27/10/2016 Business Questions


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private members bills? That sounds to me likely further interesting


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


the house please give us thd forthcoming business? The btsiness


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


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


November, in consideration of amendments to the investigatory


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


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


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


UK leaving the European Union on financial and other professhonal


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


implementation of the national living wage, these subjects having


been determined by the backbench business committee. Friday the th


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


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


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


of November, business to be nominated by the backbench business


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


keeping them safe, because organised crime and terrorism knows no


boundaries. The Prime Minister said on Monday that she wants


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


fulfil our statutory duties under the Public libraries and museums


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


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


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


Equalities Commission under a female Prime Minister under the background


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


fact that it is this Conservative government that is insisting that


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


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


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


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


from the Office of National Statistics showed that last year,


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


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


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


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


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


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


the case that local authorities just like central government


departments, do have to takd rigorous decisions about prhorities,


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


said about Europol regulation. As the Prime Minister has said


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


Secretary, she and the entire government are committed to


continuing very close working relationships between the United


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


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


common interest that those relationships can be maintahned as


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


allotments? Healthy fruit and vegetables are imported and where


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


this particular government. Congratulations to Candy 's for


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


see this soon, can he possibly do that?


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


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


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


approaches proposed by the government, which I hope and believe


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


hope that will be published in the near future.


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


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


ministerial committee earlidr this meet demonstrated, the Primd


Minister and the government remained committed to the full involvement of


the three devolved administrations. In the preparation of our


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


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


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


debates on different aspects of our EU membership for members from


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


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


represent here. And of their constituents in particular. So


Gregory Knight. Can we have a debate on makhng


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


of changes to the current arrangements for summertime. As he


knows, there was not agreemdnt between different parts of the


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


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


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


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


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


primary headteachers in my constituency and they are concerned


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


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


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


far-reaching changes to SATs introduce last year. The


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


drive an improvement in overall standards amongst our


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


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


and headteachers' lives, thd government has also agreed that


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


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


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


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


green belt and requirement from local authorities to maintahn


adequate Brownfield register in order to prioritise developlent In


my region, recently, greater Manchester, the spatial fralework


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


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


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


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


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


at all stages of the consultation and public examination of the


proposals that she has described to the House today.


Mr Speaker, residing and representing in a constituency that


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


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


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


leader would have exchanges, with the equalities questions.


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


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


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


on the way in which DWP is administering universal credits The


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


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


disallow at delaying legitilate claims from constituents. It is a


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


for themselves. I will do my best to accommodate his


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


And providing support for pdople who need that support.


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


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


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


complained State and the duds well blamed for


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


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


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


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


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


leader of the party does latnch an immediate and thorough


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


honourable gentleman's concdrns about his borough to the attention


of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.


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


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


as a consequence of the irresponsible borrowing polhcies


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


years. Thank you, Mr Speaker. Mr McGonagle


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


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


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


regulation of private parking companies?


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


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


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


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


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


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


apocalyptic budgetary disaster as opposed to concentrating on the


medium term damage that will certainly be done to this country


through a withdrawal from the European single market placd? Given


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


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


blatant abuse of Treasury statistics and forecast in any future


referendum that might come `long? LAUGHTER


I have to say to the right honourable gentleman that it


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


referendum. To be honest, Mr Speaker, there is


little point on ask conducthng postmortems into the referendum


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


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


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


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


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


the task of negotiating the best possible deal for British chtizens


and for British business in these new circumstances.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


statement from the government so they can outline their plans to


address this crisis and particularly about local government fundhng? I


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


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


social care are closely intdgrated to make sure the best possible


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


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


government first came to office which suggests that discharges,


there are difficulties and challenges, but it does suggest that


the local health and social services managers are responding to the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


doing a service to her constituents in highlighting these examples of


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


just a question about centr`l government grants to local


authorities, it is a question of local authorities getting things


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


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


constituents is to secure a change by voting for the Conservathve


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


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


ahead. Earlier this year, Greenwich clinical commissioning group awarded


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


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


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


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


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


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


processes followed, that it is right that clinical commissioning groups


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


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


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


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


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


their lives, and surrounding businesses were greatly disturbed


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


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


fireworks to show that they have business insurance policies which


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the Colonnade and the exit from portcullis house, is partictlarly


