16/11/2017 Business Questions


16/11/2017

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from the chair, one way or the

other, through one vehicle or

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another, this matter will be debated

if members wanted to debated.

Thank

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Q. Could the Leader of the House

please give us the forthcoming

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business?

The Leader of the House,

Andrea Leadsom.

-- thank U. The

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business for the week commencing the

20th of November will include Monday

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the 20th of November, motion to

approve a ways and means resolution

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relating to the taxation

cross-border trade bill for Sochi

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estate 21st of November,

continuation of consideration in

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committee of the European Union

withdrawal bill, day three.

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Wednesday 22nd of November, my right

honourable friend, the Chancellor of

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the Exchequer, will deliver his

budget statement. Thursday 23rd of,

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continuation of the budget debate.

Friday the 24th, the House will not

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be sitting. On Monday the 27th there

will be continuation of the budget

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debate and on Tuesday conclusion of

the budget debate. On Wednesday,

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29th of November, the fifth a lot of

date will be a debate on a motion in

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favour of the Scottish National

Party commit yet to be announced. On

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Thursday, treatment of SMEs by a

global restructuring group followed

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by debate on a mission on mental

health and suicide within the autism

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community. The subjects for these

debates were determined by the

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backbench committee. Friday the 1st

of December, tried it members bills.

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I should also like to inform the

House at the business in Westminster

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Hall for the remainder of November

will be Monday the 20th of November,

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debate on a new petition relating to

the TV licence fee, Thursday the

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23rd of November, General debate on

anti-bullying week followed by

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debate on the 100th anniversary of

the air force Constitution act of

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1917. Monday the 27th of Bembo,

debate on a new petition about

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University tuition fees. --

November. Thursday the 30th of

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November, the general debate on

deafness and hearing loss. Mr

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Speaker, may I thank you for sending

out notification today of the

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extension to the telephone helpline

service to include staff of the

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Commons and the other place? This

will help to ensure that all staff

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can access counselling support that

they need, both by phone and in

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person, and can raise any grievance

or complaint they wish to make? I'm

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sure this will be widely welcomed

across the estate. Can I take the

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opportunity to thank the members of

the youth Parliament who filled this

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chamber last Friday with energetic

and passionate debate. They did

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themselves proud and I wish them the

best with their future campaigns. I

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congratulate the thousands of

organisations hosting UK Parliament

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week events this week. I had an

excellent evening with the Scouts in

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my constituency to answer their

questions on Parliament and I am

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sure many colleagues have and will

have similar events.

I completely

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endorse what the Leader of the House

said about the sitting of the UK

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youth Parliament last Friday, about

which I hope I was suitably

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expansive and congratulatory at the

time. I also echo what the right

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honourable lady has said about

Parliament week. I'm glad she

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herself has invested in it and

derived satisfaction from it.

The

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Shadow Leader... Can I thank the

Leader of the House for the

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forthcoming business? I note that

next Tuesday we have day three of

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the European withdrawal bill. Cheer!

That is day three of eight, clause

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five, schedule one ack row. Can the

leader confirmed that the deadline

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for new clauses and the members is

5:30pm today? I have asked her

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previously about proper notice for

members in the interests of

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democracy. Could she ensure she

gives members correct notice about

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these bills and it does not happen

again? Can I also asked the Leader

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of the House to say whether the

committee stage of the whole House

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will be complete before the

Christmas recess on the 21st of

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December and will it be in the other

place before the Christmas recess? I

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know my friends in the other players

are very keen to help out. Could I

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ask the Leader of the House to

ensure the list of ministers

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interests is updated? The list was

last updated in December, 2016, Mr

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Speaker. It is vital not just the

ministers but also the members,

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because some of them may have

another position, like the

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honourable member for working. It

seems that in an article, the right

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honourable member in his other job

as investment manager said, it is

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time to look further afield as the

UK economy hits the bricks. Can the

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leader say whether it is government

policy to advocate as members sit on

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the Government side in that other

jobs not to invest the country?

