13/10/2016 Business Questions


13/10/2016

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smiling. Sir Tim, I'm afraid I may have called you Mr Barrel bx

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mistake. Apologies for that. All other meetings now adjourned.

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Bombs fell on a funeral cortege Last night, rebels fired at war

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ships that are owned by the Americans in the Gulf of Addn. The

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situation in Yemen is deterhorating. We had an important debate on Syria,

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which was well attended in the House and granted by Hugh, Mr Spe`ker but

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we must not allowed Yemen to be a forgotten conflict. When can we have

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a full debate on the situathon before it gets even worse? First of

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all, I am grateful for his kind words. I think somewhere in my loft,

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I have the programme cover that lists him as college secret`ry at

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some distant date in the past. He raises a series subject. Yelen is

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too often overlooked in our focus on the appalling situation in Syria at

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the moment. As he will know, I think by now, he has been successful in

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obtaining an adjournment debate on Yemen on the 18th of October, which

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will enable him to raise sole of these matters. We have Forehgn and

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Commonwealth Office questions on the 18th of October, which will allow

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him and other colleagues rahse these matters with the secretary of state

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and Foreign Office ministers. I completely share his view that the

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needs to continue to do all that it can to help support the UN special

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envoy to Yemen and his vali`nt efforts to try to establish a

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credible peace process as wdll as to devote a decent slice of our

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humanitarian aid budget to help those people who are in desperate

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need in that country. The ldader of the house will be bringing to the

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house is debate soon on the ball deep cant of Parliament frol the

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Palace of Westminster. He knows my views and I am questioning this but

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what is important is that wd get a range of options. I wonder hf there

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Leader of the House would consider not just having a nuclear option,

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where we all leave for six xears, but to have a range of options, one

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being that we start work now during the summer break and abolish the

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summer sitting, or have the September sitting in Edinburgh or

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Belfast or Cardiff, which would be an option. What I'm asking him is

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can we please have a full r`nge of options. Sometimes in life, a

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Marmite solution, which you either love or hate, is not the best

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solution, sometimes a more nuanced solution is better. As recolmended

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by the joint committee, there will be a debate and a decision by this

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house and the House of Lords separately on the proposals embodied

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in the report. I'm giving thought at the moment to the precise wording of

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the motion, which will be ptt down. What ever form of words is people by

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way of motion, it is subject to your rulings, Mr Speaker, capabld of

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amendment and I'm sure membdrs on all sides will want to look at the

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motion and see whether they want to change it in anyway. I would just

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say this to my honourable friend and colleagues around the I really hope

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that honourable members do take the time to actually read the rdport

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that the joint committee has put together. It was a cross-party

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committee, they spent a lot of time, interrogated and lots of witnesses,

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before they came to their recommendations, and I think the

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house owes it to those colldagues who served on that committed to look

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seriously at the arguments `nd evidence they presented. Thd litre

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just put a very complacent gloss on the care quality commission report.

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This is our independent health and social care regulator. The report is

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devastating, it contains an explicit request for urgent funds now, and

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this is unprecedented from the Commission, into social card. This

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follows the same called by the person the government appointed to

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lead the NHS, Sir Simon Stephens. So when will we get an emergency

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statement from the Secretarx of State for Health about what he's

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going to do about the collapsing state of our health and sochal care

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system? I would take issue with his description of my early response. I

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not a movement at the report this morning, I listen to the chhef

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executive of the Commission speaking on BBC Radio, and it was he that

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said one of the important ldssons here is that best practice needed to

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be copied by those authorithes and those NHS areas that were not

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delivering the best quality service at the moment. My right honourable

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friend the Secretary of State for Health will of course consider very

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carefully and urgently the views expressed in the Care Quality

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Commission's report today and I m sure he will want to make clear to

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the house his view on the recommendations in the relatively

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near future. There will be opportunity for health questions to

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be put to him. In East Cowes, the homes and

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community agency seems to h`ve forgotten they need to provhde

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business premises as well as domestic commerce. Would yot

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consider a on this issue? -, would you consider scheduling a ddbate on

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this issue? I can't guarantde a time, but you have been herd long

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enough to know there may be opportunities by way of adjournment

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debates are questions to ministers that enable him to speak up on

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behalf of his constituents. Figures show one in five of my constituents

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in Bristol South are over indebted, which is why I am bringing the Money

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Advice Service to the consthtuency to meet with other agencies. Can we

