30/03/2017 Business Questions


30/03/2017

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for the Rhondda, who initially suggested to me the idea for this

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award. Order. Business question, Valerie Vaz. Thank you, Mr Speaker.

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The leader of the house please give us the forthcoming business? The

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leader of the house. Mr Speaker, the business for the first week back

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after the Easter recess will be as follows. Monday the 7th of April,

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the house will not be sitting. Tuesday, the 18th of April, reading

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of the Finance Bill. Wednesday, the 19th of April. Consideration of

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Lords amendments to the technical and further education bill. That is

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followed by motions relating to the Higher Education, Higher Amount

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England Regulations 2016, and the Higher Education Basic Amount

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Regulation Under 16. A debate on a motion on section five of the

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European Amendment act, 1983. Followed by a motion related to the

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social security personal independence payment regulations

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2017. Thursday the 20th of April, statement on the publication of the

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cost report on the public administration and affairs committee

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on lessons learned from the EU referendum, followed by a statement

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on the publication of the 12th report of the Justice committee on

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prison reform, Governor in parliament and prisoner performance.

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That is followed by debate on a motion relating to state pensions,

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payable to recipients outside of the UK. Followed by a general debate on

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research and development on tackling infectious diseases. The subject for

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these debates have been determined by the backbench business committee.

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On Friday the 21st of April, the house will not be sitting. The

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provisional business for the week commencing the 24th of April will

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conclude on Monday the 24th of April, consideration in committee of

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the Finance number two Bill, first day. I would also like to inform the

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house that the business in Westminster Hall, for the 20th 24th

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of April, will be as. Thursday the 20th of April, a debate on the third

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report of the transport committee. The false flag emission scandal and

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vehicle type approval. That is followed by a debate on the European

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arrest warrant. Monday the 24th of April, debate on and he petitioned

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relating to GCSE English literature exams. -- debate on and e-petition.

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May I also add my congratulations to the nominee, we support everything

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that the women do in Pakistan to promote democracy. Can I thank the

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leader of the house for the forthcoming business? I am sure the

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leader is also getting concerned that her gracious sovereign might

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not be aware of the data that she is due to give her speech. Is he

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checking that she is free on those dates? If the leader of the house

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could give some inclination of when we are likely to rise, that would be

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helpful. Mr Speaker, what a significant day, the 26th of March.

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There were eight honourable and right honourable members that shared

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a birthday. The right Honourable Member for South and West, members

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for Worsley and Eccles South, Basingstoke, Congleton, Bristol

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East, Nottingham South, and the youngest member for Linlithgow. We

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wish them a belated happy birthday. PC Keith Palmer, who often stood

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around here, a supporter of Charlton athletic, Aysha Frade, Kurt Cochran

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and Leslie Rhodes will not ever be able to celebrate their birthdays

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again. I want to thank your chaplain, the Reverend Hudson, and

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the Roman Catholic priest, for the ceremonies that they held last

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Thursday. They have always supported us when we need them, and I want to

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thank them. It is a convention that when an essay is paraded, the

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government backed up provides a debate day. I want to raise concerns

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that a debate was not provided for the tuition fees. The leader of the

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confirm that in future the convention will be honoured so that

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the opposition do not have to use standing order 24 to get an

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emergency debate? It is going to be extremely important because there

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will be a plethora of statutory instruments coming as we leave

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Europe. We do not want to see a return to the powers exercised by an

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absolute monarchy when Parliament is sovereign and is a democratic

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institution. Mr Speaker, not all business was carried over last

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Wednesday. Could the leader of the house find time for a debate on the

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exiting the European Union and global trade? This house would like

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to know what the department has been doing jury in the last nine months.

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The Prime Minister said yesterday they have all been busy. As yet, the

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Secretary of State has not been able to come to the house to tell us what

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global trade deals are in the offing. Yesterday was a significant

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day in our island story. We in the opposition wanted to see a strong

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and collaborative future relationship with the EU, the exact

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same benefits as we currently have as members of the single market and

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Customs union, fair migration in the interests of the economy and

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communities, we want to defend rights and protections and prevent a

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race to the bottom. We want to protect security and our capacity to

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tackle cross-border crime and terrorism, and ensure that any

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negotiation delivers for all regions and the nations of the UK. That is a

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position of certainty. It is not the fallback position of no deal is

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better than a bad deal. That should not be entering the government's

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vocabulary. Is the leader of the house aware that the CBI to say that

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businesses would experience serious disruption if no new trading

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relationship is agreed and they are forced to trade with the EU under

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World Trade Organisation rules? No deal should not be an option.

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Manufacturers in the West Midlands have asked, do I need to change my

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supply chain? Will I have to enforce new rules? Those are just two of the

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questions. Could we have a statement to show how the Government will

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answer these questions to business? Could we have a debate on the

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National Audit Office report of the 24th of March? Capability in the

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civil service. The report says that the government is facing

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ever-increasing challenges in providing public services,

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continuing budgetary restraints is putting pressure on departments,

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making important forms with fewer staff and smaller budget. There is a

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skills gap that cannot be filled by the private sector. The report says

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one in four posts of senior position are unfilled. What is the government

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going to do to address the skills shortage as we leave the EU? Could

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the leader of the house say when NHS staff will be receiving more than a

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1% pay increase, given that half the Cabinet have said that ?350 million

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a week is now available for the NHS? Could the leader of the house also

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set out how the Prime Minister will be reporting back to the UK on the

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negotiations? Our children and grandchildren, 75% of whom voted to

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remain, our hurt and betrayed because they know that the EU is

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about equality, peace, security, collaboration, the quality of life,

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the air that we breathe, tourism, consumer rights and human rights. We

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must not betray them. So, two are and -- e-petition, rock and roll. We

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lately have the death of Joe -- Chuck Berry. He had some songs that

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were seemingly made for us. Disquiet about school funding, special deals

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with Tory councils. One for you, Mr Speaker, Johnny be good. Finally, I

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want to say thank you to all of the civil servants, for the work they

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did when we were part of the EU and all of the ambassadors, all of the

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ministers for Europe, including the leader of the house, he was an

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outstanding minister for Europe. It was because he was so good that I

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hope the goodwill will come back when we finish our negotiations. I

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also want to say goodbye and thank you to David Beamish, the clerk of

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Parliament, sadly retiring after 42 years. He has done a fantastic job

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and has worked very closely with our own clerk. And also to Russell

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Tatum, one of the unsung heroes. A backroom person that has worked for

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both sides, the Labour and Conservative opposition whips. He

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kept us all going. We wish him well at his new post and hope he can sort

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out the Department of Health as well. Can I repeat again, can I

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thank everyone for everything they did in the last week, and everyone

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connected with the house, a very happy and peaceful Easter. The

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leader of the house, Mr David Lidington. Can I first of all join

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with the honourable lady in expressing thanks to your chaplain

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and to the Roman Catholic chaplain for the work they have done in the

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last week, which I am sure they will continue to do in the future. Also,

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join her in paying tribute to David Beamish, who has served the House of

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Lords and Parliament as a whole with great distinction throughout his

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career. I think I would add to that the name of Glenn McKee, amongst our

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own clerk 's, retiring after more than 30 years of service to this

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house. I think we would want to put on record our thanks and

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appreciation to him for that record of service. The date of the Queen's

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speech will be announced as soon as possible. As the honourable lady

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knows, the exact date of it will depend on the presence of business.

