30/03/2017 Business Questions


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


followed by motions relating to the Higher Education, Higher Amount


England Regulations 2016, and the Higher Education Basic Amount


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


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


social security personal independence payment regulations


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


cost report on the public administration and affairs committee


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


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


prison reform, Governor in parliament and prisoner performance.


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


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


research and development on tackling infectious diseases. The subject for


these debates have been determined by the backbench business committee.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


leader is also getting concerned that her gracious sovereign might


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


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


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


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


There were eight honourable and right honourable members that shared


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


for Worsley and Eccles South, Basingstoke, Congleton, Bristol


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


confirm that in future the convention will be honoured so that


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


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


will be a plethora of statutory instruments coming as we leave


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


absolute monarchy when Parliament is sovereign and is a democratic


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


and collaborative future relationship with the EU, the exact


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


businesses would experience serious disruption if no new trading


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


civil service. The report says that the government is facing


ever-increasing challenges in providing public services,


continuing budgetary restraints is putting pressure on departments,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


both sides, the Labour and Conservative opposition whips. He


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


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


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


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


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


with the honourable lady in expressing thanks to your chaplain


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


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


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


Lords and Parliament as a whole with great distinction throughout his


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


actually delivered on the convention, and slots have been


provided for debates on the tuition fees and on personal independence


payments. The opposition will get their opportunity to debate those


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


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


She made a broader point about secondary legislation in the context


of the forthcoming European legislation. While I am sure there


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


opportunity to debate this matter during proceedings in the next


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


legislation that delegated legislative powers can only be


exercised by ministers if those powers have been expressly conferred


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


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


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


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


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


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


maximise the opportunities for jobs and investment in the United Kingdom


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


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


International Trade, to answer questions from all parts of the


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


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


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


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


common sense, a more consensual approach from the opposition,


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


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


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


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


spent yesterday making her statement and answering questions at the


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


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


and special partnership between ourselves and the 27 countries of


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


on so many different areas of policy.


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


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


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


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


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


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


performance between different trusts or different hospitals in different


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the church to which my right honourable friend referred.


Sometimes there is a difficult balance to be struck between what


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


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


approached with proper sensitivity, with high regard for our


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


local community in particular of the church congregation are fully taken


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


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


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


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


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


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


Parliament that so jealously guards its sovereignty throughout the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


not had any statement or response from the government about the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


honourable gentleman was going to become part of this new consensus


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


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


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


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


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


that the case for certain powers as regards dedicated legislation is


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


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


exercise of any such specific delegated legislative powers to be


done subject to conditions and restraints to make sure that those


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


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


Scottish National Party benches will want to put questions to the


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


be proposing a number of very important safeguards on the exercise


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


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


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


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


both devolved to the Scottish Parliament and in relation to


legislation before this House applies to England only or to


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


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


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


the treaties as international agreements are reserved matters


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


out some hypothetical piece of future secondary legislation but I


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


simply remind the honourable gentleman of what the First Minister


herself said when launching the party manifesto for the Scottish


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


a referendum before a majority of the Scottish people have been


persuaded that independence and therefore another referendum is the


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


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


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


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


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


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


well subscribed statement to follow. And thereafter two imported debates


under the auspices of the backbench business committee, therefore there


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


by a growing number of residents concerned with the influx of


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


my constituency. There have been major reports of intimidation and


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


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


apparently disappointing that local authorities and the police have


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


constituents. Members always accuse people from the North East of


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


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


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


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


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


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


honourable member for Bournemouth East, the parliamentary


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


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


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


members dispersed the House that day. Manning Deputy Speaker


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


said the backbench business committee gave 90 minutes for this


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


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


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


committee determines the subject matter of debates and the allocation


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


those who cause death by drink-driving should carry a


manslaughter charge rather than the current charge which carries a


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


responses. The government is considering these responses and


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


secretary announced a consultation on the future of Channel four.


