27/10/2016 Business Questions


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private members bills? That sounds to me likely further interesting

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submission to the government 's consultation. Could the leader of

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the house please give us thd forthcoming business? The btsiness

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for next week will be as follows. Monday the 31st of October. Second

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reading of the Cultural Property And Conflicts Bill. Tuesday the 1st of

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November, in consideration of amendments to the investigatory

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Powers Bill. Wednesday the 2nd of November, there will be deb`tes on

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opposition motions, including one relating to community pharm`cies.

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Thursday the 3rd of November, a general debate on the effect of the

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UK leaving the European Union on financial and other professhonal

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services. Followed by a deb`te on a motion on living wage week `nd

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implementation of the national living wage, these subjects having

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been determined by the backbench business committee. Friday the th

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of November, Private member 's bills. The provisional business for

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the following week will include on Monday the 7th of November, a

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general debate on exiting the EU and workers' rights. And Tuesdax the 8th

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of November, business to be nominated by the backbench business

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committee. Can I thank the leader of the house for the forthcoming

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business and can I start by saying, I am sure the leader of the house

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and you as well, Mr Speaker, will join me in being tribute to Jimmy

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Perry. He was the writer and creator of Dad's Army. I grew up watching

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this brilliantly written and acted series. The BBC were left alone to

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be creative, with the mandate to educate, entertain and perform. But

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it had some memorable catchphrases and it struck me that you could hear

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those catchphrases ringing `round number ten, so we hear the cry of

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don't panic! Or as the Primd Minister slaps down recalcitrant and

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wayward colleagues, you can hear her muttering, stupid boys. And when you

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ask their position on Brexit, the infamous Don't tell them, Phke!

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Will it be one cause, a serhes of causes, will they be no enactment to

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the EU law? At each one block through in secondary legisl`tion?

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The Prime Minister wants us to be a fully independent, sovereign nation.

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I thought we were. We passed the bedroom tax, gave taxpayers money to

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free schools, all that done over here in the last six years, not in

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Europe. We respect the result of the referendum, but we want to do what's

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best for the British people. What is in their best interests, including

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keeping them safe, because organised crime and terrorism knows no

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boundaries. The Prime Minister said on Monday that she wants

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co-operation on our shared security interests with Europe, so good we

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have a debate on government time, something the EU scrutiny committee

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has asked for, on whether wd opt into or out of the new Europol

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regulations. The government will meet to make a decision shortly so

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we need to debate this before the decision. I want to raise a matter

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that is purely parochial and that is the closure of eight librarx and Art

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Gallery in Walsall. I would invite you to visit the gallery, pdrhaps

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someone of your outreach visits You can see what an incredible speeds it

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is, art and culture free for everybody. Can I please ple`d with

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the leader of the house to lake representations to the Chancellor,

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who has recently signalled ` change in his austerity policies. Hf he

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would provide a proper settlement for local authorities, so wd can

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fulfil our statutory duties under the Public libraries and museums

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act. 16,000 children in Walsall live in poverty, many of them can't

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afford books, began afford the Internet. We want to give them

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opportunities and aspiration. Next week could see a strike at the

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Equalities Commission under a female Prime Minister under the background

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of a report from the World Dconomic Forum, pitting the UK in 20 position

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for the gender equality gap. Bizarrely, the commission h`ve

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created 22 posts at deputy director level or above, two additional

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150,000, consultants brought in to 150,000, consultants brought in to

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implement this restructure have cost the commission 240,000 last year

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alone, while lower paid staff these compulsory redundancies and a cut of

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20% in their budget. We need an urgent debate on why this body,

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which looks at discrimination, so vital at this time, is cutthng

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staff, when it will take 170 years to close the gender pay gap if we

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carry and at the current rate? The Prime Minister said she wanted to

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remove the European communities act on the statue group. She cannot do

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that, all she can do is repdal it. In any event, it is printed on

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vellum, so it will last 5000 years. Will the leader of the housd meet

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with me to discuss how eight ports, one in the house in 1989, and

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earlier this year, can be overturned by a committee of the house? This is

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not a Belgian moment, but rdspecting the democracy and sovereignty of

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this house. Speaker, if I c`n try to touch on the subjects she h`s

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raised. On the equality comlission, as she knows, this is operated under

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governments of all parties `t arms length from direct control by

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ministers for good reasons. But I will certainly make sure th`t

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comments are drawn to the attention of the relevant minister and I'm

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sure they will have been noted by the chief Executive and the

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directors of the commission itself. I thought that in her comments about

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poverty and the gender pay gap, she might at least have acknowlddged the

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fact that it is this Conservative government that is insisting that

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large employers published ddtails of the gender pay gap. We had 03 years

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of Labour government in which that issue was not tackled at all, and I

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am disappointed as well but in her comments about poverty, whether in

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Walsall or elsewhere, she olitted to mention that yesterday's figures

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from the Office of National Statistics showed that last year,

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the pay increase for people on the lowest wages in our society was

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thanks to the national living wage, significantly greater than that for

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any other group and well ovdr twice the rate of the pay increasd for the

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wealthiest people in societx. I hope that Walsall Council is indded able

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to preserve its museum and `rts centre. I would hope perhaps to be

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able to have the pleasure of visiting it one day, but it is also

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the case that local authorities just like central government

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departments, do have to takd rigorous decisions about prhorities,

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in setting their budgets for any particular year. I note what she

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said about Europol regulation. As the Prime Minister has said

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repeatedly, and as she demonstrated throughout her six years as Home

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Secretary, she and the entire government are committed to

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continuing very close working relationships between the United

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Kingdom and the other members of the European Union and indeed, Duropean

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countries outside the EU, on police and justice matters. It is hn our

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common interest that those relationships can be maintahned as

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we prepare to leave membership of the European union. She will have to

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wait until the Queen's speech to see details of the EU exit Bell and I

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doubt that she would have expected anything different at this stage.

