24/11/2016 Business Questions


24/11/2016

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recommend we all watch that. That's very good news, because she is an

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house can testify. If I can say so house can testify. If I can say so

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myself, a fine appointment... By me. Business question. But the leader of

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the house please give us a forthcoming business? The business

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for next week will be as follows. Monday, the remaining stages of the

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Digital economy Bill. Tuesday, second reading of the Commonwealth

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development Corporation Bill, followed by post private business,

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as announced by the chairman. Wednesday, opposition day, 14th

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allotted day. There will be a debate and motion in the name of the

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Scottish National party, subject to be announced. Thursday, debate and

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motion on transgender equality, followed by general debate on the

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future of the UK fishing industry. Friday, private members bills. The

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provisional business for the week commencing the 5th of December will

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include as follows, Monday 5th of December two reading of the children

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and social work Bill, Lords. Tuesday the 6th of December quarter

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remaining stages of the health service medical supplies costs bill.

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Wednesday 7th of November, opposition day, 15th allotted day.

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There will be a debate on opposition motion, subject to be announced.

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Thursday the 8th of December, debate and a motion on UN national day for

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elimination of violence against women, followed by a general debate

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on cancer strategy, one year on. Friday the 9th of December, the

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house will not be sitting. I should also like to inform the house that

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the business in Westminster Hall by the 8th of December will be a debate

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on the fourth report of the Scottish affairs committee on post study

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works schemes. Interview of yesterday's conclusion of the trial

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of the man who murdered our late colleague Jo Cox, I hope you will

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allow me to say that I believe the entire house would wish first to

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express our thanks to the police and the Crown Prosecution Service for

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the work that they did in bringing this man to trial and securing his

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conviction. Second, to send our solidarity and I would love to her

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family, who I think I've shown quite unbelievable grace, dignity and

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courage in the months just passed. And the road, I hope we can all

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agree that perhaps the best tribute that we hear, what ever our party

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politics, can pay to Jill and her memory -- Jo and her memory, is to

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recommit ourselves to do all that lies within our power to make sure

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that this country remains a place where people of different ethnic

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origins and different faiths can live together in mutual respect,

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goodwill and harmony and can celebrate together our common

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citizenship and our shared institutions and values and

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traditions. And that we will also continue unflinchingly to stand for

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the truth that it is through parliamentary democracy that we can

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seek to secure a change and find a better future for those who sent us

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here, rather than through violence or extremism. I thank him for what

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he has just said. The power and beauty of those words clearly it

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will resonate with all of us. Can I thank the leader of the house for

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those words, he shows what a great parliamentarian he is, and associate

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myself absolutely with everything he said about those people who have

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brought the murderer to justice. I need to ask the Leader of the House,

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because he hasn't mentioned this, about the dates for the recess after

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February. We need to know, because obviously, if the Prime Minister

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says she is going to trickle article 50 in March, we need to know if

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we're going to be away in recess, if we're going to have a debate, what

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is the mechanism? Will the Prime Minister be making an announcement

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on the steps of Downing Street, will she do it in a phone call? She will

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relinquish the EU presidency by telephone. Could we know the

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mechanism? The British people need to know the framework. As soon as

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article 50 is triggered, the European Council will draw up a

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negotiating mandate, the guidelines, without the UK's participation. Mr

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Speaker, the Ministry of Justice Izzy troubled department. Hardly 24

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hours had gone by and we have the first concession. It turns out that

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the figures in the government proposals for the last reform are

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out of date and will be updated to the implementation process, so the

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consultation referred to the 12 judicial guidelines as a basis for

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the figures instead of the more generous 13th edition, which

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significantly increases the guideline damages from the blast. So

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that is what happens when you have a policy and found the evidence for

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it, rather than evidence -based policy. It takes a riot and a

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breakdown before money is given to the prison service, despite numerous

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calls for that. The health Department is troubled. I don't know

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if representations were made by the Health Secretary, but he nowhere to

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be seen. Every former Health Secretary for the last 20 years has

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signed an open letter to the government to honour the pledge to

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the public to restore parity for mental health, so good Leader of the

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Has seen what the response was to that letter of duty place in the

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library? According to Cancer Research UK, there are long waits

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for results. Early diagnosis is vital for treatment. Shortages of

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specialists in those areas. There are many members who are undergoing

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treatment for cancer. We wish all of them well and their families and

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everyone who has touched by cancer. We wish them a speedy recovery. The

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Autumn Statement was a statement for the elite. The Chancellor said

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Oxford and Cambridge would become a transformational tech college,

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drawing on world-class research strengths. Elitism not based on

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evidence, because the university league tables of 2017 but Oxford and

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Cambridge third and fourth. Imperial was first, LSE second, Cardiff

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birth, and Edinburgh in the top ten. But we have a statement of what will

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be available for the other universities? They don't have a

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historic wealth that Oxford and Cambridge do. In a previous outing

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at the dispatch box, I asked for money for local government. Will the

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government is in desperate need, but the money has now gone to unelected

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bodies, rather than local authorities. The Minister for the

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Northern Powerhouse said, if you sign up to a directly elected mayor,

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you have funding in the hands of one person. Another letter from county

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councils, they said, funding should not be on arbitrary prioritisation

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of the specific government model. Money should flow according to need.

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This is not a statement for women, so could we have a debate on the

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impact of the state of the budget statement on women? Women are not

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satisfied by a passing reference to Camberley, we want more. 65% of

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those earning too little to pay income tax and women. The 3 million

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per women's charities is just a balance for the millions raised

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under the tampon tax, 12 million of which has been given away by the

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previous Chancellor. Despite 74 written questions on social care,

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there is no mention of extra money. Cuts to social care hit women

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particularly hard, because the majority of those needing care and

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providing it is women. Just about managing is a government product, it

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is home made jam. I would like to thank those who played in tribute to

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Jo Cox. Her love, values and example lives on in all of us. Governments

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are not just about fixing the roof. We are about transforming lives. Let

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us dedicate ourselves to that task in her memory. If I can try and

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respond fairly briefly to the large number of questions that she put to

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me. On recess dates, I do understand the patients on all sides to know

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Easter recess dates. I have not been able to announce those today, I hope

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there will be in a position to announce us very soon. She asked

