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was Saudi Arabia is doing as well. 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 the 30th of January, second reading of the

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pension schemes Bill Lord's, Tuesday the 31st, second reading of the EU

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notification of withdrawal Bill, day one. Wednesday the 1st of February,

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conclusion of second reading of the EU notification of withdrawal Bill.

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Thursday 2nd of February, select committee statement of the second

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report of the public illustration committee entitled Will the NHS ever

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learn, followed by a general debate on the Armed Forces covenant report

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2016. The subject of that debate having been determined by the

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backbench committing. 3rd of February private members bills. 6th

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of February will be as follows, Monday the 6th of February,

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consideration in committee of the EU notification of withdrawal Bill, day

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one. Tuesday the seventh, continuation of consideration in

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committee of the EU notification of withdrawal Bill. Wednesday the

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eighth, conclusion of consideration in committee of the EU notification

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of withdrawal Bill. Followed by remaining stages of the EU

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notification of withdrawal Bill. Thursday ninth, business to be

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nominated by the backbench business, Nessie. Friday the tenth we will not

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sit. The business in West Westminster Hall for the sixth and

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9th of February will be as follows, Monday the sixth, debate on an E

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petition relating to the domestic ivory market in the UK. Thursday

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ninth, debate on the sixth report from the science and technology

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committee on the smart monitoring of electricity and gas. In recent

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weeks, exchanges at business questions have been notably

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protracted and it would really help if questions and replies could be

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pithy, including the exchanges from the front bench. Thank you. Your

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comments are duly noted. Can I thank the Leader of the House for the

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business. And could he start by confirming that the 20th of July

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that will be the date that the house rises for summer recess? In

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addition, the great repeal Bill will be in the Queen's speech, could you

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let us know when that will be debated? The British people owe a

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debt of gratitude to Gina Miller because of her courage the highest

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court of the land confirmed it is inconsistent with long-standing and

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fundamental principles that far-reaching constitutional change

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cannot be brought about by ministerial decision all ministerial

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action alone but requires an act of Parliament. Can the Leader of the

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House tellers if the Prime Minister got the memo that Parliament is

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sovereign? White papers are a tool of participatory democracy not a

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policy commitment. The honourable member earlier this week along with

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30 members across the house or asked for the white paper on the Gottman's

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plans. The Secretary of State had exhumed on Tuesday did not answer.

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Instead the Prime Minister announced it in response to a question at

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Prime Minister's Time. Can the leader please confirm whether all

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policy U-turns will be announced in this way and will we have two

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negotiate an extension for Prime Minister's Question Time? And could

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the leader respond to will the white paper and risk assessments be

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published before the committee stage in the coming two weeks. The Kaufman

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is clearly does not do process or substance. The Secretary of State

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had ex who said what we have come up with is a competence of free trade

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agreement and customs agreement that will deliver the exact same benefits

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as we have, same outcome different name. We call it the single market,

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we... Could the Leader of the House in sure there is time to debate this

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alternative terminology so there is no confusion? And staying in the EU,

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could the Leader of the House find time to debate the comprehensive

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trade agreement between EU and Canada? The Secretary State for

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International development apparently committed the Government to have a

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vote before the 15th of February and the Secretary of State confirms the

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chair of the European scrutiny committee that he overwritten

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Parliamentary scrutiny. The Government can't use the Brexit

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shambles as an excuse at four policy failures of fiscal irresponsibility

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so could we have a debate on the NA oh report at HRC policy with

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concentric. ?23 million was paid as commission to the farm on a

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commission worth --. ... If the Government can find the 23 million

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for the commission can any damages the breach-of-contract be set aside,

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10 million of which could be set aside to cover the costs of child

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burial, a campaign sake started by the man of the Swansea East. Could

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we also have debate on the climate change risk assessment? The report

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highlighted urgent priorities. It said were action was needed on

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flooding coastal change risks. There are risks from health from high

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temperatures. Risks to public water supply. No speech, no statement and

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a twitter account is stark silence. Irresistible to the White House.

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Could we have a statement from the Secretary of State as many people we

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need to know what steps will be taken to protect future generations.

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A five-year sentence has been confirmed, it is not clear what the

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charges are, and representation must be made. And I'm sure all members

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will join me in celebrating the consecration of the first woman

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bishop in Wales! She will now become Bishop of saying Davies. Great

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little city. Whatever the shape of the bill to be published later

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today, I would like to remind honourable members that the

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procedural material is open in the library to help people with the

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bill. Parliament is indeed sovereign. Mr Speaker, if I can try

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to reply briefly to the points made by the honourable lady, I join her

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firstly in welcoming the new Bishop of St Andrews, saying Davies, to her

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duties, I'm getting carried away by Burns day... Saints Davids. To her

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duties. And I think that she has obviously taken charge of what must

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be one of the most picturesque and delightful dioceses in the country.