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I'm fairly happy to talk to her about vellum. Although I do have to

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say that it has come to a pretty pass when the chief subjects chosen

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by the opposition front bench for the attack on the government is the

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use of calves or goats skins for the enrolment of official copies of

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parliamentary statutes. I al happy to join her in paying tribute to the

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latest Jimmy Perry and I thought it was a wonderful gesture, went

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outside Buckingham Palace e`rlier this week, the military band in the

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changing of the guards cerelony played the theme tune to Dad's Army

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as a tribute to Jimmy Perry, but I do think, when I look across at the

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opposition and particularly when I'm their faces during Prime Minister's

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Questions, with and that coles to my mind is, they don't it up them.

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-- they don't like it up thdm. Could we talk about the value of

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allotments? Healthy fruit and vegetables are imported and where

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there are no town councils protecting areas, with local plans,

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builders are building on allotments and we don't want to see anx more of

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that. I think that support for allotments, recognition of the value

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of allotments, is a principle shared by many honourable members right

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across the house. I endorse what my honourable friend has said. Such is

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the commitment that I know the majority of members on the Labour

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benches keep urging their own party leader to spend many more hours on

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his allotment. Can I also thank the leader of the house and announcing

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the business for next week `nd can I also paid tribute to Jimmy Perry?

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I'd hate to see, we are all doomed, Mr Speaker. Perhaps we are tnder

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this particular government. Congratulations to Candy 's for

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winning the Great British B`ke Off. -- congratulations to Candice. I

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thought maybe soggy and crispy would be useful to define Brexit. No other

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shortages of definitions. I like the idea of a flexible Brexit as

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announced by the First Minister of Scotland, FlexBrex where thd nations

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of the UK have their own distinct approaches to this we are usefully

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seen debates about Brexit. How about the debate about the nations so we

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can determine what we need from the European Union? There is a petition

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kicking around which is askhng this House to have a debate and organise

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a process to kick Scotland out of the union. I am thinking, what can

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possibly go wrong with such a petition? Imagine the prospdct if it

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got into the hands of somebody who wanted to make mischief. Ond of my

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honourable friend managed to secure a debate on this issue if it got to

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100,000 signatures. Would the leader of the House join me in appdaling to

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the good people of this nathon, do not sign this petition and dnsure

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that this disaster does not come to pass? Lastly, we have been waiting a

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long time for the government to introduce green paper on thd health

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and work programme. I am wondering if the leader of the House has an

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update? This is an important piece of legislation which plug the gap in

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disability. If the leader of the House can tell us whether wd will

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see this soon, can he possibly do that?

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On the honourable gentleman's last point, I know my right honotrable

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friend, the Secretary of St`te for Work and Pensions, regards that

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green paper as a very high priority. It will bring together a nulber of

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approaches proposed by the government, which I hope and believe

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will command a lot of cross,party support in this place. We cdrtainly

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hope that will be published in the near future.

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In terms of his comments about. . Our departure from the European

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Union, I mean, as the meeting of the... Plenary session of the joint

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ministerial committee earlidr this meet demonstrated, the Primd

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Minister and the government remained committed to the full involvement of

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the three devolved administrations. In the preparation of our

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negotiating position. We want to maintain that engagement as we go

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forward in the months ahead. Mr Speaker, there will be opportunities

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in the debate that I have announced today and in subsequent gendral

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debates on different aspects of our EU membership for members from

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Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to make all the points they wish to

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make about the particular interests of the nation 's which they

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represent here. And of their constituents in particular. So

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Gregory Knight. Can we have a debate on makhng

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better use of natural resources Is the leader of the house is `ware

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that in the next few days, we are going to go through the ridhculous

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ritual of putting our clocks back, thereby plunging the nation into

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darkness and misery by mid afternoon? Can we look again at the

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benefits of using some time in winter? Ed Woodward juice road

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accidents and boost tourism. -- it would reduce road accidents. My

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right honourable friend has, for many years, been a strong advocate

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of changes to the current arrangements for summertime. As he

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knows, there was not agreemdnt between different parts of the

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United Kingdom about the wax forward. I do think that on a

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subject like this, the unitx of the United Kingdom and respecting

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interests of all parts of the United Kingdom is a very important matter.

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The government has no plans to bring forward changes in legislathon at

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the moment. Jimmy Thank you, Mr Speaker. I met with

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primary headteachers in my constituency and they are concerned

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about the fiasco that was the SATs last year in terms of content and

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administration. Can we have a full debate on the whole issue, to avoid

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the chaos and upset in future years? Mr Speaker, there were some quite

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far-reaching changes to SATs introduce last year. The

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government's belief is that the outcome of those changes will be to

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drive an improvement in overall standards amongst our

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schoolchildren. Something that we very much need to see. But hn

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recognition of the disruption but that did cause to teachers' lives

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and headteachers' lives, thd government has also agreed that

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there should now be a pause on any further changes. It explains why,

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for example, we have decided not to proceed with the proposal that

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children should be retested at the end of their primary school career.

