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for my credentials as a Unionist, and I want to see prosperity spread


to every part of the United Kingdom. I thought the Scottish Government


economic policies will also help contribute to that. Business


question. Could I ask the Leader of the House to please tell us the


forthcoming business? The business for next week will be as follows.


Monday the 19th of December, a general debate on exiting the


European Union and science and research. Tuesday the 20th, a


general debate on leasehold and commonhold reform, followed by a


general debate on matters to be raised before the forthcoming


adjournment. The business for the week commencing the 9th of January


will include Monday the 9th of January, remaining stages of the


technical and further education bill. Tuesday the 10th of January,


remaining stages of the Commonwealth development Corporation Bill,


followed by consideration of lords amendments to the policing and crime


Bill. Wednesday the 11th of January, an opposition day, allotted day,


debates on opposition motions, subject to be announced. 12th of


January, debate on a motion on Yemen, followed by a debate on


Security and the political situation in the African great Lakes


situation. Friday the 13th of January, private members bills. The


traditional business for the week commencing the 16th of January will


include, Monday the 16th of January, second reading of the National


citizens service bill, Lords. I should also like to inform the House


that the business in Westminster Hall for the the 12th of January,


will be a debate on the fourth report from the Justice committee on


restorative justice, followed by a general debate on the future of that


UK maritime industry. The subjects of these debates were determined by


the liaison and backbench business committees. As this is the last


exchange of questions ahead of recess, could I conclude by wishing


not just right Honourable members on all sides, but particularly the


staff of the House, in all departments, a happy, peaceful and


restful Christmas recess. The car and I thank the Leader of the House


for forthcoming business? Can I pressed him yet again on that last


day for summer recess? People are desperate to print those little


calendars. We do need that. Can I ask invalid beat on the restoration


and renewal report? I understand there's a date being floated around,


I wonder if he could and light in all of us and perhaps let me know


whether the resolution that is going to be put before the house on this


issue will be in the form of motions, whether all the options


will be put before the house or whether other members can table


further resolutions as well? Could I also ask when the bus service will


be arriving? It has a flashing sign. That would be helpful. 21 years ago


today, European leaders announced their new currency would be known as


the usual. It was a Tory government that took us into this European


exchange mechanism and out again, but it was a Labour government that


devised the five economic tests before we joined the judo and that's


why we want get the government a blank check for article 50. We want


to see that framework. We know the vital statistics, 50 to leave, 40


remain, and over 20% didn't vote, so we need to find a way forward that


encompasses every view. The to leave the EU and our job is to make sure


appreciate that exit. We need to shake the exit to ensure jobs, the


economy and our living standards are priorities. To ship the exit so that


trade and services with and to the EU are not damaged. We need to shape


the exit to make sure all the good things about our place in the world,


that we act with other countries to protect the vulnerable against


bullies. Negotiating to preserve the rights that were secured for our


workforce, that has powered this economy through knowledge, skills


and creativity, by hand and by brain. Could I ask the Leader of the


House between January and March, could he ensure there are


discussions through the usual channels, that there is a proper


forum for debate. There are many committees producing reports, we


don't want the public to be confused. We want a proper form of


motion and proper recommendations. All that needs to be shaped to shake


the government's thinking before article 50 is triggered. We need


that debate. On Friday last week, the Secretary of State said he's not


interested in transitional arrangements. Then the Chancellor


said the government would likely seek a transitional deal in order to


avoid disruption that would risk Britain's financial stability. The


Prime Minister was very emphatic that Prime Minister's Questions,


that we are leaving the EU. Could we have that statement on the correct


position? We need to look at the effect on leaving the EU on young


people. We need a debate on how these policies will affect them,


because 75% of young people between the ages of 18 and 24, voted to


remain. They say younger people will be hardest hit, because since 2007,


median income for those between 22 and 30 has dropped by 7%. Inflation


is going up, the cost of food and other necessities is also rising.


Can I ask the government to implement the real living wage,


which is ?8 45 and hour or ?9 75 in London. At Prime Minister's


Questions, many members mentioned the' Jo Cox. The place I reckon my


thanks to those who did a fantastic job of organising and playing on it.


Steve Harley, KT Tunstall and the brilliant community choir. Many


colleagues here have taken by it and even those who, like Lady Macleod,


who came back to sing. Jo Cox's family will have to face their first


Christmas with out. Many members on all facing hostility, they have to


endure court cases, they have to deal with this with courage. Can I


asked the Leader of the House and all members on a cross-party basis,


to try and find out the nature and evidence of what is happening.


