07/09/2017 Business Questions


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conversation with the devolved administrations as to where they are


needed. It is a sensible approach to protect the interests of farmers and


businesses across the UK. Business question, Valerie vows. But the


Leader of the House please give us the forthcoming business.


The Leader of the House. Thank you Mr Speaker. The business for the


week commencing the 11th of September will be, Monday the 11th


of September, conclusion of the second reading of the European Union


Withdrawal Bill, day two. Tuesday the 12th of September, second


reading of the Finance Bill, followed by motions relating to


house business. Wednesday the 13th of September, Opposition Day, first


allotted day. There will be a date on an opposition motion, subject to


be announced. Thursday the 14th of September, a general debate on abuse


and intimidation of candidates and the public during the general


election campaign. Friday the 15th of September, the House will not be


sitting. The provisional business for the week commencing the 9th of


October will conclude on Monday the 9th of October, general debate on


the subject to be confirmed. Mr Speaker, I'm sure the whole house


will join me in sending our thoughts and prayers to those caught up in


Kane Erma -- hurricane Irma, causing devastation to areas of the


Caribbean. Today, the EU Withdrawal Bill will have the first of its two


days of reading in the House. It is a key piece of legislation which


paves the way for an orderly exit from the EU and fulfils the will of


the British people. Finally, Mr Speaker, select committees provide


vital scrutiny in this place. I have been working hard to make sure we


establish as soon as possible and I'm grateful for the cooperation of


colleagues right across the House who have worked quickly to bring the


names of elected members forward. I know delighted to draw the attention


of colleagues the motion in my name that will ensure the select


committees can begin their important work next week. Thank you, Mr


Speaker. Can I thank the Leader of the House for the forthcoming


business and tabling the motion on select committees. I think it was


drawn to my attention that the international select committee chair


is not on the list covers I hope that will be rectified soon. Just


say that Her Majesty is opposition has been ready since July with


getting the select committees are but I know they are taking evidence


next week, so thank you very much that. We have had rest and


relaxation, we have had rock and roll, although I didn't get an


invite to Glastonbury and all that is left now is restoration and


renewal, so could the Leader of the House please tell us when we are


likely to have the debate by are marked the House does need to


consider the proposals as soon as possible. Look what the Government


has done to our children. They were expelled because they missed out on


a few grades. We teach our children it is OK to fail, that is how we


learn from our mistakes and sometimes that is the spur that


leaves children to go on and do better things. We had the bizarre


situation of parents having to threaten judicial review just to get


their children back into education, so could we have a statement from


the Secretary of State for Education clarifying that every child can have


an education? Some of the headteachers don't appear to be


abiding by the law. Could you also ask the Chancellor to make a


statement on the fiscal rules. It seems that a six-month period from


October, increasing overtime rates for prison guards, whilst we would


agree, we need a statement on whether there are fiscal rules or


not. We could do with it on the NHS because our nurses need to be paid.


The cherry picking season is over. Look what they have done to our


Health Service. Secretary of State to help picking a fight with


professor Stephen Hawking, who rightly has told the Secretary of


State to stop the slide to privatising the Health Service. A


person who can explain a black hole against the Secretary of State who


can't even recognise our financial glycol. The STB's are now the second


reorganisation of the NHS under this Government. There is a crisis in


social care, ?100 million will be spent recruiting GPs from abroad and


the Health Service needs a cash boost of 350 million. After


yesterday's defeat in the House of Lords on the Government's decision


to abandon 18 weeks target for treatment, could the Secretary of


State come to the House to explain the shredding of Government policy?


We have had silence from the Secretary of State. Otherwise, what


is the point of the Secretary of State? More pain and distress Ragan


situates, as highlighted by the report from the United Nations on


disabilities -- for our concessions. The United Nations Convention on


People's rights is not reflected in current law. So will the House say


when the Government will respond to the report which says there is a


significant pay gap and treatment gap for disabled people. They


mention the Brexit bill, look what they have done to the Brexit


negotiations. The Government should have led the civil service to users


position papers to present the facts, otherwise we wouldn't be in


the position of seeing the whole thing unravelling. And with the


Withdrawal Bill, sections seven, eight and nine, it says the Minister


of the Crown may, by regulations, as the Minister considers appropriate.


Never before have ministers been giving these unfettered powers.


Could the Leader of the House confirm how many statutory


instruments will come before the House grudge about is it likely to


be over 500, less than a thousand? Anyone, on all sides of this House,


who believes in Parliamentary democracy, the sovereignty of


Parliament and the separation of powers, should be against this bill.


The Government are playing Genge with our economy and our rights. If


that is not enough, the Government want to fix the standing committees.


