15/09/2016 Business Questions


15/09/2016

Live coverage of the announcement of Commons business for the week ahead and questions to the leader of the Commons David Lidington.


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Her Majesty gave signature to the Royal Act. Finances Act, 2006. Aber

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dasher's Act Charity Act 2006. Business question: Paul Paldstinian.

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Will the leader give us the business of the House in the week following

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this unnecessarily protractdd recess? Mr Speaker, the bushness for

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the week commencing the 10th of October will be as follows: Monday

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10th of October a motion to approve the second report, 2016 to 2017 from

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the committee of privileges. Followed by the second readhng of

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the neighbourhood planning bill Tuesday, 11th October, second

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reading of the small charit`ble donations and childcare paylents

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bill. Wednesday the 12th of October, and opposition day a debate on the

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opposition motion, the subjdct to be announced. Thursday the 13th of

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October, a general debate on baby loss followed by a debate on a

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motion on the inquiry into hormone pregnancy tests, both of thdse

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subjects have been determindd by the back bench business committde.

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Friday 14th October, the Hotse is not setting. Commencing the 17th of

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October, will include Mondax 17th of October, second reading of the

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savings Government contributions bill.

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As for business in Westminster Hall, I would like to inform the House

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that the business for Thursday the 20th of October, will be a debate on

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the Education Committee reports on mental health and well being of

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looked after children and on social work reform, followed by a general

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debate on national arthritis week 2016, recommended by the Li`ison

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Committee and a back bench business committee and colleagues will wish

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to know that subject as alw`ys to progress of business, the House will

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rise for the February 2017 recess at the end of business on the Thursday

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the 9th of February and rettrn on Monday the 20th of February.

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Paul Flynn. Thank you for the business. Can we deal with the

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matters involving the select committees and the date for

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elections of chairs. Can he confirm that the business committee will be

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renamed and continue with a Labour chairman. That the new international

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trade committee will be chahred by a member of the Scottish national

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party and the new Brexit colmittee chaired by a Labour MP? We wish to

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join you Mr Speaker in giving best wishes to the retiring peacd

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speaker's council, Michael Carpenter and in welcoming Seera Selini in

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appointing his role. Today hs the international day of democr`cy.

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Democracy invented in Greecd, 2 00 years and coming to the isl`nds in

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instalments. We are still the only country in the world along with

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Lesotho that has hereditary chief takens in our chair. The recent

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decisions by David Cameron, in his final awards to described in the

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Daily Mail, and the Garde, from both ends of the political spectrum as

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devalued, debased, discredited, egregious, grubby, tawdry, tainted

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and ashished, otherwise OK! At the heart of our democracy is this

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rotten system where the spe`ker of the House of Lords said there were

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200 unnecessary people prancing around in ermine down the other end

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of the corridor and that thd changes introduced by the Prime Minhster

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will involve a spending of ?34 million. The exchanges that have

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taken place over the years. This is wanton. A waste of public money at a

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time when the Prime Minister said that his justification for the

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massive disruption amongst dlected members by the changes in the

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boundary will save peanuts. Will the Leader of the House add lustre to

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his parliamentary halo and not just be a leader who is here tod`y,

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nowhere tomorrow, and take on real reforms? The other to take tp, is

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this report this week by distinguished members of all

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parties, for 25 years partids of all colours have failed to answdr the

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appeals from the seriously hll, those who suffer agonies of pain

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asking for relief from the only medicine that works for thel which

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is cannabis. Because of the prejudice, the policies in both

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governments, that are cowardly, prejudice-rich, knowledge-free, that

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continue with a system that has criminalised seriously ill people,

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now there is a clear call from the members, the distinguished lembers,

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knowledgeable members here `nd in the other House to end this

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barbarous practice, whereby we criminalise people for using

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cannabis but allow heroine to be prescribed. Other countries

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throughout the world are dohng this. There is no excuse for conthnuing

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with this practice. Hinckley announced today...

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I am grateful for his support. Where is Hinckly's decision today? How

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does it fit into the parlialentary timetable? It has never been debated

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properly. Any new proposals have never been debated. It could be the

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greatest financial and technical logical catastrophe for manx years.

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The price of a rip-off, technology doesn't work. Overpromised `nd

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Finland that nuclear power from the EPR would be working from 2009, it

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is not working now. The govdrnment is going to blunder ahead bdcause

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they haven't got the couragd to examine the scheme again, they are

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going ahead because of political inertia. The policy of my p`rty will

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be spelt out by the Member for Brent North later. In the meantimd we have

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to say to the Leader of the House, he must gain parliamentary `pproval.

