09/06/2016 Business Questions


09/06/2016

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considered as a last resort and if we can't secure the access for the

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UN that we -- they are seekhng and we are supporting in trying to

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achieve, we will have to return to that possibility. Will the Leader of

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the House give us the busindss for next week? The business for next

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week on Monday the 13th of June we will have the conclusion of the

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remaining stages of the polhcing and crime Bill. On Tuesday the 04th of

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June we will be debating thd second reading of the Wales Bill. On

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Wednesday the 30 -- 15th of June there was an Opposition Day under

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United Kingdom's membership of the European Union. Then, Mr Spdaker,

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the House goes into recess tntil after the European Union referendum,

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said he has one be sitting on Thursday and Friday. We rettrn on

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Monday the 27th of June when we will be debating motions to approve ways

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and means resolutions on thd Finance Bill, followed by the first day of

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committee of the whole housd on the Finance Bill. On Tuesday thd 28th of

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June we will have the concltsion of that bill followed by ways to

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approve the resolutions of that bill. On one server 29 therd will be

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an opposition half day debate followed by a debate on the

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centenary of the Battle of the Somme. On Thursday, that will be

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decided by the backbench business committee. On the Monday thdre will

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be the first allotted day for the debate of estimates. At 10:00pm on

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that day, the House will be asked to agree all outstanding estim`tes Mr

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Speaker, let's start with a brief quiz. What is the shortest piece of

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legislation? The act which dnabled women to stand for Parliament for

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the first time in 1918 in only 7 words. As we commemorate thd 10 th

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anniversary of the founding of the campaign, it is worth remembering

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that the campaign is often long but the moment of justice is often short

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and sweet. What a week. Thunder and lightning, damp in the late, clearly

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God is very angry with the Leave Campaign and we had the Prile

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Minister on the terrace enjoying a sneak you fag and then very

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congenial company. Well, he was mostly chatting with the Labour MPs

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because the Tories when spe`k to him any more. And in fact, therd has

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been so much blue on blue action this week that the air is gdtting as

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blue as the culture Secretary's DVD collection. We have had the leave

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remain -- the Leave Campaign MPs touring the campaign in the

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blunderbuss like dastardly `nd Mutley and the thing about Das

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Dudley and Mutley is that although they cheated, and boy did they

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cheat, they never won a racd. On the one occasion when they nearly one,

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Dick dastardly stuck -- paused to have his picture taken just before

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the finish. How very Boris. As he said, drat Ahmed drat and double

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drat. When will he publish the procedural debate. The housd is

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hoping that the Government hs serious about democracy herd and

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reform. Can the Government dxplain something? He has announced 13 days

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for the consideration of Prhvate members bills but the first one this

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year isn't until October. In previous years that his alw`ys been

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in September, so why so latd this year? It makes it virtually

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impossible for any member to get a bill through the comments bdfore the

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end of January let alone through the House of Lords. Is the Government

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deliberately sabotaging Private members bills even before they have

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started? On the 14th of Jantary my honourable friend, the mothdr for

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periods out, asked the membdr whether the rules of the Hotse could

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be changed to allow Welsh to be used by Welsh members when it fits here.

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I understand the language of this House is English but Welsh hs the

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mother tongue of many of my compatriots and my constitudncy is

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it not time we allowed Welsh in the Welsh grand committee? We are about

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to consider emergency legislation for the referendum. It is obviously

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a delight that they many new people have tried to register. 4.5 million

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people have tried to in the last three months alone. Even allowing

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that the fact some of those will be checking they are already

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registered, that is the equhvalent of 63 extra seats in areas of

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students and high ethnic minorities. Would it not be bizarre in the

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extreme to insist that the boundary commission use the old register to

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determine the boundaries or is this just gerrymandering?

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A debate will be on the UK's mentorship of the EU. The l`st thing

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our fragile economic recovery need is the prolonged uncertaintx and

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self inflicted recession Brdxit would inevitably bring. We `lways

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achieve more by our common dndeavour than going it alone. John Donne was

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right, no man is an island `nd these islands are not a sealed unht. If we

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want to tackle climate change, environmental degradation, hf we

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want a seat at the table whdn the major decisions affecting otr

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continent are made, if we w`nt to shake Europe and fashion ard

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destiny, we have to lead Europe not believe it. Is it not fitting that

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the Wednesday after the refdrendum we shall be commemorating the Battle

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of the Somme in which there were at least 200,000 French, 420,000

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British and 620,000 German casualties? The continent that has

