07/09/2017 Business Questions


07/09/2017

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conversation with the devolved administrations as to where they are

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

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

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Leader of the House please give us the forthcoming business.

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

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

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

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

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reading of the Finance Bill, followed by motions relating to

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

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

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

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and intimidation of candidates and the public during the general

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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drawn to my attention that the international select committee chair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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learn from our mistakes and sometimes that is the spur that

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

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situation of parents having to threaten judicial review just to get

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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professor Stephen Hawking, who rightly has told the Secretary of

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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significant pay gap and treatment gap for disabled people. They

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Never before have ministers been giving these unfettered powers.

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Could the Leader of the House confirm how many statutory

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

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

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who believes in Parliamentary democracy, the sovereignty of

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Charlottesville first defending. And something doing the rounds, Dennis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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colleagues that all of the scrutiny committees will be established on

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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there have been some difficulties with certain situations in prisons,

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

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

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

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

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

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talking about privatisation of the NHS. This Government is fully

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

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

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rights of Persons with disabilities, we frankly very disappointed that

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

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

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bettering the impact of building regulations and guidance to local

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authorities, strengthening accessibility requirements for

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transport and working right across Government services to improve the

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

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EU Withdrawal Bill, very importantly, she talks about Henry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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parliament contain Henry VIII powers. There is nothing new or

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

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

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

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

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

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high profile people who have contributed a great deal to our

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communities over many years. Thank you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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be reflected into the parliamentary standing committees of the House.

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

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

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reality? The honourable gentleman has raised the issue of the

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

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with eight hours protected everyday. Really importantly, I think

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honourable members do need to appreciate that this Withdrawal Bill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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summer, many constituents have had to endure rubbish and social

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behaviour and noise caused by an authorised traveller encampments and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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is really important that police and local authorities work together to

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

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

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of general debates in the business announced this morning next Thursday

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

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

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

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

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the House to ensure that when committees are established on

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

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

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

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

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

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PPS for responding so quickly to requests about getting those

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

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

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

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

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our veteran servicemen from prosecution for acts occurring

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

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

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

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

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Speaker, select committee forming. Yesterday the Prime Minister made

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

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

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

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that the House for development committee will be established on

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the launch of the manifesto to strengthen family supported by 44

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backbench MPs. 18 practical policy proposals such as strengthening

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family ties, supporting veteran families. Witchy agree that this

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

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

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

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

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

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

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football, could you congratulate the university and team on their

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

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

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

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

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regeneration of town centres, particularly the town centre of

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

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

:25:10.:25:14.

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

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

:25:18.:25:24.

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

:25:25.:25:31.

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

:25:32.:25:34.

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

:25:35.:25:43.

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

:25:44.:25:50.

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

:25:51.:25:54.

House to clarify the position to provide reassurance for the

:25:55.:25:59.

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

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

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

:26:11.:26:16.

welcome announcement about action to counter the risk posed to aviation

:26:17.:26:22.

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

:26:23.:26:30.

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

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

:26:36.:26:39.

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

:26:40.:26:44.

safety, which the government takes equally seriously. Registration and

:26:45.:26:46.

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

:26:47.:26:54.

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

:26:55.:26:58.

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

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will make further announcements on that in due course.

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

:27:07.:27:13.

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

:27:14.:27:18.

methods of restraining children in secure institutions and training

:27:19.:27:22.

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

:27:23.:27:26.

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

:27:27.:27:31.

statement explaining why the Government have continued to preside

:27:32.:27:33.

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

:27:34.:27:39.

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

:27:40.:27:42.

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

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

:27:46.:27:51.

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

:27:52.:27:55.

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

:27:56.:27:59.

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

:28:00.:28:02.

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

:28:03.:28:08.

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

:28:09.:28:11.

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

:28:12.:28:15.

if we are going to use delegated Legislation committees to discuss

:28:16.:28:19.

important EU matters that those committees will be open to any

:28:20.:28:22.

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

:28:23.:28:25.

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

:28:26.:28:30.

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

:28:31.:28:38.

believe? My honourable friend from Northamptonshire as ever makes a

:28:39.:28:41.

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

:28:42.:28:45.

scrutinise all legislation that relates to EU withdrawal and our

:28:46.:28:51.

