02/02/2017 Business Questions


02/02/2017

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Wednesday February red, conclusion of consideration Day three, followed

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by remaining stages of the withdrawal bill. Thursday, February

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

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Palestinian territories: five debate on a national governments of the

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football Association, the subjects having been determined by the

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backbench business committee. Friday, February ten the house will

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

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break, will include Monday, remaining stages of the cultural

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property armed conflicts bill followed by consideration of Lords

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

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

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

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

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committee on smart monitoring of electricity and gas followed by a

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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won the Australian open possibly because you interviewed him that Mr

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

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

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

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

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

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

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secretive government who failed to tell Parliament about the misfiring

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

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

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

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

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

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

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protected, consult with devolved government and ask the government to

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

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

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

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said they have reached unacceptable levels of safety concerns for their

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patients and in a statement credit also say whether hospitals are

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operating at safe staffing levels and could the government published a

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

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the select committees, communities and local government, Public

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Accounts Committee and health, now we see the recklessness of

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

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less people wanting to become nurses. The same recklessness that

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the honourable member for Surrey said when he regrets cancelling

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

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constituency, where they have their allegation cancelled. Children have

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

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

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

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

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failed to respond to my honourable friend question on her Parliamentary

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

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

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

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invitation. Sadly this week the key constitutional lawyer was

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

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

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

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

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

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

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thanking all those researchers looking for a cure and on Saturday

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

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wish all those well who are currently going through treatment

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

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immediately associate myself with the comments about National Cancer

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

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

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

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

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celebrate the advances of medical science, the skills of oncologists

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

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

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

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

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

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provide specialist nursing care including hospice treatment to

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

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

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

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

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today. My understanding about the bill brought forward by the

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honourable member for North West Durham is the committee to consider

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

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

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of questions she pursue this morning was something of distraction therapy

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

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

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

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

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

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days in second reading including going until midnight on Monday and

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

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

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

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Treasury to the education Department, explicitly for the

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

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The government having reconsidered that policy altered its policy and

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

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

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Secretary but I can give an unqualified assurance that this

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government will continue both through the Foreign Office and

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Department for International Development to work support the

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cause of building democracy, human rights and community reconciliation

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inside that country. Finally, she rightly paid tribute to

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Commissioning Group is within the NHS and the fact they are

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unaccountable to the public? The Clinical Commissioning Group

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covering part of my constituency plans to withdraw services from

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Bridlington Hospital, remove services from Bridlington Hospital

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

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this despite overwhelming public opposition. Does he accept that I

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

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

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

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concerns to the Secretary of State but also pointing towards health

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

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

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

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Clinical Commissioning Group is should be engaging in proper public

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

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transformation plans for that locality, and ultimately the local

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authority, through its health overview committee has the right,

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they believe services are being wrongly and adversely restructured,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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they are forcing through at breakneck speed. The Government must

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be prepared to listen to the hundreds of amendments tabled for

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

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

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reject every amendment that comes forward without proper

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

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

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the government's intention on the second Scottish independence

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

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Secretary today who seems to roll out entirely a second independence

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

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

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

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government with only one MP in Scotland telling the Scottish people

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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a matter of weeks ago the House voted overwhelmingly again to

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endorse the Prime Minister's timetable for triggering Article 50

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Committee of the whole House. Finally on his points about

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

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

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determined to consult the Scottish Government, the Welsh government,

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the Northern Ireland Executive, about how their interests and the

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people who they represent are affected by the process of

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withdrawal from the European Union and the negotiations on which we

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shall shortly embark. The Evel arrangements in her standing borders

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

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

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

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

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within the definitions prescribed under our standing orders. I cannot

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

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to me that those principles, given that international agreements are

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

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those principles embodied in our standing orders or to give the

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honourable gentleman and his colleagues considerable reassurance.

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

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

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night the chief Executive of Dorset County Council announced that other

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

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early debate on how to prevent ineffective and wasteful councils

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seeking to seize by compulsion the assets and powers of their

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financially sound neighbours? My honourable friend is moving on from

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

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

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

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shall I put it? Different and competing views amongst different

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local authorities about the possible shape of future local government

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

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

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

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representing Dorset constituency is I going to be attended to very

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closely by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

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

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constituents are forthrightly represented in that quarter. Mr

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

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

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they are treating their workforce, particularly the mixed fleet cabin

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

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

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

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matter for the company and trade unions concerned, the government

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would hope that all employers would take seriously their

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responsibilities to ensure that they workforce is fairly rewarded. I

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

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

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

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by the crossbencher and human rights campaigner Baroness Cox with three

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

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

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disgrace that we have this alternative form of justice in our

