29/06/2017 Business Questions


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amendment G in the name of the honourable member of Streatham and


others. I hope that is helpful to the House. Business question. Could


the Leader of the House please give us the forthcoming business? The


business for next week will be Monday the 3rd of July to reading of


the air travel organisers licensing Bill, Tuesday the 4th of July the


second reading of the European Union approval is built, followed by


motion relating to the allocation of select committees, followed then by


a general debate on the Chris Gibb reports, improvements to southern


railway. At 7pm the House will be asked to agree all outstanding


estimates. On Wednesday 5th of July proceedings on the supply and


appropriation Main Estimates Bill followed by a motion to approve the


Justice on security Northern Ireland act of 2007, extension of


generational nonjury trial provisions order 2017, followed by a


general debate on Israel and Palestinian talks. Thursday 6th of


July, a general debate on exiting the European Union and global trade.


On Friday 7th of July, the House will not be sitting. I would also


like to inform the House the business in Westminster Hall for the


6th of July will be on Thursday the sixth debate on global education


before the G20 Summit followed by a debate on seasonal agricultural


workers scheme. Thank you. Can I thank the Leader of the House for


the business but I'm not sure she's aware that allocated a debate on the


tube report on Tuesday but there's also a Westminster Hall debate on


Wednesday at 9:30am on the same report. I'm not sure if that is a


typo or if she wants to punish the backbenchers. Can I start by sending


Her Majesty 's opposition condolences to all the honourable


members for the SNP on the death of their former leader, Gordon Wilson,


the leader from 1979-1990 and was an MP for Dundee East from 1974-1987.


We send our condolences to his family and friends. It was a great


get-together in the chamber on Saturday as Jo's family and friends


unveiled that beautiful black. I thank your office for making this


such a memorable day, and to all members from all sides who turned


up, and thank you to the member of Wirral South who organised it.


Brendan was right when he said it is noisy at PMQs and when there are


children in the chamber. The males of the Parliamentary digital service


who staved off the cyber attack over the weekend but could the Leader of


the House tell the House what the position is on restoration and


renewal if there is time for debate, and also if the tube report will be


debated on two separate days, could she allocate a date of the


opposition on the Tuesday? Mr Speaker, the Secretary of State said


he hoped we would not be a single opposition support him but I say it


is not the job of Her Majesty 's opposition to Sellotape a minority


government. Erskine May has helpfully pointed out the


opposition's task is to direct criticism of the Government's policy


and Administration and to outline alternative policies. It is this


Government that is unpatriotic and who have caused uncertainty.


Letters remember the Prime Minister resigned and walked away, the


current Prime Minister wanted a majority and now has a smaller


Government. They said that they would lift the cap on public sector


service pay, and number ten refutes that. The Chancellor has to set out


his position because it is opposite to the Foreign Secretary. But we on


this side have an alternative. We will take the country's result and


turn it into a new relationship with the new -- EU which puts opportunity


for our citizens at its core. That is Europe, but what about here?


Local Government finance faces uncertainty, the revenue support


grant will be phased out in 2020, but the consultation on business


rates ended on the 3rd of May 2017, and given the next Queen's Speech is


in 2019, could the Leader of the House say how we will find out what


the policy is and when we will scrutinise local government finance?


Local government needs to but the tea. Then there are two judgments in


the High Court. The High Court has ruled that the benefit cap was


unlawful. Mr Justice Collins said it was causing extreme hardship. 20,000


children and many single parents have been hardest hit by this


heartless policy. Irrespective of whether the Government is going to


appeal or not, could we have an urgent debate on the judgment? And


when will the Government report back on the quick and review on the state


pension age? The Government Osman plans also does not meet the court


order to cut air pollution in the shortest possible time. 40,000


people die prematurely from air pollution. Don't we deserve time for


this debate on this failure of Government policy? And Mr Speaker,


there is nothing about fair funding for schools or how much would be


available. A school governor told me during the election they managed to


stave off making a school teacher redundant, making a teacher


redundant, that is for this year. What will happen next year? And the


heads told me that she needs extra funds to make way for young people


to go to their school even though they actually live in the same


street as the school. When will the Government bring forward new


proposals on the discredited funding formula? Mr Speaker, that is why


this minority government has become a minority government, because it is


so far removed from the reality of people's lives. Finally, Mr Speaker,


I know you will be busy next week because it is Wimbledon fortnight.


You must be pleased you have got your deputies elected! It is the


20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter And The


Philosopher's Stone, but I don't know if you know there is a new book


out, Harry Potter And The Magic Money Tree! That was a Tordo falls


across a whole range of areas, I thank the lady for that. I had a


note from my honourable friend the member Bexhill only this morning


saying that at last week's business questions he asked for time to


discuss the Gibb reports, and many colleagues have raised this with us,


so I understand he will be withdrawing his request for time in


West Mr Hall, so that is a happy outcome for all colleagues who want


to discuss the severe problems that many rail commuters have had in


Southern and across other areas, too. I join the lady in sending


commiserations to the Scottish on this and all of those friends and


family of Gordon Wilson, a man who really did serve his country well.


Likewise on the subject of the unveiling of the plaque for Jo Cox,


I would like to add my thanks for the wonderful opportunity to be in


the state apartments yesterday on the Jo Cox loneliness commission. I


have a project in my own constituency to bring communities


together in coffee mornings to try and stem the tide of low --


loneliness, and I'm delighted that in her memory we are renewing our


efforts to tackle it. I would also like to add my congratulations to


the Parliamentary digital service. They really did work 20 -- 24 /7


over the weekend, and I understand they did about six months of IT


development work in about three days, so they have put us in a


stronger position than we were before, and I know all colleagues


will want to send their thank yous for the way in which they prevented


a serious harm being done. On the restoration and reveal, has


commissions are looking at those proposals and what is to be done,


and we hope to make announcements in new course. Then the honourable lady


came onto her opposition to this Government and her sense that it is


not a legitimate Government. I would just like to point out that the


Conservatives won the general election. It is not only our right


but it is our constitutional duty in the interests of the country to


bring forward a strong Government with support from colleagues in the


DUP, and this Government has a very strong programme, not only...


