21/04/2016 Business Questions


21/04/2016

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


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Order. Business question. Chris Bryant. Will the Leader of the House

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give us the forthcoming business, please? Mr Speaker, the business for

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next week on Monday the 25th of April, we will have consideration of

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Lords amendments to the Immigration Bill, followed by a debate on

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education funding in London determined by the Backbench Business

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Committee. On Tuesday 26 of April, that'll be the first day of the

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remaining stages of the policing and crime Bill. On Wednesday the 27th,

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we will consider Lords amendments to the Trade Union Bill. On Thursday

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the 28th of April, two further backbench business debates. The

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first on the subject of World Autism Awareness Week Than Double. On

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Friday The 29th, The House Is Not Sitting. On Monday the 22nd of May,

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it is a bank holiday and the House will not be sitting. On Tuesday the

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3rd of May, we will consider Lords amendments to the housing and

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planning Bill. I remember how is that that Tuesday will be sitting

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according to the normal Monday that go. -- timetable.

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Today is the birthday of a towering figure in British public life who

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has served the country for decades and is a pillar of the Constitution.

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So can I wish the chairman of the Backbench Business Committee and

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very happy birthday? And can I also pay one tribute to Victoria Wood. I

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don't know what your favourite line was, Mr Speaker. Mine was her

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definition of middle age. It is when you walk past a Dr Schole shop and

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say, those look comfy. I had expected that when the leader

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arrived today, he would have had some kind of musical complement.

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After all, when he bounced up at the Leaves rally in Stoke on Tuesday,

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they pump out the theme tune from a Hollywood Western. I must confess

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that I thought it was The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, but it was Ray-ban

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Bettison Seven. -- The Magnificent Seven. I can just imagine the two of

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them, the only remaining ones alive at the end, sitting on their horses

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on the day after the E referendum on to into 4th of June, acting out the

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final scene of The Magnificent seven. Chris gets the magnificent

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words, we lost, we always lose. I hope that will be the case. Did you

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hear the sound of silence that evening, which was a great silence

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descending on the Leaves campaign when they asked to describe what

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Brexit will look like. The Lord Chancellor seems to think you can

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have free trade with the EU without free movement. Let me just point out

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that in the 500 years since the former Lord Chancellor Sir Thomas

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mirror Moore published utopia, no-one has found it. -- Moore. We

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think this is as buzz than the chancellors and last Chancellor on.

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I noticed the comments from the Deputy Leader who seemed hesitant

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about reform and a leader who seemed more towards reform. Will the leader

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guaranteed a house will get a proper chance to debate changes to standing

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orders? I don't just mean some insubstantial debate but a proper

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debate that can lead to change. The leader announced that we should

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consider Lords amendments to the Trade Union Bill and Wednesday. You

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will know that the Lords committee on Trade Union Bill tickle funds,

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which is a cross-party committee, has made important suggestions. Can

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I have the Government to act on these? Otherwise, people may

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conclude the Government is engaged in a nasty, partisan attempt to

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hobble anyone who disagrees with them. Can the leader clarify the

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Government's position on genocide... ? The deliberate massacre of

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thousands is barbarity. An honourable member carried the vote

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unanimously yesterday with 270 votes but surely the Government should act

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upon it. The Government satellites and mysteriously last night and has

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a habit of ignoring anonymous motions. -- the Government sat on

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its hands mysteriously. Just this once, can the Government take the

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House of Lords reform seriously and that? The bizarre Lib Dem hereditary

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by-election on Tuesday brought back by Kent Thurso -- Viscount Thurso.