Encourage them to report. Perhaps we can have a streamlined way of


ensuring their matters dealt with. Can I also asked the Leader of the


House of Lords and that's what is happening, if they will agree a


package to keep the office is secure? Apparently, it is not coming


through. I don't know what the leader of the houses giving the


Prime Minister for Christmas? Can I suggest a couple of books? Perhaps


the autobiography of John Major or perhaps The Team Of Rivals about


Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet, three of whom had previously won


against Lincoln. Finally, could I wish you, your family and your


office are very happy Christmas. The Leader of the House, his suave


deputy and his offers a very happy Christmas. The clerks, the


doorkeepers, everyone who has made me so welcome, from cleaning,


catering, postal workers, everyone. And all honourable and right


Honourable members of those house. A very happy Christmas and peaceful


New Year. Can I thank the honourable lady for


her personal good wishes. Can I say to her I want to express the


thoughts and prayers of everyone in this House will be with Jo Cox and


her family. I would salute other honourable member on all sides of


the house did to contribute to the recently released download. She


asked a serious point about the threats and abuse that a number of


honourable in a different political parties have been receiving. This is


something that I take and the House authorities take very seriously. She


will understand we don't normally talk about such a security matters


in detail in the chamber but the chairman of ways and Means and I


recently sent a letter to all members of the House alerting them


to the existence now of a dedicated to the police hotline to which any


such threats should be reported. Certainly both the chairman of ways


and Means and I would want to know of any evidence or suggestion that a


local police force were not taking such threats seriously, we would


take whatever steps where appropriate in receipt of that


information. Similarly, if there is evidence that for whatever reason


security improvements to members's homes and offices that are necessary


are being held up for some unreasonable grounds, I would


certainly be willing to do what I can, as with the chairman of ways


and Means, to make sure things are sorted out rapidly there. If I can


turn to the policy point that she also raised. I will try and give


dates for some as soon as possible although I think she will appreciate


that in line with precedent, it has not been the custom for any


Government to announce summer recess dates quite this early on in the


Parliamentary year. Similarly, I would hope to be able to satisfy her


appetite for dates both for the reform and restoration of the House


reports and through the Commons proceedings on the bus services bill


as as soon as possible. Her comments about the EU, she might have noted


that it was a Conservative Prime Minister John Major who did actually


ensure that this country had the opt out from the euro in the first place


and without Sir John major's efforts, that choice would not have


been available to the United Kingdom. I noted her comments about


EU exit. I have to say, I rather welcomed her statement of the Labour


Party's position. I have to say to her, this is at odds with what our


party's owned a spokesman on EU exit, the honourable member, it said


over a fortnight ago when he said we needed to keep our options open on a


second referendum. I really think that if we are to take the Labour


Party's wrote seriously, we have to accept whichever side we supported


during the referendum, whether we agreed or disagreed with the verdict


of the public, this was a decision that the electorate was


democratically entitled to take and which almost all of us in the Has


agreed in supporting the referendum bill should be delegated from


Parliament to the voters of the United Kingdom to decide finally. I


think that her appetite for debate on the European Union is going to be


more than seated in the New Year. I would also point out there are no


more than 30 different select committee enquiry taking place in


this House and in the House of Lords into various aspects of our


departure from the European Union. Where she is right is to say at the


Prime Minister has repeatedly said that it is in our interests and in


the interests of the other 27 members of the European Union that


we secure in negotiation that provides for as COBOL a divorce as


possible -- amicable. Although we are leaving the EU, we are not


leaving Europe and a strong productive, mutually beneficial with


the EU 27 is going to be important in the prosperity and security of


all 28 countries. But also for effective cooperation is an


international scale to deal with such challenges as large scale


migration from Africa, as the threat from international terrorism, that


are going to be with us for a long time into the future. She chided the


Government about our approach to the living wage, but I have to say that


we followed the advice of the low paid commission and the recent


increase in the national living wage and I note as well that the


resolution foundation, which is not always a champion of Government


policy, has said that 2016 has marked the best year ever for a low


paid workers because of this Government's commitment to the


national living wage. Finally, she asked me about Christmas presents,


Mr Speaker. I have to say that for some unaccountable reason, the


honourable lady omitted to mention that in the opposition's campaign


grid for this week, tomorrow is marked down as the day for Christmas


jumpers. I somehow think that this combination of garish design,


clashing colours and a general sense of nationalism, rather confuses were


the Cabinet is. Over the last three weeks or so, Chelmsford commuters


travelling into London by train have had nightmare journeys due to broken


down trains, faulty tracks and other problems. Would my right honourable


friend be able to arrange for a statement by the transport minister


as to what can be done to stop this sort of inefficient provision of


service, or would he advised me that I ought to seek to catch Mr


Speaker's I next afternoon to contribute in the adjournment debate


before we go into recess? For as long as I've been in the House, I've


known my right honourable friend is the most formidable champion of


commuters from Cheltenham. I think it's very important... I beg his


pardon, from Chelmsford. It's the Christmas spirit getting to me, Mr


Speaker. I think that there is an important message here for both the


franchise holder and for the railway workers who together have to make


