02/02/2017 Business Questions


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Wednesday February red, conclusion of consideration Day three, followed


by remaining stages of the withdrawal bill. Thursday, February


nine, debate on the motion on Israeli settlements in the occupied


Palestinian territories: five debate on a national governments of the


football Association, the subjects having been determined by the


backbench business committee. Friday, February ten the house will


not be sitting. Provisional business for the week commencing 20 at the


break, will include Monday, remaining stages of the cultural


property armed conflicts bill followed by consideration of Lords


amendments to high-speed rail London West Midlands bill. I should also


like to inform the house that the business in Westminster Hall for the


sixth and 20th debris will be as follows: Thursday nine o'clock


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


committee on smart monitoring of electricity and gas followed by a


debate on the effect to state pension changes on working-class


women. Monday debris 20, debates on petitions relating to a state visit


by President Donald Trump. Can I thank the Leader of the House for


the statement and I note that we still don't have a date when the


going to rise for summer recess. I would ask the Leader of the House


again if they could announce their dead. Could I add the opposition


voice to your letter and about the date for restoration and renewal.


The sooner we can have a debate the better. You will not believe this


but in 2004 Roger Federer began his 237th consecutive week run as well


number one, a record that is unbeaten and of course he has now


won the Australian open possibly because you interviewed him that Mr


Speaker, Roger Federer has had longer to get to the final of the


astray and open than Parliament has had to debate triggering article 50.


The Supreme Court dragged government back to Parliament. It is the


court's job to interpret the legislation. The first line of the


draft Bill is the Prime Minister may leave the EU, all the Burmester has


to do is give notice to trigger article 50. Mr Speaker this is a


secretive government who failed to tell Parliament about the misfiring


of a missile. That is why Her Majesty 's opposition has been


asking for appliances then of last year and for we cannot trust this


government because the Secretary of State was in the group that said


?350 million would go to the NHS, that has now proved to be incorrect.


How can we trust them now. That is why the Prime Minister has to report


back to Parliament. Tariff free access and EU citizens need to be


protected, consult with devolved government and ask the government to


publish any impact assessments. This is not the government of the NHS, as


the Prime Minister said yesterday, could we have a statement on the


Prime Minister's response to the letter by 2000 senior clinicians who


said they have reached unacceptable levels of safety concerns for their


patients and in a statement credit also say whether hospitals are


operating at safe staffing levels and could the government published a


response to the letter to the Prime Minister from the three chairs of


the select committees, communities and local government, Public


Accounts Committee and health, now we see the recklessness of


government policies. They changed NHS bursary is that has resulted in


less people wanting to become nurses. The same recklessness that


the honourable member for Surrey said when he regrets cancelling


building schools for the future. Tell that to my school, in my


constituency, where they have their allegation cancelled. Children have


to be sent home when it rains. With 46% of schools losing funding, could


we have a statement on why the ?384 million that was in the education


budget has been clawed back by the Treasury? Schools deserve the money


now, not in a budget giveaway. Mr Speaker, the Leader of the House has


failed to respond to my honourable friend question on her Parliamentary


constituencies Amendment Bill, can the Leader of the House now say what


the position is about Advil? Mr Speaker, last week the Speaker of


the House of Representatives in Burma was here as a result of your


invitation. Sadly this week the key constitutional lawyer was


assassinated in Burma. Could I ask, he happens to be a Muslim, could I


ask the Leader of the House to ask the Foreign Secretary to do all he


can to support the Burmese government in their quest for peace.