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-- St Davids. On the question of misses Ratcliff, one ruble friend

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the Minister for the Middle East has spoken on Monday this week to

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express concern about the appeal verdict, this case has been

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previously raised directly by the Prime Minister and the Foreign

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Secretary with the president and with the Foreign Minister, our

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Ambassador will continue to raise this case at every level and at

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every opportunity in Iran. -- Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. On the

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question of consent checks, the government has accepted that both

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provided an acceptably poor service and HMRC must learn lessons from

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this experience, I hope the house will recognise that the government

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was right to prioritise the people who actually had tax credit claims

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that had either been handled wrongly or had not been properly assessed,

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and HMRC has now dealt with all 181,000 cases taken back from

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concentric. I shall look at her request for a debate on climate

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change, but as she will know, this is something to which the government

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continues to give a higher priority. I cannot as yet give the house

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details of dates for the summer recess. I would hope to do so as

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soon as possible. There was a need for the right honourable friend to

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over right scrutiny procedures because the EU timetable for

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agreement accelerated faster than expected and was frankly in our

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interest, a relationship with Canada, support for free trade. And

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EU relationships with other countries that we agreed, the

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agreement was something that the UK has been championing since the

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inception of negotiations. But I did say in my evidence to the scrutiny

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committee two weeks ago that we would look for an opportunity,

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possibly to try to link the debate to a broader debate, on

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International Trade, before much longer. On the broader question

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about Europe, I have to say to the honourable lady, that I'm sorry that

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she was a little bit grudging in her response to the government

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announcement on a white Paper. This was not in this case the government

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made the announcement in prime ministers questions, with a packed

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house, packed press gallery, and packed gallery, I thought the

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honourable lady might have welcomed that, and I hope that it will not be

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much longer before in prime we will have authoritative statement of what

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on earth the opposition policy is for which we have been waiting for

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too long. Would my right honourable friend find time for a debate on

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regulation finding the operation of... I understand it was very well

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for some people but it has had an adverse impact on the licensed taxi

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trade in Southend. -- finding the operation of Uber. I understand that

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that got my understanding is that drivers whose licences have been

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revoked by Southend Council who continue working in the town by

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obtaining a Tfl icings and working for Uber. -- Tfl licence. Those

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concerns should be raised directly with Tfl. It is the responsibility

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of local licensing authorities to ensure that not just taxi drivers

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but private hire drivers are also fit and proper person's to hold that

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licence. -- fit and proper persons. Thank you for an immaculate silk of

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grace last night, just to let you know, you are down for it is enter

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next year! LAUGHTER -- you are down for a tam o' shanter

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next year. He should have chanced his arm and said we will definitely

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be staying in the European Union, because first there was a White

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Paper, then there was no White Paper, act and for! As leader of the

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house, as the guardian of this house's

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Can we have a debate about special relationships, particularly how, you

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are supposed to behave in one of the special relationships. When a United

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States president says torture is an instrument of policy, when

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particular religions are picked out for exclusion, when women's rights

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are set back decades, should this country be not just a little more

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cautious before accepting this Trumpian embrace. What we now know

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is that all these Scotland acts, demolition and settlement, they are

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not worth the ermine they are written on. There is no such thing

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as permanence as Parliament, what we heard about, what was so convincing

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about enshrined in law is nothing other than Parliamentary wore full.

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Week by week, of "Brexit" Britain, is looking like a less attractive

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prospect for Scotland. We need to know that our views will be

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respected, or we will have to consider whether we remain in this

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British Isles. On the important question asked

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about torture, the Prime Minister said very clearly, the United

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Kingdom remains resolutely opposed to torture on grounds of moral

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principle, on grounds of our participation in the UN Convention

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against torture, and other such international legal incidents, and

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on the grounds that it does not work because you cannot place much value

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in information, evidence extracted by means of torture. That continues

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to be and will continue to be the government position. I have to say,

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this question about Scotland, in the United Kingdom, it was the Scottish

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Government's decision to go to the Supreme Court, over the question of

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consultation with the devolved administrations. It has always been

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the case, and set down in the three devolution acts, that the United

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Kingdom's participation in international organisations,

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membership of international organisations, is a reserved matter,

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under those devolution settlements. On the other questions about Europe,

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this house voted overwhelmingly for the referendum Bill to give a

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decision to the people, it voted overwhelmingly for the Prime

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Minister to trigger Article 50 by the end of March, and that is what

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we are seeking to deliver. In reminding colleagues of the need for

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brevity I also remind them that those that came into the chamber

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after the debate started should not be standing, it is as simple as

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that. And the leader of the house confirmed that during the committee

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stage of drawing the bill, the government temptation will be to

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resist every and each amendment which seeks to guide the government

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in legal knots and in Piedmont negotiations. The bill, as

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honourable members will see when they have studied it, is a short

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bill which empowers the Prime Minister formally to trigger Article

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50 and commenced the negotiation, that is all that the bill is about.