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This is going ahead without any parliamentary Emperor Matta and this

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will be seen as the years and decades go by, as the futilhty of

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this operation goes by. It will be seen not to be a parliament`ry

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disaster or error, but a Tory error. The Leader of the House. Can I first

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agree with the honourable gdntleman opposite and join with him `nd

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wishing a successful retirelent to speakers Council, who served this

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House, and you, Mr Speaker, with distinction over many years. I can

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honourable gentleman described in honourable gentleman described in

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respect of the chair as of the select committees. On his point

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about the use of cannabis in medical treatment, it is of course perfectly

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possible for medicines derived from cannabis that include cannabinoids

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to go through the normal process of medical licensing and approval. I am

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not attracted to the idea that we should simply agree to parthcular

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drugs being made available without that sort of analysis and checking

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and approval by NICE to makd available to patients who m`y be

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suffering from sensitive conditions. On his point about Hinkley, and I

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have to say I got the impression that this was for the honourable

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gentleman at therapeutic experience rather than a quest for truth. He

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will have the opportunity in a relatively short space of thme to

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put questions on the subject directly to my right honour`ble

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friend the Secretary of State for business energy and industrhal

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strategies, so I would urge him to contain his impatience a little

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longer. He also asks me abott the day of democracy, and I think

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everyone on all parties would wish to celebrate the day of democracy.

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The honourable gentleman knows that my own voting record on House of

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Lords reform is recorded in Hansard, but the House of Commons had the

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opportunity very recently to vote for the reform of the House of

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Lords, and if elected House voted down every option that was

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available. Now, they didn't Whatever views one holds about the

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second chamber, I do not thhnk it is right to denigrate the very hard

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work of scrutiny and review that members of the chamber in all

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political parties and those from crossbenches put into play their

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part in the legislative process I finally said to the honourable

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gentleman, I find it a bit rum that he denounces the House of Lords

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today in such florid terms when so many office former friends have been

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in a rush to go and serve there And only earlier this week, a ndw life

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peer sent by the right honotrable gentleman, the current Leaddr of the

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Opposition, took her seat. H think he needs to have some words with his

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only there about those views. Order, as colleagues know it is my practice

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to call everybody in this sdt of exchanges, and I should likd to do

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so again today, but I am conscious that there are two statements to

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follow, then two debates taking place under the backbench btsiness

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committee, of which the first is well subscribed, so there is a

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premium upon brevity, which I be exemplified by Sir Edward Ldigh The

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a fool the cant of Parliament. Will a fool the cant of Parliament. Will

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he take his time about bringing this decision back to the House `nd

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ensure there is a full constltation, given that 1 million people visit

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this place every year, incltding 100,000 children, this is a very

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serious issue and many of us are deeply concerned about the historic

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palace being vacated for five or more years. Many of us think we

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should get on with the work now abolish the September sittings and

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start repairing the building in good time. This report was from the joint

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committee to the House as a whole. It is on the desk of every lember of

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this House because it is thhs House and the other place that will have

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to take a decision about thd future of the Palace of Westminster. I hope

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that every member will read it, consider it carefully and I hope to

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arrange a time for a proper debate on the subject later this attumn.

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Can I also paid tribute to the Speaker or's counsel who has been...

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Can I also thank the Speaker for the nines -- the Leader of the House for

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announcing the business. Since the EU referendum there has not been one

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single debate on the conseqtences in government time. Our constituents

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demand to know that governmdnt's intention, whether we will be

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members of the single market, what sort of immigration system will be

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in place. For goodness sake, we want to know if a visa will be rdquired

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for European travel. This w`s meant to be about taking control. We seem

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to have handed control to a handful of clueless Brexit toadies who are

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determined to keep this in secrecy, and this House should demand better

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than that. When will we hear from the Leader of the House abott having

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a detailed debate about the Brexit plans? I say to the honourable

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gentleman, I woke this mornhng to see all the details of the Hinkley

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announcement. What happened to all the plan that the Secretary of State

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is supposed to bring import`nt statements to the size and not have

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discussed in the media? There should be a full debate on it, and it is

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appalling that we have not had the debate on this so far. We'rd just

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back from recess and we're going recess again in five hours.

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Apparently this is charmingly called the confidence we -- conferdnce

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recess, which covers most p`rties, but not this Scottish National

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Party. Our constituents are baffled that we are arising when important

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work needs to be discussed, like Brexit details. Voluntary

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organisations and meeting. We should start to think about abandoning this

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recess and I hope the Leader of the House supports this. Hopefully it

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will be a conclusion to the most vicious party civil war in history.

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Its bitterness only matches its destructiveness, and maybe the

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Leader of the House and I could offer to work as peacekeepers to try

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to bring back the broken party once again. I fear on that last point

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that matters may now be nearer beyond repair. Can I say on Hinkley

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again, the Secretary of State will be at this dispatch box within an

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hour and all members will h`ve the chance to put questions to him then.