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It is difficult to understand how

the government cannot know the size

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of the divorce bill. Surely the

Chancellor will have to know the

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amount of money because he has to

set his budget? This smacks of

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incompetent government. The way they

dealt with the Paradise papers and

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the response to my honourable friend

the member for Barking and Dagenham

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earlier this week was appalling. We

have had the Panama papers and the

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Paradise papers and now the

invisible papers, the so-called

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impact assessments on the 58

sectors. First they exist, then they

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do not exist, then they exist in a

form incomprehensible to everyone

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apart from the ministers. The

deadline of the impact assessments

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to the committee is next week

because the minister said he needed

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three weeks from the time the motion

was passed by this house. The

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minister said there was a mixture of

qualitative and quantitative

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analysis, but I am sure the right

honourable member for Leeds Central

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is perfectly capable of analysing

those papers. Could the leader give

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a commitment that the invisible

papers will be available and could

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she say when they will be delivered

given the motion was passed by this

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house? The invisible papers are

rapidly leading to an invisible

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cabinet. Some may have missed it,

but there seems to be a new game in

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town. I am a cabinet minister, get

me out of here. The week before last

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one left the government. Last week

another lead the government and

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another comes before a Select

Committee and makes a mistake on

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government policy putting a young

family at risk. This is a heartless

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government, Mr Speaker, I have to

say. Listen to the evidence because

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38 days before Christmas eviction

notices have been sent out following

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a policy which is flawed and cruel,

denying people a chance to manage

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their lives. If the government rings

Universal Credit does not have an

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effect, could the Leader of the

House say white the major housing

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association has stated the arrears

rate for those claiming the new

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benefit is around three times higher

than other tenants. Mr Speaker, that

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is the evidence and it calls for a

pause in the roll-out of Universal

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Credit. I noticed there was a debate

on tuition fees in Westminster Hall

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next week, but we would like the

universities minister to come to the

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House and make a statement and

explain why the chief executive of

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the student loans company has been

sacked. Given the department is a

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major shareholder, 85%, put the

leader ensured that he comes here,

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particularly because some students

have overpaid by 10000 and the

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budget is 100 million. It is in the

Times newspaper today. Finally, now

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to house matters, put the Leader of

the House he say what they and what

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time has been allocated for the

debate on the restoration and

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renewal programme. The leader has

previously indicated December, but

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given the budget debate and EU

withdrawal bill we do not have many

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days left before the Christmas

recess. Finally, I would like to

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remind everybody they have got three

days left for Parliament week 2017.

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It was kicked off in a brilliant way

by the night sitting of the youth

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Parliament. Mr Speaker, we have you

to thank for allowing the parliament

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to sit here and they are fantastic

the way they treat this house with

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such respect, listening to the

arguments on both sides. We can

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learn lots of lessons from them. I

want to thank on your behalf all the

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staff and volunteers who coordinated

the whole day. There are topics were

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votes at 16 and a curriculum to

prepare us for life. Parliament's

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education has ensured that 4000

events are taking place across the

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country with over 900 primary

schools and 300 secondary schools

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taking part. I want to thank them

all for their efforts in educating

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the next generation on democracy.

The Leader of the House, Andrea

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Leadsom.

Thank you, Mr Speaker, and

by the honourable lady and I

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thoroughly enjoyed the enthusiasm of

young people in the youth Parliament

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in this place and I endorse what she

says about our pleasure at the

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interest of young people in our

democracy and politics. In specific

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answer to her point about new

clauses and amendments, that will be

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the rise of the House today which is

the deadline for submitting those.

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She has asked whether the EU

withdrawal bill committee will be

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completed by Christmas. She will be

aware of the usual procedure because

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it is difficult to project forward

with absolute certainty for a

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lengthy period of time, so we will

continue to update the House in the

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usual way every week with future

business as far as we are able to do

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so. She suggests the government is

somehow not clear on our

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negotiations with the EU. Far from

it, this government is entirely

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clear. What we are seeking to do is

to get the best possible deal for

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the United Kingdom as we leave the

European Union in March 2019 as

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stipulated by the triggering of

Article 50, and the entire

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government is working to that end.

She mentions the Paradise papers and

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I would just like to say, Mr

Speaker, that since 2010 HMRC has

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achieved £160 billion more in tax

revenues as a result of efforts

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taken to reduce tax avoidance and

evasion. This government has taken

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the lead in greater international

tax transparency. The former Prime

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Minister, my right honourable

friend, took enormous steps to

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ensure that our own crown

dependencies and overseas

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territories and other international

colleagues and friends work with us

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to make sure that we stamp out tax

avoidance and evasion and nobody has

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done more than this country to

achieve that. She asked about the 58

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impact assessments and my right

honourable friend has made quite

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clear that he is working with the

chairman of the Brexit Select

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Committee to find a way forward that

will make sense of those impact

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assessments in such a way they can

be useful, but at the same time

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balancing the need to not hamper the

negotiations, whilst at the same

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time providing maximum transparency.