SHOUTING It has a strong programme for a


successful Brexit that will create job opportunity and be a global


force for free trade. But we also have measures that we intend to


bring forward to improved and restore mental health in this


country and to protect people from domestic violence and to protect


people from stalkers, very important social legislation. Some of the


industries of tomorrow to make this country a world leader in electric


vehicle technology, in autonomous vehicles and of course in space


flight, something that for many in the devolved administrations,


building spaceport and being at the heart of new satellite technology,


absolutely vital, and then finally, on the subject of security, keeping


people safe, the first Yuji of Government will be bringing forward


more measures to stamp out extremism, and to enhance global


working on counterterrorism. Very many good and worthwhile pieces of


legislation that I hope all colleagues will be able to support.


Can we have time for a debate on accident and emergency services,


specifically the service in Southend, and assure constituents


that any decision will be clinically led? Ayanna boyfriend is quite right


to raise the issue of accident and emergency services. He will know


that the decisions about A are clinically led. -- my honourable


friend is quite right to raise the issue. I thank the Leader of the


House, and I am grateful on these benches for the very kind words


expressed about Gordon Wilson. He is somebody who love this place and the


words expressed here will be comfort of his family and friends. Scanning


the business, it looks as though there will be no votes at all this


week, and given that the Government only secured a majority small


majority, we can see why they don't want to test it too often. This is


already a zombie government. And there is much to debate, but


primarily and particularly the grubby deal that has been stitched


up with the Democratic Unionist Party, which demonstrates the worst


excesses of pork barrel politics. You decided that I couldn't secure


an emergency debate, but you would think the Government would be


rushing to the House to debate this particular deal, and members must be


able to scrutinise, to ask questions, to debate what is going


on. It is a deal that turns the normal funding arrangements totally


on their head. It is unbelievable that a deal of such significance and


importance could be passed through this House without any debate and


scrutiny, and we urgently need a debate about the role of the


Scotland Office in all of this. This is now run by the Secretary of State


without any shred of credibility who has failed to stand up for vital


Scottish interests, who says one thing about the funding arrangement


on the Barnett Formula wonder and is contradicted the next, someone who


is as much use as a Emu without what Hull.


Where to start, Mr Speaker? First of all, Under-Secretary of State for


Scotland, he is a legend advocate for Scotland. He speaks up for


Scotland in every Cabinet meeting. He is the strongest advocate for the


Barnett Formula. He called for transparency, as have the Scottish


Nationalists on the deal with the DUP, and let's just be clear about


this, the honourable gentleman in his desire to see Scotland walk away


from the United Kingdom wishes to walk away from the Barnett Formula,


so it is extraordinary that he is now calling for the arrangements


with the DUP to be treated the same way. The Scottish national Swann to


walk away from it, that is not in the interests of Scotland at all,


and unfortunately the Scottish Government appear to spend all its


time talking about the breakaway rather than getting on with the job


that they have been asked to do by the Scottish people. And turning to


the issue of money for Scotland, he will be very much aware that the


Barnett Formula supports funding for the devolved administrations, it is


by no means everything. The UK Government has invested in city


deals, 500 million in Glasgow, 125cc in Aberdeen, 53 million in


Inverness, 5 million to the Victoria and Albert in Dundee, the list goes


on, they really do need to be clear. Are they only interested in


Independence, are they interested in governing Scotland properly and


contributing to the United Kingdom? There is no evidence of the latter.


Thank you, Mr Speaker. Can we have a statement from the Secretary of


State for Education for school funding in Cheshire? There is a


great deal of concern at the moment amongst parents, governors and


teachers on funding in their schools, and hopefully a statement


will provide them and me with the reassurances we seek. Can I first


really welcome my honourable friend back to her place, it is fantastic


to see her back here, and we look forward to talking with her across


the House in the future. She raises a very important point, and I'm sure


that the Secretary of State for Education will have heard that and


will be keen to come to this House. Nevertheless, in terms of fairer


funding for education, it is vital and carries the support of many


across the education sector that we do look at fair funding so that all


pupils have the same level of funding, that a is absolutely key.


Mr Speaker, I thank the Leader of the House for the letter she sent me


in the correspondence from my post as chair of the backbench business


committee in the last Parliament. I do express some concern about a


particular line. We were looking to see how the arrangements for


backbench time would be allocated given that it is a two-year


Parliament on the standing orders guarantee us 35 days, 27 of which


should be in this chamber within a session, but because it is a


two-year session, that wouldn't work. And there is a line in her


letter that says, in the first instance, discussions about how this


town will be allocated will take place through discussions in the


usual channels. I'm afraid to say that concerns me. The backbench


business committee was established to circumvent the usual channels,


Leader of the House, and therefore I would ask that the discussions would


take place with the committee once it is established. But I also thank


her for allocating time for the residual back into committee debate


from the last Parliament on Israel and Palestine. Thank you.


I thank the honourable gentleman, he raises an important point and what I


tried to make clear in my letter is that we are very sympathetic to his


request that we bring forward debates held over in the last


session into this session. He will be aware that standing orders set


out the amount of time allocated to different types of debates including


backbench debates but we are sympathetic to that and we will be


discussing that and I am personally very sympathetic to his request.


When will the Government be making a statement on access to abortion in


Northern Ireland? It's wrong that women in Northern Ireland don't have


the same access to abortion as women in England, Wales and Scotland and


the High Court has ruled this contravenes human rights law which


is the responsibility of the UK Government and not devolved matter.


When will the Government be issuing a statement? This is an incredibly


sensitive and important issue, and it is my personal view that every


woman should have the right to decide what happens to her own body.


