29/06/2017 Business Questions


29/06/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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appropriation Main Estimates Bill followed by a motion to approve the

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Justice on security Northern Ireland act of 2007, extension of

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generational nonjury trial provisions order 2017, followed by a

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

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

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

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

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

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before the G20 Summit followed by a debate on seasonal agricultural

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

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

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

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

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

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Her Majesty 's opposition condolences to all the honourable

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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government. Erskine May has helpfully pointed out the

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

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and Administration and to outline alternative policies. It is this

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Government that is unpatriotic and who have caused uncertainty.

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Letters remember the Prime Minister resigned and walked away, the

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current Prime Minister wanted a majority and now has a smaller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Local Government finance faces uncertainty, the revenue support

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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children and many single parents have been hardest hit by this

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heartless policy. Irrespective of whether the Government is going to

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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stave off making a school teacher redundant, making a teacher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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note from my honourable friend the member Bexhill only this morning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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have a project in my own constituency to bring communities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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bring forward a strong Government with support from colleagues in the

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

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SHOUTING It has a strong programme for a

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successful Brexit that will create job opportunity and be a global

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

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bring forward to improved and restore mental health in this

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country and to protect people from domestic violence and to protect

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

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

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vehicle technology, in autonomous vehicles and of course in space

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flight, something that for many in the devolved administrations,

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

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

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

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more measures to stamp out extremism, and to enhance global

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working on counterterrorism. Very many good and worthwhile pieces of

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

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

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specifically the service in Southend, and assure constituents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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primarily and particularly the grubby deal that has been stitched

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up with the Democratic Unionist Party, which demonstrates the worst

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

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

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

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

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

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

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importance could be passed through this House without any debate and

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

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

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

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Scottish interests, who says one thing about the funding arrangement

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

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is as much use as a Emu without what Hull.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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and unfortunately the Scottish Government appear to spend all its

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

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

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

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Barnett Formula supports funding for the devolved administrations, it is

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

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

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

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

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Independence, are they interested in governing Scotland properly and

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

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

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

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

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teachers on funding in their schools, and hopefully a statement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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town will be allocated will take place through discussions in the

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

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business committee was established to circumvent the usual channels,

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

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

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her for allocating time for the residual back into committee debate

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

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

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

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request that we bring forward debates held over in the last

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the High Court has ruled this contravenes human rights law which

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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for equalities and the Department for health are discussing and

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

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

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

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Government time regarding the potential impact of this decision on

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

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rationing such as this. The honourable lady raises a very

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

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

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

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

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thousands of motorists in my constituency caused by work being

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

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

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a week to receive a standard acknowledgement letter saying that I

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

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

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

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

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irritation this is for his constituents and I would not be

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

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weeks. Many public sector organisations to respond quickly to

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request from members of Parliament and I hope highways England will

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

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circulated in Wallasey that the Kingsway Academy was going to be

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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proposals to close ten police stations including my own Clitheroe.

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

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

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important point about what expectations are in local areas. I

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

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

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

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better by not having manned police stations, but I completely

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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say why she thinks he should continue Secretary of State for

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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first instance would be very important. My postbag has been

:26:08.:26:10.

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

:26:11.:26:15.

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

:26:16.:26:20.

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

:26:21.:26:23.

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

:26:24.:26:33.

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

:26:34.:26:37.

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

:26:38.:26:42.

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

:26:43.:26:47.

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

:26:48.:26:52.

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

:26:53.:26:56.

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

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

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

:27:07.:27:10.

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

:27:11.:27:16.

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

:27:17.:27:19.

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

:27:20.:27:23.

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

:27:24.:27:30.

published. I absolutely praise my honourable friend for his

:27:31.:27:33.

contribution to the whole area of protecting and enhancing our

:27:34.:27:36.

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

:27:37.:27:40.

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

:27:41.:27:48.

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

:27:49.:27:52.

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

:27:53.:27:58.

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

:27:59.:28:00.

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

:28:01.:28:10.

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

:28:11.:28:15.

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

:28:16.:28:19.

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

:28:20.:28:24.

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

:28:25.:28:28.

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

:28:29.:28:33.

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

:28:34.:28:36.

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

:28:37.:28:43.

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

:28:44.:28:50.

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

:28:51.:28:54.

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

:28:55.:28:59.