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If I can turn to some of the issues that she raised, the Government has

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actually delivered on the convention, and slots have been

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provided for debates on the tuition fees and on personal independence

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payments. The opposition will get their opportunity to debate those

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prayers, when we get back. Clearly, this Government, like all

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governments, will then act on the basis of what Parliament decides.

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She made a broader point about secondary legislation in the context

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of the forthcoming European legislation. While I am sure there

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will be questions to the Secretary of State later on, and ample

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opportunity to debate this matter during proceedings in the next

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session, on the repeal Bill, it is a fact regarding any secondary

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legislation that delegated legislative powers can only be

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exercised by ministers if those powers have been expressly conferred

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on ministers by Parliament, through an act of Parliament. So, the

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authority for the use of delegated legislation will have to have been

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approved after Phil Alinghi process in both houses, before reaching the

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statute book. She asked me what International Trade. My right

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honourable friend the Secretary of State has hardly been invisible. He

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is doing the job the Prime Minister appointed him to do, which is to

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maximise the opportunities for jobs and investment in the United Kingdom

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by drumming up support for trade and investment all around the world. He

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has been here regularly, in the slots allotted to the Department for

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International Trade, to answer questions from all parts of the

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house. I would add that the honourable lady's description of

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what she wanted out of a EU negotiation sounded to me very much

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like a paraphrase of the Prime Minister's letter to President

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Donald Tusk yesterday. And I welcome that. If there is an outbreak of

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common sense, a more consensual approach from the opposition,

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supporting the Prime Minister, a response to her call for national

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unity, at this time, that is something that I would very much

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welcome. I don't think my honourable friend could possibly have been

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clearer, either in her letter, or in the nearly three hours which she

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spent yesterday making her statement and answering questions at the

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dispatch box, that her objective is a comprehensive deal with our

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friends and allies in the European Union, which makes possible a deep

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and special partnership between ourselves and the 27 countries of

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the EU, after we have left, because it will remain an essential national

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interest of the United Kingdom for there to be stability and prosperity

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right across Europe. While we in Plymouth result of the decision that

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the British people tuck in their referendum -- well we implement the

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result of the decision the British people have taken in the referendum,

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it is important that we strive for a new form of cooperative agreement

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with countries that will continue to be our friends, allies and partners

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on so many different areas of policy.

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She asked me about the National Health Service and the capacity of

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staff to deal with what be very demanding and the chief executive

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has said that himself. But what I would point to the honourable lady

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towards is the track record of NHS managers and NHS clinicians in

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delivering effective reforms. One of the things I find so striking about

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the National Health Service is that there can be a severe disparity of

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performance between different trusts or different hospitals in different

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parts of the country, and one of the objectives that NHS England wants to

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secure is to make certain that the best practice, the successes of the

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most innovative parts of the NHS can be disseminated and put into

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practice more widely. Can we have a debate on protecting and valuing the

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Church of England estate? This week we learned that the Church of

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England have given the green light to ripping out the interior of the

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grade one listed 13th century church in long sought, Peterborough,

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including replacing the altar with a self standing altar, and the puppet

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with a modern lactone, and ripping out all the pews will stop -- the

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pulp pulpet with a modern lactern. I clearly don't know the details of

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the church to which my right honourable friend referred.

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Sometimes there is a difficult balance to be struck between what

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the congregation needs to meet the needs of worship and the historic

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fabric of a church. I would hope that these matters are always

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approached with proper sensitivity, with high regard for our

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architectural and design heritage, and in particular the views of the

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local community in particular of the church congregation are fully taken

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into account. I thank the House will be Sam Querrey work last week -- I

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thank the House for the work last week. It has certainly been another

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one of these historic weeks. It is not the time for meaningless and

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provocative sound bites. But we see the white paper for this shabby

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repeal bill, 20,000 pieces of European legislation, in what was

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the greatest transfer of powers from Brussels to this government. For a

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Parliament that so jealously guards its sovereignty throughout the

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centuries, I can't believe it is leaving the European Union. One

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thing that we really need to hear from the Leader of the House is a

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commitment that the shabby repeal bill will not be subject to the evil

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procedure. It is far too complicated that. Without any fanfare or

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flourish we got this this morning, the leader of the House's review

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into the operation of evil, and the dramatic conclusion he comes to is

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working perfectly. What it is in fact it's an absolute and total

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embarrassment to this House. We suspend business, we're going to

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committee, we go out of committee and not a word is said. This is not

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the court of Henry VIII. It is a Byzantine court. And we have still

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not had any statement or response from the government about the

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historic vote in the Scottish Parliament that we had. This seems

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to be quite consistent with the way this government seems to treat

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Scotland. We although there is no common UK approach to leaving the

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European Union and this government could not have gone further out of

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its way to antagonise government over its plans to leave the European

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Union. If we look at the great repeal bill and we think of Henry

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VIII on these benches, we will be thinking of Robert the Bruce. Mr

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Speaker, for a moment at the start of that I thought that the

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honourable gentleman was going to become part of this new consensus

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that the Prime Minister is seeking to build. I hold out some modicum of

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hope for him but I have got to confess that after the rest of the

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Thai red, not all that much. I would seriously encourage the honourable

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gentleman and members of his party to read the white paper before they

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make a judgment on it. I think when they have seen it, they will see

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that the case for certain powers as regards dedicated legislation is

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made out in detail. The argument is set out very clearly. As is the

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government's position that it will of course be necessary for the

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exercise of any such specific delegated legislative powers to be

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done subject to conditions and restraints to make sure that those

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cannot be abused and that the powers are used only for the purpose for

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which they would have been created. I know that other members on the

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Scottish National Party benches will want to put questions to the

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Secretary of State very shortly this afternoon, but the government will

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be proposing a number of very important safeguards on the exercise

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of those powers. On his question about the application of the English

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votes procedures to the repeal bill, I have got to repeat what I said to

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him in previous exchanges. We both know the English votes procedures

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can only be exercised in a case where an issue to be determined is

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both devolved to the Scottish Parliament and in relation to

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legislation before this House applies to England only or to

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England and Wales only. I think the chances of that happening in the

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repeal bill are very slim indeed given that the repeal bill addresses

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the application of European law, of the treaties to this country, and