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


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


relocation to Stanford that maybe Channel 4 should consider coming to


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


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


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


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


the staggering cost of decommissioning nuclear sites of


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


billion. Why were successive governments in saturated by the myth


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


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


taxpayers that will impoverish government spending for decades?


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


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


nuclear decommissioning but my advice to honourable gentleman would


be to seek one of the longer Westminster Hall debate


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


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


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


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


climate change. Eight debate on the Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals


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


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


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


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


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


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


A significant change in configurations are the NHS that is


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


there is powerfully relevant committee on the local authority to


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


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


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


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


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


Nottinghamshire County Council, to deal with those roads. My


constituents and Nottinghamshire are fed up driving on roads which are


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


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


that the Chancellor of the Exchequer found ?23 billion additional


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


Secretary said during his questions earlier this afternoon, the


government has allocated very significant sums of money to support


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


concerning local roads but it is a reality which any responsible


government had to accept that resources are finite and the country


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


significant visit in our public finances and the responsible


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


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


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


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


constituency, because the relationship between a chest to and


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


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


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


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


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


look at clarifying the roles of individuals such as Chris Reynolds


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


the role of the chairman of the National infrastructure commission.


The National infrastructure commission as to provide impartial


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


including the rules that are there to provide safeguards against


conflicts of interest. Having received a response from the


Minister for energy and industry regarding over 40 of my constituents


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


approved provider I am not entirely confident that the department


appreciates the magnitude of the problem and how many people across


Britain are suffering financial hardship because of this botched


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


time to discuss this urgent and important and potentially


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


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


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


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


Parliamentary ombudsman to investigate that. Can reschedule his


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


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


explain to the House that this scheme uses the latest biometric


technology to deliver money electronically to the world's


poorest women, absolutely transforming their status by


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


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


applaud the speaker's about for democracy and the particular


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


Department for International Development as my right honourable


friend rightly says. The use of digital technology can provide


power, freedom and opportunity to women in particular in some


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


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


reached new heights today with reports of a hospital trust asking


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


paying employers national insurance. The Health Secretary urgently


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


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


acceptable? I think given this particular case that the honourable


gentleman should either write directly to the health minister or


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


with those details onto the Secretary of State. Domestic dog


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


farmland Woodstock government officials recently met police forces


farming representatives to discuss the situation. Five police forces at


a consequence of than the pilot a more systematic collection of


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


6000 constituents of Norwich South who have been sanctioned since 2010


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


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


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


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


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


the sanctions regime existed throughout the 13 years of Labour


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


revitalise and support the high streets are often undermined by


decisions by the local authority planning departments. Could we have


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


probably direct my honourable friend towards Westminster will


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


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


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


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


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


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


intelligence services have the ability to get into situations like


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


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


opposed to encryption would legislate to undermine it is


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


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


communications and whether the Leader of the House can enlighten us


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


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


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


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


that encryption does not provide a safe space for terrorists,


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


companies to have the ability to decrypt those messages when they


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


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


Secretary is meeting today with representatives of the digital


industry and Internet providers to discuss these issues further.


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


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


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


the man charged with the manslaughter of my constituent


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


offence to deal with those who attack the people protecting the


people in service? My right honourable friend will understand


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


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


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


have powers already to impose an additional sentence on the grounds


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


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


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


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


to be determined to publish information regarding MPs revealing


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


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


is something that both the honourable gentleman and I have


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


will be opportunities to put questions to health ministers on


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


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


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


government has expanded training provision very significantly. Can I


take this opportunity to place on record my congratulations to Ms


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


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


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


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


appeal? An increasing number of constituents are visiting me because


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


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


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


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


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


system is failing. A quarter of people on personal independence


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


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


the figures for people with mental health conditions, again


significantly more people are getting help through PIPs and


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


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


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


Minister and the Chancellor of the developing situation with Falkland


Islands Holdings limited, the company that holds the majority of


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the foreign Commonwealth Office is giving support to the Falkland