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

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

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

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important that all of us in this place uphold wholeheartedly the

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

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United Kingdom, and emphasise that whatever private or community

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

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

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

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debate about the vexatious use of family courts by controlling and

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

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

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ensuring they retain that control and coercive and bullying behaviour

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that they exemplified throughout their relationship. Like the

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Honourable Lady, I have had constituency cases where

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

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be an opportunity for her to highlight the issue in the

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adjournment debate. I think ultimately we have to accept that

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with individual cases we must rely on the good sense and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Yorkshire and rural businesses generally too. The position if we

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look at this nationally is the business rate revaluation will

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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where half the population are still starving. Last Sunday President

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the Right Honourable gentleman may of course wish to take other

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

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

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

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

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

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is striving ceaselessly to bring about the ceasefire that both the

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

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International Development continues to do what it can to bring

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

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

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

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

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

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for those looking at child pornography on the Internet and

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

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

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

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which this appalling and tragic case has shocked the community in

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

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

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

:27:26.:27:31.

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

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

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

:27:42.:27:44.

in government time on our future plans for international trade

:27:45.:27:49.

policy. The Prime Minister and Secretary of State are jetsetting

:27:50.:27:51.

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

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

:27:55.:27:57.

principles which will underwrite future trade deals, the process

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

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

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

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Honourable Lady might have paid some tribute to the energy and

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determination of my honourable friends, the ministry will team and

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the Department for international trade who are actively seeking to

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ensure that we do have the best trading opportunities around the

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

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to the Department for International trade on Thursday night next week

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

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government time on different aspects of our departure from the European

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

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further debate to take place focusing on international trade. Sir

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

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

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LAUGHTER Well, I think, Mr Speaker, the

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

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

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

:29:30.:29:35.

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

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

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House join me in congratulating might phenomenally talented

:29:48.:29:49.

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

:29:50.:29:53.

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

:29:54.:29:55.

looking how government could help other young aspiring entrepreneurs?

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

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

:30:11.:30:16.

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

:30:17.:30:21.

enterprise, giving employment to others as their vocation, the

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

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

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

:30:35.:30:39.

more constituencies around this country. Martin Vickers. Excitement

:30:40.:30:44.

is mounting in Cleethorpes following the announcement yesterday that

:30:45.:30:47.

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

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Powerhouse. Earlier this week the Humber Local Enterprise Partnerships

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had a showcase event here at Westminster attended by four

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government ministers when the advantages of Northern Lincolnshire

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

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

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

:31:26.:31:32.

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

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Cleethorpes is scarce able to contain its jubilation as the

:31:37.:31:43.

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

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

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

:31:54.:32:01.

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

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

:32:07.:32:10.

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

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includes Cleethorpes and the other towns and cities in northern

:32:14.:32:18.

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

:32:19.:32:22.

spin offs to the wider North Lincolnshire and Humberside region

:32:23.:32:27.

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

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

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

:32:39.:32:42.

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

:32:43.:32:48.

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

:32:49.:32:55.

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

:32:56.:32:59.

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

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

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

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of the House, whichever political party they represent, followed

:33:14.:33:19.

closely the challenges and successes of the National Health Service,

:33:20.:33:20.

particularly in their own constituencies. And they are keen to

:33:21.:33:26.

raise these matters with ministers. There are health questions next

:33:27.:33:30.

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

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

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

:33:40.:33:46.

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

:33:47.:33:53.

formation and reform plans it was the party of the honourable

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

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

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

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

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

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

:34:30.:34:35.

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

:34:36.:34:38.

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

:34:39.:34:42.

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

:34:43.:34:46.

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

:34:47.:34:49.

months a separate campaign to support retailers and other

:34:50.:34:54.

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

:34:55.:35:03.

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

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

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

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this Bill. Seat parliament procedures should be prolonged

:35:53.:36:00.

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

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

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

:36:13.:36:18.

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

:36:19.:36:21.

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

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

:36:27.:36:29.

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

:36:30.:36:36.

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

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

:36:44.:36:47.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary are reflecting on very

:37:20.:37:23.

carefully following my honourable friend and the Cape EPG's

:37:24.:37:30.

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

:37:31.:37:35.

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

:37:36.:37:41.

their attention but the case of a systemic procedure for recording

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

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said. Yesterday with the greatest reluctance many members genuflected

:37:54.:37:58.

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

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

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who have signed two repetitions since last Saturday. 1.8 million

:38:11.:38:18.

have expressed their outrage at the prospect of President Trump enjoying

:38:19.:38:24.

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

:38:25.:38:27.

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

:38:28.:38:32.