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Since this government came to office, it has sought to avoid

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government scrutiny to leave the EU, and achieve ends by resorting to the

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use of the Royal prerogative, bypassing this Parliament. First it

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lost in the High Court, then it lost in the Supreme Court, and now

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finally, it has had to concede that Parliament is sovereign by

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publishing a bill and a White Paper. I was astonished at the amount of

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time that the leader of the house has given this Parliament to debate

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it. He's being very quiet about whether the White Paper will be

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published. Can you give us more time and tell us that he is going to

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publish the White Paper? I think, if you consider that this is a two

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clause bill, of which the second clause is dealing only with the

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extent of the bill, to the United Kingdom, there is plenty of time,

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including two full days at second reading, for all opinions to be

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fully expressed. Can we have a debate on the ongoing witchhunt of

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former service people who served in Northern Ireland during the

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troubles, this is a travesty of justice, bringing shame on the

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country, and has to stop. There will be Northern Ireland questions next

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Wednesday, February one, when my honour above friend may wish to

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press this point, as he knows, the Secretary of State has already

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expressed concern about this and it is important that criminal

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investigations are conducted independently and impartially but

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service men and women are not singled out in any way. Can I thank

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the leader of the house for the statement and the confirmation that

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there will be a backbench debate on the Armed Forces covenant. Earlier

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this week, backbench committee determined that a debate on is ready

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settlements in occupied Palestinian territories would be tabled for the

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next available date, and that will be on the 9th of February. Also

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hoping that we can table on that date but we need confirmation from

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the applicant is that it is OK to do so a debate on the governance of

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football. Can ask that I am --... I am

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grateful to the honourable gentleman and I try to assist in getting him

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adequate notice. He is helping the whole of the house. We hear about

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the excellent work in my constituency. With increasing life

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expectancy and conditions like dementia on the rise, can we have a

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debate about how we can support such organisations and cooperation train

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them and local authorities? He's quite hard right to highlight this

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point and I would like to congratulate him and those people in

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Warwickshire who are working so hard to improve those services living

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with people for -- for people living with dementia and contributing to

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research. We've seen a doubling of funding for research on dementia.

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Helping people living with dementia needs families, voluntary

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organisations and local authority statutory services to cooperate. Can

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I tell him that just three days to debate the detail of the most

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important issue facing this country in a generation, the repercussions

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of which will face generations to come, is completely unacceptable and

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I vote that every opposition party in this house and everyone who come

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cares about democracy, will vote against this contempt of Parliament

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when it comes to the motion. I would say to him that his party supported

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the referendum Bill inputting the question to the people, and his

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party supported the timetable of triggering Article 50 by the end of

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March. The Bill is designed to secure those objectives are met.

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Does the leader agree that there is actually ample time to debate the

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Bill, with two days second reading and three days in committee stage.

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Could he confirmed the precise sitting times on those days? We will

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try to ensure that there is plenty of time and that adequate protection

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is given against the risk of statements or urgent questions so

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that members on all sides have the opportunity to debate these matters

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fully. It's such a pleasure and surprise to be called before

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friends! Previously I asked about the budget for a National Audit

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Office and consequences for Scotland he has still to get back to me. Last

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week there should be barnacle consequence was for the budget. How

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much will they get and when will it happen? I would like to go see the

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response he has had about this but I'll do my best to provide a

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response. Because the pro Minister has been so clear, I do hope that

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the white paper won't tell us anything that we don't already know.

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LAUGHTER All colleagues will have followed

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the Government's various statements on their approach to the EU exit

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with the assiduous nurse might honourable friend has shown. We

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should be clear about that while we wish to provide clear statements it

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would not be in the national interest to set out in detail our

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negotiating position. That would be the most foolish step for any

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Government to take. Should it not be made clear next week for not only

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does the UK not sanction torture as stated yesterday but will condemn

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the use of torture by the United States, if waterboarding is brought

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back? Would it not be absolutely wrong if this country, this

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Government, became an apologist for a bigoted and wrong-headed US

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president? There is no question of this country endorsing or supporting

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torture. The rejection of torture is written into the various

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international agreements to which we are party and has been integral to

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numerous statements on this subject by the Prime Minister, the Foreign

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Secretary and many other members of the Government. Can we have a debate

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on how Government can do better to ensure the prosperity agenda

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stemming from defence procurement is used to ensure existing clusters of

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high-tech businesses in the south-west such as jovial benefit

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from inward investment by large beneficiaries of governance spending

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such as Boeing? My honourable friend highlights real opportunities for

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business to benefit from technology. One of the things this country does