that line operate that it should be the interests of the travelling


public that should be first and foremost in their priorities at all


times. I am sure that if my right honourable friend does catch your


aye, Mr Speaker, the transport minister will not only be too happy


to respond to that. Can I thank the Leader of the House for announcing


the business of next week. I thought very minute he was trying to talk


out of business questions. It is good to see a Leader of the House


Minus the lederhosen. Then I take this opportunity, Mr Speaker, to


wish you a happy Christmas. I extend that to the house staff who have


looked after us then their usual exemplary fashion. Maybe we should


have a debate about 2016 and perhaps vowed never to have another year


quite like that, we have lost so many of our stars and artists, the


election of Donald Trump in the States to this accidental clueless


Tory Brexit, maybe we can learn the lessons from 2016 and vowed never to


go back there again. Today's piece of Tory Brexit clues move comes


courtesy of our man in Brussels, it might actually take ten years to get


a tree deal with our European partners and some European capitals


might never ratified Brexit. But this is only reflecting the views of


the 27 nations were supposed to be negotiating! Only in the weird world


of Tory Brexit cluelessness does that make it all right. Mr Speaker,


with the Christmas recess coming in a few short days, it may be weeks


before we get an opportunity to debate the deteriorating situation


in Aleppo. Before we rise next Tuesday, we get an opportunity to


have a statement from the Foreign Secretary to keep us updated before


we go on to recess? Lastly, I know the whole House is engaged to get


this Jo Cox single foundation for the number one for Christmas. We're


really grateful to everyone in the House to make sure we do that. The


Leader of the House would also like to join me in thanking Sir Mick


Jagger and Keith Richard for waiving the royalties, to get even more


money to the Jo Cox Foundation. I will happily endorse the honourable


member's tribute to Keith Richards and Mick Jagger in weaving their


royalties. I will pass on to my right honourable friend the Foreign


Secretary, the honourable gentleman's Westbury further


statement on Aleppo next week. This is the subject I think on which the


house is united in a sense of horror what civilians there are having to


endure. I know Foreign Office ministers are only very keen to


ensure the House is informed as soon as possible about recent elements. I


have worked in my previous ministerial rule with Ivan Rogers


over a number of years. He is a formidable public servants who


always reports to British ministers and successive governments what he


picks up, is said to him from various people in different


Government and EU Administration 's. It's not, Mr Speaker, that unusual.


It may be hard for you to believe that in some countries, people who


are part of the same Government say slightly different things on the


subject of the future. The truth here is that we have not set out to


our 27 colleagues what the Government's objectives are in this


negotiation nor have they yet met to have out what their mandate is to


their appointed negotiators. The speculation about how long


negotiations will take seems to me as remarkably premature if there is


good well and strong political intent, I'm confident and amicable


and good negotiation can lead to an agreement in which all sides can


take pleasure. As we approach the time of the year at which there was


no room in the in for Jesus to be born, can we have an early debate on


the position facing many of our constituents who are looking to move


into new shared ownership properties. Many of my constituents


exchanged contracts in early September and the completion date


has been ruled endlessly forward. The are being chased by their


landlords, taken to court, some of them are pregnant and hoping to have


children, are expecting to have children shortly, and they don't


know when they can move on. To make things worse, I understand that some


of the developers are concentrating on finishing off their own


properties first, leaving these shared ownership tenant is totally


at the mercy of when will be able to move into their new homes. AM


concerned by what my honourable friend says about this case in his


own constituency. And while the Government is right to press forward


with an ambitious programme of new home building and of all types of


tenure, we need to be very clear that where sites have planning


permission, those developers have a responsibility to move ahead as


quickly as possible. The most important step in the question of


shared ownership is for developers and authorities work closely


together at local level to ensure that once permission is granted,


work on building out the site is taken forward as rapidly as


possible. We are taking action to enable a planning Bill, as my


honourable friend knows, to remove some of the causes of unnecessary


delays to development. But I hope local councils will use the power


that they have, both resetting conditions to development and


through negotiation of section 106 planning agreements, to ensure we


get the rapid develop -- delivery of shared ownership properties as well


as properties for sale. Could I join all members in wishing


you, the Leader of the House and all members of the house and staff of


the House and our constituents, a very happy Christmas and a very


happy, healthy and peaceful New Year. Good I also thank the Leader


of the House for the business announcement this morning. A number


of members have been asking me why we haven't had a debate about Yemen,


and I'm glad he has announced we have that scheduled for the 12th of


January, along with the general debate about the African great Lakes


region. Yemen has been a topic have been asked about an awful lot. Can I


also thank the Leader of the House for his generous cooperation since


he came to his offers, which has helped us to plan ahead in the


backbench business committee, so can I thank him for that? I am grateful


to him, both for his Christmas wishes and for his final remarks. It


is always a juggling act to try and ensure we have adequate time


available or the business that different members in different parts


of the House want to see debated, but we always do our utmost to


accommodate the backbench business committee. Today, the sustainability


and transformation plan for Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire has


been published. There is a lot of good common sense in it, but there


is also a statement that they need to consider whether to move from


three to two accident and emergency sites and one Arjun carers Centre.