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May we have a debate on the importance of our protection of the

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green belt and requirement from local authorities to maintahn

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adequate Brownfield register in order to prioritise developlent In

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my region, recently, greater Manchester, the spatial fralework

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called for the development of large swathes of the green belt. With my

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constituency of Cheadle set to lose much of its natural landscape.

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My honourable friend is a formidable champion of the green belt `nd

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interests of her constituents in Cheadle in particular. I am sure

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that she will be making surd her constituents' voice is heard loudly

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at all stages of the consultation and public examination of the

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proposals that she has described to the House today.

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Mr Speaker, residing and representing in a constituency that

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has no British summertime works for us. I hope there is no change. Can I

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thank the leader of the House for the business announcement? Can I

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point out that we have an application on the stocks, the

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leader would have exchanges, with the equalities questions.

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International men's day, 17th of November, that is a Thursdax. If we

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can accommodate that that would be great. Can we also have a ddbate in

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government time, something which is impacting on many of my constituents

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on the way in which DWP is administering universal credits The

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claims from our constituents, there are seemingly impossible Catch- 2

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style hoops to jump through. And almost Kafkaesque rules deshgned to

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disallow at delaying legitilate claims from constituents. It is a

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scandal, the number of people waited many weeks of any means of support

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for themselves. I will do my best to accommodate his

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committee, over the 17th of November. Though he will appreciate

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I can't give a firm promise today. On his point about universal credit,

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of course, this is being ph`sed in precisely to try to identifx any

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potential flaws and minimisd the risk of teething troubles. H will

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certainly report his concern back to my right honourable friend, the

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Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. But we do have to remember

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that universal credit is not only... A much simpler method of

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administering a very, very complex old system of... Welfare support for

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people in need. But it has `lso so far, demonstrated it is pretty

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effective in helping to get people back to work, who are able to work.

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And providing support for pdople who need that support.

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Thank you, Mr Speaker. Maybd have a debate on the use to which these

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premises may be put for, following reports that outrageously, ` member

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of the House of Lords presided over an event in which Israel was

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complained State and the duds well blamed for

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I read newspaper reports of the event in question. I was genuinely

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horrified by the speech that was reported there. I don't want to

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treat every news article as gospel but we should be very concerned

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about what happened. I hope this appears to have been an event

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organised by a leading membdr of the Liberal Democrat party, that the

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leader of the party does latnch an immediate and thorough

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investigation, so we can get to the truth and any appropriate

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disciplinary action can be taken. Does the leader of the housd

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recognised that the acute fhnancial crisis in Walsall, which has been

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mentioned by my honourable friend, which is one that cries out for

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ministerial action? This crhsis has arisen because of the last six

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years, the amount of central government money to the borough has

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been reduced by over 60%. Now we have libraries, essential sdrvices,

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the new art gallery opened by the Queen at the beginning of the

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central all in danger of behng closed or slashed to the bone. -

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beginning of the century. It is unacceptable. What is the government

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going to do in order to savd the situation from the crisis which is

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now occurring and it is due entirely to the way in which this government

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has treated this borough in the last six years. I will certainly draw the

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honourable gentleman's concdrns about his borough to the attention

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of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

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But I have to put it to him that very difficult decisions about

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spending are having to be addressed by both central and local government

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as a consequence of the irresponsible borrowing polhcies

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that were pursued by the government which he supported for 13 w`sted

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years. Thank you, Mr Speaker. Mr McGonagle

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in my constituency conduct le in regards to a parking ticket by CPM

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UK Car Park management. I h`ve tried to contact them five times `nd they

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have not even acknowledged le. We'll be leader allow for a debatd on the

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regulation of private parking companies?

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Well, I note what my honour`ble friend has said and he has obviously

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put this particular case on the record today. He might want to apply

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for an adjournment debate from you, Mr Speaker. Very wise.

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Can we have a debate entitldd Project Fear so the leader of the

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House and the former Chancellor in particular can reflect on the wisdom

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of presenting the case of ldaving the European Union has a short-term

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apocalyptic budgetary disaster as opposed to concentrating on the

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medium term damage that will certainly be done to this country

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through a withdrawal from the European single market placd? Given

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the leader of the House personally was up to his neck in Project Fear,

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can he give this house an assurance that never again will there be a

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blatant abuse of Treasury statistics and forecast in any future

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referendum that might come `long? LAUGHTER

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I have to say to the right honourable gentleman that it

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probably embarrasses him now, he and I were on the same side in the

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referendum. To be honest, Mr Speaker, there is

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little point on ask conducthng postmortems into the referendum

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campaign. Whatever the reasons that led people to vote as the w`y they

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did, the turnout was at or `bove general election levels. And the

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outcome, although it was a narrow margin, was decisive and cldar. It

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is respected not just by parties in this house but by the other 27

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governments within the European Union. We now have to get on with

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the task of negotiating the best possible deal for British chtizens

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and for British business in these new circumstances.

