the decision

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that the Scottish people made 18 months ago. Today was the proposed

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first day of an independent Scotland. Can we have a full debate

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on how Scotland has fared from this union, including the risk we face at

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the hands of this reckless Chancellor and the fact that our

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vital EU membership is a threat? The majority of people in Scotland now

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believe that the people in Scotland would have a positive effect. We

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will be taking lessons on fiscal competence from a Chancellor who has

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seen the deficit grew by ?155 billion under his watch. They agree

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with me that Scotland's underlying fiscal position is we can because we

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are not independent. We can discuss how Scotland will benefit from

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another 50 years of oil production. We should find ways to save the

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proceeds for future generations and address the adverse effects of our

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commitment to renewing Trident, Hinkley Point and the high-speed

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rail link from London to Manchester. We can also debate the as well as

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placing the address in the SNP people in Scotland are placing

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person themselves by supporting Scottish independence in record

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numbers. Today is the last day of work that Milburn will have. Can I

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thank him for the advice in French and help he has shown to all new

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members and all members across the sites. We are truly grateful to him

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and wish him very well in his future endeavours. Can we thank all high

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staff, yourself on the deputy speakers for their help and support

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and wish you all a very happy recess.

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I want to echo her comments about their being no room for racism in

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our society here or anywhere. As a consequence, I believe that we, as

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political leaders, need to send that message strongly and repeatedly. In

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regard to what is happening in the Middle East, I believe we have taken

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a multipronged approach in terms of extreme is a action, which I

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appreciate she did not support. But we believe that, alongside providing

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over 1 billion of aid so that we are showing whether actions how we are

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trying to help tackle some of the issues at source. Meanwhile, in

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terms of radicalisation, we are undertaking are counter extremism

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strategy and a variety of ways. I'm sure that she will welcome that the

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Chancellor delivered for Scotland what was asked for. Freezing fuel

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duty, whiskey duty and supporting Maiwand gas industry. I am sure she

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will also welcome the people being taken out of paying income tax. That

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is the kind of positive action where people who work hard will be able to

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keep more of their money, and that is certainly a value which I think

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at one point she used to espouse. In terms of the equality act, she is

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right to be attributed this and other issue of gender pay, the prime

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ministers very focused on this matter. I have seen the report from

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the women under qualities committee and the government will respond in

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due course. I should remind them that was a Conservative Government

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that established the woman and qualities committee in this

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Parliament. I would like that of gender pay gap is an important

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issue. It seems to be largely emanated for women under the age of

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40 and that is to be welcomed. There is still considerably more to do.

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And even sent her a copy my own report about executive pay claim

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talent, which in trying to improve the prospects of woman going up the

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corporate ladder. But I think that the work undertaken in the review

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and the outcome of that is a charter which will encourage financial firms

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to sign up to the financial remuneration on bonuses is went to

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progress on this matter is a very welcome step. -- lent to progress on

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this matter. I am surprised if they are not in black today that the body

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would be in mourning. As it is not Scottish independence day, as you

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pointed out, fortunately two years ago a clear majority voted to remain

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in the United Kingdom and are now breathing a collective sigh of

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relief as the SMP fiscal plans would likely be in turmoil driven oil

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price. I expect she wrote her contribution before seeing the

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independent report today which points out that Scottish people

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would have started life today each ?2000 worth of and would be bearing

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the largest deficit in the developed world. Meanwhile last night, and I

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think they dead welcome us, the Scotland act was passed. We have

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fulfilled the VAIO made by my right honourable friend the Prime Minister

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is that the Scottish parliament that returns in May will be a powerhouse

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parliament. As such, Mr Speaker, I know that other honourable friends

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want to prisoners Unity Day, and long may that continue. -- wanted to

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christen this unity day. This morning, the British horse Society

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released statistics on accidents involving words of the last five

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years. 36 riders died and 181 horses were killed. There have also been

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many other injuries to Raiders, drivers, horses and much damage to

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vehicles on the island and on the mainland. The British data-flow

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campaign seeks to educate drivers to slow down to 50 mph to be patient,

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to allow at least a car's words when passing horses and to drive away

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slowly. Would the Leader of the House find time for debate to

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promote this important Road safety issue? He is right is this important

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issue. I am sure that he will agree that a common-sense approach that it

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would to be wide enough for Raiders, cyclists, horse riders and cars is

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perfectly possible and that people just need to be reminded of the

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responsibilities towards more honourable you road users. For