It's clear from the demand and Tess Daly that all the accident and


emergency sites are required. Can we have a debate on this issue


urgently? It is vital our constituents know their interests


are being considered. He will be very trenchant in defending the


interests of his constituents and he is right to say that sustainability


plans must not just be locally tailored, but also must deliver


services that are good quality and sustainable for the future of a


particular locality. Any changes must have to meet the four tests,


they have to have support from GPs, demonstrate clinical evidence,


support from patients and consider patient choice. The local scrutiny


committee of any locality has the right to object to a planned service


cheese and referred that to the Secretary of State for a decision. I


know the timing of statements is never easy, but given the importance


of the local government settlement for places like Birmingham, which


are virtually bankrupt, and the fact that many of us will be serving on


public bill committees from 1130 today, can I ask the Leader of the


House for an urgent debate on the combined impact of social care,


education and local government funding decisions on towns and


cities that are not run by Conservative administrations? I


don't want to pre-empt what my honourable friend the Minister for


local government is going to see in a statement this afternoon. There is


an opportunity next Tuesday in the debate for as I see the kind of


local, city or county specific issues that he has in mind. The Post


Office has recently closed. As in my constituency and moved its services


to a local shop despite opposition. It now appears that promises made


during the consultation about services may not be being fully


adhered to by the Post Office. Can we please have a debate on the


impact on rural communities of changes to the Post Office branch


network, and the assurances given by the post office being adhered to. I


would be concerned to hear that the Post Office was going back on


conditions that have been previously accepted. He may wish to raise that


in the adjournment debate next Tuesday. The Post Office does run as


an independent business and the government doesn't intervene, but


the Post Office has a responsibility to carry out proper consultation


locally and seek feedback from people, and I hope that he will be


bringing the concerns of his constituents directly to the


attention of senior managers in the Post Office. Just before I called


the member for Gordon, I should inform the house that he received an


award last night in Brussels, and the award is an initiative to honour


individuals and organisations standing out in defence of cultural


and linguistic diversity, intercultural dialogue,


self-determination, the rights of minorities, peace, democracy and a


united Europe. Can I say to him, I hope the circumstances, he


deservedly feels and will sound even more chipper than usual? Mr Alex


Salmond. Thank you so much. Congratulations on the


pronunciation, also the quality required by leaders of the house.


Can we have a brief statement from the Leader of the House, showing


that he alone on the government understands the difference between


access to the single market, which just about everybody in the world


has, and membership of the single market, which is in economic


advantage which only 500 million people have on the planet. How many


answers to business questions does he believe he will be able to cram


into the ten years that Sir Ivan Rogers estimates will take to


complete trade negotiations? I sometimes think that the Right


Honourable gentleman wants to continue debating these matters


indefinitely, rather than come to a decision and a good outcome for this


country, but can I genuinely congratulate him on his award. I


think, in response to his points about the single market, I would say


this to him. One thing I learned in my six years as Europe Minister is


that the four freedoms discussed in the context of the single market,


none of them are unqualified in their operation. If we look for


example at the single market in goods, it is much more developed at


EU level than a single market in services is, at present. To present


in or out of the single market in binary fashion as he does, it does


not do justice to the complexity of the negotiation and ahead of us. The


Prime Minister has made it clear she wants both the maximum access for UK


companies to the European single market, but also the greatest


possible freedom for UK companies to operate within that market and for


reciprocal rights for EU companies here. Can we please have a debate on


essential services? This will give me and other members across the


house the opportunity to thank and pay tribute to our armed forces, who


are serving both in this country and around the world, and not just them,


but also the police, our NHS, care sector workers, printers and


officers, energy sector workers, transport workers, broadcasters and


the many others who will have to work this Christmas period. He makes


a very important point indeed. Many of us in our constituencies and


families will know of people working in the health service, the police,


the army and other key public services, he will be on duty over


the Christmas period. I think we want to wish them and their families


well, and to see a profound thank you to them for their continuing


servers. Having spent time on the police Parliamentary scheme and seen


close up the excellent work are police officers do up and down the


country, I am concerned the government are now planning to make


being a police officer a graduate entry occupation. It seems to me


there is a number of officers that don't have degrees, but are


excellent police officers, especially on the beat. Can we have


a statement from the government about their plans in regards to


this? I think if she looks at what is being proposed, and the College


Of Policing, she will see the degree requirement as one of three options


that they have suggested for consideration. Another is for an


apprenticeship scheme, in order to provide enhanced education and


training for police officers after recruitment. The point that the


police service believes itself it needs to address, is that we ask


police officers, even at the most junior new constable level, to carry


out fairly sensitive decisions on our behalf, including whether to


initiate a process that may lead to a family's children being taken into


local authority care. Including whether a person should be


physically restrained, because they represent a threat. It is right that


police officers should have the expertise and training, so that they


are capable of taking those decisions wisely. That is what the


College of Policing is seeking to ensure. Residents in my constituency


are concerned about the lack of Post Office in the village. Will you join


me in asking this matter to be expedited, to get the post office


opened again for Christmas. I know that he will continue to champion


the interests of his own constituents in securing the opening


of post office services locally. As I said earlier, the government does


not intervene in these day-to-day business decisions by the post


office, but I'm sure that post office senior management will have


heard what he has said. We learned in about 12 hours after the vote


that the 350 million was nonsense. Could the Leader of the House commit


to a debate on government time on the real impact of the EU and health


and issues we need to concern regarding Brexit. There are going to


be many opportunities when we return in January for every aspect of our


departure from the European Union to be debated in full, and foreign


ministers from all relevant departments and be questioned.