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

:28:52.:28:54.

will be continued for the duration of this period.

:28:55.:29:05.

Despite serious underfunding and rationing in the Vale of York CCG

:29:06.:29:14.

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

:29:15.:29:17.

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

:29:18.:29:21.

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

:29:22.:29:24.

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

:29:25.:29:27.

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

:29:28.:29:35.

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

:29:36.:29:41.

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

:29:42.:29:46.

sustainability and transformation partnerships, where there is work

:29:47.:29:51.

under way to change processes locally, there is broad consultation

:29:52.:29:56.

and reconfiguration tests, where there must be support from clinical

:29:57.:30:00.

commissioners, clinical evidence, patient and Public engagement and

:30:01.:30:09.

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

:30:10.:30:13.

borough council has recently introduced a very unpopular

:30:14.:30:17.

fortnightly black bag collection scheme, which is leaving my

:30:18.:30:21.

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

:30:22.:30:26.

totally unacceptable. Will my right honourable friend allow Government

:30:27.:30:29.

time debate to discuss where local councils ignore the wishes of

:30:30.:30:32.

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

:30:33.:30:39.

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

:30:40.:30:44.

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

:30:45.:30:48.

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

:30:49.:30:54.

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

:30:55.:30:58.

important issue. Regular litter collections are incredibly important

:30:59.:31:01.

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

:31:02.:31:08.

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

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

:31:16.:31:19.

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

:31:20.:31:23.

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

:31:24.:31:27.

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

:31:28.:31:31.

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

:31:32.:31:38.

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

:31:39.:31:43.

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

:31:44.:31:47.

hear about that and we will certainly look into that situation

:31:48.:31:50.

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

:31:51.:31:57.

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

:31:58.:32:00.

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

:32:01.:32:09.

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

:32:10.:32:18.

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

:32:19.:32:24.

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

:32:25.:32:28.

to employ a security guard and widespread alarm and distress was

:32:29.:32:31.

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

:32:32.:32:38.

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

:32:39.:32:41.

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

:32:42.:32:48.

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

:32:49.:32:52.

effective system to protect the settled community from the

:32:53.:32:55.

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

:32:56.:33:02.

incredibly important issue that is raised time and time again at

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

:33:06.:33:10.

suffer from this problem of unauthorised travellers' camps and,

:33:11.:33:14.

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

:33:15.:33:19.

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

:33:20.:33:22.

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

:33:23.:33:27.

a debate on Labour markets and Labour shortages and yesterday the

:33:28.:33:33.

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

:33:34.:33:37.

highlighting the concerns of employers in relation to so-called

:33:38.:33:40.

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

:33:41.:33:46.

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

:33:47.:33:51.

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

:33:52.:33:54.

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

:33:55.:33:59.

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

:34:00.:34:02.

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

:34:03.:34:05.

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

:34:06.:34:09.

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

:34:10.:34:13.

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

:34:14.:34:18.

between the excellent work done by many EU and other migrant

:34:19.:34:22.

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

:34:23.:34:26.

control of immigration and ensure there is the right balance between

:34:27.:34:30.

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

:34:31.:34:36.

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

:34:37.:34:39.

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

:34:40.:34:43.

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

:34:44.:34:47.

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

:34:48.:34:50.

gravestones, damaged village greens, intimidated residents and damaged

:34:51.:34:56.

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

:34:57.:34:57.

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

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

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

:35:06.:35:08.

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

:35:09.:35:12.

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

:35:13.:35:15.

community whose reputations are at stake? My honourable friend is

:35:16.:35:21.

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

:35:22.:35:24.

mannered travellers who do take account of local communities, who

:35:25.:35:30.

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

:35:31.:35:33.

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

:35:34.:35:38.

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

:35:39.:35:42.

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

:35:43.:35:46.

the chairman designate and elect of the backbench business committee

:35:47.:35:49.

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

:35:50.:35:57.

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

:35:58.:36:00.

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

:36:01.:36:05.

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

:36:06.:36:09.

known. I have a paraplegic constituent with schizophrenia who

:36:10.:36:12.

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

:36:13.:36:19.

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

:36:20.:36:24.

affected by how the disability at Faxon individual rather than a

:36:25.:36:28.

