26/10/2017 Business Questions


26/10/2017

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Business question, Valerie Vaz.

Could the Leader of the House give

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us the forthcoming business?

The

Leader of the House.

Thank you,

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business for the week commencing

30th October will be Monday 30th

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October, second reading of armed

forces flexible working bill.

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Tuesday, remaining stages of finance

bill. Wednesday, the 1st November,

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opposition day. Thursday 2nd

November, debate on a motion on

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Calais and uncompanied child

refugees in Europe and a debate on

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sexual harassment in schools. The

subjects for these debates were

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determined by the business

committee. The provisional business

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for the week commencing 6th November

will be Monday 6th, business to be

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nominated. Tuesday business to be

nominated by the committee. The

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provisional business for the week

commenting 13th November, will

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include on Monday 13th November

second reading of the bill. Tuesday

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14th November the committee of House

of the European Union withdrawal

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bill day one.

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Wednesday 15th, committee of the

whole House of the European Union

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Withdrawal Bill day to. Thursday

16th, business to be nominated by

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the backbench business committee,

and Freddie 17th, the House will not

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be sitting. I should like to inform

the House that the business in

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Westminster Hall for the 2nd of

November is a general debate on HMRC

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closures, and on Monday the sixth, a

petition relating to mental health

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education in schools. I am pleased

to inform the House that there are a

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further rate committees on the order

paper for the establishment today or

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Monday, including the committees on

standards and privileges and the

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joint committee on statutory

instruments. All remaining

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committees will be set up as soon as

possible. I would also like to

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direct the attention of members to

the written ministerial statement I

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have laid this morning on opposition

Day debates. Following the

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suggestions of many members

including my honourable friend the

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Member for Wellingborough, where an

opposition day motion is passed, the

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relevant minister will respond to

the vote by making a statement to

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the House. This will be within a

maximum time period of 12 weeks. I

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have updated members of both houses

on the restoration and renewal of

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the Palace of Westminster. This is

an urgent manager for Parliament, so

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the government is facilitating a

debate in both houses to ensure

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swift progress can be made. It is

key that the work to repair the

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Palace offers the best value for

taxpayers money as well as ensuring

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the safety of the many visitors and

staff who work in and visit the

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Palace of the year. Thank you.

Thank

you Mr Speaker. I am delighted to

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see that the Leader of the House has

given us until November the 17th,

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even though one week is two days of

backbench committees and the other

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best days of recess. We have the two

days of the EU bill and those will

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take place on the 14th and 15th.

Could she confirmed we will have all

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eight days of committee stage of the

House before the Christmas recess? I

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am pleased that the Leader of the

House has raised this, but sadly I

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only received this note this

morning, and it was embargoed until

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10:30am on opposition day debates. I

checked with the library before

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coming in, but they do not appear to

have it, so I'm not sure it has been

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published. I'm not even sure if you

have seen a copy of it. I have

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concerns because, as the reader

said, it will be a resolution of the

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House on opposition days, and the

Minister will make a statement no

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more than 12 -- with no more than 12

weeks after the debate. So could the

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Leader of the House please say

whether the Minister will be

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attending in the chamber, because I

understood that was the purpose of

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windups. Secondly, the Leader of the

House seems to have two tiers of

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resolutions of the House, it is the

resolution of the House for

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opposition days, then the normal

resolutions of the House. Could she

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say what discussions she has had

with the clerics and the Speaker

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about these tears, and whether it

should be amended. She says in the

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last paragraph that this is in line

with suggestions made by members

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across the House, could I say there

has been no discussions with

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business managers on our side? And I

do not think this is acceptable, and

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no way to treat the House. This is

rapidly becoming like the House of

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games, a combination of the House of

cards on the game of thrones, and

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the government should get their

House in order and deal with the

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democracy of why we're here, are

elected representatives to speak on

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the half of our constituents. The

reader may also want to correct what

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she said to the House last week, but

there were discussions about

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sanctions and anti-money-laundering

bills in place. There were no

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discussions. My friends on the other

place have said they were told the

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bill would start there. There was a

first reading member Bill was

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published. That cannot possibly be

right. That must be profoundly

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against the democracy of the country

that there is a first reading then

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no one has sight of the bill until

the next day. So, could the Leader

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of the House confirm this will not

be used again? We have all received

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a letter on the debate in September,

but there will be a delay of 18

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months just to get to a position

where the report that was published

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in 2016 of a final option. This

actually takes the opposition --

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option away from members because it

says the House members will be able

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to vote yes or no macro. This cannot

be acceptable. I see no reason why

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these options cannot be set up

without the delivery authority. Can

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she let me know how many consultants

there have been on the costs of

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people who have been appointed.

Issue really asking our gracious

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sovereign to attend the building

site, and will hard hats be

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available? In a week we're, through

his actions, a government whip

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raises the

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spectre of... His inspiration was

Lennon and McCartney, because he

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wanted to be a paperback writer. If

he was writing a book, should he

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have written on whip headed paper?

You should have been clear what the

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information was. He could have found

all the information out if he had

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looked at the University because

four years ago these apparent

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students -- the students who are

being brainwashed by the

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universities, economic

undergraduates formed the postgrad

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society, they criticise university

courses are doing little to explain

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why economists failed to warn about

the global financial crisis, and for

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having too heavy a focus on jobs,

and not focusing on theories. I'm

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afraid the reader is on her own. It

is not an isolated because all those

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who received it sounded menacing

unthreatening. That is including the

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Prime Minister. She has also

distance herself from this. There

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seems to be a return to the nasty

party.

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Nearly three months after the

employment Tribunal is policy was

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struck down by the Supreme Court,

the government has only now revealed

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plans for the refunds, and they will

be made when officials are starting

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to rate to 1000 people. That was

also hidden in a written statement.

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With the leaders say when the former

Justice Secretary will apologise for

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acting unlawfully, and when will

claimants receive their refunds

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including interest? Why is the

government to press ahead with the

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legal aid fees in criminal cases,

despite 97% of submissions and

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against these plans. It may be

hoping to challenge the decision is

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made against the evidence, with no

valid reasons. To Brexit. The

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farmers say that no deal will have

severe effects on them. This week UK

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business leaders from Britain have

asked the EU to establish that the

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situation mirrors the existing

situation. In March 29, if there is

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no deal, what will the government be

implemented? Yesterday, before 12pm,

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the Secretary of State said to

select committee, there will a vote

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on a deal after March 2019. After

then he intends the will be a vote

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before. No wonder we are stuck.

Remember the urban negotiating with

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friends, not enemies. We worked with

them on Common causes of growth

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strategies, climate change, tax

avoidance, health and well-being,

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and the peace and security of our

nations. Finally, we say goodbye to

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fats Domino and thank him for all

those wonderful songs and

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congratulations to the new Labour

Prime Minister of New Zealand. It

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was the Leader of the Opposition who

said at the time of the election, do

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it for us, and she did.