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the treaties as international agreements are reserved matters

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under the terms of the Scotland act itself. I can't at this stage rule

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out some hypothetical piece of future secondary legislation but I

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really do think it is not right to exaggerate fears of something which

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I think it's very unlikely to come about. And then he asked me about

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the First Minister's call for another referendum. And the vote by

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the SNP and the Green Party in the Scottish Parliament for a second

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referendum. The Prime Minister was very clear yesterday that we are

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embarking on a major change of policy in this country in response

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to what the people of the United Kingdom as a whole have decided and

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that now is not the time for a further referendum on a matter that

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all sides agreed would be settled in the 2014 referendum. And I would

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simply remind the honourable gentleman of what the First Minister

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herself said when launching the party manifesto for the Scottish

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elections in April last year, when she said this. Setting the date for

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a referendum before a majority of the Scottish people have been

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persuaded that independence and therefore another referendum is the

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best future for our country is the wrong way round. If we don't succeed

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we will have no right to propose another referendum. I support what

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the First Minister of Scotland said on that occasion. Order. On my

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reckoning, a further 44 honourable members are seeking to catch my eye.

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As per usual I am keen to accommodate all would be contributed

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but I remind the House that there is a very important as likely to be

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well subscribed statement to follow. And thereafter two imported debates

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under the auspices of the backbench business committee, therefore there

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is a premium upon time on brevity. In Rochester we have been contacted

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by a growing number of residents concerned with the influx of

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travellers and the number of illegal encampments that have been set up in

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my constituency. There have been major reports of intimidation and

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threatening behaviour and I am well threatening behaviour and I am well

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aware there are problems in other parts of the country but it is

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apparently disappointing that local authorities and the police have

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either a lack of capacity or willingness to use powers to deal

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with the problems. Some of those problems have been down to

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anti-social behaviour and they have seen this regard of the community.

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Will the government make time for a debate on the obligations of local

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authorities and police and also how the current law can be strengthened

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for the good of our communities? My honourable friend will have an

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opportunity to push this with ministers on the 24th of April. But

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my view is clear. The powers that she has described exist for a reason

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and I would hope that both local authorities and police forces would

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use them. Can I thank the Leader of the House for giving us an advert

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for the backbench business that is coming up? And can I also thank him

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and his staff team for arranging to move the debate is that was

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scheduled for Westminster Hall on the 18th of April and the 2nd of May

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back to hours to allow members to travel from their constituencies to

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get to those debates? An additional piece of news. We have determined

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that on Tuesday the 25th of April at 9:30am for 90 minutes there will be

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a debate in Westminster Hall a Post Office closures and on the 2nd of

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May, Tuesday, at 11:30am, voter ID and electoral fraud will be debated

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in Westminster Hall. I am going to get my begging bowl out. Not for my

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constituents. Members always accuse people from the North East of

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England of having a begging bowl but this is our behalf backbench

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members. The 20th will be our 27th allotted day, 27th at one quarter

:26:45.:26:50.

allotted day for backbench business, all that is allowed in the

:26:51.:26:57.

parliamentary committee. Any more spare time, could you send it our

:26:58.:27:01.

way? We already have a list of debates waiting. We want

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clarification. On Tuesday during the backbench debate on Yemen, the right

:27:08.:27:12.

honourable member for Bournemouth East, the parliamentary

:27:13.:27:15.

undersecretary of state for foreign and Commonwealth affairs, on a point

:27:16.:27:18.

of order asked the Deputy Speaker if it would be possible to use our full

:27:19.:27:23.

allocation and the time up to a period of 30 minutes up until

:27:24.:27:27.

members dispersed the House that day. Manning Deputy Speaker

:27:28.:27:32.

responded the House decided on the timetable, that was true, but he

:27:33.:27:34.

said the backbench business committee gave 90 minutes for this

:27:35.:27:39.

debate and I am powerless to change that. The backbench business

:27:40.:27:44.

committee asked for a minimum of 90 minutes for the debate but the

:27:45.:27:48.

printed order allowed a maximum of 90 minutes. The backbench business

:27:49.:27:52.

committee determines the subject matter of debates and the allocation

:27:53.:27:55.

of time and the way in which the order paper reflects that are not

:27:56.:27:59.

within our remit. I am grateful to the honourable gentleman for his

:28:00.:28:05.

words of thanks. I will always do my best to try to accommodate what he

:28:06.:28:09.

and his committee want but I am sure that he will appreciate that spare

:28:10.:28:13.

hours in the parliamentary timetable are a rare commodity. Mr Speaker, in

:28:14.:28:23.

March 2014, the only son of Joanne and Robert Ward, might constituents,

:28:24.:28:28.

was killed by an HGV driver three times over the legal drink-drive

:28:29.:28:33.

limit. On the 29th of October 2014, an adjournment debate in this

:28:34.:28:36.

chamber asked the minister to carry out a sentencing review so that

:28:37.:28:39.

those who cause death by drink-driving should carry a

:28:40.:28:42.

manslaughter charge rather than the current charge which carries a

:28:43.:28:46.

maximum sentence of ten years. Calum's killer got just seven years

:28:47.:28:49.

and will serve three and a half before returning to his home country

:28:50.:28:51.

of Bulgaria, where he will be free to drive unrestricted once again.

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Could we have a statement from the justice minister updating the House

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on how this review is progressing? Can I express my sympathy to his

:29:08.:29:16.

family because they will still be feeling the loss. The consultation

:29:17.:29:23.

ran into the February this year. It has received more than 9000

:29:24.:29:25.

responses. The government is considering these responses and

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ministers will publish a written report, response, in due course.

:29:30.:29:39.

Could we have a debate on the conduct of virgin care in our NHS?

:29:40.:29:44.

It has emerged they are suing the NHS after a contract to provide

:29:45.:29:47.

children's care in Surrey was given to a nonprofit provider. It seems

:29:48.:29:52.

that the pair are seeking a massive pay-out from the taxpayer. Will he

:29:53.:29:56.

join me in saying this is appalling behaviour and ask the Health

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Secretary to make a statement? Well, I don't, it's a case is the subject

:30:04.:30:10.

of legal action, then clearly neither I nor any other minister can

:30:11.:30:14.

comment on the specifics but if the Honourable lady could let me have

:30:15.:30:18.

details of this particular case I'll ask the Secretary of State and his

:30:19.:30:22.

team to write to her. And able leader yesterday the culture

:30:23.:30:25.

secretary announced a consultation on the future of Channel four.

:30:26.:30:29.

Please could we have a debate on the direction of Channel 4 and wouldn't

:30:30.:30:33.

the House agree with me that having seen the success of the BBC's

:30:34.:30:37.

relocation to Stanford that maybe Channel 4 should consider coming to

:30:38.:30:47.