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been at war in every generation and in every century, that had spilled

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quantities of blood on the season oceans,

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on the beaches, on the landhng grounds, on the streets, in the

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field and on the hills is now at peace, thank God. We should never

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risk our children's future. Remain, Remain, Remain. Can I start by all

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so marking the anniversary of the campaign to get votes for women and

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to get women into Parliament? I would like to commend everyone who

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has been involved in the art exhibition, the new work of art in

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Westminster walks and all of those who came together last night in this

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chamber for the photograph to mark the occasion. It is a very hmportant

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development in our history we should never forget. It is not so lany

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years ago that inexplicably women were not given the vote and did not

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have the right to sit in thhs house. Too large and rich and that is

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incompetence books, it is a change that way should have happendd and I

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am very glad it did. Can I offer my good wishes to the

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English, Welsh and Northern Irish football team for the Europdan

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Championships due to start this weekend? I very much hope all of us

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in this house will be cheerhng on all the home nations as thex play

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their matches in the weeks `head. I wasn't aware of other things he said

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was to do with the business of this house. Talk about pots and kettles!

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Can I also shut him up for ` moment and actually confirmed to this how

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something you would like to hear, that we will be flying the rainbow

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flag from the top of portcullis house to mark Pride weekend.

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Something I think is right `nd that has shut him up! On the boundaries

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issue, can I just remind thd House that the current boundaries are

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based on the figures from the 2 01 census. In no way is that f`ir, in

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no way is that right and proper In future the boundaries will be based

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on updated figures every five years and it is right and proper given

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concerns raised by the nature of our register, reforms should be put in

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place to make sure it is robust appropriate and honest in a

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democracy. In answer to the question about the private members Bhll

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report I can say we will be responding shortly to that report as

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his due process. On the comlittee, I have given this careful thotght In

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my judgment, given the fact English is the language of this house, and

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given the fact it would cost taxpayers money to make a change at

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this moment in time, if somdone rides in this house who cannot speak

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English, we may need to look at that issue again. But I have considered

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it carefully and I think we should retain the situation where Dnglish

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is the language of this house. You mentioned the debate they are

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holding next week. I would simply say this, I am delighted to see that

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notwithstanding the lively debate we are having in this country `t the

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moment, that the figures for April from a new factoring sector showed

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an improvement, which is assigned the economic improvement we have

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presided over in government since 2010 is continuing, notwithstanding

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that debate. Can I also say to the shadow leader, I am delightdd he

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paid a visit to my constitudncy this week, to my local Labour Party. He

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is always welcome in Epsom `nd York. I would say in the events things

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become too tough, in the evdnt that the threat from Plaid Cymru becomes

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too great, my Labour Party would be delighted to welcome him as their

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candidate in 2020! Following repeated poor performance

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by Thames Link, which affects thousands of my constituents, can

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the Minister make a statement on what is being done to improve

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services on the Thames Link line-up? First of all I am well award of that

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concern my honourable friend raises. They have been raised by a number of

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members from across this hotse. It is a matter I know the rail minister

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is concerned about and the company should be immensely concerndd about.

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It is a difficult time becatse of the improvements taking place at

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London bridge. The Secretarx of State will be here later thhs month,

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and I would expect my honourable friend and others to raise this

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question then because I know it is raising concerns that many

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constituents. I would like to thank the Ldader of

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the House for his statement on the business of next week, although I do

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anticipate that of the 27th of June may be more interesting than

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currently build. This week linisters appear to have been working

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tirelessly, it is just a sh`me they spend all their energy attacking

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each other and not effectivdly running this country. That hs why we

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need an urgent debate on thd abject failure of this government to manage

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the online voting system. In amongst this disaster the primary stills

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called shameful and out of touch. Imagine what the rest of us think.

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Let's also have a debate on immigration policy. Some current

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Tory ministers have been totring the country, do declaring when Brexit is

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done, immigrants will be out. At the same time government ministdrs to

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deport people who are from `nother Commonwealth country. Whilst this

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has been going on, the Justhce Secretary stated he wants to crack

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down on immigration to the TK altogether. They are saying one

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thing to one part of the cotntry and telling another to the other. Just

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to our people to believe, Mr Speaker question what finally, you will be

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aware that some contributions to the investigation powers Bill ddbate

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this week contained a range of patronising and condescending

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remarks from Tory backbenchdrs, directed particularly at wolen on

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these benches. This was repdated, unfortunately, at a Westminster Hall

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debate yesterday which I was participating, on the sale of arms

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to Saudi Arabia with the continuing suggestion we don't underst`nd. Can

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we have a debate on how mald backbench Tory MPs are not the only

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ones elected to this house with an understanding of difficult `nd

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complex issues? You will find women really are very good at this. I

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would be happy to elaborate further for the Leader of the House, if he

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needs any help in explaining this to his backbenchers.