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

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

:29:05.:29:10.

welcoming you to the best constituency in England in the next

:29:11.:29:15.

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

:29:16.:29:22.

statement on Crossrail 2? The constituents of Wimbledon and across

:29:23.:29:28.

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

:29:29.:29:33.

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

:29:34.:29:36.

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

:29:37.:29:41.

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

:29:42.:29:46.

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

:29:47.:29:50.

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

:29:51.:29:59.

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

:30:00.:30:03.

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

:30:04.:30:08.

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

:30:09.:30:13.

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

:30:14.:30:16.

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

:30:17.:30:21.

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

:30:22.:30:25.

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

:30:26.:30:31.

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

:30:32.:30:35.

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

:30:36.:30:40.

topline achievement that there are now 1.8 million more children in

:30:41.:30:44.

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

:30:45.:30:49.

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

:30:50.:30:53.

looked at by my right honourable friend in the education Department

:30:54.:30:56.

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

:30:57.:31:04.

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

:31:05.:31:09.

have a statement on capital spending because whilst the Alexandra

:31:10.:31:16.

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

:31:17.:31:20.

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

:31:21.:31:24.

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

:31:25.:31:29.

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

:31:30.:31:32.

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

:31:33.:31:43.

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

:31:44.:31:50.

which congratulates the Scottish Government on introducing

:31:51.:31:52.

legislation so that Scotland can share the benefits that Wales have

:31:53.:31:56.

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

:31:57.:32:03.

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

:32:04.:32:09.

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

:32:10.:32:16.

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

:32:17.:32:21.

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

:32:22.:32:25.

honourable gentleman's view that presumed consent would be life

:32:26.:32:29.

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

:32:30.:32:33.

issue but he could call a Westminster Hall debate which would

:32:34.:32:37.

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

:32:38.:32:42.

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

:32:43.:32:51.

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

:32:52.:32:55.

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

:32:56.:32:59.

considerable amount of time, including I might add effectively

:33:00.:33:03.

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

:33:04.:33:07.

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

:33:08.:33:12.

it clashes with another politically correct shibboleth. These are issues

:33:13.:33:16.

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

:33:17.:33:18.

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

:33:19.:33:30.

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

:33:31.:33:36.

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

:33:37.:33:41.

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

:33:42.:33:46.

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

:33:47.:33:49.

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

:33:50.:33:53.

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

:33:54.:33:57.

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

:33:58.:34:05.

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

:34:06.:34:14.

project, connecting Lancashire and Yorkshire, so when the Government

:34:15.:34:17.

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

:34:18.:34:22.

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

:34:23.:34:25.

it likes the Northern Ireland powerhouse that they seem to be

:34:26.:34:31.

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

:34:32.:34:35.

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

:34:36.:34:38.

Northern Powerhouse, but more importantly have funded it with

:34:39.:34:42.

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

:34:43.:34:46.

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

:34:47.:35:18.

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

:35:19.:35:20.

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

:35:21.:35:22.

direct effect during her campaign and many other female candidates

:35:23.:35:23.

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

:35:24.:35:25.

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

:35:26.:35:27.

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

:35:28.:35:29.

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

:35:30.:35:33.

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

:35:34.:35:38.

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

:35:39.:35:42.

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

:35:43.:35:47.

personal safety, and for the appalling, disgusting behaviour of

:35:48.:35:50.

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

:35:51.:35:56.

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

:35:57.:36:04.

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

:36:05.:36:07.

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

:36:08.:36:14.

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

:36:15.:36:19.

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

:36:20.:36:24.

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

:36:25.:36:28.

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

:36:29.:36:35.

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

:36:36.:36:41.

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

:36:42.:36:47.

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

:36:48.:36:51.

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

:36:52.:36:55.

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

:36:56.:37:00.

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

:37:01.:37:03.

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

:37:04.:37:11.

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

:37:12.:37:14.

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

:37:15.:37:18.

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

:37:19.:37:22.

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

:37:23.:37:26.

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

:37:27.:37:30.

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

:37:31.:37:33.

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

:37:34.:37:40.

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

:37:41.:37:46.

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

:37:47.:37:49.

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

:37:50.:37:54.

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

:37:55.:37:58.

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

:37:59.:38:03.

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

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investigate this, we do need to ensure the Parliamentary democracy

:38:07.:38:11.