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

:36:29.:36:31.

are devoid of compassion and common sense and how many paraplegic

:36:32.:36:37.

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

:36:38.:36:43.

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

:36:44.:36:51.

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

:36:52.:36:55.

difficult circumstances very often. We all do have a particular

:36:56.:37:01.

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

:37:02.:37:04.

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

:37:05.:37:08.

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

:37:09.:37:13.

particular constituent and I would encourage him to talk to DWP

:37:14.:37:16.

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

:37:17.:37:24.

Somebody who lost many, many relatives including my grandfather

:37:25.:37:27.

in the Kashmir earthquake now the dire consequences of natural

:37:28.:37:30.

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

:37:31.:37:34.

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

:37:35.:37:38.

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

:37:39.:37:45.

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

:37:46.:37:51.

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

:37:52.:37:55.

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

:37:56.:37:59.

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

:38:00.:38:06.

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

:38:07.:38:09.

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

:38:10.:38:14.

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

:38:15.:38:17.

requested international assistance, so the response has been to the

:38:18.:38:21.

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

:38:22.:38:27.

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

:38:28.:38:34.

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

:38:35.:38:37.

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

:38:38.:38:41.

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

:38:42.:38:44.

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

:38:45.:38:48.

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

:38:49.:38:52.

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

:38:53.:38:55.

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

:38:56.:39:00.

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

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

:39:05.:39:08.

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

:39:09.:39:12.

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

:39:13.:39:17.

Otherwise, perhaps organise an adjournment debate to get the

:39:18.:39:21.

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

:39:22.:39:26.

allow time for a debate on the proposals announced yesterday by

:39:27.:39:32.

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

:39:33.:39:37.

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

:39:38.:39:43.

Stirling constituency, with the threatened loss of 56 highly skilled

:39:44.:39:51.

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

:39:52.:39:54.

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

:39:55.:39:58.

very strict rules around consultation and working closely

:39:59.:40:01.

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

:40:02.:40:06.

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

:40:07.:40:09.

raise that to the attention of ministers. British Steel pensioners

:40:10.:40:15.

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

:40:16.:40:19.

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

:40:20.:40:25.

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

:40:26.:40:27.

Government will ensure pensioners are not short changed question mark

:40:28.:40:33.

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

:40:34.:40:40.

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

:40:41.:40:46.

constituency, where the owners have installed small-scale hydroelectric

:40:47.:40:51.

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

:40:52.:40:54.

beautiful National Park countryside, based on private investment and

:40:55.:41:00.

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

:41:01.:41:04.

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

:41:05.:41:09.

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

:41:10.:41:14.

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

:41:15.:41:17.

encourage the development of renewable electricity and it is

:41:18.:41:20.

certainly something that this country has done extremely well at,

:41:21.:41:25.

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

:41:26.:41:31.

are starting to use green electricity and I would be very

:41:32.:41:34.

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

:41:35.:41:38.

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

:41:39.:41:43.

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

:41:44.:41:46.

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

:41:47.:41:50.

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

:41:51.:41:53.

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

:41:54.:42:03.

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

:42:04.:42:10.

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

:42:11.:42:14.

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

:42:15.:42:18.

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

:42:19.:42:23.

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

:42:24.:42:34.

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

:42:35.:42:42.

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

:42:43.:42:47.

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

:42:48.:42:53.

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

:42:54.:42:58.

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

:42:59.:43:04.

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

:43:05.:43:09.

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

:43:10.:43:14.

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

:43:15.:43:18.

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

:43:19.:43:24.

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

:43:25.:43:29.

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

:43:30.:43:35.

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

:43:36.:43:38.

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

:43:39.:43:44.

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

:43:45.:43:48.

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

:43:49.:43:56.

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

:43:57.:44:03.

Travelling around Europe over the summer, seeing the fantastic

:44:04.:44:08.

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

:44:09.:44:14.

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

:44:15.:44:17.

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

:44:18.:44:23.

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

:44:24.:44:27.

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

:44:28.:44:41.

government has been guilty of investing a amount of

:44:42.:44:47.

infrastructure, particularly transport infrastructure, across the

:44:48.:44:51.

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

:44:52.:44:54.

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

:44:55.:45:00.

