12/01/2017 Business Questions


12/01/2017

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Business question, Valerie vows. Could the Leader of the House please

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give us the forthcoming business? The business for next week will be

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as follows, Monday 16th of January, second reading of the National

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citizens service Bill, Lordes. Cheesecake 17th of January.

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Opposition Day, impact of leaving the EU on the rural economy debate,

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followed by a debate entitled, impact of DWP policies on low-income

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households. Both debate arising on a motion raised by the SNP. Wednesday

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18th of January, a general debate on exiting the EU and security law

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enforcement and criminal justice. Thursday the 19th of January, debate

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on the motion relating to Kashmir, followed by a general debate on

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2017, both debate is determined by the

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Backbench Business Committee. Friday the 20th of January, Private

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Members' Bills. The provisional business for the week commencing

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23rd of January will include... Monday 20th of January, second

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reading of the local Government Finance Bill. Tuesday 24th of

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January, consideration of Lords amendments followed by a motion

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relating to the charter for Budget Responsibility. When the 25th

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allotted day, a debate on opposition allotted day, a debate on opposition

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motion, subject to be announced, Thursday the 26th of January,

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business to be nominated by the Backbench Business Committee.

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Friday, 27th of January, Private Members' Bills. I would also like to

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inform the House that the business in Westminster Hall for the 19th of

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January will be a general debate on the decommissioning of in vitro

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fertilisation and other NHS fertility services. Thank you. I am

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slightly concerned that it appears we're not going to rise after we get

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to the summer recess. We do not appear to have a date. Just to warn

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everyone to be prepared to work through the summer! Can I wish

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everyone here and all the staff a happy New Year, we will need all the

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wisdom and strength we can get for the task ahead. And Mr Speaker, can

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I just follow on from remarks he made earlier, something that has

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been raised to me by honourable members, to extend the time for FCO

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questions, never before has the reasonable voice of Britain going to

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be needed in international affairs. It could just mean extending by one

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hour, one day. We have excellent diplomats with institutional memory

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could make a big difference in the world. The of the House's attention

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to reports which may have got lost in the Christmas revelry. The

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headline one was, Procedure Committee rails against hand-outs

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and Private Members' Bill. That was the reports on the 18th of October

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but there was a further instant on the 16th of December. A Private

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Members' Bill was one of the speeches took one, 70 minutes. The

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vote was guilty of it of the Bill. 130 eyes tattoo knows. It cannot be

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right. One of the recommendations for the committee was for you to

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invoke standing order 47, to put a time limit on Private Members'

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Bills. Since I have been in the House, that has been used in every

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single debate apart from on Fridays. One of the... In a letter to the

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Clerk of the House, the member for Broxburn, indicated it means need a

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resolution of the House. The third report, and it will be clear by

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taking the two together, the 14th of December, the committee, the

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Procedure Committee, recommended the use at Westminster of the Welsh

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Grand Committee, it was suggested by my honourable friend: the member of

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clue itself, and she has indicated it is cheaper to do it here, the

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official report says it is no problem. The committee asked for a,

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backbench committee, but rather than eat into backbench trade, and those

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two resolutions be taken together in Government time? We do need

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clarification of this for our urgent, for the waiting time

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targets, is it for urgent matters, urgent cases or nonurgent cases?

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Earlier this week on a radio programme, the Secretary of State

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health said that Simon Stevens was running the NHS. Could we have

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clarification that is the Secretary of State that is running the NHS? We

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had the bizarre scene of the Secretary of State running down the

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road. I thought he was doing his 30 minutes that is required for

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activity by the health Department but then he jumped into his car.

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Having been on the select committee for five years, with numerous

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reports, we know of the chaos that the Health and Social Care Act,

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which unprecedentedly, was paused with the intervention of the Prime

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Minister. The Shadow Secretary of State health has written to the

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Secretary of State for Health with 25 questions. Who the Leader of the

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House provide those answers within the target time that is required? Mr

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Speaker, and again, back to Brexit, we had a report from the other

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place. Brexit financial services. They confirmed that London is

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currently ranked as the leading financial services centre in the

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world. They call for a transition period to protect jobs in this

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sector. The environmental Audit Committee, in their report, page

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three, paragraph two, in the summary, states that the Minister

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has indicated that the UK is likely to the single market and the customs

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union. I had not understood that to be settled Government policy. That

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is why we need these debates, proper debates. But the environmental

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committee calls for a new environmental protection Act, while

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negotiations are ongoing. And a list of zombie legislation, that the

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legislation that is transposed into British law but is not updated. It

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is possible that the confusion lies because the departments have

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proliferated. It cannot be right, with figures from the House of

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Commons library, in December, 2016, that Dixie has only 300 staff, while

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the IT have 2709 staff. Tip has taken staff from FCO so we

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need clarity. Can I suggest we are our Majesty's opposition but we want

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to propose something, so the Leader of the House should look at the

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judgment handed down by the Supreme Court and the triggering of Article

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50 to review what each of the performance do, and the British

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public will never forgive this government when they see people

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dying on trolleys while Vanity departments are set up to keep

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Honourable members inside the tent rather than outside. Mr Speaker,

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whilst this task is enormous, we need to remember the reasons why we

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joined the EU and why there was a vote to leave. That way all the

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views can be respected and we can negotiate from a position that

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protects jobs, workers' rights, the environment and security. We need to

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do what's best for the UK, not based on the rhetoric of the campaign for

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a clueless government. Mr Speaker, I share the Honourable Lady's good

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wishes to you and the House of Commons staff for a happy New Year.

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If I can respond to some of the other points she made, I mean, in

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terms of her point about the jury terms of her point about the jury

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should Foreign Office questions, I accept that there is a great deal of

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demand from members across the house to put questions to my right

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honourable friend the Foreign Secretary and his team.

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Spoken at backbench committee debates here, as I think is

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happening again later today and will happen again in backbench business

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time on Kashmir next week, and in Westminster hall too. It has always

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been the case while I have been in the house that the allocation of

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time between different departments in questions has been a matter for

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discussion in the usual channels. If the opposition wants to put forward

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ideas of his liver government will look at those but in fairness if one

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has to say that if time were added the Foreign Office questions, time

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and have to be subtracted from some other part of House of Commons

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business, and that needs to be weighed in the balance as well.