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On his points about the consequences of the EU referendum, the f`ct

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remains, and my views were well-known, the people of the United

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Kingdom voted by a relatively small but decisive majority to le`ve the

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European Union. As the Primd Minister said the other day, we

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cannot have a running commentary on the preparation are articul`tion of

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a negotiating position. You do not, in diplomacy or business or a walk

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of life, set out your negothating position in detail so that those

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with him your negotiating now all those details. But the honotrable

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gentleman and his colleagues will have the opportunity to put oral

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questions to the Foreign Secretary on the 18th of October and to the EU

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exit secretary on the 20th of October, so there will be ftrther

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opportunity for debate, just as my right honourable friend has been

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appearing at select committdes and in the other place to answer

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questions on the policy. Thd leader said about the select committee

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chairmanship but forgot to say whether the motions had been laid

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before the House. I underst`nd they have not been at the moment. My main

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question is to do with the boundary changes. When the boundary changes

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were announced and we had the debate in this House, we did not know we

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were going to leave the EU. With 75% of our laws made in the EU, and the

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abolition of all those hard,working MEPs, why are we now reducing the

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number of MPs? The Prime Minister should perhaps look at this again.

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Could we have a statement ndxt week? That decision is one that the House

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took when it passed the leghslation that set out the number of lembers

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of Parliament framework within which the boundary commission would

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operate. That is set in prilary legislation. On his other point we

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intend to lay the relevant resolutions and changes to standing

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orders as rapidly as possible. There are still a few technical

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discussions. If we can label hammer those out today, but it is certainly

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our intention that there should be no delay that is unavoidabld before

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those motions tabled. A clinic clinical commissioning

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group has granted a contract to provide muscular skeletal sdrvices.

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They employ no clinicians that will deliver the service and will rely on

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existing service providers to contract with them to provide NHS

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services. This is complete ladness leading to chaos in the NHS, and

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unnecessary tier of bureaucracy who will suck out the profits at the

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expense of patients. Can we have a debate on the performance of

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privatised companies in the NHS we can expose the poor perform`nce of

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companies? You may well seek to secure a debate on that. Thdse

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conditions the local NHS and the decision may vary from each area.

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But this government recognises the NHS can sometimes use of thd private

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and charitable sectors to ddliver NHS services free to their tsers.

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People are suffering from the smoke from the fire at a mill which has

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been burning for over a week and a half. Can we have a debate hn

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government about the illegal dumping of waste, enforcement action and the

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penalties applied on situathons such as this? I was concerned to hear

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about the plight of my honotrable friend's constituents. I wotld urge

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her to liaise with the Environment Agency, who I believe have `n

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important role in trying to sort this out. I will draw her comments

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to the attention of the reldvant minister at Defra so that there can

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be a response to her concerns. Can I find the Leader of the Housd for the

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business announcement for the beginning October ten, and the two

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debates on Thursday the 30th of October, one baby loss, abott infant

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mortality and stillbirth, and of course the debate on the current

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enquiry into home in pregnancy tests and the use of drugs which has led

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to much damage for many in our population. During this morning the

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Leader of the House will be suggesting to members to air their

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issues, but we do have a significant queue built up already of

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outstanding, and her debates. Can I ask the Leader of the House,

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following the recess: alloc`ting time to the backbench committee We

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will try to be as generous `s possible the honourable gentleman,

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within the limits that laid down in terms of the allocation of days I'm

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afraid just as I and my fellow business managers have sometimes to

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say no to ministers who want to bring in legislation, so thdre is

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questioned our priorities to those people. In my consistency, ht has

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had a place close. People are working hard to try and savd the pub

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for the village. Can we havd a debate and how we can support this

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committee and other villages around the country to save their local

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pubs? This sounds to me a pdrfect subject for an adjournment debate,

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and I can point to my own constituency to cases where the

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local community has rallied and saves the local pub as a colmunity

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asset in the way changes thhs government brought in to thd law

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have made possible. Can we have a debate on the NHS? My local

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community has had to find s`vings. They need the extra money r`ther

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than have to make cuts, can we have that debate? The government has

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delivered in full and prevent the additional money that the chief

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executive of the NHS said hd needed in order to deliver the NHS's plan.

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What is also the case is th`t the NHS plan involves looking at how

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services come in different parts of the country, need to change and

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evolve in order to meet the sort of hell servers we are going to need in

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the future. And these are ddcisions for the local NHS because the needs

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of urban and rural areas max differ very significantly. To government

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consultations have both recommended increasing the rates of intdrest is

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paid on late payment of compensation to people who are subject to

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compulsory orders. The Chief Secretary to the Treasury h`s

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indicated these measures ard unlikely to be introduced until

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after the construction of HS2 is due to start. Following years of

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mismanagement and further, H have little faith HS2 will pay

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compensation on time and fahrly But I understand these matters can be

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introduced via a statutory instrument. Could the Leader of the

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House arrange for an instrulent to be brought before the cells as soon

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as is of a uncertainly well in advance of the construction of HS2?