Tomorrow is local charities day, and we all have very good local


charities in our constituencies. One of mine is Crazy Hats, run by


enthusiastic volunteers. They've raised over ?2 million by people


wearing crazy hats. And they spend that money on breast cancer in


Northamptonshire. Would the Minister be able to say how those charities


could be further supported? I indulge him further period of his


question, but I'm glad he has now taken at hats off, and I sincerely


hope he won't put it on again, preferably at any time, but


certainly not in the chamber. I thought for one moment he was


auditioning for a role in a remake of the film Else. I think that the


Chancellor has demonstrated, through improvements in the Gift Aid scheme,


that the government is keen to provide better opportunities to


small local charities to benefit from donations. But as legislation


going through Parliament at the moment, that will make further


concessions to help such charities, but I think we would all want to


celebrate tomorrow the work that so many thousands of local charities do


in every constituency in this country. You can do you weren't able


to call me on International trade questions, and I wish you a very


happy Christmas and particularly, because at one stage, it looked like


the House of Commons children's Christmas party wouldn't happen, and


I believe you had some role to play in making sure it did happen. We had


a lovely party on Tuesday, all the kids had a great time and so did the


parents and grandparents. Thank you for that. Before I came in today, I


consulted my constituents about neglected things they wanted to go


back to in the New Year. Aleppo, of course, the disgraceful blot on our


civilised world. Secondly, the fact that we are likely to lose our A


Hospital in Huddersfield. And thirdly, that we are neglecting the


people that make things in our country, the manufacturers. In trade


questions today, the word manufacturing was barely spoken.


Those are the concerns of my constituents. Could we have them


early in January? I will look for opportunities to


provide for debates on all those important subjects. I think on the


subject of sustainability and transformation plans, those plans


must all meet for specific criteria and the honourable gentleman's local


authority has the right to challenge and referred to the Secretary of


State any change to services to which the object. On Aleppo, this


has been debated, the subject of questions already this week, I don't


think there's any member of this House who does not sure the


honourable gentleman's horror of what we have seen and is a matter of


the utmost regret, that's putting it to mildly, that Russia sometimes in


line with other countries, have consistently vetoed Security Council


resolutions designed to ensure a ceasefire and the peaceful


evacuation of civilians from the affected areas. In respect of


manufacturing, support for manufacturing and the upgrading of


our skills base in this country so that we can compete internationally


in high-value manufacturing in the future is a core element of this


Government's economic and industrial strategy. Was the last two sets of


women and equality 's questions, by right honourable friend has


committed she will publish the consultation document on


discolouration legislation in this country that will give British


Hindus the opportunity to ensure this ill thought out divisive and


unnecessary legislation is removed from the statute book. Mr Speaker,


time is running short. The only three more days of parliamentary


time before the end of the year when this consultation is promised to be


released. Can my right honourable friend ensure we have a statement to


the House before Parliament rises on this consultation document so that


the British Hindus in ours is IT have the optimum opportunity to


respond to that consultation? I will draw the attention of my right


honourable friend the Secretary of State to my honourable friend's


concern. Mr Speaker, yesterday I was hosting as chair of the kidney group


in the leading experts in kidney disease along with the member of


North Norfolk. One of the things that shocked us was that a quarter


of people on dialysis have diabetes. And that early monitoring in


diabetic kidneys of renal failure would actually make a huge


difference to those who go on to need dialysis and transplantation.


Can we have a debate on how we join up that knowledge so that actually


we prevent people needing dialysis and needing transplants because of


early diagnosis of those with diabetes? The honourable lady makes


a very interesting and important point and it might be the subject


for a future backbench committee debate but I will also make sure


that health ministers have their attention drawn to the point she has


me today. Thank you, Mr Speaker. Earlier this week was the finals of


the British high street words and Seaview Street in Cleethorpes hosts


one of the finest, winning a silver in one of the categories. The street


itself is a collection of independent retailers, could we have


a debate on the role and the contribution that independent


retailers make to our communities and the economy? I think we all


accept that today with the growth of online sales, we face a very


challenging environment for all retailers and particularly for small


high street shops. That makes it all the more welcome that Seaview Street


in Cleethorpes has won this award and I would like to add my


congratulations to all the retailers there who has clearly worked


extremely hard and in an innovative fashion to ensure they still bring


the customer zone. The last Leader of the House feel to tell me how far


it was from Castlemilk to Newlands. I am surprised at that given when


the DWP cat to do the distance they didn't use any of the great


resources at our fingertips, instead be used Google maps. This is what


they've used to calculate eight of Glasgow's 16 job centres being


close. And here we are eight days after that announcement and the


consultation is still not on the DWP website. That is at least eight days


we are going to have to extend it by. Can the leader of the housing


help me facilitate getting that up on the website today and will he


also can be our frustration to the Minister in the way they've handled


this whole our fear? The central point here is that there will be no


change in the level of service that job centres offers people in


Glasgow. What DWP is doing is merging a number of small offices


into bigger sites as leases come to the end so we can save taxpayers,


including Scottish taxpayer's money, without changing the service that is


being offered. The Government has already consulted on these plans but


there will be further consultation in areas where people have to travel


more than three miles or more than 20 minutes to reach a job centre.