And finally it is world Cancer Day on February four, every honourable


has been touched in some way, and knows of someone who has been


affected by the disease. Well the Leader of the House join me in


thanking all those researchers looking for a cure and on Saturday


could we remember all those who have lost their lives to the disease and


wish all those well who are currently going through treatment


and celebrate with those who have beaten this disease. Can I first


immediately associate myself with the comments about National Cancer


Day. I think it is probably because there is no member in any part of


this house who has not been touched in some way by the case of a


relative of all different who has had to fight against this scourge,


sometimes successfully, sometimes sadly not so. I would like to


celebrate the advances of medical science, the skills of oncologists


and others who diagnose and treat cancer and the courage of cancer


survivors and their relatives. Who gives them such critical support,


but also let us keep in our thoughts and prayers those who have been


bereaved as a consequence of cancer and give thanks to those staff in


the NHS and in the voluntary and charitable sector who worked to


provide specialist nursing care including hospice treatment to


people who are having to face the end of their lives. So if I turn to


the other points the honourable lady asked me about, I will want to be


able to give the house some news as soon as possible on the summer


recess and the restoration on your programme but I'm not able to do so


today. My understanding about the bill brought forward by the


honourable member for North West Durham is the committee to consider


her bill has now been appointed but has not yet met. On her questions


about the European Union, I mean, I, I, I really do think that the sort


of questions she pursue this morning was something of distraction therapy


too, too, to try and divert attention from the blatant divisions


within her own party with sort of different members of the Shadow


Cabinet and front bench dropping off the perch so that with every news


bulletin that passes. And for a comma for a two clause bill the


second clause of which is simply the short title of the Bell, two full


days in second reading including going until midnight on Monday and


up to three days in committee of the whole house seems to me a perfectly


reasonable allocation of time. If I can turn to her points about school


funding, the money to which she referred was allocated by the


Treasury to the education Department, explicitly for the


purpose of supporting the full shift of all schools to academy status.


The government having reconsidered that policy altered its policy and


their four that money was not needed. Her point about Burma is


well made a I shall make sure that is passed back to the Foreign


Secretary but I can give an unqualified assurance that this


government will continue both through the Foreign Office and


Department for International Development to work support the


cause of building democracy, human rights and community reconciliation


inside that country. Finally, she rightly paid tribute to


the stupendous achievement of Roger Federer. I think it is not only


tennis aficionados like yourself who will have cheered at his success.


But I do think in professional tennis, in your mid-30s, perhaps a


message of hope to all of us that age is just a number and we can


strive for greater achievement whatever age we reach. SPEAKER: What


a splendid note on which to finish, the man is an inspiration. I don't


wish to be discourteous to the Leader of the House but I had


Federer in mind. Can we have a debate on the power of Clinical


Commissioning Group is within the NHS and the fact they are


unaccountable to the public? The Clinical Commissioning Group


covering part of my constituency plans to withdraw services from


Bridlington Hospital, remove services from Bridlington Hospital


and this is not on account of cost and they seem hell-bent on doing


this despite overwhelming public opposition. Does he accept that I


regard these plans as totally unacceptable? And if we cannot have


a debate, will he draw my concerns to the attention of the Secretary of


State for Health? Not only undertake to draw my Right Honourable friend's


concerns to the Secretary of State but also pointing towards health


questions on Tuesday the 2nd of February when he can Esther Qin


ministers directly on this. -- questioned ministers. This case is


not something on which I could comment but the principle here is


Clinical Commissioning Group is should be engaging in proper public


consultation in their local area, as they draw up the sustainability and


transformation plans for that locality, and ultimately the local


authority, through its health overview committee has the right,


they believe services are being wrongly and adversely restructured,


to refer the matter to the Secretary of State. Pete Wishart. Can I thank


the House for announcing the business for next week. I know we


like anniversaries in this place, I would support everything said about


National Cancer Day. Today is Groundhog Day, most days seem like


Groundhog Day in this place but I don't know about you, I always seem


to work up to the news that another labour frontbencher has resigned


again. Perhaps we can get Proksa Tony fell to get a place in the


Shadow Cabinet. Three cheers to the Leader of the House for finally


getting a white Paper for the Brexit Bill. It has only taken half the


time of this Bill going through this chamber before we have got it.