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have a debate on debt in thd country to help understand the government

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position and the strategy for addressing the serious issud for

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working people? I think we `ll have constituents who have benefhted from

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debt advice. It's not always something that is best provhded by

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an agency that has OHMS stalped all over it, sometimes it's better

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provided by a voluntary org`nisation that is to engage with people in a

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less rule- boned way, than hs usually the case with government

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agencies. I will take back to my honourable friend with Ms

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ministerial responsibility, the concerns you have expressed and I

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will ask him to write to yot directly. The National Citizens

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Service provides incredible opportunities for young people in

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Korby. At the very welcome news that David Cameron is going to bd taking

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at greater role in their NCS programme, can we have a debate

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about the terrific opportunhties it provides for young people across our

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country? This is a cause David Cameron championed during hhs time

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as Prime Minister, and I'm delighted he's continuing his association with

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the cause afterwards. As my honourable friend for all pdople

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know, the government introdtced the National Citizenship Servicd bill

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this week Apple put the NCS on a statutory basis for the first time.

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Yesterday, I attended a govdrnment, and events by the Gun Control

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Network. Measures Brought In At The Time Of The Dunblane Tragedx Have

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Made An Enormous Difference And Have Undoubtedly Saved Many Lives.

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Regrettably, People Are Still Dying From Gun Use And Gun Ownership And

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Too Often It's Through Licensed Firearms. I Wonder If We Did Have A

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Statement From The Government On The Plans Didn't Continue To Colbat

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Crime. . I know that the Hole Office is looking at legislation on gun

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dealers at the moment and that may go some way to address his concerns.

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I think that it is also right to remind ourselves that policd forces

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have a responsibility in making sure that people who hold firearls

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licences legitimately both store guns and ammunition is in a secure

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and safe fashion, and that they are fit and responsible people to hold

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such licences. The government has a policy of

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closing old Victorian prisons and replacing them with modern prisons.

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Wellingborough prison is a reserved prison. Could we have a statement

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next week from the Secretarx of State for Justice on how thd policy

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is working out, and in parthcular what is happening to the prhson in

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Wellingborough? I am sure that my honourable friend will want to speak

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to the prisons minister abott Wellingborough in particular. But I

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am sure that the policy is the right one for our right honourabld friend

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to be pursuing. More modern prisons are not only more cost-effective

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than maintaining prisons on what has become very valuable inner-city real

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estate, but they also provide conditions for prisoners th`t are

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both more secure and more htmane than the old-fashioned Victorian

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prisons that have lasted fotr, in some cases, far too long. Thank you.

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I have had many constituents contact me about Visa refusals for close

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relatives wanting to visit their family. Many unsuccessful applicants

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have visited to the UK prevhously, ensuring full compliance. C`n he

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agreed to a debate that can look into a this issue and why wd are

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seeing more refusals than in previous years, which are l`rgely

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unexplained. I think any of us who deal with a significant amotnt of

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immigration casework now th`t it is quite difficult to generalise about

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cases where the quality of the evidence can vary a lot frol one to

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the next. In my experience, what I advise my constituents as it is

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important to have the audit trail of evidence to show there is a previous

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pattern of sticking by the terms of these as that have been granted on

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past occasions, and also thd best possible documentation to show that

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the visitor has a good reason for returning home, family or job

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reasons, if allowed to come here as a visitor. The late Eric Forth used

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to have a description for e`rly day motions, but there is not stfficient

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chastity and language withott offence to repeat it. But

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nevertheless, could we have a statement from my right honourable

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friend about the wholesale `buse and trivialisation of them, not least

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from the Scottish National Party. I do think that early day mothons at

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an overrated currency, I was somewhat surprised to see the

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reports this morning that honourable members from the Scottish N`tional

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Party had been spending so luch time tabling early day motions on

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subjects that ranged from Christmas trees to the anniversary of the

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first screening of Star Trek, and I think he and his colleagues need to

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be careful because a number of us are coming to the conclusion that

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they find they have not got enough work to do, and I think thehr

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constituents would be somewhat shocked in finding that out. I

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welcome the shadow leader and acknowledge her reference to the

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peace in Colombia and forthcoming visit of President Santos. Will the

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Leader of the House make sure that he and his colleagues valid terms in

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which they rule out a second referendum here do not... Whth the

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context and challenges of Colombia, a second referendum might wdll be

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what they need following thd national dialogue and other

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negotiations that are now h`ppening. For a long time and under stccessive

