06/07/2017 Business Questions


06/07/2017

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about it in terms not just of what we ourselves hold as an opinion but

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what other people might think and we'll leave it there for now. We now

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come to business questions. Valerie vows.

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

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Thank you, Mr Speaker. The business for next week will be Monday 10th of

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July, second reading of the relief from non-domestic rate is built. 11

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of July, consideration in committee and remaining stages of the

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organising bill following by the bill procedure. Wednesday 12 July, a

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general debate on the Grenfell Tower Fire enquiry and Thursday 13th July,

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general debate on the commemoration of Passchendaele. 14 July, the House

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will not be sitting. I would also like to inform the House that the

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business at Westminster Hall for the 13th of July, will be Thursday 13th

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July, debate on the supply of homes and affordable homes to buy followed

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by a debate on the introduction of an opt out system for organ donation

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in England. Colleagues will want to be aware that the election of select

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committee chairs will take place on Wednesday 12 July from 10am until

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4pm in committee room eight. Finally, Mr Speaker, I was delighted

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to hear of the hard work that both you and the lord Speaker have put in

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to ensure the parliament properly marks pride weekend. Among other

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activities, the rainbow coloured flag will be projected onto the

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Palace for the duration of the weekend and I am sure members from

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across the House in this, the most diverse parliament ever, will join

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me in sending our best wishes to all those celebrating this weekend and

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the rest of pride month. Thank you. Thank you, Mr Speaker and can I join

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the Leader of the House and her good wishes for everyone taking part in

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pride week and know that we are in the business of equality for

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everyone. Maybe you need to wear a rainbow tie next week. I probably

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want require any encouragement. Can I thank the Leader of the House but

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she made no mention of the specific debate I asked for last week on the

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judgments that were made in the High Court, particularly on the plan for

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clean air and the benefit caps. She also made no mention of any

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opposition dates. The last time we had an opposition date was in

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January. She also made no mention of when she is going to schedule the

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debate on the instruments on tuition fees regulations. It is important,

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Mr Speaker, particularly as the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the

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latest report said that students in England are going to graduate with

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an average debt of ?50,800 after interest rates are raised on student

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loans to 6.1% in September. Interest rates, they say, are very high

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compared with the current market rate. The report also goes on to

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state that with a higher debt, students from the purest 40% of

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families now accrue around 6500 in interest during the study. The first

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Secretary of State in a speech at earlier, said there was a national

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debate we need to have about university tuition fees. I do not

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know where he was from May until the 8th of June but he is the got an

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answer, a minority Government. Could the Leader of the House please

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honour that parliamentary convention and let's debate that Dutch cherry

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instrument. It seems young people are being rejected by this minority

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Government. Can we also have a debate about women against eight

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pensions inequality. It is so far been signed by 124 honourable

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members from all parties. There was a debate in Westminster Hall

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yesterday, which was oversubscribed. Standing room only. Could the Leader

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of the House please find time to debate this injustice to 1950s

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women. Or are those 1950s women also rejected by the minority Government?

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So far the financial Hall is ?1.5 billion for the deal, the National

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U-turn has left a 2 billion hole in public finances over the next five

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years. The concession last week in support of women in Northern Ireland

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quite rightly was made, but has not been costed. Many other Secretary of

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State had been acting for extra money, 1 billion for education,

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Secretary of State has also asked for money. The financial Hall is

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getting bigger. The Government announced in the Queen's speech that

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the world have refinanced bills over the course of this Parliament. Could

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she say when we will have the summer Finance bill, which I think has been

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suggested by the Treasury and picked up by the shadow Treasury team?

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Unless there is going to be no in Parliament, just an announcement in

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October in Manchester. Guess who said this, tell the others who have

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got their own opinion to shut up. There is a sense you have at the

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moment of everybody doing their own thing, nobody asserting what they

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want to do in the national interest. We cannot go on living from hand to

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mouth in this sort of shambolic way. Former Tory party chairman lord

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Patten. He said that, Mr Speaker, because of this... On the 3rd of

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July, in response to the honourable member's written question, the

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Government's manifesto had a free vote on the hunting bill. A U-turn.

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Free school meals, the Minister has responded this week. The Government

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has decided it is right to retain the existing universal infant free

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school meal provision. A U-turn. Grammar schools, the Secretary of

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State for Education confirmed any written to the honourable member

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there is no education bill in the Queen's speech and therefore, the

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ban on opening new grammar schools will remain in place. Another

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U-turn. The triple lock on pensions. The Government wanted to scrap the

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loch by 2020 because of their deal to stay in Parliament. Another

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U-turn. Winter fuel allowance. The Government's means testing has been

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dropped. Another U-turn. Everything in their manifesto, all dropped. No

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policy. What is left? Strong and stable. I think that is another

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U-turn. Mr Speaker, you will remember that the Prime Minister was

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billed as the second incarnation of another female Prime Minister, whose

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nickname for those of us who can remember was Jena. There is no

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alternative. We say, in Her Majesty's opposition, here we are,

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there is an alternative. -- nickname was Tina.

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Can I start by replying to the honourable lady on the subject of,

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as she puts it, U-turn is. Just explain to her that, as she knows,

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as all honourable members know, this result of the journal collection was

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not as we would have wished it. We do not have the majority we would

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have wished for. All members can satisfy themselves that therefore,

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the measures that are being brought forward by this Government are

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focused on those measures that we can all support. Making a success of

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leaving the European union, making sure that we can continue to trade

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and collaborate with our EU friends and partners. Secondly,

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strengthening the economy. New measures on being a world leader in

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autonomous vehicles, commercial space flights, industries of the

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future that will create the jobs of the future. Thirdly, improving our

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society. We went to see strength and support for the mental health

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problems in our society and measures to protect people from domestic

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violence. These are measures the whole house can get behind. More

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measures to strengthen the United Kingdom, to prevent extremism and to

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protect us from terrorism. These are the sorts of measures that this

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Government will be bringing forward that I do urge all members to look

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at and take very seriously. This will represent real progress in this

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Government. Specifically on her points on some of the court

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judgments that are before us, those remain with judges and so, as she

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will know, we do not comment on judgments, as she would wish is to

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do. On opposition days and sitting Fridays, Private member Hills days

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and so on, those will be brought on in due course. They will be at least

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in line with the number of days provided in standing orders but

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there will be other days provided in addition to that through the usual

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channels. Then she talks about the debate on student fees. She points

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out the interest rates on student fees. I do need to set clear for the

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House that student debt is not like normal commercial loans. Student

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fees are made available to all students, regardless of their

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financial history. The repayable according to income, not according

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to the amount due. Of course, the off by the taxpayer after 30 years.