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He was a member of the House of Lords, collected in essays, then

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thrown out, and will now be an elected hereditary peer for life. We

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have had 29 elected period by-elections. My favourite was

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Lassad timbre, when the ninth get of Wellington one. There are no four

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times as many Dukes in Parliament under Queen Elizabeth II than 450

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years ago under Queen Elizabeth the force. Wellington defeated the Earl

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of Limerick. Mr Speaker, I am particularly disappointed in the

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Leader of the House because the Saturday is the 400th anniversary of

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Shakespeare's death. Apart from a production of Richard the second and

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members' dining room the other night, this is building knowledge is

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it. Or St George's Day. This is profoundly unpatriotic and she

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should hang her head in shame. -- he should hang his head. To those

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strange bedfellows, Boris and Nigel, on the European Union. This is not a

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foregone conclusion and I don't want to let on the trial. If we leave the

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EU we will be in a pickle and all your... I say this in sorrow rather

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than anger but your pomp and circumstance offers a full's

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paradise because that way madness lies. More fool you. No-one wants

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the UK to leave the EU more than President Putin of Russia. Brexit

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Burr sued by a bear. -- Burr. Can I start on this occasion by expressing

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my own wishes. The Prime Minister will be here shortly to speak on

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behalf of the Government on this occasion of the Queen's 90th

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birthday. But what I would like to see today, as a lot of President of

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the Kent is a comedy person who provides although the Privy Council

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previously Lord Chancellor, I have had extensive dealings with her mad

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is the last few years. She is fantastic and an example to us all.

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-- Her Majesty. I am sure I will be joined by the whole house in wishing

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her a very happy birthday. And also happy birthday to the chairman of

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the Backbench Business Committee. And to everybody this weekend, a

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happy St George's Day. And it is appropriate wish to say all the very

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best of the Members of the House doing the London Marathon this

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weekend. It is a feat of injuries and we should be proud of all of

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them on all sides of the House. -- endurance. On the points he raised

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specifically on private members bills, as I said earlier, this is a

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thoughtful report. It is a welcome report with a lot of food for

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thought and we will respond in due course. I want to read it carefully

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and site how best to respond. My honourable friend, I have mentioned

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I am sympathetic to many things in it. We don't want to raise false

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expectations and the public but I will respond in due course. It is

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worth reminding people of two things. This is about protecting

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workers who find lives disrupted by strikes... It is right and proper

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that we should not allow citizens' lives to be disrupted by

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inappropriate shrike action. Dissolves about choice and making

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contributions to political parties on our side of the House, people who

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want to contribute do so willingly. All others in the South would

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recognise the offence... Events in northern Iraq have been horrendous.

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Scenes of brutality that are inexplicable, indefensible and

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should be condemned. I am certain I right or will friend would look

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carefully at what was said yes in the end of use of the size. -- this

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House. And endangered minorities, the

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Liberal Democrats, that I would remind him that is the Labour Party

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that brought in elected peers back in the late 1990s when they reformed

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House of Lords. They were in Government with a majority of about

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250. They are the ones who took the decisions they did about the reforms

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that are in place. On the European issue, I will never take seriously

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the views of a man who a few years ago was expressing himself with such

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dismay about the fact that Britain has not joined the euro. I will

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never take his views seriously having listened to what he said

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then. Mrs Baker, the shadow leader also gave an interview a few days

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ago when he accused me of making the same joke five weeks in a row. I can

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only say that when I kept asking why he was on that front bench, I was

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not joking. He sits to represent a party that wants nothing to do with

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the largest producer of conditions. He and our Paoli wants to support

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out group that wants to dismantle our nation's defences led by a man

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who believes we haven't had enough immigration into this country

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already and despite his own wise words and I pay tribute to him, he

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still represented a party that is clearly bundled with anti-Semitism.

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The people of the... The people of principle in his party are now

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sitting on his backbenchers. The fact that he is to all the front

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bench himself speaks volumes. But, Mr Speaker, there is good news for

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those people of principle on the Labour backbenchers because you may

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not have seen the adverts that appeared yesterday for a position in

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the office as his media spokesperson and it said, duration, and I quote,

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fixed term contract for the period only that Jeremy Corbyn is the

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member leader of the Labour Party or until a date in 2016, whichever is

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sooner. Will our right honourable friend find time for a debate on the

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status of politicians with coming to this country. I am not referring to

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Barrett glamour. The Moldovan High Commissioner told a that members of

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the NDP party are visiting this country who are facing high level

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criminal proceedings at home and I don't understand what they are doing

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here. I will make sure these concerns are drawn to the attention