They don't have a majority in parliament but they want a majority


on standing committees, so can the leader confirmed that the Government


will not insult the British people who did not give the Government


majority by ensuring the result of the election is reflected on the


standing committees? Mr Speaker, I do want to touch on the people who


have recently died, eminent people. Lord Gary Hart, he was a leading


lawyer, property lawyer, planning lawyer, before he came to the Lords.


Michael Seaford, who sent his lawyers to give free legal advice to


people during the miners strike. Cardinal Cormac McCarthy O'Connor,


the former Archbishop of Westminster and Heather mayor, mown down in


Charlottesville first defending. And something doing the rounds, Dennis


Skinner, nature of the bees. What members will find is that the beast


of Bolsover, like this country of will endure. -- like the sovereignty


of Parliament, will endure. And the honourable gentleman is even


smiling. Marvellous. The Leader of the House. Thank you, Mr Speaker,


and may I thank the honourable lady for that sort of force. Excuse me.


And also to her honourable friend, having tried very hard to help


potential colleague of mine to unseat him, it was a great pleasure


to visit Bolsover and see first-hand an excellent job he has done over so


many years. And it's a great pleasure to see him here. But there


is always another election, that is the great thing about our democracy.


There is always another one. The honourable lady has raised quite a


broad number of issues, I will try and deal with them all in turn. The


first one she mentioned, which she caught me slightly unawares about, a


committee that may be missing from the list on the motion put forward


for Monday. I am checking that as we speak, but may I assure all


colleagues that all of the scrutiny committees will be established on


Monday at the close of business, following a decision by this House.


Just to be clear about that, if there has been an omission, that


will be rectified. She and I both played a part in the fast last night


running around like idiots trying to sort out the order. So I'm very


grateful to her for her help yesterday. She talks about education


and wanting to hear more about inclusion and may I just absolutely


assure her that this Government is determined to see a good education


for every child. And there is a lot to be proud of. We say this, but


there are 1.8 million more children in good and outstanding schools than


there were in 2010. That is really something to be proud of. Delivering


a good education to every child is vital. She talks about the fiscal


rules, there are very clear Treasury fiscal rules. She will be aware that


there have been some short-term support for prison officers because


there have been some difficulties with certain situations in prisons,


and I'm not aware of the complete details of watching mentions but I


will certainly take that away and look into that for her and write to


her on that. On the subject of Stephen Hawking, he is a very


eminent, very highly regarded person but I am afraid I absolutely agree


with the Secretary of State for Health, he is completely wrong to be


talking about privatisation of the NHS. This Government is fully


committed to a free Health Service at the point of delivery, as are all


parties across the House. On the United Nations' inquiry into the


rights of Persons with disabilities, we frankly very disappointed that


this report doesn't accurately reflected the evidence we gave to


the UN. The Government is working to improve accessibility, including


bettering the impact of building regulations and guidance to local


authorities, strengthening accessibility requirements for


transport and working right across Government services to improve the


accessibility of the information we provide for with disability. On the


EU Withdrawal Bill, very importantly, she talks about Henry


VIII powers. I do want to assure all members that what the withdrawal


bill is seeking to do is to bring into UK law the entire body of EU


law. The point of doing that is to provide continuity and certainty and


a smooth transition as we leave the EU. The powers that are used in


order to do that, I can give an example to the House, the psycho


abstinent -- psychoactive substances bill of 2015 where we can understand


that Henry VIII powers there are used so we can quickly update as any


new legal high is created, we can update the legislation to ensure it


is banned the people say. That is the use of Henry VIII powers, to


define the terms that are necessary. Half of the legislation in the last


parliament contain Henry VIII powers. There is nothing new or


unusual about the use of those powers and very specifically, they


are, of course, always subject to scrutiny either of a committee of


the whole house or by committees as a part of this House, so they are


absolutely subject to scrutiny. Finally, I would like to join with


the honourable lady in noting the passing of a number of eminent and


high profile people who have contributed a great deal to our


communities over many years. Thank you.


I thank her for the update of business. I think we should also pay


tribute to the passing of Edward Duchan, who passed away, an eminent


member of the House. Can I ask the Leader of the House if we can have a


debate in government time, and I noted as an opportunity for the


general debate when we come back in October, on housing policy. It is


the single biggest issue affecting the country right now, and the need


to get young people an opportunity for a home of their own is


absolutely crucial, and we need a strong debates we get answers from


the government as to how this will be implemented in the future. Yes,


he raises an important point, and we all agree that being able to get a


home of your own is crucial for every young person from everyone in


society to have their own home. I am pleased to tell him nearly 900,000


new homes have been delivered since 2010, including nearly 330 300,000


affordable homes. Annual housing supply is ?190,000 additional homes


between 2015 and 2016, which was an 11% increase from the previous year.