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example, the highway code does advise motorists to pass riders

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widely and fully and to give them as much room as one overtaking a

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purpose of it is an ideal opportunity potentially for visiting

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the backbench business committee and I am sure that many members would

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join in that request. Last night, some men were brutally murdered on

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the Lakes estate. A 34-year-old man has been arrested. I am sure the

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whole house would join me in expressing their horror and sadness

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that these terrible murders and descend our thoughts and personal

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condolences to the victims' families, particularly the children,

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but also the local community at this terrible time. A woman is killed

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every three days in this country. We have some fantastic agencies and

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support agencies working with women at risk of violence but they are

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stretched to breaking point as funding has been cut. Will the

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deputy leader of his work with the Home Secretary briskly to ensure

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that the police have all the resources they need to pursue

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justice in this particular case and to support the victim's families?

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Secondly to review the impact of cuts to the police, local agencies,

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refuges and local authority services on domestic violence rates? And give

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the House and update on when the strategy for balance against women

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and girls will be lamented at what funding will come with that for

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local services? The key is the honourable lady is just as great as

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colour very distressing and I am sure they will house will join in

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her sentiments with regard to the families. -- the case she has just

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described is a very distressing. This is an important point. We have

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an opportune with the elections of Police and Crime Commissioner is

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coming up to ensure that every candidate puts domestic violence as

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they had their manifestos. And I am not aware of what further action the

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Home Secretary is due today but I will bring her comments to her

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attention. -- due to take. May I add my support to the calls from the

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honourable member for Auckland for a debate on the united kingdom. I am

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sure you agree that we represent their gritters country now, and it

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is a village to do so. May we thank in that debate at the 55% of the

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people of Scotland who had the good sense to stay in the United Kingdom,

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to reject budget cuts. Me we celebrate that occasion by having a

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national holiday? Let's call it unity day! Well, I feel a campaign

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coming on from my honourable friend for unity day. So I would endorse

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what he said about the important decision that was taken by the

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people of Scotland. Now that we have acted on the promise, now that we

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have fulfilled the Met Commissioner, instead of arguing about process I

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hope that the Scottish parliament and government, who are all up or

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re-election in the next few months, that the debate will be about what

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the future is in Scotland given these enhanced powers. The case of

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Doctor Chris today versus health education England has exposed a

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serious problem in the whistle-blowing legislation to stop

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if a junior doctor whistle-blowers to each VE then it can cut short the

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doctor's training as a punishment with legal impunity. --. This is not

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remedied under the new contract but I hope the honourable lady will

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agree it is something that is deserving the attention of this

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House. I think the honourable gentleman... I thank him for making

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me aware of that. There are not only Health Minister is due to come

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shortly but I think he raises an important point about the issue of

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little boring. My right honourable friend the Secretary of State

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recently giving seen each about patient safety, including a safe

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space for so I am not sure how that case would related but I will make

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sure that you made aware of your comments. -- he raises an important

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point about the issue of whistle-blowing. Can we have a

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debate on gypsies, particularly to do with animal welfare? Despite

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numerous complaints from me, local residents and others about the

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appalling treatment of animals, especially horses, at a gypsy

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encampment at my constituency, no action has been taken. There is no

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doubt and means that if these animals were the responsibility of

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anyone else, enforcement action would have been taken. But

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authorities appear to perceive it around and I'm scared when it comes

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to gypsies. Can we have a debate on this issue so we can make clearness

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of that animal welfare should not be sacrificed on the altar of political

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correctness when it comes to gypsies? My honourable friend raises

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this particular issue. I was under the impression that the legislation

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which was successfully steered through the House in the last

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Parliament by my honourable friend the -- my honourable friend would

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have doubled. It is concerning if councils are not prepared gentleman

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that legislation but I would suggest that we do not need to single out

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any group of people in terms of regards to animal welfare. -- my

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honourable friend. I would apply for him to apply for an adjournment

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debate to debate this more carefully if there are issues. Before I ask

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the question, can I just ask the House's condolences to the family of

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the prison officer who died last week and the very clearly that

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dissidents need to know we are never going to let them win, no matter

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what they do. As we meet today, the leaders of the candles on the

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north-east of England are discussing whether or not to sign up to a

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devolution deal that will give them a paltry ?900 million over 30 years

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to spend between Berwick and Bernard Kassel on the same day we learn that

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Waterloo station will be given ?800 million to redevelop the tender

