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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Holocaust Memorial Day 2017, both debate is determined by the


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


Members' Bills. The provisional business for the week commencing


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


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


January, consideration of Lords amendments followed by a motion


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


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


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


business to be nominated by the Backbench Business Committee.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


headline one was, Procedure Committee rails against hand-outs


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Procedure Committee, recommended the use at Westminster of the Welsh


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


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


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


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


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


clarification of this for our urgent, for the waiting time


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


which unprecedentedly, was paused with the intervention of the Prime


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


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


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


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


place. Brexit financial services. They confirmed that London is


currently ranked as the leading financial services centre in the


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


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


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


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


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


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


committee calls for a new environmental protection Act, while


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


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


is possible that the confusion lies because the departments have


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


public will never forgive this government when they see people


dying on trolleys while Vanity departments are set up to keep


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


honourable friend the Foreign Secretary and his team.


Spoken at backbench committee debates here, as I think is


happening again later today and will happen again in backbench business


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


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


time between different departments in questions has been a matter for


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


very civilised manner, and the government will respond to reports


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


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


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


underestimate the reality that the decision that the electorate took in


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


policies pursued by successive governments in this country, and by


the character of the United Kingdom's international


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


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


within that. So it seems perfectly reasonable that in those


circumstances they should be a reconfiguration of resources and


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


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


department for exiting the European Union that is involved, many


different departments right across the government are also involved at


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


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


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


negotiation will be to seek to achieve the best possible freedom


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


pressures being experienced this winter, NHS staff through their


immense professionalism and hard work have actually been treating


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


Kingdom when they have presented themselves at A departments. But


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


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


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


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


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


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


too in terms of local NHS organisations at how we provide


those alternative sources of advice and roots to treatment for people


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


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


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


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


debate on the issue of the environment, and the potential


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


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


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


for less increasing productivity and resilience in line with our


industrial strategy, then the environment must become a


cornerstone of our social and economic thinking. My honourable


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


minutes for weapons of mass destruction to reach the United


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


rules are operating in an uncontroversial matter, that is


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


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


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


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


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


government will publish a document setting out our negotiating


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


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


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


next few weeks. Clearly, the character of any Parliamentary


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


Supreme Court judgment actually involves. On the honourable


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


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


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


complain about the character or accuracy of various news reports or


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


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


many and discordant voices without the state interfering in what is


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


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


intimidate individual journalists, as we saw shamefully in the closing


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


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


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


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


European court of justice requiring everyone who uses a vehicle to


require insurance. For example, householders mowing their lawns on


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


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


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


particular issue derives from the Fanuc judgment by the course of


justice of the European Union. I would encourage my honourable


friend to make his representations in particular the transport


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


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


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


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


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


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


has represented the opportunity to apply for debates to all honourable


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


honourable man was about the opportunities to think ahead in the


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


have Holocaust Memorial Day being debated in the week before the


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


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


debate on a particular time sensitive subject can you please


make your application in the appropriate time.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


that the honourable gentleman has secured election to the women and


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


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


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


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


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


predictable journey times cause stress, impact on productivity,


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


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


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


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


looked at in a whole -- holistic way.


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


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


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


infrastructure, and also broad bard is so important.


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


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


presumed organ transplant consent in Wales and urge the Government to


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


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


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


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


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


honourable gentleman has referred will provide an opportunity for


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


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


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


their budgets for next year are considering the closure of


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


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


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


might seek an adjournment debate on the particular issue regarding


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


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


sure that library services can continue to be provided to the


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


clearly the objective which must be sustained.