That is very clear. This question of women from Northern Ireland


accessing abortions in England is not one of whether they should have


that access, it is a question of devolution and the fact that help is


devolved to Northern Ireland and are therefore it's the question of who


should pay for it. What I can tell honourable members is the Department


for equalities and the Department for health are discussing and


looking closely at this issue today. This week it was announced that


surgery for my constituents who smoke or who are overweight will be


restricted for some for up to a year. Can we have a debate in


Government time regarding the potential impact of this decision on


my constituents' health, mental health, and the legacy of the NHS


rationing such as this. The honourable lady raises a very


important point and she may well want to apply for an adjournment


debate to raise this issue which is very important. She will appreciate


this is a commission led but I urge her to take that forward in an


adjournment debate. In recent days there has been absolute misery for


thousands of motorists in my constituency caused by work being


carried out by highways England. I wrote to Mr Jim O'Sullivan, the


chief executive of highways England for an explanation and it has taken


a week to receive a standard acknowledgement letter saying that I


by which time the works will be will get a substantive response in


over. Mr Speaker, given that the decisions taken by highways England


impact on millions of people... As to whether this couldn't care less


attitude is an acceptable way to go forward? I can well imagine what an


irritation this is for his constituents and I would not be


happy with an acknowledgement and a pledge of a proper reply within two


weeks. Many public sector organisations to respond quickly to


request from members of Parliament and I hope highways England will


have heard his remarks and give him a quick answer. Last week rumours


circulated in Wallasey that the Kingsway Academy was going to be


closed. We have now managed to establish that there are plans to


close it, in some cases perhaps by the end of July, so this will throw


the whole of our education system in Wallasey into disarray and there are


400 pupils whose future is currently completely obtuse and we don't know


where they will be. New parents don't know whether they can buy


uniforms for the school. This is part of a multi-Academy trust who


have just not communicated any of this at all so can we have a debate


on public accountability amongst multi-Academy trusts? If this had


been a local authority school there would have to have been a two year


consultation period instead of this chaos. I'm quite sure the right


honourable lady will have raised this very loudly in her own area,


which is right that she should, and again in order to bring forward the


question very quickly, I suggest that she should seek an adjournment


debate. Can we have an early debate about the importance of police


stations in local communities? They are place of security, safety and


sanctuary for many people and the importance of being able to drop


into the police stations is vitally important. In Lancashire there are


proposals to close ten police stations including my own Clitheroe.


Please can we have an early debate in order to say how important it is


to keep these police stations open? My honourable friend raises another


important point about what expectations are in local areas. I


have certainly in my own area seen closures of police stations which


the police have made a very strong case that people don't tend to drop


into police stations very much and therefore they can use their time


better by not having manned police stations, but I completely


sympathise with the reaction of local people, it is never good, and


I do encourage him to seek an early Westminster Hall or adjournment


debate. In particular the ones to write to me I will pass on his


concerns to the right department. To the apparent envy of some of his


honourable friends, I call Mr Alan Brown. Thank you, Mr Speaker. In my


short time in this place, so far I have seen the Secretary of State for


Scotland failed to get money for opencast coal restoration. Now we


have seen Scotland completely bypassed in a deal with the DUP. We


think the Secretary of State for Scotland should resign, could she


say why she thinks he should continue Secretary of State for


Scotland? The Secretary of State for Scotland is a huge advocate for


Scotland. Having myself being an energy minister, I can assure


honourable members that he has spoken up for energy in Scotland, he


was certainly very diligent in looking at measures for oil and gas


sector, it was important in the city deals for Glasgow and Aberdeen, he's


been an enormous advocate for the fisheries sector and that's just


from my own personal experience. He's a superb advocate for that


nation and they should be delighted have him. May we have consideration


of a debate on the issue of toxic cabin air syndrome which has


reportedly killed and caused serious illness to many crew on aircraft,


both my constituents and others around the country? Yes, my


honourable friend raises a point that I think we have all but about


in the newspapers and that would certainly be worthy of debate and I


encourage him to seek an adjournment debate, a backbench debate in the


first instance would be very important. My postbag has been


swollen this week by a large number of well written letters by the


people's of a primary school in Shetland who have been studying the


topic of slavery across the world. Given that general debates seem to


be finding fashion with the business managers, can the leader make time


available to say how we might be doing more to tackle this across the


globe? Of course it is this Government that has introduced an


act about human slavery that seeks to stamp this out and take a world


leading role in stamping out modern slavery, and he's right to point out


that we do commit to overseas development aid which again goes in


great part to supporting efforts to stamp out human slavery. He raises


an incredibly important point and I'm certainly sympathetic to that


and will raise that with Chief Whip. There are many honourable and right


honourable members on all sides of the House who await the Government's


25 year plan for the environment. I know it's a matter of interest to my


right honourable friend and I hope she will tell the House that it will


be published under statement will be made in the House when it is


published. I absolutely praise my honourable friend for his


contribution to the whole area of protecting and enhancing our


environment, and he will have seen that commitment of the 25 year plan


for the environment is part of our manifesto. We remain fully committed


to it. There is a clear through the Great Repeal Bill intention to bring


all EU legislation that relates to the environment into UK law, from


there we have the ambition to be the first generation leaves the


environment in a better state than we found it, and I'm proud that we


remain committed to that outcome. Today's Times says that thousands of


people die each year breathing air that is officially considered safe.