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

:45:01.:45:05.

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

:45:06.:45:08.

the shocking and sickening revelations on BBC panorama about

:45:09.:45:12.

Brickhouse immigration detention centre, which showed the shocking

:45:13.:45:19.

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

:45:20.:45:25.

criminals who have been convicted of crimes being held with asylum

:45:26.:45:30.

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

:45:31.:45:33.

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

:45:34.:45:37.

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

:45:38.:45:39.

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

:45:40.:46:02.

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

:46:03.:46:07.

something we can debate during unadorned -- adjournment debate.

:46:08.:46:23.

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

:46:24.:46:28.

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

:46:29.:46:39.

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

:46:40.:46:48.

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

:46:49.:46:53.

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

:46:54.:46:57.

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

:46:58.:47:01.

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

:47:02.:47:05.

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

:47:06.:47:10.

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

:47:11.:47:18.

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

:47:19.:47:21.

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

:47:22.:47:26.

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

:47:27.:47:30.

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

:47:31.:47:40.

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

:47:41.:47:51.

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

:47:52.:47:57.

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

:47:58.:48:11.

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

:48:12.:48:20.

consultation. Why is the government saying nothing and wise parliament

:48:21.:48:26.

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

:48:27.:48:30.

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

:48:31.:48:33.

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

:48:34.:48:36.

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

:48:37.:48:41.

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

:48:42.:48:45.

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

:48:46.:48:49.

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

:48:50.:49:03.

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

:49:04.:49:10.

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

:49:11.:49:16.

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

:49:17.:49:22.

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

:49:23.:49:27.

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

:49:28.:49:40.

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

:49:41.:49:43.

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

:49:44.:49:48.

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

:49:49.:49:54.

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

:49:55.:49:59.

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

:50:00.:50:06.

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

:50:07.:50:11.

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

:50:12.:50:14.

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

:50:15.:50:24.

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

:50:25.:50:29.

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

:50:30.:50:36.

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

:50:37.:50:43.

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

:50:44.:50:50.

Community Care is causing concern to my constituents. Despite the

:50:51.:50:52.

decision being referred to the Secretary of State for health under

:50:53.:50:57.

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

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debate on the accountability of clinical commissioning groups,

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because those people who spend public money and commission public

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

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not be true to say clinical commissioning groups are not subject

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

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

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

:51:30.:51:35.

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

:51:36.:51:38.

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

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

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

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

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

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inefficient. Drug policies in Holland have delivered a prison

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

:52:21.:52:26.

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

:52:27.:52:32.

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

:52:33.:52:35.

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

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

:52:42.:52:49.

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

:52:50.:52:55.

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

:52:56.:53:02.

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

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plan to reconvene the committee is so devolved administrations can be

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

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consultation going on between the devolved administrations and the

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Westminster Government. There will be plenty opportunities in the weeks

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

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

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

:53:37.:53:39.

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

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Conservative leader think this government -- Conservative Leader of

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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with disabilities. I encourage the honourable gentleman to seek an

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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is force residents into accommodation that they do not wish

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:56:00.:56:03.

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

:56:04.:56:07.

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

:56:08.:56:11.

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

:56:12.:56:18.

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

:56:19.:56:23.

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

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

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

:56:36.:56:39.

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

:56:40.:56:45.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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family their wishes. So we are committed to continuing campaigns

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

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

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

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

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the House made the comment on including topical questions in the

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

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

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

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

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

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the Financial Conduct Authority? Their slowness in taking action

:58:10.:58:12.

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

:58:13.:58:24.

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

:58:25.:58:28.

financial conduct is carried out meticulously and the regulator has

:58:29.:58:33.

very strong powers to be able to ensure that people behave

:58:34.:58:39.

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

:58:40.:58:42.

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

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

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

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

:58:56.:58:58.

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

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

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

:59:06.:59:11.

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

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

:59:16.:59:19.

unite refugee children with families and other relatives and people in

:59:20.:59:25.

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

:59:26.:59:34.

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

:59:35.:59:38.

avoid them getting into the hands of people traffickers making appalling

:59:39.:59:40.

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

:59:41.:59:44.

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

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

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

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

:00:00.:00:04.

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

:00:05.:00:09.

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

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