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About the procedure committee, the very last thing I would accuse my

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honourable friend of his rent in. Whether I have agreed or disagreed

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with him on particular subjects, he has always expressed his views in a

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very civilised manner, and the government will respond to reports

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in the procedure committee in the way that we do to other select

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committee reports. Her various points about EU exit, I would say on

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Article 50, and the changes within Whitehall, that we must not

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underestimate the reality that the decision that the electorate took in

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the referendum represented a profound, far-reaching change in the

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policies pursued by successive governments in this country, and by

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the character of the United Kingdom's international

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relationships, which have been built very much for half a century around

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member ship of the European Union, aspiring to it and an operating

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within that. So it seems perfectly reasonable that in those

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circumstances they should be a reconfiguration of resources and

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apartments within Whitehall, in order to deal with the very complex

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task of negotiations that are now before us. It is not just the

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department for exiting the European Union that is involved, many

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different departments right across the government are also involved at

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Minister real and that official level, and I would repeat on the

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question of the single market and the customs union what the Prime

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Minister has said often, that one of the core objectives of our

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negotiation will be to seek to achieve the best possible freedom

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for British companies to continue to operate within and to trade with the

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single European market. On health, obviously her points requesting an

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early reply to her honourable friend will have been noted by the

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ministers concerned, and I will make sure that that is properly reported

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to my right honourable friend, the Secretary of State. But I just say

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this about waiting time targets that the Secretary of State was very

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clear about this in yesterday's debate. He was clear that we

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continued to be committed to the four hour target and we took pride

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in it, I think it is worth the house also noting that, despite the

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pressures being experienced this winter, NHS staff through their

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immense professionalism and hard work have actually been treating

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record numbers of patients at a and E in hospitals throughout the United

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Kingdom when they have presented themselves at A departments. But

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it is also the case that the director of acute care within NHS

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England has estimated that about 30% of people who come to AMD currently

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really ought to be seen somewhere else -- A should be seen elsewhere

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or would benefit from self treatment at home. That is the judgment of the

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professional director of acute care in NHS England. It seems sensible

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that we look actively, both in terms of national policy but critically

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too in terms of local NHS organisations at how we provide

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those alternative sources of advice and roots to treatment for people

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who seek advice or treatment but don't actually need the specific

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services of accident and emergency. The government must be applauded in

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making it a manifesto promise to leave the environment in a better

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state than we found it. Would the Leader of the House find time for a

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debate on the issue of the environment, and the potential

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opportunities presented to us to become world leaders on this issue,

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and the technologies relating to it, for example the tidal lagoon

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technology in the press this morning, and if we do deliver more

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for less increasing productivity and resilience in line with our

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industrial strategy, then the environment must become a

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cornerstone of our social and economic thinking. My honourable

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friend is absolutely right. I can't offer an early debate in government

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time, but she might find this is a subject in which the backbench

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business committee might take an interest in which there might be a

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90 minute opportunity in Westminster. But I agree with her, I

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think the report that has come out today from our former colleague,

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Charles Hendry, is something the government will want to pay very

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close attention to, and I hope the house will welcome the fact that

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last year was the first year on record where more electricity in

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this country was generated from renewables plan from coal. That was

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a good step forward. Can I thank the Leader of the House for announcing

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the business next week and can I wish you, all members of the house,

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the staff and service, a happy New Year. Being the New Year, we now

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have a maximum of ten weeks in which this government intends to triple

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Article 50. And we're still don't have any sort of Scooby about what

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sort of Brexit plan this government has in mind for us. The only

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government that has attempted to come up for any solution for Brexit

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is the Scottish Government, trying to keep in line with the views of

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the people of Scotland. Can you tell us what debates we will have around

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the triggering of Article 50, and regardless of what happens in the

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Supreme Court, this house will have a vote and a say in what will be the

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single biggest decision this country will undertake? Mr Speaker, after

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yesterday's extraordinary press conference in the United States, and

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what may or may not have happened in that Russian hotel room, and

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identified to focus on that part of the debate, Mr Speaker, can we have

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a debate on fake news in this country? Because I actually remember

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the days before fake news was cool, when we were told that there was 45

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minutes for weapons of mass destruction to reach the United

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Kingdom. We were also told by some news organisations that this

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government is confident and it actually knows what it is going to

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be doing with Brexit, so can we have a debate about fake news in this

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country, and that can the house tell us exactly what is going on for

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English votes for English laws, because it seems like nobody wants

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it any more. We had another one of these English legislative grant it

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is on Monday, the bells went on, the house was adjourned, the bills went

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on again, the house was in session, the mace went down and out, and not

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one word was said. This is now beginning to embarrass this house.

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This is now beginning to make this house look extremely foolish. When

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will this bizarre and unnecessary practice and? -- end. On the

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honourable gentleman's final point, I would suggest that if the ball

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rules are operating in an uncontroversial matter, that is

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something the end tyre house or the welcome, if that means the SNP is

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accommodating itself to the need for English members to have the final

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say on laws relating to England, which in Scotland relate to policies

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devolved to Scottish parliament, that should be a good thing.

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He asked about Article 50. The Prime Minister has said that the

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government will publish a document setting out our negotiating

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objectives before we come to trigger Article 50 later this year, and it

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has been widely reported, as the honourable gentleman will know, that

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the Prime Minister intends also to make a speech on the subject in the

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next few weeks. Clearly, the character of any Parliamentary

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proceedings on Article 50 will defend to some extent on what the

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Supreme Court judgment actually involves. On the honourable

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gentleman's comments about the media, clearly what is said in the

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United States is a matter for the people of the United States, but I

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think that while all of us do, from time to time, have reasons to

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complain about the character or accuracy of various news reports or

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articles in the press, that is a fact of life in a free society, and

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I would always want to err on the side of saying that there should be

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many and discordant voices without the state interfering in what is

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said by either broadcast or written media. And I think that is the

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better way to proceed, and the sort of attempts we sometimes have two

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intimidate individual journalists, as we saw shamefully in the closing

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weeks of the referendum in Scotland in 2014, when individual journalists

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were singled out for attack, is not something which any member of the

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house should be taking pride in. My right honourable friend, the member

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for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, recently raised the prospect of the

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European court of justice requiring everyone who uses a vehicle to

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require insurance. For example, householders mowing their lawns on

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ride on mowers. Could the Leader of the House find house Dodt -- find