Islands administration in that task. On Mendes students from Grange


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


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


suggests this equates to the salaries of 24 teachers at that


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


comparable schools with comparable catchment areas but in different


parts of the country can receive startlingly different sums of money


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the arts presented by my right honourable friend the member for


Bromsgrove. I congratulate my honourable friend's constituent on


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


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


million pounds for organisations like Eclipse theatre, which is


delivering a programme supporting ethnic minority artists in northern


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


now resemble Swiss cheese. I understand that the number of


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


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


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


conditions in England that was published in March this year showed


that local classified roads were improving with fewer local roads


needing to be considered for maintenance. The governments has


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


condition of local roads, but resources are finite and clearly


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


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


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


Culture London have raised ?3.1 million towards funding the centre


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


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


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


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


strong representation from my honourable friend and his


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


English vote for English law standing orders and responding in


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


manifesto on which this government was elected are delivered, whether


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Ministers said yesterday is consistent with what you said in the


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


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


negotiation and as my right honourable friend said yesterday,


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


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


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


that the statement is made explaining to young people by his


government believes it is more important to reduce inward migration


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


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


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


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


from the existing arrangements on free movement, which are provided


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


are things that Home Office ministers in particular will be


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


ourselves and other European governments. Options are clearly


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


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


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


government's wish that devolved government in Northern Ireland can


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


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


Secretary of State for Northern Ireland regularly in recent weeks,


as the honourable gentleman would expect. The government makes plans


for many different contingencies. Commercial burglaries and serious


knife crime are still serious problems in my constituency. When


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


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


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


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


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


reducing crime, despite having to make different choices about


budgetary management. The police have done that by reorganising their


own operations and priorities to make sure that cutting crime


successfully comes first and fermenting and spreading best


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


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


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


sequential is through the Estimates process?


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


later this year on the estimates procedure and the government will


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


nature of devolution, that it budgetary decision taken here that


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


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


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


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


person who discovers they have been duped into buying a leasehold


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


threatening the integrity of the housing market. The Prime Minister


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


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


legislation to put those words into action? Disassembling my right


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


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


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


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


Mexico that passporting the financial services will not


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


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


UK Government intends to support our financial organisations that are


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


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


objective of securing trade access for our financial service and


reciprocal rights for financial services firms based in other


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


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


do. Small businesses in my constituency got little confidence


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


government time over important issues impacting on leaving the EU,


like workers' rights comment by mental check is adverse or


businesses but these have not happen. The leader publish a


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


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


opportunities, particularly in the forthcoming parliamentary session,


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


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


legislation that the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland brings


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


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


that legislation and those talks should not address serious issues


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


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


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


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


there not being funding for essential public services in


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


about the exact nature of legislation that might conceivably


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


and the secretary of state continues to work tirelessly with the


political parties to try to secure the restoration of the devolved


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


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


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


available to local authorities to tackle this problem? The opportunity


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


There are significant powers available to local authorities,


local authority sometimes also work with police forces because organised


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


medicine that has been developed from cannabinoids to be properly


licensed and go through the necessary safety procedures that we


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


available through the National Health Service will generally. I


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


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


authorities have powers of discretion and I would hope very


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


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


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


repeatedly beating his wife, including forcing her to take


tablets of telling her to kill herself, hitting hitting herself


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


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


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


legislation to strengthen the penalties for domestic violence. It


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


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


guidelines as he knows are published by independent sentencing councils


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


Wales a consultation has started today on a new sentencing guidelines


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


authorities in Scotland might consider following suit. Following


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


facts are that our participation in European arrangements on the sharing


of information between police was those and between judicial systems


rests upon instruments based in the treaties and grounded in European


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


and therefore all instruments flowing from the treaties, cease to


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


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


neighbours which encompasses security cooperation as well as


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


employers. The instance that was brought my attention by a


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


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


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


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


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


law and we expect responsible employers to treat people on the


work trial over experience with decency. Amongst the sporting and


shooting organisations and firearms holders there is concern about


delays will licence renewal applications. One way of dressing


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


sure the -- it is


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