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They are not like normal commercial loans. The act more as a

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contribution, only a contribution because the taxpayer continues to

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pacing of the concerns, towards the cost of receiving a degree that

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means that individual will earn more during their career. Erin more than

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those taxpayers who do not have the benefit of a degree. It tends to be

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fair to the student and fear to the taxpayer. I want to point out our

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measures to improve apprenticeships, nearly 3 million in the last

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Parliament and a commitment to many more millions of apprenticeships in

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this Parliament offer real alternatives to young people who do

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not want a good university. Finally, the point made by the University --

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the point made by the Prime Minister, that should be a good

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thing, celebrated by the whole house. Thank you. I am sure the

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Leader of the House will agree that the House would want an early debate

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on any Government programme where the costs are rising, where it is

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looking like it is not good money for a value for the taxpayer, where

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senior personnel are leaving, where procurement processes are down and

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where technology is being overtaken by other more moderate developments.

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Can we have an early debate on the phase one of the high-speed rail

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before we enter into the folly of entering into phase two. Can we see

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whether if it is going ahead, it could be used for another form of

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transport, perhaps for those autonomous vehicles on which the

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Leader of the House is so keen. Well, my right honourable friend and

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I have worked for a very long time on representing both constituencies

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of hours in every way we possibly can. My constituents are to Iraq

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have grave concerns about the impact as it passes through our

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constituencies. -- have grave concerns. I am sympathetic to her

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cause. She knows as well as I do, that is a commitment to the

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high-speed rail. These one has received a cent. We will continue to

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look at the construction phase and what more can be done to compensate

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our constituents. A lot of my constituents are very hacked off

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about the matter as well. I thank the House for what passes for

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business for next week. Can I join her in wishing well all of those

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participating in pride week. There are no this week. Anon next week

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probably no votes before we get into the summer recess. This is quickly

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becoming the zombie cop flicks Parliament -- Apocalypse Parliament

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where they look for brains only to seek the help all left the country,

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like everybody else. I wonder how long they will be able to pad out

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the business. The will of this house will have to be tested. We are all

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going to be deciding the chairs of the select committee. It is good to

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see the select committees up and running but what is happening with

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the standing committees of this house? They have already passed

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secondary bills and another one next week, they have to have a

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conversation and discussion about them because they are important than

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the passing of legislation. I have looked at the arithmetic and I have

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figured out they should be nine Conservative members, seven Labour

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members and to SNP members. The reader of the House can correct me

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if I have that wrong but when will we see in Motion coming to this

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house. When will be standing committees be up and running? Can I

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support the shadow Leader of the House on having a full debate on the

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50s women issue. There are so many members of Parliament wanted to

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represent their view my constituents born in the 1950s. We have to have

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the debate here on the House and noticed there is a cooling in the

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mid and Conservative members of this. We saw that ?1 billion bill

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for the DP. Let's have a vote here. Lastly, it was one year ago before

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we had the Chilcott report. I remember we debated this for two

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days. Today, Sir John Chilcott said that Tony Blair was not straight

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with the nation. Is it now not time for a parliamentary committee to

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investigate this properly and take appropriate action against the

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Thank you, Mr Speaker. I encourage the honourable gentleman to

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consider, perhaps in Hansard, if he wasn't listening, the strong case

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and made for the measures this government will be taking to

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significantly take steps forward for our country to improve the situation

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for all of our residents across the UK. He says there have been no

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votes, and that is testament to the agreement across the House that's

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what we are doing is right. I encourage him and his honourable

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friends to continue to support the government efforts. His comments on

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standing committees are being looked at. They will be appointed in due

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course and those issues will be resolved. On the Waspi issue, we

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have had five debates on this, and as with all high-profile and very

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concerning issues, the government continues to look at these issues.

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But he will appreciate that unfortunately, we are still trying

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to deal with the problems in our economy left to us by the last

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Labour government. No, you might groan on the opposition benches, but

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the reality is that this government is still clearing up the mess from

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the last Labour government. Therefore, we have had to take tough

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decisions across those people coming up to retirement age as well as

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those of working age. His final point about the Chilcot Inquiry,

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that was a seven-year long inquiry. The government has looked at this in

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great length and it has been discussed. And the government

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continues to learn the lessons from the Chilcot Inquiry and will be

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committed to continuing to do so. But it doesn't have plans at the

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moment to reopen a further inquiry. Can we have a statement from the

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Secretary of State for the environment about dog thefts and

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dogfighting? There are far too many dog thefts in my part of the world

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and probably others, many of which are used as bait for dogfighting,

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which is disgusting. There appears to be not enough done about this by

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the law enforcement agencies and animal welfare agencies. Can we have

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a statement from the Secretary of State as to what he intends to do to

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clamp down on this disgusting practice? Right honourable friend

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raises an important point. There is no doubt that we are a nation of dog

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lovers. As Secretary of State for Defra, I did spend a lot of time

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trying to improve the rules on puppy licensing, to get backstreet

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breeders out of the way and improve the issues around animal welfare and

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training. But he raises an important point and I encourage him to get in

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touch with Defra again on what is an important matter for all of us.

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South Yorkshire has lost over 400 police officers since 2010. Can I

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ask the Leader of the House if we could have a debate on what extra

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resources can be made available to make people in Barnsley safe? I

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would like to welcome the honourable lady to her place and wish her

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success in her new role in this House. She raises an important

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matter across the country, that of policing. She will know the

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government has protected police funding in real terms. I met my own

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police and crime commission only yesterday to talk about the

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difference in the way that policing is happening. She will be pleased to

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know that crime has fallen by a third since 2010, enabling police

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forces to put more into cyber crime and crime prevention and online

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crime. Nevertheless, the relevant minister will have heard her points.

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With my honourable friend find time for a debate on the criteria for

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awarding city status? In every respect, Southend-on-Sea, with its

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many qualities, should already be a city. I believe it is an oversight

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which attention could be drawn to in a general debate. My honourable

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friend is a huge supporter of his constituency in Southend. I am sure

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all members will have spent happy hours on the beaches there.

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Nevertheless, he will appreciate that city status is a rare privilege

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to be conferred by Her Majesty on advice from ministers and not

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something for this House. In the last Parliament, I rose to seek the

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support of the then Prime Minister for a constituent who has been

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missing in Spain since November 2015, Lisa Brown. I now found myself

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having to rise again in relation to an additional constituent, Caroline

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Hope, who in travelling to Turkey on personal matters before returning

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home to Scotland has been diagnosed with cancer and sought emergency

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surgery and has now been infected with E. Coli and is now having to

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rely on the support of family and friends and strangers to raise over

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?30,000 to bring Caroline home to Scotland to West Dunbartonshire.