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need to improve on is how we turn our intent is this and our

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technological expertise into commercial job creating

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opportunities and this may be a very good opportunity to seek a debate to

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pursue this further. Last week I attended the Eastbrook primary

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school in my constituency. They have a free breakfast club attended by

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around 70 children every day. This is facilitated by Huddersfield town

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football club and their charity partners. They support a number of

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schools in the district. Can we have a debate to discuss how we can

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encourage or mandate other football clubs to do other types of community

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initiatives which support the communities? I can't promise a

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debate in Government time but I applaud the initiative and I think

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there are many parts of the country in which local sports clubs and

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other voluntary organisations are supporting their schools

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incompatible ways. Some of us in this place can talk for Britain, not

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me, of course. But surely we can hardly complain about getting four

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days -- five days on to Klaus Bell. This is implementing the will of

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people. -- two Klaus Bell. Can the leader confirm he will try to avoid

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statements on any of these days. We will try to, not to have unnecessary

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statements, but events happen and there is other business that has to

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be presented to Parliament. That explains why we said that on Tuesday

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next week the secretary debate will continue until midnight and I'm sure

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the honourable members will have every opportunity to speak and make

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all the points they went to make in rats. Doesn't it beggar belief that

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the Government are so afraid of proper debate that they've only

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allocated this pathetic three days to the committee of the EU

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withdrawal Bill, less than we had for the Lisbon Treaty, the Amsterdam

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Treaty, the single European act, and a tiny fraction of what we had the

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Maastricht, an eighth of the time we had? Doesn't it speak volumes of the

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Government's deficiency of their plan that they are trying to gag

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Parliament in this way? I have more respect than him to suspect this is

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anything more than synthetic rage. There is no comparison between

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previous bills that sought to ratify EU treaties which had a direct

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impact on many different aspects of UK law, and eight to Klaus Bell of

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which a single clause is a substantive one which is entirely to

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give authority to the Prime Minister to trigger an Article 50 process and

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begin a negotiation. Last Friday I had the honour of attending bracken

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barracks to Kaymer rate the 138th anniversary of a battle that was

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immortalised in the film, Zulu. Can we have a debate on importance of

:27:23.:27:26.

educating young hit people on the history of our Armed Forces? My

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honourable friend draws attention to the very deep connection between

:27:33.:27:40.

Brecon and the 24th Rab judgment of foot. I understand the museum is

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there. I hope the commemoration goes well and he may seek other

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parliamentary opportunities. The leader would not want to constrain

:27:53.:27:56.

the debate around the Article 50 Bell. Will he therefore be bringing

:27:57.:28:00.

forward with the Bill a money resolution so that the widest

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possible range of amendments can be tabled? I don't think the Prime

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Minister can needs any additional resources to trickle after tackle 50

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once authority has been given. Will he join me in welcoming today's

:28:15.:28:18.

growth figures. Can we have a debate on the fundamental strength of the

:28:19.:28:21.

UK economy which grew by 2% last year? I would like to think that

:28:22.:28:28.

very good news on growth, which is also good news for jobs and living

:28:29.:28:32.

standards in this country, would be welcomed across the house. It is

:28:33.:28:35.

attributable to industry and workers. The former Conservative

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Lord Chancellor described Government in this country as an elective disc

:28:44.:28:48.

dictatorship. This Government with their timetabling of the EU

:28:49.:28:52.

withdrawal Bill seems determined to prepare right. Whether he was right

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or wrong, it seems in the name of two not Christie that people

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campaigned frostily see you. I repeat the question, why are

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discovered in trying to muzzle voice of the people in Parliament with

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their timetabling of this Bill? I think the five days allotted can

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hardly be described as muzzling and the house voted both for the people

:29:18.:29:24.

to take the decision and for the March timetable for the triggering

:29:25.:29:29.

of Article 50. The passage of the Bill through Parliament is intended

:29:30.:29:32.

to ensure the wish of the house can be delivered. Next week one of my

:29:33.:29:40.

constituents appears in the Supreme Court because the Department for

:29:41.:29:43.

Education wants judges to interpret the word regular in relation to

:29:44.:29:49.

school attendance. If the Government wins the case the law will

:29:50.:29:52.

retrospectively criminalise the actions of tens of thousands of

:29:53.:29:58.

parents. If the law needs to be changed it should surely come before

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Parliament for proper debate and scrutiny. Could the leader in

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courage the secretary of state to make a statement on this. My

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honourable friend I'm sure we'll understand it would not be

:30:13.:30:15.

appropriate for either the secretary of state or me to comment on this

:30:16.:30:18.

case when it is currently before the courts. The Department requested

:30:19.:30:27.

permission to intervene because we need clarity about what the law

:30:28.:30:34.

actually says and means now, before we can take any policy decisions

:30:35.:30:40.

that might be needed. Last week the business Department announced a

:30:41.:30:49.

major review. Yet on Monday of this week the Treasury brought forward a

:30:50.:30:56.

legislative reform order, seeking the formation of a new type of

:30:57.:30:59.

limited partnership with even less controls. Can we have a debate on

:31:00.:31:05.

the use of Dallara owes? Is the honourable gentleman knows, Ella

:31:06.:31:14.