I would like

to start joining in wishing New

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Zealand well with a new New Zealand

leader. I'm not sure the opposition

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of welcomed the achievements of

women on this side of the House, but

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nevertheless I am very happy to

welcome the achievement of the

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people of New Zealand. In response

to her specific questions, she will

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be aware that my office rang her as

to give advance notice of the laying

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of the WMS, which was published at

10:30am, which is appropriate. It

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has been published, that is

confirmed, so she is not wrong, and

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is incorrect to suggest it was not

published. She asks whether a

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minister will attend the House, and

I can tell her that it is intended

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that ministers will attend in person

wherever possible, but it is

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possible that a written ministerial

statement will be provided from time

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to time. It is also intended that 12

weeks is the maximum time before a

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ministerial responses provided. She

asks if standing orders need to be

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amended, no they do not. There was

no discussion on this, she says. Can

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I say to her, as the representative

of the government in parliament and

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as Parliament's representative in

government, it is for the Leader of

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the House to listen to all members,

and it is members across the House

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who have been urging a response from

government, and that is what we have

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responded to. She talks about the

R&R options that have been put in

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front of the House. It is right that

we have the best value for taxpayers

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money. It has been clear that the

party opposite do not care about

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taxpayers money, and honourable

members opposite constantly talk

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about just going with three options

in front of this House, but the

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reality is that the full cost of

each option have not yet been

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bottomed out, and that is the reason

it is important to set up an

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independent delivery authority that

can assess the costs in a short

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space of time so they can... The

honourable members shouting 18

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months, we need to bottom out the

costs. We need to get the best

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possible value for future

generations, and the members of the

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House should support that. It is

rightly take the decision across

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both houses that will look at the

full cost and then make a

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recommendation across both houses.

It is right that whoever oversees

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this has parliamentary

representation. She asks about the

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universities and what the response

should be to a question on their

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courses, and I can say to her that

across this House we support free

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speech. Our universities are total

bastions of free speech and they

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should absolutely welcome

exploration of all sides of an

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argument. I will leave it there on

that point. She asks about the issue

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of refunds to claimants following a

judiciary review. As I understand

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it, that was discussed in the select

committee for Justice this week, and

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I urge her to look at that. I can

write separately with information on

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that discussion. She then comes onto

the subject of Brexit, and what I

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can say to members is that the Prime

Minister set out in her Florence

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speech a very generous and

collegiate offer to the European

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Union. I am delighted that following

the European Council there have been

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warm and improving tones coming from

European leaders about the prospects

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for moving on to discuss trade and

cooperation across all areas. The

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government remains committed to

getting an excellent deal for the

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United Kingdom and our EU friends

and neighbours, and we believe that

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will be possible to do before March

2019. Thank you, Mr Speaker.

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Can we have a debate on making

better use of natural resources. In

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a few days we will go through that

ritual of putting our clocks back an

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hour and plunging the nation into

darknessed by mrch. By mid

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afternoon. Can we look at putting

our clocks forward an our. It would

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reduce accidents.

I'm aware this has

been a long-standing issue with

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strong views on all sides. At this

time of year it is something my

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honourable friend might want to

raise in an adjournment debate.

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There are views on accidents and

agriculture and it is important all

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those views are taken into account.

Can I thank the Leader of the House

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for the business of next week.

Another week, another no play. This

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is a Government that couldn't even

organise a vote in a Parliament. We

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have had a woeful statement of

opposition days which says a

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minister will respond within a 12

week period if the House approved a

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motion. Instead of a statement

months later why not get the

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Government to agree to what the

House has agreed in the votes.

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Scotland has to be the hardest

impacted part of UK with this Tory

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hard Brexit. We didn't vote for it

and we have been taken out against

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our national will. Now the

Government says that they won't let

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the Scottish people see the cost of

this disaster that is coming. Sure

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think Scottish people have every

right to see what the cost of this

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Brexit will be and they then have an

opportunity to assess all the

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options that will be available to

them. And finally, I wonder if

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myself and the Leader of the House

could get together with the speak

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tore assist our new Conservatives

colleagues from Scotland. They seem

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to have a difficulty in

distinguishing what is a reserve

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responsibility and what is devolved

responsibility and if the occupants

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of your chair are getting tired of

constantly having to correct them on

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this. Maybe we could do a Father Ted

to Father Dougall. These are the

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powers for this Parliament, these

are the powers for a Parliament far

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away. Maybe it is not good news for

them, because they will have nothing

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else to talk about in this House.

Well, Mr Speaker, I'm sorry to say

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that I'm concerned that the

honourable gentleman is showing is

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an inability to understand how

Parliament works. As you said, Mr

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Speaker, it is not for Parliament to

tell individual MPs that they have

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to vote or indeed how they should

vote. It is a matter for parties and

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members of Parliament I'm sure that

the honourable gentleman will recall

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days when his Scottish nationalists

have abstained on a vaet. Vote. Its

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for them to be able to do so and it

is for members on all side to decide

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whether they wish to vote. You have

made clear when the House does

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express an opinion and a motion is

passed that is a motion of this

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House. What I have set out is how

the Government intends to respond to

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an opposition day motion that is

passed. That is genuinely an effort

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on the part of Government to be

listening to members across the

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House, to be responding to the

concerns that they have raised and

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to be coming back to this chamber to

make sure that the response of

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Government is seen and understood by

all members. I think he should

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welcome that, rather than displaying

a lack of understanding of

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Parliamentary process. He also

insists on some plans for the cost

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of Brexit. I think again he is not

understanding how this works. There

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is a negotiation going on at

presents and once that negotiation

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has happened, we will be able to

assess the implementation

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implication and what the costs are.

That is how it works. He seems to

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suggest that my honourable friends

the very excellent Scottish

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Conservative MPs are somehow

representing their constituents in a

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way that he doesn't like. Well, I

absolutely encourage my honourable

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friends to carry on with the

excellent work they're doing to hold

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the Scottish Government to account

and to make very clear those areas

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where in England people are being

better looked after than they are in

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Scotland. It is absolutely right

that they should be doing that and I

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encourage hem to continue.

Will mmd

v my honourable friend find time for

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a debate on support for children who

suffer from diabetes in school.

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Diabetes UK understand the

challenges that our schools face,

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but they think there should be

further training given to staff

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charged with this particular

responsibility of giving support.

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I'm very sympathetic to my

honourable friend's point. In fact I

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have a brother-in-law who was

himself a child diabetic and I am

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aware things have improved in

schools and there is a requirement

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since 2014 where, the Government has

introduced a new duty on schools to

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arrange support for pupils with

medical conditions such as this, I'm

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very aware of the constituency MP of

challenges where parents have found

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schools have struggled to find that

sup fort. I encourage him to

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continue to take up this issue,

perhaps through an adjournment

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debate.

Could I thank the minister

for the notice of time that is very

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useful indeed. We have received 21

applications over the last three

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weeks and I have a number of debates

which have not yet been allocated

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time. Could I ask one question about

what she said about opposition days,

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and the 12 week response time. Would

that also apply to backbench

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business debates if there was a

division of the House on a backbench

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motion and would that be a response

within 12 sitting weeks or 12

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calendar weeks. And you may remember

I ventured a crack pot theory last

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week that the House was suffering a

far day cage affect because of

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scaffolding, I had a call from

technical services to confirm that

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my crack pot theory was right and

telephone cables are being affected.

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The honourable gentleman is not only

a good chair of backbench business

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committee, but he has other

qualities to boot. Including a

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degree of technological or

scientific or either

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physicist-orientated knowledge. But

the honourable gentleman has

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recovered since then. The House re

-- rejoices in his distinction.

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Thank you I can't to look into this

issue. I'm glad he is ahead of me on

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that. The honourable gentleman will

be aware that there are significant

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differences between opposition and

backbench business days. Backbench

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business motions are selected by a

cross party committee with cross

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party support and the majority of

the time they have therefore

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nonpartisan motions which are

designed very importantly to

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facilitate cross party debates,

which I think they do effectively.

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My proposal for statements is

specifically for opposition day

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motions. But I will indeed take on

board his point and wherever

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possible of course ministers do come

back to respond during the debate on

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matters that they can take forward

following those cross party

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discussions.