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about the process for triggering article 50. That has to be a formal

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notification to the European Council. She asked about the

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rather hoped that she would have rather hoped that she would have

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welcomes the action the government is taking as regards whiplash,

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because that is something I thought had commanded quite widespread

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support in all parts of the house, but we are now embarking on this

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consultation with a view to legislation at some stage, once the

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consultation has concluded. I hope we will be able to build a

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cross-party coalition in support of such measures. She was unfairly

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dismissive of the ambitious vision for the transformation of our prison

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service that was contained within the white Paper on prisons, launched

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by Mike Right Honourable friend the Justice Secretary just a fortnight a

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go. She asked me about the Secretary of State for Health and the health

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Department, the Secretary of State was answering questions here earlier

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this week. She enquired about mental health, it is this government that

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has not only invested more in mental health than any of its predecessors,

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but, which for the first time, has written into law a requirement for

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physical and mental health to be given equal priority. And she asked

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about cancer treatment. What is happening within the health service,

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despite the demographic and other pressures that there aren't totally

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are on the National Health Service and in part due to the money this

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government has put in, but also the reforms is government has taken, we

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have seen, since 2010, an increase of some 822,000 in the number of

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people seen by a cancer specialist, and an increase of 49,000 in the

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number of people who are commencing cancer treatment. Yes, there is more

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work to be done, but that is not a bad track record to be getting on

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with. The Oxford and Cambridge Expressway, I think she fell into

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the trap of believing this rather stale, antiquated class war rhetoric

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that she gets from the leadership of her priority. The Oxford to

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Cambridge Expressway would benefit places like Milton Keynes and like

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Bedford, where, at some stage in the more distant past, the Labour Party

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once thought they might win constituencies or local councils. Is

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a sign of The Times that the party opposite appears to have given up

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such communities. That Expressway, that corridor offers opportunities

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for economic growth and to unlock significant new housing development

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in areas of high demand, when the party has been calling for more

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house-building to take place. It was leaders in the North who are

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good for the model of devolution that we had, precisely so there

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could be an allegation for central government funds for those devolved

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authorities to enable strategic planning and expenditure today

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please. She will find the housing investment infrastructure fund,

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targeted in particular that local authorities who are able to come

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forward and bid in areas that will unlock additional housing supply. On

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social care, yes, I happily acknowledge, as the Prime Minister

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did yesterday, that there are pressures on social care, we see

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that in our constituencies, but this government has introduced the better

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care fund, and the social care at preset to put some extra money in

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the system to help local authorities to cope with those demands. If I can

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turn finally to what she said about the position of women, there are

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more women in work now in this country than ever before. It is this

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government that has increased the level of support to families through

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childcare than any of its predecessors. Those are things that

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would have worked very much to the benefit of women in all walks of

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life. And I think if she looks at the distribution analysis published

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yesterday by the Treasury, she will see that the Chancellor's measures

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yesterday provided a modest but positive improvement in the incomes

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and living standards of all details in our society apart from the

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richest. And the richest would experience a modest loss after those

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measures. But I do want to completely endorse and to associate

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myself with her remarks on violence against women and her tributes to

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those honourable friends who have played a part in that work. I hope

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that she will also agree with me that we need to stand firm against

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violence against women and girls in all its forms both here and

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globally, and the work that was initiated by my right honourable and

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noble friend Lord Haig, when he was Foreign Secretary, to awaken the

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world's conscience to the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war

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and try to secure the extirpation of that vile practice continues under

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this government and I hope will continue under all British

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governments in the future. Can I also associate myself with the

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remarks made by the leader of a House about our colleague, Joe -- Jo

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Cox, she made such a big impact on country in a short time. The

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Paralympics started in our county, in the Leader of the House's

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constituency, Stoke Mandeville, and we were terribly impressed by the

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achievements of our Paralympics teams in the last Olympic Games. At

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the last budget the Chancellor announced ?1.5 million to be spent

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on research and issuing running blades to children. I am afraid to

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report eight months on, not a single child has yet received running

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blades. The Leader of the House probably knows that it has not got

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out of the starting blocks, and I wondered if there is anything he can

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do to move this into the fast lane because then we could a debate on

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how we can inspire our next generation of Paralympians, to the

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credit of the screen. Double I'd better declared an interest as the

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patron of the National Paralympic Heritage trust. It seeks to maintain

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the Heritage of Stoke Mandeville is the birthplace of the Paralympic

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movement. I was concerned by what my right honourable friend has just

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said and I will take this up with my colleagues at the Treasury and the

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Department of Culture, Media and Sport to see what can be done. Can I

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thank losing the business and grand associate with the remark made by

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the trial yesterday, which finally saw the conviction of the appalling

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act. As the Leader of the House, today he spoke on the half of the

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whole House, and hopefully his words will help us all recover and move

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forward. It is barely 24 hours since the Chancellor said that his Autumn

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Statement, and already we have the Conservative Party fighting among

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itself about how big the Brexit disaster is going to be. Today it is

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the OBR, the doom and gloom, who are the villains of the peace after they

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predicted this could be a ?60 billion premium which will be paid

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for this clueless Brexit. Can we have a debate on the economic

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consequences of this Brexit? Maybe the Leader of the House could help

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us out. Who should we best trust, the OBR and honourable member from

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Chingford Green? Could we have a debate about Ferrero Rocher? I

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cannot understand what problem this government has with an ambassador,

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Nigel Farage? The EU referendum was won on his terms and conditions,

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we're practically living in the early days of a Ukip UK. What could

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possibly go wrong with him going to Trump Tower? Lastly, in its latest

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escapade in trying to read scrutiny, we learn that exiting the European

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Union is not going to come -- the head of the European Union is not

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prepared to come in front of the Treasury committee, and in

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correspondence to me he said he is not prepared to come before the

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select committees of this House man the Brexit committee. -- other than

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the Brexit committee. Can the Leader of the House convince his right

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honourable friend that proper scrutiny must be in place and he

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must come in front of the select committees of this House? Mr

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Speaker, can I thank the honourable gentleman for his words. On the

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question of the OBR and the Autumn Statement, the responsibility was

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set up as an independent body in order to remove any suggestion that

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the economic forecast were being tampered with on political grounds

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by the government of the day. The OBR forecast yesterday -- forecasts

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yesterday are their own, but it is sensible for the government to work

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on the basis that they are accurate, and they are not out of kilter with

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the main stream of other independent forecasters. The Bank of England is

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a bit more pessimistic than the OBR in its contradictions. There are

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many uncertainties. Will befall the value of sterling against other

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currencies be maintained? And if it is, will importers be able to pass

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on the price impact of that in terms of the price charged to customers?