But I think you will know plenty of ways to bring this to a debate in


the House and I'm sure lots of colleagues will be interested in


taking part. Can I thank the Leader of the House for announcing the


business for next week. A pity the honourable member has just left the


House because we were looking forward to sequel after sequel, and


I am looking forward to Beast, the return. Today we have the first day


of eight two-day debate on the second reading of the repeal bill,


as we continue to address this delusional Brexit. Two days to


debate this unprecedented power grab, with all the horrors of the


Henry VIII powers. Members of Parliament will have only minutes to


air their concerns because of how busy it will be. Viverone eight days


for the committee of the whole House, eight days to negotiate the


setting up of a new legal framework for the UK to disentangle themselves


from an institution we have been a member of four decades, with all the


regulations, directives and treaties. In context, there were 41


days for the Maastricht Treaty, 39 days to enter the European Union


when it was just the Common Market. Eight days for leaving the European


Union. It is almost beyond a joke, and the Leader of the House has to


come back with a sensible programme and a sensible amount of time to


debate the thousands and thousands of amendments that will be tabled by


the time we come back in October. After all the faffing around we had


yesterday in supplying all the names for these committees, you you would


have thought that there would be something on the order paper today.


This means a lot of pressure for select committees to meet next week.


Then we have the thorny issue of the standing committees. The shadow


leader of the hoses this government has no means to expect to have a


majority in the standing committees of the House. They do not command a


majority. This is a House of minorities, and that reality has to


be reflected into the parliamentary standing committees of the House.


Does the Leader of the House understand and appreciate she is in


a minority in this House, and all the committees must recognise that


reality? The honourable gentleman has raised the issue of the


programme motion for the EU Withdrawal Bill. It is eight days


with eight hours protected everyday. Really importantly, I think


honourable members do need to appreciate that this Withdrawal Bill


is to provide a base for the UK's departure from the EU. There will be


a large number of subsequent bills relating to new policies, new


systems, new processes, that relate to the UK's departure from the EU.


There will be opportunities for all colleagues from across the House to


have their views taken into account, and as we said time and again, it is


clear that we want to be a consulting government, that we want


to take into account views across the House, and to provide sufficient


time for colleagues to make their views known. On his other points on


committees, I think it is rather churlish of home. We have absolutely


made every effort to establish the select committees as soon as we


possibly could. They have now been established faster than in the last


Parliament or the one before. It is extremely churlish. What it


demonstrates his opposition for the sake of it. He does not even have


the decency to recognise that this House is responding to a genuine


request from select committee chairs across the House to get a move on


and do it, and we have done it, and he does not have the grace to say


thank you or appreciate that fact. It is an important point, he just


wants to oppose for the sake of opposition. That is not


constructive. And at a time where this House needs to come together to


look at what we can agree on, and not simply make small, petty points.


It is a shame he takes this approach. Although this extensive


interest in always -- is always in business questions, there is a


ministerial statement to follow, and a approximately 60 members wish to


comment, and I have to take account of their business. It may not be


possible today to get everyone in, but my chance of doing so will be


greatly enhanced if the premium upon brevity is observed. Over the


summer, many constituents have had to endure rubbish and social


behaviour and noise caused by an authorised traveller encampments and


public open spaces and the Beach Commons. Even our local football


club has been affected. I am sure Mr Speaker understands the frustration


that this can cause. Can we have a debate in government time to look at


this, including the powers available to councils and police, and the


impact on the local communities? She raises an important point. I know


this is of great interest to members across the House, and I am sorry to


hear of these issues. The police and local authorities have a range of


powers available to address this, so they can direct trespassers to leave


the land, they can remove a vehicle as it is a suitable pitch elsewhere.