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

:38:12.:38:16.

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

:38:17.:38:23.

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

:38:24.:38:26.

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

:38:27.:38:29.

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

:38:30.:38:32.

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

:38:33.:38:38.

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

:38:39.:38:43.

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

:38:44.:38:47.

I will certainly pass on her comments to my right honourable

:38:48.:38:51.

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

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Speaker, in recent years, my Cleethorpes constituency has

:39:01.:39:02.

benefited from government support, but as my right honourable friend

:39:03.:39:08.

will be aware, coastal communities continue to face particular

:39:09.:39:10.

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

:39:11.:39:13.

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

:39:14.:39:22.

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

:39:23.:39:25.

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

:39:26.:39:29.

the particular issues facing coastal communities. I am delighted that

:39:30.:39:33.

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

:39:34.:39:38.

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

:39:39.:39:41.

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

:39:42.:39:46.

should certainly apply for a Westminster Hall debate to be able

:39:47.:39:52.

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

:39:53.:39:56.

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

:39:57.:40:00.

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

:40:01.:40:05.

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

:40:06.:40:08.

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

:40:09.:40:11.

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

:40:12.:40:17.

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

:40:18.:40:20.

local authorities with the position they need to provide provision so

:40:21.:40:26.

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

:40:27.:40:30.

play areas once again. The honourable gentleman might have

:40:31.:40:34.

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

:40:35.:40:38.

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

:40:39.:40:44.

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

:40:45.:40:48.

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

:40:49.:40:50.

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

:40:51.:40:58.

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

:40:59.:41:01.

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

:41:02.:41:05.

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

:41:06.:41:08.

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

:41:09.:41:12.

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

:41:13.:41:16.

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

:41:17.:41:21.

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

:41:22.:41:26.

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

:41:27.:41:29.

to pay tribute to the many families who do provide excellent

:41:30.:41:34.

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

:41:35.:41:36.

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

:41:37.:41:41.

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

:41:42.:41:44.

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

:41:45.:41:49.

statutory duty to check that all children are receiving a proper

:41:50.:41:52.

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

:41:53.:41:57.

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

:41:58.:41:59.

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

:42:00.:42:11.

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

:42:12.:42:17.

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

:42:18.:42:20.

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

:42:21.:42:29.

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

:42:30.:42:32.

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

:42:33.:42:36.

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

:42:37.:42:40.

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

:42:41.:42:46.

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

:42:47.:42:52.

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

:42:53.:42:57.

Pakistan have a shared interest in addressing and reducing the threat

:42:58.:43:01.

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

:43:02.:43:06.

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

:43:07.:43:13.

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

:43:14.:43:16.

take it up with the relevant department. My right honourable

:43:17.:43:22.

friend is absolutely right widget talks about the portents of keeping

:43:23.:43:27.

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

:43:28.:43:34.

commercial and military aviation from use of drones by private

:43:35.:43:38.

individuals or commercial organisations? I think we have all

:43:39.:43:44.

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

:43:45.:43:46.

something that seems to be an increasing challenge. If my

:43:47.:43:50.

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

:43:51.:43:53.

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

:43:54.:43:59.

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

:44:00.:44:02.

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

:44:03.:44:07.

develop preschool site including four in London that have cost over

:44:08.:44:12.

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

:44:13.:44:15.

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

:44:16.:44:20.

schools and pupils are in schools with decent sports facilities rather

:44:21.:44:23.

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

:44:24.:44:31.

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

:44:32.:44:36.

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

:44:37.:44:49.

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

:44:50.:44:55.

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

:44:56.:44:59.

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

:45:00.:45:03.

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

:45:04.:45:09.

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

:45:10.:45:12.

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

:45:13.:45:17.

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

:45:18.:45:23.

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

:45:24.:45:25.

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

:45:26.:45:31.

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

:45:32.:45:35.

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

:45:36.:45:42.

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

:45:43.:45:46.

pension scheme, which has seen Government offers swelled by

:45:47.:45:56.

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

:45:57.:46:00.

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

:46:01.:46:05.

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

:46:06.:46:10.

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

:46:11.:46:17.

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

:46:18.:46:22.

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

:46:23.:46:25.

but the trust makes clear that recruiting middle grade A doctors

:46:26.:46:29.

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

:46:30.:46:33.