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Both you and I will have bedn following her question closdly. I

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will talk to the Chief Secrdtary to the Treasury to understand better

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the current position and I'l sure he will want to write to my right

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honourable friend in order to set his views out. A statement from

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Defra, detailing sanctions ht has two ensure developers complx with

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the national policy statement on ports in respect of electricity

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connection, particularly in areas identified as having bad air

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quality, such as London. I `m sorry if he is unable to put that question

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to transport ministers in the question time we have had. H think I

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would advise him to either write to transport ministers or to sdek an

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adjournment when he can get more detail. Given we may be going down

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by 50 MPs, the problem we whll face is this House will need to do all it

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does with an inadequate budget. Can he talk about the staffing budget

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for the MPs who have to do ht all with 50 less people? That is a

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matter for the independent authority, but I hope he will come

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and other colleagues who ard concerned, will make represdntations

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to IPSA, and when I meet thd chairman of IPSA in a few wdeks

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time, I shall make sure I'vd got his concerns on my agenda. Two weeks

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ago, a 20-year-old student died of meningitis within 48 hours of

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contact and flu. She had no obvious symptoms. Their parents describes

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that they knew little about how the disease could strike, althotgh any

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strand is potential, not level of knowledge is reflected by everyone

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they've met and people who H know. They are calling for much more to be

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done to prevent more falling victim to this disease. Rates of mdningitis

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cases are on the rise and Ptblic Health England has called for more

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young people to take a back vaccine. Could we have a debate on the rate

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of take-up of meningitis vaccines, how to increase awareness and how we

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can join messages and understand and undertake more research so we see an

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end to this horrific diseasd? May I first, Mr Speaker, express ly

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sincere sympathy to the famhly and friends of her constituent? That

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must be an unbearable experhence of any family to have to endurd. And I

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think many of us will have had a comfortable examples in the areas we

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represent. So I agree with her about the importance of highlighthng this

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matter and I am sure that mdmbers in all parts of the House will support

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her endeavours, it strikes le this is the sort of thing a debate in

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Westminster Hall might be the best way to highlight the matter. Since

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the Second World War, the BBC monetary service has perforled,

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providing intelligence and the Secretary of State for defence

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confirmed it is a vital intdrest to his departments. Today we h`ve an

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important letter on the samd subject coming to the same conclusion from

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Lord Campbell, the former ldader of the Liberal Democrats. May we have

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therefore a statement or debate as soon as polymer into returns on the

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proposed cuts the BBC is gohng to make in this service, and when he

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grew with me it would be disgraceful if every steps were taken bdfore the

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House returns, given the BBC have been informed that at least one and

:28:23.:28:25.

probably to select committeds will be wanting to hold an inquiry into

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this matter urgently? I appreciate his concerns, he's taken an interest

:28:33.:28:37.

in these issues the years. H note there will be a statement from the

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Secretary of State for culttre and media and sport about the BBC later

:28:40.:28:46.

today. And that maybe my right honourable friend is able to

:28:47.:28:49.

contrive a question that is in order for him to put to the Secretary of

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State. Whether it would meet the case, it is up to him to judge.

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I declare an interest in thhs. We had a debate on Hinkley point. Days

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before the announcement tod`y because of Downing Street briefings.

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Why was the Leader of the House allowed that to happen, and why

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doesn't he allow the votes so as those who vote this monstrots

:29:25.:29:30.

financial folly can be named and shamed to the constituents for

:29:31.:29:36.

generations to come? This is not a new policy. I don't want to pre empt

:29:37.:29:41.

the statement we will have, but we had a decision the previous

:29:42.:29:47.

government tour, which my rhght honourable friend, the Primd

:29:48.:29:52.

Minister, put on hold, so she could re-examine the evidence in detail

:29:53.:29:55.

before deciding whether to commit the United Kingdom to a verx major

:29:56.:30:00.

project of this kind. The Sdcretary of State will set out the

:30:01.:30:04.

government's decision and the reasoning behind it. The right

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honourable member will have ample opportunity to put his case to the

:30:09.:30:14.

secretary of the state. One of my constituents has been battlhng for

:30:15.:30:17.

many months for the return of money he invested in markets. I w`nt to

:30:18.:30:24.

stress the name of the comp`ny, who refused to engage with my

:30:25.:30:28.

constituent or myself and the money is not being returned. Mr Speaker,

:30:29.:30:34.

binary options trading is rdmains unregulated and a cowboy market and

:30:35.:30:39.

the Treasury remains impotent. Could the leader arrange a debate to this

:30:40.:30:46.

market could be regulated? The legal positions... I can't comment on

:30:47.:30:52.

detail on the predictor constituent case, but binary option that hold

:30:53.:30:58.

gambling equipment in the UK regulated by the gambling

:30:59.:31:02.

commission. These are peopld who must hold a licence to sell binary

:31:03.:31:08.

options lawfully to consumers. And to do so without a licence hs an

:31:09.:31:13.

offence. The gambling commission can come and it does, take action

:31:14.:31:18.

against unlicensed operators and my advice would be to take the case he

:31:19.:31:22.

has to the gambling commisshon and also if his constituent belheves

:31:23.:31:28.

fraudulent activity has happened here, to take the case to action

:31:29.:31:35.

fraud. Last week children across the country returned to school. Research

:31:36.:31:42.

from the trade union suggests 2 % of those children return potentially

:31:43.:31:45.

malnourished. Because they went available to have school me`ls in

:31:46.:31:50.

the holidays. This is a heartbreaking issue but we still

:31:51.:31:53.

don't in the scale of the issue because there's not been proper

:31:54.:31:57.

research done. Can we have ` debate in government time to establish what

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can be done on this issue of poverty? The honourable ladx is

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right to draw this matter to the attention of the House. And I will

:32:11.:32:13.

make sure her concerns are passed on to the relevant minister for the

:32:14.:32:18.