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Could I impress upon the Leader of the House to seek from the Foreign

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Commonwealth Office and the Foreign Secretary a quick response to a

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letter I have sent to them this week in terms of both Caroline's

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situation and for further support in terms of Lisa being missing in

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Spain? I am obviously incredibly sympathetic. That sounds like a

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terrible situation. He will be aware that there are oral questions to the

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Foreign Office next week and he may wish to raise it then. My village is

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lucky in the sense that it had flood defences put in place before the

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Boxing Day flood. But the water still got within one inch of

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people's doorstep and my village nearby had similar problems. The

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devastation has been huge and there has been a rush to put bigger flood

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defences in column but could I have a statement from the relevant

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minister in relation to the flood strategy for Leeds and with specific

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mention unconcern of what modelling has been done to ensure that more

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water is not coming down to my villages, which already have flood

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defences in place, but came close to being breached. I had the great

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pleasure as Environment Secretary to go to Leeds last year to see the new

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proposed move weirs, which should make a big difference to the ability

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to prevent water becoming overwhelming. The Environment Agency

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is working with Leeds City Council and the local flood groups to

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understand the latest flood modelling results and identify the

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most appropriate options. But there is a lot of work including ?3

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million of additional government funding to try and address the leads

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flood alleviation scheme. In west Yorkshire, our bluelight services

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and those who represents rank and file staff are clear that our

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emergency services are in crisis and staff are struggling. West Yorkshire

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has lost more than 1200 police officers since 2010 and 554

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firefighters. It is no wonder my constituents feel less safe. Given

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that we haven't had an opposition day since January, will the Leader

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of the House allow government time for this important debate before the

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summer recess? I refer the honourable lady to what I said to

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her honourable friend. Crime is down. This government has protected

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police funding. She may wish to raise the specific issues from her

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constituency by applying for an adjournment debate or a Westminster

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Hall debate. At the weekend, I joined a group of volunteers from

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the heart of Hednesford group who were planting hay racks on the

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platforms of the nearby rail station to give passengers a colourful

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welcome to the town. Will my right honourable friend join me in

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congratulating and thanking this group of volunteers, but could we

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also have a debate in government time about the role of volunteers

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and community groups in their local communities? I am delighted to share

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in her congratulations to her volunteers. We all appreciate the

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amazing work done by volunteers, whether it is litter picking,

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planting flowers, supporting vulnerable people and so on. We have

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frequent debates in this place on the subject of volunteers. I

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encourage her to have a further want to show our appreciation. Would the

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Leader of the House arrange for a statement to clarify the position of

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who is responsible for dealing with the increasing problem of urban

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foxes? This is something I have had huge buzz of complaints about

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recently. It is an area where no one takes responsibility. I am not

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suggesting the setting up of a Vauxhall hunt! But I am looking to

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help those constituents who are finding their lives not just

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intolerable in their homes, but what can be done and who takes

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responsibility? The more time the honourable lady is in her

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constituency, the more terrified the foxes will be! I think they have a

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cheek, going to Vauxhall with the honourable lady's views of foxes!

:25:12.:25:16.

Very brave of them. There are obviously strict rules around

:25:17.:25:20.

dealing with wildlife in urban as well as rural areas and keeping the

:25:21.:25:23.

fox population down is an important issue. I suggest that she writes to

:25:24.:25:28.

the Secretary of State for Defra. Gosh, just as we are talking about

:25:29.:25:32.

foxes, who should come into the chamber but the Secretary of State

:25:33.:25:35.

for International Development! How very timely. Given the number of

:25:36.:25:42.

terrorist acts carried out in the UK by people who are prevented from

:25:43.:25:46.

going to the Middle East, may we have a statement from an appropriate

:25:47.:25:51.

government minister setting out the arguments for and against preventing

:25:52.:25:56.

would-be jihadists who are adults from travelling abroad and keeping

:25:57.:26:02.

them at home when we know that they cannot all be monitored at home

:26:03.:26:10.

around the clock? My honourable friend raises an important issue.

:26:11.:26:16.

Approximately 850 UK linked individuals of national security

:26:17.:26:20.

concern have travelled to engage with the Syrian conflict. We think

:26:21.:26:25.

about half have returned to the UK and over 15% have subsequently been

:26:26.:26:29.

killed in fighting in the region. Our priority is of course to

:26:30.:26:33.

dissuade people from travelling to areas of conflict and our Prevent

:26:34.:26:36.

strategy includes a lot of work to support individuals at risk of

:26:37.:26:41.

radicalisation. This is clearly something for the commission of

:26:42.:26:44.

countering extremism which is being set up. And I am sure the foreign

:26:45.:26:48.

affairs select committee will also be interested. The Leader of the

:26:49.:26:56.

House mentioned in her opening remarks extremism. Will the Leader

:26:57.:27:00.

of the House make time available for us to have a debate on the report

:27:01.:27:05.

into extremism and the funding of extreme activity in the UK which has

:27:06.:27:10.

not yet been published by the government? Members are entitled to

:27:11.:27:17.

know, for instance, whether it is because there are many references to

:27:18.:27:19.

the activities of the Saudis in this report. Can we have time for such a

:27:20.:27:28.

debate? The honourable gentleman will appreciate that this is clearly

:27:29.:27:32.

something for the commission for countering extremism. It will be

:27:33.:27:36.

looking at reports of what has gone on already and they will be keen to

:27:37.:27:44.

take up. ChildLine, which is now part of the NSPCC, was founded 30

:27:45.:27:48.

years ago and over that time has helped more than 4 million children.

:27:49.:27:52.

Can we have a debate about how the government could work more closely

:27:53.:27:56.

with ChildLine and the NSPCC, particularly in areas such as online

:27:57.:28:03.

abuse and children's mental health? My honourable friend has been a huge

:28:04.:28:07.

advocate of the work that ChildLine do and everybody across the House

:28:08.:28:12.

would want to congratulate them on show appreciation for the excellent

:28:13.:28:17.

work they do. He will be aware that teachers and school staff across the

:28:18.:28:21.

country have started training to be able to identify and respond to

:28:22.:28:24.

early signs of mental health problems among pupils, which is a

:28:25.:28:30.

very good thing. He may want to expand on that discussion in

:28:31.:28:34.

applying for a debate. I would encourage him to look at the early

:28:35.:28:39.

years infant mental health, which is so important is that young people up

:28:40.:28:47.

with lifelong emotional well-being. The M56 is the printable economic

:28:48.:28:51.

artery not just for West Cheshire, but large parts of north Wales and

:28:52.:28:55.

continues to jam up regularly, at which point all the roads around it

:28:56.:29:00.

jam up as well. Can we have a debate on why the Reg Treasury has failed

:29:01.:29:03.

to find any investment for the M56 in the last 20 years -- the road

:29:04.:29:10.

strategy has failed to find investment. This government has

:29:11.:29:14.

significantly invested in roads and continues to do so. If he has

:29:15.:29:19.

specific issue about the M56, I encourage you to apply for an

:29:20.:29:22.

adjournment debate, but this government is committed to improving

:29:23.:29:26.

on our infrastructure to get the economy going and boost even more

:29:27.:29:27.

jobs for people in this country. We share a strong interest in giving

:29:28.:29:44.

babies the best start in life. I am greatly encouraged by the government

:29:45.:29:48.