We know the power of

language, especially you and we have

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a duty to respect that power outside

the chamber. Can we have a debate on

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the use of misogynistic and

homophobic language?

Well, my

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honourable friend is absolutely

right to raise this point. I think

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we have all right across the House

been disgusted by some of the

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reports of some appalling language

used. And it is right we should have

0:25:180:25:23

a debate on this. We have had a

debate on abuse and intimidation

0:25:230:25:31

during the general election. It is

right all members are careful and

0:25:310:25:35

considered in how they refer to

other people. But it is much broader

0:25:350:25:38

than that, we have seen an enormous

amount of abuse going on against

0:25:380:25:42

people in public life. We want to

encourage people to feel that they

0:25:420:25:46

can come into public life and not

receive that abuse. Any support that

0:25:460:25:52

my honourable friend needs in

bringing forward such a debate, I

0:25:520:25:55

would be happy to provide.

Can we

have a debate on whether Government

0:25:550:26:02

ministers understand the concept of

urgent? Because the Leader of the

0:26:020:26:07

House said earlier that it is an

urgent problem that, the state of

0:26:070:26:12

Palace of Westminster. Yet, the

joint committee on which her

0:26:120:26:17

predecessor but two, because we are

getting through leaders of the House

0:26:170:26:21

at a pace, the leader but two ago

agreed there was an impending crisis

0:26:210:26:28

and that was publish on 8th

September last year with a guarantee

0:26:280:26:33

of a vote by Christmas last year.

Now she says we will have a debate

0:26:330:26:36

by the end of this year and we are

not going to make a decision, but

0:26:360:26:44

delay it for 18 months. Just let the

House make a decision if you

0:26:440:26:50

understand the concept.

Do you

understand the continue September or

0:26:500:26:57

perhaps the honourable gentleman

misspoke? But essentially this is an

0:26:570:27:01

urgent matter for Parliament to

resolve. The honourable gentleman be

0:27:010:27:08

aware since I became Leader of the

House we have had a commission

0:27:080:27:12

chaired by Mr Speaker actually lets

and contracts to ensure that urgent

0:27:120:27:17

repairs to this House are carried

out to ensure that we do have a safe

0:27:170:27:22

space to work, while this decision

is taken. As I have made clear, we

0:27:220:27:28

have to ensure value for taxpayers'

money. The joint committee made a

0:27:280:27:33

recommendation without having been

able, having been in a position, to

0:27:330:27:38

pin down the entire cost of the

option they were proposing. It is

0:27:380:27:42

essential that work is done and it

will be done as quickly as possible.

0:27:420:27:46

John Howell.

Can we have a debate on

the puma II helicopter which is an

0:27:460:27:53

aircraft that can be deployed on

contingent operations very quickly

0:27:530:28:00

and is often providing assistance to

those in desperate need?

Well, my

0:28:000:28:10

honourable friend raises a point

about his constituency, RAF Benson,

0:28:100:28:14

who do a huge amount of very

supportive work in promotion of

0:28:140:28:21

Government priorities, including

support for those suffering from the

0:28:210:28:25

hurricanes in recent months. And I

encourage him to seek to find a way

0:28:250:28:30

to have a debate on this important

subject.

I wonder if the Leader of

0:28:300:28:41

the House would draw the attention

of Chancellor to a debate led by the

0:28:410:28:50

member for Mitch ham concentrating

on local authority funeral fees and

0:28:500:28:55

my campaign to establish a

children's funeral fund. She way

0:28:550:28:59

wish to draw to the Chancellor's

attention the consensus across the

0:28:590:29:02

House that if he was to make

provision for such a fund in the

0:29:020:29:06

budget it would not only be welcomed

by colleagues, but by the public in

0:29:060:29:11

general.

I certainly commend the

honourable lady for her

0:29:110:29:18

long-standing commitment to this

issue. And I do urge her to seek a

0:29:180:29:22

way to raise that directly with the

Chancellor. I would be very

0:29:220:29:29

sympathetic to her concerns.

Will my

honourable friend find time for a

0:29:290:29:36

debate for health outcomes across

the regions and nations of United

0:29:360:29:39

Kingdom in the light of the highly

critical audit Scotland report on

0:29:390:29:43

the state of the NHS in Scotland,

which exposes how badly the SNP have

0:29:430:29:51

mismanaged the NHS since they came

to power more than ten years ago?

0:29:510:29:56

Absolutely. My honourable friend

raises a very important point. Which

0:29:560:30:01

is the inequalities across the

nations of the United Kingdom in

0:30:010:30:06

certain areas and the members on the

SNP benches there are shouting and

0:30:060:30:11

yelling, because they don't want a

spotlight on their activities in

0:30:110:30:16

government in Scotland. BuI think on

these benches my honourable friends

0:30:160:30:27

will continue to raise their inned a

Quaye sis. -- inadequacies.

Can she

0:30:270:30:36

answer a question the Prime Minister

failed to, has the Government or its

0:30:360:30:42

agencies received any requests from

the congressional investigator in

0:30:420:30:49

the United States for help in their

ink inquiry into the Russian sub

0:30:490:30:55

version of American election?

If the

honourable gentleman wants to write

0:30:550:31:02

to me on this I will see if I can

get him an answer.

0:31:020:31:09

My thoughts and prayers are with the

people of Kenya today as they go to

0:31:090:31:14

the polls and we wish a peaceful

outcome and dialogue between

0:31:140:31:17

government and opposition for the

future. Can we have a statement on

0:31:170:31:21

the current situation with the

overseas territories in the

0:31:210:31:26

Caribbean after the terrible effects

of hurricane -- Hurricane to. It is

0:31:260:31:40

crucial that the assistance from the

OECD should not stop making that

0:31:400:31:48

available.

He will be aware that

every assistance possible has been

0:31:480:31:55

given to those suffering from those

awful hurricanes and continues to be

0:31:550:32:00

provided. There have been statements

made in this House and I suggest he

0:32:000:32:06

raises this either with CF IDE or

Foreign Office questions at the next

0:32:060:32:16

opportunity. -- DFID.

We have proof

that Russian millionaire is at

0:32:160:32:26

interfering with elections. Can we

have an urgent debate about having

0:32:260:32:33

no integrity over elections,

regarding a second Brexit vote?

I

0:32:330:32:45

think he is as concerned as members

are across the House about potential

0:32:450:32:52

intervention in democratic systems,

and he will be aware that a lot of

0:32:520:32:55

investigatory work has been going

on, and he will know very well of

0:32:550:33:00

appropriate ways to raise the matter

through a debate in this House.

The

0:33:000:33:07

government has helpfully published a

number of plans post-Brexit. Could I

0:33:070:33:14

ask the Leader of the House to ask

for a plan on financial services. It

0:33:140:33:20

is the largest export sector and

affects many of my constituents.

I

0:33:200:33:30

share his enthusiasm, and I am sure

he is as delighted as I was when he

0:33:300:33:35

saw the UK's financial services

sector has extended its lead over

0:33:350:33:40

all financial services sectors

around the world, and that

0:33:400:33:42

announcement has been made only in

recent months. I will pass on his

0:33:420:33:46

request.