Department for Education, and maybe this is a matter for the backbench

:32:19.:32:24.

committee or in Westminster, so it can be explored thoroughly. My right

:32:25.:32:31.

honourable friend will be aware of the situation in East Asia with

:32:32.:32:37.

North Korean nuclear tests rising tensions in South China Sea. Does he

:32:38.:32:42.

agree that at this time of Brexit, our allies across the region and in

:32:43.:32:46.

particular Japan will be looked into this House and this governmdnt to

:32:47.:32:50.

see whether we remain engagdd with the region, and will he find time

:32:51.:32:57.

this House to debate the issue? My honourable friend is absolutely

:32:58.:33:02.

right to highlight the gravd significance of the recent North

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Korean nuclear test. Certainly this government will remain very active

:33:08.:33:16.

in world affairs. My right honourable friend, the Primd

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Minister, and the Foreign Sdcretary, when they go to the UN asselbly will

:33:20.:33:23.

have the opportunity to talk to other leaders from around the world

:33:24.:33:28.

about the risks of nuclear proliferation. The government

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remains utterly opposed to the North Korean nuclear programme, wd have

:33:36.:33:40.

sanctions in place. A lot hhnges upon the Chinese government's

:33:41.:33:44.

approach, as they the power with the most direct influence. Questions on

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Tuesday the 18th of October, so he'll have a further opporttnity

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then. I have found this week the suicide rate is rising fastdr in

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Cumbria than in any other p`rt of the country. Mental health nurse has

:34:03.:34:07.

told me about her concerns of the stresses on the services, btt she's

:34:08.:34:10.

concerned about the extra pressure being put on it the devastating

:34:11.:34:16.

floods we had last year. Can we have a debate to look at what nedds to be

:34:17.:34:21.

done, not only to improve stpport of mental health services, but what

:34:22.:34:25.

extra support needs to be ptt in place when constituents suffering

:34:26.:34:31.

crisis? I hope she knows thd Health Secretary has made it clear his

:34:32.:34:37.

policy is to ensure mental health is not treated as a Cinderella service

:34:38.:34:43.

but is treated on a par with physical health in planning the

:34:44.:34:46.

future of the national health service. I take note she mentions

:34:47.:34:50.

the problems that have affected Cumbria. It seems to me in the first

:34:51.:34:57.

place it is local NHS working with the many charitable organis`tions

:34:58.:35:02.

that can often provide prevdntative support and help for people who are

:35:03.:35:08.

badly affected by floods or other disasters, for them then, if they

:35:09.:35:13.

feel they needed, to seek hdlp from the NHS nationally.

:35:14.:35:22.

One of my constituents is sdverely disabled, and her full-time carer

:35:23.:35:29.

and partner received a lettdr headed, your Disability Livhng

:35:30.:35:32.

Allowance is ending, giving less than one month notice to apply for

:35:33.:35:40.

PIP, followed by a text. Can we have a debate in the way that severely

:35:41.:35:44.

disabled people are communicated with on the transfer to PIP? If you

:35:45.:35:51.

would like to write to me whth the details, I will ensure that is

:35:52.:35:55.

passed on to the relevant Mhnister. One of my constituents who has

:35:56.:36:02.

cleaned HMRC offices for many years was expecting a modest pay rise when

:36:03.:36:07.

the national living wage cale in. Instead government contractors ISS

:36:08.:36:12.

cut her hours you're laterally and as a consequence she lost t`x

:36:13.:36:16.

credits and was 50p per week worse off. Can we have a debate in

:36:17.:36:21.

government time to discuss how the government is making sure its

:36:22.:36:25.

contractors comply not only with the law but with the spirit of the law?

:36:26.:36:32.

In the particular case she mentioned, there are questions on

:36:33.:36:38.

the 25th of October, but I will have a look into the question th`t she

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raises more generally. Last Friday I was honoured to speak at thd 80th

:36:49.:36:49.

anniversary celebrations in my constitudncy Can

:36:50.:37:09.

we ensure that when it comes to procurement of this place that

:37:10.:37:19.

companies like Ventaxia will be proposed suppliers, and perhaps in

:37:20.:37:24.

the proposed EU world as well. - the 80th anniversary of Ventaxia. It

:37:25.:37:29.

is the case that if Parliamdnt approves the renewal progralme,

:37:30.:37:37.

there will be a need for skhlls expertise, construction, renovation

:37:38.:37:40.

of all kinds, and indeed thd joint committee report says in terms that

:37:41.:37:48.

we need to make sure there would be opportunities for a specialhst firms

:37:49.:37:51.

for businesses in this country to get a share of the work. In the past

:37:52.:38:00.

week there have been two reports on the tragic problem of drug-related

:38:01.:38:05.

deaths, as well as a report on the medical use of cannabis, whhch my

:38:06.:38:09.

honourable friend the shadow Leader of the House has referred to

:38:10.:38:14.

earlier. Given the absence of the government's long-awaited drug

:38:15.:38:18.

strategy, could we have a ftll debate of developing a relevant and

:38:19.:38:30.

realistic drugs policy? With the new team of ministers, it is re`sonable

:38:31.:38:34.

for those ministers to conshder what drug strategy they want to publish.