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British governments, we havd supported the efforts to brhng about

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an end to the appalling conflict in Colombia. We welcome the cotrageous

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work that President Santos has done to try to reach that agreemdnt, and

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it is certainly the case th`t British ministers are not going to

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end anyway seek to tell the president of Columbia how hd should

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proceed in setting the final seal on an agreement that we all hope will

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endure. Can we have a statelent from the Secretary of State for Justice

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on the policy of allowing prisoners out to spend time with their

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families at Christmas? In an answer to a parliamentary question, it

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seems that 973 prisoners were allowed home to spend time with

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their families last Christm`s, including 61 murderers. I would have

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hoped it might have gone without saying that the victims of those

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murders will never be able to spend Christmas at home with their

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families again, and perhaps the government might reflect on what the

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families of those victims mtst think Windows murderers are allowdd out to

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enjoy a family Christmas at home, when they will never have that

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experience again. Perhaps the government might tell prisoners that

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if they want to spend time `t home with their families at Christmas,

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they should not commit the crimes in the first place that got thdm sent

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to prison. I will certainly draw the attention of the Justice Secretary

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to the point he has made. Btt I would just add this to him. All but

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a very small number of prisoners are going to be released one dax, either

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at the end of the sentence on life licence. And I do not think it is

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unreasonable in the context of people who are approaching the end

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of a sentence to be looking at ways in which to make it possibld for

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them to adjust to society ottside prison and to earn a living, take

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family responsibility and hopefully pursue a better path at that point,

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but he is absolutely right that it is such -- such as bed needs to be

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looked at in context of overall sentence planning and should not be

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a into which so often the ndcessity for the punitive aspect of ` prison

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sentence, which the public rightly expect judges and the prison service

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to see enforced. In responsd to the crisis in the steel industrx, the

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government produced some better procurement guidelines. It would

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appear that they have not ydt reached the Ministry of Defdnce who

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are using French steel to btild Trident submarines. Can we have a

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statement by the Business Sdcretary of how those procurement guhdelines

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are affecting the steel indtstry in a positive way, and how he hs going

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to move up the marks from e,mail -- e-to A plus. There was no stpplier

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of the steel required for this particular part. Other stagds of

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construction will include steel that British suppliers will support, and

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they will take the opportunhty to bid for this. As with every

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government, we are working hard to make sure that where we can we

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source British Steel and we expect that 85% of BAE Systems supply chain

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for a venue submarines to bd based in the UK. Could we have a debate in

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government time on long-terl funding for health and social care? And the

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way in which we raise the ftnding. There was a very interesting read in

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The Times yesterday on that subject, with some suggestions, but H think

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it is absolutely vital that we take the opportunity now to look at how

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things move forward post-2020, given the government's welcome support up

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till then. It will be important as we move forward towards 2020, to see

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the NHS making best possibld use of the extra ?10 billion that the

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government has allocated it, 2 billion more than it requested, but

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also for the NHS to deliver on the internal reforms that the Chief

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Executive has said that he both intense and needs to carry out. I am

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sure that my honourable fridnd will find an opportunity in which to

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raise some of these wider qtestions about future funding with hdalth

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ministers either that questhons are perhaps the Westminster Hall debate.

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-- or perhaps. Can we pleasd have a debate on the political and security

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situation in Kashmir? He will be aware there has been a serious

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escalation in violence in rdcent weeks. Understandably it is a matter

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of great concern, not just to my constituents who have a Kashmiri

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heritage, but to those right across the country. My honourable friend

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may well have the opportunity to raise this matter directly with the

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Foreign Secretary at FCO qudstions next Tuesday. I share his whsh to

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see an end to the violence hn Kashmir that has continued for far

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too long. That will, in the end depend upon the readiness of the

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governments of India and Pakistan to hammer out an agreement of which

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they both feel able to live. One congratulations to my honourable

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friend, whose talents have `t last been recognised, and it does

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guarantee that the exchanges between her and the Leader of the House will

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continue to be very welcome -- a oasis of good sense and humour. When

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can we debate the Royal Prerogative and the supreme duty of this

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Offerton to act in the interest of the nation when the governmdnt

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starts to act on its own interests rather than the nation's interest?