Could she clarify the

position from yesterday about the

0:33:460:33:55

statement on supported housing, and

would it be beneficial to have a

0:33:550:33:59

general debate in government time on

fear rent -- fair. Tenants of mine

0:33:590:34:12

is part of a group, new tenants are

being charged lower rent than

0:34:120:34:17

existing tenants. And I have taken

it up with them, they refused to

0:34:170:34:21

lower the rents for the existing

tenants, which is taking money away

0:34:210:34:24

from vulnerable parents and those

struggling to make ends meet. Could

0:34:240:34:30

we have a debate managed by the

local authority? Nel as ever, I

0:34:300:34:42

encourage him to take up specific

cases directly with DC LG. It is

0:34:420:34:48

vital that we all represent the

individual problems that crop up.

0:34:480:34:54

The last Spending Review we

committed 400 million to deliver a

0:34:540:35:01

further 8000 units, and we're

working towards a model that is

0:35:010:35:06

responsive to the needs of this

diverse sector and delivers

0:35:060:35:09

long-term sustainability. So, I

think we are on the same side in

0:35:090:35:15

solving this argument, and

individual issues he should take up.

0:35:150:35:22

Last week the Scottish Government

give itself a pat on the back for

0:35:220:35:25

being on track with its commitments

over access to superfast broadband.

0:35:250:35:29

However the reality is that as of

2016, 2000 premises in Scotland were

0:35:290:35:35

still without -- 20% of premises in

Scotland were still without

0:35:350:35:42

superfast broadband, compared with

11% in the rest of the UK. Will my

0:35:420:35:50

honourable friend find time to

debate this issue of improving

0:35:500:35:56

broadband connections?

She hasn't

answered yet!

0:35:560:36:08

LAUGHTER

It is very important to

hear from my honourable friend, but

0:36:080:36:14

it is also important that I reply to

him because he is absolutely right

0:36:140:36:19

that the SNP do like to take credit

for things going well and to try to

0:36:190:36:23

blame this Westminster Parliament

when things do not go so well.

0:36:230:36:27

The UK Government has provided £100

million for phase one broadband

0:36:270:36:33

roll-out in Scotland, and has

committed nearly £21 million for

0:36:330:36:36

phase two. Superfast broadband in

Scotland now reaches 91.8% of homes,

0:36:360:36:47

but only 78% in the Scottish

Borders, so the plans for Scotland

0:36:470:36:51

is to get superfast broadband by

2021, whereas the UK Government plan

0:36:510:36:55

to achieve it by 2017.

The UK

Government's own deadline is the 1st

0:36:550:37:14

of November the ratification of the

convention, so can the Leader of the

0:37:140:37:19

House confirmed that the government

will issue an oral statement on

0:37:190:37:28

this, and does she agree that this

is an important convention?

I cannot

0:37:280:37:42

answer his question because I did

not get sight of it, but I will

0:37:420:37:49

answer that if he hates to me. I

agree that the Istanbul convention

0:37:490:37:54

is very important.

Opposition Day

motions will be responded to by an

0:37:540:38:00

oral statement within 12 weeks, that

was committed. That convention is a

0:38:000:38:08

slight movement back to the House

from the executive could we have a

0:38:080:38:17

statement next week perhaps by the

shadow do it a leader on the House

0:38:170:38:20

-- of the House on this issue so we

can press this and get it extended

0:38:200:38:25

to any motions in this House and

perhaps also backed up by a written

0:38:250:38:29

statement, and also have a progress

debate on how government is dealing

0:38:290:38:35

with this on each session.

I think I

have already given a lot considering

0:38:350:38:42

my honourable friend did not buy me

that glass of wine when we discussed

0:38:420:38:45

this. But I am always keen to hear

thoughts from members across the

0:38:450:38:53

House.

I'm sure the Leader of the

House knows that I was not trying to

0:38:530:39:01

jump the queue, but I was eager to

ask if she had seen the comments of

0:39:010:39:10

Sir David Attenborough about marine

pollution this week, and the growing

0:39:100:39:14

evidence that we are poisoning the

oceans of this world, and could we

0:39:140:39:18

have an early debate on this, and a

series of debates and statements? It

0:39:180:39:23

is too important to leave.

There is

absolutely cross-party consensus

0:39:230:39:31

that David Attenborough is a

national treasure, but second ball,

0:39:310:39:36

vital that we do everything we can

to stop and reverse marine

0:39:360:39:39

pollution. This government has done

an enormous amount to create a blue

0:39:390:39:46

belt around overseas territories, to

ensure the protection of those

0:39:460:39:49

areas. We're looking at what further

we can do to reduce litter on land

0:39:490:39:54

which often ends up in seas, and

also the ban on Micro plastics, I

0:39:540:40:00

was pleased to put forward. The

Secretary of State is fully

0:40:000:40:08

committed to this, and there will be

many more initiatives from this --

0:40:080:40:12

to address this very issue.

The

Secretary of State for the

0:40:120:40:19

environment has rightly highlighted

the danger of intensive farming on

0:40:190:40:24

soil nutrient levels. The Woodland

Trust have rightly highlighted the

0:40:240:40:28

grave danger that ancient woodland

is in in terms of soils and

0:40:280:40:34

environment, and indeed ancient

pastures. Can the leader considered

0:40:340:40:37

a debate to look at the profile

around these ancient and important

0:40:370:40:41

issues and these very precious

sites.

I think we all enormously

0:40:410:40:49

value ancient woodland, and any

members who have not been to one, I

0:40:490:40:54

do encourage them to do so, because

it is astonishing, some of the

0:40:540:41:00

oldest woodlands we have in the

United Kingdom at irreplaceable. She

0:41:000:41:06

is right to raise the importance of

protecting soil, and as DEFRA

0:41:060:41:13

Secretary of State myself, I

attended a conference sponsored by

0:41:130:41:17

the Prince of Wales to discuss this

issue and the importance of reducing

0:41:170:41:21

the inventiveness of agricultural

activity to reduce the damage being

0:41:210:41:25

done. It is something my right

honourable friend is determined to

0:41:250:41:29

promote.

Can we have a debate or

statement on the application of the

0:41:290:41:35

1985 prosecution of offensive acts,

because John Bryant, the campaigner,

0:41:350:41:45

has set to take action about a

racehorse owner,... Magistrates have

0:41:450:42:02

repeatedly refused to issue a

summons.

We cannot interfere with

0:42:020:42:07

the law, and we have got a case

where a general answer will be all

0:42:070:42:12

right. Who have got next?

The

weekend before last, I attended a

0:42:120:42:19

brilliantly organised world Squash

Day event, organised by my

0:42:190:42:25

constituent James Roberts.

Frustratingly we do not have any

0:42:250:42:27

squash courts at the moment. Can we

have a debate to discuss the

0:42:270:42:33

benefits of squash, but also the

pressing need for squash courts.

I

0:42:330:42:41

would like to invite his

constituents to come and play squash

0:42:410:42:44

down the road in my constituency,

where we are doing rather well in

0:42:440:42:49

some of the leagues. His

constituents might like to come and

0:42:490:42:51

get some training. He is right, we

want to do more for this, I

0:42:510:43:05

encourage him to have an adjournment

debate on what more can be done.

In

0:43:050:43:14

light of unlawful calls made by blue

telecoms under half of the

0:43:140:43:20

Conservative Party during the

general election, can the Leader of

0:43:200:43:22

the House and your time is made

available for a debate about the

0:43:220:43:27

importance of all political parties

fully complying with the electoral

0:43:270:43:29

roll?

All members agree that all

political parties should abide by

0:43:290:43:38

electoral law, and if there were any

issues, we will be taken up by the

0:43:380:43:45

Electoral Commission.

Can we have a

debate about emergency medication.