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

:46:34.:46:40.

they deserve? My honourable friend raises another very important matter

:46:41.:46:44.

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

:46:45.:46:48.

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

:46:49.:46:54.

the current Prime Minister to confirm that all services in

:46:55.:46:58.

Dewsbury and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary would remain open,

:46:59.:47:01.

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

:47:02.:47:10.

strangely ignored the significant downgrade and Huddersfield Royal

:47:11.:47:12.

Infirmary. Could she provide Government time for the Prime

:47:13.:47:15.

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

:47:16.:47:19.

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

:47:20.:47:22.

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

:47:23.:47:27.

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

:47:28.:47:33.

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

:47:34.:47:37.

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

:47:38.:47:43.

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

:47:44.:47:46.

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

:47:47.:47:51.

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

:47:52.:47:58.

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

:47:59.:48:05.

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

:48:06.:48:11.

Barnet football club ride roughshod over local people and nobody was

:48:12.:48:20.

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

:48:21.:48:23.

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

:48:24.:48:29.

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

:48:30.:48:38.

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

:48:39.:48:45.

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

:48:46.:48:53.

passed a motion concerning air strikes in Syria which were

:48:54.:48:58.

specifically about targeting Daesh assets, it did not involve targeting

:48:59.:49:02.

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

:49:03.:49:05.

heard the Defence Secretary this week claim his unwavering support

:49:06.:49:11.

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

:49:12.:49:15.

in April stated the assumption of Parliamentary approval needed to be

:49:16.:49:22.

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

:49:23.:49:24.

statement on government thinking on changing the nature of this

:49:25.:49:29.

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

:49:30.:49:33.

happens before the mission creep sets in? The honourable gentleman

:49:34.:49:42.

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

:49:43.:49:46.

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

:49:47.:49:52.

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

:49:53.:49:55.

from the Government that farm payments will continue until 2022,

:49:56.:50:00.

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

:50:01.:50:06.

Brecon and Radnor share are concerned about the mechanism that

:50:07.:50:08.

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

:50:09.:50:16.

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

:50:17.:50:19.

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

:50:20.:50:23.

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

:50:24.:50:29.

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

:50:30.:50:33.

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

:50:34.:50:38.

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

:50:39.:50:42.

arrangements for that transition will be consulted on and discussed

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

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

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

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opportunity, either the Prime Minister or Secretary of State for

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Northern Ireland will make a statement about the outcome of the

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talks taking place today in Northern Ireland which are of crucial

:51:12.:51:16.

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

:51:17.:51:20.

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

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

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

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

:51:35.:51:39.

ministers to be appointed. The Secretary of State for Northern

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

:51:44.:51:49.

politicians and of course members of the Northern Ireland potential

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executive, so all parties in Northern Ireland are working very

:51:53.:51:55.

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

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

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crime across Merseyside where we have had 100 shooting incidents in

:52:08.:52:11.

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

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

:52:19.:52:21.

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

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

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

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incredibly important point about policing. As the Prime Minister said

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

:52:45.:52:47.

increase in investment in intelligence and counterterrorism

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

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

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

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

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

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brought before the House evidence of criminal behaviour in the

:53:15.:53:22.

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

:53:23.:53:24.

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

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

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

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

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

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

:53:50.:53:57.

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

:53:58.:54:00.

accepted or rejected are sufficient for the constituents but they cannot

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

:54:06.:54:11.

the ombudsman service and in particular what recourse the

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constituent might have if they believe full or essential detail

:54:17.:54:21.

concerning the case was not fully taken into consideration when the

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

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honourable gentleman says, having come across cases myself where it

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

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

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

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conscious there are different ombudsmans looking at different

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

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

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

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Government time or a statement because residents certainly in the

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Coventry and Warwickshire area are concerned about building on the

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

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

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

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local authority blames central government. By the way I have

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

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

:55:45.:55:49.

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

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

:55:54.:55:57.

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

:55:58.:56:00.

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

:56:01.:56:05.

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

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

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

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those issues. Trussell Trust research has indicated that mental

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health problems affect almost one third of households using food banks

:56:25.:56:30.

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

:56:31.:56:35.

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

:56:36.:56:40.

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

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

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

:56:52.:56:55.

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

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

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

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

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

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

:57:21.:57:27.

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

:57:28.:57:31.