The BMA think we should have air pollution monitors at the roadside


so can we have a debate on improving air quality standards please? The


honourable gentleman is right to raise what is a very serious public


health issue, and he will be aware that there is a consultation under


way right now on measures to improve air quality, but of course that is


to reach a certain level of air pollution. What this Government's


longer term aims to have almost all vehicles zero carbon by 2050, that


is a real solution and in the short and medium term we will be setting


out measures to try to tackle the problem of air quality. Following on


from the opposition leader's comments, I look forward to


welcoming you to the best constituency in England in the next


fortnight. Can the Secretary of State come to this House and make a


statement on Crossrail 2? The constituents of Wimbledon and across


London on clean to understand the commitment of this project. I will


certainly be happy to write to my right honourable colleague on that


subject on his behalf. I'm personally very interested to know


if it is true that the strawberries for Wimbledon are being grown


underground in Clapham. He's right that Crossrail 2 will be a very


important measure to get people in London moving and I am personally


supportive of it. I was shocked by was a complete lack of clarity from


the Secretary of State for Education on schools funding on Tuesday and


the Leader of the House's comments that the funding formula for schools


simply won't ring true in my constituency, where schools have


seen their budget squeeze year-on-year and our fantastic


Forest Hills School has a deficit of 1.3 million. Can we please now have


a proper statement and a debate before the summer recess on schools


funding? Can I welcome the honourable lady to her place and


wish her every success in her new role. Of course we are proud of the


topline achievement that there are now 1.8 million more children in


good and outstanding schools than there were in 2010 but she's right


to point out there are pressures on school budgets. It is being closely


looked at by my right honourable friend in the education Department


and I will happily take up the issue she raises her. Given the Prime


Minister's commitment to more capital spending in the NHS, can we


have a statement on capital spending because whilst the Alexandra


Hospital has excellent staff, we are in desperate need of a new hospital


because of sewage coming into the operating theatres and a failure in


infrastructure. My honourable friend is raising an important point in his


constituency which I think would be worthy of raising in an adjournment


debate but if he wants to write to me I would be happy to take it up


with the Department of Health. When can we debate holiday in motion 85


which congratulates the Scottish Government on introducing


legislation so that Scotland can share the benefits that Wales have


enjoyed in having presumed consent for organ donations. We are at the


worst record in Europe on the number of consents in the UK. It's been a


brilliant life-saving success in Wales, isn't it time England and


Scotland enjoyed the benefits? Yes, this is a very sensitive and there


are very strong views on all sides of this argument. I share the


honourable gentleman's view that presumed consent would be life


changing for many people waiting for organ donations. I will raise that


issue but he could call a Westminster Hall debate which would


highlight its and I'm sure that's will be in his mind. Can we have a


debate on the need to restrict postal voting? Not only does it --


not only has it helps people vote more than once in elections, it has


also in certain parts of Bradford been known to be abused for a


considerable amount of time, including I might add effectively


depriving many women of the vote in those communities. It is very good


how these people speak of women's rights are happy to be silent when


it clashes with another politically correct shibboleth. These are issues


people asked concerned about, can we have a debate about the abuse of


postal voting in this country? My normal friend is exactly right to


speak up for democracy in this country, and I hear members on the


opposite benches pooh-poohing his comments, but it behoves us all to


stand up to democracy. Nobody should want the availability of double


voting or indeed for one person to vote on behalf of their entire


family or on the half of people who are no longer with us. So I


absolutely agree with my honourable friend that we should have a debate


on this subject, we should take this forward and ensure that democracy


continues to prevail. The M62 would be the great Northern Powerhouse


project, connecting Lancashire and Yorkshire, so when the Government


going to recognise the importance of this project and start talking about


it and talking it up and talking the Northern Powerhouse Arp and funding


it likes the Northern Ireland powerhouse that they seem to be


funding? The honourable gentleman has raised the point loud and clear.


You will know that it was this Government who created the term the


Northern Powerhouse, but more importantly have funded it with


hundreds of millions of pounds, and continue to support it, so his words


are now on the record, and I'm sure that my right honourable friend will


be interested to hear it. Yesterday at PMQs, the Member for South East


Cornwall bravely raised the personal impact of both online abuse and the


direct effect during her campaign and many other female candidates


across the UK suffered. As the previous chair of the all-party


women in Parliament group, could the leader make time for a debate on


this issue so that this House can express its discussed at this kind


of direct abuse, so that it does not put off the women leaders of the


future coming to this House? I completely agree with my honourable


friend. This matter was a total disgrace during the recent general


election. The number of colleagues who were genuinely scared for their


personal safety, and for the appalling, disgusting behaviour of


defacement of offices, of posters, the constant tearing down in social


media terms of the efforts of colleagues to try and get elected.


It is an appalling indictment of our society that that has been allowed


to happen, and I think that this House will want to take that matter


further. Can the Leader of the House gives some Government time for the


development and a statement on the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon? This was


omitted from the Queen's Speech, and she knows about this project, and it


is no use blaming previous energy or environment Ministers, for that what


she. I will accept the involvement in the Hendry review, which was


designed to make sure that Swansea Bay tidal lagoon gets a fair


hearing. That report has made its findings clear, and the Government


is looking at it carefully. He will be aware that it is a significant


expense, it also has enormous potential and it is right that it


should look at it carefully for value for taxpayers' money, and


there will be a statement about it in due course. I gave notice to the


Leader of the House and I hope she has done her homework on this


question, but I'm not going to ask that question because something more


important has come up. It has been brought to my attention that at the


general election, people can be registered in two places to vote, I


am registered in London and my constituency, but an social media, a


number of students are bragging about the fact that they voted not


only where they live but also where they go to university. That is an


abuse of the situation, and could we have a statement next week at the


Cabinet office on that matter? I am always delighted that my honourable


friend likes to throw in a googly, so I thank him for that, but he


raises what is again an incredibly important point for our democracy.


We do need to get to the bottom of people deliberately voting twice,


which I understand is in fact illegal, so we do need to


investigate this, we do need to ensure the Parliamentary democracy


that this country has been famous for and is the mother of all


Parliaments, is absolutely upholding the rights of one person, one vote.