:38:35.:38:52.

We're approaching the annivdrsary of the Iran nuclear deal. In the

:38:53.:38:59.

meantime religious minoritids are persecuted, the uranium reghme has

:39:00.:39:02.

enhanced its ballistic misshle capability and there is serhous

:39:03.:39:06.

doubt that Iran is keeping to the nuclear deal. Can we have a

:39:07.:39:09.

statement on government timd of what steps the UK Government is going to

:39:10.:39:15.

take to ensure that this regime is halted? My honourable friend is

:39:16.:39:20.

right to point to the frankly appalling human rights record of the

:39:21.:39:26.

uranium government. I also take the view that generally it is sdnsible

:39:27.:39:33.

even where you have a most profound disagreement with the government of

:39:34.:39:36.

another country to have diplomatic channel so that there is a leans by

:39:37.:39:41.

which to communicate with that government. The Foreign Comlonwealth

:39:42.:39:47.

Office two to eight is determined to ensure that human rights relain a

:39:48.:39:53.

key element in the United Khngdom's foreign policy and there will be an

:39:54.:39:57.

opportunity to ask about a run on the 18th of October. Today postal

:39:58.:40:02.

workers across the UK are t`king industrial action to protect their

:40:03.:40:08.

jobs, pensions and post offhces The post offices received ?2 billion of

:40:09.:40:11.

public money over the past seven years. Can we have a debate about

:40:12.:40:15.

why this has not been spent on new services, securing the future of

:40:16.:40:20.

post offices and protecting decent jobs? I regret the fact that there

:40:21.:40:23.

is industrial action becausd all that will do is to inconvenhence

:40:24.:40:29.

customers and make it more likely that those customers will look

:40:30.:40:36.

elsewhere for the delivery of parcels and communicating mdssages,

:40:37.:40:38.

rather than using Post Office services. The Post Office h`s been

:40:39.:40:45.

given taxpayers money to en`ble it to make the difficult transformation

:40:46.:40:51.

to a world which relies increasingly upon electronic and digital

:40:52.:40:54.

communications, and where they are other competitors for things like

:40:55.:40:59.

parcel delivery. So this has to be generally a matter of commercial

:41:00.:41:02.

judgment for the Post Officd management. What a summer of sport

:41:03.:41:13.

we have had. Andy Murray winning at Wimbledon, scores of Olympic gold

:41:14.:41:18.

medals, Paralympic success `t the moment, but perhaps most

:41:19.:41:21.

significantly Northants winning the Twenty20 last. . -- Blast. Can we

:41:22.:41:31.

have a debate about the sumler of sporting success? I cannot promise a

:41:32.:41:37.

debate. I know that everyond in the House were wanted and gradu`lly the

:41:38.:41:42.

Olympians and Paralympians, but also Northamptonshire on the Twenty2

:41:43.:41:47.

triumph, and I am sure my honourable friend would be doing his bdst to

:41:48.:41:57.

arrange the ticker tape read. Can we ensure councils like Greenwhch Park

:41:58.:42:01.

who want to rehouse vulnerable Syrian refugees are getting support

:42:02.:42:05.

from government, particularly to cover costs of higher accomlodation

:42:06.:42:09.

in the capital? There are ongoing discussions between the govdrnment

:42:10.:42:17.

and local authorities. A nulber of local authorities would in principle

:42:18.:42:20.

be willing to take refugees but to judge at the moment that it is too

:42:21.:42:28.

much pressure on the housing market in the only area. Ministers want to

:42:29.:42:32.

see those discussions brought to a conclusion as well. I hope we can

:42:33.:42:36.

take this forward to a satisfactory agreement.

:42:37.:44:46.

Have a statement on what thd government is doing to stop

:44:47.:44:52.

prisoners abs squandering from prison? Another murderer has

:44:53.:44:55.

disappeared and the Ministrx of Justice figures show that prisoners

:44:56.:45:00.

convicted of murder have bedn absconding at the rate of one a

:45:01.:45:03.

month years, putting the public at risk. It is time we got a grip. As

:45:04.:45:12.

my honourable friend knows, the Justice Secretary is preparhng

:45:13.:45:19.

legislation and present reform and I'm sure she will want to t`ke

:45:20.:45:23.

account of his concerns as she developed her policy further. In

:45:24.:45:30.

light of the Brexit abodes, can we please have government time on

:45:31.:45:33.

whether the decision of the previous parliament to reduce the nulber of

:45:34.:45:37.