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years. The resources of this country are assured out unfairly. He raises

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the issue of the personal officer but I believe that the Prime

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Minister appropriately paid tribute yesterday. In regard to devolution,

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this is an opportunity for different parts of the country to really grab

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the powers, not just the cash, in order to make a real difference to

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local committees. I am not aware exactly of the situation he

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describes in regards to his own devolution deal that has been

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proposed but I can assure him that this Government has continued to

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invest right around the country and not just in London, and I am sure

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that he will welcome the announcement that have been made

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about enhancing the Aone and of a conservation but the government has

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made in order to help bring Hitachi alongside the honourable member. 16

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double accidental deaths of children under the age of four is drowning

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related, twice the number of those children of the same age who die as

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a result of fire. Can we have a debate to commend the efforts of the

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Royal life Savers Society UK and what they do to prevent burning and

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awful so we can ask that the government how they can support

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quality water safety education been delivered at all schools across the

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latest kingdom? My honourable friend is vice-chair of the ABP for water

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safety and running prevention and I commend him for his work on that.

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This morning and water city are part of the national regular and the

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support strategy published in September included a commitment to

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establish a working group to advise on how to ensure no child with

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skills unable to meet a minimum standard and swimming. I am

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expecting that to be established in the near teacher and report within

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the next year. -- standard in swimming. The review into historic

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child abuse in Wales was published last week. Survivors are angered

:30:53.:30:58.

that the unredacted version has so far only been seen by government

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ministers and senior establishment lawyers. The children's Commissioner

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for Wales police greater transparency should be afforded to

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survivors. It was discussed in an hour-long Westminster debate on

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Tuesday and members strongly expressed the need for full debate

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in time. Can this be arranged? As she already heard from the Minister

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yesterday, the view of the department on that matter, I will

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point out that the Secretary of State will be back here today before

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the House and the Welsh questions the Wednesday we get back on to

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suggest she take a further opportunity to press on this matter.

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The committee on arms export controls has recently been

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reinstated. Yesterday saw the first evidence session on the Yemen

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inquiry. Can we have a debate around the importance of scrutiny of arms

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exports and the role of the committee in this scrutiny?

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He was elected chairman of this committee last month and they noted

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that the committee has launched an enquiry into this and the deadline

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for Britain's emissions is tomorrow. It is an important issue which

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across the high-speed people want to ensure that the arms export controls

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are undertaken diligently. When he has completed his record, I would

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suggest that he might approach and backbench conflict -- committee for

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an appropriate time to debate it. I have been contacted either parent of

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the nine-year-old child who has asked burgers syndrome and is

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threatening to commit suicide daily. The parent has been unable to access

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services. Can we have a debate to discuss the ongoing crisis in mental

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health provision? She raises an important case. I am sorry to hear

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about the issues being faced. The government has put in an extra ?450

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million specifically into children's mental-health and I would be

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concerned if that is not reaching the front line. I will raise this

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with the Health Secretary her behalf. Our high school in my

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constituency had an inspirational visit by a Holocaust survivor in the

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past week. This comes at a time when a west Yorkshire Labour councillor

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has been suspended for anti-Semitic comments on social media. Can we

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have a debate on how -- hardly we can all unite in this House to drive

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at the evil of anti-Semitism that seems to be creeping back into

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politics? He is right to raise this issue. There is no room for racism,

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anti-Semitism at all and it is important that people in public and

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private life stamped the site whenever they encounter it. He is

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right to call for a debate and it would be a popular talk for a back

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bench business committee. This week on the ten year anniversary of smoke

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free legislation in Scotland the World Health Organisation has

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commended the people of Scotland and leadership shown by members of the

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Scottish parliament. Which he agree with me that we should commend this

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leadership and the role of the Scottish Parliament and can we have

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a statement on the importance of this work and doing everything we

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can to stamp out smoking? She will recognise that it is for Scottish

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ministers to reply to the Scottish parliament. After raising the issue

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of medals she was successful in securing a debate and they suggest

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that she apply and we will be able to have the full response from our

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public health minister on the importance of trying to reduce

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smoking population. May we have a statement from the Secretary of

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State for culture, media and sports in the light of the closure, the sad

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closure of the independent newspaper print edition on our future policy

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for the preservation of photographic archives. I know that agree a deal

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of work is being done by The National Archives on government

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documentation being preserved in the digital age, but when a great

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newspaper closes it would be a terrible shame to lose for the

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nation the photographic record that it has built up and in the digital