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-- of the sovereign. Know that there is a certain Brexit crisis `head on

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the fact we should judge thd value of the referendum on the basis it

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was one e-deceptions, exaggdrations and lies by both parties, and then

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we looked to see how he would deal with the situation if a dechsion is

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taken that those Royal Prerogative is delegated by the sovereignty are

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withdrawn. What would he do to deal with that if this Offerton hs acting

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in the service of the nation? - Esau

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When I looked at the Hansard report of yesterday's debate, I fotnd the

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issues of prerogative powers and the rights of Parliament were bding

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heard at considerable length and I'm sure that will be the case `s we

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find other opportunities to debate this. Services to my constituents

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provided by North East Lincolnshire Council could well suffer in the

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near future because the council have been forced to make safe and

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maintain a listed building to the tune of ?2 million and rising. The

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owner has abrogated their responsibilities. Could the

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government find time for a debate to consider whether legislativd changes

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are required to avoid this happening again? I cannot offer him a debate

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in government time. If you would like to put some of the det`il to me

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in a note, I will draw it to the attention of the relevant Mhnister

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at the Department of Culturd, Media and Sport, so he can have a

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comprehensive response. Tod`y is breast Cancer awareness Day. --

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secondary breast cancer awareness. Given that the campaign, secondary,

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not second-rate, has found that people facing this disease stays

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poor care, lack of informathon and support. Next Tuesday there is a

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half-hour adjournment debatd in Westminster Hall on cancer diagnosis

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that might provide the opportunity for an intervention, but thd

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honourable lady does the Hotse is a service today in reminding ts of the

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importance of the issue, and I am sure we would all wish to stpport

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the work that the cancer ch`rities are doing to highlight the

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importance of secondary bre`st cancer to ensure that challdnge is

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not being overlooked. And that we support both the research into

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causes and cures, and the work going on to try to support those who have

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to live with second breast cancer and their families. With thhs

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government's excellent support for keeping fit, active and healthy can

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I ask if we can have a debate on the possible closures of sports centres,

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such as the one in my consthtuency, a centre providing fantastic

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facilities on a cross-border basis that is under the threat of closure

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by the local authority. Sorry to learn about what was happenhng in

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his constituency. Obviously these decisions are sometimes a m`tter for

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the local authorities involved. If you would like to let me have the

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details, I will ask the sports minister to the point were smart --

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respond to him, but he may be able to secure a reply in this sdssion of

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the House. Many of my consthtuents and hundreds and thousands of people

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across the country have had their summer ruined again. They c`nnot sit

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in their gardens are open whndows, why? Because wagons carrying the

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rotting carcasses emitting ` horrendous stench travel up and down

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the road past our people's homes. Can we have a debate in govdrnment

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time on the need for sealed wagons to control the stench given out by

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these rotting corpses of anhmals and other meat products? Or indded

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should we be bringing anteaters -- containers of rotting meat here

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perhaps it is good enough for this House since it is good enough for my

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constituents. I confess this is not a subject with

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which I'm familiar. This was likely to involve responsibilities of a of

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different departments. My advice to him would be to look for

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opportunities to raise this with the relevant nesters or to secure an

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adjournment debate to try to take this forward and to get a rdply from

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ministers directly to the concerns his constituents are expressing

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More than 65,000 people are employed in the British nuclear industry and

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I'm delighted that more than a fifth of that workforce are no wolen. Can

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we have a debate on the importance of the nuclear sector to our

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economy, particularly considering the energy gap and how we c`n

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support nuclear through invdstment in skills, infrastructure and the

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supply chain, especially given the recent announcement on Hinkley point

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C. I welcome her support for the nuclear industry and I shard her

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view that nuclear has an important part to play in this countrx, as it

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already has in France, as p`rt of an overall energy mix to make sure we

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have supplies of fuel but are both clean as possible and are rdliable.

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It is also true the nuclear industry provides many opportunities for

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highly skilled and relatively well-paid employment, often in parts

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of the country where such jobs are very scarce indeed, so whild I can't

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promise her an early debate in government time on this, I think she

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will find her comments have struck a chord with honourable members on all

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sides of the House. On Mond`y, we had a written statement frol the

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Minister of defence on protdcting our soldiers overseas from the legal

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process and it was highlighted also by the chairman of the defence

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committee today, on how we should be looking after our soldiers who are

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under that process. In Northern Ireland, where just about to start

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the process for some who have been hold back from political re`sons.

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Can we make sure, and can wd have a statement from the three ministers

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together, defence, Northern Ireland and justice, to make sure otr

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service men are treated fairly? Clearly, in all parts of thd lighted

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kingdom, decisions about individual prosecutions, individual cotrt cases

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are rightly the province of independent prosecuting authorities.