Getting it at last, let's hope it is close to the 650 pages we had in the


independence White Paper. This is a Bill the government didn't want that


they are forcing through at breakneck speed. The Government must


be prepared to listen to the hundreds of amendments tabled for


this Bill. I've noticed in the programme motion there is no


programming for the Report Stage. That must mean this government will


reject every amendment that comes forward without proper


consideration. Why are we not getting a Report Stage in this Bill


as it goes through the House? Mr Speaker, can we have a statement on


the government's intention on the second Scottish independence


referendum? There is a piece in the Herald newspaper from the Defence


Secretary today who seems to roll out entirely a second independence


Scottish referendum. We heard on radio Scotland that he seems to be


furiously backtracking on what he just said. The Scottish Tory leader


said it would be wrong to have a second referendum, and believe me, a


government with only one MP in Scotland telling the Scottish people


that they won't have a say in the future could not be a bigger gift to


us on these benches. I listened carefully to the Leader of the


House's response to several of my honourable friends who were asked


how Evel will be replied to my applied to the Great Repeal Bill and


he must rule it out now. We cannot have a Bill as important as this to


be considered by two members of Parliament in this Parliament. 1000


member and then the Scottish mothers who can only take part in some of


that. Believe me, that could not be a bigger gift to us to. -- Scottish


members. I think in response to the honourable gentleman's points about


the EU withdrawal Bill, I have to remind him that this House


overwhelmingly voted first of all for the referendum to take place and


for the decision to be referred to the British people and secondly only


a matter of weeks ago the House voted overwhelmingly again to


endorse the Prime Minister's timetable for triggering Article 50


before the end of March this year. The timetable on this Bill is to


ensure those objectives are upheld. His point about report and committee


stages, the purpose of Report Stage normally is to enable the House as a


whole to consider the Bill as it comes out of committee where it is


being considered by a small number of members upstairs. At this stage


we have a full two date and time needed on the third day as well. For


consideration of amendments by a Committee of the whole House. What


the honourable gentleman is asking for is a further extension of the


Committee of the whole House. Finally on his points about


Scotland, I think the Prime Minister cannot have been more emphatic on


numerous occasions at this dispatch box. Making it plain that we are


determined to consult the Scottish Government, the Welsh government,


the Northern Ireland Executive, about how their interests and the


people who they represent are affected by the process of


withdrawal from the European Union and the negotiations on which we


shall shortly embark. The Evel arrangements in her standing borders


can only apply if three conditions are met. First that the matter in


question is devolved to Scotland. Secondly, that that same matter


relates to England only, or to England and Wales only. And third,


that you, Mr Speaker, have certified the amendment or the Bill as falling


within the definitions prescribed under our standing orders. I cannot


possibly comment upon a build that has not yet been published, it seems


to me that those principles, given that international agreements are


under the Scotland act defined as reserved, not devolved matters,


those principles embodied in our standing orders or to give the


honourable gentleman and his colleagues considerable reassurance.