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But I think it is perfectly sensible for the Chancellor to have steered a

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course in the light of the OBR forecast, and I think my right

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honourable friend was completely honest with the House and country

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yesterday in saying completely plainly, where the uncertainty and

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difficulties lie, and not trying to wish away any of those problems that

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guide his budget judgment. On the question of accountability of

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ministers for the Department of exiting the European Union, we had

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another debate yesterday on the impact Brexit from the EU, this time

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on transport policy. I can give the honourable gentleman the promise

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that the Secretary of State and his entire team will be here on Thursday

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the 1st of September -- December, when he and his colleagues will have

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the chance to interrogate them. Regarding the ambassadors, I do not

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think they will be serving Ferrero Rocher at the embassy. But he will

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be glad to know that British ambassadors are keen to offer a

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selection of malt whisky is the aperitif of choice when they are

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entertaining officially on the half of the country. We have an excellent

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ambassador in the United States of America, it is certainly no vacancy

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there. The last time I checked, Mr Farage had a very well-paid job as a

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member of the European Parliament, although regrettably he also had one

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of the worst attendance records at the European Parliament of any other

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member, which suggests to me that to head up a UK embassy might not be a

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job for which he is particularly suited. Yesterday in the Autumn

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Statement we had the welcome news of additional finance of the

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development of housing, and ?3.15 billion and 90,000 homes in London

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alone, as well as a doubling of the money to combat rough sleeping in

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London. Plus, the abolition of letting fees for tenants. Could my

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right honourable friend find time for a debate on housing? I

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understand there will be a work paper next month, but surely we

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should have a debate in this House on housing so we make sure the money

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is well spent and that much-needed housing across the country is

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provided and all members have the opportunity to input, so we have

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ideas and use the money effectively. There will be questions next Monday,

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providing opportunities for housing issues to be raised. I want to pay

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tribute to the tireless work of my honourable friend in pressing

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forward his homelessness reduction Bill, and winning government support

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for that. I am glad he paid tribute to the measures on rough sleeping

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and the scrapping of let increases for rough sleeping announced

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yesterday. While I think it is a good idea we should have a debate on

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housing policy, probably that should await the publication of the White

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Paper, which will give members on all sides of the House the

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opportunity to comment upon government proposals rather than to

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guess what they might be. Could I also add my thanks for the obviously

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sincere and deeply heartfelt words that were expressed about our late

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colleague Jo Cox. I am very grateful to him for that. The Leader of the

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House announced that on the 8th of December we have two debates, one in

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the debate on violence against women, and the cancer strategy one

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year on. That demonstrates the importance of members of the House

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if they wish to make a bid for time sensitive debates to bring their

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applications to the committee in a timely fashion so we can plan ahead

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and get those dates into the diary. Can I also ask, the clerk to our

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committee does try to get the decisions and offers the committee

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wish to make to members as soon as possible, but we also ask that

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members respond to these offers as soon as possible, so we can actually

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get the business sorted out. A number of members are sitting on a

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response, and I would appreciate it if ministers could make their

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feelings known as soon as possible to the clerk. I am grateful for his

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kind words. The backbench business committee is playing an important

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part of enabling members in all parts of the House to raise

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important issues that matter to our constituents which might not

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otherwise be heard, and I would endorse the advice he gives to

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colleagues. This month we have seen another remarkable Poppy Appeal in

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my constituency, with enormous sums of money raised, and thousands of

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people turning out on Remembrance Sunday to pay tribute to the Armed

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Forces, and to see many young people involved was fantastic. Can we have

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a debate next week to pay tribute to the Royal British Legion for the

:28:31.:28:33.

work they do but also to say thank you to those in our communities who

:28:34.:28:42.

work tirelessly to make the Poppy Appeal is successful?

:28:43.:28:47.

While I am unable to offer him a debate, I would like to pay tribute

:28:48.:28:55.

to all those who worked to make the Poppy Appeal a success each year.

:28:56.:29:05.

The appeal in Scotland is run by the Scottish Legionnaire. It is

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important we all remember that, while it is the veterans of the

:29:11.:29:14.

Second World War who tend to be particularly in our minds in

:29:15.:29:21.

November, in these years, the Region and the revenues from the Poppy

:29:22.:29:27.

Appeal go to support service men and women from much more recent

:29:28.:29:31.

conflicts, Alton very young people who have suffered quite shocking

:29:32.:29:35.

physical and mental injuries as a result of their servers and it is

:29:36.:29:39.

important we remember this work is still relevant and important today.

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Can I also thank the Reader for his eloquent remarks about Jo and her

:29:46.:29:49.

legacy. BBC research as reported that investment in infrastructure

:29:50.:29:55.

per head over the next five years will be 6457 for London, that only

:29:56.:30:05.

1684 from Yorkshire and Humber. With last week was my decision not to

:30:06.:30:09.

back the electrification of the line to Hull and no reference to the

:30:10.:30:17.

Humber, capping a debate about the Northern Powerhouse and whether the

:30:18.:30:21.

government is really serious about rebalancing is not on the north and

:30:22.:30:27.

south but East and West? I think that is honourable members from each

:30:28.:30:31.

side examined the Autumn Statement, they will find that all partners of

:30:32.:30:38.

the United Kingdom will benefit from the infrastructure spending that the

:30:39.:30:43.