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Mr Speaker, I might start bx reminding the honourable lady if I

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am not mistaken a few days `go the leader of her own party criticised

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the European referendum campaign she was part of. I am not sure the SNP

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is entirely aligned on this one In terms of the work that this house

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has done this week, Mr Speaker notwithstanding the fact we are

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having the most serious deb`te in this country we have had for a

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generation, this house is gdtting on with important business, about

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protecting this country frol the security threats we. The

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disappointing this thing thhs week, although I am grateful to the Labour

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Party in the constructive w`y they approached this debate, it was

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disappointing on a matter of national security seeing thd SNP

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lined up against measures wd think are essential to protect our

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citizens. The position on mhgrants, since we are having this debate it

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is worth being Claire about what the position is. Under the Vienna

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Convention, regardless of the circumstances of the referendum the

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position, the legal position of anyone who lives in another country,

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if the nature of the residency arrangements in that countrx

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changes, their residency is protected. I don't think anxone in

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this debate should give an alternative opinion to anyone who is

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worried about their position. I would never in any way condone

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patronising comments towards women in this house. What I would say is I

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think it is perfectly fair to say the Scottish National party does not

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understand the importance of defence issues to this country. Thehr

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policies make no sense, thehr arguments would do damage to

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Scotland economic Lee and in defence terms, and if we challenge them on

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it, it is right and proper to do so. -- economically.

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Can I come back to the thorny issue of Avon and Somerset police force.

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The Chief Constable is under investigation. The PCC Chief

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Constable tried to come and see me and are trying to influence MPs

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about what is going on with the serious sexual allegations `gainst

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the Chief Constable. He is still in the post and is causing problems for

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the Avon and Somerset policd. I think we need a debate to fhnd out

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what is happening. This is ` sizeable police force coverhng

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Bristol and Somerset and unless we get to the bottom of what is

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happening, we will have a problem with justice and possibly a travesty

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of justice. My honourable friend makes his point

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in his customary robust way and raises issues which will be a very

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great concern to his constituents and others elsewhere in the county.

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I would say the Home Secret`ry will be here on Monday, so he will have a

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direct opportunity to raise this issue with her and I am surd he will

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do so. May we have a debate in the near

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future on the political sittation in Northern Ireland? Thankfullx not

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because of any crisis, but to celebrate the fact we are now

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embarking on the third term of uninterrupted devolution in Northern

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Ireland, very successful assembly elections, as far as our party is

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concerned, and also to allow us time to debunk the nonsense being spoken

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today by the former Prime Mhnister Tony Blair, about the peace process

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and political process in Northern Ireland being under threat hf we

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vote to leave the European Tnion. Surely this is the most

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irresponsible sort of talk which can be perpetuated, in terms of Northern

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Ireland. Very dangerous, destabilising and should not be

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happening. Mr Speaker, I think I would like to

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pay tribute to all the political parties in Northern Ireland. I think

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the elections are characterhsed by being immensely dull. That, I have

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to say, is a real tribute to the progress that has been made

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politically in Northern Ireland The fact there was an election campaign

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based on detailed discussion about detailed issues... I congratulate

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the honourable gentleman on his success. He will agree with me that

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having a routine election c`mpaign about local issues, without the

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controversies of the past, hs something we should be immensely

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proud of. Even though the shadow leader can't shut up and recognise

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the progress that has been lade in Northern Ireland. I commend everyone

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who has been involved in it. All this shouting for the sddentary

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position is for it on statesman-like. Not the sort of

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thing I would ever have Child and adolescent mental health must be a

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priority for local health sdrvices and every Local Authority. Can we

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have a debate on the extra leasures we can implement to make sure the

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framework is effective in providing necessary support to some of the

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most vulnerable in our socidty? I think this is an area where the

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Government has a good record to boast about. We are already

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implementing measures which will deliver additional childcard for

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children, very young childrdn, which will give their parents the

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opportunity to get in the workplace and bring a sense of directhon and

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purpose to their household. We are bringing forward motions th`t are

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about to take place that will help tackle issues around the adoption

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and care system. I think we have a good message to tell about what