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

:38:33.:38:40.

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

:38:41.:38:46.

Parliament had passed an act which expressly referred that decision to

:38:47.:38:50.

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

:38:51.:38:58.

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

:38:59.:39:01.

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

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their opinions and it is right that the Petitions Committee has

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allocated time for the petition which the honourable gentleman

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

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state visit is perfectly appropriate force of the relationship between

:39:23.:39:24.

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

:39:25.:39:28.

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

:39:29.:39:35.

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

:39:36.:39:42.

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

:39:43.:39:46.

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

:39:47.:39:51.

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

:39:52.:39:58.

privilege of listening to Susan Pollock, the noted Holocaust

:39:59.:40:02.

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

:40:03.:40:06.

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

:40:07.:40:12.

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

:40:13.:40:17.

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

:40:18.:40:22.

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

:40:23.:40:27.

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

:40:28.:40:30.

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

:40:31.:40:38.

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

:40:39.:40:45.

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

:40:46.:40:51.

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

:40:52.:40:56.

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

:40:57.:41:00.

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

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

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

:41:10.:41:14.

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

:41:15.:41:23.

anti-Semitism we need to implement effectively our strong legislation

:41:24.:41:27.

against religious discrimination and racially and religiously motivated

:41:28.:41:32.

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

:41:33.:41:37.

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

:41:38.:41:40.

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

:41:41.:41:46.

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

:41:47.:41:48.

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

:41:49.:42:03.

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

:42:04.:42:11.

inaccurate phrases like illegal contact details. Can we have a

:42:12.:42:21.

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

:42:22.:42:28.

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

:42:29.:42:32.

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

:42:33.:42:37.

committed to providing safe and secure accommodation while

:42:38.:42:43.

applications from individuals are being considered. We are clear that

:42:44.:42:48.

asylum seekers should only be accommodated in properties that are

:42:49.:42:53.

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

:42:54.:42:57.

contractors to make sure their contractors meet standards and where

:42:58.:43:02.

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

:43:03.:43:06.

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

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

:43:13.:43:18.

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

:43:19.:43:23.

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

:43:24.:43:27.

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

:43:28.:43:30.

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

:43:31.:43:36.

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

:43:37.:43:41.

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

:43:42.:43:46.

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

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honourable friend raises a very interesting point: we should never

:43:54.:43:59.

at this place underestimate the affection that millions of our

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constituents have for pets and the important therapeutic role often

:44:05.:44:08.

that pets play in giving companionship to people at risk

:44:09.:44:16.

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

:44:17.:44:22.

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

:44:23.:44:25.

suggest in the meantime he might want to pursue opportunities through

:44:26.:44:30.

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

:44:31.:44:39.

the House would like to congratulate with me Professor Sir Peter

:44:40.:44:43.

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

:44:44.:44:45.

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

:44:46.:44:52.

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

:44:53.:44:58.

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

:44:59.:45:03.

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

:45:04.:45:07.

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

:45:08.:45:13.

congratulate Professor Mattheson on his appointment and to congratulate

:45:14.:45:18.

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

:45:19.:45:26.

I visited the University myself what a formidable Institute of learning

:45:27.:45:30.

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

:45:31.:45:33.

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

:45:34.:45:38.

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

:45:39.:45:44.

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

:45:45.:45:46.

negotiations to reach an agreement that safeguards the rights of EU

:45:47.:45:50.

citizens here and safeguards equally the rights of United Kingdom

:45:51.:45:58.

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

:45:59.:46:03.

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

:46:04.:46:08.

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

:46:09.:46:11.

opportunities for others to continue to benefit from the brightest and

:46:12.:46:15.

best people coming to study at universities throughout the United

:46:16.:46:20.

Kingdom. Following the announcement that the excellent mid Wales holiday

:46:21.:46:27.

lets company in my constituency are deserted finalists in the Wales

:46:28.:46:30.

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

:46:31.:46:34.

importance of holiday lets on our tourism industry and the regulatory

:46:35.:46:40.

environment that surrounds them? Having Mr Speaker enjoyed many

:46:41.:46:45.

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

:46:46.:46:53.

every word that my honourable friend says and congratulate mid Wales

:46:54.:46:58.

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

:46:59.:47:01.

competition. The holiday letting sector makes a hugely important

:47:02.:47:07.

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

:47:08.:47:16.

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

:47:17.:47:22.

the comprehensive economic trade agreement between the EU and Canada

:47:23.:47:26.

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

:47:27.:47:30.

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

:47:31.:47:34.

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

:47:35.:47:38.

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

:47:39.:47:47.

floor of the house as the European scrutiny committee strongly

:47:48.:47:52.