Rose have a genuine purpose in Scotland and have existed through

:31:15.:31:18.

long time in Scottish law. As he also says there have been serious

:31:19.:31:23.

allegations and evidence that this status has been abused and that is

:31:24.:31:29.

why the enquiry is taking place. If the enquiry concludes there is a

:31:30.:31:33.

need for changes in the law then the Government want to consider those

:31:34.:31:37.

quickly but carefully. We are hearing from Labour's backbenches

:31:38.:31:46.

that they would seek to as oppose the Government. Has he had any

:31:47.:31:50.

representations from labours front bench that they will seek to oppose

:31:51.:31:57.

the Government 's programme motion? It is not for me to disclose on the

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floor of the house. But I think there have been public, numerous and

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often contradictory about the plans they can to take. Hull has had

:32:15.:32:20.

nearly 350,000 people attending in the last week. I hope you might be

:32:21.:32:26.

able to attend in the course of 2017. Many of those visitors

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actually came through the railway station and imagine my surprise when

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I learned that trans-Pennine who operate the railway station and

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decided to close the waiting room and toilets at 7pm because of

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anti-social behaviour. After the three hole and peas have made

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representations they said keep them open till nine. But only if there is

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no more anti-social behaviour. Could we please have a debate about when

:32:51.:32:56.

we decided jobs could dictate the facilities passengers and general

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maps of the politic -- public? First of all, I would like to congratulate

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the city of Hull on their first few weeks as city of culture and I hope

:33:13.:33:17.

many honourable ambers on all sides are able to take the opportunity to

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go to hold during the course of this year. The last time I went, I do

:33:22.:33:28.

remember visiting City Hall and being hugely impressed I the

:33:29.:33:31.

architecture and the sense of civic pride. On the question of

:33:32.:33:37.

anti-social behaviour that she raised, I have a lot of sympathy

:33:38.:33:41.

with what she says. I would hope that the franchise holder, local

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police, local authority, can work together to find an effective

:33:49.:33:50.

solution that means these facilities can remain open.

:33:51.:33:56.

I welcome the government commitment to publishing the White Paper this

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week, I thank my friend for his work in enabling this to happen, but can

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he outlined discussions he has had to enable this, and also on the

:34:07.:34:11.

timescale that my constituent views can be heard in Parliamentary time.

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There will be fiercely opportunities to debate the particular bill that

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has been published today. Pretty narrow in scope but there will be

:34:23.:34:26.

the repeal bill, which the government has said we will

:34:27.:34:38.

introduce there will continue to be various debates on aspects of

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departure from the European Union. Notwithstanding the importance of

:34:50.:34:53.

issues like "Brexit", will the leader of the house consider how we

:34:54.:34:59.

ensure that other legislation receives the prominence it deserves,

:35:00.:35:04.

yesterday was an historic day for the parliament, when the gender pay

:35:05.:35:08.

gap red regulations were passed, forcing large companies with more

:35:09.:35:17.

than 250 employees to publish gender pay gap information. Very happy to

:35:18.:35:24.

give consideration to that because I think that we will all wish to see

:35:25.:35:31.

much greater public knowledge of and understanding of things that go on

:35:32.:35:35.

in our Parliament that perhaps you not grab the headlines and do not

:35:36.:35:44.

happen at when prime time. It does demand considerable consensus among

:35:45.:35:52.

the house. Last week, a gas issue meant the town was disconnected from

:35:53.:35:54.

the network for a considerable will the leader of the

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house join me in thanking all efforts on the ground, and can we

:36:09.:36:13.

have AIDS debate next week on emergency planning and getting it

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right. -- can we have a debate. Given the other business we have, I

:36:20.:36:24.

cannot promise a debate, but can we unhesitatingly both thank and

:36:25.:36:28.

congratulate the statutory services and individual constituents in

:36:29.:36:37.

Rafael what they managed it. Can we have a statement on funding cuts to

:36:38.:36:41.

the equalities and human rights commission, with hate crime on the

:36:42.:36:46.

increase, does the leader of the house appreciate that many

:36:47.:36:48.

honourable members think these cuts send their own message to women, the

:36:49.:36:56.

BAME community and those that suffer from disabilities. Because of the

:36:57.:36:59.

need to bring public finances under control, all parts of the public

:37:00.:37:03.

sector are facing difficult decisions but I can point the

:37:04.:37:10.

honourable gentleman towards questions on women's equality on

:37:11.:37:17.