Parliamentary constituencies down by 50 is still one that commands the

:45:38.:45:41.

support of the House of Comlons And also whether government will be

:45:42.:45:45.

reducing the number of ministers if there is a reduction in members of

:45:46.:45:51.

Parliament. I have to say to the honourable lady, there are puite a

:45:52.:45:57.

number of members of this House who for some years have been

:45:58.:46:02.

representing significantly larger numbers of constituents than art in

:46:03.:46:08.

the quota proposed now by the Parliamentary boundary commhssion.

:46:09.:46:14.

The central principle behind the new law and behind is the recent reports

:46:15.:46:21.

is that the electrodes in e`ch constituency should be the same so

:46:22.:46:27.

that everybody's vote counts equally, that seems to me a

:46:28.:46:30.

principle that is democratically just. The Wales Bill which concluded

:46:31.:46:45.

in Monday had a demolition of income tax, it must be supported bx a fair,

:46:46.:46:51.

fiscal framework. Can we have a statement on this issue before the

:46:52.:46:55.

bill reaches a national leghslation process? I can't promise hil a

:46:56.:47:03.

statement but there will be Treasury questions on October 23 when he can

:47:04.:47:07.

make that point directly to the ministers. This week the Victorian

:47:08.:47:13.

Society released its list of top ten endangered buildings in the country

:47:14.:47:18.

and there were non-in London or the south-east, tellingly. The grade two

:47:19.:47:23.

listed building of Great Grhmsby's Victorian mill, pictures show it

:47:24.:47:26.

covered in scaffolding paid for by the local council as a result of

:47:27.:47:30.

years of neglect by the private owners. Can we have a debatd in

:47:31.:47:34.

government time on the responsibilities of private

:47:35.:47:37.

companies to preserve herit`ge assets around the country for the

:47:38.:47:43.

benefit of local communities? As the young lady hinted, if the btilding

:47:44.:47:49.

is listed in any way, there are already legal obligations upon

:47:50.:47:53.

owners to keep those and a proper state of repair and our sanctions

:47:54.:47:59.

available against those who choose not to. There should be a rdmedy for

:48:00.:48:05.

her local authority but I think there's often, the communitx

:48:06.:48:09.

rallying around can help to restore a historic building and converted to

:48:10.:48:17.

new use. Can we have a debate about delays in approval of the joint

:48:18.:48:21.

select committee report on supply of weapons to Saudi Arabia as that is

:48:22.:48:24.

compelling evidence UK arms are being used to kill women and

:48:25.:48:28.

children in Yemen? Can the leader advise us of the government whips

:48:29.:48:32.

had any role whatsoever in lembers break and a quorum of two

:48:33.:48:40.

committees, leaving the quote an approved? What goes on in committees

:48:41.:48:46.

is not a matter for me. On the broader point, there was a statement

:48:47.:48:52.

on this related matter quitd recently by my honourable friend,

:48:53.:48:57.

the Parliamentary Secretary, for Bournemouth West. I think the best

:48:58.:49:04.

thing I could do is pointed towards the questions the week after we get

:49:05.:49:11.

back. If he won't listen to the will of this current house, which is

:49:12.:49:16.

against the reduction from 650 two 600, can make a suggestion for a

:49:17.:49:21.

debate we could have on redtcing the numbers in Lord? Can we takd a

:49:22.:49:25.

lesson from sport and introduce a squad system where each party could

:49:26.:49:28.

nominate actively, thereby reducing the numbers who are down thd voting

:49:29.:49:35.

and getting rid of the ridiculous situation where there are more peers

:49:36.:49:39.

than elected MPs? My regret is that when this House had the opportunity

:49:40.:49:47.

to vote for House of Lords reform, this House chose not to. Can the

:49:48.:49:53.

Leader of the House confirm that shortly the government will be

:49:54.:49:57.

issuing a statement on the hmpact of employment tribunal fees? Is the

:49:58.:50:03.

leader agree that given the claims of sex discrimination are down, that

:50:04.:50:10.

these discriminate against women workers? I shall draw his concerns

:50:11.:50:16.

to develop and administer, H don't know exactly when the report is

:50:17.:50:19.

likely to be published but H will find out make he's informed, as far

:50:20.:50:26.

as we are able to do so in `dvance. Can we have a debate on sochal works

:50:27.:50:34.

report on adult mental health in England, and especially section two

:50:35.:50:38.

and meeting the needs of diverse and marginalised groups? Includhng

:50:39.:50:43.

ex-military personnel with diagnosis of mental health, substance misuse

:50:44.:50:47.

and complex needs? Veterans are a unique group whose lives have been

:50:48.:50:50.

shattered by serving their country and to many are ending up in prison

:50:51.:50:55.

because of mental health problems. She makes a very powerful point

:50:56.:51:00.

many others will have experhence of individual cases of the kind she

:51:01.:51:05.

describes. It sounds to me the right kind of subject for Westminster Hall

:51:06.:51:10.

debate. But also I think in my experience it is often the lilitary

:51:11.:51:17.

charities working with the NHS services that are best able to reach

:51:18.:51:22.

out to and communicate with the ex-service people concerned. The

:51:23.:51:28.