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

:57:32.:57:34.

constituents can benefit from the full funding of the Edinburgh city

:57:35.:57:41.

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

:57:42.:57:45.

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

:57:46.:57:53.

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

:57:54.:58:02.

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

:58:03.:58:04.

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

:58:05.:58:10.

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

:58:11.:58:16.

government followed by a financial global crisis that left this

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Government with the worst economic situation since the Second World

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

:58:29.:58:33.

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

:58:34.:58:38.

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

:58:39.:58:44.

enormous debt that results from that deficit to our children and

:58:45.:58:48.

grandchildren. This Government chooses the sensible and fairness

:58:49.:58:52.

between the generations of dealing with our deficit and then tackling

:58:53.:59:01.

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

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

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the societal barriers to breast-feeding and how the

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Government can better support and invest in support services for

:59:13.:59:17.

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

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

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

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

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and information given to them. I completely support the honourable

:59:39.:59:42.

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

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

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

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

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

:00:03.:00:06.

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

:00:07.:00:11.

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

:00:12.:00:15.

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

:00:16.:00:19.

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

:00:20.:00:23.

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

:00:24.:00:27.

subjected to the juvenile filibustering tactics of Tory

:00:28.:00:33.

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

:00:34.:00:38.

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

:00:39.:00:43.

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

:00:44.:00:50.

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

:00:51.:00:55.

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

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mentioned to the previous leader of the backbench business committee,

:01:01.:01:05.

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

:01:06.:01:08.

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

:01:09.:01:12.

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

:01:13.:01:16.

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

:01:17.:01:22.

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

:01:23.:01:25.

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

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congratulate those members and look forward to working with them.

:01:31.:01:36.

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

:01:37.:01:40.

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

:01:41.:01:45.

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

:01:46.:01:50.

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

:01:51.:01:55.

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

:01:56.:01:58.

security system which is pushing more families into ever more

:01:59.:02:05.

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

:02:06.:02:10.

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

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

:02:14.:02:19.

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

:02:20.:02:22.

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

:02:23.:02:27.

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

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

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SPEAKER: Nic Dakin. North Lincolnshire and gall hospital trust

:02:37.:02:48.

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

:02:49.:02:54.

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

:02:55.:02:57.

bringing about improvements in the health service? The honourable

:02:58.:03:01.

gentleman is raising another important point for his own local

:03:02.:03:06.

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

:03:07.:03:10.

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

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

:03:15.:03:20.

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

:03:21.:03:24.

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

:03:25.:03:28.

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

:03:29.:03:31.

happens could you talk the accountability procedures for

:03:32.:03:36.

education, particularly the Regional Schools Commissioners? In a country

:03:37.:03:41.

where the government has abolished regional structures, this is an

:03:42.:03:44.

anomaly. He is right and a number of

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colleagues have raised concerns about education which the Secretary

:03:49.:03:51.

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

:03:52.:03:55.

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

:03:56.:03:58.

determined to ensure more children have the opportunity of a good

:03:59.:04:04.

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

:04:05.:04:08.

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

:04:09.:04:12.

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

:04:13.:04:18.

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

:04:19.:04:19.

way. It is being punished further by

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

:04:29.:04:35.

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

:04:36.:04:40.

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

:04:41.:04:43.

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

:04:44.:04:49.

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

:04:50.:04:52.

minister respond to that which should give her the answer she

:04:53.:04:58.

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

:04:59.:05:04.

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

:05:05.:05:07.

Grenfell Tower disaster and terrible attacks across the country in the

:05:08.:05:11.

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

:05:12.:05:17.

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

:05:18.:05:20.

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

:05:21.:05:27.

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

:05:28.:05:35.

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

:05:36.:05:41.

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

:05:42.:05:46.

be taken in light of the recommendations from the independent

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

:05:54.:06:00.

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

:06:01.:06:04.

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

:06:05.:06:09.

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

:06:10.:06:11.

funding by supporting the publication in full of all political

:06:12.:06:15.

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

:06:16.:06:17.

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

:06:18.:06:38.

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

:06:39.:06:45.

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

:06:46.:06:49.

an urgent debate in government time on ensuring councils like Lewisham

:06:50.:06:54.

which receive adequate funding to cover the costs of appropriate fire

:06:55.:07:01.

safety checks, removal of cladding, installation of sprinkler systems

:07:02.:07:05.