She asked about Universal Credit,

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that might has been discussed a

number of times in this place. To be

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very clear, Universal Credit is

being rolled out very slowly. All of

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the lessons learned are being taken

on board. Now more than 50% of those

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receiving Universal Credit are

receiving an early payment so that

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they can manage their finances. The

government has listened to the views

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of the House and has taken steps to

improve the roll-out of Universal

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Credit. She asks about the student

loans company and I encouraged her

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to direct her questions perhaps

through a Parliamentary question on

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the specifics of the issue around

the Chief Executive of the student

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loans company, but I am sure she

would agree it is not helpful for a

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public servant to effectively

undermined the work of their own

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company that they are managing our

behalf of the government. She also

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asked about the debate on R.N. Da.

She will know that we are seeking to

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bring forward a motion to both

houses just as soon as possible. It

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is our intention to do that before

the House rises for Christmas, but

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that will be as ever business

permitting. Thank you, Mr Speaker.

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In order, just before I call the

first backbencher I should advise

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the House that there is a statement

by the Leader of the House to follow

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on an extremely important matter of

great interest to members in all

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parts of the House. Thereafter we

have two debates to take as under

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the auspices of the backbench

business committee to which more

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than 30, from memory I would say 35,

members have submitted an

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application to speak. Those debates

have to finish by five o'clock.

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Thereafter there are two further

matters that are potentially

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debatable for I think a total of

three hours. It may very well not

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happen, but it could. So there is a

premium on brevity. I would ask

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colleagues if they are late, do not

stand and try to take part, that is

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not fair. Secondly, could people

please ask single sentence questions

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without preamble today. I know the

Leader of the House will respond

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with characteristically pithy

replies.

Mr Martin Vickers. Thank

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you, Mr Speaker. Last week at the

transport in the North debate I

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raised the issue of the dormant

plans to extend the M11 up to the

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Humber Bridge. It would be a great

boost for the Northern powerhouse.

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Can the Leader of the House find

time for a debate?

My honourable

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friend is a big champion for his

constituency and the North and I

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encouraged him to seek an

adjournment debate on that very

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matter.

Can I also congratulate the

youth Parliament for the proceedings

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last week and to invite them into

this house and have a debate and

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then send them away and tell them

you cannot participate in our

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democracy until you are 18, that is

strange. It has only been a couple

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of weeks since the last business

questions, but two weeks in politics

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is an eternity for this government.

And then two members of the Cabinet

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have left and the Brexit Civil War

is raging and it puts the Roundheads

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and the Cavaliers to shame.

According to his colleagues, the

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Chancellor is using lots of economic

words so all is not lost. In my view

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this government is in contempt of

this house for not forwarding the

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Brexit analysis papers as instructed

by a binding motion of this house.

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It is entirely up to you, Mr

Speaker, how you respond to this.

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Yesterday I noted in response to a

point of order the government has a

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three-week period starting from the

ministerial statement last week to

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comply with the instructors of this

house. You have been

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characteristically generous to the

government in allowing them is three

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weeks because that motion had no

time limit attached to it. Will we

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see these papers next week and in

full without any reduction and

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qualification? Will they be supplied

to the Brexit committee as

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instructed by this house? It is the

budget next week and we are all very

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much looking forward to it. It seems

like the SNP has been successful in

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assuring that Scottish police... A

single Scottish police force is

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something all parties have supported

all through the years and I am sure

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she will want to welcome this and

thank all the other parties in this

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house for getting behind the SNP in

this campaign.

Thank you, Mr

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Speaker. I can only reiterate to the

honourable gentleman that the

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government is fully committed to

making a success Brexit and to

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making a success of our domestic

agenda. That is absolutely where we

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stand. In terms of the impact

assessment papers, as I said to the

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honourable lady opposite, we will

comply to the motion of the House

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but there is a balance to be struck

in ensuring we act in the best

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interest of the public international

interest and that we comply with the

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wishes of this house. On a single

Scottish police force, of course the

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UK Government will support and

ensure that that single Scottish

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police force is a success in every

way that we possibly can.

John

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Lambert. The Leader of the House may

be aware that last week the official

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business season in Scotland showed

the number of businesses per person

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is 27% higher across the UK compared

to Scotland. And I ask my right

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honourable friend for a debate on

what the government can do to

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support business start-ups across

the UK, especially when the Scottish

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Government is doing all it can to

chase them away?