And failure to comply with police direction as a criminal offence. It


is really important that police and local authorities work together to


address this. I think the phrase that the Leader of the House was


looking for before was scalded cats, but I note that there are two days


of general debates in the business announced this morning next Thursday


and on the first day back after the recess, but the Leader of the House


will be aware that the backbench business committee has not yet been


established, but has elected chair, I am already receiving enquiries


from members about the availability of time. Could I ask the Leader of


the House to ensure that when committees are established on


Monday, that includes the backbench business committee. There are still


some vacancies, so can we make sure it is established notwithstanding


vacancies on the conservative side of the chamber? I am trying to get


every committee established as soon as possible and I will look at this


specific point later in the day. Can I thank the leader and her assiduous


PPS for responding so quickly to requests about getting those


committees up and coming from next week. And maybe take advantage of


the fact that there is a suspension of the usual arrangements in


Northern Ireland to get a statement from the government once and for


all, bringing forward a plan for a statute of limitations to protect


our veteran servicemen from prosecution for acts occurring


during the troubles many years ago, that have been investigated many


times in the past. It is not right that criminals and terrorists go


free, while veterans, service men, face the possibility of long-term


imprisonment. I am grateful for him reflecting your own role, Mr


Speaker, select committee forming. Yesterday the Prime Minister made


clear that there has been of bodies looking at legacy issues, and I am


sure my honourable friend will take it up separately with the Secretary


of State for Justice. I would be grateful if she is able to assure


that the House for development committee will be established on


Monday so that they can meet next week? He is right, it was an


administrative oversight and the last-minute running around, and it


will be rectified, and I can assure him that his committee and the


Brexit scrutiny committee will be on the order paper from Monday. The


honourable gentleman has never been and will never be forgotten. Can I


thank the Leader of the House for taking time out yesterday to attend


the launch of the manifesto to strengthen family supported by 44


backbench MPs. 18 practical policy proposals such as strengthening


family ties, supporting veteran families. Witchy agree that this


needs more consideration, and which she meet with those MPs to establish


how much more time can be given to this? -- would she agree? Can I


thank for all the work that has gone into this manifesto? A number of


investors are interested in it, and I would be delighted to meet with


her. Huddersfield Town of 's at a has won the global teaching


University of the year award. Also in the year that we won the


football, could you congratulate the university and team on their


successes? -- Huddersfield Town University. I would love to


congratulate them. Can I echo the request of the Member for Harrow,


calling for a general debate on housing, and such a general debate


to discuss leasehold reform. If that fails, I would request that


regeneration of town centres, particularly the town centre of


Winsford being included. She is raising a point that is raised with


the number of MPs by their own constituents. It is a very important


point, and I share her desire to the resolution of it and encourage her


to seek opportunity for a debate on the matter. The Leader of the House


may be aware of the anxiety on the part of organisations like mencap


who provide services to people with mental disability, that they face


back Bay for up to six years following a change of guidance on


sleeping shifts. They need the government to step in to support


them. Will she ensure that the Business Secretary comes to the


House to clarify the position to provide reassurance for the


organisation? I am well aware of the issues he raises, and the government


is looking at it. I will look at taking that away and seeking some


feedback from the Department. In the recess, the government made a


welcome announcement about action to counter the risk posed to aviation


by drones. What follow-up is there so we can see that action


implemented as soon as possible? I am grateful to him for an important


question. It is an exciting and innovative new industry, and we are


keen to harness it effectively, but he rightly raises concerns around


safety, which the government takes equally seriously. Registration and


testing will be introduced for users of drones of 250 kilograms and


above. Further measures, such as a ban on them flying certain distances


from the airports and certain heights are being considered, and we


will make further announcements on that in due course.


Months ago, a report commissioned by the Government and only released


after FOIA request found at the Ministry of Justice's and approved


methods of restraining children in secure institutions and training


centres can actually kill or leave children disabled. Can the Leader of


the House please ask her colleagues in the Justice Department to make a


statement explaining why the Government have continued to preside


over this and have failed to act on it yet? Well, the honourable lady


raises an incredibly important point. It's not something I'm


particularly aware of but if she would like to write to me, I will


certainly raise that with the Justice Department. I used to serve


on the joint committee on statutory instruments, little known in this


House, but it looks at statutory instruments to advise whether they


fall in within certain criteria. When EU directives came before that


committee, even if they made no sense at all and didn't comply, we


still had to pass them and let them go through or recommend to the House


that they were passed. Could the Leader of the House confirmed that


if we are going to use delegated Legislation committees to discuss


important EU matters that those committees will be open to any


member to attend and speak out, they will be voted on and more


importantly they will then come to the House, for the whole house to be


voted on, so it is getting scrutiny whatever the opposition like to


believe? My honourable friend from Northamptonshire as ever makes a


really important point, which is that this House will get to


scrutinise all legislation that relates to EU withdrawal and our


future policies post-EU in the usual way and that democratic oversight


will be continued for the duration of this period.