Given there are no Welsh questions before recess, can we have an


opportunity on the floor of the House to question the Secretary of


State for Wales on what he has been doing since the Government's


announcement of the deals and the DUP to ensure that Wales is not


short-changed? The honourable lady will be aware that Wales has also


benefited from a number of projects outside of the Barnett Formula, and


I will certainly pass on her comments to my right honourable


friend, and seek some sort of opportunity for her to do that. Mr


Speaker, in recent years, my Cleethorpes constituency has


benefited from government support, but as my right honourable friend


will be aware, coastal communities continue to face particular


challenges. Could we have a debate about those particular challenges at


how the Government will continue support for coastal areas? He is


exactly right that coastal areas do suffer some unique problems, and we


have had in the past some very fruitful Westminster Hall debates on


the particular issues facing coastal communities. I am delighted that


they also have the advantage of fabulous fish and chips, which I was


very pleased to come and enjoying Grimsby with him during the recent


general election campaign. But he raises a good point, and I think he


should certainly apply for a Westminster Hall debate to be able


to raise those issues properly. Mr Speaker, for the third time in a


fortnight, my constituents are having to put up with the noise and


nuisance and litter and mess caused by illegal traveller camps on parks


and public open spaces in Dudley, and this is completely unacceptable.


When I talk to the council and police about it, they tell me they


need more powers to deal with this. So can we have an urgent debate in


government time so we can get to the bottom of this issue and provide


local authorities with the position they need to provide provision so


that local constituents and their children can start to use parks and


play areas once again. The honourable gentleman might have


raised this last week, it was raised very recently, and I think we all


share the same concern about the impact on our own local areas of


this particular problem. If he would like to write to me, I would be


happy to take this forward, and I would be sympathetic to Beijing


Government time or a Westminster Hall debate. Mr Speaker, following a


meeting with the constituent, I have learned that the number of children


home-schooled in workshop is more than doubled since 2012, and there


is a consensus that this is on the rise across the country, leading to


concerns that the checks on quality may not be as rigorous as they might


be, and some children may not be getting the education they deserve.


I wonder if we might have a debate on the future of home-schooling. Of


course what this Government has sought to do is to provide in order


to get standards up a wide range of schooling options, and I would like


to pay tribute to the many families who do provide excellent


home-schooling for their children, where there are particular issues


perhaps around bullying or particular needs, but he is right to


raise the fact that checks need to be carried out to ensure that


children don't drop out of sight. Local authorities do have a


statutory duty to check that all children are receiving a proper


education, and they do have a course to the law if that is not found to


be the case. But I certainly think my honourable friend could raise


that in a Westminster Hall debates to good effect. On the 23rd of June,


just last week, 84 people in Pakistan were killed, the third on


this year, hundred and 15 people noted. Families remain in the


streets with their deceased, unable to bury them. Another is that is a


very real risk. Pakistan quite clearly are trying to restrict what


is happening and not let the world outside no. Could I ask, could we


have an urgent statement on this matter to see how we can help the


people of the local area and give them the help that they need right


now? He raises a very important issue that is affecting, as he says,


three attacks in recent past. What I can tell him is that the UK and


Pakistan have a shared interest in addressing and reducing the threat


of terrorism. We are committed to working together to combat the


terrorist threat and this is tree -- and the extremism that sustains it.


I think if he would like to write to me on this point, I will certainly


take it up with the relevant department. My right honourable


friend is absolutely right widget talks about the portents of keeping


people safe. Could we therefore have a statement regarding the threat to


commercial and military aviation from use of drones by private


individuals or commercial organisations? I think we have all


seen recent press reports of close shaves, and it is certainly


something that seems to be an increasing challenge. If my


honourable friend would like to write me on that point, I will take


it up with the Department of Transport. The National Audit Office


says it will cost nearly ?7 billion to get existing school buildings up


to scratch, yet the Government is spending money hand over fist to


develop preschool site including four in London that have cost over


?30 million each. Isn't it time that we had a debate in Government time


about how to manage the capital budget for schools so that all our


schools and pupils are in schools with decent sports facilities rather


than old office blocks not fit for purpose? I would have to remind the


honourable lady that since 2010 1.8 million more children are in good


and outstanding schools than before 2010. Members offers it -- opposite


tut, but her parents, a good education is very important, the


fabric of building is important, but not as important as the quality of


education the children are getting. I would be happy to take that point


for her if she would like to write to me on it. I welcome the debate


next week, can my right honourable friend try to secure a statement


from the Secretary of State for Transport to ensure that my line


that runs to my constituency and supports East Sussex and Kent is


electrified and sure is that all of our network is up-to-date? I will


happily take up that point with my right honourable friend. The debate


next week will enable colleagues to make some very key points about the


quality of rail transport, and I encourage her to attend that. Can we


have a debate in Government time on the injustice of the mineworkers'


pension scheme, which has seen Government offers swelled by


billions of pounds due to the 50/50 unfairness? More money needs to go


to miners and their widows. This has been debated a number of times in


Parliament, and there was a long-standing agreement for the


sharing of the surplus. If she would like to write to me, I will happily


take it up again. Reversing the 20 13th downgrade of night-time A at


Cheltenham General Hospital is something that I'm passionate about,


but the trust makes clear that recruiting middle grade A doctors


is difficult. Can we have a debate on improving incentives and


conditions of such staff so that my constituents can have the hospital


they deserve? My honourable friend raises another very important matter


for his consistency, but of his A, and I do encourage him to apply for


an adjournment abate to discuss the specifics there. Yesterday I asked


the current Prime Minister to confirm that all services in


Dewsbury and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary would remain open,


including full aid e-services. She replied that it would stay open, but


strangely ignored the significant downgrade and Huddersfield Royal


Infirmary. Could she provide Government time for the Prime


Minister to come to the House and reassure the local people services


are safe, or apologise for her scaremongering comments when we just


highlighted that services were under threat? I'm not sure I fully


understand what the honourable lady is saying. She is saying that the


Prime Minister gave reassurance to what... What I heard the Prime


Minister say is that Dewsbury A was not under threat. So if the


honourable lady would like to write to me on that point, I can try to


understand exactly what she would like to happen, thank you.