February two. The leader of the house and I were both elected in

:37:18.:37:22.

1992. And he will recall the many days that we spent on the Maastricht

:37:23.:37:31.

Treaty. Can you tell the house how much consideration he has given to

:37:32.:37:38.

previous debates on these matters, not just in 1992 but in the 1970s,

:37:39.:37:45.

when we joined the European Union, and also, what discussions and

:37:46.:37:47.

considerations were given at that time to the opposition parties and

:37:48.:37:51.

what they said then compared to what they are saying now? If I am honest,

:37:52.:38:01.

I think that any of us who came in in 1992 would probably not look back

:38:02.:38:05.

at the debates on the Maastricht Treaty as the greatest moment of

:38:06.:38:11.

glory for the House of Commons. And it is not something that I think we

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necessarily want to put more recently arrived colleagues through!

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I think that given the very narrow scope of the bill that is being

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published today, that the five days that we have announced and the six

:38:25.:38:31.

substantial amounts of additional time, particularly on second

:38:32.:38:34.

reading, that we are providing four, means that Parliament has plenty of

:38:35.:38:38.

opportunities to have a debate on this will stop in full.

:38:39.:39:01.

When this house agreed we had not discussed the issue of women's state

:39:02.:39:07.

pension and equality, will this government bring forward a debate

:39:08.:39:11.

and make sure it bring forward proposals that deal with the women

:39:12.:39:16.

that are suffering. The last government the coalition did commit

:39:17.:39:20.

over ?1 billion to lessen the impact on those who were worst affected by

:39:21.:39:24.

the change in pension age, no one will see their pension age change by

:39:25.:39:30.

more than 18 months. Those who face the largest increase in the state

:39:31.:39:33.

pension age released at least seven years notice of that. We have also

:39:34.:39:38.

got to be realistic about the fact that people are living longer and if

:39:39.:39:42.

we are going to equalise the state pension age, then we do need to

:39:43.:39:48.

raise the state pension age for both men and four women, and the cost of

:39:49.:39:52.

reversing the 2011 at will be ?30 billion. -- 2011 act. In Gwent, the

:39:53.:40:04.

air is fresh and pure, but the air in London is putrid, can we have a

:40:05.:40:13.

statement on air quality and the impact of diesel emissions, the

:40:14.:40:15.

government needs to better protect the public health of its people.

:40:16.:40:23.

Improving air quality is a priority for the government and for my right

:40:24.:40:30.

honourable friend the Secretary of State for environment in particular,

:40:31.:40:32.

we follow best available evidence but we are ready to update those if

:40:33.:40:36.

necessary, and we have been at the forefront in Europe to make sure we

:40:37.:40:42.

can see more accurate real world emissions testing of cars in

:40:43.:40:44.

particular. Can we have a debate on the Mersey

:40:45.:41:15.

crossing so that the government Canuks blame why they have broken

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promises to my constituents. I cannot promise a debate in the

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meantime. -- so that the government can explain. I will always ask the

:41:25.:41:36.

relevant Minister to explain. 40 branches of banks are being closed,

:41:37.:41:43.

200 jobs will be lost. My constituents will be left without a

:41:44.:41:49.

single local bank branch. We can send a strong signal to banks,

:41:50.:41:52.

including Clydesdale, about the negative impact this closure will

:41:53.:41:56.

have on local economies and local communities. I think that this is

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probable is something you want to raise by way of an adjournment

:42:03.:42:04.

debate or backbench debate on the issue, more generically, but I quite

:42:05.:42:10.

understand the plight of some of her constituents, it is incumbent upon

:42:11.:42:16.

the big retail banks to reflect very carefully, in particular before

:42:17.:42:19.

closing the last banking outlet in a particular community. Will the

:42:20.:42:25.

leader of the house do me a favour and stop suggesting that those who

:42:26.:42:28.

are on this side of the house and the other side of the house they

:42:29.:42:32.

believe passionately in the scrutiny of this European built being

:42:33.:42:36.

thorough, would he stop suggesting that we are trying to overturn the

:42:37.:42:40.

popular vote on the referendum. That is not the case, new nose it is not

:42:41.:42:46.

the case, please be honest about it! This house, as well as voting for

:42:47.:42:52.

the referendum, also voted for the Prime Minister to trigger Article

:42:53.:43:00.