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of the Home Office and Foreign Office. When we admit people to this

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country, we must understand the context of their arrival here, who

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they are and what doing. Can I also thank the four announcement the

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business for next week. I also want to bring up the Queen's Macy's

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birthday. There can be nothing more significance than her birthday. I

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know it will have an debate following the session but I would

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like to recognise her lifetime of duty and service. It's good to see

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the Leader of the House back following his jokes with most of a

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rash. It was not the two robberies but the two cronies. I'm sure when

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the referendum is over it will be good night from him. The debate

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about the referendum has been utterly appalling. I think for most

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people in Scotland, it seems like two old Tories fighting over a cold.

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As we go forward, can we drop project fear, the UK running of the

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league campaign and and how we take forward this agenda the future. Can

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I also welcome our newest parliamentarian, the noble Lords,

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Viscount Thurso who managed to get three votes from the Labour

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aristocracy. May I suggest to the Labour Party that they do something

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about your Labour appears. The second biggest group down there and

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they are Aristocats too. Do not forget about that. The moment you

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join asked in trying to address this, that when progress will be

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made. Thurso was Bridget out of that place, out of this place but he's

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still here as an elected parliamentarian. Is there no way to

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get rid of these people? I appeal to the Tories, join us in reading this

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place of these are Aristocats, Church of England bishops, donors

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and cronies, unless corrected and liberals and let's get rid of that

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embarrassing surplus and bring democracy to this country. --

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aristocrats. Cat we have a debate about ambition in this protein

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country. Two weeks today, the Scottish will go to the polls to

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elect a new Scottish parliament and there is a fight to the death going

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on amongst the UK parties, not to win, but to see who could become the

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best placed loser. Such is their ambition in this election. That is

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their acknowledgement of the impressive SNP record who are

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battling and doubt about who can be opposition. Can I appeal to the

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Blairites and Corbyn nights and the Tories, come to Scotland, add some

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fortification to your colleagues and perhaps encourage them to take this

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context seriously. Can I start by thanking him for his kind words

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about the Queen and I think notwithstanding the fact that we

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have different views about the future of the United Kingdom, we

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share the view on the importance of Her Majesty over 90 years and all of

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us celebrate today's happy occasion. He talked about platforms, me

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earlier in the week. I also shared a platform on Monday night in

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Stoke-on-Trent with someone who the party opposite would regard as a

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dangerous right-wing extremist, the Labour member for Vauxhall, who also

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stood alongside me and made an impassioned speech. On the issue of

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the election in the House of Lords, I think we have two Liberal Democrat

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colleagues there who are sitting in diminished numbers and I think we

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should not be unduly unkind about them about the election that has

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taken place in the House of Lords. The reality is that the House of

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lords overwhelmingly is made up by people who have made a significant

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contribution to public life in this country or have developed great

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expertise in their fields and I'm afraid I am a defender of the House

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of Lords and I think it adds something to our democratic process

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even though I know he does not agree and neither does the shadow leader.

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On political ambition in Scotland, can I say, yes, we have clear

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political ambition is gone. Ruth Davidson would be the best First

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Minister in Scotland and what the interesting is to see how if the SNP

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are successful in May, how they adapt to having actual pal is that

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they have two wheeled and decisions to wield. So far, they have avoided

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taking tough decisions in Scotland but have demanded more powers that

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they hardly ever use and have tried to convince us that they can rise

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above the practicalities of Government were you have to do tough

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things. If they are successful in May, we will see whether they are up

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to governing and I think we may find them wanting. This week, yon signed

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up to work for my constituents campaign to prevent the unfair

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dismissal of terminally ill workers. What can we do to make people sign

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up to this much-needed work change? This is an important point. She has

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reasons issue before. The Secretary of State for business is going to be

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in the House in ten days' time. I will vote on to the fact that she

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has raised the issue today and she might want to bring it up with him

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as it is a matter for his department. Could we have an urgent

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debate on the junior doctors' contract. On Monday, two legal cases

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against him that he is defending, this would be a time to suspend the

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implication of the contract after all, the Secretary of State is not

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above the law. Of course, this was a matter that was discussed in this

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House on Monday. It was an urgent question but the secretary of the

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was here and do take questions and I have no doubt that he will be back

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in this House to address this issue in due course. It is my hope that a

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resolution can be reached. He and his colleagues in the department

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have put in extensive efforts and had 75 meetings with junior doctors'

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representatives. None of us want to see a strike that involves emergency

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services. I would call upon all doctors not to take industrial

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action next week and I hope a resolution can be reached quickly.