Chancellor identified. I don't blame any member for making particular

:30:44.:30:48.

plays on the part of their own constituency or the greater area

:30:49.:30:56.

they represent. From memory, while it's not in Humberside, that is an

:30:57.:31:01.

important slice of funding for a significant motorway junction

:31:02.:31:05.

improvement around that Beverley area, which I think should benefit

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Hull and the area the honourable lady represents, and if she looks

:31:11.:31:16.

elsewhere in the statement, I think she will find Yorkshire and Humber

:31:17.:31:20.

is going to benefit in a number of ways. Shortly before the summer

:31:21.:31:29.

recess, the All-party Environmental Group of which I am chairman

:31:30.:31:34.

published its report on the quality of new-build housing. There has been

:31:35.:31:39.

a significant amount of new-build, but some of the quality has been

:31:40.:31:45.

shoddy. Can we have a debate on this or please? As far as the government

:31:46.:31:52.

is concerned, we want all new homes to be well designed and built to

:31:53.:31:57.

good quality and standards. I think home-buyers are entitled to expect

:31:58.:32:02.

nothing less. There needs to be an effective complaints procedure, for

:32:03.:32:07.

example, through the consumer accord, where if people are

:32:08.:32:10.

dissatisfied with the quality of their home, the particular report

:32:11.:32:13.

that he mentioned, does raise important issues. And my honourable

:32:14.:32:21.

friend 's in the Department for local communities and governments,

:32:22.:32:26.

are looking at this closely and will respond in due course. A small and

:32:27.:32:37.

rapidly formed private members bill on adding mother 's married names,

:32:38.:32:47.

could we please have a statement debate in government time to see

:32:48.:32:50.

where we're going on this, so we can have a bit of action before my

:32:51.:32:55.

daughter gets married in February 2018? I know how frustrating it is

:32:56.:33:04.

for honourable members who are low-down in the list on private

:33:05.:33:11.

members Bill Dave. On Friday, I will work with the relevant Minister and

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see whether there is anything we can do on this matter. May I associate

:33:15.:33:22.

myself with the words of the Leader about Jo Cox and paid tribute to the

:33:23.:33:26.

tremendous work she did on behalf of poor people all around the world.

:33:27.:33:34.

Lord O'Neill launched a vital report in May on antimicrobial resistance

:33:35.:33:39.

in May, in which he said the consequence of no action would be

:33:40.:33:43.

$100 billion a year and 10 million lives lost in a year. Could we have

:33:44.:33:48.

a debate in government time, since ours was a report commissioned by

:33:49.:33:51.

the previous Prime Minister, on this, in which many members will be

:33:52.:34:00.

pleased to contribute. He raises a very important point indeed. Since

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Lord O'Neill's global review, the government has been supporting

:34:07.:34:09.

research efforts, both in the United Kingdom and abroad, including ?51

:34:10.:34:14.

million on research here in the UK, but also 265 million through the

:34:15.:34:20.

Fleming Fund to support surveillance and lower and middle income

:34:21.:34:24.

countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. I hope you will also welcome

:34:25.:34:33.

the fact that in September, following an intense campaign led by

:34:34.:34:36.

the Health Secretary and the Chief medical officer, there was an

:34:37.:34:43.

agreement at the United Nations General Assembly to what was the

:34:44.:34:50.

landmark declaration by 193 countries, agreeing to combat

:34:51.:34:52.

antimicrobial resistance, which was identified as the biggest risk to

:34:53.:34:59.

modern medicine. Getting this agreed internationally is a vital first

:35:00.:35:03.

step towards the effect of action that we all want to see. Can I

:35:04.:35:09.

associate my party with the remarks of the Leader and the shadow Reader,

:35:10.:35:15.

the memory of Jo Cox will indeed endure for many years ahead.

:35:16.:35:21.

Following the tragic death of a 21-year-old constituent of mine at

:35:22.:35:25.

the hands of drink-driving in 2014, her family have committed themselves

:35:26.:35:29.

campaign for reform of drink-driving sentencing guidelines, and presented

:35:30.:35:36.

a 100,000 strong petition to Downing Street recently. We have a debate on

:35:37.:35:50.

the need for that reform? Yes, it is a quite unspeakably tragic

:35:51.:35:54.

experience for any parent, any farmer led to have to go through.

:35:55.:36:02.

What I might suggest to the honourable gentleman is either to

:36:03.:36:06.

seek an adjournment or a backbench committee debate on this subject.

:36:07.:36:09.

But I would also draw his attention to the fact that the EU petition

:36:10.:36:17.

system that we have now introduced in Westminster is also providing an

:36:18.:36:23.

additional route by which this subject can be brought up and

:36:24.:36:29.

debated in the Commons -- e-petitions. That might be something

:36:30.:36:34.

else he wants to suggest to his constituency. Last night, in my

:36:35.:36:38.

capacity as chairman of a group on retail crime, I attended an event

:36:39.:36:45.

organised by newsagents. It is evident that those who work in

:36:46.:36:50.

retail are very concerned about the level of not just left, but violence

:36:51.:36:55.

against them. Google reader found time for the debating government

:36:56.:36:59.

time to investigate this matter? I understand very much the point that

:37:00.:37:08.

he is making. No employee working for retail, large or small should be

:37:09.:37:13.

going to work fearful that he or she may be the victim violence. I think

:37:14.:37:22.

this trend is, in part, due to things like the growth of the gang

:37:23.:37:25.

culture we have seen in London and other big cities. As he knows, the

:37:26.:37:31.

government is working with chief const is to try to address this

:37:32.:37:38.

problem, defeat this threat. I can't promise a quick, easy answer, but I

:37:39.:37:43.

think it will need determined work by the Home Office, by the Ministry

:37:44.:37:47.

for justice but also critically for local police forces, their local

:37:48.:37:53.

Police and Crime Commissioners, to make sure the right response is

:37:54.:37:56.

given and this problem is properly addressed. Could he provide

:37:57.:38:03.

government time for a statement on the BT arrangements in Brexit. While

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we welcome the relief for the tampon tax fund, what will the Chancellor

:38:14.:38:19.

do to make sure there is a secure long-term investment for vital

:38:20.:38:22.

services and agree a date by which the tampon tax will finally come to

:38:23.:38:28.

an end? I think my answer to the last point is that will depend in

:38:29.:38:34.

part on whether there is is agreement first at EU level, while

:38:35.:38:40.

we still remain members, and changes to EU law on value added tax.

:38:41.:38:47.