Despite serious underfunding and rationing in the Vale of York CCG


and the acute trust, they have been placed in the capital expenditure


process, but over the summer, it emerged that the process seems to be


changing day by day so can we have a statement from this Health Secretary


to say exactly what those processes and ensure the Health Service is


properly funded to meet local demand? Well, as the honourable lady


will be aware, NHS funding will be over half ?1 trillion from 2015-2020


and we have protected and increased health funding. As far as local


sustainability and transformation partnerships, where there is work


under way to change processes locally, there is broad consultation


and reconfiguration tests, where there must be support from clinical


commissioners, clinical evidence, patient and Public engagement and


support for patient choice. Colchester's Lib Dem and Labour run


borough council has recently introduced a very unpopular


fortnightly black bag collection scheme, which is leaving my


residence to deal with rats, other vermin, flies and maggots, it's


totally unacceptable. Will my right honourable friend allow Government


time debate to discuss where local councils ignore the wishes of


residence and failed to address their concerns? I think it's


interesting, as an ex-secretary of state for DEFRA, how will it is


always one of the biggest concerns of everybody in our country, it is


right up there and what happens to it is a vital issue. The honourable


gentleman shout "Rubbish" and he is quite right to shout that, very


important issue. Regular litter collections are incredibly important


and my honourable friend will absolutely take every chance, I'm


sure, to raise that with the DC LG. Although I was present to vote in


the first vote last night, I was not able to do so. I was locked, not in


the lavatory, but in the lift and were it not for one of the


researchers from the party opposite, I suspect I would still be in the


lift. I think it is very unsatisfactory in our first week


back after recess, the problems with the lift. So can I ask the Leader of


the House to ensure that all the maintenance men around, surely the


lifts all to be serviced. I am sure you will be as concerned as I am to


hear about that and we will certainly look into that situation


and I assure the honourable lady that I will take that up later


today. The situation is extremely irregular and my honourable lady has


my sympathies. I hope she will take it in good humour that I say I am


rather surprised the lift there. -- dead. The popular open green space


was invaded in the eyes large catering a state, theses and rotting


rubbish were left in the undergrowth on the local convenience store had


to employ a security guard and widespread alarm and distress was


caused to the local settled community. The police refused to use


the section 61 powers open to them to request the travellers to move


on. Can we have an urgent statement from the Home Office that it will


review the powers available to the police, so that we can have an


effective system to protect the settled community from the


intimidation caused by Gypsies and travellers? Well, this is an


incredibly important issue that is raised time and time again at


business questions and at other times and I know that all members


suffer from this problem of unauthorised travellers' camps and,


of course, the reality is that the powers do exist but the police and


local authorities need to work together to make sure that they use


them and use the enforcement possibilities open to them. We have


a debate on Labour markets and Labour shortages and yesterday the


all-party group on migration, which I chair, published a report


highlighting the concerns of employers in relation to so-called


low skilled jobs after Brexit, that they will no longer be able to


recruit EU workers to these roles and language stigmatises the rolls,


which means it is more difficult to recruit UK workers. Will the Leader


of the House read the all-party support and encourage a ministerial


colleagues to do so? I am always delighted to read all-party group


reports, I'm happy to do that. The honourable lady will be aware that


the Home Office will be coming forward with their proposals on new


immigration rules as we take back control of our borders and the Home


Secretary has made very clear that we ensure we have the right balance


between the excellent work done by many EU and other migrant


communities in this country, but at the same time we do take back


control of immigration and ensure there is the right balance between


what our country needs by way of immigration and that we are fair to


those who already live here. Almost 1,000 of my constituents are


travellers. I know many of them, they are good people, but their


reputation is being destroyed in our community by the actions of a small


minority who, over the course of this summer, have destroyed


gravestones, damaged village greens, intimidated residents and damaged


businesses. This can't go on. Nottinghamshire police are highly


constrained by the powers available to them and are looking to the


Government and a cross-party agreement to move this forward. Can


I echo the comments of members across the House today for a debate


in Government time about how we can move this issue forward for the


benefit not just of the whole community, but also the traveller


community whose reputations are at stake? My honourable friend is


looking at a different aspect, which is of course the legitimate and well


mannered travellers who do take account of local communities, who


are being run down by those who behave so appallingly and cause so


much heartache and mess and concern in so many other communities.


Hearing the mood of the House, I am happy to take it away and look at


whether we can provide time and of course, as the honourable gentleman,


the chairman designate and elect of the backbench business committee


will also be hearing this, and also will be prepared to make time in his


committee. Could the Leader of the House give us some Government time


to have an urgent debate about the quality of decision-making of the


DWP and Aptos, or the independent assessment services as they are now


known. I have a paraplegic constituent with schizophrenia who


was called for a medical and when I raised concerns with the NP


complaints team, I received the stock reply, PIP entitlement is


affected by how the disability at Faxon individual rather than a


diagnosis. Does the Leader of the House share my concern that the DWP


are devoid of compassion and common sense and how many paraplegic


schizophrenics does she think would not qualify for enhanced care in the


mobility components of PIP? Well, I have to say I think individual


members of the DWP are actually working incredibly hard and in very


difficult circumstances very often. We all do have a particular


constituency cases that we need to pursue with quite a lot of the


gutter make sure that they can get through a system that can sometimes


not be sufficiently attuned of the input -- to the individual needs of


particular constituent and I would encourage him to talk to DWP


ministers who I am sure would be interested in keen to help him.