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Just weeks after the co-chairman of the chair and union club stepped

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down after he said both large numbers the students left have some

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kind of problem with Jews, I assure you find it incredulous that

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students who attended the NUS conference debate is boycotting

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Holocaust Memorial Day and then went on to elect a leader who describes

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the whole cousin resume as a Zionist outpost. Can we have the Minister

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come to the box and address this rise in anti-Semitism that is found

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in university campuses? It is unacceptable in our society. The

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views expressed yesterday are not acceptable. The shadow leader was

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absently right when he talked about anti-Semitism in his own party. It

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is something that Alsop sight of Parliament we should start out in

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our society. It is unacceptable. With the leader of the housemates

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I'm available for a debate in which we can hear the views of those who

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have decided to support our nebbish above the EU such as Barack Obama

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and those who have decided is a port the view to come out such as

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marrying a pan of beef Front National in France. We could secure

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the views of the Scottish National party who as far as I can tell want

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Scotland to stay in the European Union but not the United Kingdom.

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Well, she and I will have the opportunity to debate these matters

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in my constituency shortly and I'm glad for his taking part in that

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debate. It is a lively debate and the people will bestow decision on

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June 23. Local parish councils our invaluable to bringing together

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communities and representing communities at that very local

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issues. Can I ask the reader if we can have a debate on the rear but

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concerning occasions when one person sits on multiple parish councils as

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well as district or borough councils, therefore reducing fraud

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and effective participation and those local parish councils? Mr

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Speaker, this is an important point as ever and I am aware of the

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situation in her constituency. I pay tribute to her work in Eastleigh. Of

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course, she is right to say that those who enter public life should

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take their response abilities seriously and should commit to the

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organisation that they are part of. They should be active in the

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community according to their part parish for essential local matters

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are not the full list of their work. I am very grateful, Mr Speaker and

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can I ask thank everyone for birthday wishes. I share a birthday

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with Her Majesty every year! I'm afraid to say, I'm getting to a

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state of play where the candles are costing more than the cake so we

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will be going down that road. Can I point out to the Leader of the House

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that on occasions, members from these benches from around the House

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as Kim and request him for a debate in Government time and almost always

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refers that member to the backbench business committee but some of those

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requests come from members who are not backbenchers. That makes life

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rather difficult for the backbench business committee to deal with

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those requests so can I ask him to bear that in mind for future

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business and I think on a personal note, I represent the constituency

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of Gateshead and I live in the heart of the community there where there

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is a very orthodox and Bernard Jewish community and I'm very proud

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to represent that community. -- learn it. -- learned. I would

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support what he is just said. The allocation of time, of course the

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challenge for the Government is that we have now allocated to the

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opposition and to the backbench committee have the time in a

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particular week and it is about ensuring that the Government can

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also push its business so of course, opposition frontbenchers would

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typically have is central block of time each stop the backbench

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committee has time each year. So we do at attempt to achieve the right

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balance according to the standing orders are agreed by this House.

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Could my right honourable friend arrange a statement about the

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efficiency and speed with which leases are granted particularly to

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business people from African countries? We are trying to expand

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business in those areas and often find that they are delayed for weeks

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particularly when embassies in their own countries give us visas in an

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matter of days. I'm sure at the Home Secretary will of been heard. There

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are exciting economic development happening across the common wealth

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and it is important is that we are able to maximise those opportunities

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to trade, do business, invest. I will make sure she is aware of the

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concerns raised. Can we have a debate on the importance of teaching

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STEM subjects in schools? At a pro-Israel in my constituency they

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have a Formula 1 team. -- at a primary school. These children have

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designed a car and won second place in South Wales and are going forward

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to a large competition across the UK. Is it is not absolutely creative

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work that creates possibilities of us having the scientists at

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mathematicians and technicians of the country that this country so

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desperately needs? She makes an important point, and

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what a great project. Congratulations to the young people

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involved, who will no doubt go on to great things and season great

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innovations for the future as well as possibly competing in the near

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future as well. But the point I would make to her is that they are

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absolutely agree on STEM subjects. It is of paramount importance to us.