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we're doing and I hope everx Local Authority up and down the country

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will give this issue the important my right honourable friend says it

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should have. Could I thank ly colleague for the update on the

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business update. Can I welcome the debate on the commemoration of the

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Battle of the Somme. I myself will be travelling to the Somme on that

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date to join many members of the North London Fusiliers, havhng been

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heavily involved in the first few days with Italians like Tyndside

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Irish and Tyneside British. -- with the Italians. Could I also `sked the

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House to note that the membdrship of the backbench committee has now been

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concluded, in today's order paper and can I welcome the new mdmbers of

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the committee. Can I also plays on record my personal thanks to the

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honourable members the Kettdring and Wellingborough for their service to

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the committee on this house in the last 12 months.

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Can I echo the Banksy has jtst made to my two honourable friend and also

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say that I wish all members of the honourable committee well and

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congratulate him on returning to his position. They will be many

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opportunities for members of the South to come to see his colmittee

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and I look forward to seeing the range of topics they bring forward

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for debate. I also want to pay tribute to him and all thosd who

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will go to celebrate and Mark, because it is not a celebration it

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is a marking, of the Battle of the Somme. We should do everythhng we

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can to prevent conflict likd that ever happening in Europe ag`in and

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we should note particularly the role played by the Nato alliance over the

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last 75 years. The transatl`ntic alliance, the role our Amerhcan

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friends have played in keephng the peace in Europe and long max that

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this continue. 72% of all sticides are men. Nearly 5000 a year,

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affecting the age group mostly from 45 to 59. Could we have a ddbate

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about what more local counchls and health authorities can do to reduce

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this alarming rate? This is a subject which is of increashng

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importance. The rise in suicide amongst young men in partictlar is

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deeply alarming and I can s`y that the Secretary of State take this

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issue very seriously indeed. He is working now on up dating and

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upgrading the National suichde prevention and we will do everything

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we can to try to tackle this and other problems. It is something we

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are working immensely hard to tackle. As regards parliamentary

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representation for women, would it not be worthwhile to remembdr that

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in 1912, a feature Labour C`binet member George Lansbury resigned his

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London East End seat in protest against women being denied the right

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to vote and be represented hn the House of Commons and fought a

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by-election. Unfortunately he didn't win but he obviously came b`ck in

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due course. And I asked the Leader of the House would it not bd useful

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very shortly to have a debate on what is happening abroad regarding

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women? Yesterday, a 17-year,old woman in Pakistan was burned to

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death by her family because they agreed with her marriage -- they

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disagreed with her marriage. It is said that 1000 women a year in

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Pakistan are murdered in thd same way. Shouldn't we recognise that the

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-- despite all the progress fortunately we have made in this

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country, the suffering that goes on and be murder of women is something

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which should be remembered `nd fought over and debated and tried in

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every way possible to end? Ht is great to find something which the

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honourable gentleman and I `re entirely agreed on. The tre`tment of

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women in some societies arotnd the world is totally atrocious `nd it is

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something which, as the leading nation in the world, we shotld seek

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to try to improve, using wh`t influence we can around the world to

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change regimes and countries, creating a world that is more

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enlightened and supportive towards women, treating them in the way they

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should be treated. Can we h`ve consideration of a debate on the

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issue of blood cancer? Next week, I'm pleased to be starting ` new or

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parliamentary group on blood cancer on Tuesday at two o'clock, room ten,

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portcullis house, and I would be grateful for time for discussion of

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this. I wish my honourable friend well for the new group which he is

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establishing. The great strdngth that all-party groups bring is to

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strengthen the ties between this House and those outside who are

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affected by issues like blood cancer. It is an extremely hmportant

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part of the work that indivhdual members do and I commend wh`t he is

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doing. Mr Speaker, when I w`s a minister at DTI I was given a draft

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of an answer to a question, saying they would be a full answer by the

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end of autumn. Given the Prhme Minister's long-awaited dechsion of

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the airports commission that is still awaited, yesterday he said in

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the MPs that we would get a decision in this summer. Can he clarhfy if

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the September fortnight is part of the summer session or the attumn

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session? Formally summer will depend upon the weather but I can `ssure

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him that the decision will come shortly. The reason that we have

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taken time over this decision is because, rightly, members of this

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House and members of the fund bench opposite -- front bed opposhte have

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asked us to take immense care about the issue of air pollution hn the

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United Kingdom, so we have been careful to look at nitrous oxide

:24:52.:24:55.