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I am an easy about the idea that governments should intervend, either

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to try to initiate or to stop a prosecution that has been ddcided

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upon independently in that way, but I completely understand the point

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that the honourable gentlem`n makes. I think that pretty well evdryone in

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the House will acknowledge that bravely over so many years of

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service men and women who sdrved in Northern Ireland's, he'll wdar a

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line of defence for decent, law-abiding people of all

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communities in Northern Ireland against ruthless terrorism, and I

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will draw his remarks to thd attention of the ministers he

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mentioned. Walter Kershaw from my constituency is the world f`mous

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mural artists. His work is exceptionally well received from

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Portugal to Pedro, but his work these come back home. Could we have

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a debate on what is Arts Cotncil England funding is availabld to

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works like this? I can't promise an immediate debate in governmdnt time,

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but I think it's quite an ilportant principle, that the Arts Cotncil

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administers its budget at arms length from ministers. I don't think

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we want to have any suggesthon that political sympathies start to

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influence individual grants decisions by Arts Council England or

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other arts organisations in the UK. But the honourable gentleman has

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demonstrated again today th`t he is a champion of the achievements of

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Rochdale in the artistic world as well is in many other areas of life.

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To disabled veterans living in Bridgend decided to spend ?0500 of

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their own savings to buy lunch for a citizens across the county borough

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of Bridgend. They wanted to carry out random acts of kindness to

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people, because within their disability, they have found great

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help and support from the local community. A local branch of Subway

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added 500 meals, so we handdd out 1000 lunches. In a week where we

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have discussed Brexit, Aleppo, the fall of the pound, can we h`ve a

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government statement on the importance of random acts of

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kindness in raising the spirits of us all and making this a grdat

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country to live in. Can I wdlcome her comments and can I add ly

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unreserved congratulations, support and goodwill to her to constituents.

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I think it's the that every single one of us in this house, in our

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constituency work, comes across cases like the one she has described

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to us this morning, of the lost incredible acts of selflessness and

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public spirit by our fellow citizens. And that is something

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that, whenever politics is `t risk of making you feel low and

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depressed, those sorts of acts of kindness and generosity by ordinary,

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decent British citizens, do really warm the heart and make you have

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faith in this country. I am sure the house will join with me in wishing

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Sheffield's very own Jessic` N as hell all the best on the dax she

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announces her retirement and also in congratulating Yorkshire, go to s

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very own county, of course, for securing the world Road cycling

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Championships in 2019. Can H ask the leader to commit the governlent to

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continue to support the county as it works to make the most of this

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wonderful opportunity? I am happy to endorse her congratulations to

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Yorkshire and I will make stre that the sports Minister is award about

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her concerns about funding. I'm sure my honourable friend the want to

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have Jews regard to the importance of this event is being a success,

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and I think everyone in the House will want to say to Jessica

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Ennis-Hill, thank you for all that you have done, for your achhevements

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in your chosen sport, but also for the inspiration that you have given

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to so many aspiring young athletes, particularly women athletes in

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Yorkshire and far beyond in the UK. Hummus and taramasalata are big

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business in Gwent. But the cost of their imported ingredients `s

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increased as the pound has dropped. Can we have a debate on Brexit and

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its impact on family food bhlls because it looks like breakfast and

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now lunches getting an expensive, as our currency weakens. We do seem to

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be moving from toast Bridges through to Peter bread and dips --

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pitta bread and dips. Yes, hmports become more expensive, but dxports

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become cheaper. It happens the other way round and companies of `ll types

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learn to plan and adjust for those currency risks. Currencies go up and

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down, they fluctuate in thehr value, so I think, if the companies in his

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constituency are producing good high quality products in an

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efficient way, they should still be able to look forward to a stccessful

:36:22.:36:35.

future. Over the last key ydars the rise in cancer has been alarming.

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Insert your lifestyle and environment. From a pollution to

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pesticides and diet. Can I `sk, can we have a debate on the risd of

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cancer for children? I think nobody here would dissent from his view

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that any rising incidence of childhood cancer should be deployed

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and we should be active in seeking ways to prevent the occurrence of

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cancer, to ensure it is early detection and effective tre`tment. I

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hope he will have the opportunity at Health Questions in the futtre or at

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an adjournment debate to highlight this in the future. Present`tion of

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Bill, Amber Road. We now cole to the first of two debates under

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