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I am proud of the work this Government has done to increase the

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teaching of STEM subjects. It is something we should encourage for

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the future on both sides of the House. On Tuesday, I will be

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coasting an event with my honourable friend, along with Brian May from

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Queen, to promote the Amazing Grace Hedgehog Challenge. This, along with

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Mike petition to save the hedgehog, will go a long way to solving the

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plight of Mr and Mrs Mizen Tiggywinkle. I would like the

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members to join us at ten o'clock on Tuesday. Unfortunate, I will be in

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the Cabinet at the time. But all the Best wishes for this event. The work

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he has done is tremendous. The petition has passed the 30,000

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point. One slight concern - he might just remind Brian May that

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occasionally badgers do kill hedgehogs.

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The Government has recently opened a consultation which aims to reform

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the Civil Service compensation scheme. Proposed changes would see

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the average compensation payment drop by over 16,000 and compulsory

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redundancy dropped by nearly ?7,000. It will affect every single civil

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servant and has yet to be subjected to an impact assessment. Will the

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Leader of the House please encourage and stills from both the Treasury

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and Cabinet Office to conduct these assessments and allow time for it to

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be debated with these very worrying reforms? Mr Speaker, the situation

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be inherited in 2010 was civil servants' severance agreement was 1

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million miles away from what would be the norm. What we inherited from

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the party opposite was enormous payoffs, sometimes people taking

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those payoffs and coming back soon afterwards. We have tried to put in

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place a system that is realistic for the taxpayer, consistent in the

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private sector. I think that is better the country. In view of the

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anticipated intervention by the American president into the EU

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referendum, could the leader arrange for a statement for our Government

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setting it who would be the preferred candidate for the US

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presidency and who they would like to win in November? Well, Mr

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Speaker, my honourable friend tempts me but it is my view that this

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country should and will work with whoever becomes President of the

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United States. They are closest allies. Our longest standing allies.

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I am absolutely certain that we will work with them regardless of who is

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president and they will work with us regardless of whether we are inside

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and outside the European Union. The civil servants of the Cabinet Office

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do our very -- took a very unusual decision last year and they publicly

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published their advice, saying that ministers should not give a grant to

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kids company, run by Kamal about -- run by its figurehead. As the money

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has been lost presumably irretrievably, shouldn't this matter

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be reported to the adviser of ministerial conduct responsible for

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dealing with the egregious breaches of ministerial conduct of this kind.

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Mr Speaker, this matter is being investigated in detail by the

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appropriate select committee. Any member of this House and any member

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of the public can lodge any complaint they wish to lodge.

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Can we please have a field day's debate on Government time on the

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Treasury's analysis of the effect of the UK leaving the European Union?

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This will give all members the opportunity to explore the various

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forecasts made in this document and the opportunity, for example, to

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explore how likely it is that the prediction as to how well the UK

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economy will be doing in 15 years' time is likely to be accurate. Well,

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Mr Speaker, as you will know, there is a debate in Westminster Hall on

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the issue of Government communications around the referendum

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on me the ninth. And I am sure that the chairperson of that debate will

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be happy to allow my honourable friend to debate those matters as

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well. Can we have a statement or the

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debate on life changing drugs availability to members of the

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public? I have constituents who have great difficulties in getting those

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drugs because of lack of funding. Can we have a debate or statement on

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that? Through the National as of clinical excellence, we provide

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access to new drugs. -- the nationalistic of clinical evidence.