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At this time of year, postal volume starts to increase and it's high

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time we had a debate about the sorting office. If this werd to

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close at Christmas, my constituents would have a 15 mile to collect

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parcels. It's completely unacceptable. I know my honourable

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friend is going to be vigil`nt in defending services availabld to his

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constituents. We do have on Tuesday the 8th of November oral qudstions

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on this service and he may be able to pursue this further than will

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stop Hamas leader of the hotse of me can have an urgent debate or as

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statement from the government so they can outline their plans to

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address this crisis and particularly about local government fundhng? I

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think it is certainly a priority of my right honourable friend the

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Health Secretary to make sure that we plan a future in which hdalth and

:25:49.:25:57.

social care are closely intdgrated to make sure the best possible

:25:58.:26:03.

service is available to constituents. It is the casd at the

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moment that average lengths of stay in hospital have fallen since this

:26:09.:26:12.

government first came to office which suggests that discharges,

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there are difficulties and challenges, but it does suggest that

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the local health and social services managers are responding to the

:26:27.:26:35.

challenge. He mentioned the CQC The CQC did say that more than 70% of

:26:36.:26:39.

adult social services should be rated as good or outstanding. Would

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he provide me with some guidance as to the best way that my constituents

:26:49.:26:52.

can get value for money frol their local council, when it was reported

:26:53.:26:58.

this week that they had spent three quarters of ?1 million on traffic

:26:59.:27:04.

consultants in the four months? On top of this, they wasted a lot of

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money on a bus lane that was very expensive, but lasted for only 1

:27:10.:27:13.

days. Painted double yellow lines across the middle-of-the-ro`d and

:27:14.:27:20.

spelt schools incorrectly in one of their signs. Can he let me know what

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I can do about this dysfunctional council? My honourable friend is

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doing a service to her constituents in highlighting these examples of

:27:32.:27:35.

wasteful expenditure. It dods demonstrate a point, that it is not

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just a question about centr`l government grants to local

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authorities, it is a question of local authorities getting things

:27:45.:27:50.

right and not making the type of mistake of getting prioritids wrong

:27:51.:27:55.

in the way she has described. In the medium-term, the answer to her

:27:56.:27:58.

constituents is to secure a change by voting for the Conservathve

:27:59.:28:05.

majority counsel. I've had `n enjoyable tour of South East

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Cornwall, and colleagues can study it in the long evenings that lie

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ahead. Earlier this year, Greenwich clinical commissioning group awarded

:28:20.:28:29.

a contract to Serco Help without consultation. Can we have a debate

:28:30.:28:41.

about the adequacy of Greenwich CCG? If he has evidence that the proper

:28:42.:28:45.

procedures were not followed in this particular case, I would be happy to

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parcels on to health ministdrs, if you would like week to send me

:28:52.:28:55.

those, that information. I pick my general point would be, that of

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course it's important is addquate public consultation and/or proper

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processes followed, that it is right that clinical commissioning groups

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should be free to decide whdther they go to a voluntary sector

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provider, a charity sector provider, in some cases the private sdctor

:29:16.:29:19.

provider, on the basis of what is going to give the best qualhty free

:29:20.:29:23.

treatment to the patients who they serve. Two years ago, there was a

:29:24.:29:36.

tragic accident at a fireworks depot in Stafford, in which peopld lost

:29:37.:29:40.

their lives, and surrounding businesses were greatly disturbed

:29:41.:29:45.

and had to close for some thme. However, I understand that dven now,

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it is not required for anyone applying for a licence to hold

:29:51.:29:54.

fireworks to show that they have business insurance policies which

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protects against those sort of preferences. Could we have ` debate

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on this and a debate which would also include the kind of support

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given double people and bushnesses who are affected by tragic dvents?

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In view of the approach of the th of November, he might want to seek

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an adjournment debate on thhs particular subject. I'll certainly

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draw his concerns to the attention of the appropriate ministers, and I

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think we're all aware from ` constituency experience, of cases

:30:27.:30:28.

where people have suffered the most horrific injuries as a result of

:30:29.:30:36.

either the abuse of fireworks by hooligans or just do a ghastly

:30:37.:30:40.

accident. And all sensible safety precautions ought to be takdn so

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that people can avoid such ` risk. You talked of the long wintdr

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evenings that lie ahead. Thdre are all long -- there are also long

:30:51.:30:56.

winter days lying ahead. Can we have a debate on how we should protection

:30:57.:31:02.

to our police and doorkeepers staff as they stand in any draughty places

:31:03.:31:06.

in this building, looking after us, protecting us, but in the freezing

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cold. In particular, I'm concerned about the police officer who has to

:31:12.:31:15.

stand at the entrance into the underground station. The exht from

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the Colonnade and the exit from portcullis house, is partictlarly

:31:23.:31:24.

cold and draughty and standhng there for a few hours is pretty cold. Can

:31:25.:31:33.

we look at that? Clap questhon reminds us all the debt we owe to

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all staff in the House of Commons and two contracted staff. And

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especially to those questions - people who are responsible for our

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safety. I am sure you will look at the particular problem she has

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identified, Mr Speaker. Yesterday, the Prime Minister emphasisdd the

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importance of building local consensus around local government

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reorganisation. Can we have an early debate to indicate from the

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government how they can fachlitate this process by, for exampld,

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insisting that any consultation should be honest, open and

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transparent, which is certahnly not what the consultation in Dorset has

:32:29.:32:36.

so far been? I heard the qudstion to the Prime Minister yesterdax and her

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answer. He spoke fiercely in support of his own local authorities and I

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am sure he will persist in that campaign. I would think that an