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

:07:06.:07:11.

The Honourable Lady raises the absolutely key priority for this

:07:12.:07:14.

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

:07:15.:07:20.

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

:07:21.:07:24.

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

:07:25.:07:27.

same problems with cladding are inspected and properly looked after.

:07:28.:07:32.

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

:07:33.:07:37.

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

:07:38.:07:42.

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

:07:43.:07:46.

remains absolutely committed to keeping all residents in high-rise

:07:47.:07:53.

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

:07:54.:07:56.

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

:07:57.:08:04.

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

:08:05.:08:09.

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

:08:10.:08:13.

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

:08:14.:08:19.

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

:08:20.:08:23.

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

:08:24.:08:27.

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

:08:28.:08:30.

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

:08:31.:08:39.

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

:08:40.:08:42.

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

:08:43.:08:48.

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

:08:49.:08:52.

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

:08:53.:08:54.

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

:08:55.:09:01.

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

:09:02.:09:06.

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

:09:07.:09:10.

centres are located is being very carefully taken into account the

:09:11.:09:15.

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

:09:16.:09:18.

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

:09:19.:09:22.

Westminster Hall and adjournment debates every week so he gets lots

:09:23.:09:25.

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

:09:26.:09:31.

Next month sees the first parliamentary by-election of this

:09:32.:09:34.

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

:09:35.:09:41.

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

:09:42.:09:45.

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

:09:46.:09:54.

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

:09:55.:09:58.

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

:09:59.:10:01.

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

:10:02.:10:08.

destruction as a result of the London Bridge station rebuild.

:10:09.:10:14.

Figures published recently suggest my constituents will not see the

:10:15.:10:17.

service promised following completion. Can we have a debate

:10:18.:10:22.

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

:10:23.:10:27.

service and franchise they deserve? The honourable gentleman raises yet

:10:28.:10:32.

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

:10:33.:10:37.

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

:10:38.:10:40.

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

:10:41.:10:49.

an urgent statement from the government on the National Audit

:10:50.:10:53.

Office report on Hinkley Point C nuclear power station development.

:10:54.:10:58.

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

:10:59.:11:03.

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

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

:11:07.:11:11.

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

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

:11:17.:11:20.

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

:11:21.:11:25.

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

:11:26.:11:34.

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

:11:35.:11:37.

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

:11:38.:11:42.

station to replace that. Nevertheless, the honourable

:11:43.:11:44.

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

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

:11:52.:11:53.

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

:11:54.:11:57.

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

:11:58.:12:00.

Members Bills. Surely since the government has nothing in this

:12:01.:12:03.

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

:12:04.:12:07.

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

:12:08.:12:12.

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

:12:13.:12:17.

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

:12:18.:12:21.

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

:12:22.:12:24.

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

:12:25.:12:27.

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

:12:28.:12:31.

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

:12:32.:12:34.

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

:12:35.:12:41.

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

:12:42.:12:45.

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

:12:46.:12:52.

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

:12:53.:12:54.

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

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

:13:01.:13:04.

celebration of the town's radical past, particularly political

:13:05.:13:09.

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

:13:10.:13:14.

celebrate Paisley's distinct political and cultural entity. Can

:13:15.:13:19.

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

:13:20.:13:22.

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

:13:23.:13:29.

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

:13:30.:13:32.

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

:13:33.:13:43.

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

:13:44.:13:46.

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

:13:47.:13:50.

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

:13:51.:13:53.

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

:13:54.:13:58.

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

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

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encourage her to continue to do that. I completely understand

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support for child refugees is absolutely vital. This government

:14:17.:14:21.

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

:14:22.:14:24.

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

:14:25.:14:30.

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

:14:31.:14:37.

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

:14:38.:14:40.

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

:14:41.:14:44.

that grass roots football makes to our communities? Congratulations to

:14:45.:14:51.

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

:14:52.:14:57.

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

:14:58.:15:01.

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

:15:02.:15:05.

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

:15:06.:15:11.

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

:15:12.:15:15.

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

:15:16.:15:19.

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

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

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

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communication? The honourable gentleman is raising a very specific

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

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

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similar issues in our constituencies and I know that right across

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government officials and ministers are very sympathetic to these cases

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and do try to expedite them as quickly as possible.

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