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

:47:53.:47:58.

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

:47:59.:48:03.

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

:48:04.:48:08.

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

:48:09.:48:13.

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

:48:14.:48:18.

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

:48:19.:48:26.

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

:48:27.:48:29.

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

:48:30.:48:35.

response to the debate earlier I will additionally undertake to

:48:36.:48:40.

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

:48:41.:48:46.

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

:48:47.:48:49.

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

:48:50.:48:59.

week to lord Dawson being interviewed on television this week,

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

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

:49:07.:49:14.

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

:49:15.:49:21.

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

:49:22.:49:25.

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

:49:26.:49:31.

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

:49:32.:49:40.

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

:49:41.:49:43.

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

:49:44.:49:48.

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

:49:49.:49:56.

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

:49:57.:50:02.

affairs where tourists travelling for long or short stays in each

:50:03.:50:06.

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

:50:07.:50:13.

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

:50:14.:50:21.

town in my constituency causing considerable upset and distress in

:50:22.:50:29.

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

:50:30.:50:40.

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

:50:41.:50:44.

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

:50:45.:50:50.

before I think there is a responsibility on banks particularly

:50:51.:50:53.

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

:50:54.:50:58.

weigh very carefully whether they should move towards closure. There

:50:59.:51:03.

clearly are commercial pressures as more customers move towards online

:51:04.:51:08.

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

:51:09.:51:13.

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

:51:14.:51:18.

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

:51:19.:51:25.

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

:51:26.:51:33.

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

:51:34.:51:41.

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

:51:42.:51:44.

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

:51:45.:51:48.

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

:51:49.:51:51.

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

:51:52.:51:57.

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

:51:58.:52:02.

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

:52:03.:52:05.

right honourable friend the Secretary of State say that we will

:52:06.:52:10.

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

:52:11.:52:16.

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

:52:17.:52:21.

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

:52:22.:52:24.

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

:52:25.:52:32.

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

:52:33.:52:36.

constituency was rejected when the latest round of growth deals was

:52:37.:52:40.

announced. What was also disappointing was the lack of

:52:41.:52:45.

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

:52:46.:52:49.

goes to enable the government to explain why investment in my

:52:50.:52:52.

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

:52:53.:53:00.

deal rounds that there had been more bids from local enterprise

:53:01.:53:05.

partnerships and authorities than could possibly vetted given that

:53:06.:53:11.

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

:53:12.:53:16.

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

:53:17.:53:22.

opportunity to extract a detailed ministerial reply. Will the Leader

:53:23.:53:25.

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

:53:26.:53:30.

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

:53:31.:53:34.

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

:53:35.:53:37.

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

:53:38.:53:47.

losing employees and another that is worried about increasing shortages

:53:48.:53:50.

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

:53:51.:53:53.

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

:53:54.:53:57.

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

:53:58.:54:03.

be opportunity next week and there will certainly be plenty of

:54:04.:54:06.

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

:54:07.:54:09.

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

:54:10.:54:15.

governments objective following the decision of the people in the

:54:16.:54:19.

referendum is to make sure that British businesses have the greatest

:54:20.:54:24.

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

:54:25.:54:30.

market and that European businesses have the same opportunities here.

:54:31.:54:39.

Following the statement earlier from the Transport Secretary can we have

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a debate or scrutiny on allowing passenger aircraft to fly into

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

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taken security common knowledge that airports like Barra surely has risks

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

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

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

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national average before the Government slashed another ?4.2

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

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

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

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

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situation in which schools in different parts of the country have

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

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the purpose of the new national funding formula is to ensure

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equality between children and the opportunities in those local

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

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

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

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funding education if we continue to have a strong economy creating

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

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

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

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e-mails and concerned constituents observing that the deputy leader

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

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it is important that his colleagues remain awake the matter how

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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has been reported that the UK Government will veto any legitimate

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

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

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

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both the devolved settlements and the interests in Scotland within the

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United Kingdom in reserve matters so the Scottish Government should

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

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

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

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

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

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

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it is a simpler system with childcare provisions and for the

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

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

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

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to ensure that we identify and eliminate the teething problems she

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

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are cases in her constituency which are not being addressed with

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

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

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

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

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applications taking longer to process, some constituent cases I

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

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

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

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

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

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applications swiftly and efficiently.

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

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

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

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

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efforts to secure compensation for the UK victims on IRA sponsored

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

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gentleman has been diligent in pursuing this issue and I understand

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

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

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a straightforward conversation to have with the Libyan authorities. It

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is something that the Minister of Middle East and North Africa

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

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

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

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Davis. With permission I wish to make a

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