Secondly, if that's not being dealt with by the time we leave the EU,

:38:48.:38:52.

how rapidly we could then make that change of our own volition. But I

:38:53.:38:58.

will ask Treasury ministers to contact her with the information she

:38:59.:39:10.

is seeking. He brings forward approval to spend millions of pounds

:39:11.:39:13.

on this palace and Buckingham Palace. We'll hear arrange for a

:39:14.:39:23.

special screening of the film I, Daniel Blake, so we can remember

:39:24.:39:30.

those who are losing benefits. I cannot think of anything more

:39:31.:39:34.

damaging to the cause of constitutional monarchy than the let

:39:35.:39:42.

them eat cake attitude which prioritises the rebuilding of

:39:43.:39:45.

palaces while people are struggling for bread. I do think he is in

:39:46.:39:53.

danger of going over the top here, not for the first time. Buckingham

:39:54.:40:03.

Palace is a public building that is used by the monarch to exercise her

:40:04.:40:10.

state functions as head of state. It is also a place in which thousands

:40:11.:40:15.

of two lists visit and enjoy each year. The reason that the royal

:40:16.:40:23.

household is facing the sort of Bill which shocks him is that these

:40:24.:40:32.

decisions have been put off and a backlog of repairs has been allowed

:40:33.:40:37.

to accumulate. So I think what was decided and announced a few days ago

:40:38.:40:42.

was perfectly justifiable. I think in respect of sanctions, I just ask

:40:43.:40:48.

him to bear in mind that I think it is fewer than 4% of recipients of

:40:49.:40:53.

jobseeker's allowance have received any sort of benefit sanction and

:40:54.:40:58.

fewer than 1% of recipients of employment support allowance, so

:40:59.:41:04.

there can sometimes be mistakes by officials, yes, but I think we need

:41:05.:41:08.

to recognise that the proportions involved are very small. And I also

:41:09.:41:18.

associate myself with the Leader of the House's moving tribute to Jo

:41:19.:41:22.

Cox. She is greatly missed. Figures released yesterday by the ONS show

:41:23.:41:26.

that in the past five years, there have been a staggering 252,000 extra

:41:27.:41:34.

winter deaths. But 25,000 people who died last winter alone. The rate of

:41:35.:41:39.

deaths in winter in our country is almost twice that seen in Norway and

:41:40.:41:46.

Germany. Given that we are experiencing a crisis that is

:41:47.:41:50.

avoidable, will the Leader give consideration to having a debate so

:41:51.:41:53.

that this matter can be most openly discussed? Any unnecessary death is

:41:54.:42:00.

clearly a tragedy and everything possible should be done to avoid

:42:01.:42:08.

that. In fairness, I need to point out that, partly due to the

:42:09.:42:12.

extensive preparation for a winter that the NHS to, the excess winter

:42:13.:42:17.

mortality last winter was Darren on the level it reached in the previous

:42:18.:42:23.

year. Earlier this month, NHS England and Public-health England's

:42:24.:42:30.

launched its Stay Well This Winter campaign, which reached a great

:42:31.:42:37.

proportion of the over 65 's. The NHS is alive to these risks and is

:42:38.:42:41.

taking action to alert elderly payable to what they can do to keep

:42:42.:42:48.

themselves warm. Could I associate myself and my colleagues with the

:42:49.:42:54.

comments of the Leader of the House about our late colleague Jo Cox and

:42:55.:42:59.

say we must all respect people at a different religious, political or

:43:00.:43:07.

difference. Yesterday we launched our first report into the visitor

:43:08.:43:15.

economy and that report was about supporting skills and

:43:16.:43:19.

apprenticeships and hospitality -- in the hospitality and Judaism

:43:20.:43:23.

industry. It resulted in many different types of evidence

:43:24.:43:27.

submitted to us, but it also said there are core issues affecting

:43:28.:43:33.

apprenticeships in the fourth largest service injury. Around the

:43:34.:43:37.

school curriculum, lack of career guidance and lack of encouragement

:43:38.:43:42.

for people to go into the chef and catering industry. Would it be

:43:43.:43:45.

possible to have a debate on this very important industry, which is

:43:46.:43:51.

important to many parts of our constituencies in terms of Judaism,

:43:52.:43:54.

and the direct relationship with the economy?

:43:55.:43:59.

I was glad to hear about the report that she has prepared, and she

:44:00.:44:05.

highlights an important issue. I think the government's commitment to

:44:06.:44:12.

3 million apprenticeships needs to include tourism is one of the

:44:13.:44:18.

sectors which are assisted, and she is right to draw attention to the

:44:19.:44:23.

need for proper preparation and the right content in terms of those

:44:24.:44:27.

apprenticeships, so that young people concerned are then seen as

:44:28.:44:38.

readily employable, and when I have spoken to directors and managers in

:44:39.:44:41.

the hospitality industry, they say that it is often difficult for them

:44:42.:44:47.

to recruit UK citizens who are properly skilled for the work they

:44:48.:44:50.

are offering, which is why they often look to people coming in from

:44:51.:44:54.

other countries. We need to address that challenge. You may recall that

:44:55.:45:04.

a few weeks ago I raised the question of tax treaties. This week

:45:05.:45:10.

another double taxation relief order covering Turkmenistan was approved.

:45:11.:45:15.

We are likely to see many more as a result of Brexit. Can I ask the

:45:16.:45:19.

Leader of the House again if he will look at how members can be given

:45:20.:45:25.

better advanced notice of when such treaties will be considered, and how

:45:26.:45:30.

he might ensure this House has more opportunity and scrutiny of the UK

:45:31.:45:35.

tax arrangements with other countries? The double tax treaties

:45:36.:45:42.

are a sort of standard international agreement negotiated by British

:45:43.:45:46.

governments of all political colours, and as the honourable

:45:47.:45:54.

member knows, they are designed to ensure our citizens and those of the

:45:55.:45:56.

other country concerned cannot be taxed twice by two separate Jude

:45:57.:46:01.

extinctions on the same income. But I will draw his points about

:46:02.:46:05.

scrutiny and parliamentary process to the attention of Treasury

:46:06.:46:11.

ministers and perhaps I can write to him with some thoughts. I hope there

:46:12.:46:19.

will be a permanent memorial to Jo Cox in this building, whether that

:46:20.:46:27.

is a shield or a bust. But last Friday, we gave a second reading in

:46:28.:46:33.

this House by more than two hundred votes to the parliamentary

:46:34.:46:36.

constituencies amendment Bill. That cannot go to committee unless the

:46:37.:46:40.