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


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


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


especially to those questions - people who are responsible for our


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


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


importance of building local consensus around local government


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


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


insisting that any consultation should be honest, open and


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


government has been consistdnt in saying we will not announce a


decision on that until the completion of all criminal


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


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


right at the moment for the government come forward the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


money in the north of England. Infrastructure projects that would


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


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


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


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


with the government to champion the northern Powerhouse project,


including many important infrastructure projects. I know as


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


welcomed warmly the governmdnt announcement about airports this


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


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


a debate next week on grassroots sport and the vital role


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


the country. Grassroots sports parliamentarian of the year, which


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


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


of the sports minister demonstrating her footballing skills that has


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


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


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


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


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


situation with the government made the brave decision of seeing we


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


commission? Given that this industrial action involves the


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


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


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


backbench business committed debate on this subject. The commission


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


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


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


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


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


authorities' ability to introduce blanket traffic regulation orders to


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


of parking on grass verges `nd inconsiderate parking?


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


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


experience, we will have different constituents who argue on opposite


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


responsible for parking to write to him.


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


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


linked tax havens. HMRC has commenced negotiations and new


treaties with Crown dependencies but currently there is no provision for


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


to ensure that these tax trdaties are properly scrutinised and


thoroughly understood beford being ratified?


There are opportunities, particularly through the select


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


to question ministers about arrangements with all of thd


relevant British Overseas Territories. I will hope thd


honourable gentleman will acknowledge that this government has


taken more determined and effective action than any of its preddcessors


to improve the standards of transparency and reporting on behalf


of our overseas territories. And to Pioneer international agreelents to


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


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


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


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


Guardian there any other national newspaper despite it only bding the


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


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


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


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


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


to represent. Mr Speaker, there will be a chance


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


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


evidence suggests most people in this country do value the programmes


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


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


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


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


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


government hasn't produced ` statement about whether thex could


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


for the pension scheme and wide implications for the pension


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


sector skills including specialist apprenticeships? Due to the scale of


the project and availabilitx? My honourable friend makes ` very


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


both manufacturers and servhce industries. And the opportunity to


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


described. ... Someone withdrew ?500 for my


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the problems which beset thd child support agency have been replaced


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


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


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


lower wage. I will flag my honourable friend's


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


our interests that the child maintenance service works


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


had four years of expensive procrastination on the Swansea-


Cardiff section. Wales deserves better. And this impact needs


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


will find ministers would endorse, wholeheartedly, his call for


homophobia and, particular, the expression of some pretty vhle


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


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


number of women accepting invitations for cervical and breast


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


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


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


understand how we could help women get every opportunity to attend


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


said this morning, said that President Putin is delighted about


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


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


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


clearly trying to intervene in American politics at the prdsent


moment? Did the Russians intervene hn the


Brexit vote in June? I agree completely with the right


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


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


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


Ukraine. And through the st`tioning of missiles.


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


know that yesterday, Nato announced details of the rapid deploylent


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


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


supporting nation in Polish contingent. That really does


demonstrate this country's continuing commitment to European


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


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


Hamilton suffered a traumathc experience at the hands of her


Atlantis group landlord with men barging into her Stockton home and


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


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


interventions and recorded conversation which the wife of the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


international development and aid programme, giving assistancd to


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


to acknowledge the government's commitment to the Northern


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


that there is ample demonstration there of our continuing comlitment


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


government is proposing to close down and evil immigration and


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


flawed value for money exercise Half the workforce are in mx


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


government debate over how the government is conducting thhs and


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


and I think his tribute will receive unanimous support from membdrs


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


opportunity today, there might be another opportunity, either through


a forthcoming adjournment ddbate or questions to the Secretary of State


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


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


Both my committee and the foreign affairs select committee have been


extremely worried about the forthcoming major cuts to BBC


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