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adjournment debate, either here or in Westminster Hall, might be the

:32:53.:32:55.

right way to pursue that particular cause. Thank you. I'm not so sure

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about That's Ahmed. -- Dad's Are Made. The government's

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answer to everything at the moment distributed into a Bill in the house

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of Lords. The government minister last night was unable to reply

:33:29.:33:32.

whether we are going to havd leathers and part two, which has

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been guaranteed many times hn this house. Will the leader of gtys make

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sure that this does now happen? The key point about Leveson two is the

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government has been consistdnt in saying we will not announce a

:33:49.:33:52.

decision on that until the completion of all criminal

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proceedings arising out of the phone tapping allegations. We havd not yet

:33:58.:34:01.

come to the end of those proceedings, so it would not be

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right at the moment for the government come forward the

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decision. Many members are trying to catch my eye, but I'm keen to

:34:13.:34:15.

conclude proceedings on the statement by half past 11, so there

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is a premium on brevity frol both back in front benches. Yestdrday, we

:34:20.:34:31.

celebrated the accession in India. On the subject of light, we

:34:32.:34:37.

celebrate Duvalier. Will my right honourable friend join with me in

:34:38.:34:47.

wishing hinges and six are happy and prosperous New Year. I think I will

:34:48.:35:03.

wholeheartedly endorse his call for a Diwali greetings to go to all

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people of Indian heritage to celebrate the great feast, `nd if

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since you mentioned Kashmir, there would be no better way in which to

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mark the Festival of Diwali then to see progress towards a much yearned

:35:18.:35:21.

for a settlement in Kashmir that would finally bring about pdace and

:35:22.:35:27.

an end to the tension and conflict that has beset that beautiftl part

:35:28.:35:34.

of the world for far too long. This government seems to enjoy spending

:35:35.:35:37.

lots of money in the south of England and dislike spending any

:35:38.:35:43.

money in the north of England. Infrastructure projects that would

:35:44.:35:49.

boost the Northern economy, such as a motorway link that would transform

:35:50.:35:52.

parts of the Northern econoly. When we have a serious debate on this? I

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think he ought to go and talk to some of the council leaders, Labour

:36:02.:36:04.

council leaders, in the North of England, who have worked closely

:36:05.:36:10.

with the government to champion the northern Powerhouse project,

:36:11.:36:13.

including many important infrastructure projects. I know as

:36:14.:36:17.

well but leaders in the north of this country have broadly speaking

:36:18.:36:23.

welcomed warmly the governmdnt announcement about airports this

:36:24.:36:29.

week. Last Thursday, I thoroughly enjoyed attending the Korby sports

:36:30.:36:35.

awards, where we celebrate sporting achievement in our town. Can we have

:36:36.:36:39.

a debate next week on grassroots sport and the vital role

:36:40.:36:44.

volunteering plays within that, not just in my constituency, but across

:36:45.:36:50.

the country. Grassroots sports parliamentarian of the year, which

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used to modest to mention. H am happy to add my congratulathons to

:37:00.:37:04.

yours advises that most of ts are somewhat in all of the YouTtbe video

:37:05.:37:08.

of the sports minister demonstrating her footballing skills that has

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appeared online in the past 24 hours. There will be an opportunity

:37:15.:37:20.

on Thursday the 3rd of Novelber for questions to the Department for

:37:21.:37:24.

culture, media and sport and that will give him the opportunity he

:37:25.:37:29.

seeks. Can we have a debate on the government's policy on light rail

:37:30.:37:32.

schemes, we don't know what the policy is. In Leeds, we havd a crazy

:37:33.:37:37.

situation with the government made the brave decision of seeing we

:37:38.:37:44.

could keep some budget and not wasted on the trolley bus scheme,

:37:45.:37:48.

but no lowering roots of wrhtten on other things. Tammy have a debate on

:37:49.:37:54.

this? I can't offer him a ddbate in government time in the near future,

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he may have other opportunities but I will ask the relevant minhster to

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write to him about the Leeds scheme. Can we have a debate on school

:38:08.:38:11.

crossing patrols and will you join me in praising the wonderful road

:38:12.:38:15.

safety ruled out lollipop l`dies and indeed lollipop men play in our

:38:16.:38:20.

communities, come rain or shine While I can't offer our deb`tes I'm

:38:21.:38:28.

happy to endorse his tributd to lollipop men and ladies and I think

:38:29.:38:32.

many others over the years have had children of our own who havd

:38:33.:38:36.

benefited from the addition`l safety they provide to children in going to

:38:37.:38:42.

school crossing busy roads. Can I join others in asking for a debate

:38:43.:38:50.

in government time on the ctts to the equalities and human rights

:38:51.:38:55.

commission? Given that this industrial action involves the

:38:56.:38:59.

lowest paid staff and threat of compulsory redundancy, surely it's

:39:00.:39:06.

time to have a debate. I wotld direct him either to the possibility

:39:07.:39:11.

of an adjournment debate or perhaps, if there is sufficient support, a

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backbench business committed debate on this subject. The commission

:39:17.:39:22.

rightly is at arms length from government decisions. We do not as

:39:23.:39:27.

ministers, interfere in its day-to-day operations, but H hope

:39:28.:39:29.

the commission will always have regard to the need, both to provide

:39:30.:39:36.

value for money by the taxp`yer and to try to work to improve morale

:39:37.:39:45.

within its own staff. May wd have consideration of a debate on local

:39:46.:39:50.

authorities' ability to introduce blanket traffic regulation orders to

:39:51.:39:55.

stop the problems that often occur in many residential and urb`n areas,

:39:56.:40:00.

of parking on grass verges `nd inconsiderate parking?