My honourable

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friend makes a very important point

and I know that he, as well as the

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government, are working hard to

support businesses and entrepreneurs

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right across the UK. But however

many of the leaders of growth are

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devolved to the Scottish Government,

not least business rates. It is in

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their power to make Scotland a more

attractive business destination. I

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am sure he and many of my other

honourable friends on our side of

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the House will be encouraging the

Scottish Government to focus less on

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a second independence referendum and

more in step in to into one of the

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most attractive places in the world

for doing business.

Could I thank

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the Leader of the House for the

business statement. Can I put a

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special plea in for as early notice

as possible for any backbench time

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between now and after the budget and

up in the run-up to the Christmas

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recess? In particular there is a

time sensitive application from my

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honourable friend the member for

South East Cornwall on fisheries.

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That debate application has been

asked for as close to, but before

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the Fisheries Council meeting in

Brussels on the 11th and 12th of

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December. A special request for that

debate. Mr Speaker, on a personal

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note, tomorrow is the 17th of

November, the former anniversary of

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the Tyne & Wear MP's letter to the

Secretary of State for Transport.

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Four months. This matter has been

raised in this house in transport

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questions on the 19th of October, in

the debate on transport in the North

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on the 6th of November. We sent a

follow-up letter on the 12th of

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September. We have not yet had a

holding response, never mind a

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response. Four months, this is

beyond the pale, it is well beyond

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the Cabinet Office recommendations

for ministerial replies.

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Well, the honourable gentleman of

course knows we will always give as

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much notice as we can of backbench

time for the I'm grateful to him for

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raising the specific point about

fisheries, something which is of

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huge interest to many across the

House. With regard to his point

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about the letter about transport and

there is a transport questions date

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for the 30th of November. If he

wants to write to me on this point,

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I can take it up with the transport

Department for him.

Sorry, I was not

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expecting to be called. Can the

Leader of the House please advise me

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how best to raise in this Has the

issue of the £29 million which is

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ready and waiting for the Alex

hospital? They want to start the

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work. The patients are looking

forward to the investment and the

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improvements we have been waiting

for for a long time for the please

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can she help me to speed this up?

My

honourable friend is a great

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champion for the NHS care in her

constituency. I certainly encourage

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her to seek an adjournment debates

and she can hear directly from

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ministers on exactly what more can

be done.

Today is World Pancreatic

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Cancer Day. Last night there was a

report for diagnosing pancreatic

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cancer early. What progress has been

made about tackling the disease?

I

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share the honourable gentleman's

said about this devastating kind of

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cancer. I encourage him to raise

this at health questions all seek an

0:21:510:21:56

adjournment debate. Some of these

specific health issues can benefit

0:21:560:22:01

from more focused attention.

Last

week, the Labour chair of the panel

0:22:010:22:08

referred to construction in the

Green belt as sharp elbowed Nimbys.

0:22:080:22:18

Can we talk about the course of

action available to applicants when

0:22:180:22:22

councillors breach the

responsibilities?

I am sure my

0:22:220:22:28

honourable friend heard the Prime

Minister yesterday saying that we

0:22:280:22:31

will continue to protect the Green

belt he raises a very important

0:22:310:22:35

point. It is vital that local

councillors, like everyone in public

0:22:350:22:39

life, behaves in a way that inspires

confidence and trust of the

0:22:390:22:43

electorate. My honourable friend is

right to raise concerns of his

0:22:430:22:47

constituents. There are some options

available. There is a code of

0:22:470:22:52

conduct required by all local

authorities that applies to local

0:22:520:22:56

authority members and there are

indeed procedures for considering

0:22:560:23:01

complaints when members have

breached the code of conduct. He

0:23:010:23:04

might want to consider that.

We have

seen various reports on the growth

0:23:040:23:11

of fake news and growing evidence of

Russian involvement in the EU

0:23:110:23:17

referendum, and in our politics.

Isn't it time we regulated these

0:23:170:23:22

social media platforms. The chief

Executive and chair of Ofcom both

0:23:220:23:25

say Facebook and Google are media

companies and should be regulated as

0:23:250:23:30

such. Can we have a government

debate on bringing these companies

0:23:300:23:34

under UK law on this issue and seek

to ensure their content can be

0:23:340:23:40

trusted?