Can we have a debate on horse racing and in particular the bravery of


jockeys? Horse racing is undoubtedly the finest sport that there is and


plays an important part in many communities, local economy. It


wouldn't be possible without jockeys and their bravery. One in ten jump


jockey's ride ends any fault. He jockey recently suffered life


changing injuries from a fall on the flat. Mark Enright recently spoke


about the mental health problem he has faced another jockeys have faced


in keeping their weight down to ride horses. Such a debate would enable


us to praise those jockeys, the British horse racing authority and


the professional jockeys Association. Will the Minister Grant


a debate and see if the Government can help the horse racing industry


tackle these matters? Mr Speaker, I think there are millions of people


in this country and who enjoy horse racing in all its forms and admire


the guts and determination of jockeys. It is a very risky


occupation. It is an occupation for which those jockeys volunteer and


the accept the sort of devastating risk that he has described as part


of their work, but also derive huge pleasure and a compass went from


doing it. Can I ask the Leader of the House To offer up a feast for


members on all sides of the house, that is the Transport Secretary at


that dispatch box, two answer for the chaos that our constituents are


being suffering on the rail services? It would give him an


opportunity to explain why he refused to give suburban services to


the mayor the London on political grounds. Something which is now


supported by businesses in London and it would give them an


opportunity to listen to what members of Parliament think about


his decision. I my right honourable friend the Transport Secretary


answering honourable member 's questions about this within the last


two weeks. I do hope that the honourable member, part of his work


on railways, might perhaps drop a line to Aslef enquiring as widely


refused to respond to the Transport Secretary's invitation to them to


come to talks to try to end this devastating strike that taking --


affecting so many commuters on a site of England. Mr Speaker, can we


please have a debate on the implementation of payments? A number


of constituents have contacted me with serious long-term health issues


who are grievously in receipt of TLA that you have been assessed with low


scorers in relation to PIP. My concern is some of the most


vulnerable in our society are being cast aside by a system which is not


working as it should. As she knows, personal independent payments are


designed to provide a means of compensating people for additional


costs of living that the incurred as a result of their disability.


Certainly, if she has particular cases where she believes there is


some systemic problem over the way in which awards are being assessed,


then she is welcome to join to my attention. I will pass it to the


relevant ministers. The approach is surely right with the Government to


concentrate on enabling all those disabled people who wish to work to


get into employment as record numbers are now doing and to support


people at the same time at additional costs. Can be Leader of


the House arranged for a debate on the availability and of drugs,


high-cost drugs, for children with rare medical condition is? A young


child in my constituency sufferers from do Chen muscular dystrophy.


There is a consultation taking place about the withdrawal of the drug to


help this which has dramatically improved his life. There are many


other such conditions of which I'm not aware where drugs such as that


are not available to families. This is a really urgent matter that


affects many children and others across our country and I think the


Minister needs to talk to the Department of Health and ask them to


come to this House and discuss and debate without that funding for the


availability of high-cost drugs. If the honourable gentleman would like


to let me have a note of the particular constituency case I will


pass that on to the Health Secretary but as he will understand, the


general principle to which we and the previous Labour Government


adhered is that decisions about the availability of drugs to treat


unusual conditions should be determined either by nationally or a


local commissioners looking always at the clinical effectiveness of


those drugs and I don't think it would be right to go back to a


system in which ministers, perhaps influenced by the political voices


of which campaign shouted loudest, to take those decisions instead of


the bodies. Can we have a statement or a debate on Government time


regarding the world health organisation pulled a goal to


eliminate the illicit trade in tobacco products? In June, any


response to a Laurence P Q, the Government is fully committed to


this. To require the licensing of tobacco machinery. The growth was


criminal trade continue to threaten public health and result in a loss


of Government revenue. Isn't it time we had an update? There will be an


excellent opportunity for the gentleman to raise this question to


the Health Secretary next Tuesday. Sadly in July my constituent's


teenage daughter needed to seek acute mental health care on an


inpatient basis. The nearest available bed was in Colchester, an


eight hour round trip by car causing her family untold hardship both


emotionally and financially. With the Leader of the House clarify it


is this what his Government means by parity of esteem and he hoped he


agrees with me that you serious as of this issue, we need an urgent


debate. We have not only legislated to give mental and physical health


equal parity in law by the Government has introduced the first


ever access and waiting standards for mental health services which


never existed under previous administrations. 1400 more people


are accessing mental health services every day compared with 2010. An


increase of 40%. We are investing more taxpayer's money in mental


health than ever before. Yes, there is more to be done, I don't deny


that an instant. This garment has shown great determination more so


than any of its predecessors in moving forward to improve the


quality of mental health services available to our constituents. Many


thanks, Mr Speaker. May we have a debate on the importance of


accessibility for disabled people to local sports grounds and amenities?