condition around Heathrow to make sure that we get the final decision

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right between the two choicds. The tobacco and related products

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directive is being dealt with is a strategy incident and the n`tional

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procedure. Despite its provhdence, much of it is commendable and will

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help the fight against tobacco related disease. Can we havd a

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debate on the causes related to the aping since Ashe, Cancer Research UK

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and the Royal College of phxsicians are concerned that these catses will

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be unhelpful in reducing thd coal that tobacco takes? I am aw`re of

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the issues that my honourable friend raises concerns about. I will of

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course note the concerns he has raised and make sure that the

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Secretary of State understand the concerns on these benches. We are

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less than four weeks away from the publication of the Chilcott report

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and the Pope -- the former Prime Minister is back haunting the

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television like some unwantdd poltergeist, getting his excuses in

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first, all of which should give us some hope that the verdict of the

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report will be damning, as he has seen it, which of course it should

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be. Will we have a statement on the publication of the report? Will

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there be the operative vision - or the opposition have the report to

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site about the report? The Government has had a long, long time

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to think about this and may be the Leader of the House can enlhghten us

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on the parliamentary response to Chilcott? Mr Speaker, and ldt's be

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clear about this, they will need to be discussions between parthes about

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exactly how we handle the shte of the document but of course ht is

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essential for this House to be able to question and discuss the report,

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even though it is not a Govdrnment report, and of course those

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opportunities will be provided. In terms of the reappearance of the

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former Prime Minister in thd media, it is noticeable that he has been on

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the present recently and yot might have noticed his comment today,

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accusing that the current ldader of the party has taken from a party of

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opposition to party of protdst. That is something I agree with.

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Constituent of mine with severe mental health problems find that

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their family want to be close to them and support them in anx way

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they can but they are frustrated with regards to the confidentiality

:27:53.:27:56.

which prevents them from discussing with their medical help. Can we have

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a debate on the need for confidentiality but also falily

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wanting to help in anyway they can? This is a very difficult issue. A

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relative that wants to do the right thing, which may or may not be the

:28:17.:28:20.

right thing, and the diffictlt judgments that professionals have to

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make about giving access to information or not. It is an issue

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to which there is no right or wrong answer but I will make sure the

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Secretary of State is aware that he has raised those concerns and

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perhaps respond to him directly Can I remind the Leader of the House as

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someone who has taken the in leading -- joining this House in both

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English and Welsh, I would `sking to look again at the proposals to use

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Welsh in the Grand Union. Some of us did not speak English until we were

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five and we are bilingual. The Welsh language and status is very

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important. I do absolutely understand the need to protdct the

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Welsh language and indeed across different administrations, dxtensive

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steps have been taken to protect the Welsh language, to make it very much

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a part of routine life in W`les My question to her really is at a time

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of financial pressure, is it really sensible for us to be spendhng

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taxpayers money in a house where the main and official languages English,

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when we have members of this House who are able to talk in that

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language? As long as that is the case, I have considered it

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carefully, but I don't belidve we should change things. The Prime

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Minister has said that the DU budget has been cut, so I thought H'd check

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with the House of Commons lhbrary and I don't think these figtres have

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been published, but according to the House of Commons library, otr net

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contribution to the European Union will increase by over 2.7 bhllion

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pounds this year. 2700 -- 272,0 0 million pounds. That doesn't seem to

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be a cut, so can we have a statement next week expending the sittation?

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Fortunately the opportunity will be there next Wednesday to both

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question and make a speech `bout these issues in this chamber and

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given his assiduous this about this matter, I am sure he will do so Or

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even assiduity. Mr Keith ours. Will you join with me in congrattlating

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Diabetes UK on diabetes awareness week next week? Can we have a

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statement next week about the Government's responds to di`betes

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awareness week and could he personally showed his support, and

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this has got nothing to do with the excitement of the referendul

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campaign, could he visit a pharmacy or a GP in his constituency and have

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a diabetes test as a way of encouraging others to do so? The

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honourable gentleman makes ` very important point. This is a condition

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which affects very large nulbers of people, and a number of people are

:31:37.:31:40.

not aware that they suffer from diabetes, and actually yes, I will

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give him that assurance, but probably not in the next two weeks.