Mr Speaker, this week three out of the six district councils in Dorset


voted to keep their own sovereignty and independence. Despite this last


night the chief Executive of Dorset County Council announced that other


councils in Dorset would apply for a hostile takeover. Can we have an


early debate on how to prevent ineffective and wasteful councils


seeking to seize by compulsion the assets and powers of their


financially sound neighbours? My honourable friend is moving on from


the sovereignty of Parliament to the sovereignty of Christchurch. I can


only say to him that I think a number of us in the House are very


aware that in the localities that we represent there are sometimes, how


shall I put it? Different and competing views amongst different


local authorities about the possible shape of future local government


reform. Mr Speaker, I can see from your expression you and I are both


familiar with this dilemma of surplus, and I think that as my


honourable friend knows, his view and the views of other colleagues


representing Dorset constituency is I going to be attended to very


closely by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government


and I would urge him to continue to ensure that the views of his


constituents are forthrightly represented in that quarter. Mr


Kevin Brennan. Thank you, Mr Speaker. Could we have a debate


about our so-called national airline British Airways. The manner in which


they are treating their workforce, particularly the mixed fleet cabin


crew, is a disgrace. The airline is refusing to settle with a reasonable


offer to them. Would debate enable us to expose our so-called national


airline and the way they treat their air workforce? While this is a


matter for the company and trade unions concerned, the government


would hope that all employers would take seriously their


responsibilities to ensure that they workforce is fairly rewarded. I


can't offer him a debate in government time but this might be


subject on which he could seek an adjournment debate. Mr Philip


Davies. Last week I attended in the House of Lords a meeting organised


by the crossbencher and human rights campaigner Baroness Cox with three


very brave women who gave their harrowing tales of how they'd been


treated and the impact of sharia councils on their lives. It's a


disgrace that we have this alternative form of justice in our


country. Can we have a debate so that we can make sure that everybody


in this country is treated equally under the same role. We do not have


sharia councils treating women in such an appalling manner. It's very


important that all of us in this place uphold wholeheartedly the


rights that both men and women have under the law on Dummett of the


United Kingdom, and emphasise that whatever private or community


arrangements on dispute resolution may or may not exist, it is the


legal rights of women and of men under law that trumps any formal


agreement. Mrs Madeleine Moon. Thank you, Mr Speaker. Can we have a


debate about the vexatious use of family courts by controlling and


abusive ex partners who seek to use custody as a way of harassing,


intimidating and impoverishing, often their wives, and as a way of


ensuring they retain that control and coercive and bullying behaviour


that they exemplified throughout their relationship. Like the


Honourable Lady, I have had constituency cases where


constituents have come to me about this kind of harassment. There may


be an opportunity for her to highlight the issue in the


adjournment debate. I think ultimately we have to accept that


with individual cases we must rely on the good sense and


professionalism of the judge who is presiding over a particular case to


hear and make a judgment about the evidence put forward by the two


parties and come to a fair resolution. Rishi Sunak. If you were


to visit my constituency I would take you to one of our three


lifestyle auction markets, alongside our riding schools they are keyed to


the fabric of our role community and yet their future is threatened by


eye watering rises in business rates. Can I ask my Right Honourable


friend to make time in this House so that we can debate white rural


businesses are being so unfairly penalise to? -- why rural


businesses. My honourable friend, in his relatively short time has


emerged as a formidable champion of the Richmond constituency, for North


Yorkshire and rural businesses generally too. The position if we


look at this nationally is the business rate revaluation will


overall benefit businesses in rural areas across England. And no small


property will see more than a 5% increase from the 1st of April this


year because of a transitional relief scheme. But if my honourable


friend would care to write to me about the particular cases of the


auction markets in his constituency I will undertake to draw that to the


attention of the Communities Secretary. Mr Keith Vaz. Thank you,


Mr Speaker. Although this week we spent 17 hours discussing the


European Union we didn't spend a single minute on the crisis in Yemen


where half the population are still starving. Last Sunday President


Trump authorised the first attack on Al-Qaeda in Yemen causing the death


of one American soldier and 14 casualties. When can we have an


update on the urgent situation in Yemen? We hold the pen at the UN on


this subject. We desperately need a ceasefire. When can we know what's


happening? There will be questions to the Foreign Secretary on the 21st


of February, which will provide an opportunity to raise Yemen, though


the Right Honourable gentleman may of course wish to take other


parliamentary opportunities that may be available to him to focus on the


Yemen issue at greater length. The governments has never turned away


from the fact that a peaceful resolution in Yemen will be an easy


business, if there was an easy answer it would have been found by


now. We continue to support the work of the UN special envoy on Yemen who


is striving ceaselessly to bring about the ceasefire that both the


Right Honourable gentleman and I wish to see. And the Department for


International Development continues to do what it can to bring


humanitarian assistance to those who are in such need. This week, Mr


Speaker, a petition raised by the parents of April Jones who lived in


Machynlleth in my constituency reached 100,000. April was abducted


and murdered when just five years old. The person responsible, Mark


Bridger, is now in prison. The petition calls for tougher sentences


for those looking at child pornography on the Internet and


greater control of Internet search engines. Would the Leader of the


House urge the petitions committee to bring forward an early debate on


an April's law as soon as possible? I understand completely the way in


which this appalling and tragic case has shocked the community in


Montgomeryshire and the wish of so many people to see this debate in


Parliament. As my honourable friend will understand it is not for the


government, it is for the petitions committee to allocate time to debate


the petitions. But I'm sure the chair of the Petitions Committee


will want to consider carefully the case he has made. As the government


hurtles headlong into Brexit Britain, can we please have a debate


in government time on our future plans for international trade


policy. The Prime Minister and Secretary of State are jetsetting


around the world promising all sorts of deals to President Trump and


Erdogan but this House has still not have the opportunity to discuss the


principles which will underwrite future trade deals, the process


follow to ratify them. Is this just another example of Brexit on the


hoof without policy or scrutiny from Parliament? Well, I mean, I would


have hoped that... Even while expressing the concerns she has the


Honourable Lady might have paid some tribute to the energy and


determination of my honourable friends, the ministry will team and


the Department for international trade who are actively seeking to


ensure that we do have the best trading opportunities around the


world after our departure from the European Union. There are questions


to the Department for International trade on Thursday night next week


but of course, the Government has already had a number of debates in


government time on different aspects of our departure from the European


Union. And I shall make sure that we look seriously at her case for a


further debate to take place focusing on international trade. Sir


Desmond Swayne. How will we use the time next week if you, Mr Speaker,


don't select any of these ridiculous and impertinent amendments?


LAUGHTER Well, I think, Mr Speaker, the


procedure as regards Committee of the whole House is actually... You


are spared that duty because it falls to the Chairman of Ways and


Means and the Chairman of Ways and Means will, as always, be guided by


the rules on order and ensure that those are properly upheld. SPEAKER:


Paula Sherriff. Thank you, Mr Speaker. With the Leader of the


House join me in congratulating might phenomenally talented


constituency from Dewsbury who has rejected a multi-million pound deal


for his latest business venture and could he facilitate a debate at


looking how government could help other young aspiring entrepreneurs?