Yorkshire? -- relocation to Salford. And seeking the broadest possible

:30:48.:30:51.

range of views and evidence to inform the government's assessment

:30:52.:30:54.

about the location of Channel 4. I am sure that he will continue to be

:30:55.:31:01.

a persuasive advocate for Yorkshire. When can we discuss motion 1131 and

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the staggering cost of decommissioning nuclear sites of

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?170 billion and the in the price of Hinkley Point from ?6 billion to ?37

:31:17.:31:24.

billion. Why were successive governments in saturated by the myth

:31:25.:31:30.

of cheap nuclear power that promised to deliver electricity that was too

:31:31.:31:35.

cheap to meter when what is being delivered is ?170 billion Bill for

:31:36.:31:43.

taxpayers that will impoverish government spending for decades?

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Well, my right honourable friend the Secretary of State was at the

:31:49.:31:51.

dispatch box on Monday this week in response to an urgent question about

:31:52.:31:57.

nuclear decommissioning but my advice to honourable gentleman would

:31:58.:32:00.

be to seek one of the longer Westminster Hall debate

:32:01.:32:06.

opportunities. The government's view is that nuclear energy should be a

:32:07.:32:12.

part of a broad mix of energy sources in this country to ensure

:32:13.:32:17.

that we have security of energy supply and that we can rely

:32:18.:32:21.

increasingly on sources of energy which do not add to the problem of

:32:22.:32:29.

climate change. Eight debate on the Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals

:32:30.:32:33.

trust that has illegally suggested closing the Elliot Dee -- the

:32:34.:32:39.

accident and emergency ward, engaging up to 40 children are the

:32:40.:32:43.

result of the agree that such moves should be consulted with the public,

:32:44.:32:50.

local authorities and local MPs? There has been no consultation and

:32:51.:32:53.

yet this proposal is going ahead in the autumn. I am concerned to hear

:32:54.:32:57.

this and will draw it to be attention of the Secretary of State.

:32:58.:33:01.

A significant change in configurations are the NHS that is

:33:02.:33:06.

any area ought to be the subject of public consultation and of course

:33:07.:33:10.

there is powerfully relevant committee on the local authority to

:33:11.:33:15.

ask the Secretary of State to home that decision in and review it so I

:33:16.:33:19.

would encourage him to pursue this would help ministers but I shall

:33:20.:33:25.

draw a comments to the Secretary of State's attention. Can we have an

:33:26.:33:29.

urgent debate on the state of local roads? In Nottinghamshire, including

:33:30.:33:34.

my constituency, there is a ?319 million backlog for the Council, the

:33:35.:33:38.

Nottinghamshire County Council, to deal with those roads. My

:33:39.:33:42.

constituents and Nottinghamshire are fed up driving on roads which are

:33:43.:33:46.

crumbling, full of holes and it is about time the government sorted it

:33:47.:33:52.

out. Well, it was decisively to address problems in infrastructure

:33:53.:33:58.

that the Chancellor of the Exchequer found ?23 billion additional

:33:59.:34:04.

spending at the time of the Autumn Statement and as the Transport

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Secretary said during his questions earlier this afternoon, the

:34:08.:34:12.

government has allocated very significant sums of money to support

:34:13.:34:16.

local highways authority, to deal with holes and other repair issues

:34:17.:34:24.

concerning local roads but it is a reality which any responsible

:34:25.:34:27.

government had to accept that resources are finite and the country

:34:28.:34:32.

and the government have to live within their means. We still have a

:34:33.:34:38.

significant visit in our public finances and the responsible

:34:39.:34:41.

approach is to live within our means. Will the Leader of the House

:34:42.:34:49.

give us an urgent debate on conflicts of interest because in the

:34:50.:34:54.

course of that debate we could probably look, for example, at the

:34:55.:35:00.

relationship of CH ten M, a contract NHS two, currently in his

:35:01.:35:04.

constituency, because the relationship between a chest to and

:35:05.:35:11.

CH2M cannot be good because they must have financial difficulties. We

:35:12.:35:18.

can also look at if they can explain what they are going to do with

:35:19.:35:21.

Bettel and the other bidders, whether it they are going to start

:35:22.:35:26.

that contract from scratch or the other attack to take their word that

:35:27.:35:29.

there was no conflict of interest, it one of those is appointed. We can

:35:30.:35:32.

look at clarifying the roles of individuals such as Chris Reynolds

:35:33.:35:39.

and the CH2M people working in a testing and perhaps we could look at

:35:40.:35:43.

the role of the chairman of the National infrastructure commission.

:35:44.:35:47.

The National infrastructure commission as to provide impartial

:35:48.:35:54.

expert advice to the government and operate... And yet serve as a

:35:55.:36:05.

director... Enough. I have been more than fair to the right honourable

:36:06.:36:09.

lady. I know she is seeking a debate but a number of members are already

:36:10.:36:11.

muttering that the debate has now happened. I am sure she will get the

:36:12.:36:16.

debate that we do need to make progress. I hope she will forgive

:36:17.:36:28.

me. I did catch my right honourable friend's responds a little earlier

:36:29.:36:31.

this afternoon. There are strict rules around any kind of public

:36:32.:36:36.

sector procurement and we expect all proper procedures to be followed,

:36:37.:36:42.

including the rules that are there to provide safeguards against

:36:43.:36:48.

conflicts of interest. Having received a response from the

:36:49.:36:51.

Minister for energy and industry regarding over 40 of my constituents

:36:52.:36:55.

who alleged to have been mis-sold solar panels by a government

:36:56.:37:01.

approved provider I am not entirely confident that the department

:37:02.:37:03.

appreciates the magnitude of the problem and how many people across

:37:04.:37:06.

Britain are suffering financial hardship because of this botched

:37:07.:37:12.

government energy efficiency scheme. May we have a debate in government

:37:13.:37:16.

time to discuss this urgent and important and potentially

:37:17.:37:24.

far-reaching issue? I have not seen the letter from the Minister to

:37:25.:37:27.

which the honourable lady has referred. One option she might want

:37:28.:37:34.

to explore is if she feels there has been maladministration by a

:37:35.:37:38.

government department then there may be a case for reference to the

:37:39.:37:41.

Parliamentary ombudsman to investigate that. Can reschedule his

:37:42.:37:50.

own statement on your excellent abroad, Mr Speaker. That would give

:37:51.:37:53.

him the opportunity to announce the critical role of different and to

:37:54.:38:02.

explain to the House that this scheme uses the latest biometric

:38:03.:38:08.

technology to deliver money electronically to the world's

:38:09.:38:12.

poorest women, absolutely transforming their status by

:38:13.:38:15.

providing them with a bank account -- the critical role of DIFID. I am

:38:16.:38:23.

very happy, without tempting your anger by giving a statement, to

:38:24.:38:30.

applaud the speaker's about for democracy and the particular

:38:31.:38:36.

nomination of the success today and to pay tribute to the role of the

:38:37.:38:39.