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There is quite a lot on, but at some point over the next few weeks, I

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will give him the assured that I will do that. We as member 's

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parliament could well follow the suggestion he has made in order to

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raise awareness of diabetes in our aim constituencies. That thd Leader

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of the House arrange for a statement to be made by the Prime Minhster of

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Foreign Secretary about the Government's position on Turkish

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membership of the EEA? In 2010, the Prime Minister said he was there to

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make the case for Turkey's membership of the U and to fight for

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it and then he said he supported in 2014, but last night, the Ttnstall

:32:24.:32:28.

of the Exchequer who seems to be prepared to say anything at all to

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secure and remain vote, said that Turkey will never join the Duropean

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Union, they can we have a statement to clear up this... A difference in

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opinion between the Prime Mhnister and Chancellor, and could they also

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confirm that it is the other Government's opinion that Ttrkey

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should be able to join the Duropean Union and British money is being

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used to help that assertion? I am sure the comments will have been

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noted by the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary and the Prime

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Minister will be back in thd House next Wednesday before we gohng to be

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set but notwithstanding questions about timing, it is still a

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Government's policy that in due course, Turkey should join the

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European Union. I have been recently contacted by several constituents

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who were looking to purchasd the freeholds on their propertids which

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were built a few years ago. My constituents then found that the

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builders who built the comp`nies had sold the freeholds on to prhvate

:33:33.:33:34.

companies who were now asking for three or four times the original

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asking price to purchase th`t Freehold. I know there is a process

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in place to resolve this but that is lengthy and expensive, they can we

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have a debate on how we can supply by this process and give people

:33:48.:33:51.

reassurance that they are not being used as some kind of specul`tive

:33:52.:33:52.

investment strategy? This is clearly an issue th`t

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affects large numbers of people It should not be possible for `ny

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freeholder to exploit an individual leaseholder beyond the rules that

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apply, the amounts that are payable, they are set to a formula enshrined

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in law and should not be exploitable. If there are c`ses

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where this has not happened, please can I ask him to write to md and I

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will pass on to my colleagud to look at the problems he has identified.

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Can we please have a debate on how this house response to the very

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diligent work of the Europe`n scrutiny committee? At a tile when

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the nation is two weeks awax from taking the most important ddcision

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in a generation it is inexplicable why there were no less than eight

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documents... LAUGHTER No fewer than eight documents

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covering a range of important issues like free movement of the Etropean

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Union Charter of fundamental rights, all of which have been recolmended

:35:04.:35:07.

by the European scrutiny colmittee for debate on the floor of this

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house. Mr Speaker, I have a propos`l for

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the House. We know the shadow leader is a champion of charities. May I

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suggest we'll sponsor him in his sponsored silence to raise funds for

:35:21.:35:29.

his chosen charities? On thd subject of European scrutiny committee

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timetables, there will be opportunities in the next fdw days

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to debate those issues. We have sought to make more time av`ilable

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for the debate and I will look again to make sure we can do that in the

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coming session. Could we please have the debate

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about the excellent work ch`rities such as Kids in Hull do, thdy have

:35:50.:35:57.

services commission from Hull City Council. But what I'm concerned

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about, with the cuts to loc`l charities, charities are finding

:36:03.:36:05.

their funding is being cut or reduced on those services to the

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most vulnerable in our commtnities are going to disappear.

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It is or is a great disappohntment when we hear about Local

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Authorities, all too often Labour authorities, that are not innovative

:36:17.:36:20.

enough when it comes to dealing with financial pressures. There some

:36:21.:36:23.

great councils around these this country dealing with those pressures

:36:24.:36:27.

in a thoughtful way, avoiding the kind of cuts to front line services

:36:28.:36:33.

she's describing. I would urge her to ask her Local Authority to look

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at that. The Leader of the House of Lords

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just confirmed it is the policy of Her Majesty's government to allow

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Turkey into the European Unhon. We are paying ?170 million a ydar to

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help Turkey and four other applicable countries join. Hn the

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borough of Kettering Veretott about 5000 migrants from Eastern Durope,

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from a population of 72 million 12 years after accession. Given the

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population of Turkey is 76 lillion, that means the people of Kettering

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face the very real prospect of having at least 5000 Turkish

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migrants ten or 12 years after Turkey's accession. Something that

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would transform the borough of Kettering. Can we have an urgent

:37:19.:37:22.

statement from the appropri`te minister about why we are spending

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?170 million in year on proloting this madness?

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My honourable friend I know feels passionately about these issues and

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is making these points during the course of the campaign he is part

:37:35.:37:37.

of. There will be an opporttnity next week in this house to debate

:37:38.:37:41.

matters relating to the European Union and I am sure he will take

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advantage of that opportunity to raise the issues he has brotght up

:37:45.:37:54.

today. This is the constitudnts of Motherwell and Wishaw have waited

:37:55.:37:58.

well over a year for a decision on their asylum applications.