I'm happy to join her in expressing congratulations to her constituent,


Ali. I think that the more we can do to encourage young people, not just


to understand enterprise, but for many young people to set up a new


enterprise, giving employment to others as their vocation, the


better. I will pass on the case that she is described to my Right


Honourable friend, the Business Secretary. But I know that all parts


of government will want to ensure there are many more Alis in many


more constituencies around this country. Martin Vickers. Excitement


is mounting in Cleethorpes following the announcement yesterday that


there is to be a visit next week from the Minister for the Northern


Powerhouse. Earlier this week the Humber Local Enterprise Partnerships


had a showcase event here at Westminster attended by four


government ministers when the advantages of Northern Lincolnshire


and Humberside were shown to the guests. Could the Leader of the


House arrange for a debate on the successful government policy of the


Northern Powerhouse? Mr Speaker, I can see that even now crowds are


sleeping out in the streets ahead of the ministerial visit and that


Cleethorpes is scarce able to contain its jubilation as the


bunting is strung from lamp posts. I think that my honourable friend


makes a very important point. The Government's approach to economic


and industrial strategy is that we want to ensure that in particular


that those parts of the United Kingdom that have not benefited in


the same way as the more prosperous cities and regions from the growth


that we've had in recent decades are able to do so. That certainly


includes Cleethorpes and the other towns and cities in northern


Lincolnshire. I hope, for example, that there will be some beneficial


spin offs to the wider North Lincolnshire and Humberside region


from the designation of Hull as this year's City of Culture. The work my


honourable friend does is one that ministers are keen to champion. John


Mann. The government controls the vast majority of business and time


in Parliament. Considering the crisis in the NHS and the fact every


member of Parliament wants to raise the crisis in relation to their


constituency, can I propose to the government that before Easter and


entire week be exclusively dedicated to the NHS and the crisis in it and


I would predict that even within a week we would struggle for enough


time for every member to outline their concerns. I think all Members


of the House, whichever political party they represent, followed


closely the challenges and successes of the National Health Service,


particularly in their own constituencies. And they are keen to


raise these matters with ministers. There are health questions next


week, I can't promise the honourable gentleman a full week of debate in


the way that he wishes. I would just point out to him that it is this


government that is following through on its commitment to put into the


NHS the money that NHS England itself said it needed for its trance


formation and reform plans it was the party of the honourable


gentleman at the 20 15th General Election pledge. Refined debate time


for debate on the replacement of the pound coin in March. The coin as


constituted would not be legal tender in October or that slots in


vending machines would cope with the 12 sided new coins. My honourable


friend makes a good point and on the 1st of January this year we launched


a campaign to help raise awareness and encourage the public to return


the current round of ?1 coins. The message is very clear, if you have a


pound coin sitting at home or in your wallet you need to either spend


it will return it to your bank by the 15th of October this year when


it ceases to become legal tender. We have already been running for some


months a separate campaign to support retailers and other


businesses to prepare for the new coin so that some machines, part


machines, have all been altered. Why doesn't the Leader of the House


just come clean and admit that it's all 11 at night because


the. I don't. Is opposed in principle to


this Bill. Seat parliament procedures should be prolonged


sellers to go beyond the March deadline for triggering Article 50.


The Prime Minister has set out plans afoot this House has overwhelmingly


endorsed. ? How many amendments debate isn't going to be a matter


for the government at all. That will be a matter for the Chairman of Ways


and Means, who will decide which amendments are in order and which


are not. I would be sure the Right Honourable gentleman has studied the


motion we voted through last night and he would have seen that that


allocates time for attic of into which -- categories into which those


he has described falls. There will be perfectly sound opportunities in


the three days we have available to a through ball of those amendments


in sufficient detail. -- all of those amendments. As chair of the


EPP on community engagement, further to my letter to the Prime Minister


and Foreign Secretary earlier in the week regarding the treatment of UK


citizens, border controls around the world, can we please have an urgent


statement or a debate on this matter? This is something that both


the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary are reflecting on very