0:43:450:43:57

Back in 2013, before I was elected,

the emergency department was

0:43:570:44:04

downgraded, can we have a debate to

establish whether this explanation

0:44:040:44:07

still holds water?

Chillies is a

vital constituency matter, and is

0:44:070:44:18

right to do so. The decisions taken

by... I do encourage him to seek an

0:44:180:44:32

adjournment debate so he can hear

from ministers what more he can do

0:44:320:44:36

to protect his own medical

facilities.

I am sure the Leader of

0:44:360:44:45

the House agrees that our armed

services veterans deserve the best

0:44:450:44:48

treatment when they are suffering

from mental health problems,

0:44:480:44:52

including PTSD. My constituent

received treatment, but this

0:44:520:44:59

facility is now under threat of

closure. Can we have a debate in

0:44:590:45:04

government time regarding facilities

of brave veterans?

She is right to

0:45:040:45:12

raise the importance of looking

after our veterans, but secondly the

0:45:120:45:19

issue of mental health problems that

arise from the trauma that they

0:45:190:45:24

suffer. She will be aware that the

Ministry of Defence and the Royal

0:45:240:45:28

foundation have announced a

partnership to deal with the issues

0:45:280:45:31

around stigma and treatment for

mental health across the defence

0:45:310:45:35

community. The government is

determined to do what it can to try

0:45:350:45:39

to promote good strong mental

health, and she can raise these

0:45:390:45:48

points at defence questions.

0:45:480:45:53

Before the election, the Government

presented an excellent White Paper.

0:45:530:46:00

At the weekend, the Secretary of

State for communities and of the and

0:46:000:46:04

suggested the Government should

borrow £50 million to kick-start the

0:46:040:46:07

housing policy in this country. The

Chancellor, in his budget statement,

0:46:070:46:11

will make housing in this country a

keynote element, we are told. Could

0:46:110:46:16

my right honourable friend find time

in government time for a debate on

0:46:160:46:19

housing policy so that members of

this house can contribute ideas to

0:46:190:46:24

this before my right honourable

friend the Chancellor stands up to

0:46:240:46:27

make his budget statement.

My

honourable friend is right to point

0:46:270:46:33

out that sorting out our housing

market is not just a priority for

0:46:330:46:37

the Chancellor, it is a personal

priority for the Prime Minister, who

0:46:370:46:42

is determined to see us tackle the

ever-increasing challenge for young

0:46:420:46:45

people to get onto the housing

ladder, either to buy or to rent. I

0:46:450:46:49

am sure that my honourable friend,

as he is always able to do, we'll

0:46:490:46:54

find a way to raise this with the

Chancellor before the budget.

0:46:540:46:58

Yesterday I wrote to the CEO of RBS,

Ross McEwan, about my call for a

0:46:580:47:05

judge-led inquiry into the treatment

of smaller businesses by the bank.

0:47:050:47:08

His reply was I have no interest in

supporting another investigation

0:47:080:47:12

after four years of review. Many

small-business will regard his

0:47:120:47:16

comment that he has no interest in

it as dismissive and disrespectful,

0:47:160:47:24

given so many have seen our lives

torn apart as a result of what the

0:47:240:47:29

Financial Conduct Authority

describes as the inappropriate

0:47:290:47:32

treatment of SMEs. Can the leader of

the house ask a minister to respond

0:47:320:47:37

to my request for a judge-led

inquiry and to comment on what Mr

0:47:370:47:40

McEwan has said?

I would say first

of all that, as city minister, I

0:47:400:47:50

always found Ross McEwan to be

incredibly sympathetic to the issues

0:47:500:47:54

facing small businesses. I just want

to give an alternative view in that

0:47:540:47:57

regard. He is right that there have

been some appalling cases of banks

0:47:570:48:04

failing to support small businesses.

Certainly the Financial Conduct

0:48:040:48:08

Authority has looked at many

specific cases. They have carried

0:48:080:48:10

out quite an in-depth review. If the

honourable gentleman has further

0:48:100:48:16

specific cases, I am sure he should

raise them with ideally Financial

0:48:160:48:19

Conduct Authority or with the city

minister.

Many thanks. My

0:48:190:48:24

constituent attended my surgery last

week to inform me that she was

0:48:240:48:29

repeatedly raped and beaten by her

ex-partner and currently has an

0:48:290:48:33

injunction against his contacting

her. However, much to her horror she

0:48:330:48:38

has been told by her bank she can't

remove herself from the joint

0:48:380:48:41

account without attending with her

ex-partner and his agreement to this

0:48:410:48:46

change. So could we maybe have a

debate statement on the way that

0:48:460:48:52

banks are treating people under the

regulations that have been abused

0:48:520:48:55

domestic league and make sure these

changes can take place to ensure

0:48:550:48:57

their safety?

The honourable lady

raises an absolutely appalling

0:48:570:49:03

sounding situation. I am absolutely

sympathetic to her. I am quite sure

0:49:030:49:09

that there must be a way through

this. I do urge her to raise this

0:49:090:49:13

with ministers and try to find a way

forward for her constituent.

I was

0:49:130:49:21

delighted to attend the launch of

the Scottish Poppy Appeal yesterday.

0:49:210:49:24

What became apparent was that 2017

and 2018, there will be many

0:49:240:49:30

centenary is, particularly about the

role of women in The Great War. Can

0:49:300:49:34

we set aside time to properly

commemorate the centenary of these

0:49:340:49:40

occasions and give proper notice to

the country that we are remembering

0:49:400:49:45

those that made the ultimate

sacrifice?

I think this is a

0:49:450:49:48

cross-party supported issue and I am

absolutely certain that his

0:49:480:49:53

honourable friend the chairman of

the backbench committee would be

0:49:530:49:57

very interested in promoting such a

debate in this chamber. I would like

0:49:570:50:01

to share with the honourable

gentleman in paying tribute to all

0:50:010:50:04

of those that made the ultimate

sacrifice and, of course, to remind

0:50:040:50:08

honourable members that next year we

also celebrate the centenary of

0:50:080:50:13

women's suffrage. I think the

particular contribution of women

0:50:130:50:15

over the last 100 or so years is

something that we can all celebrate.

0:50:150:50:23

Mr Deputy Speaker, Government

reforms in 2015 lead to the

0:50:230:50:26

unlocking of pension pots for over

200,000 people. Today's financial

0:50:260:50:32

Times reports high-pressure sales

tactics, scaremongering and

0:50:320:50:38

mis-selling. Can we have a

government statement on this? It

0:50:380:50:43

looks as if another pension scandal

is brewing.

Well, like the

0:50:430:50:50

honourable gentleman I sort of April

Xhaka report. I share his concern.

0:50:500:50:57

It does look alarming and I am sure

he will find a way to raise this

0:50:570:51:00

with ministers.

Thank you, Mr Deputy

Speaker. I am currently pursuing a

0:51:000:51:05

meeting with a minister of the case

of my constituent, an Iraqi born

0:51:050:51:10

Kurd, granted citizenship in 2009.

He is currently trying to get his

0:51:100:51:16

one year daughter out of a war zone

around a area where she was born.

0:51:160:51:25

The issues he is facing, problems

with paperwork and the impossibility

0:51:250:51:30

of moving the case forward, it

seems, prompt me to ask whether we

0:51:300:51:34

can have a debate in this chamber

about how we are helping those

0:51:340:51:38

families torn apart by war coming

here for century or having to leave

0:51:380:51:43

family members at home. What we're

doing, and how we are working to

0:51:430:51:46

them.