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It is right and proper the Health Service considers the merits of new

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drugs coming onto the market and forms of you as to whether it can

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actually make a difference, which is originators would claim. Thank you,

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Mr Speaker. To the question for the honourable member for play fort, the

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United States would rightly never cede its sovereignty to a

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supranational body, so can we have a debate on the protocol that

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international leaders should not involve themselves in commenting on

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domestic elections? Your Mac well, Mr Speaker, I respect that whatever

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else around its current debate, President Obama will have picked up

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the size of this item before your eyes and be always with interest to

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see what he says. Before Christmas in the last debate, this House

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debated and agreed a nuclear agreement with Iran. One of those

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conditions was human rights would be protected and those of religious

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persuasion as well. In January 2016, a court in Iran reportedly sentenced

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people to 140 years in prison. Another 80 people reported detained

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in December 20 15. The Government said that people should enjoy

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citizen's rights pursuant to laws that is quite clearly, that is not

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the case will stop with the Leader of the House agreed to a statement

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or debate on this issue? The engagement we have had with Iran,

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the agreement was reached, it was the view of the Government was

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better to engage with Iran to address the nuclear issue. But by

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engaging with them, we can try and influence them on human rights

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issues as well. Of course there are human rights concerns. The Foreign

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Secretary would always raise concerns about this with countries

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where such concerns existed. But it is better to engage and stand away

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from a rant, in a hope we can influence improvement there. --

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rather than stand away from Iran. It is ironic that the Holocaust

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Educational Trust And Ogle Our Holding An Educational Session In

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This Place At The Same Time As... Speakers were applauded for saying

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that Holocaust Memorial Day was not inclusive enough. Clearly there is a

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great you have work to be done on education to combat the scourge of

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anti-says in -- anti-Semitism. Can we have a debate on what action we

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will take to route this out once and for almost all political parties and

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all sections of society? My friend is absolutely right. We see this

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happen time and time again. Statements about the Jewish

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population in this country, statements about Israel that is

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simply unacceptable in a democratic society. Of course, there are

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legitimate debate is to be had about the future of Israel and Palestine

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and the peace process, but some of the anti-Semitic views appearing in

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our society are simply unacceptable. The party opposite mentions

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Islamophobia. I have stood your again and again and condemned

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Islamophobia in this country but that is not a reason for not any

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attention to the issue of anti-Semitism, which is becoming

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more and more of a problem and has to be addressed head-on now by all

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those in public life, including the party opposite.

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My constituent arrived in the UK 40 years ago -- 48 years ago in 1968 as

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an eight-year-old child with his parents and siblings. He has lived

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his whole life in the UK, been educated year, has married and has

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two grown-up children. When applying for a new job last year, he was

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asked to produce a passport, something he had never had before.

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And here's been told he is here illegally. I have written to the

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Home Secretary about this. I am yet to receive a response. The Home

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Office response seems to centre around his parents' marriage

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certificate in rural tenure in the late 1950s. -- rural Kenya. All the

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siblings have passports. My constituent cannot apply to any

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benefits because he's here illegally. I see very generously

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that I realise this is it grimly serious, but this is by way of a tip

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to her and other members. It is or was a good idea, whatever the matter

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at hand, to get in the request for a debate or statement early in one's

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enquiry. In any case, I feel modestly optimistic that the

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question mark is on its way. Thank you for your tip, Mr Speaker. Will

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the Leader of the House agree to a debate on the residential status of

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historical immigrants? I clearly can't give details now about the

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case concerned. But she would like to write to me with more details

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about her constituent, I will make sure that is passed directly to the

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Home Secretary. I understand the concern she is raising and I'm sure

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this is a matter we would want to resolve quickly. Can I associate

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myself with the birthday congratulations to Her Majesty The

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Queen, on my behalf and my constituents. I was going to have

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fought a debate on manufacturing in this House after silly remarks on

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the today programme saying that manufacturing in our country is

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finished. But after his unfortunate remarks about the Labour Party being

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riddled with that is Senator is, as someone who has fought anti-Semitism

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all my life in this country, could we have an early debate on this? It

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is so important, on a day when Marie le pen has been invited to come here

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speak. I would encourage the Labour Party

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to have that debate. The shadow leader is right to have written the

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article he did, saying that it is not acceptable. But his words have

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to be actioned by the party opposite.