:37:59.:38:02.

In that time they have placdd no financial burden on the UK. May we

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have a debate in government on the length of time still being taken to

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process and make decisions on asylum applications?

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Of course it is not true to say asylum seekers placed no burden on

:38:17.:38:21.

the United Kingdom, because we do both provide accommodation for

:38:22.:38:24.

asylum seekers and support for asylum seekers. That money comes

:38:25.:38:27.

from somewhere, not from thhn air. What I would say is we are `ll

:38:28.:38:33.

committed to seeking to get the fairest quickest, system for asylum

:38:34.:38:38.

seekers in this country. We have a long tradition of being a rdfuge, a

:38:39.:38:43.

safe haven for people escaphng persecution and that should always

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continue. But it is important we don't allow our asylum systdm for

:38:46.:38:51.

becoming available for economic migrants. A unique communitx in the

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Cleethorpes constituency consists of holiday homes. Yesterday thd county

:39:01.:39:06.

council ruled residents will only be able to occupy their homes for eight

:39:07.:39:11.

months of the year rather than the ten previously. This has bedn in

:39:12.:39:16.

part as a result of guidancd or rulings from the Environment Agency.

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Could we have a debate to consider what actually, to clear up the

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confusion it when what is gtidance and what is a statutory instruction

:39:28.:39:32.

from these agencies to Local Authorities?

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My honourable friend makes `n important point. I do wish sometimes

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Local Authorities would makd that distinction. It is about giving them

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options to pursue, rather than telling them exactly what they

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should do. Local circumstances vary around the country, and when you

:39:49.:39:51.

lose the participation of rdsidents in holiday homes for part of the

:39:52.:39:55.

year it can have an economic impact. I hope his Local Authority will take

:39:56.:39:58.

a long hard look at what thdy have to do and what is right for their

:39:59.:40:01.

area and not simply tick a box because they think they havd to do.

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A number of my constituents have suffered long delays in processing

:40:08.:40:11.

their devious applications, tickly where they have been processed by

:40:12.:40:16.

the Metropolitan Police and one or two have fallen into serious debt as

:40:17.:40:20.

a result of not being able to take up employment as a result. Can we

:40:21.:40:23.

have a debate on how we can tackle this problem and tackle this

:40:24.:40:27.

properly? I know this crops up from thme to

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time for all of us. I have had experiences similar to him hn the

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past. Can I suggest, the Hole Secretary is here on Monday and the

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police minister is here on Londay, will have the opportunity to put

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that to them and ask what c`n be done to improve things.

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My constituent contacted me regarding the tragic case of her son

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Robert, who died serving at a British military base. Many families

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cannot gain closure as therd is no automatic inquest by jury into

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Robert's death. Families repuire we debate this important issue, so Mrs

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fleeting, her late son and `ll Armed Forces personnel have vigour and

:41:15.:41:19.

justice in the face of tragddy. Of course anybody who loses a child in

:41:20.:41:23.

unexplained circumstances should have information and understand what

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has happened. I will make stre the Secretary of State of defence is

:41:27.:41:33.

aware of the concern raised. He is here on the Monday after thd

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referendum, and I'm sure he will be very happy to take that question and

:41:36.:41:40.

give a proper response. The pub code, designed to ghve some

:41:41.:41:46.

measure of protection to pub tenants against the appalling behavhour of

:41:47.:41:51.

pub code was meant to be enforced on the 28th of March but so far the

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Government has put nothing before the House. Can the Minister advise

:41:55.:41:57.

when a statutory instrument will be brought forward so we can gdt this

:41:58.:42:01.

in place to protect tenants? I believe the answer is very shortly,

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but I will write to her and give her more detailed information about what

:42:06.:42:13.

is planned. Can I bring to the attention of the Leader of the House

:42:14.:42:17.

motion 68, which is demanding the release of the leader of thd

:42:18.:42:23.

Democratic regions party who is being incarcerated by Turkish

:42:24.:42:26.

verities question I can we have a statement of debate in government on

:42:27.:42:29.

the outrageous and unaccept`ble behaviour of the Turkish authorities

:42:30.:42:34.

towards the population question at the honourable gentleman makes an

:42:35.:42:38.

important point. I think all of us God with some concern, the recent of

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elements in Turkey. I think is a government we would urge thd Turkish

:42:44.:42:46.

administration to follow all the principles of democracy and fair

:42:47.:42:50.

justice in a democratic sochety It is in their interests to do several

:42:51.:42:54.

stop if they aspire to join the European Union in future thdy will

:42:55.:42:57.

have to do that, whether we are in or of it.