carefully following my honourable friend and the Cape EPG's


recommendations. He can be sure that the Foreign Office and our network


of posts around the world do take up individual cases when they come to


their attention but the case of a systemic procedure for recording


those cases is something we will look at in the light of what he has


said. Yesterday with the greatest reluctance many members genuflected


to the authority of public opinion as expressed in a referendum. With


the House show the same respect to the unprecedented number of people


who have signed two repetitions since last Saturday. 1.8 million


have expressed their outrage at the prospect of President Trump enjoying


a state visit here. 200,000 have supported that invitation. Can we


ensure that we show respect to this sense of horror that people have by


having not just a debate in this House but a vote of honourable


members. The unique feature of the EU referendum, of course, was that


Parliament had passed an act which expressly referred that decision to


the British people. I certainly felt that we were on Dummett honour bound


to accept the verdict there. In the case of the state visit of the


President of the United States, of course people are free to express


their opinions and it is right that the Petitions Committee has


allocated time for the petition which the honourable gentleman


described to be debated here. The Government takes the view that a


state visit is perfectly appropriate force of the relationship between


United Kingdom and the United States of America, including with its


elected Head of State is something that matters to the security of our


citizens, to the geopolitical role of the West and to our commercial


and industrial interests. For those reasons it is right that we should


welcome the elected head of the United States of America in the way


that we have done his predecessors. Rob Blackman. Yesterday I had the


privilege of listening to Susan Pollock, the noted Holocaust


survivor, when she addressed a synagogue and a large group of year


eight students across Harrow. She asked the question which was, what


do you think of when I say what does a Jew looked like? There came no


answer. Yet today we have heard the publication of the terrible report


from CST of the dramatic increase in the number of anti-Semitic


incidents. Can we have a debate in government time on that report, and


more importantly what action the government is going to take to stamp


down on anti-Semitism? I think the best thing I can say is that all of


us in government and outside were appalled by the reported increase in


hate crime. I think there has been progress in tackling it but even one


case is too many. We have published a new cross government hate crime


action plan to tackle all forms of hate crime, but all of us across the


House need to make it clear that Jewish people in Britain, like


people from all communities, must be able to live their lives free from


fear of either verbal or physical attack. In order to tackle


anti-Semitism we need to implement effectively our strong legislation


against religious discrimination and racially and religiously motivated


crime. But there is also a responsibility upon us all as


individuals and on us as members of political parties and people who


have some leadership positions in our own constituencies, to make it


clear again and again if necessary in public, that anti-Semitism has no


place whatsoever in this country. Lowe do we have a debate in relation


to G4S and the dispersal of asylum seekers. They have repeatedly used


inaccurate phrases like illegal contact details. Can we have a


debate on G4S properties and also the code of conduct on councillors


in relation to these properties? We do have a proud history in this


country of granting asylum to people who need our protection and we are


committed to providing safe and secure accommodation while


applications from individuals are being considered. We are clear that


asylum seekers should only be accommodated in properties that are


decent and safe and Home Office ministers do work closely with their


contractors to make sure their contractors meet standards and where


contractors full short we work with them to try to sort out those issues


as quickly as possible. I can pass the details on to the Home


Secretary. A ripple of early resident has asked me to the trustee


of his new charity under high amongst its agenda is to look at new


legislation in relationship to the theft of pets. We know this is


something on the increase. BBC figures show an increase in 22% in


theft of dogs and some police officers do not -- police services


do not collect that information. Could we have a debate about


legislation in relationship to pets in order that we can properly get


legislation on the statute book that will properly protect them? My


honourable friend raises a very interesting point: we should never


at this place underestimate the affection that millions of our


constituents have for pets and the important therapeutic role often


that pets play in giving companionship to people at risk


otherwise of loneliness. I will refer my honourable friend's request


to the Secretary of State for food and royal affairs but I would


suggest in the meantime he might want to pursue opportunities through


the backbench committee to highlight his concerns. I'm sure the Leader of


the House would like to congratulate with me Professor Sir Peter


Matheson, and also paid tribute to Sir Tim O'Shea who has kept the


University of Edinburgh in the top 20 in the world. That could the


Leader of the House confirm that he will use the time to look seriously


at the Labour Party's new clause six that could give Sir Peter Mattheson


a real boost in his new principal ship by saying that EU nationals


cannot only stay here but are very welcome? I am very happy both to


congratulate Professor Mattheson on his appointment and to congratulate


Tim O'Shea on what he achieved during his tenure. I have seen when


I visited the University myself what a formidable Institute of learning


it is. On his point about the bill clearly it is not for the


government, it is for the chairman of ways and means to determine which


amendments are selected for debate but the government's very clear


position is that we want at the earliest possible opportunity in the


negotiations to reach an agreement that safeguards the rights of EU


citizens here and safeguards equally the rights of United Kingdom


citizens living in EU countries. And for the future as is spelt out in


the white paper that the secretary of state will be giving a statement