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age this does raise serious practical problems for the

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long-term. My honourable friend raises an interesting point on that

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matter. My expectation is that the ownership of the photographs you

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live with the proprietors of the newspaper or the original

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photographers so I am not sure if it is for government to try to

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automatically ensure that what he suggests happens. It may be possible

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to facilitate that discussion with our national museums. The Secretary

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of State will be back here are fortnight after we get back and I

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commend him to ask the question them. The Deputy Leader of the Welsh

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Assembly receives ?97,000 a year in farming subsidy. When can we debate

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the campaign launched yesterday under the title farmers would be

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better off with Brexit so that honourable members of the sites can

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tell us how much they receive in their own farming subsidies and how

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much more they expect from the taxpayer after Brexit? I am not

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aware of the rules of the house on declaration of receipts of farming

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payments but clearly he has been able to find that out. It is really

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important I think of the United Kingdom to stay in the European

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Union and the Common agricultural policy is not perfect, but it has

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led to a certainty of income for certain farmers. Can I first

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congratulate my fellow North East Lincolnshire member on her role in

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the front bench and to say thank you for sparing us the jokes of the

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shadow leader! My Cleethorpes constituency is located in the

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Yorkshire and Humber region. A recent joint report from transport

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for the North and the Department for Transport ignores completely

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northern Lincolnshire and even a glitch rating from the rail network

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map. In view of the greater Lincolnshire devolution deal could

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we have a statement please on the possibility of realigning the

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regions so that the whole of Lincolnshire is lumped together in

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the East Midlands? He makes an interesting point. I am not sure if

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he wants to be included in the transport for the Northern

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Powerhouse strategy and moved to the Midlands, it sounds like the latter.

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Surely what would be your benefit in improving transport in the North

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would also benefit Cleethorpes, including the magnificent Humber

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Bridge, whose goals or have four years ago. Can we have a statement

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on the effect on until -- employee share ownership schemes of the

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HMRC... I am not aware of this issue but I would hope that he would write

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to a Treasury minister who might be able to get an answer more quickly

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although the Treasury ministers will be here on the 19th of April. For

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those of us who believe our four nations are greater together than

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the sum of our parts today could've been a sad day of separation. Could

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I join a sad day of separation. Today joining the calls in asking

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that we have a debate on the merits of the union and how they make all

:38:49.:38:53.

four countries stronger than they would be apart? May honourable

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friend may be joining the campaign member. We have spent quite a lot of

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time in this House over the passage of the Scottish act debating matters

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but if he was to apply to the back fence business committee I am sure

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the honourable gentleman would look upon as a recommendation favourably.

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The Palace of Westminster is hosting a large number of additional

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workforce over the next few years. Could we have confirmation that the

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standards of behaviour towards young female members of staff and the

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inappropriate this of name-calling and perhaps inopportune whistling is

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the best I could describe it as remains inappropriate on the estate

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the matter from them? I am not exactly sure what she is referring

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to. It may be about the potential restoration and renewal of this

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place, therefore a larger construction work was being here. I

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would expect that when the commission undertakes that next

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stage of it, that within the contract standards of behaviour

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would be expected. This week sees the Jewish festival, which

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commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people. The half seen a

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festival, we celebrate Easter shortly. Today we celebrate the

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second day of the festival of colours. These all have one great

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element, which is a festival of renewal, celebrating spring, so can

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we have a debate celebrating the wonderful renewal of this country

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under this Conservative government to ensure that we deliver for

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everyone as one nation? I would like to congratulate my honourable friend

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for the work he does in his communities. He is right to stress

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the importance of celebrating the many festivals that make up the rich

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tapestry of our country. I am looking forward to Easter Sunday so

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I can break my chocolate fast and have a delicious Easter egg. I

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welcome the announcement in the budget for the sugar tax and the

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fact that the money raised will be spent on school sports. Can we have

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a debate on government time on the reinstatement of school sports

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partnerships, the successful schemes that by the Coalition Government?

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The honourable lady is right to point out the importance of school

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sports. I would agree with her begetting children active at a young

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age and keeping that activity going matters. I am sure that the

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backbench business committee with favourably on such a popular

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subject. May I echo the calls of the honourable member for files and is

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tricky for seeking a serious debate on respecting and thanking the 55%

:42:37.:42:42.

of the Scottish leg it on a high turnout that the relief rejected

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separatism? This is a serious matter. The SNP won the argument

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your position would have disappeared today, you would no longer have been

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the Speaker of the British Parliament. Can she get serious

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deliberation to a debate for an national British holiday to separate

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unity day and thank the Scottish people that said no thanks to the

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SNP. The campaign is gathering momentum! I think most people in

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this House welcomed the result in 2014 and are glad that Scotland

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distal part of the United Kingdom. That is something we can cherish.