Could we have a debate in Government time on the disposal of local


authority assets? Shortly after the election was called, it emerged that


Harrow Council had sold the freehold of the hide to Barnet football club,


Barnet football club ride roughshod over local people and nobody was


consulted. Barnet football club is illegally -- illegally play their


football matches at the hive and impose misery on match days. So


could we have a debate in Government time on this issue? Sounds like he


has had a pretty tough time with a local issue there which is ideal of


course for an adjournment debate. On the 2nd of December 2015, the House


passed a motion concerning air strikes in Syria which were


specifically about targeting Daesh assets, it did not involve targeting


any other actor in that region, so it was with some surprise that I


heard the Defence Secretary this week claim his unwavering support


for US air strikes to target the Syrian regime. The Foreign Secretary


in April stated the assumption of Parliamentary approval needed to be


tested. So can the Leader of the House provide us with an urgent


statement on government thinking on changing the nature of this


conflict, and can she also ensure that a debate and vote in this House


happens before the mission creep sets in? The honourable gentleman


has raised some important questions which are for the MOD, and I can


draw his attention to the fact that we have oral questions for the


defence on Monday the 10th of July. Following very welcome announcement


from the Government that farm payments will continue until 2022,


can we have a debate on how they will be allocated as many farmers in


Brecon and Radnor share are concerned about the mechanism that


will be put in place and whether the administration of the payment will


ensure they are paid on time. Of course the farm payments are subject


dear to my heart as an ex-Secretary of State and I worked closely with


the honourable gentleman who was a great spokesman for the farmers in


his constituency. I can tell him the importance of the continuation of


the single farm payment is to ensure a smooth transition for farmers


across the UK to a new agricultural policy when you leave the EU so the


arrangements for that transition will be consulted on and discussed


but I cannot give him the specific outcome as yet. Notwithstanding our


view of the Government's relationship with the DUP, can the


Leader of the House assure the House that next week, at the earliest


opportunity, either the Prime Minister or Secretary of State for


Northern Ireland will make a statement about the outcome of the


talks taking place today in Northern Ireland which are of crucial


importance to the whole of the UK, where if it fails we will see a


restoration of direct rule and if they are restored, which we all hope


they are, there will still be serious questions to be asked and


this Parliament needs to discuss it as a matter of urgency. Yes, this is


a key issue and as he points out, today is the deadline for new


ministers to be appointed. The Secretary of State for Northern


Ireland is flat-out working, trying to encourage along with Irish


politicians and of course members of the Northern Ireland potential


executive, so all parties in Northern Ireland are working very


hard to try to ensure we get an arrangement signed today. The real


impact of police cuts can be measured by the rise and tide of gun


crime across Merseyside where we have had 100 shooting incidents in


the last 18 months, ten this month alone, and the Chief Constable in


Merseyside has said he's never known a situation where the police force


are stretched to the limit they are today. Proper funding is needed for


the police, and can I ask whether we can expect a statement for the Home


Secretary or a debate to rid our streets of gun crime? He raises an


incredibly important point about policing. As the Prime Minister said


yesterday, police budgets have been protected and there has been a big


increase in investment in intelligence and counterterrorism


and attacking cyber crime and so on to try to ensure the police have all


the tools they need to do the job. But of course the Home Office will


be listening carefully to particular issues and it sounds as though in


Merseyside there is a specific issue which you might want to raise with


them at Department oral questions. After the former member for the


brought before the House evidence of criminal behaviour in the


contaminated blood scandal, can we have a statement from the Secretary


of State for Health as to what action he will be taking now the


evidence has come to light, and when a full inquiry will be set up? I


think that sounds... Again, I am sorry to ask for further detail but


I would be happy to take that up with the Department for health if


the honourable lady would like to write to me about it. Like many


members, I've had occasion to sign off referrals to the ombudsman


service, and in most instances their determinations which can only be


accepted or rejected are sufficient for the constituents but they cannot


be appealed. Can we have a debate in Government time on the workings of


the ombudsman service and in particular what recourse the


constituent might have if they believe full or essential detail


concerning the case was not fully taken into consideration when the


determinations were reached? Yes, I have a lot of sympathy for what the


honourable gentleman says, having come across cases myself where it


seems an extraordinary outcome. It seems to me that that would be an


ideal sort of inquiry for a select committee. It's the sort of thing


where there really does need to be evidence provided. I'm also


conscious there are different ombudsmans looking at different


types of activity so it seems ideal for a select committee inquiry, but


I am happy to talk separately with the honourable gentleman if he


thinks another route would be better. Generally have a debate in


Government time or a statement because residents certainly in the


Coventry and Warwickshire area are concerned about building on the


green belt. Can we find out what the Government's policy is and the


planning regulations are in relation to the green belt because there is a


blame game going on. One group blamed the local authority and the


local authority blames central government. By the way I have


applied for an adjournment debate. Excellent, I'm so glad the


honourable gentleman has done that, it saves the laughter of the House


if I were to suggest it. It is a very thorny issue because of course


what we all want to see is more people able to live in and own their


own homes and there is that balance between building and protecting the


green belts but also making sure people have homes that are fit for


purpose and can aspire to do that so this Government is committed to


protecting the green belt and I'm glad he's arranging for an


adjournment debate because I think that's the ideal venue to raise


those issues. Trussell Trust research has indicated that mental


health problems affect almost one third of households using food banks


whilst 50% were classed as having a disability. May we have a debate on


cuts to disability benefits and the terrible impact this is having,


plunging our most vulnerable into extreme food poverty. I would like


to start by saying I think we all applaud the work of food banks. I


have a couple in my own constituency and they do a fantastic job with


volunteers. The honourable ladies raising an important point, it would


lend itself to a Westminster Hall debate on that very important topic.