shortly, we want to ensure that our future relationship in braces


opportunities for others to continue to benefit from the brightest and


best people coming to study at universities throughout the United


Kingdom. Following the announcement that the excellent mid Wales holiday


lets company in my constituency are deserted finalists in the Wales


business of the year competition can we have a debate about the


importance of holiday lets on our tourism industry and the regulatory


environment that surrounds them? Having Mr Speaker enjoyed many


family holidays in the past in holiday lets in Wales, can I endorse


every word that my honourable friend says and congratulate mid Wales


holiday lets in being a finalist in the Welsh business of the year


competition. The holiday letting sector makes a hugely important


contribution to the tourist business in the UK in general and it is a key


provider in particular of income in the role parts of our country. On


the comprehensive economic trade agreement between the EU and Canada


has been scheduled for Monday next week. The Leader of the House is


aware of the intense interest that exists in this house in relation to


this controversial treaty so can he explain why the house has been given


so little notice of this debate and wipe it is not taking place on the


floor of the house as the European scrutiny committee strongly


recommended. I do not think the notification that has been given is


unusual in terms of the period of notice that is given. Having had to


respond to many of those debates over the years I can say to the


honourable lady that it is a much tougher outing for a minister having


to reply to up to 60 minutes of questions in one of those European


committees than to make a ten minute response to a 90 minute debate here


in the chamber. Turn a half hours is allocated for the committee debate,


90 minutes for the floor of house. Nevertheless as I undertook in my


response to the debate earlier I will additionally undertake to


explore whether there is a future possibility for a general debate on


EU exit and international trade images that will give to her a


further opportunity to express her views. I was listening earlier this


week to lord Dawson being interviewed on television this week,


and I wonder if we can have a statement on which of the members of


the House of Lords actually living in this country at a time when


engaging a Brexit means our citizens are refused rights to work abroad.


And perhaps citizens of the EU are unable to work in the future. Can we


have a statement on that? The other house of course has its rules about


domiciliary status of its members and it is for the House of Lords to


police those. I do think that it was interesting during the referendum


campaign to note that some of those who campaigned to leave also took a


lot of advantage of the freedom of movement. I do hope that in the new


arrangements in the future that we are able to end up with a state of


affairs where tourists travelling for long or short stays in each


other's countries are still able to proceed with as little hassle as


possible. HSBC has announced they are closing their last bank in a


town in my constituency causing considerable upset and distress in


the town and surrounding villages. Could we have a statement on the


impact and would the Leader of the House the being of me that the


world's local bank is becoming a little less local. As I have said


before I think there is a responsibility on banks particularly


when a bank knows it has the last branch in a particular community to


weigh very carefully whether they should move towards closure. There


clearly are commercial pressures as more customers move towards online


banking and there is a cost here to watch the government is seeking to


do in bringing in high-speed broadband into raw communities more


quickly because for more people in rural areas able to have quick


broadband are are likely to take advantage of online banking. Most of


the rights workers enjoy such as holiday leave and maternity pay our


protections are derived from the EU. Given the Conservative Party has


starred itself as the party of the works, in the spirit that can have a


statement to this house that sets out the government's guarantees that


have still not been given for the continuation of these rights post


Brexit? I have to say to the honourable lady I have said in this


chamber several times now and I've heard that by Mr and I've heard my


right honourable friend the Secretary of State say that we will


protect workers' rights. After all, some of those workers' rights I


would say parental leave by way of example go further in this country


than those that are mandated under European law. So I really think she


should be careful before giving credence to these scare stories. I


was disappointed to learn last week that a funding bid in my


constituency was rejected when the latest round of growth deals was


announced. What was also disappointing was the lack of


transparency about why this bid was unsuccessful. Can we have the debate


goes to enable the government to explain why investment in my


community is not a priority for them? I know where all those growth


deal rounds that there had been more bids from local enterprise


partnerships and authorities than could possibly vetted given that


funds are finite however generous they may be. I suggest to honourable


gentleman that if he seeks an adjournment debate he will have the


opportunity to extract a detailed ministerial reply. Will the Leader


of the House make time available in government time to have a debate on


the impact Brexit has already had on some of my local businesses and


others, such as a business that is having to scale back on expansion


because it has been very hard hit by the drop in the pound. One which is


losing employees and another that is worried about increasing shortages


among teachers, doctors and engineers. It will also enable the


government to set out what their analysis on the impact of coming out


of the single market is going to be on British jobs. I think there will


be opportunity next week and there will certainly be plenty of


opportunities when the repeal bill is introduced after the Queen's


Speech later this year all those issues to be explored. The


governments objective following the decision of the people in the


referendum is to make sure that British businesses have the greatest


possible freedom of access to and freedom to operate within the single


market and that European businesses have the same opportunities here.