:40:01.:40:06.

I will draw that issue to the attention of transport ministers.

:40:07.:40:13.

Part of the problem is that we often find in our own constituents'

:40:14.:40:18.

experience, we will have different constituents who argue on opposite

:40:19.:40:21.

sides about any particular location. But I shall ask the minister

:40:22.:40:24.

responsible for parking to write to him.

:40:25.:40:28.

One of the disturbing aspects of the Panama paper 's revelations was that

:40:29.:40:34.

more than half the companies for whom they acted were in British

:40:35.:40:42.

linked tax havens. HMRC has commenced negotiations and new

:40:43.:40:46.

treaties with Crown dependencies but currently there is no provision for

:40:47.:40:53.

this House to consider the outcome. Can we have a debate in this House

:40:54.:40:58.

to ensure that these tax trdaties are properly scrutinised and

:40:59.:41:01.

thoroughly understood beford being ratified?

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There are opportunities, particularly through the select

:41:09.:41:12.

committee system to pursue these things in much greater detahl. And

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to question ministers about arrangements with all of thd

:41:17.:41:20.

relevant British Overseas Territories. I will hope thd

:41:21.:41:26.

honourable gentleman will acknowledge that this government has

:41:27.:41:30.

taken more determined and effective action than any of its preddcessors

:41:31.:41:35.

to improve the standards of transparency and reporting on behalf

:41:36.:41:43.

of our overseas territories. And to Pioneer international agreelents to

:41:44.:41:48.

try to stamp out tax evasion and to limit tax avoidance. Can we have a

:41:49.:41:52.

debate, it may need to pick a long one, and how out of touch the BBC is

:41:53.:41:57.

with the general public is with the United Kingdom -- and it max need to

:41:58.:42:03.

be a long one. It confirms that the BBC board more copies of thd

:42:04.:42:08.

Guardian there any other national newspaper despite it only bding the

:42:09.:42:12.

eighth most popular daily ndwspaper with the British public? -- the BBC

:42:13.:42:18.

bought more copies. 70,000 copies, which they are keeping the Guardian

:42:19.:42:24.

a flood. Does this not show how out of touch the BBC are with the

:42:25.:42:28.

general public across the country? Should not expect the National state

:42:29.:42:32.

broadcaster to be more in ttne and represent the people it is supposed

:42:33.:42:33.

to represent. Mr Speaker, there will be a chance

:42:34.:42:44.

next Thursday at the CMS qudstions to pursue concerns about thd BBC.

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They can answer questions about the newspaper subscriptions. I think the

:42:51.:42:56.

evidence suggests most people in this country do value the programmes

:42:57.:43:00.

that the BBC producers on both television and radio. While we

:43:01.:43:06.

should certainly be on the watch for any examples of waste or spdnding or

:43:07.:43:11.

abuse of the kind like my honourable friend has described, we shouldn't

:43:12.:43:17.

neglect the realities, that the BBC is a formidable soft power `sset for

:43:18.:43:19.

the influence of the Kingdol, globally. I'm amazed so far the

:43:20.:43:26.

government hasn't produced ` statement about whether thex could

:43:27.:43:33.

rectify in relation to the pension scheme. We saw the deficit ridden

:43:34.:43:38.

down from ?700 million, ?250 million. This is an integral part to

:43:39.:43:42.

the future of the British Steel industry. What are ministers doing

:43:43.:43:47.

in terms of talks around it? Will they give clarification as to what

:43:48.:43:52.

support they would give the SPS team going forward in future? Thd future

:43:53.:43:56.

for the British steel pension scheme is linked to decisions that Tata

:43:57.:44:03.

Steel need to take about thd future of its steel-making operations in

:44:04.:44:08.

the United Kingdom. The govdrnment consulted last May on options to

:44:09.:44:11.

make changes to the pension scheme and we got more than 4500 rdsponses.

:44:12.:44:16.

We are continuing not only to consider these but to speak to all

:44:17.:44:21.

interested parties about thd sale of the steel business, the indhcations

:44:22.:44:26.

for the pension scheme and wide implications for the pension

:44:27.:44:29.

industry. These are delicatd, sensitive talks. As the honourable

:44:30.:44:36.

gentleman knows, on those t`lks hinge the fate of many jobs in the

:44:37.:44:40.

United Kingdom. We will respond in due course. We think it would be

:44:41.:44:44.

premature to make such a st`tement now. There are business questions

:44:45.:44:48.

coming up and he may be abld to raise this point. With regard to the

:44:49.:44:55.

restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster, could I ask

:44:56.:45:00.

for a full debate on the nedd for a decamped in order to optimise the

:45:01.:45:04.

commercial and operational benefits of this? In addition, with some 20

:45:05.:45:07.

years commercial experience in this sector, what are we doing to harness

:45:08.:45:11.

sector skills including specialist apprenticeships? Due to the scale of

:45:12.:45:15.

the project and availabilitx? My honourable friend makes ` very

:45:16.:45:24.

good point indeed. We will certainly have a debate. If there is `

:45:25.:45:32.

division, a vote in this Hotse, to decide whether we wish to approve

:45:33.:45:40.

the approach set out in the joint select committee report. It will be

:45:41.:45:43.

as soon as possible. But I `m not in a position to announce a date today.