Charlie Taylor report into the youth justice system will be wide,ranging

:51:29.:51:32.

and important. It is critic`l we improve the life chances of young

:51:33.:51:36.

people in danger of a life of crime. Can we please have a statemdnt and

:51:37.:51:40.

publication of the report as soon as we return here after the party

:51:41.:51:45.

conference season? I will draw that request to the attention of the

:51:46.:51:51.

Ministerministers concerned. Last month I wrote to the Excheqter

:51:52.:51:57.

seeking clarification of future funding for those funded by the EU.

:51:58.:52:02.

The response I got was that this information will be publishdd before

:52:03.:52:10.

the Autumn Statement. This hmplies they will have an answer, and when

:52:11.:52:17.

will we debated? He said he would guarantee the funding currently

:52:18.:52:23.

supplied by the EU up until 202 and projected levels and that hd is also

:52:24.:52:30.

agreed to guarantee to fund various regional projects, which will have

:52:31.:52:38.

been signed and sealed by the time of the Autumn Statement, evdn if the

:52:39.:52:43.

lifetime of those deals goes beyond the likely date of exit. I hope that

:52:44.:52:48.

will have given the honourable gentleman the reassurance hd wants.

:52:49.:52:51.

If it doesn't come if he wotld like to write to me, I will take that to

:52:52.:52:56.

Treasury ministers. Please could we have a statement on the progress of

:52:57.:53:01.

the government's Help to Bux I say? Constituents have been in touch

:53:02.:53:07.

concerned about reports thex can't use this now for the import`nt or

:53:08.:53:14.

the exchange deposit. Can wd have clarification because the pdople

:53:15.:53:19.

need information? If I can refer back to the business statemdnt, we

:53:20.:53:31.

will be dealing with the savings government contributions Bill on the

:53:32.:53:35.

17th of October, and I think she'll be able to explore those matters

:53:36.:53:43.

then. The plight of displacdd Syrians has moved us all. I had one

:53:44.:53:47.

come to my surgery last week rebuilding her life as a thhrd-year

:53:48.:53:52.

Ph.D. Student. Unexpectedly she has been stuck with a bill of ?30,0 0

:53:53.:53:58.

for fees due to a bar and ftnds coming in and out of Syria. Can we

:53:59.:54:03.

have a statement to clarify the status of Syrian students bdcause

:54:04.:54:08.

her counterparts at Edinburgh and Newcastle have had their feds are

:54:09.:54:12.

waived, she faces an uncert`in future through no fault of her own?

:54:13.:54:19.

There is a disparity between the practice in different cases. If she

:54:20.:54:22.

would like to write to me about her case come I will take this tp with

:54:23.:54:26.

the relevant department. Following the welcome news HMRC will not be

:54:27.:54:33.

renewing its contract work concentrates, can we have a debate

:54:34.:54:37.

on the payment by results model in our system? There was a good

:54:38.:54:45.

opportunity to question the financial secretary when shd made a

:54:46.:54:49.

statement about the company this week. I know my right honourable

:54:50.:54:56.

friends at the and DWP will be doing all they can to ensure appropriate

:54:57.:55:03.

lessons are learned is and that we get the sort of decent standard from

:55:04.:55:07.

contractors that constituents are entitled to expect. In Decelber

:55:08.:55:15.

2016, a human lawyer from Vhetnam and his colleague were arrested by

:55:16.:55:21.

police for providing training to religious communities in Vidtnam,

:55:22.:55:23.

charged with conducting propaganda and could face 20 years. With the

:55:24.:55:28.

Minister make a statement on the release of these prisoners `nd all

:55:29.:55:32.

prisoners of conscience and encourage Vietnam to repeal laws? I

:55:33.:55:43.

would agree with the honour`ble gentleman that it should be regarded

:55:44.:55:47.

as a fundamental human right to express and to talk about the

:55:48.:55:56.

religion they adhere to. I was dismayed to hear about that case.

:55:57.:56:01.

Questions on October 18 may provide the opportunity he is seeking.

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Personal statement, Mr Justhn Tomlinson. With your permission I

:56:08.:56:13.

would like to make a person`l statement. In response to the report

:56:14.:56:16.

published by the privilege committee today and the report published by

:56:17.:56:20.

the Parliamentary Commissioner for standards, I wanted to dig the

:56:21.:56:23.

opportunity to make a full `nd unreserved apology to you and the

:56:24.:56:28.

House. In 2013, I breached the rules of conduct by sharing a draft report

:56:29.:56:33.

by the committee of Public `ccounts regarding the regulation of consumer

:56:34.:56:38.

credit and investigation by the Parliamentary commission of

:56:39.:56:40.

standards was initiated in 2015 following a complaint made by

:56:41.:56:45.

wonder. I accept the findings of the published today and the reports

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submitted by the commission of standards. I accept that my actions

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in sharing the report consthtute an interference in the work and

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committee, and for this I al truly sorry. This was never my

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