Department for International Development as my right honourable

:38:40.:38:41.

friend rightly says. The use of digital technology can provide

:38:42.:38:48.

power, freedom and opportunity to women in particular in some

:38:49.:38:52.

developing countries who otherwise have to live in the and never have

:38:53.:39:00.

any control over their lives. The funding crisis in the NHS has

:39:01.:39:03.

reached new heights today with reports of a hospital trust asking

:39:04.:39:09.

full-time nurses to register and set up as sole traders so it can avoid

:39:10.:39:13.

paying employers national insurance. The Health Secretary urgently

:39:14.:39:18.

investigate this and can he assure the House, than the Leader of the

:39:19.:39:22.

House asking to assure the House that this outrageous practice is not

:39:23.:39:28.

acceptable? I think given this particular case that the honourable

:39:29.:39:33.

gentleman should either write directly to the health minister or

:39:34.:39:36.

if he would like to come to my office I will forward his concerns

:39:37.:39:39.

with those details onto the Secretary of State. Domestic dog

:39:40.:39:46.

attacks on she, especially at lambing time at the moment, I real

:39:47.:39:50.

concern not only for the businesses of our farmers across the country,

:39:51.:39:53.

but also for dog owners who are often unaware of the consequences

:39:54.:39:57.

for them and their pets should the attack take place. Can we had a

:39:58.:40:02.

debate on what the government can do to promote awareness of the actions

:40:03.:40:06.

so that farmers and authorities can take with regards to dogs attacking

:40:07.:40:09.

sheep and a lot more can be done to prevent such attacks in the first

:40:10.:40:13.

place? The government understands the huge loss that farmers face as a

:40:14.:40:21.

result of dog attacks on livestock and it is the duty of all dog owners

:40:22.:40:26.

to ensure that their animals are kept under proper control went on

:40:27.:40:30.

farmland Woodstock government officials recently met police forces

:40:31.:40:34.

farming representatives to discuss the situation. Five police forces at

:40:35.:40:39.

a consequence of than the pilot a more systematic collection of

:40:40.:40:45.

incidents and response practices. Can we have an urgent debate on the

:40:46.:40:50.

6000 constituents of Norwich South who have been sanctioned since 2010

:40:51.:40:55.

by the DWP. I'd like to raise the issue at 140 terminal cancer patient

:40:56.:40:58.

who failed his suitability work assessment and he was denied JFK and

:40:59.:41:05.

he is now living in the poverty. -- was denied jobseeker's allowance.

:41:06.:41:12.

Can we have an urgent debate? The sanctions in their current form have

:41:13.:41:17.

been used ever since jobseeker's allowance started back in 1996, so

:41:18.:41:21.

the sanctions regime existed throughout the 13 years of Labour

:41:22.:41:25.

government and the vast majority of people comply. Now, if there are

:41:26.:41:30.

particular cases where things have gone wrong, where bad judgments have

:41:31.:41:35.

been made by officials, then I would encourage the honourable gentleman

:41:36.:41:38.

to take this up directly with the ministers concerned. But I do think

:41:39.:41:44.

that a sanctions system is part of the logical, is a logical element in

:41:45.:41:50.

an effective and fair system of benefits. Residence and retails in

:41:51.:42:00.

my constituency in Barton are angry about a possible development of a

:42:01.:42:04.

new supermarket on the edge of town. The government's efforts to

:42:05.:42:07.

revitalise and support the high streets are often undermined by

:42:08.:42:12.

decisions by the local authority planning departments. Could we have

:42:13.:42:15.

a debate on the impact planning on the high street? Well, I think I

:42:16.:42:21.

probably direct my honourable friend towards Westminster will

:42:22.:42:24.

opportunities for the constituency case. I think it is right that these

:42:25.:42:30.

decisions are taken at local level and we don't try and second-guess

:42:31.:42:33.

every supermarket location from Whitehall but I am sure he will be a

:42:34.:42:39.

formidable advocate in behalf of his own communities to try to make sure

:42:40.:42:42.

that the planners come to a decision that takes account of local opinion.

:42:43.:42:48.

The Home Secretary last weekend said that we need to make sure that our

:42:49.:42:52.

intelligence services have the ability to get into situations like

:42:53.:42:56.

encrypt it social messaging. This is a departure from the stated

:42:57.:43:00.

government policy. Back in October it was said that the government was

:43:01.:43:03.

opposed to encryption would legislate to undermine it is

:43:04.:43:08.

fanciful. Can we have a debate on whether the investigatory Powers act

:43:09.:43:13.

is still relevant but it is still a GCHQ's guidance to encrypt

:43:14.:43:15.

communications and whether the Leader of the House can enlighten us

:43:16.:43:20.

on what the necessary hashtags. The government wants people to be able

:43:21.:43:24.

to communicate securely with each other. Cyber security is a real

:43:25.:43:30.

threat and cybercrime a massive cost to society, so we support

:43:31.:43:35.

encryption. But what we need to have is a balance which also makes sure

:43:36.:43:38.

that encryption does not provide a safe space for terrorists,

:43:39.:43:45.

paedophiles for organised criminals. Therefore, we also want to require

:43:46.:43:51.

companies to have the ability to decrypt those messages when they

:43:52.:43:55.

have been served with a properly authorised warrant. It is a

:43:56.:44:01.

particular issue over end to end encryption, that is why the Home

:44:02.:44:05.

Secretary is meeting today with representatives of the digital

:44:06.:44:10.

industry and Internet providers to discuss these issues further.

:44:11.:44:19.

My constituent, prison officer, died in the early hours of Christmas

:44:20.:44:24.

morning after a vicious attack, and last week of course PC Keith Palmer

:44:25.:44:28.

lost his life while doing his job here in Parliament. Now the trial of

:44:29.:44:33.

the man charged with the manslaughter of my constituent

:44:34.:44:42.

starts on June 20 six. May we have a debate on introducing a specific

:44:43.:44:48.

offence to deal with those who attack the people protecting the

:44:49.:44:58.

people in service? My right honourable friend will understand

:44:59.:45:01.

that while I express my utter condolences to the family of the

:45:02.:45:05.

police officer who lost his life on the Isle of Wight, I cannot comment

:45:06.:45:09.

on a matter that will be the subject of a criminal trial. The courts do

:45:10.:45:16.

have powers already to impose an additional sentence on the grounds

:45:17.:45:20.

of aggravation if an attack has been on a police officer. I don't know

:45:21.:45:25.

why the leaders being so coy about the date of the Queen's speech. It

:45:26.:45:29.

is on the 17th of May, which we all know because it is on the

:45:30.:45:33.

government's on all party whip, and it has been for weeks. But IPSA seem

:45:34.:45:42.