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time to vent this absurd requirement being brought in UK legislation? As

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I'm sure my honourable friend for the Isle of Wight knows, this

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particular issue derives from the Fanuc judgment by the course of

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justice of the European Union. I would encourage my honourable

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friend to make his representations in particular the transport

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ministers who will be in the front line of trying to make sure that

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judgment is implemented in a way that causes as few as possible

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difficulties for the users of those vehicles. On behalf of the backbench

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business committee, can I wish the Leader of the House and yourself a

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very happy New Year. Can I thank the Leader of the House for advertising

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our wares as a backbench business committee, in terms of the way he

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has represented the opportunity to apply for debates to all honourable

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and right honourable members? Can I also remember honourable and right

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honourable man was about the opportunities to think ahead in the

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calendar. Time sensitive debates are very important, as with next week we

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have Holocaust Memorial Day being debated in the week before the

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Holocaust Memorial Day itself, so can I please ask everybody to look

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at the calendar, think about what is coming up and if you want to have a

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debate on a particular time sensitive subject can you please

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make your application in the appropriate time.

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I am very grateful to my friend for his New Year and remarks. I think it

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is good news there is great awareness across the House of the

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role of the Backbench Business Committee. If that can lead to more

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timely debates, debates on subjects in which electors are interested,

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but which may not be the subject of legislation from the Government,

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that can only be a good thing. Thank you, Mr Speaker. Oh, sorry!

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THE SPEAKER: Yes, I said Mimms rather than Phillips. Yes, I know

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that the honourable gentleman has secured election to the women and

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equality Select Committee, although he was the only candidate, so his

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election was not very burdensome. Don't worry, he will not be

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overlooked. We will get to him. The honourable gentleman did take my

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place on the Select Committee so there is something going on there!

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Anyway, thank you Mr Speaker. Air pollution, standing traffic and up

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predictable journey times cause stress, impact on productivity,

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impacts on jobs. Good health of UK plc as well as us humans. Could the

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leader of the House find time for a debate on critical infrastructure

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which will benefit business and communities, so such as roads, the

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Chippenham link road which will be for business and communities can be

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looked at in a whole -- holistic way.

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I think pretty well every member of the House would agree with the

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pointeds that my honourable friend has made. I think that is why the

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Chancellor's Autumn Statement and his inclusion of ?23 billion on

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infrastructure, and also broad bard is so important.

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-- broadband is so important. Thank you very much. When we debate Early

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Day Motion 852, which draws attention to the huge success of

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presumed organ transplant consent in Wales and urge the Government to

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support the Private Member's Bill, which would be presented on Monday,

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that urges that the advantages of consent is spread to the rest of the

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United Kingdom. We know now this is a practical law. It is popular with

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the public and it saves many lives. Well, I cannot promise a debate in

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Government time. Clearly the Private Member's Bill, to which the

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honourable gentleman has referred will provide an opportunity for

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further debate of this subject. There may be opportunities, it seems

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to me, with the Backbench Business Committee or in Westminster Hall. Mr

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Speaker, Labour-led North-East Lincolnshire council, in considering

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their budgets for next year are considering the closure of

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Cleethorpes library. Obviously a much-loved local facility. Could the

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leader arrange for a debate on the value of libraries to local

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communities? Again, this may be something where my honourable friend

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might seek an adjournment debate on the particular issue regarding

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Cleethorpes library. I am sure he and his constituents will be urging

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the council to look very seriously at their priorities. Also how tone

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sure that library services can continue to be provided to the

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people of Cleethorpes. It is the provision of that library service,

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clearly the objective which must be sustained.

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Thank you, Mr Speaker. I hope the lead ore the House agrees with me

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that future generations will be, of the British people l be very

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unforgiving in this -- if this generation of politicians allowed a

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catastrophic failure to damage this House, in the knowledge that we did

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nothing about it now. I wonder if he can update the House on when he

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intends to hold a debate on the joint recommendations for the

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refurbishment of this Palace of Westminster? The honourable

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gentleman served on the joint committee himself that made that

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recommendation. I do hope that we can bring this to a debate and get a

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decision as soon as possible. THE SPEAKER: The voice of Shipley

:26:32.:26:36.

must be heard, I do not wish to wait any longer. I thank you for

:26:37.:26:42.

highlighting my nomination for the women and Select Committee committee

:26:43.:26:45.

was so popular that nobody wanted to oppose me. Could we have a debate by

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jockey club racecourses to close Kempton course racecourse. Lord

:26:57.:26:59.

knows what it is about. And if it has been proposed by the arena arena

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society members of the jockey club would be the first to complain,

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given it is a profitable racecourse. Can we have a debate to see what we

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can do to stop these plans, which will be a hammer blow for National

:27:16.:27:23.

Hunt racing and would cover a great swathe of green belt in that area

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too? As my honourable friend would see, this is a matter for the jockey

:27:29.:27:34.

club on the one hand, I with has a royal charter to act for the

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long-term good of British racing and the local planning authorities, in

:27:39.:27:42.

terms of the particular site. I can completely understand the point that

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my honourable friend makes and the importance, not only of Kempton Park

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to the horse race industry, but the importance of horse racing, both as

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a source of great pleasure to millions of British people, but

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really an important industry for this country. And I hope whatever

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decisions are ultimately taken about Kempton Park, we will consider to

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ensure that the horse racing industry thrives. Generates jobs and

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continues to bring great enjoyment and pleasure to so many people.

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Thank you, Mr Speaker, I will endeavour to behave on this

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occasion. Well over a year ago, I raised in

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this House there is not a single NHS dentist available in my

:28:36.:28:40.

constituency. And the incidents of child tooth decay is five times the

:28:41.:28:43.

national average. I understand my constituency is one of the worst in

:28:44.:28:48.

the country, if not the worst for dental provision. I further raised

:28:49.:28:52.

it and had a meeting on 7th November this year. I've heard nothing,

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despite his promises. Can the leader of the House advise why this

:28:58.:29:00.