The honourable lady is

absolutely right to raise this very

0:23:400:23:44

concerning issue. The Government

recognises the need to protect the

0:23:440:23:49

reliability and objectivity of

information. It is an essential

0:23:490:23:52

component of our democracy. We are

working with industry to ensure high

0:23:520:23:57

quality, online media has a future

and the same time low quality fake

0:23:570:24:03

news is not encouraged. We have not

seen interference of successful

0:24:030:24:13

interference in the UK processes but

we will take robust actions should

0:24:130:24:16

there be evidenced in has happened

in the United Kingdom.

In our

0:24:160:24:22

disgusting and unacceptable snub to

the people of Murray, often

0:24:220:24:26

excessive delivery charges are

applied and in some cases delivery

0:24:260:24:29

drivers refuse to deliver to us at

all customer can we have a debate in

0:24:290:24:37

this House on this issue so we can

raise this issue further and the UK

0:24:370:24:41

Government can expand how they will

work with myself and other

0:24:410:24:44

interested parties to right this

wrong?

My honourable friend has

0:24:440:24:49

raised this number of times

authorities and unjust state of. He

0:24:490:24:54

mentioned it in his maiden speech I

agree with him. People in his

0:24:540:24:59

constituency deserves good service

as elsewhere in the UK for the

0:24:590:25:03

retailers do have legal obligations

to provide clear information about

0:25:030:25:06

delivery charges. I would be very

concerned should this not be the

0:25:060:25:11

case. I am sure the Department for

business would be happy to hear the

0:25:110:25:16

statistics for his local area. I'm

sure a number of members would be

0:25:160:25:19

interested in taking part.

Over a

month ago, there was an assertion it

0:25:190:25:28

was too difficult to unpack the

capped conversion funding. Will he

0:25:280:25:38

confirm it is just a matter of a

government decision?

If the

0:25:380:25:42

honourable gentleman would like to

write to me I can take it up with

0:25:420:25:46

Defra on his behalf. I cannot

address the specifics of it

0:25:460:25:50

personally.

Mr Speaker, a year ago I

and my constituents were furious

0:25:500:25:58

when the urgent care centre in my

constituency was closed overnight.

0:25:580:26:03

We were categorically promised it

was temporary and if it were not

0:26:030:26:06

temporary it would be illegal

because they had not consulted. It

0:26:060:26:10

is now a year on and are looking to

downgrade it. Can we look at the way

0:26:100:26:16

the consultations work and don't

work in our constituencies?

My

0:26:160:26:20

honourable friend is raising what

sounds like an extremely worrying

0:26:200:26:24

development. He will be aware that

all significant service change

0:26:240:26:29

proposals must meet the Government's

a karee is in -- reconfiguration

0:26:290:26:35

tests. Patient and Public engagement

and support for patient choice

0:26:350:26:40

included. There is additional

guidance that these changes should

0:26:400:26:45

be tested on impact on bed numbers.

My honourable friend is right to

0:26:450:26:49

raise this would he may wish to take

it up at health oral questions or

0:26:490:26:54

indeed through an adjournment debate

for this specific hospital.

Mr

0:26:540:27:00

Speaker, will the leader of the

Housemate time available to discuss

0:27:000:27:04

the 58 sector reports? -- House make

time. This would enable us to

0:27:040:27:19

discuss why, far from their being

extra money for the NHS, what is

0:27:190:27:23

happening is more money is being

spent on lawyers and more on custom

0:27:230:27:27

staff and more onto debating a whole

range of EU regulators, none of

0:27:270:27:32

which was mentioned by the league

campaign.

I have already twice now

0:27:320:27:39

given the response on the 58 impact

assessment reports that my right

0:27:390:27:45

honourable friend will comply with

the request of the house at the same

0:27:450:27:49

time there is a balance between

looking after the public interest in

0:27:490:27:59

making sure that we don't damage our

negotiating stance, whilst at the

0:27:590:28:02

same time complying with the request

of the House.

This Sunday, the

0:28:020:28:05

Association of ex-servicemen will

proudly parade, remembering the

0:28:050:28:08

comrades that fell in conflicts at

the Cenotaph. It is also the day

0:28:080:28:12

when thousands of people from across

the UK will come together to help

0:28:120:28:16

the poor and needy. Could my right

honourable friend therefore find

0:28:160:28:21

time, government time, for a debate

on volunteering policy we can

0:28:210:28:24

celebrate those who give their time

voluntarily for no reward?