Somebody who lost many, many relatives including my grandfather


in the Kashmir earthquake now the dire consequences of natural


disasters. Can I ask the Minister if we can have an urgent statement on


the floor of the House with regards to the floods in South Asia, which


are affecting 41 million people and have cost 1200 lives and it affects


a fellow Commonwealth members. I thank my honourable friend, I really


sorry to hear of his own sad personal experience. I can tell him


that in Nepal, David set aside 400,000 to the Red Cross and Nepal


Red Cross Society for monsoon flood response to help 30,000 people, most


of it is a marked the water sanitation and hygiene. In


Bangladesh, the contribution of 660,000 to the flood response will


help over 60,000 people and in India, the Government has not


requested international assistance, so the response has been to the


start fund global consortia of NGOs which respond to small and medium


emergencies, with a donation of 325,000 four Nepal and 400,000 for


India. At the end of this month, Sebring community Centre in my


constituency may well be closing its doors. This is after seven years of


an attempt at a community asset transfer, where local volunteers,


led by John ruddles, have worked tirelessly but have not received the


support they should have from the local authority. Can we have a


debate about what the big society really does look like now and what


support can be provided to volunteers in this situation? Well,


can I pay tribute to the excellent work of volunteers? I know a lot of


people worked tirelessly and find it frustrating to get things done.


Could I encourage her to talk to one of the DC LG ministers and see if


there is anything that can be done at this late stage to help it along.


Otherwise, perhaps organise an adjournment debate to get the


Minister to the floor of the sows. Would my right honourable friend


allow time for a debate on the proposals announced yesterday by


Babcock TSG to close three of their sites across the UK, including the


only military land support repair work shop in Scotland, in my


Stirling constituency, with the threatened loss of 56 highly skilled


jobs? We are always incredibly concerned to hear about the prospect


of job losses and my honourable friend will be aware that there are


very strict rules around consultation and working closely


with those who are affected to ensure that all decisions taken are


fair, but if you want to write to me specifically, I could see if I could


raise that to the attention of ministers. British Steel pensioners


are concerned that proposed changes will result in them losing out on


proper uplifting of their pre-1997 service. Can we have a statement


from the Government of the proposed changes to SPS and how the


Government will ensure pensioners are not short changed question mark


I am happy to take that up on his behalf of the department.


Mr Speaker, during the recess, I visited a Cray farm in my


constituency, where the owners have installed small-scale hydroelectric


schemes. These are outstanding examples, invisible to the eye in


beautiful National Park countryside, based on private investment and


provide much needing greed -- green energy. Can I ask for a debate on


how we can help rather than hinder the development of further hydro


schemes around the country? Well, I can say to my honourable


friend that I don't think we in any way hinder, we are very keen to


encourage the development of renewable electricity and it is


certainly something that this country has done extremely well at,


one of the top performers across the EU in terms of the speed at which we


are starting to use green electricity and I would be very


happy to talk to him further about what measures we can take, or he


might want to arrange an adjournment debate. We are now running very


short a time so I am looking for single, short sentence questions and


it is a matter of good faith. If people want to ask a single short


sentence question, fine, but if they want a preamble, keep it for the


long winter evenings that lie ahead. Can I ask for a debate in government


time about the impact on Highland -- education institutions regarding the


Brexit process and beyond. He raises an incredibly important issue which


is a great interest to all of us. There will be lots of opportunities


over the next few days during the Withdrawal Bill debate and also in


discussions later this year on immigration. Big Ben is silence. The


chains are loved by community and visitors. Can we have a debate why


it has happened under the -- by this has happened? She will be aware that


there are strong views. She can hear people on the opposition benches


shouting her down on the prospects for a debate. My own view is it is


an important issue, the committee met last night and agreed to


continue with the cessation of the bells for the moment but also


looking at if there were any alternatives. Can we have an urgent


debate on the issue of travellers? There have been real problems in my


own constituency and there is the need for a review of that


legislation. Yes, I can hear that there is a very important issue,


there have been big problems over the summer, and I will take this up.


Growth in the spirits market, particularly gin, whisky and other


spirits here and in exports are important to the economy. There is


no leader still be in Cumbria. Can we have a debate on the importance


of this sector, and reaching a sector deal, and which also agree


that such a deal must be UK wide. He is raising a very valuable point.