50, before the end of March, 2017. Because of the Supreme Court

:43:01.:43:05.

judgment, it is necessary for a bill to go through all its legislative

:43:06.:43:09.

stages in both houses, for the wish of the house, in respect of the

:43:10.:43:13.

timetable to be met. I believe that the five days we have allotted will

:43:14.:43:17.

give ample opportunity for the narrow issue to be adequately

:43:18.:43:25.

debated. And we have a ministerial statement on HS2 in South Yorkshire,

:43:26.:43:31.

they went out for consultation, plenty of support in South Yorkshire

:43:32.:43:34.

but not a consensus and consequently they are currently out thought by

:43:35.:43:40.

the MHC Easton Road re-routed through South Yorkshire, we have

:43:41.:43:43.

learned this week that they are now looking at putting a parkway station

:43:44.:43:48.

on possibly eight hearts of that re-route but none of them are for

:43:49.:43:51.

public consultation now. Could we make sure that we have good return

:43:52.:43:56.

for public money, they are wasting money hand over fist! What I would

:43:57.:44:06.

suggest is that I report to the Minister with direct responsibility

:44:07.:44:15.

for HS2, to, like you, Mr Speaker, I can speak with personal constituency

:44:16.:44:21.

experience of wrestling with HS2, and it is important that the

:44:22.:44:24.

honourable gentleman and his constituents get clear answers and

:44:25.:44:29.

are able to make strong representations. In January last

:44:30.:44:33.

year, a group of MPs invited trade union leaders to address a meeting

:44:34.:44:36.

in Parliament and it has since emerged that meeting was equally

:44:37.:44:43.

recorded. Given that MPs of all parties hold meetings on the

:44:44.:44:46.

parliamentary estate, I would be grateful if the leader of the house

:44:47.:44:49.

could clarify rules on third parties recording meetings without consent

:44:50.:44:53.

and give me his view on whether those rules may have been breached?

:44:54.:44:58.

I'm very concerned by what has been said, if you would like to let me

:44:59.:45:01.

have full details, then I will investigate this as quickly as

:45:02.:45:07.

possible. The Prime Minister has indicated that Parliament will vote

:45:08.:45:09.

on the terms of a final "Brexit" deal, what if there is no deal, will

:45:10.:45:13.

there be a reference back to this house, will there be a vote about

:45:14.:45:19.

whether we leave the EU on no terms? The decision to leave the EU was

:45:20.:45:29.

taken by the referendum. The house knows where I stood, as Democrats we

:45:30.:45:34.

have two except the outcome of the vote, but if there is no deal under

:45:35.:45:40.

the terms, specified in article 50, then, as the Prime Minister said

:45:41.:45:44.

yesterday, we have to fall back on other arrangements. The SNP will

:45:45.:45:53.

certainly be the opposing quite a disgraceful motion, but will the

:45:54.:45:59.

White Paper, giving the government's position, organising irrevocable

:46:00.:46:03.

step to the greatest constitutional change in this country for 50 years,

:46:04.:46:07.

been published before the committee stage of the bill, and if not, why

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not? I said to the house a few moments ago, I hope that we can

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publish the White Paper, as soon as possible, and the other point I

:46:20.:46:22.

would make to the right honourable gentleman, is that the authorisation

:46:23.:46:28.

for our departure from the European Union was given by a referendum of

:46:29.:46:32.

all people of the United Kingdom, some of us like that decision, some

:46:33.:46:37.

do not, but it was a democratic decision that the electorate was

:46:38.:46:42.

entitled to take. 22 weeks, still no date for the restoration and renewal

:46:43.:46:46.

debate, as the leader of the house turned into Oscar Wilde, who said,

:46:47.:46:50.

never put off till tomorrow what could possibly be done the day

:46:51.:46:55.

after, or Ellen Degeneres, who said, don't procrastinate, put it! -- put

:46:56.:47:01.

it off. Or does he seriously think that we can carry on like this and

:47:02.:47:04.

hope that somehow we will muddle through. He says that we will have a

:47:05.:47:11.

debate Sunday, but Sunday is not a day of the week. The honourable

:47:12.:47:15.

gentleman made his point as forcefully now as he did during his

:47:16.:47:17.

debate in Westminster Hall, early this week. He will know, from the

:47:18.:47:24.

business that faces the next two weeks, that it has not been possible

:47:25.:47:27.

to schedule the debate on restoration and renewal then, I hope

:47:28.:47:31.

that we will be able to identify a date as soon as possible. The leader

:47:32.:47:40.

of the house will be aware of the controversy in Northern Ireland

:47:41.:47:42.

surrounding the renewable heat initiative and the millions lost, a

:47:43.:47:46.

colleague of mine sought information from Whitehall departments, under

:47:47.:47:49.

freedom of information, received a letter this week from both, one

:47:50.:47:55.

month after asking for the information. Saying that there was

:47:56.:47:58.

too much work needed to get that information, so he has put the

:47:59.:48:02.

questions in again. Can we guarantee from the leader of the house that no

:48:03.:48:06.

politics will be played here and that the information will be found

:48:07.:48:14.

and will come out? The deadlines set under the Freedom of Information Act

:48:15.:48:21.

are a matter of law. Not a matter of discretion. For ministers or

:48:22.:48:25.

officials. Clearly, ministers here do not have any direct authority

:48:26.:48:32.

over the devolved departments within Northern Ireland. But I would

:48:33.:48:39.

certainly hope that any Whitehall department would respond well within

:48:40.:48:43.

the time frame, specified within the Freedom of information legislation.