I share

0:28:240:28:33

my honourable friend Posner

gratitude and enthusiasm for those

0:28:330:28:37

who volunteer. So many services and

so much good is done by people who

0:28:370:28:41

offer their time for nothing just to

provide help and support to their

0:28:410:28:45

fellow men. I thoroughly encourage

him, as has been raised a number of

0:28:450:28:49

times by members across the House,

to seek a backbench or Westminster

0:28:490:28:56

Hall debate on this subject. I know

many ministers would be interested

0:28:560:29:00

in taking part.

Could I urge the

Leader of the House to take more

0:29:000:29:04

serious thing the premise to said

this week about Russian interference

0:29:040:29:08

in our democratic process? Not just

here but right across Europe. Not

0:29:080:29:13

just in terms of social media but

money flowing here. Both in the

0:29:130:29:18

referendum campaign and in our

general election. We have not had

0:29:180:29:21

any nation in this House on that

subject and no select committee?

0:29:210:29:27

Can't we get on with it? Scrutinise.

Bring in GCHQ and get some answers.

0:29:270:29:34

I could not keep up with the

honourable gentleman but I reckon

0:29:340:29:37

there were at least six sentences. I

will remind colleagues I was

0:29:370:29:42

appealing for single sentence

questions, preferably without lots

0:29:420:29:46

of; is.

Mr Speaker, I think the

honourable gentleman's man was

0:29:460:29:52

perfectly acceptable. He raises an

incredibly important point. The

0:29:520:29:57

Prime Minister is absolutely clear,

she is extremely concerned about

0:29:570:30:05

interference from Russian sources.

She could not have been clear and he

0:30:050:30:08

should be reassured by that.

A

master of brevity.

With the Leader

0:30:080:30:16

of the House right joint letter with

the chairman of the Backbench

0:30:160:30:19

Business Committee to all chairman

of select committees, reminding them

0:30:190:30:23

they have opportunities to make a

statement to the House whenever one

0:30:230:30:28

of their reports is published? We

have had today a publication from

0:30:280:30:32

the home affairs select committee.

It would be interesting to ask the

0:30:320:30:36

chairman of that committee about the

report.

I would be delighted to do

0:30:360:30:41

such a thing of the honourable

gentleman was able to do the same.

0:30:410:30:46

It was raised at the Liaison

Committee. That is a very good idea.

0:30:460:30:50

I thank you. Thank you, Mr Speaker.

The leader may be aware that before

0:30:500:30:54

she came in she heard the discussion

about the Primodos drug. The report

0:30:540:31:06

had been published before. The

conclusion in that report was

0:31:060:31:10

different from the one published

yesterday. In light of that and what

0:31:100:31:13

she heard earlier, would you please

consider having a debate on this

0:31:130:31:17

matter in government time and also

to ask the Secretary of State for

0:31:170:31:21

Health to come to the House to make

a statement?

I am very pleased you

0:31:210:31:26

granted the urgent question given

the minister the opportunities have

0:31:260:31:30

an answer some questions. I doing

courage the honourable lady, if she

0:31:300:31:34

were not satisfied with the level of

information, to seek further debate

0:31:340:31:41

perhaps in Westminster Hall or an

adjournment debate to further probe

0:31:410:31:43

this subject.

This weekend

celebrates Saint Edmunds day. Some

0:31:430:31:50

think he should be the first patron

saint of the UK and not St George.

0:31:500:31:55

Would the leader join me... With the

leader join me in thanking everybody

0:31:550:32:02

and welcoming their celebration this

weekend in which she can and indeed

0:32:020:32:05

you, Mr Speaker, like to see the

town of the first patron saint of

0:32:050:32:12

England?

I am sure you and I would

thoroughly enjoy such a visit. My

0:32:120:32:16

honourable friend represents a very

beautiful constituency with this

0:32:160:32:22

world famous cathedral dedicated to

Saint Edmunds. It is great that he

0:32:220:32:25

is being commemorated in this way

and I am delighted to share her

0:32:250:32:29

pleasure at the celebrations taking

place.

Not a Tory assured by what

0:32:290:32:35

has been said about Russia. To be

honest, the Leader of the House Has

0:32:350:32:40

given a different answer. The Prime

Minister says that Mr Putin, we know

0:32:400:32:46

what you are up to. Could she tell

us what he is up to? It seems to be

0:32:460:32:53

including targeting individual

members of this house on a regular,

0:32:530:32:56

daily basis, making sure that the

democratic process is undermined. It

0:32:560:33:05

did not reassure me to hear her say

they have not seen successful

0:33:050:33:10

examples I think they were

successful in the Brexit referendum

0:33:100:33:15

myself.