to be determined to publish information regarding MPs revealing

:45:43.:45:45.

their home addresses which I think is entirely inappropriate and I hope

:45:46.:45:49.

the government will stand ready to legislate if necessary. I know this

:45:50.:45:53.

is something that both the honourable gentleman and I have

:45:54.:46:00.

raised with IPSA directly. Earlier this week, IPSA did give some

:46:01.:46:06.

assurances that this matter was under active review, and I would

:46:07.:46:12.

certainly hope that they take action at the IPSA board to make sure that

:46:13.:46:18.

any such material that might identify a member and put a member

:46:19.:46:22.

at risk of possible attack would not be published in future. We have an

:46:23.:46:30.

urgent debate on NHS workforce planning. Among the reasons given to

:46:31.:46:35.

me by my local NHS Trust for the difficulties in filling key posts,

:46:36.:46:40.

is a sharp decline in applications from European Union citizens. There

:46:41.:46:48.

will be opportunities to put questions to health ministers on

:46:49.:46:51.

this but not in the next two weeks. I hope there will be some

:46:52.:46:54.

reassurance to my honourable friend in knowing that we do have record

:46:55.:46:59.

numbers of nurses and GPs in training at the moment and the

:47:00.:47:02.

government has expanded training provision very significantly. Can I

:47:03.:47:10.

take this opportunity to place on record my congratulations to Ms

:47:11.:47:16.

Memon for winning the inaugural Speaker's democracy award. The

:47:17.:47:21.

contribution of women to politics should be the focus of people's

:47:22.:47:24.

tension and not what we wear and how we appear. As the leader of the

:47:25.:47:29.

House ever had an opportunity to listen to the recording of an

:47:30.:47:33.

appeal? An increasing number of constituents are visiting me because

:47:34.:47:37.

they are upset by the process. Given that the majority of claimants are

:47:38.:47:40.

successful on appeal, clearly the system is failing them will stop can

:47:41.:47:44.

we have an urgent debate about how the system is failing and how we can

:47:45.:47:47.

turn it into one that treats people with the dignity and respect that

:47:48.:47:52.

they deserve? I simply disagree with the honourable lady that this PIPs

:47:53.:48:00.

system is failing. A quarter of people on personal independence

:48:01.:48:02.

payments received the highest level of support compared with just 15% of

:48:03.:48:08.

working age claimants and Disability Living Allowance. Or if we look at

:48:09.:48:13.

the figures for people with mental health conditions, again

:48:14.:48:16.

significantly more people are getting help through PIPs and

:48:17.:48:19.

secured help at the high level under the Disability Living Allowance.

:48:20.:48:27.

PIPs is providing greater help to those in the greatest need. Can we

:48:28.:48:33.

have a debate or can we raise the matter urgently with the Prime

:48:34.:48:36.

Minister and the Chancellor of the developing situation with Falkland

:48:37.:48:41.

Islands Holdings limited, the company that holds the majority of

:48:42.:48:46.

land, transport and retail on the Falkland Islands, that is facing a

:48:47.:48:49.

hostile take-over by a politically motivated Argentine billionaire, a

:48:50.:48:54.

matter where the Chancellor or the parameter will have to step in and

:48:55.:48:57.

the take-over code to protect the interests of the Falkland Islands

:48:58.:49:03.

people. -- or the Prime Minister. I know my honourable friend raised

:49:04.:49:06.

this matter earlier in the week as well. This question is the subject

:49:07.:49:10.

of a full review by the Falkland Islands government at the moment and

:49:11.:49:14.

the foreign Commonwealth Office is giving support to the Falkland

:49:15.:49:20.

Islands administration in that task. On Mendes students from Grange

:49:21.:49:27.

technology college visited me in Parliament. -- on Monday. I was

:49:28.:49:32.

asked about the ?900,000 due to be cut from their budget, and research

:49:33.:49:39.

suggests this equates to the salaries of 24 teachers at that

:49:40.:49:43.

school. This is from a school that is working hard to come out of

:49:44.:49:47.

special measures. Would the lead of the House be willing to allocate

:49:48.:49:50.

time to debate the severe funding cuts faced by our schools? The

:49:51.:49:58.

honourable lady refers to the new funding formula. That is the subject

:49:59.:50:02.

of a consultation at the moment and the Secretary of State will be

:50:03.:50:06.

bringing forward her proposals in due course. I would say to her that

:50:07.:50:09.

they think it is hard to defend the current system under which

:50:10.:50:12.

comparable schools with comparable catchment areas but in different

:50:13.:50:18.

parts of the country can receive startlingly different sums of money

:50:19.:50:21.

per pupil simply because of their geography. It has become alarmingly

:50:22.:50:25.

common for business questions to take more than an hour. Not

:50:26.:50:31.

occasionally, but alarmingly, and, as I say. I do have to have regard

:50:32.:50:38.

for the next statement and the coming debates. So can we have short

:50:39.:50:42.

questions and answers in the faint hope we can move onto the next

:50:43.:50:48.

business shortly after midday? Can we have a debate on diversity in the

:50:49.:50:53.

arts? I was pleased to attend the Muslim awards for excellence 2017

:50:54.:50:59.

when my constituent was awarded the Muslim youth award for excellence in

:51:00.:51:01.

the arts presented by my right honourable friend the member for

:51:02.:51:07.

Bromsgrove. I congratulate my honourable friend's constituent on

:51:08.:51:10.

that achievement and I can give him the news that Arts Council England

:51:11.:51:15.

is making a priority of diversity in the arts. That has included half a

:51:16.:51:21.

million pounds for organisations like Eclipse theatre, which is

:51:22.:51:25.

delivering a programme supporting ethnic minority artists in northern

:51:26.:51:36.

England. Further to the earlier question, the AA say that our roads

:51:37.:51:40.

now resemble Swiss cheese. I understand that the number of

:51:41.:51:45.

potholes filled by councils in England fell by 19% last year. When

:51:46.:51:50.

is the government properly going to deal with this issue and can we have

:51:51.:51:57.

a debate, please? Actually the latest visual assessment of road

:51:58.:52:00.

conditions in England that was published in March this year showed

:52:01.:52:04.

that local classified roads were improving with fewer local roads

:52:05.:52:08.

needing to be considered for maintenance. The governments has

:52:09.:52:15.

provided councils with over ?6 million up to 2020 to improve the

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condition of local roads, but resources are finite and clearly

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choices and priorities have got to be set at local and at national

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level. The much loved tarot arts centre is once again threatened with

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closure. -- Harrow. It has cultural activities for the whole community.