Following the statement earlier from the Transport Secretary can we have


a debate or scrutiny on allowing passenger aircraft to fly into


Glasgow International Airport with zero security. If security is to be


taken security common knowledge that airports like Barra surely has risks


and makes a mockery of wider airport security at all airports.


I will ensure that those points are put to the Transport Secretary.


Schools in Cheshire were already receiving ?400 per pupil less in the


national average before the Government slashed another ?4.2


million off the budgets rising to 6.4 million over the next few years


so can we have a debate on funding so we can understand why this


formula provides no fairness nor funding. I think the point the


honourable gentleman overlooks, for many years now we have been in a


situation in which schools in different parts of the country have


been in receipt of hugely different levels of expenditure per pupil and


the purpose of the new national funding formula is to ensure


equality between children and the opportunities in those local


authorities. We will be maintaining things like the pupil premium which


is worth 2.5 billion this year alone to give people support from


disadvantaged backgrounds and we are only going to be up to continue


funding education if we continue to have a strong economy creating


wealth and economic growth that enables such spending to take place.


Can we have a debate how we keep members of the Tory front bench


awake when the matters of Scotland are concerned. I had a number of


e-mails and concerned constituents observing that the deputy leader


appeared to be taking a nap. Does the leader of the House agreed that


it is important that his colleagues remain awake the matter how


dismissive they meet to Lee Mack may be of the Scottish interests. My


honourable friend was concentrating hard as he always does. I can assure


in all seriousness that the Prime Minister has made clear to every


Member of the Cabinet that she regards it of vital importance in


the forthcoming negotiations that we all have in our mind the interests


of all parts of the United Kingdom as we approach the different aspects


of that policy negotiation. Given the remarks we just had from the


leader is it not disgraceful that the Secretary of State for Defence


has been reported that the UK Government will veto any legitimate


demand for an independence referendum, can we have a debate on


less sovereignty lies and... I think the -- what was said is that


respects works both ways, it's was right that the governments respect


both the devolved settlements and the interests in Scotland within the


United Kingdom in reserve matters so the Scottish Government should


respect the verdict of the Scottish people about the future of Scotland.


Will the leader of the House give government time in delays for


universal credit payments, payments are waiting at least six weeks but


many are not paid or have a month salary as cushion. People in


temporary jobs don't have savings to see them through and are having to


use food banks. Mr Speaker the virtues of universal credit is that


it is a simpler system with childcare provisions and for the


first time you get extra help when you are in work to increase earnings


and it will ensure you will be better off than on benefits. The


reason we are introducing universal credit on a gradual basis is to try


to ensure that we identify and eliminate the teething problems she


has described at a very early stage and then put them right, if there


are cases in her constituency which are not being addressed with


sufficient speed, I would ask to give me those details and I will


draw them to the Secretary of 's attention. The security industry


launched a new IT system in July last year and the implementation of


which led to some difficulty due to system defects. This led to


applications taking longer to process, some constituent cases I


have been dealing with seem to indicate that the situation is still


ongoing and a resolution to the problem has yet to be found. Maybe


have a statement from a Home Office to update the House on the progress


of this matter. I don't know the details of the problems affecting


the authority but it is clearly important that it is able to process


applications swiftly and efficiently.


I'm sure there will be a full response. The leader of the House


would be aware of the issue of compensation for victims, there will


also be a private bill coming from the other place so may I ask the


leader of the House can we have a debate on the progress of the


efforts to secure compensation for the UK victims on IRA sponsored


terrorism. As was recommended in December last year. The honourable


gentleman has been diligent in pursuing this issue and I understand


fully why this is so important to people in Northern Ireland he will


understand given the situation in Libya at the moment that this is not


a straightforward conversation to have with the Libyan authorities. It


is something that the Minister of Middle East and North Africa


continues to pursue. There will be Foreign Office questions within the


next few days and he may want to raise this with the Minister then.


The secretary of state for exiting the European Union, secretary David


Davis. With permission I wish to make a


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