's's commitment to a mental health Bill in the green's speech and

:29:49.:29:54.

particularly for the amendments to an equalities Bill to reduce any

:29:55.:29:59.

discrimination against people with mental ill-health. Can she give us a

:30:00.:30:03.

timeline for that legislation and what it may cover, to promote

:30:04.:30:08.

perinatal mental health in giving our children the very best start in

:30:09.:30:13.

mental health in their lives? I am very grateful to him for raising

:30:14.:30:18.

that issue, very dear to his heart and mind, giving babies the best

:30:19.:30:24.

start in life through secure early bonding is absolutely vital, and I'm

:30:25.:30:30.

sure it will be part of our new Mental Health Act that was mentioned

:30:31.:30:35.

in the Queen's speech, and that there will be members right across

:30:36.:30:38.

the house keen to put forward their views. That's timing will be decided

:30:39.:30:45.

in due course. After Home Office questions on Monday, when the Home

:30:46.:30:49.

Secretary claimed police funding had been protected, although it has not

:30:50.:30:53.

been on Merseyside, there was yet another firearms discharge in my

:30:54.:30:58.

constituency. That makes over 100 shootings across Merseyside in the

:30:59.:31:02.

last 18 months, involving five murders. Can we have a debate about

:31:03.:31:05.

the increasing gun crime happening across Merseyside, and what the

:31:06.:31:11.

government will do better to equip our police to deal proactively with

:31:12.:31:15.

the serious threat to public safety that it represents? She is exactly

:31:16.:31:24.

right to raise this issue, in her constituency, it's very serious. She

:31:25.:31:29.

will be pleased to know that since 2010, there have been over 370,000

:31:30.:31:34.

fewer violent crimes a year, but that doesn't help at all, when in

:31:35.:31:38.

her constituency, there have been many of them, and I do suggest she

:31:39.:31:44.

takes that up via a Westminster adjournment debate. Could we have a

:31:45.:31:50.

debate on the accountability of local councils? Taunton Deane

:31:51.:31:55.

council have given permission for 17,000 houses. One company alone has

:31:56.:32:00.

built up a multi-million pound land bank on the assumption that the

:32:01.:32:03.

council will be giving them permission. Could we please have the

:32:04.:32:08.

tightening of rules on that before that is a serious situation, where

:32:09.:32:12.

councils are accused of all sorts of things that I suspect they don't

:32:13.:32:18.

want to be. He raises an important point, which is that housing needs

:32:19.:32:22.

to be sited in an appropriate place and there needs to be clear and

:32:23.:32:25.

transparent rules around planning. But there is a balance, because we

:32:26.:32:29.

desperately need to be building more houses. We have a great record of

:32:30.:32:36.

building over 800,000 new homes since 2010 in this country, which is

:32:37.:32:40.

a very good contribution. More needs to be done. He may want to raise his

:32:41.:32:47.

specific point at the questions that will happen before the end of this

:32:48.:32:51.

summer session. Further to the point made just a moment ago, and in light

:32:52.:32:56.

of the recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester, and

:32:57.:33:03.

yesterday's report by the Henry Jackson Society on foreign funding

:33:04.:33:07.

of extremism in the UK, can I ask when the Prime Minister will either

:33:08.:33:13.

publish the report into the foreign funding of terrorism that was

:33:14.:33:16.

commissioned when she was Home Secretary, or make a statement to

:33:17.:33:19.

this house on foreign funding to extremist groups in the UK? In

:33:20.:33:29.

answer, he will know that this is an enormously important issue for the

:33:30.:33:32.

Prime Minister personally, and that she has committed to doing

:33:33.:33:36.

everything possible to keep our people safe. She is setting up the

:33:37.:33:42.

commission for countering extremism and she is fully occupied in

:33:43.:33:45.

resolving this issue, so I'm sure he can rely on the fact that she will

:33:46.:33:50.

be doing everything possible to stamp out extremism in all its

:33:51.:33:56.

forms. One of the regular issues to land in my inbox is litter and

:33:57.:33:59.

fly-tipping, and I'm sure it lands in many other members' inboxes as

:34:00.:34:07.

well. Fly-tipping alone costs local authorities in England ?49.8 million

:34:08.:34:14.

in 2015/2016, that's on top of the cost of litter clean-ups. Family

:34:15.:34:18.

have a debate on more can be done, how effective the enforcement of

:34:19.:34:23.

fly-tipping and Leicester is, and how we can encourage members of the

:34:24.:34:26.

public to dispose of the litter and waste properly? I'm very happy to

:34:27.:34:34.

encourage everybody to take their litter home with them, but she is

:34:35.:34:40.

right, this cost of street cleaning costs local government nearly ?800

:34:41.:34:46.

million in 2015/ 2016. There's a huge amount of money that could be

:34:47.:34:50.

better used to doing other things. I was very pleased to launch our

:34:51.:34:54.

national litter strategy for England, looking at the areas,

:34:55.:35:00.

enforcement, infrastructure for bins and also education. That

:35:01.:35:03.

consultation has finished and there will be further announcements coming

:35:04.:35:11.

forward very soon. Today is a sad day for Glasgow politics, as this

:35:12.:35:16.

morning is the funeral of Councillor Alistair Watson, whose life was

:35:17.:35:22.

celebrated in an early motion, a gentleman to give 22 years of

:35:23.:35:25.

service to the communities of Donald. I would like to send my

:35:26.:35:31.

condolences to his family and the members of the Glasgow Labour

:35:32.:35:42.

family. I would like to share with him in offering condolences to the

:35:43.:35:46.

family of the council that he mentions. And there are, right

:35:47.:35:51.

across the country, people who written many, many years of public

:35:52.:35:56.

service, trying to improve their own local community or indeed, the

:35:57.:35:59.

country that they live in, and that's absolutely vital to of us. I

:36:00.:36:04.

think he makes a very good points, that we should have a debate to try

:36:05.:36:08.

and encourage more people to get involved, but also to celebrate

:36:09.:36:12.

those who have, and I do encourage him to apply for a debate on that

:36:13.:36:24.

subject. As Daesh have failed to do love the caliphate, they grow more

:36:25.:36:27.

desperate. Maybe have an early debate on the application of

:36:28.:36:32.

international law to bring prosecution against Daesh fighters,

:36:33.:36:35.

those who choose to partner with them and even marry them, to make

:36:36.:36:40.

sure that every terrorist is held accountable for their barbaric

:36:41.:36:47.

crimes. We are very concerned about the appalling crimes committed by

:36:48.:36:54.