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Culture London have raised ?3.1 million towards funding the centre

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but Harrow Council are now thinking of closing it. Can we have a debate

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in government I am on the future of community and cultural centres

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across the UK? -- a debate in government time. I hope that when

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Harrow Council takes its decisions that they will take into account the

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strong representation from my honourable friend and his

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constituents. The Leader of the House is known as a big planner, so

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how much time is he planning to have on these 19,000 statutory instrument

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and pieces of legislation and other instruments on the great repeal bill

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and its attendant legislation in this place over the next two years

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so that Parliament can fulfil its job of parliamentary scrutiny? How

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much time is he planning? Mr Speaker, we will have to wait for

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the bill to be published and the statutory instruments to be brought

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forward. A statutory instrument can only be dealt with by whatever

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procedure this House and the other players have approved in the parent

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act of Parliament. -- the other place. I can say to the House that

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the 19,000 figure he has given to the House is very far-fetched, in my

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view. Another concerned will be nothing like that. -- the number

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Can I thank the Leader of the House Can I thank the Leader of the House

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will make to the written statement today on the technical review of the

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English vote for English law standing orders and responding in

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particular to the report of the procedure committee? Does my right

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honourable friend agree that the 12 pages may be summarised simply by

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saying that there will be no changes at the moment but that provisions

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will be kept under review? I think that is a very fair summary. Will

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the leader of the House make time available for a series of debates

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which it would be appropriate for the Cabinet Office to respond to

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those they can update us on the progress of the ?350 million per

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week for the NHS? The reduction in immigration, the cut in VAT on fuel,

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and they can also update us on the increased associated costs with

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setting up parallel organisations to the ECJ? What the Cabinet Office is

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very active in doing is to ensure that the pledges given in the

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manifesto on which this government was elected are delivered, whether

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through legislation or other means, but the point to which the

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honourable gentleman referred have not been part of the government's

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manifesto. Could we have an urgent debate to clarify the Prime

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Minister's negotiating stance with the EU? If we extrapolate a wish

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list from the statement in the House yesterday and the letter to Donald

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Tusk, the only conclusion we can come to is either being a member of

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the European Union or a member of the single market? What the Prime

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Ministers said yesterday is consistent with what you said in the

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Lancaster House speech and the subsequent white paper. -- what she

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said. We are at the start of a complex and challenging period of

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negotiation and as my right honourable friend said yesterday,

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there is going to need to be political will and give and take on

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both sides, but we are looking forward to that task and entering

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into it in a constructive spirit. Would the leader of the House ensure

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that the statement is made explaining to young people by his

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government believes it is more important to reduce inward migration

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than it is to protect the freedoms that I have enjoyed so that my

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children can enjoy them as well? We want, Mr Speaker, to implement the

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decision that the people of the United Kingdom took in a referendum

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on membership of the European Union. That will clearly involve a change

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from the existing arrangements on free movement, which are provided

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under European law. The exact nature of movement rights and opportunities

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are things that Home Office ministers in particular will be

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reflecting on. But they will also be part of a conversation between

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ourselves and other European governments. Options are clearly

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narrowing in Northern Ireland. What time is he setting aside to prepare

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to do business on the floor of this House on Northern Ireland after the

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18th of April? As the honourable gentleman knows, it is the

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government's wish that devolved government in Northern Ireland can

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be resumed at the earliest possible opportunity. We have no wish to see

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a resumption of direct rule. I have obviously been talking to the

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Secretary of State for Northern Ireland regularly in recent weeks,

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as the honourable gentleman would expect. The government makes plans

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for many different contingencies. Commercial burglaries and serious

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knife crime are still serious problems in my constituency. When

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will the government about the very worrying findings of the HM RAC

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report which shows that police across the country do not have the

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resources to investigate all types of crime and the police have 700

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fewer detectives than needed? -- the HMIC report. I point the honourable

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gentleman to the success of the police in and outside London in

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reducing crime, despite having to make different choices about

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budgetary management. The police have done that by reorganising their

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own operations and priorities to make sure that cutting crime

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successfully comes first and fermenting and spreading best

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practice. -- when implementing and spreading breast practice. When he

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finally admit that contrary to what his predecessor told us, it is

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simply not possible. To MPs to debate or vote on Barrick on

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sequential is through the Estimates process?

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There is a report on the select committee on procedure that is due

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later this year on the estimates procedure and the government will

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reply in detail to it in due course but the basic problem is that the

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nature of devolution, that it budgetary decision taken here that

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has banned its consequential for Scotland, does not ring fence that

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Scottish funding for the same subject of which it might be spent

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here, it is up to the Scottish Parliament how that money is spent,

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so there is not a direct read across. Everyday I hear a story of a

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person who discovers they have been duped into buying a leasehold

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property. Lenders are refusing to grant mortgages on these homes,

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threatening the integrity of the housing market. The Prime Minister

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said there was no reason for these properties to be sold on a leasehold

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basis on the 1st of March was when the government introduced

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legislation to put those words into action? Disassembling my right

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honourable friend the Minister for Housing is taking very seriously. I

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draw the honourable gentleman's concern to his attention but he is

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on top of this issue. The Leader of the House will be aware that

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paragraph 25 of the European Parliament's draft motion on Brexit

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Mexico that passporting the financial services will not

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countenance. Financial services is key to Edinburgh and many of my

:00:37.:00:39.

constituency work in the sector. Can we have a debate to find out how the

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UK Government intends to support our financial organisations that are

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facing serious disruptions as a result of this? I refer her back to

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the privacy's letter yesterday which had explicit mention of our

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objective of securing trade access for our financial service and

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reciprocal rights for financial services firms based in other

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European Union countries here. She tempts me to start speculating about

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a forthcoming negotiation and as she knows that coming I am prepared to

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do. Small businesses in my constituency got little confidence

:01:20.:01:21.

from the privacy's statement yesterday. We were promised Bates in

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government time over important issues impacting on leaving the EU,

:01:26.:01:32.

like workers' rights comment by mental check is adverse or

:01:33.:01:34.

businesses but these have not happen. The leader publish a

:01:35.:01:38.

schedule of debates in government time that we can have on these

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important factors? I can promise her that there are going to be numerous

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opportunities, particularly in the forthcoming parliamentary session,

:01:50.:01:53.

for every aspect of our departure from the European Union to be

:01:54.:02:02.

debated. Is the cross-party talks in Northern Ireland are to inform the

:02:03.:02:06.

legislation that the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland brings

:02:07.:02:09.

forward in April, can the Leader of the House assure us that business

:02:10.:02:14.

constraints in this House will not be used as an excuse for saying that

:02:15.:02:18.

that legislation and those talks should not address serious issues

:02:19.:02:23.

like how the first and at the First Minister are jointly elected and the

:02:24.:02:29.

petitions of concern? The secretary of state as the honourable gentleman

:02:30.:02:32.

knows did say in his statement earlier this week that he might need

:02:33.:02:38.

to bring legislation forward, not least to address the possibility of

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there not being funding for essential public services in

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Northern Ireland. I think it would be wrong for me to speculate here

:02:47.:02:53.

about the exact nature of legislation that might conceivably

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be brought forward. We still hope that that proves not to be necessary

:03:00.:03:04.

and the secretary of state continues to work tirelessly with the

:03:05.:03:07.

political parties to try to secure the restoration of the devolved

:03:08.:03:12.

government. Fly-tipping is a light on the lives of residents across my

:03:13.:03:15.

constituency, particularly those living in Plumstead. Can we have a

:03:16.:03:19.

debate about what the government can do in regards to the powers

:03:20.:03:22.

available to local authorities to tackle this problem? The opportunity

:03:23.:03:31.

of questions to the Environment Secretary on the 20th of April.