Of course the issue of the use of food banks is a complex one, the


reasons why people go to food banks, and it would be very important and I


think valuable to get to the bottom of all of the factors that lead up


to it so I encourage her to do that. The Government shook their magic


money tree to find a ?1 billion on for Northern Ireland so can we have


an urgent statement about when that money tree will blossom again so my


constituents can benefit from the full funding of the Edinburgh city


regional deal? It is this side of the House that have said there is no


magic money tree, it is that side of the House that was expecting their


crock of gold at the end of the rainbow, so what this Government is


seeking to do... Gold. What this Government is seeking to do is


create an economy that is booming, that takes us away from the problems


we were left with by the profligate spending of the last Labour


government followed by a financial global crisis that left this


Government with the worst economic situation since the Second World


War. And the reality is that we are making progress, but the job is not


yet done. It is far from done. We can either choose to sort out the


deficit and live within our means, or we can choose to leave the


enormous debt that results from that deficit to our children and


grandchildren. This Government chooses the sensible and fairness


between the generations of dealing with our deficit and then tackling


that mountain of debt in a fair way. This week is breast-feeding week and


last week was breast-feeding in Scotland week, can have a debate on


the societal barriers to breast-feeding and how the


Government can better support and invest in support services for


families so they can make informed feeding choices? It is a topic that


I'm extremely sympathetic to. I think breast-feeding is


unquestionably best for the baby. However it is equally important that


all mothers have the opportunity to choose with informed decision-making


and information given to them. I completely support the honourable


lady's ambition to remove barriers to breast-feeding and I would


certainly take it up with the chief but it is an ideal subject for a


Westminster Hall debate too. I am somewhat concerned, Mr Speaker, that


friends of the Leader of the House appear to have told business insider


today that dozens of Conservative MPs are appealing to her to run for


the Conservative leadership again. I hope this doesn't distract her from


her duties as Leader of the House, including looking at how we can


improve private member's bill procedures. I was once again


unsuccessful in today's ballot for the 20 MPs who were, it is a


importer may get a fair chance to air the issues without being


subjected to the juvenile filibustering tactics of Tory


backbenchers. In answer to her first point, it is absolutely right for


this country and party that we get behind Theresa May, who is doing a


great job as Prime Minister, and I am absolutely committed to her


remaining as leader of our country for as long as she wishes to do so,


so just to be very clear about that. As to her second point, as I


mentioned to the previous leader of the backbench business committee,


the standing orders set out the number of private member's bill in


any session and then it is for the usual channels to discuss whether


there is the possibility to flex that. I am sympathetic to her view


that we should enable members to have a fair hearing. She will be


pleased that there is a number of colleagues of hers but have got


private member's bill to the top, we are looking forward to that, and I


congratulate those members and look forward to working with them.


Dunwoody has the busiest food bank in Scotland and we have seen almost


10% increase in the use of food banks in Scotland last year alone.


Even Tory MSP Brian Whittle last week admitted this Government's


benefits rules are forcing families to turn to food banks. Please come


have an urgent debate on the UK Government's cruel and callous


security system which is pushing more families into ever more


desperate situations? Again, I would like to thank all of those who work


in food banks for what they do, it is important we recognise the amount


of volunteering and the generosity of people who donate to food banks.


I say again to the honourable gentleman, the reasons that push


people to food banks are complicated. I think it would be a


valuable debates to try and get some of the evidence around that and I


would be very supportive of him seeking to hold such a debate.


SPEAKER: Nic Dakin. North Lincolnshire and gall hospital trust


is not receiving the support it needs to bring about the changes


required. Can we have a statement about the performance of HSI about


bringing about improvements in the health service? The honourable


gentleman is raising another important point for his own local


hospital service and I encourage him to seek an adjournment debate on


that. As to the broader point about the performance of the inspectorate,


if you would like to write to me I could raise that with the Department


for health. Daniel Zeichner. The Speaker of the House has heard from


both sides of the House on the need for the Secretary of State to come


here and explain what she's doing on funding for schools. When that


happens could you talk the accountability procedures for


education, particularly the Regional Schools Commissioners? In a country


where the government has abolished regional structures, this is an


anomaly. He is right and a number of


colleagues have raised concerns about education which the Secretary


of State will have heard and I will certainly discuss this with her.


She's looking very closely at some of these issues. This government is


determined to ensure more children have the opportunity of a good


school and decent education. She is looking very closely at the funding


formula to make it fairer, but also to ease burdens on schools and I am


sure she will be making statements or all of those issues in June


course. Rachael Maskell. I thank my Right Honourable friend for giving


way. It is being punished further by


being put in the cap expenditure progress, meaning further cuts to


services have to be made. Can we have more information about the cap


expenditure process by the Secretary of State for Health? The Honourable


Lady raises a very important local matter for her constituency, which


if she applies for an adjournment debate she will have a health


minister respond to that which should give her the answer she


seeks. The members opposite have quite rightly been quick to praise


the efforts it's dumb much of the emergency services responding to the


Grenfell Tower disaster and terrible attacks across the country in the


last few months. However, yesterday we saw a public sector pay Pokey


Coakley in Downing Street and the Scottish Tory MPs giving the Prime


Minister a majority to stop efforts to end the pay cap happening in


Scotland. Can we have an urgent debate in government time on fairer


public sector pay? The government has been consistent on this subject


of public sector pay that the decisions on public sector pay will


be taken in light of the recommendations from the independent


pay bodies. SPEAKER: Martin Docherty-Hughes. Thank you, Mr


Speaker. Nice to see you back in your position, congratulations on


your election.. Times are usually accompanied by dark money. Will the


Leader of the House agree it is time to shine a light on political


funding by supporting the publication in full of all political


donations made in Northern Ireland? If this is a union of equals it's


time to publish or be damped. Damned. The Right Honourable


gentleman is making some accusations there but I'm not absolutely sure


what he is referring to. Will the Leader of the House ensure we have


an urgent debate in government time on ensuring councils like Lewisham


which receive adequate funding to cover the costs of appropriate fire


safety checks, removal of cladding, installation of sprinkler systems


and any other associated costs to ensure our residents remain safe?