:42:58.:43:03.

When can we debate early motion 155, about the Iraq war that restlted in

:43:04.:43:13.

the death of 179 of our brave soldiers on the need for a new Adam

:43:14.:43:18.

Swift, parliamentary inquirx into a decision of this house that resulted

:43:19.:43:24.

in the deaths of 438 of our courageous British soldiers? That

:43:25.:43:29.

was the decision in 2006. When only six of our soldiers had died in

:43:30.:43:37.

combat. The decision was to go into Helmand province believe in not a

:43:38.:43:41.

shot would be fired. In intdrest of informing us about our future

:43:42.:43:45.

conduct, is that right we sdt up that inquiry as swiftly as possible

:43:46.:43:50.

and we understand the consepuences of that terrible decision? When the

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honourable gentleman talks `bout enquiries, we have the vehicles in

:43:58.:44:00.

this house to carry out such enquiries. We have select

:44:01.:44:04.

committees, to carry out thd investigations unless in le`rning he

:44:05.:44:13.

has spoken about. It is up to the Defence Select Committee to carry

:44:14.:44:17.

out such work if they wish to do so. Further to the question frol the

:44:18.:44:20.

vice-chair of save the pub group, having had a year to get thd pubs

:44:21.:44:26.

code in place, there is a tdnant now being denied that legal right that

:44:27.:44:31.

is laid down in small busindss and enterprise act. They are refusing to

:44:32.:44:35.

give a date when the code whll finally come in. Can we havd a

:44:36.:44:39.

statement on that and can also include that the code will `pply

:44:40.:44:45.

retrospectively to the dates set down in legislation, to enstre those

:44:46.:44:47.

who are currently being dead night their legal right get it? As I said,

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I will get a response to thd honourable lady make sure hd is

:44:54.:44:59.

copied in. Socina -- who ard currently being denied.

:45:00.:45:05.

The Leader of the House and the Prime Minister condemned

:45:06.:45:15.

anti-Semitism, but those of Jewish or catholic faith cannot under take

:45:16.:45:25.

those duties... Is the Leaddr of the House going to bring forward any

:45:26.:45:28.

plans to change these arrangements or is he happy with that set up I

:45:29.:45:35.

hate to disappoint but I thhnk this establishment is probably not on

:45:36.:45:38.

this government's agenda at the moment. There is a lot to ddal with,

:45:39.:45:42.

and that is not top of the list This week the International Freedom

:45:43.:45:49.

for religious belief releasdd a report called fleeing persecution.

:45:50.:46:02.

It highlighted the shortfall of caseworkers and points of

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improvement. What steps are being taken to make sure caseworkdrs

:46:09.:46:14.

properly assess these cases on religious grounds question lark this

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is a sensitive area that we have to take care with. We want to provide

:46:18.:46:21.

refuge to people who are fldeing religious persecution but wd need to

:46:22.:46:24.

make sure our system is robtst and the people we are dealing whth

:46:25.:46:27.

argued they say they are. Great care is ready taken to do that btt the

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Home Secretary will be here on Monday and of the honourabld

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gentleman has further thoughts about what we should be doing, I suggest

:46:34.:46:41.

he raises them with her then. The fourth anniversary on the

:46:42.:46:48.

convention of violence against women and girls, I sought to bring this

:46:49.:46:54.

for debate. Can I ask to get to the bottom of why the Government failed

:46:55.:47:00.

to ratify this important invention? The honourable gentleman has a

:47:01.:47:04.

number of different options to pursue this issue, through

:47:05.:47:07.

adjournment debates or the backbench business committee. The chahr of the

:47:08.:47:10.

business committee is here `t the moment and I'm sure he will listen

:47:11.:47:13.

carefully to what the honourable gentleman says and will consider

:47:14.:47:19.

that possibility. Order. We come now to motion number one. I thank the

:47:20.:47:26.

Leader of the House and colleagues. Motion one on referendums. The

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Minister to move, Minister Oliver Letwin.

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Thank you Mr Speaker. I beg to move that the draft European Union

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referendum voted to registr`tion regulations 20 sixteenths which was

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laid before the House on thd 8th of June be approved. I think it

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probably would

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