Travelling around Europe over the summer, seeing the fantastic


British, United Kingdom spirits that are available now, and increasing


the number of exports, it is a very important UK export, and I would


support efforts he wanted to make to ensure we give it the right level of


priority. In the next couple of months the new Mersey crossing will


open, and we are told contrary to promises given regarding tolls. This


government has been guilty of investing a amount of


infrastructure, particularly transport infrastructure, across the


country. I am not aware of the specific issue about broken


promises, but I can take it up a few rights to me. We are fully committed


to improving road and rail transport across the UK, and I record is


extremely strong. Can we have a statement from the Home Secretary on


the shocking and sickening revelations on BBC panorama about


Brickhouse immigration detention centre, which showed the shocking


behaviour of GeForce staff but also how the system is not working, with


criminals who have been convicted of crimes being held with asylum


seekers who have not been. -- Brook House. We would all agree there were


some shocking examples, and the honourable member may wish to raise


VAT at the next Home Office questions. Given that the Chancellor


says he leaves this week -- to have a discussion regarding


devolution. Can we have a debate regarding this? It is certainly


something we can debate during unadorned -- adjournment debate.


Menard reports of tower blocks being demolished -- many reports of tower


blocks being demolished, Saudi Arabia... Here's exceeding his one


question. Can we have a debate about this? He raises a very important


issue, and the Foreign Office will look at this. I am happy to look at


this, if he raises it through the Foreign Office. Many of my residents


tell me they will have to pay up to ?80 a month extra just to get to


work as a result of the Mersey crossing toll charges. Can we have a


debate on what the government is going to do to stop my residents


being penalised on what is effectively a job tax. I have to say


that this government has invested a huge amount in infrastructure. It


sounds like a question that needs to be put in transport questions, or if


he wants to write to me I can take it up with the Department on his


behalf. Will he make time for a debate on the successful campaign by


the British company to stir up racism in South Africa, working for


the corrupt Gutpa Brothers. Yes, it has been very concerning, and Al


Pottinger had been removed from the trade body as a result.


Bell Pottinger. The last bank in our town has been closed without


consultation. Why is the government saying nothing and wise parliament


not discussing this? I hope to give the honourable gentleman some good


news on this, which is, on the one hand there are very clear rules


around how banks can close. There must be broad consultation and


assessment, but importantly what not enough people know about is that the


Post Office now has an agreement with all major banks to provide


basic banking services, and very often because the post offices are


open at weekends and longer hours, that can provide a good alternative.


My constituent suffers with a tape of muscular dystrophy, and he has


lost his facility to mobility vehicle. Can have a debate regarding


the detrimental cost to the public purse regarding such changes? On the


face of it, that sounds like a bizarre decision, but he will of


course want to raise that directly through MPs's Hotline. We were told


the growth plan would be announced after parliamentary recess. Can she


make sure that when it is published we have a parliamentary debate on


it? As she will expect, there is normally some kind of statement,


written or ministerial, or she may wish to organise a backbench debate


when the plan comes forward. Over the summer months, the question of


shortage of nurses in Rochdale was raised, as it reflects the national


shortage. What is the government plan to do to increase nurses pay,


and also make sure we are training enough nurses? The number of nurses


on wards is up by almost 12,000, and we are increasing investment in the


NHS, increasing the number of training places and so on. The


specific issues are not -- if there are specific issues around Rochdale


he wishes to raise, he can raise those during health questions.


Community Care is causing concern to my constituents. Despite the


decision being referred to the Secretary of State for health under


the 2013 regulations, there has been no response. Could we have an urgent


debate on the accountability of clinical commissioning groups,


because those people who spend public money and commission public


services should not be outside a public scrutiny. I think it would


not be true to say clinical commissioning groups are not subject


to public scrutiny, the most certainly are. If he has particular


concern with the CCG, I'm sure ministers will respond to his


concerns. Could we have a debate on the shambolic Home Office Visa


system. Case after case of academics being denied, especially from Africa


and the Middle East, being denied access to the UK. Could the concerns


of summer my -- some of my constituents be addressed, as people


think this is a covert system. If he has concerns about individuals, he


can take that up with ministers, but there is no sense that there are


many travel bans operating in the United kingdom that are unjust or


inefficient. Drug policies in Holland have delivered a prison


crisis, in that they do not have enough prisoners to fill the


prisons.. Policies here have created chaos in our prisons and a record


number of drug deaths, including psychoactive drug deaths last year.