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


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


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


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


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


intends to hold a debate on the joint recommendations for the


refurbishment of this Palace of Westminster? The honourable


gentleman served on the joint committee himself that made that


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


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


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


highlighting my nomination for the women and Select Committee committee


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


jockey club racecourses to close Kempton course racecourse. Lord


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


ensure that the horse racing industry thrives. Generates jobs and


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


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


occasion. Well over a year ago, I raised in


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


entered into in decades, with consequences for generations to


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


further debate both general debates on exiting the European Union and


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


crisis in Accident Emergency in the National Health Service? The


Prime Minister and the Health Secretary refuse to accept there is


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


Emergency in Wales. The Health Secretary says the English figures


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


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


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


crisis before the Government fiddles the figures in their response to


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


exchange of questions and answers from the Secretary of State for


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


time yesterday on this subject when all these issues were thoroughly


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


slightly difficult for me to give the firm assurance that my


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


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


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


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


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


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


question earlier about the committee report which was produced 18 weeks


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


honourable gentleman summer rises the points that were made at much


greater length in the committee report about the very real


challenges in terms of managing risks that there are with the


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


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


debate. THE SPEAKER: This kiss a ginger


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


members. I would encourage my honourable


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


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


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


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


abuses, but subsequently the reconciliation and peace building


within Sri Lanka. That was symbolised by the former Prime


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


during the Commonwealth that of government conference about a year


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


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


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


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


country, like in my constituency, particularly over the Christmas


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


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


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


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


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


been only since 2010 that DWP offices have actually been


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


family crisis and in urgent need. Previously that was actually


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


debate on Yemen is heavily subscribed, and some priority has


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


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


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


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


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


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


particularly important that we encourage more the medium-sized


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


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


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


the backbench committee is the best way forward. Greater Manchester


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


cost of telephone calls to UK Government departments, particularly


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


that existing public order legislation is insufficient to keep


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


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


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


involves balancing the right of people to assemble and demonstrate


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Asatir cryptographer at Bletchley Park. His death reminders we are


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


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


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


establishing a permanent memorial here in Parliament to commemorate


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


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


to join my honourable friend in expressing condolences to Mr Knox


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


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


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


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


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


the Bletchley Park trust itself has reconfigured the museum at Bletchley


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


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


Rolf Noskwith. I understand my private members bill is raised


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


committee and come forward with the money resolution? The honourable


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the government the opportunity to explain what progress they are


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


very sensitive areas will stop National Grid only propose one


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


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


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


communities? The honourable gentleman makes an important point.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


absolutely right in saluting the importance of the Park run movement


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


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


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


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


significant sums of money for charities. Teaches at Whitehaven


Academy in Cumbria have been striking over the crumbling


buildings and meagre resources. In 2010 the government scrapped the


building schools for future programme where Whitehaven Academy


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


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


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


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


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


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


would welcome the fact that the National funding formula for schools


will ensure a pharaoh distribution of available resources than has been


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


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


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


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


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


offices, between the corridor between the member states and the


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


statement following the Sunday conference on the Middle East in


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


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


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


time on the outcome of that conference.


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


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


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


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


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


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


any wonder that the hospital is on black alert again and


Nottinghamshire County Council are calling on the Government to take


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


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


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


through the social care present and recently through bringing forward


?900 million of additional spending to give local authorities additional


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


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


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


and embedding that everywhere in the country. The Government confirmed


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


planning application for the new facility which would replace it was


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


Its future is depen dantd on a successful planning application for


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


credibility of the allegations made in this dossier about


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


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


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


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


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


prevent ourselves and our Nato allies from being subject to cyber


attacks and propaganda attacks from hostile states? The Foreign


Secretary and indeed the Prime Minister has repeatedly made clear


their concerns about the cybercapacity and cybertactics of


Russia and of other countries towards the interests of the United


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


details about these matters, but these are issues which are


considered regularly by the National Security Council.


We have a statement from the Government about the increased role


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Government is actually meeting the spending commitment that the NHS


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


in my constituency. Wave had announcement this week that four


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


right there should be full consultation with the local


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


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


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


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


the energy minister on the forthcoming industrial action in the


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


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


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


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


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


gentleman may wish to seek an adjournment debate on.


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


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


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


received a litter that morningside Post Office would be closed and


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


have a statement on what the Government will do about these


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


decision, I would encourage the honourable gentleman to use that


opportunity on behalf of his constituents.


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


Offices branches around the country are already operated on the basis


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


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


we have a statement on the unlawful implementation on various provisions


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


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


Governments is illegal. A point frequently underlined by my friend


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


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


serve us in the security intelligence agencies that the


ability to collect bulk data is something that is of vital


importance in the continuing battle against terrorism.


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


the Defence Select Committee on decision making in defence policy?


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


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


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


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


mean we would welcome the possibility of a debate possibly


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


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


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


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


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


Labour leadership that gives full hearted support to Nato.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


standing orders, some many coming from the procedure committee and


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


constituent receives higher level funding because of its higher nature


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


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


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


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


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


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


the company which has since gone into liquidation was previously


sanctioned by the Government in November 2015 for breaches of the


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


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


struggling their electricity bills which have in some cases tripled.


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


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


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


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


constituents and detailed response to the particular concerns they


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Speaker, the Government continues to consider the financial implications


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


of the service which must come first.


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


performance of UK border aforesaid airports? According to the tourism


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


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


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


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


of religious minorities who are subject to such terrible conditions


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


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


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


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


billion almost to ease the humanitarian crisis in Syria and


neighbouring countries. That is helping people, including refugees


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


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


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


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


My honourable friend is sitting and would have further points my


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


that particular UN committee as a grotesque representation of the


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


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


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


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


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


the women inequalities select committee, the right honourable


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


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


will call


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