:03:32.:03:35.

There are significant powers available to local authorities,

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local authority sometimes also work with police forces because organised

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crime is quite often involved in large-scale fly-tipping, so I am

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sure there is good practice that can be shared around the country but I

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will flag the honourable gentleman's concerns with the relevant minister.

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Two years ago a constituent of mine was given two months because of a

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brain tumour. Continuing quality of life is attributed by many of those

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treating her is heard decision, reluctantly, to take a dose of

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cannabis oil. Can we ask if it is right for someone like her to be

:04:14.:04:19.

criminalised? I would like to express sympathy and support to his

:04:20.:04:22.

constituents and to her family. It is, of course, possible for a

:04:23.:04:28.

medicine that has been developed from cannabinoids to be properly

:04:29.:04:33.

licensed and go through the necessary safety procedures that we

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have for any medicine in the United Kingdom before they are made

:04:39.:04:40.

available through the National Health Service will generally. I

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would be very reluctant to go, to dispense with a system that is put

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in place in order to ensure patient safety. I think that prosecuting

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authorities have powers of discretion and I would hope very

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much if, given the circumstances he have described, that everybody would

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look at the case with nothing but compassion. The leader will no doubt

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be aware of the case of the Staffordshire, sped jail despite

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repeatedly beating his wife, including forcing her to take

:05:19.:05:21.

tablets of telling her to kill herself, hitting hitting herself

:05:22.:05:27.

over the head with a cricket bat. I fully support the independence of

:05:28.:05:32.

the judiciary but can we have a debate on sense and guidelines for

:05:33.:05:39.

domestic violence perpetrators? This government has, of course, were in

:05:40.:05:48.

legislation to strengthen the penalties for domestic violence. It

:05:49.:05:52.

is something the Prime Minister as Home Secretary and now takes a very

:05:53.:05:58.

close interest in and to which she gives a high priority. Sentencing

:05:59.:06:03.

guidelines as he knows are published by independent sentencing councils

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and individual decisions are taken by judges. Certainly in England and

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Wales a consultation has started today on a new sentencing guidelines

:06:14.:06:18.

to apply to all cases of domestic abuse and I would hope that

:06:19.:06:22.

authorities in Scotland might consider following suit. Following

:06:23.:06:28.

the Prime Minister's Article 50 letter yesterday, senior figures in

:06:29.:06:31.

Brussels have complained that she has issued a blatant threat and is

:06:32.:06:35.

treating security as a bargaining chip. Can we have a debate about the

:06:36.:06:40.

Bush nation in government time to that the government might learn that

:06:41.:06:43.

bullying and threats are not an effective way to get a good deal

:06:44.:06:49.

with our allies? -- a debate about the negotiations. I am sorry that

:06:50.:06:57.

she is giving credence to nonsense, given her legal qualifications. The

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facts are that our participation in European arrangements on the sharing

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of information between police was those and between judicial systems

:07:07.:07:15.

rests upon instruments based in the treaties and grounded in European

:07:16.:07:20.

law. Under Article 50, on the day that we depart the EU, the treaties

:07:21.:07:27.

and therefore all instruments flowing from the treaties, cease to

:07:28.:07:31.

apply to the United Kingdom. That is why we say that we are ambitious for

:07:32.:07:40.

an agreement, a new, deep and special partnership with our EU

:07:41.:07:46.

neighbours which encompasses security cooperation as well as

:07:47.:07:49.

trade. I wish she would support that. Last week RBS announced a plan

:07:50.:08:00.

to close their busy branch. This area was ready brass affected by

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bank closures. Can we have an urgent debate on RBS's surprising assertion

:08:04.:08:07.

that branches remain a core part of their offering to customers and this

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is page in the not the case? -- this is a fiercely not the case. This is

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a commercial decision for RBS but as with any bank I would hope they

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would stick to a code to which they also they add here, which is that

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they would continue to ensure, in particular, that the last branch of

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a retail bank in any particular community is not closed, except in

:08:35.:08:43.

the most extreme circumstances. Can I have a statement from him to

:08:44.:08:47.

explain why the government thinks it is fair to take half the subsidies

:08:48.:08:52.

in a year-on-year basis and the Mineworkers pension fund... I will

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ask the relevant minister to write to the honourable gentleman. Can I

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ask for a statement regarding the abuse of job trials by unscrupulous

:09:05.:09:08.

employers. The instance that was brought my attention by a

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constituent who worked for eight week -- who worked for a week

:09:15.:09:20.

without pay, does he share might concern that these companies are

:09:21.:09:24.

making free use of free labour of love and beyond what is reasonable

:09:25.:09:29.

for a job trial? -- free labour above and beyond what is reasonable?

:09:30.:09:35.

We believe that all workers should be treated in line with employment

:09:36.:09:40.

law and we expect responsible employers to treat people on the

:09:41.:09:43.

work trial over experience with decency. Amongst the sporting and

:09:44.:09:52.

shooting organisations and firearms holders there is concern about

:09:53.:09:56.

delays will licence renewal applications. One way of dressing

:09:57.:10:05.

that would be a firearm certificate for ten or 20 year period, reducing

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admitted of costs. Would he agree to a statement on how to deliver a ten

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year 20 year arms certificate? I will ask the Minister to write to

:10:17.:10:19.

them but I am sure he would understand that the balance has to

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be struck between the problem he has described and the need to ensure

:10:25.:10:27.

that we do know where potentially lethal weapons are and that they are

:10:28.:10:35.

in the right hands. Statement the Secretary of State for Exiting the

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European Union, secretary David Davis. With permission I would like

:10:38.:10:42.

to make a statement about Staples back the publication of a White

:10:43.:10:45.

Paper on the great repeal Bill. Yesterday we took the historic step

:10:46.:10:50.

up notifying the European Council of the Dublin's decision to invoke

:10:51.:10:54.

Article 50. The -- the European Council of the government's decision

:10:55.:11:01.

to invoke Article 50. It begins at a two-year negotiation with the EU and

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it reflects last year's instruction from the people of the EU. It is our

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first determination to get the right deal for every single person. -- it

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is Allah the US determination. It is the time to come together to make

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sure the -- it is

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