Government don't aware to care about people's teeth in the Dewsbury

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constituency? Well, I think that the honourable lady has said herself

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that she did have a meeting a few weeks ago, before Christmas, with

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the minister concerned. I will ask the Department of Health to follow

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up in writing on the outcome of that meeting. Mr Speaker, as we all know,

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our country is about to go into the most important negotiations we have

:29:25.:29:30.

entered into in decades, with consequences for generations to

:29:31.:29:34.

come. Yet the three big issues which actually divide within parties, not

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just across the House, the single market, free movement and the

:29:40.:29:44.

customs union has still not been debated in this place. Some think

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that is verging on the disgraceful, Mr Speaker. Could the leader please

:29:50.:29:55.

now give an assurance to this House that we will not only debate those

:29:56.:30:01.

issues for the obvious reasons, but in order to bring together, as the

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Prime Minister has said properly in her New Year's message, she seeks to

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do, everybody in this country, however they voted in the

:30:10.:30:14.

referendum, so we get the very best deal for everybody and for as long

:30:15.:30:19.

as we possibly can. Well, there will of course be

:30:20.:30:23.

further debate both general debates on exiting the European Union and

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other debates on that matter, as we approach the decision on Article 50.

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I am very confident in the months that follow that. My honourable

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friend might also like to know that while it will not set aside her

:30:38.:30:41.

demand for a debate, there are questions coming up in the next

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fortnight, both to the Home Office, which would cover the free movement

:30:46.:30:49.

question and to the Secretary of State for exiting the European Union

:30:50.:30:56.

on 26th January. Can we have a debate as to what constitutes a

:30:57.:31:02.

crisis in Accident Emergency in the National Health Service? The

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Prime Minister and the Health Secretary refuse to accept there is

:31:06.:31:09.

a crisis, but the Welsh Tories say there is a crisis in Accident

:31:10.:31:13.

Emergency in Wales. The Health Secretary says the English figures

:31:14.:31:17.

are better than Wales, but failed to find out on the basis of what was

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released this morning, the Scottish figures are 5% better than those in

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England. Can we have that debate and a definition of what represents a

:31:26.:31:30.

crisis before the Government fiddles the figures in their response to

:31:31.:31:38.

patient suffering? Well, we had both a statement and then a lengthy

:31:39.:31:44.

exchange of questions and answers from the Secretary of State for

:31:45.:31:47.

Health on Monday and then a full day's debate in the Labour Party's

:31:48.:31:52.

time yesterday on this subject when all these issues were thoroughly

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aired. I would just say gently to The Right Honourable member that he

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ought not to be too complacent about the situation in Scotland, when on

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the latest figuresvy seen, NHS Scotland was meeting only one of

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eight key targets and one in 12 hospital bed days in Scotland were

:32:15.:32:20.

lost because of delayed discharges. Thank you, Mr Speaker. In wishing

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happy New Year to the leader of the House, my hope that 2017 for the

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United Kingdom is as good as 2016 was for the United Kingdom. To do

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with business next week, or perhaps the week after, or perhaps the week

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after that, when the Supreme Court makes its decision would the leader

:32:41.:32:44.

of the House guarantee that a minister will come to the House to

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give a statement? Would he also agree that there'll be no prior

:32:49.:32:52.

comment to the media before this House is informed of what the

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Government is thinking? Well, I think we shall: And we don't Mr

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Speaker yet know the timing of the Supreme Court decision that makes it

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slightly difficult for me to give the firm assurance that my

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honourable friend wants. I mean, let there be no doubt, the Government

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will want to come, and I suspect Mr Speaker, you would insist comes to

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Parliament to explain its response to the judgment. Mr Speaker, may I

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first of all wish you a happy kiss of ginger day. The member for North

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Antrim quite rightly asked the question... I am sure you can look

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it up! Mr Speaker, the member for Northampton raised a very serious

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question earlier about the committee report which was produced 18 weeks

:33:51.:33:55.

ago on the future of the Palace of Westminster it is becoming

:33:56.:33:58.

irresponsible that we've not yet had a debate because a fire in one of

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the 98 rises in this building would spread very rapidly and abscesses to

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if found would lead to the closure of this building. And the sewerage

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at the bottom of the building could close the building immediately. Will

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he make sure we get on with this immediately? We are running

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unnecessary costs and risks. Well, the honourable gentleman... The

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honourable gentleman summer rises the points that were made at much

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greater length in the committee report about the very real

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challenges in terms of managing risks that there are with the

:34:47.:34:50.

building of the Palace of Westminster. I repeat, as I said to

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the honourable member for Antrim North, that I would hope we have a

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debate. THE SPEAKER: This kiss a ginger

:34:59.:35:03.

activity is perfectly lawful. But I have no plans to take part in it at

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all myself. It strikes to me a run business. I have not the slightest

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idea of what the honourable gentleman was saying, so the matter

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had to be googled for me. Yesterday there was the decision to

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restore preferential status to Sri Lanka, which it withdraw in 2010

:35:33.:35:37.

because of human rights abuses by the Sri Lankan Government. Despite

:35:38.:35:42.

them not complying with resolution 31 and a damning report against the

:35:43.:35:46.

committee on torture, this decision has been made. It still has to go

:35:47.:35:50.

through the European Parliament. I ask for a debate in this House to

:35:51.:35:54.

consider the bad decision which I know is a matter of concern to all

:35:55.:35:57.

members. I would encourage my honourable

:35:58.:36:05.

friend to apply to the back inch business committee for that debate,

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but I'm sure he will acknowledge that the British government has

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always been in the front rank of those which have been pressing for

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not only on the previous Sri Lanka government to end human rights

:36:17.:36:21.

abuses, but subsequently the reconciliation and peace building

:36:22.:36:24.

within Sri Lanka. That was symbolised by the former Prime

:36:25.:36:28.