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Whether we need a special holiday or not I will look forward to his

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campaign. Select committees Norman Singin Stevens. Would she agree that

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this was a brilliant innovation and isn't it time we had a debate on the

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future and further empower select committees? Anyone who wants to be

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convinced of the power of the Select Committee should only listen to a

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recording of the interview with the honourable member for Ruislip and

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Uxbridge yesterday in the Treasury Select Committee. Off I have ever

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seen the Select Committee were eyewitness has been filleted, that

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was one. Could we have an early debate? We got the right to make

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people come? Can we have an early debate on this? He will recognise

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the value as he was the chairman of the Select Committee. It was the

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government led by Margaret Thatcher that introduced select committees.

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When I served on a committee room are able to make sure that the

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Murdoch family attended, even though after initial expectation that they

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would not. There are procedures. There are channels open with a

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speaker in order to progress those kinds of matters further. As we are

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on the eve of the Easter holiday can I say that North Devon would be a

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fantastic place to visit for this long weekend? There is a long list

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of fantastic attractions. We can't debate in this House the importance

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of the tourism industry to the economy of North Devon and the wider

:45:32.:45:36.

south-west. My honourable friend is take me back to my childhood when I

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enjoyed holidays there. I never made it to Westward Ho! I recognise that

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Royal North Devon is the oldest golf course in the country. I visited

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South Devon last year down to solve them. There are so many gorgeous

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places around the country where we can truly enjoy a restful break. Can

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I first of all express my thanks to my out going MSP for 17 years of

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service. On the 2nd of December the Prime Minister promised to come back

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here to give us an update on the war in Syria. He pleaded with us to

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support military action because of what he described as an urgent need

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for precision bombing against specific Daesh occupied buildings.

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By the time we return we will be more than a month past the deadline

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set by the Prime Minister. There has been precisely one missile fired at

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the building in Raqqa under Daesh controlled buildings. There was a

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question recently to... I am anticipating a statement in May. He

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will be aware that the Prime Minister is here every week and he

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can ask him a question them. You will recall that on several times

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that has been a call for us to have a debate on gangs and serious youth

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violence. We managed to secure that. One of the things that was agreed

:47:30.:47:34.

and that this House voted on was that there would be a cross-party

:47:35.:47:38.

commission set up to look into the root causes of serious youth

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violence. What I want to know is what is the death of the leader's

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government going to do about implementing this?

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Thank you, Mr Speaker. I did not follow the debate but I am aware of

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the seriousness of the issue and she will be aware of previous

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legislation that we have introduced to enhance criminal penalties on

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that matter. It is up to her to progress that herself with members

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from across five and present her findings to the government and they

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may well commend do that and seek a debate from the back bench business

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debate again once they have had that support. With the new Secretary of

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State for the Department for Work Pensions, does the department

:48:25.:48:29.

intended to make a statement on DWP sanctions guidance so that members

:48:30.:48:33.

of the House can discuss issues such as failing to attend or take part in

:48:34.:48:39.

a work focused interview about good reason, and if so, the deputy leader

:48:40.:48:44.

of the question that has been made by many members of the part deux

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made public will he be sanctioned for his absence on Monday afternoon?

:48:49.:48:53.

I am very pleased that the right honourable friend is the music

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adjusted for work and pensions. He has only just appointed so I am not

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aware that he has any plans to change the things to which it

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refers, and indeed she has expressed the view that he wants to ensure

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that Department implements the welfare reforms we legislate for

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properly and I am sure he will have heard what we said today. Point of

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order. I think all of the House, every member, is grateful for the

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particular messages about security that we have received this week in

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light of the tragedy, and tragedies, across Europe. But would she inform

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the House what we backbenchers and other members of this size can

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feedback any concerns they have in response to that? Is there a formal

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process or could we invent one? Well, I am grateful for the

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honourable gentleman for raising such an important matter on the

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floor of the House and I am sure he is right in saying that all members

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of the sites will be member for -- will be grateful for the new advice

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and procedures that we have not only got a projection of members but for

:50:07.:50:08.

the many, many people who

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