I am incredibly sympathetic to

the honourable Lady's point. She is

0:51:460:51:53

absolutely right standard for her

constituent. We all, as constituency

0:51:530:51:58

MPs, do have cases where the

procedures seem to get in the way. I

0:51:580:52:02

do encourage her, if she would like

to like to write to me, I could take

0:52:020:52:05

it up with the Home Office or she

could take it up directly with

0:52:050:52:08

ministers.

On Sunday of last week, I

attended a charity fundraiser in my

0:52:080:52:13

constituency to help raise money to

buy women and girls sanitary

0:52:130:52:18

products, because they said we can't

afford them. This is a growing issue

0:52:180:52:21

in schools up and down the UK,

regardless of which administration

0:52:210:52:25

is in control. In the Leader of the

House find some time in government

0:52:250:52:28

time for a debate on the impact of

government cuts, particularly those

0:52:280:52:33

impacting on women and girls?

Well,

I would say to the honourable

0:52:330:52:39

gentleman that this government has

done more for women in the

0:52:390:52:46

workplace, for women's incomes, for

reducing inequality, for ensuring

0:52:460:52:50

more families have the security of a

pay packet and a wage to protect

0:52:500:52:55

themselves and their families than

in the 13 years of the Labour

0:52:550:52:59

government. He raises a very

specific point that he may wish to

0:52:590:53:03

raise at an adjournment debate or,

indeed, through oral questions.

0:53:030:53:07

Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. A

plumbing firm in my constituency is

0:53:110:53:15

going to close before Christmas,

having been sold as a going concern.

0:53:150:53:18

The reason being is because of false

debt accrued under the employer

0:53:180:53:23

pension provisions of the 1995

pensions act. When is the leader of

0:53:230:53:28

the house and this Government going

to act and make changes to these

0:53:280:53:31

regulations to stop more firms going

to the wall?

Well, the honourable

0:53:310:53:38

gentleman is raising an important

point about a business in his

0:53:380:53:41

constituency. He may well want to

look into that further through an

0:53:410:53:45

adjournment debate. The general

point about regulations, I do urge

0:53:450:53:50

him to raise with the Treasury,

Treasury questions, to see what more

0:53:500:53:53

can be done.

Thank you, Mr Deputy

Speaker. Given the Government's

0:53:530:54:00

recent and welcome conversion on the

road to Manchester regarding

0:54:000:54:06

Council, social and affordable

housing, could I ask for an urgent

0:54:060:54:08

debate ahead of the budget on what

support the Government is providing

0:54:080:54:12

to ensure that all local authority

owned land such as that in the

0:54:120:54:16

ownership of my local Warwick

District Council is used exclusively

0:54:160:54:19

in its provision, as this would be

the simplest, cheapest and most

0:54:190:54:24

significant action if its delivery.

I think the honourable gentleman is

0:54:240:54:32

absolutely right to raise the

importance of ensuring that local

0:54:320:54:35

authorities do all they can to

facilitate new house-building. He

0:54:350:54:39

will be aware that the Government is

exactly looking into how we can

0:54:390:54:44

facilitate exactly that. I encourage

him to raise that with ministers at

0:54:440:54:47

every opportunity.

0:54:470:54:49

Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. I was

bitterly disappointed that the

0:54:530:54:55

leader didn't announce a debate

around the NHS. We have heard from

0:54:550:55:01

across the house about the state of

the NHS. In York, our health service

0:55:010:55:05

is going to run out of money within

a month. Can we have an urgent

0:55:050:55:08

debate on NHS funding ahead of the

budget, so we can make sure the

0:55:080:55:12

money goes into the right place? We

are having real Tim cuts in York. --

0:55:120:55:17

real terms cuts.

As I have said to a

number of honourable members, it is

0:55:170:55:24

absolutely right that we all focus

on the specific health issues in our

0:55:240:55:27

own constituencies. Where necessary,

that we defend them, absolutely. But

0:55:270:55:32

she will be aware that NHS funding

will be over half £1 trillion from

0:55:320:55:38

2015 to 2020. And that the

overwhelming majority of patients

0:55:380:55:42

continue to be seen within four

hours, that the Government is

0:55:420:55:46

investing more money in doctors, in

GP surgeries, in nursing training

0:55:460:55:51

and so on. The specific point she

raises, I think she should certainly

0:55:510:55:55

seek an adjournment debate to talk

about specific issues for York.

The

0:55:550:56:02

citizens advice bureau in Wrexham is

doing an excellent job at the moment

0:56:020:56:05

providing advice on the Universal

Credit and debt pressures. But

0:56:050:56:10

fortunately, the local authority is

proposing to withdraw funding for

0:56:100:56:16

the CAD in Wrexham at the end of

this financial year. Can we have an

0:56:160:56:20

urgent debate on advice and the

importance of funding advice for

0:56:200:56:23

people that are under financial

pressure?

Well, I will take this

0:56:230:56:31

opportunity to absolutely thank

citizens advice bureaus for all of

0:56:310:56:33

the excellent work they do in all of

our constituencies. The honourable

0:56:330:56:37

gentleman raised an important point,

that they are very often largely

0:56:370:56:41

volunteer funded, although they do a

lot of their own fundraising, and we

0:56:410:56:44

should all defend the budgets for

those citizens advice bureau is, as

0:56:440:56:50

well as the budgets for other

advisers who do provide a lot of

0:56:500:56:54

volunteer work to help people to

stay out of debt.

When honourable

0:56:540:57:00

members and right honourable members

e-mail the DWP Hotline, it would be

0:57:000:57:06

reasonable to expect an

acknowledgement of correspondence,

0:57:060:57:08

details of who is dealing with the

case and a rough time scale. Sadly,

0:57:080:57:13

this is not the case, as it simply

acts as a hub for passing on

0:57:130:57:18

inquiries. Can we therefore have a

statement from ministers as to how

0:57:180:57:24

it could be made fit for purpose?

It

is in fact a very good service and

0:57:240:57:32

Universal Credit from DWP. As the

honourable gentleman will be aware,

0:57:320:57:35

ministers are committed to

incremental improvements every time

0:57:350:57:41

they hear of some problem, they are

determined to resolve it. We have

0:57:410:57:45

seen that in recent weeks, that

ministers are responding. The

0:57:450:57:48

roll-out of Universal Credit is slow

and assured. 8% of benefits

0:57:480:57:53

recipients are now on Universal

Credit. That is expected to be only

0:57:530:57:56

up to about 10% by January, when the

next pause is due to look at what

0:57:560:58:02

more needs to be done. I am sure the

honourable gentleman has put his

0:58:020:58:04

concerns on the record and ministers

will be listening to that.

Mr Deputy

0:58:040:58:10

Speaker, ministers have said

recently that the pay cap on public

0:58:100:58:13

sector workers is now scrapped. It

obviously the reality on the ground

0:58:130:58:18

is that there will be no more money

for the public services who have to

0:58:180:58:25

find extra pay. Can we have a debate

at the floor at the heart of this,

0:58:250:58:31

to make sure that we do not see

erosion in police and other public

0:58:310:58:35

services.

Our public servants do a

fantastic job, for which we are all

0:58:350:58:40

incredibly grateful. But the

honourable gentleman will be aware

0:58:400:58:43

that our economy is still struggling

to recover from the state it was

0:58:430:58:50

left in in 2010. We are still

spending far more money than we take

0:58:500:58:55

in in tax revenues every year. We

have a choice. We can either tackle

0:58:550:59:00

at ourselves in this generation, all

we can leave it for our children and

0:59:000:59:04

grandchildren to deal with the

problems of this generation, left to

0:59:040:59:08

us by a Labour government. So what

is absolutely vital is that we

0:59:080:59:12

listen carefully and take the advice

of the independent pay review

0:59:120:59:16

bodies, that is what we are

committed to.