Daesh against Christians and other minorities, as well as against the

:36:55.:36:57.

majority Muslim population in Iraq and Syria. Ultimately, the only way

:36:58.:37:05.

to stop the abuse is to defeat Daesh and establish a long-term political

:37:06.:37:09.

settlement in Iraq and Syria. So we continue to work closely with the

:37:10.:37:13.

government of Iraq and the United Nations to do just that, but she

:37:14.:37:17.

should be reassured that any Daesh supporters returning to the UK will

:37:18.:37:24.

face the whole force of the law. Developers in London routinely use a

:37:25.:37:28.

variety of methods to aggressively drive down levels of affordable

:37:29.:37:32.

housing. The recent Battersea Power Station development being the most

:37:33.:37:37.

recent and high profile example. Can we have a debate about what more

:37:38.:37:42.

needs to be done to make sure that private development includes

:37:43.:37:46.

sufficient public gain an adequate levels of affordable housing? We all

:37:47.:37:51.

share the desire to see more affordable housing. There's a big

:37:52.:37:55.

commitment on the part of this government. More than 300,000 new

:37:56.:37:59.

affordable homes have been built since 2010. Of course, it is a

:38:00.:38:04.

matter for local planning authorities to make sure that the

:38:05.:38:07.

right proportions are built in new development. I heard what the Leader

:38:08.:38:15.

of the House said earlier about student loans. While the original

:38:16.:38:20.

policy introduced by the Coalition Government was widely supported and

:38:21.:38:23.

remains progressive, things have changed slightly, because the level

:38:24.:38:25.

of interest at which both living costs and studies will be repaid,

:38:26.:38:32.

rises to 6.1% this September, and that, allied with compound interest

:38:33.:38:37.

over a 30 year period, is what gave the IDF S in their reports yesterday

:38:38.:38:44.

the calculation of total debt being ?55,000. A number of us are very

:38:45.:38:48.

concerned about this. Could I urge you to find government time for that

:38:49.:38:53.

debate, which the first Secretary of State intimated he would like to see

:38:54.:39:00.

as well? Of all people, I think my honourable friend would recognise

:39:01.:39:03.

that student finance is not like a normal commercial loan. The taxpayer

:39:04.:39:11.

contributes significantly still to the cost of higher education for

:39:12.:39:14.

university students, and it's right that those who will benefit from the

:39:15.:39:19.

higher earnings attractive undergraduate rules should

:39:20.:39:24.

contribute to that cost. However, I think the mood of many colleagues

:39:25.:39:29.

has been heard, and I'm quite sure at the Department for Education are

:39:30.:39:36.

considering this. Gun and knife crime is up across London, and this

:39:37.:39:40.

month marks the two-year anniversary of the high-profile trial by

:39:41.:39:46.

mistaken identity shooting in Wood Green. And despite a number of

:39:47.:39:50.

representations, this homicide remains unsolved. Could we have a

:39:51.:39:56.

debate in government time around resources, particularly for London

:39:57.:39:59.

boroughs, where there is this increase in gun and knife crime, and

:40:00.:40:05.

in the light of Grenfell Tower, where 200 officers have now been

:40:06.:40:09.

moved over to the important work, that we can still rely on the fact

:40:10.:40:13.

that there will be enough detectives working to solve what is now a

:40:14.:40:20.

two-year-old crime? I do think it's very important to be clear that

:40:21.:40:24.

there are of course pockets, and there are terrible incidents that

:40:25.:40:28.

take place, and this sounds like a really awful experience in her

:40:29.:40:34.

constituency. But nevertheless, there are 370,000 fewer violent

:40:35.:40:38.

crimes since 2010, I do think it's important we speak in measured

:40:39.:40:42.

terms, because it's very easy to scare people into thinking things

:40:43.:40:45.

are getting worse when they are getting better. It has been made

:40:46.:40:49.

very clear that police funding has been protected, but the police

:40:50.:40:52.

themselves are changing the way they manage things operationally to put

:40:53.:40:58.

more money into cyber policing and dealing with online crime and into

:40:59.:41:03.

counterintelligence and so on. Nevertheless, she may wish to raise

:41:04.:41:07.

the specific issues in her constituency through an adjournment

:41:08.:41:14.

debate. She may be aware of the problems which writing schools up

:41:15.:41:17.

and down the country are having with the valuation office agency and

:41:18.:41:23.

their valuations ascribed to their premises. Some are now closing

:41:24.:41:28.

because of this, and this will undoubtedly have an effect on

:41:29.:41:31.

writing for the disabled. Could we have a debate on the subject, and

:41:32.:41:36.

perhaps she could raise it with her colleague in the cabinets? I'm very

:41:37.:41:43.

much aware of the issue for riding schools and other large premises in

:41:44.:41:50.

rural areas with rates. He may know that as part of the package of

:41:51.:41:54.

support lunched at the budget, the Chancellor announced a ?300 million

:41:55.:42:00.

discretionary relief funds to 2018 so that local authorities could

:42:01.:42:05.

provide additional support to local businesses. I encourage him to

:42:06.:42:09.

suggest his constituents that they apply to the local council to see

:42:10.:42:16.

whether they are eligible for this discretionary relief. Following the

:42:17.:42:19.

revelation contained in the independent audit on loans to state

:42:20.:42:29.

owned companies in Mozambique, those loans are now falling on the

:42:30.:42:34.

shoulder of any man, woman and child in the country. What measures are

:42:35.:42:37.

the UK Government considering to make sure that loans given to

:42:38.:42:44.

governments are transparent? The issue of transparency in government

:42:45.:42:49.

loans and indeed in overseas aid, is very important to the government.

:42:50.:42:53.

There are Foreign Office questions next week, I believe, and he will

:42:54.:42:56.

wish to raise that they are, I'm sure. There is some concern about

:42:57.:43:04.

broadcast media's coverage of the Brexit negotiations. You may have to

:43:05.:43:08.

watch Newsnight from last night to see why. One of my constituents has

:43:09.:43:12.

e-mailed me to say, I need to know whether I made the right decision,

:43:13.:43:18.

but the mainstream media just do not cover EU developments. Good the

:43:19.:43:22.

minister come to the dispatch box and justified that the BBC is

:43:23.:43:25.

continuing to comply with its Royal Charter? I think what we all want to

:43:26.:43:31.

see is balance in reporting. And giving as much time to the

:43:32.:43:38.

opportunities of leaving the EU as is given to the other side of the

:43:39.:43:45.

argument. I think a number of people expressed concerns that the balance

:43:46.:43:48.

isn't there. All of us across this house would wish to see that very

:43:49.:43:56.

closely. Will the Leader of the House provide temporary debate on

:43:57.:44:00.

local government funding. Kirklees Council, which covers my

:44:01.:44:04.

constituency, is losing ?1 million a week. Services are close to breaking

:44:05.:44:09.

point, with vulnerable people suffering the most. As the Cabinet

:44:10.:44:13.

now seem to be conducting a debate on a story ditty in the tabloid

:44:14.:44:16.

front pages, could we also have one in this house? I would remind her

:44:17.:44:23.

that it is this government that is sorting out our public finances. It

:44:24.:44:27.

is under this government that we have seen employment up by 2.9

:44:28.:44:36.

million people. Over 800,000 fewer workless households. A pay rise by

:44:37.:44:42.