Leader of the House provides the appropriate motions. When will that

:46:41.:46:51.

happen? On that point, we need to consider and take advice from the

:46:52.:46:55.

Treasury about whether e-money resolution is needed in particular,

:46:56.:46:59.

but I would also say to the honourable gentleman that he should

:47:00.:47:07.

not forget that the legislation that established the current system for

:47:08.:47:10.

detecting electoral boundaries and the terms of reference for the

:47:11.:47:14.

boundaries commission were themselves the subject of

:47:15.:47:21.

legislation passed by a clear majority in this House. I do not

:47:22.:47:26.

think we can shy away from the principle that electorates are

:47:27.:47:33.

grossly unequal at the moment, that they are based on figures for the

:47:34.:47:40.

population that date back to 2000, and it is in the interests of basic

:47:41.:47:46.

democratic fairness that we equalise the number of electors so that every

:47:47.:47:50.

man and woman's vote has the same value. Given that the Leader of the

:47:51.:48:01.

House seems to be in a generous mood, can I ask if we can have an

:48:02.:48:04.

urgent debate on compensation for the victims of the concentric

:48:05.:48:10.

scandal? After the number of parliamentary questions, I have

:48:11.:48:13.

discovered information which confirms that in relation to

:48:14.:48:18.

mandatory eerie considerations after the fishing expedition, nine out of

:48:19.:48:21.

ten of those have been successful, which is just shocking.

:48:22.:48:25.

Notwithstanding this, the average compensation is only ?48, which does

:48:26.:48:32.

not even cover the cost of phone calls or postage of documents to

:48:33.:48:36.

prove their innocence. Can the government do the right thing and

:48:37.:48:40.

have a debate to bring this out in the open. It is the case with any

:48:41.:48:48.

citizen who has grounds for claiming that they have suffered loss as a

:48:49.:48:55.

result of maladministration by any part of government or any agency of

:48:56.:49:00.

government has the right to go through the member of Parliament to

:49:01.:49:04.

the parliamentary ombudsman and seek compensation, that is something I

:49:05.:49:07.

have done under half of my own constituents at various times during

:49:08.:49:11.

my time here. Though clearly what one cannot have is some sort of

:49:12.:49:18.

blanket scheme that operates and awards public money irrespective of

:49:19.:49:24.

the case. But I think the ombudsman may provide the route she is

:49:25.:49:31.

seeking. On the 7th of December, the then presidential hopeful Donald

:49:32.:49:34.

Trump called for a complete ban on Muslims entering the US. On the 15th

:49:35.:49:38.

of November I wrote to the Foreign Secretary to ask what

:49:39.:49:42.

representations were being made in respect of the 2.7 million British

:49:43.:49:47.

Muslims, some of whom may want to go today US. His response was shocking,

:49:48.:49:51.

basically it is a matter for the US government. I fundamentally

:49:52.:49:55.

disagree. This government has a responsibility to stand up and every

:49:56.:49:59.

citizen in this land. When can we have a debate to make sure the

:50:00.:50:03.

Foreign Secretary is held to account? It is the case that this

:50:04.:50:10.

government in terms of freedom to travel, as on everything else, will

:50:11.:50:16.

stand firm for the principle that citizens of the United Kingdom

:50:17.:50:22.

should be treated on an equal basis regardless of what religion they

:50:23.:50:25.

profess or what ethnic origin they may have come from. But it is a

:50:26.:50:37.

truth in law that the United States, like every other nation state, has

:50:38.:50:41.

the responsibility to determine for itself its rules on how people are

:50:42.:50:50.

allowed to enter their territory, and I think it is important that we

:50:51.:51:01.

now work alongside the elected president and his administration and

:51:02.:51:06.

ensure that we have the best possible bilateral relationship that

:51:07.:51:12.

works in the interest of all British citizens. Can I thank the Leader of

:51:13.:51:17.

the House for his moving words, and could we have a debate about whether

:51:18.:51:21.

Britain first should be described as a terrorist ordination and banned

:51:22.:51:31.

from elections? That terrorist organisation. -- Britain First.. The

:51:32.:51:39.

Home Office brings forward but they do so based on evidence.

:51:40.:51:46.

There have been cases in the past where organisations which have been

:51:47.:51:51.

prescribed have gone to the courts and successfully won a judicial

:51:52.:51:55.

review to say that the evidence on which that action had been taken was

:51:56.:51:59.

not sufficient, so I will make sure that her proposal is reported to my

:52:00.:52:05.

right honourable friend the Home Secretary, but there has to be clear

:52:06.:52:12.

evidence of terrorist involvement for the terrorist prescription to be

:52:13.:52:23.

applied. Tory backbenchers rightly lamb basset the debt legacy left by

:52:24.:52:27.

the Labour Party, and usually gets full agreement from ministers on the

:52:28.:52:32.

front bench, so why is it then and yesterday's Autumn Statement,

:52:33.:52:37.

paragraph 3.27 outlines a new guideline that the PFI projects have

:52:38.:52:43.

announced? Can we have this explained, or even better a debate

:52:44.:52:51.

on this? I will ask Treasury ministers to write to him on that.

:52:52.:52:56.

It has already been mentioned that the government published a Northern

:52:57.:53:17.

Powerhouse strategy report yesterday, but I cannot see in that

:53:18.:53:20.

report any mention of either Cumbria or nuclear energy. Given that West

:53:21.:53:22.

Cumbria is going to be putting the power into the Northern Powerhouse,

:53:23.:53:25.

I would like to support the honourable member for Hull north to

:53:26.:53:27.

request a debate so that the government can appreciate how much

:53:28.:53:30.

all of the North of England has to offer, and why Cumbria must not be

:53:31.:53:32.

an afterthought. I completely agree that Cumbria must not be an

:53:33.:53:36.

afterthought, and I am confident that the leaders of the Northern

:53:37.:53:39.