I recently had an inspirational meeting, Mr Speaker, with use --


East Kilbride disability sports club who many I am delighted to inform


the house will be taking place in the Special Olympics next year. Will


the Leader of the House Agree this is an important issue that requires


access for all to maximise potential and to focus on ability rather than


disability? Mr Speaker, I completely agree with the honourable lady and


if I can wear my heart as the member whose constituency includes Stoke


Mandeville I think that sport has shown that it can provide one of the


best means available for people with disabilities of all kinds to show


that they can achieve great things and have those achievements


celebrated by the public as a holder. I hope all sports governing


bodies and the management of other premises will pay close attention to


her words. The drive for Justice campaign is being led by the


Sheffield Star and its sister publications to look at sentences


for death by dangerous driving. One mother described the drunken women


who had murdered her 15-year-old son, who only served one year in


prison, she described herself as serving a life sentence. Can we have


an urgent debate on sentencing guidelines for death by dangerous


driving? While the next transfer questions are not on the 12th of


January, and she will know that the Government has recently gone out to


public consultation on proposed increases to the severity of


sentences for dangerous driving and I hope that she and her constituents


will avail themselves the opportunity to make their voices


heard during that conservation. At the weekend, there were newspaper


reports that the Home Office estopped transverse to the UK of


unaccompanied minors registered in the refugee camp in France. Children


awaiting transferred in France are going missing and reports say that


children who have arrived in the UK under schemes operated by the


British government, have gone missing after their arrival here.


Can we have a statement from the Home Secretary before Christmas,


updating the house on the operation of the scheme, under the scheme? I


will draw her request to the attention of the Home Secretary, but


the Home Office continues to work very closely with the French


authorities to make sure we identify and give priority in a resettlement


plans to those children who are the most vulnerable. That was what was


envisaged under Lord Dubbs' amendment and matters of policy to


which the government remains committed. According to DWP figures


released yesterday, over 120,000 disabled people have had their


benefits severely downgraded, and that's despite living with chronic,


progressive conditions. Following the earlier question, could we have


a debate on how reassessments from DLA to PIP have been conducted? I


will draw the Work and Pensions Secretary's attention to her


concern, but the principle is surely right. Both, as has been announced,


people who are suffering from long-term, often degenerative


conditions and disabilities should be exempt from reassessments, but


also, people who have disabilities and medical conditions, who are


capable of returning to work of some kind, should be supported in doing


that. That helps restore to them the dignity that goes with working. This


is the third Christmas that six veterans, including my constituent


Billy Irving, will be stuck in jail in India, awaiting judgment. Will


you join me by making a new resolution by doing everything in


your power to bring these men home? Can we have a statement of what the


government will do to make sure this never happens? As she knows, these


men are being held under the Indian judicial system, and while we cannot


give orders to another country about how it operates its judicial system,


the case of her constituents and the other men being detained, has been


raised frequently by ministers, when they have spoken to their Indian


counterparts. It continues to be raised by our High Commissioner in


New Delhi, and we will continue to make such representation. Instead of


the traditional adjournment debate, perhaps the Tuesday debate could be


on a substantive role shouldn't, in tribute to our former colleague Jo


Cox, that this house believes we have more in common than that which


divides us. William Hill bookmakers have said they will donate all the


money staked on the MPs' single becoming number one, the alternate


back to the charity. Would it not be a great statement if all the other


bookmakers matched their generosity? I would like to pay tribute to the


action that William Hill have taken, it sounds to me as though they have


taken a precedent -- set a precedent that others might like to look at


closely. The announcement of job losses in my constituency have ended


years of industrial heritage. Family have a debate about how to protect


jobs in the sector, especially given plans to leave the biggest market in


the world? Any job losses are to be regretted, but I would think he


would surely welcome the fact that unemployment in Scotland has fallen


significantly since this government took office, and we have more people


in work in the UK today than ever before in his today. Can they say


when the Parliamentary amendments constituency Bill will move into


committee and if he cannot say, how will he say why he cannot say? As I


said last week, the response was, the bills published until three days


before it was to be debated. Now estimate or description of costs was


provided with the Bill. But our schoolwork, the government is now


having to undertake. Could we have a debate in government time, order


statement regarding the unacceptable delays in Tier one Visa tribunal 's?


I have a constituent regions December 20 15th the Visa for his


wife and another who is facing eviction from his home with his


family. Can the Leader of the House help my constituents, please? It is


clearly of concern when one hears the particular case history that she


has described. If she would like to let me have the details, I will pass


them onto Justice Secretary. Is he aware of the campaign started in


Chester by my constituents, in which low-paid bar and hospitality staff


are giving up a large proportion of the gratuities to charities


supporting children? It's now being rolled out across the country and


has made thousands of pounds in just a couple of years. Would now not be


a good time to have a debate about voluntary giving the celebrate the


success of my constituents? I would like to give unreserved


congratulations to the bartenders in Chester, who have acted in this way.