30 million people through income tax cuts. Basic rate tax payers are

:44:43.:44:48.

?1000 a year better off under this government, so to suggest everything

:44:49.:44:52.

is falling apart is simply not true. Opposition members need to stop

:44:53.:44:58.

scaremongering. And I do urge her to look at the facts.

:44:59.:45:04.

Hamble lane, Eastleigh town centre and Berkeley sent to leave

:45:05.:45:13.

consistent queues and jams on the resultant air pollution which

:45:14.:45:17.

remains a key concern for my constituents, particularly parents

:45:18.:45:20.

of children with asthma. Will the Leader of the House can define time

:45:21.:45:26.

for a debate on air pollution so that we can tackle and really talk

:45:27.:45:28.

about this growing public health concern? Air quality is a serious

:45:29.:45:37.

public health issue, as she is right to point out that one of the major

:45:38.:45:42.

links is to asthma and that is a serious condition in itself. The

:45:43.:45:48.

honourable lady will have many opportunities to raise this in the

:45:49.:45:51.

future, when we have the judgment from the High Court and when our

:45:52.:45:57.

proposals from our consultation are published later in the summer. 200

:45:58.:46:06.

staff were let go on Sunday. There were supposed to be working at a

:46:07.:46:09.

Green Day concert which was cancelled at short notice by the

:46:10.:46:12.

promoters. And they were only offered their bus fare by their

:46:13.:46:21.

employer. Can we have a debate on contracts and workers' rights, and

:46:22.:46:25.

does she agree in this case that clearly, these workers have been

:46:26.:46:30.

exploited and that is unacceptable? I certainly agree that that does not

:46:31.:46:38.

sound acceptable if it is the case. On the wider point about zero hours

:46:39.:46:42.

contracts, there has been a lot of discussion in this House about the

:46:43.:46:47.

measures this government has taken to stamp out abuse of those

:46:48.:46:53.

contracts. It is the fact that for many people, they are content with

:46:54.:46:58.

their zero hours contracts and it works for them. So the honourable

:46:59.:47:03.

lady raises an important specific point, but the broader point has

:47:04.:47:05.

been well debated across this chamber. Some travel camps in Dudley

:47:06.:47:16.

have left behind them criminal damage and large clean-up bills for

:47:17.:47:20.

council tax payers. Could we have a debate on the use of police powers

:47:21.:47:26.

to remove illegal camps and also on proposals to allow combined

:47:27.:47:31.

authorities to pull provision for authorised travellers' sites, rather

:47:32.:47:35.

than insisting that each local authority has their own provision?

:47:36.:47:42.

My honourable friend raises a subject that has already been raised

:47:43.:47:45.

that every business questions so far, which highlights what an

:47:46.:47:51.

important issue this is for every member of Parliament. Local

:47:52.:47:55.

authorities and the police have a wide range of powers to help them

:47:56.:48:02.

take action, including being able to direct trespassers to leave the

:48:03.:48:05.

land, removing any vehicles and property from the land when there is

:48:06.:48:10.

a suitable pitch elsewhere in that authority area. I hear his point

:48:11.:48:14.

about pooling local authority resources. That is not something

:48:15.:48:18.

that is currently able to be done, but it is something he may wish to

:48:19.:48:24.

raise directly with ministers. Could I also raise with the Leader of the

:48:25.:48:30.

House the question of the need for a debate on illegal encampment is? In

:48:31.:48:34.

South Birmingham, the past few months have seen an unprecedented

:48:35.:48:38.

rise in the number of those encampments in their scale and

:48:39.:48:42.

frequency, often with public concern made worse by the anti-social

:48:43.:48:45.

behaviour associated with them and the level of mess that is left

:48:46.:48:53.

behind. Often, they will leave one place and be evicted, only to

:48:54.:48:57.

reappear down the road. So we need an early debate. We should review

:48:58.:49:03.

the status of the existing powers, review where best practice can be

:49:04.:49:09.

applied and if the powers that are available need further review, to

:49:10.:49:14.

set the ball rolling. Could we have short questions in order to get

:49:15.:49:18.

everybody in? I do not want to miss anyone out. Everybody has been

:49:19.:49:24.

standing. I say to the honourable gentleman again, there are already

:49:25.:49:29.

strong police powers. There are occasionally issues with

:49:30.:49:33.

enforcement, but where travellers fail to comply with a police

:49:34.:49:37.

direction, it is a criminal offence which is punishable by up to six

:49:38.:49:41.

months imprisonment. So is re-entry onto land by a person that is

:49:42.:49:44.

subject to that direction within three months afterwards. He should

:49:45.:49:51.

be aware that 84% of traveller caravans are now on authorised land

:49:52.:49:57.

compared to 77% in 2007. The government is committed to reducing

:49:58.:50:00.

the number of unauthorised sites by making sure there is reasonable

:50:01.:50:04.

provision for travellers that takes account of their cultural

:50:05.:50:09.

requirements to enable them to avoid being on unauthorised sites. The

:50:10.:50:20.

rugby club in Brecon and Radnorshire recently completed a sponsored bike

:50:21.:50:23.

ride in Wales, raising ?45,000 towards the cost of purchasing their

:50:24.:50:27.

rugby pitches from the local authority. Would my right honourable

:50:28.:50:32.

friend join me in congratulating all of the town on this outstanding

:50:33.:50:36.

achievement and also allow a debate on what more could be done to

:50:37.:50:42.

transfer assets to local community groups without exceptionally high

:50:43.:50:46.

costs to those groups? I certainly congratulate all of those involved.

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That is an impressive sum for a sponsored bike ride. If he was

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involved, I commend him for that. As he will know, responsibility for

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grass-roots sport is devolved in Wales. Sport Wales are the

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organisation with responsibility for investing in and supporting

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grassroots sport. Sport England this year have launched a community asset

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fund worth up to ?15 million. He might want to talk to sport Wales

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about whether they have any similar schemes. I know the Leader of the

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House likes to be patriotic, like many of us, and used our national

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carrier airline, British Airways. But can we have a debate about the

:51:28.:51:34.

shameful way they are treating their cabin crew and the fact that the

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government has given permission to British Airways to do a wet lease,

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ie the planes on the stuff of cat are Airways, in order to keep

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flights going during the current industrial dispute, despite the

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terrible record that airline has with its female worker -- Qatar

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Airways? The honourable gentleman raises an important point about

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workers' rights. He will know that a good opportunity to raise that would

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be through applying for a debate in Westminster Hall or for an

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adjournment debate. However, it is important in all industrial disputes

:52:09.:52:11.

that the considerations for passengers are also taking into

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account. I am sure he would agree that that would be the right balance

:52:15.:52:23.