Minister David Cameron's visit to Jaffna in the north of Sri Lanka

:36:29.:36:34.

during the Commonwealth that of government conference about a year

:36:35.:36:40.

or so ago. So the British government's support for

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reconciliation and respect for human rights in Sri Lanka is real and

:36:43.:36:49.

continuing. Will the Leader of the House join with me in paying tribute

:36:50.:36:52.

to all those who contribute to and work in food banks up and down the

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country, like in my constituency, particularly over the Christmas

:37:00.:37:03.

period, when demand was so high? And can we please have a debate in

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government time about the worrying increasing rise in the use of food

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banks, which all evidence would suggest is as a direct attitude of

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this government's Social Security. First of all I would agree I would

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pay tribute to all of those who work in the food banks. Of course it has

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been only since 2010 that DWP offices have actually been

:37:37.:37:40.

encouraged formally to refer people to food banks, who might be in a

:37:41.:37:46.

family crisis and in urgent need. Previously that was actually

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forbidden to them. The reasons why people use food banks are complex,

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and I think that if she looks at the figures, first of all the number of

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people receiving the key benefits who are subject to sanction in any

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one month is very small, and it is not a neat relationship between that

:38:09.:38:11.

and the use of food banks. And secondly, I wish she would

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acknowledge that the government's decision to establish and then to

:38:18.:38:20.

increase the national living wage has led to the biggest pay rise for

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the lowest paid workers in this country that we have on record. Can

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I gently point out to the house that a further 33 members are seeking to

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catch Rayo. Colleagues know that my normal practice is to facilitate

:38:36.:38:39.

everyone who wishes to take part in the business question, and I'm keen

:38:40.:38:45.

to sustain that record, but colleagues should be aware that the

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debate on Yemen is heavily subscribed, and some priority has

:38:52.:38:55.

also to be attached to that. So, in short, we need short questions and

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short answers if I'm not to leave colleagues disappointed. Thank you

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Mr Speaker, could we have a debate on government support for UK

:39:07.:39:10.

businesses to export? There was a welcome increase in new call -- UK

:39:11.:39:16.

export finances but we lag behind on further support to get into markets

:39:17.:39:20.

and support company is when they are already there. I think it is

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particularly important that we encourage more the medium-sized

:39:27.:39:29.

businesses to take part in exports, often through supply chains than

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direct exports. I will flag my honourable friend's focus on the

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subject to the Secretary of State for International trade. I suspect

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the backbench committee is the best way forward. Greater Manchester

:39:43.:39:45.

Police are losing control of Rochdale town centre full. There is

:39:46.:39:51.

not enough priority being given to police in begging, street drinking

:39:52.:39:57.

and surely this warrants a debate in Parliament. This is clearly a matter

:39:58.:40:03.

primarily for the area commander for the Chief Constable and for the

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Police and Crime Commissioner in the honourable gentleman's error, but I

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think you might be lucky in securing Westminster hall for an adjournment

:40:14.:40:15.

debate to put those point in more detail. In Labour's Lala land,

:40:16.:40:23.

nuclear energy has no place to play in you claim nuclear's energy mix

:40:24.:40:30.

is. -- in the UK. Can we have a debate sometime soon to establish

:40:31.:40:36.

which is the party of nuclear energy that create wealth, jobs and

:40:37.:40:43.

prosperity in the north-west of England? My honourable friend is

:40:44.:40:47.

utterly right in that nuclear energy plays a critical role in ensuring we

:40:48.:40:51.

have the right energy mix going into the future, and in the north-west we

:40:52.:40:54.

have a key area for the nuclear sector. Places like Sellafield and

:40:55.:40:59.

Springfield provide high-quality well-paid jobs in areas where they

:41:00.:41:07.

are much needed. Can we have a debate on government time on the

:41:08.:41:10.

cost of telephone calls to UK Government departments, particularly

:41:11.:41:20.

that the Visa helpline is ?1.37 per minute. Isn't it time this telephone

:41:21.:41:29.

tax was ended by this government? I will ask the relevant minister to

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write to the honourable gentleman. Next week I will be speaking at an

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event about energy switching, or should I say lack of, because the

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majority of consumers don't switch their energy supplier and get a poor

:41:41.:41:44.

deal. Could we have a debate about what can be done to engage consumers

:41:45.:41:48.

such as those in Cannock Chase in this market? My honourable friend

:41:49.:41:53.

makes a good point, record numbers have been switching suppliers but

:41:54.:41:56.

she is right to say that most people actually stick with the one that

:41:57.:42:03.

they happen to have. It is something that our right honourable friend the

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Secretary of State for business is looking at very closely indeed to

:42:09.:42:15.

see what more could be done. On a daily basis, women face intimidation

:42:16.:42:21.

in the entrance to the Mattock Lane pregnancy clinic from protesters who

:42:22.:42:25.

wept when rosary beads and gruesome images of foetuses. The police say

:42:26.:42:30.

that existing public order legislation is insufficient to keep

:42:31.:42:33.

the pavement a safe space, so can we have a statement from the government

:42:34.:42:36.

on establishing buffer zone so that women can be protected in their hour

:42:37.:42:41.

of need, as the group says the supporter asks? Any situation that

:42:42.:42:48.

involves balancing the right of people to assemble and demonstrate

:42:49.:42:53.

peacefully, and the right of other people to go about their lawful

:42:54.:42:56.

business, these are matters where innovative there will have to be

:42:57.:43:02.

local police judgment of some sort. There are questions to the Home

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Secretary on Monday 23rd January. I think that will give her the

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opportunity to put the point she raises directly to ministers. I am

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saddened to have two inform the house that my constituent Rolf Moss

:43:18.:43:21.

with passed away last week. It was not only a distant was business when

:43:22.:43:25.

a manufacturer but also worked alongside Alan Cherry -- Alan Turing

:43:26.:43:30.

Asatir cryptographer at Bletchley Park. His death reminders we are

:43:31.:43:35.

rapidly losing the last of this heroic generation, and I am sure the

:43:36.:43:39.

whole house will want to join with me in expressing our condolences to

:43:40.:43:41.

his widow and family. Would my right honourable friend look at

:43:42.:43:47.

establishing a permanent memorial here in Parliament to commemorate

:43:48.:43:50.

the pioneering work of the men and women in Bletchley whose work

:43:51.:43:56.

undoubtedly shortened the war by at least two years? I first of all want

:43:57.:44:00.

to join my honourable friend in expressing condolences to Mr Knox

:44:01.:44:06.

with's family and friends, and to salute the work which he and so many

:44:07.:44:13.

other men and women took, Paul vital that secret work at Bletchley Park.

:44:14.:44:20.

They really are the unsung heroes of that period. The honourable lady may

:44:21.:44:29.

wish to write formally to the House of Commons commission about the

:44:30.:44:34.

question of a memorial but I am sure she will be reassured to know that

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the Bletchley Park trust itself has reconfigured the museum at Bletchley

:44:42.:44:45.