I would say to the

honourable gentleman, the Prime

0:33:150:33:18

Minister was quite clear we are

taking this extremely seriously

0:33:180:33:21

thought that she is gravely

concerned. He will be aware that

0:33:210:33:25

Gutman has invested nearly £2

billion in protecting the UK from

0:33:250:33:31

cyber attacks. The work we are

undertaken to ensure there is no

0:33:310:33:36

interference in the electoral

process, the Government is

0:33:360:33:37

continuing to work with the

Electoral Commission on the issue of

0:33:370:33:42

imprints on electronic materials. I

realise the honourable gentleman

0:33:420:33:45

will never be satisfied of the key

may wish to seek an adjournment

0:33:450:33:48

debate or other Westminster Hall

debate in order to make sure

0:33:480:33:52

minister comes to answer his

specific concerns.

Mr Speaker, might

0:33:520:33:57

believe it -- Leader of the House

grant a debate on Gutman times and

0:33:570:34:02

we can discuss the indications of

cross border safety resulting from

0:34:020:34:06

the Scottish Government plans to

abolish the British Transport Police

0:34:060:34:09

by integrating its fully with police

Scotland. Many of my constituents

0:34:090:34:16

use the East Coast mainline and they

are deeply concerned because of the

0:34:160:34:19

impact on both sides of the border.

0:34:190:34:25

My honourable friend raises an

important point. The decision to

0:34:250:34:30

integrate the transport please enter

pleased Scotland is a devolved

0:34:300:34:33

matter, but I recognise his concerns

about this approach and he will be

0:34:330:34:37

aware our colleagues in the Scottish

parliament are raising these

0:34:370:34:40

concerns with the Scottish

parliament. The UK Government will

0:34:400:34:44

work with the authorities to ensure

the overall level of policing,

0:34:440:34:48

including policing across the

border, remains as effective as it

0:34:480:34:51

currently is.

Mr Speaker, we believe

the government is about to give the

0:34:510:34:57

green light to the first UK fracking

in six years in North Yorkshire. Can

0:34:570:35:01

we have an urgent debate on how that

is compatible with our climate

0:35:010:35:06

change objectives given that the

committee on climate change says

0:35:060:35:08

there are key tests that have to be

met? The government has not met

0:35:080:35:12

them. We believe this decision in

Ryedale is invalid.

The honourable

0:35:120:35:19

lady and I have discussed this issue

on a number of occasions and she is

0:35:190:35:22

very well aware that for the UK's

energy security we will need to

0:35:220:35:29

continue to have access to gas for

many years to come as we move to a

0:35:290:35:33

renewable and zero carbon

electricity future, but that it is

0:35:330:35:40

not possible to do that overnight.

Fracking is one particular industry

0:35:400:35:47

that is a huge opportunity for the

United Kingdom and our regulatory

0:35:470:35:51

environment for it is the safest in

the world.

I am looking to move on

0:35:510:35:55

to the statement and at the moment

it looks as though several

0:35:550:35:59

colleagues will lose out. I know you

will want to ensure that does not

0:35:590:36:04

happen, so he will ask a question of

one sentence, preferably about 20

0:36:040:36:08

words.

Can the government look at

having a special medal of service

0:36:080:36:14

for this year for all our emergency

services in light of all the work

0:36:140:36:18

they have done in these challenging

times looking at the terrorist

0:36:180:36:22

attacks of this country and the

Grenfell disaster? Looe thank you.

0:36:220:36:28

My honourable friend raises a point

that I am sure all colleagues across

0:36:280:36:31

the House will be delighted to join

in. If he would like to write to me

0:36:310:36:36

I will take this up with the

Department for Culture, Media and

0:36:360:36:40

Sport.

Following another successful

youth Parliament which the speaker

0:36:400:36:46

addressed and shared and I attended,

so when will the government

0:36:460:36:51

dedicates government time to debate

and vote on votes at 16 as it is one

0:36:510:36:55

of their priorities and our debate

was cut so short at the last sitting

0:36:550:36:58

on Friday?

I am glad the honourable

gentleman did find time for that

0:36:580:37:04

debate on votes at 16. He will

realise it is an issue that does not

0:37:040:37:10

command 100% support across this

house, but I am sure he will find

0:37:100:37:14

other opportunities to debate in the

near future.