My understanding is they have raised more than ?7,000 during the last


year, when the money went to a Syrian aid. We rightly take pride in


this country at the fact that the UK has pledged ?2.3 billion of taxpayer


money to the humanitarian crisis in Syria. But I think what his


constituents have demonstrated is that that sense of solidarity with


the suffering people of Syria is felt widely and in every part of


this country. I recently visited a cafe in my constituency which


employs a lot of EU nationals. They are concerned about the future,


clock following the referendum. Could the government reflect on this


over the Christmas period and come back and make a statement in the New


Year, to give certainty to these employees who make such a


contribution to our society? On behalf of the government, I would


say first of all, yes, but we would want to say very clearly that people


from other EU countries who have come here lawfully in order to work,


are obeying the law, are paying their taxes, are people who are


contributing to our society. The Prime Minister has made the position


very clear on many occasions, that we want to see early agreement on a


deal which enables those EU nationals already in this country to


know that their rights here are secure, and equally, that UK


nationals living elsewhere in the EU, they will have their rights


respected on the same basis. As the great Tory party icon Ebenezer


Scrooge is thought about at this time of year, can we have a debate


on building a social security system built around helping the needs of


the most vulnerable and produced in our society? Does he agree with me


that initiatives such as the government community Tory bank,


which is provided toys for 700 families in the last two years, and


bringing into focus why such help is needed? Whatever system social


security we have in this country, voluntary initiatives such as the


government Tory bank, will have a significant additional role to play.


But we cannot shy away from the fact that we need to have a welfare


system which is they're both to those people who are in need and


also fair to taxpayers, especially taxpayers who work hard on modest


wages to pay for that Social Security system. On Monday at


defence questions, I asked the undersecretary of state why the


national shipbuilding strategy had not been published. She accused me


of complaining about the lack of a publication that has been published.


Can we have a government statement, preferably right now, to confirm for


my benefit, the country's benefit, the benefit of this Howes, but most


importantly, for the benefit of the undersecretary of state, that Sir


John Parker's report is not the National shipbuilding strategy, and


that the National shipbuilding strategy has not been published and


will not be published until the spring of next year. I think at the


end of his question, he was replaying a timetable I myself have


given in the past that this dispatch box. But I think he is right to say


that the Parker report has presented the government with some very far


reaching recommendations for the future of our shipbuilding industry.


I think he and his friends would have been the first to criticise us,


has government ministers rushed to the dispatch box abruptly after the


publication of the report, rather than first giving it the CD


consideration that it needs. He doesn't want to year what I've


got to save. The government made great play of this ?23 billion


investment funds. But there was a single budget line of ?7 billion it


has been put back to the year 2122, which is beyond the scope of this


Parliament. That budget line is called long-term investment. Would


the Leader of the House make a statement explaining what that money


is for and how a future government can be held to account for it? And


if it's for long-term investment, why are we not making the investment


now? Is it sensible to have provision in the medium-term


economic plan, and obviously, it will be for the government to decide


and if necessary, seek parliamentary approval for the details of spending


within that envelope, where we can take stock of where the economy is


closer to that date. I would have thought, talking about the Autumn


Statement, the honourable gentleman would have had the grace to


knowledge not only the 23 billion Chancellor has set aside for


infrastructure spending, but the hundred million infrastructure bonus


going to Scotland. I've just been informed of the remarkable


development, namely that an honourable member has beetle out of


the chamber and not asked his question, on the grounds that it had


already been asked. That has never normally stopped members. The


honourable gentleman is most unusual. Order. I am most grateful


to the Leader and colleagues. Just before I called the Secretary of


State for Communities and Local Government to make a statement, I


will just say this. I understand that a copy of the statement was


provided to the Opposition spokesman on the approximately 15 minutes ago.


That is, frankly, a discourtesy, not only to the Opposition, but to the


House. And it is a departure from a very long-standing and almost


invisibly adhered to convention in this place. I must say to the


Secretary of State and I see it in all courtesy, but I had considered


in the circumstances, a brief suspension of the House, but after


consultation and on reflection, I am persuaded, not least in the light of


other business, with which we have to deal today, that it is probably


best for the House to press on. That said, this must not happen again.


Moreover, I very gently say to the Secretary of State one further


thing, he enquired of my office earlier if it would be acceptable


for his statement to be of 15 minutes length, rather than the


normal ten, because he wished to provide the house with as much


detail as possible. And it is acceptable for him to do that on


this occasion, but, of course, compensation must be granted to the


Opposition spokesman, in terms of the length of his reply. All of that


said, I nevertheless would like to wish the Secretary of State and all


colleagues are very Merry Christmas. The Secretary of State for


Communities and Local Government. Apply to Michu Merry Christmas and


am sorry to


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