Park so that it becomes much more of a memorial than it has sometimes

:44:46.:44:49.

been at the pass to the heroic week of -- work of those men and women --

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Rolf Noskwith. I understand my private members bill is raised

:44:55.:45:00.

regularly in the house in question is, business questions, and that the

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Leader of the House's response is that he is waiting for me to come

:45:05.:45:09.

forward with some costs. This is a private members bill, so there is

:45:10.:45:13.

me, and then we have the Leader of the House with his array of civil

:45:14.:45:16.

servants willing and able to provide these figures for him. However, if

:45:17.:45:21.

the Leader of the House wants to let me know in detail, he can write to

:45:22.:45:24.

me what exactly he wants, then I will be happy to provide it, I'll

:45:25.:45:29.

try, on my own, for him and his civil servants, as long as he

:45:30.:45:35.

accepts this is the will of this house, and that members gave up

:45:36.:45:38.

their Friday surgeries to be here from every part of this country, and

:45:39.:45:43.

right across the house from every party, and that he will stop

:45:44.:45:46.

preventing this, or will he let me know when he will put this into

:45:47.:45:49.

committee and come forward with the money resolution? The honourable

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lady, sincere as always, in speaking up for her private members bill, but

:45:59.:46:05.

it is also the case that the bill was only published I think it was

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only two days or three days before it was introduced, and there was no

:46:09.:46:12.

memorandum of costs associated with it. Frankly, it is also the case

:46:13.:46:20.

that while the honourable lady is sincere in her championship, this

:46:21.:46:26.

bill is not exactly a disinterested initiative. But a deliberate effort

:46:27.:46:38.

to try to ensure that we have very unequal sized constituencies. The

:46:39.:46:45.

government, as I have said before, the government is continuing to

:46:46.:46:51.

consider the financial implications of the honourable lady's bill. Can

:46:52.:47:00.

we please have a debate on immigration policy? This will give

:47:01.:47:03.

the government the opportunity to explain what progress they are

:47:04.:47:07.

making on meeting the immigration target, but of course it will give

:47:08.:47:11.

Her Majesty's loyal pictures -- opposition to explain what their

:47:12.:47:20.

policy is. My honourable friend will have an opportunity to pursue Home

:47:21.:47:23.

Office ministers on Monday 23rd January. I fear that even a whole

:47:24.:47:29.

day's debate that getting a reliable policy out of the opposition might

:47:30.:47:37.

be be under us. The Leader of the House, can I first of all wish him a

:47:38.:47:40.

happy New Year, and also welcome the Henry report today in the tidal

:47:41.:47:48.

energy. But can we have a debate in government time on transmission

:47:49.:47:51.

lines, because low-carbon 21st-century comes from when -- wind

:47:52.:47:58.

commerce or the new cooler and tidal, situated in coastal areas,

:47:59.:48:01.

very sensitive areas will stop National Grid only propose one

:48:02.:48:06.

system, pylons. Their 1950s technology. We want 21st-century

:48:07.:48:11.

technology Reeva 21st century low-carbon energy. Can we have a

:48:12.:48:15.

debate on National Grid, its role in disregarding the will of many

:48:16.:48:20.

communities? The honourable gentleman makes an important point.

:48:21.:48:23.

I know it matters to a lot of people living in all areas in particular,

:48:24.:48:31.

and coastal areas too. I would encourage him probably to seek a

:48:32.:48:34.

Westminster hall debate. There are also questions next week to the

:48:35.:48:38.

Secretary of State for environment, food and rural affairs, and that

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might give him an initial peg on which to raise these arguments. On

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Saturday, I took part in the corporate Park run, brilliantly

:48:47.:48:51.

organised, week in, week out, by Paul Humphreys and his brilliant

:48:52.:48:53.

team, and they are also fundraising for a new defeat later in whiskey

:48:54.:48:59.

Park. Can we have a debate to recognise the enormous community

:49:00.:49:04.

effort that Park runs make across the country and to say a huge thank

:49:05.:49:07.

you to all those who give up their free time to organise them. I can't

:49:08.:49:12.

offer a debate in government time, I think my honourable friend is

:49:13.:49:18.

absolutely right in saluting the importance of the Park run movement

:49:19.:49:24.

as an entirely voluntary body that has literally energised, in more

:49:25.:49:30.

than one sense, thousands of people around the country to get more

:49:31.:49:34.

active and more fit in the way that every doctor would recommend, but

:49:35.:49:38.

has also come as he said, in terms of Corby, helped to raise

:49:39.:49:40.

significant sums of money for charities. Teaches at Whitehaven

:49:41.:49:48.

Academy in Cumbria have been striking over the crumbling

:49:49.:49:52.

buildings and meagre resources. In 2010 the government scrapped the

:49:53.:49:55.

building schools for future programme where Whitehaven Academy

:49:56.:49:58.

was to get significant funding. Now other schools are waiting for

:49:59.:50:02.

funding as well. Can the Education Secretary: make a statement of his

:50:03.:50:04.

house about exactly how the government is going to sort out this

:50:05.:50:08.

mess so that Cumbrian children can have the education they deserve? I

:50:09.:50:14.

will ask the Education Secretary, or one of his team, the right to the

:50:15.:50:18.

honourable lady about that particular issue. I am sure that she

:50:19.:50:23.

would welcome the fact that the National funding formula for schools

:50:24.:50:28.

will ensure a pharaoh distribution of available resources than has been

:50:29.:50:33.

the case in the past. To try to accommodate everybody, might I

:50:34.:50:35.

suggest that we move to single sentence questions, and of course

:50:36.:50:43.

pithy replies? Can I use your officers to remind colleagues next

:50:44.:50:47.

week we debate the Holocaust Memorial Day, and a book of

:50:48.:50:51.

commitment is open from Monday for two weeks, things to your good

:50:52.:50:56.

offices, between the corridor between the member states and the

:50:57.:51:02.

members cloakroom. But can I also ask, Mr Speaker, that we have a

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statement following the Sunday conference on the Middle East in

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Paris, because FCO questions went on far longer because the government

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didn't give a statement or respond to an urgent question on the

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subject. There would be far better to have a statement in government

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time on the outcome of that conference.