0:59:160:59:21

Can the leader of the house find

time next week to debate the

0:59:220:59:25

decision taken yesterday behind

closed doors of Airedale Hospital

0:59:250:59:29

trust, as part of a VAT scam to set

up a separate company, registered at

0:59:290:59:35

companies house, to run a large part

of its activities, with the power to

0:59:350:59:39

reduce the terms and conditions of

new stuff? -- staff.

That sounds a

0:59:390:59:49

concerning issue that he raises

regarding his constituency. I urge

0:59:490:59:53

him to take it up directly with

ministers in the Department of

0:59:530:59:55

Health.

Can we have an urgent debate

on the very worrying 13% increase in

0:59:551:00:03

crime, and a very worrying concerns

raised by Chief constables and the

1:00:031:00:07

ONS that this represents a genuine

increasing crime, not just changes

1:00:071:00:11

in reporting, rises in knife crime,

violent crime, homicides and the

1:00:111:00:14

pressure it is putting on police

resources question time the issues

1:00:141:00:17

of the impact of Spice and drug use,

and the police need extra resources

1:00:171:00:24

to cope with this rise in crime.

Firstly, I say to the honourable

1:00:241:00:30

gentleman that we are absolutely

committed to doing more. My right

1:00:301:00:33

honourable friend the Home Secretary

has announced her intention to bring

1:00:331:00:36

forward draft legislation on what we

can do to stamp out knife crime. We

1:00:361:00:40

already have the psychoactive

substances act, passed last year, to

1:00:401:00:44

try to deal with the increasing use

of psychoactive substances such as

1:00:441:00:48

the ones he mentioned. Actually, the

crime statistics, the figure this

1:00:481:00:54

year cannot be compared with the

previous year because the previous

1:00:541:00:59

estimate did not include fraud and

computer misuse offences. In fact,

1:00:591:01:04

crime is traditionally measured by

the independent crime survey by

1:01:041:01:07

England and Wales show a 9% fall

over the last year, which is a

1:01:071:01:12

continuation of the overall downward

trend.

1:01:121:01:20

Can we have a debate about routine

delays in the Home Office? Yesterday

1:01:201:01:24

the Immigration Minister promised a

Q&A session for 90 minutes, left

1:01:241:01:29

after 12 minutes. An insult to those

who turned up. My constituent

1:01:291:01:35

entered further submissions in his

asylum claim in 2014, but they have

1:01:351:01:39

still not be considered by the Home

Office's complex casework team. But

1:01:391:01:43

she think a three-year delay is

acceptable for someone who has fled

1:01:431:01:47

persecution in Georgia?

The

honourable lady is absolutely right

1:01:471:01:53

to raise a particular constituency

case and I doing courage heard to

1:01:531:01:57

speak to Home Office ministers and I

am sure I will take it up -- I do

1:01:571:02:03

encourage her. It does sound

extremely concerning and I'm

1:02:031:02:07

sympathetic.

I would like to welcome

the Leader of the House micro's

1:02:071:02:13

comments about the difference

between this government and the last

1:02:131:02:18

about their commitment to women, and

which you like comparative debate?

1:02:181:02:23

Could we have a debate on the rape

laws? The rise in maternity

1:02:231:02:27

discrimination because of the

charges now for going to court?

1:02:271:02:32

Could we have a debate on the one in

four women who cannot get refuge?

1:02:321:02:38

The number of split payments in

Universal Credit? Can we have a

1:02:381:02:44

debate on the gender pay gap and how

it is not closing? The women

1:02:441:02:49

under-25 not entitled to the minimum

wage? I could go on and on. I would

1:02:491:02:55

like some debates.

The honourable

lady raises an absolute smorgasbord

1:02:551:03:03

of issues which is a strong

supporter of women, I heartily

1:03:031:03:09

agree, we need to raise issues that

affect women. We also need to raise

1:03:091:03:14

issues that affect the entire

population of this country and this

1:03:141:03:19

government is determined to improve

the lives for all people in the

1:03:191:03:22

country. We have done a huge amount

specifically focused on women,

1:03:221:03:26

including having two female prime

ministers. We have improved the

1:03:261:03:32

numbers of women on boards, in

public life, the employment rate for

1:03:321:03:37

women, the wages of women, the

childcare support the families, were

1:03:371:03:43

both work, and it is absolutely

vital we continue to do that, and on

1:03:431:03:47

that, we can heartily agree.

If we

are going to have some debates, I

1:03:471:03:53

have read the leader's written

statement today, could we also add

1:03:531:03:58

to that, this has been caused by the

Government not turning up for

1:03:581:04:02

divisions on opposition day motions?

Could we issued to the government

1:04:021:04:08

Whip's offers white flags to waive

every time we have an opposition day

1:04:081:04:13

debate to provide a visual

representation of the reality of the

1:04:131:04:15

craven attitude of the Government to

opposition day debates?

The

1:04:151:04:20

honourable gentleman is plain wrong.

The side of the House has turned up

1:04:201:04:26

to all opposition day debates. We

have had senior ministers speaking

1:04:261:04:32

from the dispatch box, introducing

the debates, answering and

1:04:321:04:35

responding to all members' points.

We have had fully equal numbers of

1:04:351:04:42

government versus opposition

speakers, we have fully participated

1:04:421:04:44

in all of the debates. As Mr Speaker

has reminded the House, it is up to

1:04:441:04:51

individual members and parties on

whether they vote. His party

1:04:511:04:56

frequently abstains on votes. He

would not appreciate the side of the

1:04:561:05:01

House insisting he turns up and

votes against every single policy.

1:05:011:05:05

It is for individuals and parties to

decide whether and how to vote.

On

1:05:051:05:12

the 16th of October, there was a

bill which includes clauses are

1:05:121:05:19

rising religious conversion. These

types of clauses have been widely

1:05:191:05:28

missed in neighbouring countries and

used to persecute religious

1:05:281:05:31

minorities and there are signs that

these have begun to happen in the

1:05:311:05:36

poll. Would she agree to a statement

or debate on this very important

1:05:361:05:40

issue

1:05:401:05:44

or debate on this very important

issue?

-- in Nepal. It is the view

1:05:441:05:48

of the side of the House that all

religions should be protected, they

1:05:481:05:52

have the right to express their

views, free from fear and threat.

1:05:521:05:57

And I know the honourable gentleman

always finds a way to raise these

1:05:571:06:01

individual matters and it is right

he does so.

Thank you, Mr Deputy

1:06:011:06:07

Speaker. A doctor from the

University of the West of Scotland

1:06:071:06:10

has awarded... They will be

collaborating to support learning

1:06:101:06:19

has awarded... They will be

collaborating to support learning,

1:06:191:06:19

so as we approach the 13th of

November, can we have a debate and

1:06:191:06:26

nine members to discuss how

innovative approaches like this can

1:06:261:06:31

help?

-- honourable members.

Bullying is something that affects

1:06:311:06:38

all children and young people right

across our society and it is

1:06:381:06:42

something we are fully committed to

stamping out in every way we can. I

1:06:421:06:47

absolutely commend him for looking

at innovative ways to achieve this

1:06:471:06:51

and I urge him to raise this as a

suggestion for all members to take

1:06:511:06:56

up in their constituencies.