:45:44.:45:47.

My honourable friend made a very good point. She drew attenthon to

:45:48.:45:52.

the fact that the committee 's report itself said that this project

:45:53.:46:02.

would, if approved, provide huge opportunities for British industry,

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both manufacturers and servhce industries. And the opportunity to

:46:04.:46:09.

develop specialist skills and bring on apprentices in the way she has

:46:10.:46:10.

described. ... Someone withdrew ?500 for my

:46:11.:46:20.

constituent's account at a branch he had never been to, far from his

:46:21.:46:24.

home, because the person can reproduce his signature frol a long

:46:25.:46:27.

lost driving licence and apparently their eyes look similar. No card or

:46:28.:46:30.

pain were required and they will not give his money back, can we have a

:46:31.:46:34.

debate on the duty of banks to refund customers money they give

:46:35.:46:37.

away in error and the lack of protection offered to custolers by

:46:38.:46:42.

the financial ombudsman? -- no card all PIN were required. It is

:46:43.:46:45.

difficult to respond in det`il without knowing the specifics of

:46:46.:46:49.

that particular case. If thd honourable lady would care to write

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to me, I will pass that to the responsible minister and ask for a

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reply to be sent to her dirdct. Can we please have a debate on the

:47:00.:47:03.

observation of the child mahntenance service? Despite the change of name,

:47:04.:47:07.

the problems which beset thd child support agency have been replaced

:47:08.:47:10.

with a new set of genuine complaints. Such as fathers being

:47:11.:47:15.

assessed on their gross earnings from two and three years ago, even

:47:16.:47:19.

though they have provided evidence to the CMS that they are now on a

:47:20.:47:22.

lower wage. I will flag my honourable friend's

:47:23.:47:28.

concerns to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. It is in all

:47:29.:47:34.

our interests that the child maintenance service works

:47:35.:47:38.

efficiently and fairly in m`king sure the children get the stpport to

:47:39.:47:44.

which they are entitled. Let's never forget, if the children who should

:47:45.:47:47.

be at the heart of child mahntenance policy. But I agree with hil. It is

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also important that the CMS get its calculation is correct and we don't

:47:54.:47:56.

end up with people being saddled with bills which they are not

:47:57.:47:58.

actually supposed to be payhng. The Chairman of Network Rail has

:47:59.:48:06.

said there is a funding gap that could mean that the Swansea - London

:48:07.:48:11.

electrification project won't be completed. May we have a st`tement

:48:12.:48:16.

on the delivery of this important large-scale project? So far, we ve

:48:17.:48:22.

had four years of expensive procrastination on the Swansea-

:48:23.:48:24.

Cardiff section. Wales deserves better. And this impact needs

:48:25.:48:31.

resolving. My right honourable friend the Transport Secret`ry is

:48:32.:48:36.

currently considering the priorities that he wants to set for tr`nsport

:48:37.:48:41.

infrastructure in the years to come. Of course, my right honourable

:48:42.:48:46.

friend, the Chancellor of the cheque Exchequer is preparing his @utumn

:48:47.:48:49.

Statement when some of thesd issues will be a chest -- Chancellor of the

:48:50.:48:53.

Exchequer. We will provide lore clarity to the whole of the house

:48:54.:48:56.

before very much longer -- hssues will be addressed. INAUDIBLD

:48:57.:49:01.

And 8% of football fans said they would stop following their team if

:49:02.:49:05.

they signed a gay player. Unfortunate comments from the FA and

:49:06.:49:10.

advised against it. Can we have a debate on homophobia in football and

:49:11.:49:15.

mail team sports more gener`lly -- and male team sports. If he has the

:49:16.:49:20.

opportunity to raise that concern at the forthcoming DCMS questions, you

:49:21.:49:27.

will find ministers would endorse, wholeheartedly, his call for

:49:28.:49:32.

homophobia and, particular, the expression of some pretty vhle

:49:33.:49:36.

homophobic slogans and senthments to be driven out of sport altogether.

:49:37.:49:38.

It has no place in sport. In many parts of the countrx, the

:49:39.:49:48.

number of women accepting invitations for cervical and breast

:49:49.:49:51.

screening tests has reached its lowest level in 18 years. Whth

:49:52.:49:58.

women's health APPG heard there are particular barrels -- barridrs with

:49:59.:50:06.

certain women in accessing these tests, can we have a debate to

:50:07.:50:10.

understand how we could help women get every opportunity to attend

:50:11.:50:11.

these life-saving tests? I will certainly draw the Hdalth

:50:12.:50:20.

Secretary's attention to thd concern that she has expressed todax.

:50:21.:50:24.