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It is will for Foreign Office ministers to decide whether they can

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offer a statement. I would say too that I am sure as in previous years,

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many, many honourable members from all parties will want to sign the

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Holocaust remembrance book. Can we have a further debate on the crisis

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in social care? Today, Nottingham University Hospitals have over 200

:51:48.:51:52.

patients who are medically safe to be discharged who cannot be. Is it

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any wonder that the hospital is on black alert again and

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Nottinghamshire County Council are calling on the Government to take

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action. When will the Government wake up to this crisis? While it is

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undoubtedly true there are pressures on the NHS and on social care at

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this time, the Government has acted through the better care fund,

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through the social care present and recently through bringing forward

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?900 million of additional spending to give local authorities additional

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resources. It is also the case a lot of local variation. And more than

:52:32.:52:35.

half of the delayed discharges in our hospitals relate to just 24

:52:36.:52:40.

local authorities. So it is also a case of disseminating best practise

:52:41.:52:43.

and embedding that everywhere in the country. The Government confirmed

:52:44.:52:51.

this House would be presented with a plan on how it would begin to exit

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the European Union. Can my friend outline the processes on which the

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House will be engaged in that plan? I am sure there'll be opportunities

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for that plan to be debated here. I am sure too when that is published

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that the relevant Select Committees will want to take a look at it. I

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don't think my honourable friend will be disappointed in terms of

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parliamentary scrutiny. Mr Speaker, a removal of an imgation accept thor

:53:30.:53:35.

is use of police cells. It turns out there is no information on how many

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times police cells are used can we have a debate on what is on going A

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planning application for the new facility which would replace it was

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refused by Renfrewshire. And dun gavel is to going to remain open.

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Its future is depen dantd on a successful planning application for

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a new short-term holding facility. Can we have a statement on the

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credibility of the allegations made in this dossier about

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President-elect Trump. This is a dossier that was written in the UK

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and the UK Government has both place and lifted a D notice on the former

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MI6 officer who wrote the allegations. We had a warning before

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Christmas from the head of MI6 about hostile states. Can we have a

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statement from the Foreign Secretary on what action he's taking to

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prevent ourselves and our Nato allies from being subject to cyber

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attacks and propaganda attacks from hostile states? The Foreign

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Secretary and indeed the Prime Minister has repeatedly made clear

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their concerns about the cybercapacity and cybertactics of

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Russia and of other countries towards the interests of the United

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Kingdom. The honourable lady will understand why I can't go into

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details about these matters, but these are issues which are

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considered regularly by the National Security Council.

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We have a statement from the Government about the increased role

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of the military of defence police in undertaking duties in civilian areas

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outside of Faslane and cool port, in order to establish who took the

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decision, why was it made and are these officers armed and under

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watching of command do they operate? I will, I will check whether there

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were defence questions coming up next week. Since there are not I

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will ask the relevant to write to the honourable gentleman. The reason

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we have a debate here needs to be led by the Prime Minister so we can

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ask questions about what she's doing about the NHS. Simon Stephens said

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it is stretching the truth to say they got more than what they asked

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for and we are spending less than other developed countries. The NHS

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is in crisis and the Government is doing nothing about it. The

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Government is actually meeting the spending commitment that the NHS

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wanted to support its plan and, yes, there are pressures - nobody denies

:56:40.:56:48.

that. We have seen since 2010 significant increases in the numbers

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of doctor, the number of nurses, the number of diagnostic tests, the

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number of A and treatments. There is real improvement goes on. We

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should pay tribute to the NHS staff who are delivering that.

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Mr Speaker, can we have a debate about how the Government could take

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a more proactive role to preserve banking and Post Office services on

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our local high streets. In two years the Bank of Scotland has closed one

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in my constituency. Wave had announcement this week that four

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Post Offices are under threat across Scotland. I am very conscious from

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the exfeerns of my constituency of the -- experience of my constituency

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of the pressure on shop owners thon and the lack of service to customers

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and small business. My understanding on Post Offices is that the Post

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Office proposes that the, crown Post Offices that they would close would

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instead become sub-post offices. Sub-post offices would continue in

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those communities. The provision of the service is important. It is

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right there should be full consultation with the local

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communities about in I of those proposed closures. It is a reality

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that more and more of our constituents are using on-line

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banking services and that is bound to have an impact upon the economic

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viability of branch networks. Can we have an urgent statement from

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the energy minister on the forthcoming industrial action in the

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nuclear industry, which is being caused as a direct result of the

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Government's beal of workers in that industry, despite the amendments we

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put down at the time in the enterprise bill and the promises

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that were made at the time of privatisation? I cannot offer a

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promise of a statement, but this may be something the honourable

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gentleman may wish to seek an adjournment debate on.

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Thank you, Mr Speaker. Following on from my honourable friend from

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Edinburgh South West, can we have the post services minister to give a

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statement on the Government's role in the Post Office and its future. I

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received a litter that morningside Post Office would be closed and

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franchised. It is a well-used Post Office and should be stopped. Can we

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have a statement on what the Government will do about these

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closures? A process that the Post Office operates for consultation and

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decision, I would encourage the honourable gentleman to use that

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opportunity on behalf of his constituents.

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But it is also the case that the vast majority, 97% of the Post

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Offices branches around the country are already operated on the basis

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that they are sub-post offices, independent businesses with a Post

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Office franchise. Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. Can

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we have a statement on the unlawful implementation on various provisions

:00:00.:00:05.

of the investigator powers act and vault personal data sets, following

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on by the European Court of Justice that e-mails and communications by

:00:11.:00:15.

Governments is illegal. A point frequently underlined by my friend

:00:16.:00:21.

and I join the bills progress? The Government is considering its

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response to that judgment. U bit is certainly the view of those who

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serve us in the security intelligence agencies that the

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ability to collect bulk data is something that is of vital

:00:37.:00:39.

importance in the continuing battle against terrorism.

:00:40.:00:45.

Thank you, Mr Speaker. Can we have a debate on the excellent report of

:00:46.:00:50.

the Defence Select Committee on decision making in defence policy?

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In particular, it noted the lack of understanding of military strategy

:00:56.:01:00.

in key decision makers. Can we have a debate on military strategy that

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will allow us to look at whether issues such as forward deployment of

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personnel is deterrents or provocation? Well, I think that I

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mean we would welcome the possibility of a debate possibly

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through the Backbench Business Committee. I have to say, when it

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comes to the forward deployment of UK forces as part of Nato

:01:25.:01:30.

contingents in Estonia and in Poland, this is all about deterrent

:01:31.:01:36.

and solidarity with a Nato ally. Nato was an organisation which Atlee

:01:37.:01:42.

and Bevin helped to create. I look forward to the day when we have a

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Labour leadership that gives full hearted support to Nato.