:48:44.:48:52.

We all wish the Prime Minister well in her work to increase exports. Is

:48:53.:48:59.

it time for a debate about the relationship between this country

:49:00.:49:03.

and a president who since he's in your duration has behaves like a

:49:04.:49:10.

petulant try child out to destroy the achievements of his

:49:11.:49:13.

predecessors. A new region is promised between Trump and the UK.

:49:14.:49:17.

Is there a danger that this will be a new dark age? Mr Trump has been

:49:18.:49:25.

elected by the people of the United States under their democratic

:49:26.:49:31.

constitution. And under Conservative and Labour governments alike it has

:49:32.:49:37.

rightly been a national priority in terms of our security interests,

:49:38.:49:42.

geopolitical interest, interesting prosperity and trade, to forge as

:49:43.:49:48.

close as possible a partnership with and understanding of a new American

:49:49.:49:52.

administration. That has to be in the interests of the people we

:49:53.:49:55.

represent and that is what the Prime Minister will be seeking to do in

:49:56.:50:02.

Washington. Further to the point made by my honourable friend, the

:50:03.:50:05.

member for Chester, can we have an urgent debate discuss the Government

:50:06.:50:10.

Ponte's relating on its promise to provide special help for small

:50:11.:50:16.

businesses when they knew... That is the second time they've written I

:50:17.:50:22.

reneges on something. That decision was announced by the then Chancellor

:50:23.:50:30.

on the 23rd of April 2000 15. Can we have an urgent debate to find out

:50:31.:50:33.

again by the Government is refusing to honour its commitments? There are

:50:34.:50:39.

questions the Secretary of State for business on Tuesday the 31st which

:50:40.:50:43.

will provide you with an opportunity. If I may I will look

:50:44.:50:48.

into the pointy raises a long sized that raised by his honourable

:50:49.:50:55.

friend. Given the decline and the abuse of civil liberties and human

:50:56.:51:00.

rights in Malaysia over the last few months, in particular the arrests,

:51:01.:51:14.

would the leader agreed to a statement or better still a debate

:51:15.:51:23.

on this matter? As so often, he is pursuing his interest in human

:51:24.:51:28.

rights, I can't offer an immediate statement in Government time but I

:51:29.:51:30.

will ask the appropriate minister to write to you. Gwent music is a local

:51:31.:51:38.

authority music service that provides opportunities to young

:51:39.:51:42.

people in my cup constituency, including my own daughter, can we

:51:43.:51:46.

have a debate on the importance of affordable music lessons in our

:51:47.:51:53.

schools across the country? I recognise and sympathise with the

:51:54.:52:00.

underlying point you are making. This will turn on decisions not just

:52:01.:52:04.

by the United Kingdom Government but by the Welsh Government and Welsh

:52:05.:52:12.

assembly, by local authorities and by individual schools about their

:52:13.:52:15.

priorities. But I would hope ways can continue to be found to be

:52:16.:52:20.

maintaining those standards of excellence for war people wanting to

:52:21.:52:28.

pursue music. Can he give us an absolute guarantee that the

:52:29.:52:31.

unelected House of Lords will not have more time to debate the Brexit

:52:32.:52:36.

Article 50 Bill than the elected House of Commons? The House of

:52:37.:52:47.

Commons will have the final say, as an practically all legislation. As

:52:48.:52:51.

is always the case, the House of Lords has its own procedures and it

:52:52.:52:54.

is not in the gift of the Government to set down what times will debate

:52:55.:52:59.

are going to be in the House of Lords on any Bill. And the prize the

:53:00.:53:12.

patients goes to Jeff Smith! -- patience. And we wish him a happy

:53:13.:53:19.

birthday. Thank you. It is quite right other Parliamentary business

:53:20.:53:22.

should be shelved in the next couple of weeks to debate Article 50,

:53:23.:53:26.

including the bus services Bill. In Manchester we have been demanding

:53:27.:53:29.

London style bus franchising powers the many years. We can wait a little

:53:30.:53:33.

longer but can I encourage the leader to reschedule the bus

:53:34.:53:37.

services Bill as soon as possible after the recess so Manchester can

:53:38.:53:40.

properly manage our transport network? This may be an inadequate

:53:41.:53:48.

birthday present, but I will do my best to deliver on what you want.

:53:49.:53:57.

Point of order. I am glad the Brexit secretary is here to his moment of

:53:58.:54:02.

history. If I could just detain him for a second, he used

:54:03.:54:03.