in all disputes. I welcome the government's commitment to expanding

:52:24.:52:30.

investment in our road networks such as the A303 in my constituency. I

:52:31.:52:36.

wonder if we could find time for a debate on how we can capitalise on

:52:37.:52:42.

that investment to deliver jobs, housing and skills development in

:52:43.:52:47.

association with that? My honourable friend is a great champion for his

:52:48.:52:52.

constituency and having spent many hours queueing patiently on the

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A303, I can understand his desire to see it upgraded. And also for the

:52:57.:53:02.

jobs and growth that new infrastructure brings in every

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constituency. It is something this government is committed to, with new

:53:08.:53:11.

investment in capital infrastructure spending. He may well wish to raise

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that through the usual channels to give all colleagues the opportunity

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to talk about the work this government is doing to build the

:53:22.:53:26.

economy. The Leader of the House will have heard, I hope, my question

:53:27.:53:30.

to the Prime Minister yesterday about my constituent and her

:53:31.:53:39.

daughter who is under threat of FGM. Unfortunately, the Prime Minister's

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reply was almost as bad as the letters I have had from the Home

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Office. Can we have a debate on the processes of the Home Office and the

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measures that are in place to protect women suffering from

:53:50.:53:53.

domestic violence on women and girls under the threat of FGM? There is

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nobody in this House would for a moment condone or have anything

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other than disgust and abhorrence at the whole subject of FGM. It is an

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appalling abuse of young girls and women and nobody would condone it.

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This government has made a huge effort to try and stamp out FGM. It

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is extraordinarily difficult, but we are getting breakthroughs. At least

:54:25.:54:29.

through her question today, we can highlight again the plight of those

:54:30.:54:35.

suffering this appalling abuse. The honourable lady raises a

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constituency point and I urge her to raise that in Home Office questions

:54:38.:54:42.

or to continue to raise it in PMQs. She has the support of the whole

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House in seeing this stamped out. Colin Smith received contaminated

:54:52.:54:54.

blood in 1983 when he was just eight months old. That blood turned out to

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be from Arkansas prison and he died aged just seven, his whole life

:54:59.:55:03.

spent fighting illness. So for Colin's family and all those

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affected, can we have an opportunity before recess to debate the new

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reports that suggest that risks of contaminated blood were known from

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1980? Those affected need a public inquiry to get to the truth. I agree

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that the contaminated blood situation over several decades,

:55:27.:55:31.

affecting people in so many ways, was a terrible thing to happen. She

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will appreciate that successive governments over decades have

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reviewed the situation and made compensation available to the

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victims. I am aware that the last review in 2015 has made further

:55:49.:55:52.

recommendations and that there are concerns about the possibility that

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there was some cover-up. I encourage the honourable lady to seek an

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opportunity for a debate to try and air that issue further. As we have

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already heard, the broken business rate system is so judgmental to

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business and is frankly a shambles. In fact, this is echoed in

:56:13.:56:15.

businesses across Europe including those trading in the shambles Luke

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Shambles. Can we have the consultation brought to this house?

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We were promised this in February and has not seen the light of day,

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so I would like to know why not. The honourable lady will know that

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rateable values are set independently by the VOA and reflect

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open market rental value. The government doesn't intervene in the

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independent exercise, but I understand that if the market rent

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for the area has changed, then rateable values change with them.

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She will be aware that the Chancellor announced a ?300 million

:56:56.:57:00.

discretionary fund over four years from 2017-18 to deal with issues of

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rates changing for particular businesses. That has been made

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available to local authorities so that at their discretion, they can

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support individual businesses with their issues. The companies and

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markets page of the Financial Times had an article this Monday talking

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about how investment in the car industry has slumped amidst Brexit

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concerns. This was raised with me numerous times during the election,

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as I have a large Ford plant in my constituency. What is clear from the

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article and the experience of Ford workers is that new investment is

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not coming into the plant. It has slumped by 30% across the UK. The

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Association of automotive traders and manufacturers have said that it

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would be a devastating impact and permanent damage to the UK car

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industry if, when the UK leads the customs union and the single market,

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this is not addressed. Can we have an impact on the impact of Brexit on

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the automotive industry? The honourable lady raises an important

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issue for her constituency. The UK has a thriving automotive industry

:58:21.:58:25.

and I am sure she will be delighted that we are bringing forward

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measures to support electric vehicles and be a world leader in

:58:31.:58:34.

that area. She may also be pleased to know that the department for

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industry and trade figures released today show a record-breaking number

:58:40.:58:42.

of foreign direct investment projects coming into the UK, up 2%

:58:43.:58:49.

on 2015-16. So the direction is in the right place. But she may wish to

:58:50.:58:54.

raise specific issues for Ford in her constituency through a

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Westminster Hall debate. Before 2015 general election, Chancellor Osborne

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made a commitment with the residents of Warrington that the Runcorn

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Bridge would be toll-free. Earlier this year, the junior transport

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minister broke that promise. Can I request that the Leader of the House

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arrange for the Secretary of State for Transport to come here and make

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a statement and inform when the government will announce that they

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will keep the promise, or arrange a debate? This issue is affecting the

:59:33.:59:39.

whole region. The honourable gentleman raises an important point

:59:40.:59:44.

for his constituency. He will be pleased to know that transport

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questions are on Thursday the 13th of July and I am sure he will be

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able to raise that with ministers then.

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Can be heavy debate on Home Office intransigence? Ten Minister come to

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the size and explain why, despite following Home Office advice in

:00:04.:00:07.

submitting his application for leave to remain, my constituents and his

:00:08.:00:10.

wife have been stripped of their status, forced to quit their jobs

:00:11.:00:15.

and let their children, British citizens, destitute. Can we have an

:00:16.:00:18.

urgent debate on review of Home Office procedures that leaves many

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vulnerable and in desperate situations? He raises a very

:00:25.:00:27.

concerning case in his own constituency and I'm sure he will

:00:28.:00:30.

want to raise that Adalat oral questions to the Home Office or

:00:31.:00:34.

through writing to ministers, but as we all know, there is an MPs hotline

:00:35.:00:43.

and they do deal with as matter of priority with MPs' cases, so he

:00:44.:00:46.

might want to take that up with them. In 2015, the government

:00:47.:00:54.

promised not to sell HMS Ocean and not to close a barracks in Plymouth.

:00:55.:00:58.