:01:47.:01:52.

The Government has talked out three out of four SNP private member

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bills. The treatment for Durham's bill is completely appalling and its

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response to the report is inadequate as the system itself. It did accept

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there should be a change to the standing order that requires Private

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Member's Bills to be published slightly earlier than they are. When

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it will give us time to debate that proposal that it does accept? We are

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looking at the moment, Mr Speaker, at a number of proposed changes to

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standing orders, some many coming from the procedure committee and

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some coming from other committees of the House. I think it will probably

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be for the convenience of the House if we can find an opportunity to

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deal with all of those as a block, rather than piecemeal. That is the

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kind of arrangement I'm hoping to secure. I am very sorry to be picked

:02:39.:02:44.

so late on kiss a ginger day. As we only get one day a year. I wonder if

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you might be colour blind. I would recommend a... Mr Speaker, can we

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have a debate on the future of our parks funding. The park in my

:02:57.:03:02.

constituent receives higher level funding because of its higher nature

:03:03.:03:08.

of its budget. I would be very grateful if we can have a debate in

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Government time? There'll be questions next Thursday to DEFRA

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ministers or to DCLG ministers next Monday. The few xur of stewardship

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funding is being considered in the context of denoshations after all.

:03:30.:03:34.

Dozens of my constituents have complained they have been miss-sold

:03:35.:03:41.

solar panels under the Government's green deal. By answer I have learnt

:03:42.:03:49.

the company which has since gone into liquidation was previously

:03:50.:03:52.

sanctioned by the Government in November 2015 for breaches of the

:03:53.:03:56.

green deal code of practise. Maybe have a statement from the Government

:03:57.:04:00.

as to what support it will offer my constituents who have been left

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struggling their electricity bills which have in some cases tripled.

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Well, clearly in any system that one has, I mean there is sadly a risk

:04:13.:04:20.

that somebody may seek to abuse that what I suggest the honourable lady

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does, if you write either to me or directly to the minister responsible

:04:27.:04:30.

for these matters, setting out the detail of what has happened to her

:04:31.:04:36.

constituents and detailed response to the particular concerns they

:04:37.:04:42.

have. Member of the House, I am delighted to be called last. They

:04:43.:04:46.

have heard from North West Durham about her bill. She's offered

:04:47.:04:51.

support for the, whatever the problems the House has. Saying it is

:04:52.:04:56.

now about time. If it was only three days before the Bill was published

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when it was supported in this House that is eight weeks and two days

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ago. Can he explain what the problem is with bringing this bill into

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committee? Or is it problems on his own backbenches because there was

:05:10.:05:12.

too much support on that side of the House? As I said earlier, Mr

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Speaker, the Government continues to consider the financial implications

:05:17.:05:22.

of the bill. Mr Speaker, the business lead ore of

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the House has ask -- Leader of the House has been asked twice for a

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debate of the Post Office. The Government cannot wash its hands of

:05:32.:05:35.

the matter. You told of sub Post Offices. In Dundee the general Post

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Office has been there a century. It is set to close. Arguing for a

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sub-post office is not good enough. Furthermore about pensioners. Many

:05:45.:05:51.

do not go on line to do on-line banking or check Pension Credit. Can

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I ask we have an urgent debate on the important matter of closing

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these offices I think the key concern of pensioners and others in

:06:04.:06:07.

his constituency in Dundee will sure I will be whether they continue to

:06:08.:06:12.

have access to the Post Office services which they need, whether

:06:13.:06:18.

those are provided via a crown Post Office or through a franchised

:06:19.:06:22.

sub-post office is a separate issue. It is the quality and accessibility

:06:23.:06:27.

of the service which must come first.

:06:28.:06:31.

Can we have a debate in government time on the future and current

:06:32.:06:37.

performance of UK border aforesaid airports? According to the tourism

:06:38.:06:42.

and industry council if the 23 million EU visitors who visit the UK

:06:43.:06:47.

are subject to four border checks of enquirer staffing to move to 300%.

:06:48.:06:57.

What other government's plans? I would signal 23rd of January and

:06:58.:06:59.

questions to the Home Secretary when he at that point to her. The plight

:07:00.:07:08.

of religious minorities who are subject to such terrible conditions

:07:09.:07:14.

from Daesh including secretary -- sexual slavery should be a priority

:07:15.:07:17.

for all of us in this house, Canellas the government for

:07:18.:07:23.

clarification on how we intend to support these people at the time of

:07:24.:07:32.

terrible need? We are providing an enormous amount of support, ?2.5

:07:33.:07:37.

billion almost to ease the humanitarian crisis in Syria and

:07:38.:07:44.

neighbouring countries. That is helping people, including refugees

:07:45.:07:49.

in the region. We are also giving as much priority as we can in our

:07:50.:07:55.

resettlement schemes for people who have been victims at risk of sexual

:07:56.:08:00.

abuse to women and children who are particularly vulnerable. Clearly we

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are actively looking always for other ways we can help these people.

:08:05.:08:11.

My honourable friend is sitting and would have further points my

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honourable friend has made. There can't be much that cheapens the

:08:18.:08:20.

honour system more than dishing out gongs to people who have been found

:08:21.:08:24.

by a UN committee to have breached human rights, including those of

:08:25.:08:30.

disabled people. Not a despotic regime but two senior civil servants

:08:31.:08:32.

in the Department for Work and Pensions. So with that in mind will

:08:33.:08:38.

he facilitate a debate on how we can reform the honour system? No, and

:08:39.:08:49.

the government has already made clear that we regard the report from

:08:50.:08:54.

that particular UN committee as a grotesque representation of the

:08:55.:08:58.

state of affairs in the United Kingdom. The report for one thing

:08:59.:09:04.

took no account of the very successful record we had in getting

:09:05.:09:09.

a record number of disabled people into work, and the programmes of

:09:10.:09:13.

support for disabled people who are in work. Points of order will come

:09:14.:09:22.

later. We now come to the select committee statement. The chair of

:09:23.:09:27.

the women inequalities select committee, the right honourable

:09:28.:09:29.

member for Basingstoke, will speak for up to ten minutes, during which

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no interventions may be taken. At the conclusion of her statement I

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will call

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