Powerhouse locally would make sure that the decisions that they take

:53:40.:53:45.

work to the advantage of everybody living within that area of this

:53:46.:53:50.

country. On nuclear power, I am aware of the importance of the

:53:51.:53:55.

nuclear industry to her constituents, and I hope there would

:53:56.:53:58.

be some common ground between her and this government because this

:53:59.:54:02.

government has taken a difficult and controversial decision to go ahead

:54:03.:54:06.

with a new generation of nuclear power stations, which I think is

:54:07.:54:09.

something generally supported by members on all sides. Everyday

:54:10.:54:23.

around 2200 babies are born in the UK, including my new granddaughter

:54:24.:54:29.

who was born in Glasgow yesterday. Can we please have a debate on

:54:30.:54:33.

government time about the impact of the measures announced in the Autumn

:54:34.:54:37.

Statement on new families, and how we can support all of them at this

:54:38.:54:43.

joyful but often vulnerable time? Can I first of all congratulate the

:54:44.:54:53.

honourable lady, or perhaps her daughter or daughter-in-law, and use

:54:54.:55:00.

child is a source of joy for any family. On the point she mentions, I

:55:01.:55:06.

suspect we're going to have a number of opportunities to debate the

:55:07.:55:11.

various questions that arise out of the Autumn Statement, as

:55:12.:55:31.

well as different departments affected by the announcements. I

:55:32.:55:34.

would say to her as I said earlier, if she looks at the distributional

:55:35.:55:36.

analysis of the Autumn Statement, she finds that it works modestly,

:55:37.:55:39.

yes, but to the benefit of all income groups in society, except the

:55:40.:55:42.

very richest, and I hope she would also agree that all families benefit

:55:43.:55:44.

more than anything else from having parents in work and able to work.

:55:45.:55:54.

The record numbers of people we have in employment is what is helping to

:55:55.:55:57.

drive the reduction we have seen in the number of children who are

:55:58.:56:05.

living in workless households and the introduction of universal credit

:56:06.:56:11.

means people, including mothers of young children, who take on

:56:12.:56:16.

part-time work, will still always find that works makes them better

:56:17.:56:23.

off than staying on benefits. Can I thank all the members about the kind

:56:24.:56:30.

words about Jo Cox. Yesterday the Chancellor announced infrastructure

:56:31.:56:33.

funding for broadband in rural areas. This is a problem for my

:56:34.:56:40.

constituents and people who work in dockyards. Can the government debate

:56:41.:56:44.

on how it plans to improve speeds for all areas? The additional money

:56:45.:56:47.

that the Chancellor announced yesterday to provide for

:56:48.:57:01.

strategic infrastructure investment is additional to the current

:57:02.:57:09.

programme of connecting people to high-speed broadband. That current

:57:10.:57:14.

work will continue, and what was announced yesterday is additional to

:57:15.:57:20.

that. Can I also thank the Leader of the House for his words about our

:57:21.:57:26.

colleague Jo Cox. Can I also paid tribute to her incredible staff, who

:57:27.:57:30.

have shown such as strength of character throughout this period, I

:57:31.:57:34.

know she would be incredibly proud of what they achieved in her

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absence. In 2012, the government axed careers advice, and put money

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into a website, which collapsed in October, as it lost control of what

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it could do. Can we have a statement from the government on how this

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waste of taxpayer money was allowed to happen? Can I associate myself

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with her tribute to Jo Cox's staff, and I know she herself had to

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undertake a number of constituency duties between her murder and the

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recent by-election, so she will have had personal knowledge of how hard

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her staff have worked. On the point she raised, I am not aware of the

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details of the case, that it sounds to me possibly something that may be

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a serious use of -- misuse of public money, and you may want to have a

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word with the chair of the Public Accounts Committee because that

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probably would be the appropriate parliamentary means to investigate

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this further. Can I also associate myself with the tributes made to our

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colleague Jo Cox. Yesterday we heard a lot from the Chancellor about

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increasing productivity, but can we have a statement on increasing

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ministerial productivity? I refer to the government's review of

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employment tribunal fees, which have been sitting on his desk for over a

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year now, and he appears not to have even read it. Thousands of people

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are being denied access to justice, but this report has not been acted

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upon. When will something happen? I will have a word with the relevant

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minister, I cannot promise the reply will be the one he wishes for, but

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let's get the relevant Minister to write to him, so he can see what

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current thinking is. And we have a ministerial statement addressing the

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rear but dramatic issue experienced by my constituent, a transgendered

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woman, having reached the militarily gen seeking her pension, her case is

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with the Tribunal service, having undergone surgery when gender

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realignment certificates were not possible. Her passport and driving

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licence recognise her female service, but the government is

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rooting through an upsetting process to prove she is living as a woman.

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There will be a backbench debate on transgender equality that may give

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him the opportunity to raise this particular case. If he is having any

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problems himself in corresponding with government departments, I am

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always ready to help any member get a prompt reply. Yesterday I asked

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the Prime Minister how she could justify the scrapping of the May

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be's heavy duty service charge with no replacement. The Prime Minister

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replied that she did not recognise the situation I described. But the

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truth is that it is the case that at the end of 2018, this missile will

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be scrapped and there will be no replacement and this is against the

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advice of the Navy. Can we have a debate about naval defence in the

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Prime Minister's first opportunity. The Ministry of Defence, while it

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has a significant budget and quite old terms, does still have to take

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difficult decisions, including decisions at times to phase out and

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to replace particular weapon systems or weapon platforms. I will make

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sure that defence ministers are aware of the honourable gentleman's

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concerns. This subject might be an appropriate backbench debate or

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something and you may wish to raise on the adjournment. On November the

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7th, in a debate in Westminster Hall on the future of shipbuilding, the

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honourable member for West Worcestershire, who is defence

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procurement minister said, the National shipbuilding strategy will

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report by the Autumn Statement. The Autumn Statement was yesterday and

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we still haven't seen the strategy. Can the Beta is sure that the

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Secretary of State for Defence comes to this chamber and makes a

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statement on exactly what is happening to the national

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shipbuilding strategy? I had noticed that this matter was raised

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yesterday, so I did check out the current position with the Ministry

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of Defence this morning. My understanding is that Sir John

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Parker has now submitted his independent report and did so just

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before the Autumn Statement. That is being considered by ministers.