Last but

certainly not least, the member for

1:06:561:07:01

Scunthorpe.

Thank you. I recently

launched my small business Saturday

1:07:011:07:09

awards. Celebrating the richness and

diversity of small businesses. With

1:07:091:07:18

it coming up on the 2nd of December,

can we have a debate on the

1:07:181:07:23

contribution small businesses make

to our economy and communities

1:07:231:07:26

before that date?

I commend the

honourable gentleman for raising

1:07:261:07:31

this matter. Of course, small

businesses are the lifeblood of our

1:07:311:07:35

communities and we all share a

concern that too often the town

1:07:351:07:39

centre dies when small businesses

leave and close down. We should do

1:07:391:07:43

everything we can to support them.

Small business Saturday is something

1:07:431:07:46

the side of the House also welcomes

and fully takes part in and I think

1:07:461:07:51

we will all be visiting our local

small businesses on that Saturday.

1:07:511:07:57

Point of order. Could I raise a

point of order with the Leader of

1:07:571:08:04

the House? She may have

inadvertently misled the House to

1:08:041:08:07

say her statement, written

ministerial statement, was available

1:08:071:08:12

at 1030. We have had numerous times

when it is available, some say they

1:08:121:08:17

only receive the alerts at 1142,

could she looked at one statement is

1:08:171:08:22

produced that we all receive it at

the same time, when she presses that

1:08:221:08:25

button?

Mr Deputy Speaker, I can

only say again, it was published, I

1:08:251:08:32

have absolute assurance it was

published at 10:30am.

Thank you.

1:08:321:08:37

Further point of order.

I do not

mean... I'm not alleging anything

1:08:371:08:42

about the Leader of the House, but

the truth is, it was not available

1:08:421:08:46

on the parliamentary website, nor in

the vote office until 1130. The only

1:08:461:08:50

reason this matters because none of

us would want the Leader of the

1:08:501:08:54

House to be ill advised by others

and to be living in a state of

1:08:541:08:58

ignorance about what is actually

going on and the written ministerial

1:08:581:09:01

statement was about the timeliness

of responses so it would seem

1:09:011:09:04

appropriate to get it right.

I am

sure it can be taken and I am sure

1:09:041:09:11

the times can be put right and

nobody wants to mislead the House.

1:09:111:09:16

The Leader of the House seemed to

suggest part of the responsibilities

1:09:161:09:20

of a member of this post was to hold

the Scottish Government to account.

1:09:201:09:24

Short of getting Nicola Sturgeon in

the dispatch box, could you advise

1:09:241:09:28

us how we discharge these

responsibilities?

I do not think I

1:09:281:09:33

need to! That is the good news.

Point of order. I would like to... I

1:09:331:09:45

have informed the member concerned.

They hosted anti-Muslim extremists

1:09:451:09:52

last Wednesday. He is on record for

calling upon the UN to control the

1:09:521:09:59

birth rate of Muslims. Praising the

genocide of running the in Burma and

1:09:591:10:05

also said Muslims should be forced

to leave their religion if they come

1:10:051:10:10

to a western country. Only this

Monday, he was pictured with UK far

1:10:101:10:17

right extremist leader Tommy

Robinson. It seems incredible any

1:10:171:10:21

member would think it would be

acceptable to host a meeting with

1:10:211:10:24

this individual let alone invite him

to the House of Commons. Can you

1:10:241:10:28

please advise us all on our

responsibilities to protect

1:10:281:10:32

everything that this house stands

for and not allow it to be used as a

1:10:321:10:37

platform to propagate and legitimise

hate and extremist views?

Do you

1:10:371:10:41

want to come in?

I thank the

honourable member for notifying me

1:10:411:10:46

she was going to raise this point of

order. She has inadvertently misled

1:10:461:10:51

the House. Let me be clear, I did

not invite this person to this House

1:10:511:10:57

of Commons. I hosted in my capacity

as chairman of the all-party

1:10:571:11:03

Parliamentary group for British

Hindus to macro functions last

1:11:031:11:06

Wednesday at which he attended. One

was the annual celebration on House

1:11:061:11:11

of Commons terrace where a number of

honourable and right honourable

1:11:111:11:16

members attended, for Diwali. In the

evening, we had the launch by the

1:11:161:11:20

national council of Hindu temples of

a report into Hindu minority rights

1:11:201:11:26

in Bangladesh and Pakistan. He was

invited by the national council of

1:11:261:11:32

Hindu temples to attend that meeting

and present evidence of physical

1:11:321:11:37

attacks, rates and forced marriages

and forced conversions that have

1:11:371:11:43

taken place in West Bengal and other

places. I have made clear and the

1:11:431:11:47

national council of Hindu temples

has made clear it was only in that

1:11:471:11:52

capacity as presenting that evidence

that that individual was invited to

1:11:521:11:55

the House. He made no abhorrent

remarks at the meeting and I am

1:11:551:11:59

quite clear that both myself and the

national council of Hindu temples do

1:11:591:12:05

not agree with his views that have

previously been stated, do not

1:12:051:12:09

accept them, we do not endorse them

in any shape or form. But I think it

1:12:091:12:15

is right this House has the

opportunity to hear evidence from

1:12:151:12:20

people of what is happening in other

countries.

Let me just give you some

1:12:201:12:28

of the facts of where the House

stands. I thank the honourable lady

1:12:281:12:32

for notice of the point of order. I

also thank the honourable member for

1:12:321:12:36

clarifying parts of the position.

The Speaker's principal

1:12:361:12:40

responsibility for access to this

state by members of the public

1:12:401:12:44

relates to security in which I have

a particular role. Subject to that,

1:12:441:12:49

it is open to honourable members to

save who they wish and we all -- to

1:12:491:12:55

see who they wish and we all value

the rights of free speech. We do not

1:12:551:13:00

control the views of those who visit

here. All honourable members will

1:13:001:13:05

inadvertently hold meetings with

individuals whose views they do not

1:13:051:13:11

share. That said, I will place

firmly on the record the abhorrence

1:13:111:13:15

which I know is shared by all

colleagues about racism, bigotry,

1:13:151:13:19

such views have no place here. On

the eve of international freedom of

1:13:191:13:25

religion or belief day, I know all

colleagues want to do everything

1:13:251:13:29

possible to foster tolerance and

respect. Is there a further point of

1:13:291:13:34

order? Are we all right? OK.

Thank

you. In the social care debate

1:13:341:13:42

yesterday, the minister claimed the

number of people working in social

1:13:421:13:46

care has increased yet the ONS

workforce data says the number of

1:13:461:13:50

people working in other health and

social care had decreased every

1:13:501:13:54

quarter consistently for the last

five years. Is it in order to ask

1:13:541:13:57

the Minister could have in writing

the evidence that informed that

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comment?

One thing is that I am sure

you will find another avenue in

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which you may wish to put another

named a question done to solve the

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problem. Point of order.

Further to

the point of order about the written

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statement, this does tend to be a

perennial issue. Would it be

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possible for the Leader of the House

to winch investigates what happened

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this morning around her written

statement, to write an place that

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letter in the library of the House

of Commons, to be clear as to

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exactly what was the sequence of

events? There is a dispute about the

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facts as to when the written

statement was released. She is

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convinced it was released at 1030

and I'm sure she has been given that

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information, but other honourable

members have had other experiences.

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Would it be possible for that to

happen?

I am sure

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the Leader of the House will take on

board the views of the House and

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will want to check what information

was given and I am sure the House

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matters to all members and therefore

I would like to think things will

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