Can be debate which country has the policies right? In the UK we have


always been very clear, we do not believe that permission to use drugs


is of any benefit whatsoever. And we will continue to make every effort


to reduce drug offending and to try to encourage people to get clean


from drugs. Can we have a statement from the government of when they


plan to reconvene the committee is so devolved administrations can be


involved in the Brexit process? There is a great deal of


consultation going on between the devolved administrations and the


Westminster Government. There will be plenty opportunities in the weeks


and months ahead. When Tony Newton was we did in the House and a


Conservative government in 1995, he accepted that of the government lost


its majority in the House of Commons, it should not have a


majority in the committees of this House. Why on earth does this


Conservative leader think this government -- Conservative Leader of


the House think this government is any different? The House is speaking


through the usual channels about the business of the House, and there


will be more discussion about that next week. Motions will be on the


order paper in good time for the House to be able to consider it and


discuss it. During the recess I met with IME Scotland, a group trying to


tackle hate crime. Can we have a debate on the most heinous of


crimes, abuse against disabled people? It is an important point, it


is a horrible thing to see any abuse of individuals, particularly those


with disabilities. I encourage the honourable gentleman to seek an


adjournment debate at Westminster Hall debate on that. It was clear


from this week's statement on Grenfell Tower that little progress


is being made, particularly on rehousing residents. Can we have a


weekly update on this? I think that is really very unfair, ministers


have been very focused on trying to alleviate the suffering of those


victims of Grenfell the Secretary of State and the Prime Minister and


others have been to the House many times. What they do not want to do


is force residents into accommodation that they do not wish


to take. The offers have been made and there is a total focus on


ensuring we do everything we can for those people. Is a government


minister, the Leader of the House voted to give an additional ?60


million for Trident renewal, then a ?34 billion tax package for the


wealthiest. Did she make a statement explaining why she thinks that is


fear, and if the UK Government is going to follow the Scottish


Government's lead and scrap the cap. To be clear, what we have to do it


in any government is to have the right balance in priorities for


spending, and it has to be right for the people who are working and doing


the amazing work we do in public services, but also right for the


taxpayers who have to foot the bill. When we came into office, we had the


largest peacetime deficit ever, and in the following years we have tried


to get to living within our means. The alternative is that we leave the


debts but the Next Generation, which would be unfair. Balance in spending


priorities is absolutely key. In 2015 Wales introduced the opt out


system of organ donation, and in the next year there was a 19% increase


in kidney organ donations. Scotland is about to introduce a similar


system. Is it not time that those awaiting organ donations in England


were also given the right to live? The honourable lady raises a very


important point, I'm very sympathetic to that. Last year, we


saw the highest ever rates of organ donation but we do want that number


to rise further so everyone who needs a transplant has the best


chance of receiving one. It is organ donation week and the campaign


focuses on the importance of people talking about it and telling their


family their wishes. So we are committed to continuing campaigns


that raise awareness but we will be looking very closely at the


situation in Scotland and Wales and how that affects donation rate and


the just to highlight the need to encourage black, Asian and minority


ethnic donors and we are looking at more ways to do that. The Leader of


the House made the comment on including topical questions in the


devolved nations questions that fall before Prime Minister's Questions.


We seem to be short listed on a number of questions week in, week


out and we can hold no one to account for it. Well, the honourable


gentleman raises an interesting point and I'm happy to take it away


and discuss it with colleagues. Can we have a statement on the powers of


the Financial Conduct Authority? Their slowness in taking action


against sky-high interest rates in the rent to own sector has left


families paying through the nose. Well, it's incredibly important that


financial conduct is carried out meticulously and the regulator has


very strong powers to be able to ensure that people behave


appropriately. They're all sorts of around financial conduct at all


times and I think the SCA does a good job at of the honourable


gentleman wants to raise particular issues, I do recommend he tries to


arrange a Westminster Hall debate on that specific point. Two years on


from the images of the Syrian boy being washed up on the beach in the


Mediterranean, there is still a crisis for children in Europe. Can


we have an urgent debate on what can be done to speed up the process of


the child refugees sleeping rough in Calais to be reunited with their


families in Britain? Yes, I mean, this is incredibly harrowing, the


situation for children. This country has made huge strides to try to


unite refugee children with families and other relatives and people in


United Kingdom. We continue to be one of the most generous donors, to


try to establish safe havens the children in places closer to home to


avoid them getting into the hands of people traffickers making appalling


journeys, losing relatives on the way and so on. There is always more


to be done and the honourable gentleman may well want to arrange


for an adjournment debate on that subject. Statement, the Minister of


State for Europe and the Americas. Minister Sir Alan Duncan. I'm very


grateful to you for this opportunity to make a statement on hurricane


Irma, which is already affecting and is said to further Fed Caribbean


islands and the south-east United States with devastating effect. Much


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