The Honourable Lady raises the absolutely key priority for this


government, which is of course at the moment to deal with the horrors


that have ensued at Grenfell Tower, and to ensure that all residents who


live in similar towers or other buildings that could suffer from the


same problems with cladding are inspected and properly looked after.


What we need to do is to allow the fire inspections officers to do


their work, make recommendations on what is required for each building.


It won't be a one size fits all but she can rest assured the government


remains absolutely committed to keeping all residents in high-rise


towers safe. Thank you, Mr Speaker. Can we have a debate on the issue of


anti-social behaviour related to off-road bikes and mopeds and quads,


some of the states in Sheffield are like scenes from Mad Max with riders


riding around masked and blighting the lives of locals. Can we have a


debate on whether the police have the resources to tackle this issue?


I am sympathetic to the local nuisance. I have experienced that in


my own local area and have every sympathy for what the Honourable


Lady says. It lends itself to a Westminster Hall or adjournment


debate but she has raised it in this House and people will have heard her


support for that. Chris Stephens. I would be successful in raising a


Westminster Hall debate, can I ask for a statement or a debate on the


future of Glasgow's job centres and across the UK. Given the public


consultation has closed, does the Leader of the House agree we should


end seven months of uncertainty for users of social security services?


The honourable gentleman will be aware that in order to give a more


efficient service and cost-effective service, that the issue of where job


centres are located is being very carefully taken into account the


travel needs of users but we are trying to review job centres.


However, the honourable gentleman will know that he can apply for


Westminster Hall and adjournment debates every week so he gets lots


more opportunities to keep trying for such a debate. David Hanson.


Next month sees the first parliamentary by-election of this


Parliament, the tenth Earl of Walpole will be replaced. The


electorate for the by-election is 31 people. Could we have an early


debate on how to stop this nonsense? Will the government support the Bill


to do just that? The House of Lords are looking at their own procedures


and they have their own review into their own practices and I think we


should allow them to continue with that. Matthew Pennycook. Years of


destruction as a result of the London Bridge station rebuild.


Figures published recently suggest my constituents will not see the


service promised following completion. Can we have a debate


about what is needed to give rail passengers in south-east London the


service and franchise they deserve? The honourable gentleman raises yet


another very good point about the service to rail passengers who do


seem to have a very tough time. I am sure he will no doubt use the


opportunity of a debate next week to raise that matter then. Can we have


an urgent statement from the government on the National Audit


Office report on Hinkley Point C nuclear power station development.


The damning report says it is risky and expensive, not value for money,


a cost to the consumer, taxpayer and other energy developments. Doesn't


she agree it's time the public saw an end to this overcharging white


elephant? I absolutely don't agree with the honourable gentleman. I


think it's absolutely right we have transparent discussion in this place


but he will be aware, as he knows quite a lot about energy matters,


that around 20% of our electricity is always provided by old nuclear


power stages, many of which use the Mac and their useful lives in the


next ten years and it's important to have in place a new nuclear power


station to replace that. Nevertheless, the honourable


gentleman may well wish to raise that in a Westminster Hall debate.


Chris Bryant. It's great what the Leader of the House said only about


a Private Members Bill and as one who has a minor interest in this it


would be good to know when we are going to start doing the Private


Members Bills. Surely since the government has nothing in this


programme and is allowing itself to years to do it, shouldn't we have


double the number of days allowed for Private Members Bills in a


single session. Would like 26 please in this session. The honourable


gentleman knows far better than I do about the standing orders of this


House so he would be aware that the standing orders set out the number


of Private Members Bills. I'd like to congratulate him on drawing the


number one spot and look forward to working with him on that. I would


like to say, however, that this government, as I said in my opening


replies to the Shadow Leader of the House, has a very full programme.


Not just on Brexit but on social reform, on economic progress command


prevention of extremism. So there is a lot of work to do. This government


will remain focus on that but we are sympathetic to the requests of


colleagues for further Private Members Bills time to be given. Mr


Gavin Newlands. Thank you, Mr Speaker. Saturday marks a


celebration of the town's radical past, particularly political


battles, between its weavers and employers. The first festival will


celebrate Paisley's distinct political and cultural entity. Can


we have a debate on the UK City of Culture 2021 competition to learn


more about why Paisley's bid should and will win? I think he has just


helped his own bid, so I congratulate him for that. It lends


itself to an adjournment debate or a Westminster Hall debate. My


constituents came to the UK as a child refugee from Afghanistan, he


saw his father murdered by the Taleb and. The Home Office tried to


forcibly remove him back there last year and are attempting to do so


again this year. Can we have a debate on the inhumane government


policy on child refugees when they reach the age of 18? I'm sure the


Honourable Lady will have raised this with the Home Office already. I


encourage her to continue to do that. I completely understand


support for child refugees is absolutely vital. This government


has provided a home for many child refugees and will continue to do so


but on the specific case she raises I liaise directly with the Home


Office. In recent weeks I've been proud to become the President of my


hometown football club. I have seen first-hand the word volunteers do,


particularly with young people. Can we have a debate on the contribution


that grass roots football makes to our communities? Congratulations to


him for his elevation. I am sure that is great news. The Secretary of


State is here and will have heard exactly what he had to say and I


encourage him to seek adjournments or a Westminster Hall debate on the


subject if he would like to progress the issue of grassroots sport, which


is very important for all of us. On Friday I visited a very vulnerable


constituent who, on the advice of the Home Office, the child benefit


agency, removed their child benefit. The only way to get it back is to


get her passports, which are being held by the Home Office. Can we have


a debate in government time about the bureaucracy and lack of internal


communication? The honourable gentleman is raising a very specific


case which he needs to do with the Home Office and possibly with UK BA


if there is an issue of where their passports are. We all deal with


similar issues in our constituencies and I know that right across


government officials and ministers are very sympathetic to these cases


and do try to expedite them as quickly as possible.


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