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Mr Speaker, one of my constituents would be delighted to become

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unemployed from his current job. Your Scotland's Network Manager for

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the Trussell Trust and has published the latest figures... Thousands of

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people depending on food banks. Twice filling Murrayfield Stadium.

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In my constituency, we are seen a 20% increase in the last year alone

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where one constituent has just been sanctioned for an appalling three

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whole years, depending on ?36 per week. Can we have an urgent debate

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in this House to discuss his Dickensian situation, to make food

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banks of thing of the past, so that my constituent can move on to new

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employment? His constituent can only have been sanctioned for a

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periodicity is tongued and reasonable job offers. He has

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refused to work. In a society that is compassionate but bullies Google

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should get back to work, that is unacceptable. On the subject of food

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banks, there are fantastic project around the country in food banks

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lend to churches where people are doing really good working committee.

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It is worth seeing that the use of food banks in this country is much

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lower than other countries like Germany. Of course, I pay tribute to

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those who work on behalf of those going through things and allies. It

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is like that we have a strong voluntary sector to do that. --

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things in their lives. Could we have a debate about the length of time at

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the stake in the Department of work and is to determine whether to

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include a specific disease... There was a recommendation on the 14th of

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May nearly two years ago and the ministering correspondent said a

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decision would be forthcoming with an idea. It is now April. Can the

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Leader of the House and -- see if he can speed up the decision and give

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support to the necessary former miners of my I will happily give a

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nudge to the new Secretary of State on that subject. I'm sure that he

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will not want to a promise made. An determine the birdies in these

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matters. If someone wants to contribute to the next series of

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exchanges, who was aboard apparently meant to be serving on an SIs

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committee. BSI committee can wait if you want to contribute. There is

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huge excitement in your sure that local hero and world champion Lizzie

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Armistead is lining up in the women's tour of Yorkshire week on

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Saturday. Just as significant, this will be the most lucrative women's

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cycling race in the calendar and the whole event will be set televised.

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Can we have a debate on how we do more to support the women's sport,

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give it the same parity of coverage and financial reward as men sport?

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Well, this is an important point. Of course, we would congratulate her on

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her extraordinary success in the sport. She has been a pride of our

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nation and a pride of Yorkshire and I hope will go on to success in the

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Olympics this summer. I think what we have learnt from the last few

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years is the extraordinary impact that cycling has had across our

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society and I speak as someone who represents the constituency next

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door to the cycle course for the Olympics which is now every weekend

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full of cyclists going across the same route that the Olympic cyclists

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followed. It's a sport that is contribute into fitness to in this

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country and bring in money and that we should all be proud of. Something

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wrong with them microphone. I could not hear the honourable gentleman as

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much as I want to. He was banging on about cycling I just wish I could

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have heard it properly! My constituents have to pay over ?13

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return fare to Southport when they live just down the road they play

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have of that for a superior service. Can we have a debate to how to

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create a more fair system of real fears? The Transport Secretary will

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be here next week and he is very concerned about real fears and wants

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a transparent system. -- rail fares. In January I asked why disability

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discrimination had been allowed to take hold in civil service. Recent

:42:24.:42:29.

analysis has found that in all departments, disabled staff were

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less likely to exceed performance ratings than the norm to fit tables

:42:33.:42:39.

colleagues meaning disabled workers are 74% more likely to be in the

:42:40.:42:42.

bottom performance management category which puts their jobs at

:42:43.:42:47.

risk. Can a Leader of the House please now push for a statement to

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explain why his Government is content to allow disability

:42:52.:42:55.

discrimination to continue? Whatever the research may show, I do not

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accept that. I have been Secretary of State in one Department and my

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experience of the way that we work with people with disabilities and

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the role they play in our department is nothing but positive. We have

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some find a stable civil servants who are role models to others with

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disabilities and to make a real service to this Government of hope

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they will continue to do so in the years ahead. We now come to the

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motion for an address to Her Majesty on the occasion of her 90th

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birthday. To move

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