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Defence ministers do intend to publish his report soon, and they

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will then be providing a more considered response to the detail of

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his report at a later date. The chaotic sustainability and

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transformation plan, warp commonly known as the slash, trash and

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privatised programme, is being compounded by reports that our

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General Hospital is to be caused, marriage is unmoved. If we can't

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have a debate on this in government time, can we have a debate on the

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report of the health select committee to demonstrate how the

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government is bamboozling the public with false claims of money to the

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NHS that it isn't actually providing? I simply don't agree with

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his final comments. The government has provided ?10 billion to the NHS

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over the period of the current five-year plan, plus the preceding

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financial year. And in giving evidence to the health select

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committee, the chief executive of the National Health Service in

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England said that the government had provided the upfront funding that he

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was seeking. When it comes to the STPs. The important thing is they

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are determined locally. They are not being imposed from on high. He will

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also find that the health of oversight committee of his local

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authority has the right to challenge proposals presented under a STP, and

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if they feel sufficiently strongly, to revert that to the Secretary of

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State for a second look. But it is important, not just that the

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government, as it is doing, spends more money on the National Health

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Service, but the National Health Service looks at the way in which it

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is operating, so that it is getting the best possible value of their

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patients out of every penny that is being spent. An important tenet of

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the better together campaign was that the people of Scotland should

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vote no to Scottish independence in order to protect their pensions.

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Yesterday, the Chancellor suggested that the triple lock may be set to

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go. Can we have a debate in government time on the future of

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state pensions, to discuss the prospect of future cuts and this

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potential betrayal to the people of Scotland? The Chancellor was very

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clear yesterday that the triple lock is going to remain in place for the

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duration of this government's lifetime. At the next general

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election in 2020, it will be for all political parties to put forward

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what ever proposals they wish on pensions, as anything else. The

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biggest threat to the well-being of pensioners in Scotland would come

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from a vote for separation, which would plunge Scotland into the kind

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of economic instability where pensioners and others relying on

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fixed incomes are likely to lose out heavily. People living close to

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recreational airfields don't have the same protection from noise and

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nuisance that people living close to similar recreational activities that

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stay in the ground have. In a statement from the Department for

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Communities and Local Government on this issue, its impact on local

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people and what they're going to do about it? I refer him to the

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questions next Monday and hope he is lucky in that tracked in your eye,

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Mr Speaker. Dee Valley water is valued independent business in North

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East Wales, supply water to Wrexham in Chester. Its independence and

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many jobs are threatened by the takeover by Southern Trent. If local

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decision-making is important, what say you local people in my area have

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about yourselves and the water that they drink? Clearly, this is a

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commercial decision for the two companies concerned, and while I

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understand the concerns he has expressed, I don't know the details,

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there may be a question in mind that a larger company would be able to

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provide more capital investment for his area, so people might be able to

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benefit. I suggest to him this is probably a suitable subject for an

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adjournment debate. The new administration has been quick to

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jettison just about every aspect of the predecessor, so when will we get

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rid of the farcical procedures, on Monday night, nobody had a clue what

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was going on. There were no divisions, there were no English

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Casper English laws. Surely he agrees the answer is not this mess

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left him by his predecessor? I am absolutely confident that the teller

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knew what was going on at all times, and if last Monday's events raised

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any concern about the technical operation of the procedures, then as

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the honourable gentleman knows, I am currently carrying out a review of

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those procedures, embodied in standing orders, and he's welcome to

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submit evidence to me. But the basic principle remains right, that where

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legislation affects only England, and that matter is devolved to the

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Scottish Parliament in Scotland, Ben English members here should exercise

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a veto upon whether that legislation passes or not. I am sure you were

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watching avidly last Sunday as Andy Murray one the ATP world tour 's

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finals and retained his position as the world's number one tennis player

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in the singles, joining his brother, who is number one player in the

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doubles. These brothers are the pride of Dunblane. I wonder if we

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can have a debate on the legacy to tennis and the wider benefit that

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sporting excellence can have in terms of getting the next generation

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of sporting heroes? I did indeed watch both Andy and to meet several

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times last week, and the honourable gentleman will not be surprised to

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know that I bellowed on regular occasions in their support, albeit

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in an entirely orderly manner. I am very happy to add my congratulations

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to both Andy and Jamie Murray and while I can see people of Dunblane

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and Scotland will take a special pride in their achievement, I think

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that that pride is shared by everybody else in all parts of the

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UK. I hope that the tennis authorities will use this

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achievement as the springboard to intensify their efforts to improve

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the opportunities available through, both the grassroots tennis and

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through coaching schemes for the most able players, so we produce

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eight new generation of tennis players, both men and women, to

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follow in their footsteps. If the honourable gentleman won the debate

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on the matter, I can't take part, but if he wants an adjournment

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debate on the matter, I am saying he might secure it. This flawed

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neoclassical theoretical assumptions, combined with problems,

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are enshrined in the model of the UK economy used by both the Treasury

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and other bodies, so I would call into question how independent that

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makes the OBR. When can we have a debate on this? It is up to the OBR

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to decide how it meets its own forecasts, and the assumptions on

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which it makes them. They do publish with their report a statement of the

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various assumptions they make, but if he isn't happy with the OBR,

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there is a plethora of other independent forecasts, using

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methodologies that defer to a great or lesser extent. I think this is

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the question. Can I join others in ensuring our thoughts and prayers

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are with Jo Cox's family and her staff. As you predicted yesterday,

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following my point of order, I do wish to push the Leader of the How

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is just a little further in terms of the National shipbuilding strategy.

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Can he ensure and feedback to ministers that many members want to

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debate the strategy and the government response to it. It is an

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important industry and it needs topped up. Those of us who represent

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shipyards, we'd be obliged if the Leader would be amenable to that. I

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do understand the importance of the industry to his constituency, as in

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all parts of the UK. The position is, as described it earlier. The

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first thing the house will want is to see Sir John Parker's report and

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members to bomb views on that. But I will certainly be leader colleagues

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in defence the importers that he and other honourable members attached to

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this matter. Point of order, Mr Alex Salmond. During business questions,

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in answer to the right Honourable member for Rhondda, the Leader of

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the Coasting to suggest there was? Over with their resolution would

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come forward on the second reading of the boundaries Bill but this has

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class overwhelmingly last Friday. You will remember that there was one

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example in the last parliament with this happens, I wasn't viewed at the

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time. Due to the incoherence of the Coalition Government

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