With some of the harder to reach groups that she has mentiondd in her

:50:25.:50:31.

question, it's not simply jtst that, this was the implication of the

:50:32.:50:35.

question, not simply just h`ving the screening service available. It is

:50:36.:50:38.

making sure that women concdrned know about it. And that thex feel

:50:39.:50:45.

confident enough to use it. Sometimes, there are cultur`l and

:50:46.:50:48.

other reasons why people max feel unwilling to do so. I would agree,

:50:49.:50:52.

we do need to work through `ll the relevant agencies to give women that

:50:53.:50:58.

confidence to come forward. When we come back from a recess on ` day

:50:59.:51:01.

that is not a Monday, we sit on Monday hours, 2:13pm to 10:30pm

:51:02.:51:07.

showed a similar principle not apply when we rise from a reset? ,- from a

:51:08.:51:17.

recess? Mr Speaker, I will give some rapid force to the point of the

:51:18.:51:20.

honourable gentleman has made. At the moment, the plans are to

:51:21.:51:23.

continue with the powers th`t we normally sit on that day. -, with

:51:24.:51:29.

the hours. Does the leader of the House, American military colmentator

:51:30.:51:34.

said this morning, said that President Putin is delighted about

:51:35.:51:38.

the British decision on Brexit. And he likes to see our country and

:51:39.:51:43.

Europe feckless and weak. If that is the case, could we have an darly

:51:44.:51:47.

debate on the growing presstre from Russia and the fact that Russia is

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clearly trying to intervene in American politics at the prdsent

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moment? Did the Russians intervene hn the

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Brexit vote in June? I agree completely with the right

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honourable gentleman about... The aggressive approach taken bx the

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Russian government at the moment. Which we have seen demonstr`ted both

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in the cyber attacks that hd has described. But also on the ground in

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Ukraine. And through the st`tioning of missiles.

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I hope it will be some reassurance to the right honourable gentleman to

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know that yesterday, Nato announced details of the rapid deploylent

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forces to be stationed in the Baltic state and in Poland. And also to

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know that the United Kingdol will be the lead nation in Estonia `nd a

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supporting nation in Polish contingent. That really does

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demonstrate this country's continuing commitment to European

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defence and security. That will continue. Even as we prepard to

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leave the European Union and after. Mr Speaker, my constituent, Kerry

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Hamilton suffered a traumathc experience at the hands of her

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Atlantis group landlord with men barging into her Stockton home and

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bullying her. She is in her 70s they are hounding her for money

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though she no longer lives hn their properties. Both had local council

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interventions and recorded conversation which the wife of the

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owner, John Sykes, tells Mrs no camp camp -- no one can prove bullying

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because he ran a charity. C`n we have a debate about rogue l`ndlords

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and how we can better protect tenants from such behaviour? -- he

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tells Mrs Hamilton that no one can prove bullying. There are v`rious

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legal rules that landlords have to follow, if they are seeking,

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lawfully, to evict a tenant. In my experience, the courts to tdst the

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argument that landlords put forward. -- the court do test. It max be that

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the tenant felt so intimidated that they were not able to avail

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themselves of those remedies. If he would like to write to me about

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particular constituency casd, I will draw it to the housing minister

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Mother Teresa said, alone I cannot change the world but I can cast a

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stone to create ripples. In northern Iraq, people are living... HNAUDIBLE

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They are not receiving rations or basic food or support. Many

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Christians living across thd UNHCR in Turkey, Jordan or Lebanon, in

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poor conditions. Would the leader of the House agree to a statemdnt or a

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debate on this very important issue? The government is, through hts

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international development and aid programme, giving assistancd to

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people who are in need in northern Iraq, but of course, as he knows,

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the reason those people are in such dire circumstances is because they

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have fled the terrorist genocidal regime of Daesh in parts of the

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North of that country, therdfore the sooner that the Iraqi forces are

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able to re-establish control over Iraqi territory, the sooner we can

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bring about some hope in thd restoration of normal life to those

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people. London has several new real projects, a new runway at Hdathrow

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and money wasted on at garddn bridge, while we have no colmitment

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to investment like that in the north. Can we have a proper debate

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on the fact that the governlent seems focused on the south-dast

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while we in the North lose out? I don't blame him for wanting to get

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more spending for his own constituency. But... It's a

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perfectly proper thing for him to seek here. But I do think hd needs

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to acknowledge the government's commitment to the Northern

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Powerhouse, and I hope that when the Autumn Statement comes, he will find

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that there is ample demonstration there of our continuing comlitment

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to the prosperity and growth of our great Northern cities. The

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government is proposing to close down and evil immigration and

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removal Centre, not to improve immigration policy but as p`rt of a

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flawed value for money exercise Half the workforce are in mx

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constituency and they are fdeling left high and dry. Tammy have a

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government debate over how the government is conducting thhs and

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how they engage or don't engage with the and unions? -- can we h`ve a

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debate? As I think he knows, the government intention is that done

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gables or be replaced by a new centre located close to Glasgow

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airport, that will be much lore convenient in terms of trying to

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make sure that people who are in this country illegally and to have

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been properly served deport`tion or removal motors as can be reloved to

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the country of origin. -- Dtngavel Bowlby replaced. What opportunities

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exist to debate and draw attention to this cause that seeks to

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commemorate this renowned Scottish regiment in sterling? I'd lhke to

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salute the proud record of the Argyll and Sutherland Highl`nders

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and I think his tribute will receive unanimous support from membdrs

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representing all political parties in this house. He has seized the

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opportunity today, there might be another opportunity, either through

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a forthcoming adjournment ddbate or questions to the Secretary of State

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for Scotland. Point of order, Julian Lewis. Is there any advice xou can

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give to me in my capacity as chair of the Defence Select Committee

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Both my committee and the foreign affairs select committee have been

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extremely worried about the forthcoming major cuts to BBC

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