The helicopter carrier and both pieces are no Brasil. Local region

:00:59.:01:04.

agreed to debate on base closures and how we maintain helicopter

:01:05.:01:12.

capability at Devonport? I welcome him and wish him success. He is

:01:13.:01:15.

using something dear to all our hearts, which is the fortunes of our

:01:16.:01:21.

military, whether Royal Navy, royal air force or the Army. Sadly, I feel

:01:22.:01:25.

his views are not shared by many on his side of the house, who argue

:01:26.:01:31.

against protecting our citizens, but nevertheless, his point has been

:01:32.:01:36.

heard and I am sure he will be raising it with ministers whenever

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he can. It has been common practice in the NHS for employees to be

:01:46.:01:50.

required to repay redundancy payments if they secure another job

:01:51.:01:52.

in the health service within a certain period of time, so given the

:01:53.:01:57.

fact that several members who lost their seats at the last election

:01:58.:02:01.

have now taken up page rules as government advisers, will use set

:02:02.:02:07.

aside time for a debate on whether it's appropriate for members to

:02:08.:02:10.

receive redundancy payments and then take up a page role as an adviser?

:02:11.:02:19.

Sheep shouts from a sedentary position, named names! My concern

:02:20.:02:27.

has been that members who lost their seats, particularly this time

:02:28.:02:31.

around, have actually struggled in some cases, genuinely struggled.

:02:32.:02:40.

With an ability to feed into the policies for members' pay and

:02:41.:02:44.

expenses, he raises an important point, but I think he will find that

:02:45.:02:47.

members across the house are concerned that members who loses

:02:48.:02:51.

seats are not being fairly treated, quite the opposite to that point.

:02:52.:02:58.

I'm remember a sample size of the house will want to wish a happy 69th

:02:59.:03:06.

birthday to the NHS, which clocked up the milestone yesterday. But

:03:07.:03:11.

local provision seems to be less healthy. We have lost to A and if

:03:12.:03:20.

this continues, there will be hardly any beds left. Can we have a debate

:03:21.:03:24.

on this cherished Labour created institution? She will know that this

:03:25.:03:34.

government is totally committed to the NHS and is funding it to a far

:03:35.:03:39.

greater extent than the Labour Party's on manifesto would have

:03:40.:03:46.

pledged. Under this government, we have seen millions more operations,

:03:47.:03:50.

A visits, we have seen enormous strides forward in medical science,

:03:51.:03:57.

in technology, that enables people to have far better treatments. The

:03:58.:04:01.

Commonwealth fund says the NHS is one of the best health services in

:04:02.:04:09.

the world. We are absolutely committed to the success of the NHS

:04:10.:04:13.

on this side of the house and I think all members should really do

:04:14.:04:17.

more to support the excellent work of our NHS staff, who do so much to

:04:18.:04:26.

support all of us. The shadow Leader of the House and other honourable

:04:27.:04:30.

members have raised very important question is, why has there not been

:04:31.:04:34.

an opposition day since the 25th of January? Given the scarcity of

:04:35.:04:40.

substantive government business, given the huge red issues raised on

:04:41.:04:45.

these benches, why is the leader of the highest refusing to schedule one

:04:46.:04:48.

for the summer recess? Why does she want to commit to one now? I can say

:04:49.:04:58.

that there are standing orders around opposition day, sitting

:04:59.:05:02.

Fridays and back bench business days. The government, through the

:05:03.:05:08.

usual channels, is working on setting out those days and the house

:05:09.:05:10.

will be informed as soon as possible.

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Last week, I mentioned just a few of the failings in the Scottish

:05:23.:05:28.

Secretary of State and I challenged the Leader of the House to list some

:05:29.:05:31.

of his achievements. She said that he has spoken up for energy in

:05:32.:05:35.

Scotland and he's been an enormous advocate for Scottish agriculture.

:05:36.:05:42.

When the government pulled the plug on carbon capture storage and

:05:43.:05:50.

renewables, and the government has withheld nearly ?2 million of EU

:05:51.:05:53.

funding meant for Scottish farmers, given that is his achievements, is

:05:54.:05:59.

there any other outstanding achievements she colours that makes

:06:00.:06:02.

my point for me that he is not standing up for Scotland? That is at

:06:03.:06:11.

nonsense and not worthy of the honourable gentleman. Would you like

:06:12.:06:16.

to mention the Secretary of State for Scotland's support for the oil

:06:17.:06:20.

and gas sector in Scotland, where he gave hours and hours of permitted

:06:21.:06:24.

time to discuss a package of fiscal relief to support the oil and gas

:06:25.:06:30.

sector in Scotland? The hours he spent working with me as an energy

:06:31.:06:35.

Minster, so I know very well what he did, working on a supply chain to

:06:36.:06:39.

give Scottish fabrication yards the chance to the parts of the wind

:06:40.:06:43.

sector, which this government has supported. We have half of the

:06:44.:06:49.

world's offshore wind turbines. He not mentioning any of the Roses.

:06:50.:06:54.

This is their petty and spiteful act of an opposition should be ashamed

:06:55.:06:58.

of itself. The Secretary of State has spoken up at every opportunity

:06:59.:07:06.

for the people of Scotland. In the last Parliament, the Public Accounts

:07:07.:07:10.

Committee and a number of constituency members of all

:07:11.:07:12.

parliaments raised concerns about the HMR see State reorganisation. It

:07:13.:07:19.

appears major contracts were signed while this House was dissolved in

:07:20.:07:23.

that appears to fly in the face of official guidance to the civil

:07:24.:07:26.

servants about not making big decisions about commercial contracts

:07:27.:07:34.

during that time. Would you look into this and make sure that a

:07:35.:07:39.

minister reports back, and given that the HMR see is not led by a

:07:40.:07:44.

minister, would she also grabbed a debate so that we can raise our

:07:45.:07:52.

concerns very directly? If she would like to raise specific issues about

:07:53.:07:55.

process for each MRC, I will certainly take them forward for her,

:07:56.:07:58.

but I would like to use this opportunity to point out that since

:07:59.:08:05.

2010, each MRC has secured ?150 billion for this country in

:08:06.:08:10.

additional compliance revenues, as a result of their work to tackle tax

:08:11.:08:20.

avoidance. In 2016 alone, HMRC collected record revenues of ?26.5

:08:21.:08:25.

billion for compliance activities. We've secured nearly 3 billion from

:08:26.:08:32.

offshore tax evaders. And in total, an additional 2.5 billion from the

:08:33.:08:36.

very wealthiest since 2010. So if she or anyone else in the chamber

:08:37.:08:41.

would like to praise HMRC for their contribution to sorting out our

:08:42.:08:44.

economy and getting it back to living within our means, then I'd be

:08:45.:08:52.

delighted to hear it. Earlier, the honourable member for Ealing Central

:08:53.:09:01.

and actor described the NHS as the Leeper institution. It is not a

:09:02.:09:05.

political institution, it does not belong to any party. There are

:09:06.:09:09.

members on all sides of this house who have served the NHS as we have

:09:10.:09:12.

the armed forces and other public services. If she was still in this

:09:13.:09:18.

place I would ask her to withdraw it. And therefore be in order to ask

:09:19.:09:26.

you that could be withdrawn? Your view is on the record and it is a

:09:27.:09:30.

point of order for the chair. We now come to the general debate relating

:09:31.:09:35.

to exiting the European Union

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