Could we have a debate

0:37:140:37:19

on the success of the government's

record on cutting carbon emissions

0:37:190:37:23

whilst at the same time fostering

business productivity and I say this

0:37:230:37:28

in the light of the fact that the

climate change industry minister is

0:37:280:37:32

as we speak in Germany with lots of

innovative businesses who have done

0:37:320:37:36

so much in this field and we are

global leaders and we should shout

0:37:360:37:40

about it.

I honourable friend has

used her passion and experience to

0:37:400:37:45

campaign on environmental issues

ever since she has been in this

0:37:450:37:48

house. She is right to point out

that reducing carbon and growing our

0:37:480:37:53

economy are now two things that are

entirely compatible and we should

0:37:530:37:57

seek opportunities to praise and

develop the excellent ongoing work.

0:37:570:38:02

Today's Financial Times report has

concerns over a feeding frenzy over

0:38:020:38:09

and scrupulous pension providers

targeting steelworkers in south

0:38:090:38:12

Wales. Can we have a statement from

the government and action from the

0:38:120:38:16

Financial Conduct Authority?

We are

concerned to hear about the issues

0:38:160:38:21

he raises. I encouraged him to write

to the department and to take part

0:38:210:38:26

in all questions on this specific

point which sounds to be of great

0:38:260:38:28

concern.

Can we have a debate on the

importers of Rotary clubs in our

0:38:280:38:34

communities and will my right

honourable friend join me in

0:38:340:38:38

highlighting the fundraising for

important local and international

0:38:380:38:44

charities?

My honourable friend

praises those who do so much work

0:38:440:38:48

just to help their fellow men and

like my honourable friend earlier I

0:38:480:38:53

absolutely commend them for the work

they do and encourage members to

0:38:530:38:57

seek a debate soon to enable us to

highlight some of the work that is

0:38:570:39:00

carried out.

Universal Credit

roll-out has commenced in Northern

0:39:000:39:07

Ireland, but women who have

conceived their third child and the

0:39:070:39:12

organisations this government

expects to help them still do not

0:39:120:39:14

have clarity over whether they will

suffer persecution. Can we have a

0:39:140:39:21

debate, anything, on the

implications of the two children

0:39:210:39:26

limit and the effects on them and

organisations in Northern Ireland?

0:39:260:39:31

The honourable lady rate is an

incredibly important point. She will

0:39:310:39:34

be aware that in England any claim

from a woman who has conceived a

0:39:340:39:41

third child through nonconsensual

sex will not be heard by a DWP RHI

0:39:410:39:47

member of staff, they will take the

claim and received the support of

0:39:470:39:52

professional third-party advice. We

will not require any evidence of a

0:39:520:39:56

criminal conviction or judicial

finding and it is important we

0:39:560:40:00

continue to work with Northern

Ireland to ensure that policy is

0:40:000:40:04

implemented. As far as possible it

is a devolved matter, but we will

0:40:040:40:08

continue to seek to influence the

outcome.

The Sun newspaper today

0:40:080:40:13

published pictures of BBC workers

asleep at their desk at the BBC News

0:40:130:40:19

Channel, although I cannot find that

reported on the BBC. With the Leader

0:40:190:40:24

of the House arrange for a debate on

this next week?

Mr Speaker, I feel

0:40:240:40:31

slightly stumped. I am not sure. My

honourable friend raises I am sure

0:40:310:40:38

very important point and I regret if

those reporters are so tired that

0:40:380:40:41

they need to follow asleep on the

job.

Incredibly the Prime Minister

0:40:410:40:47

said yesterday that police budgets

were protected. That is news to

0:40:470:40:50

Nottinghamshire colleagues and many

other forces across the country. Can

0:40:500:40:55

we have an urgent statement on

police funding to explain how that

0:40:550:40:58

budget has been protected when the

police have lost 55 million over the

0:40:580:41:02

last five years?

What I can say is

we have protected overall police

0:41:020:41:10

funding in real terms at the 2015

spending review. The 2017-18

0:41:100:41:17

maintains protection for police

spending in a fair deal for them. We

0:41:170:41:22

have increased the amount of the

police transformation fund to 175

0:41:220:41:25

million this year. He will be aware

and no doubt delighted as I found

0:41:250:41:30

that crime has fallen by around a

third since 2010 according to the

0:41:300:41:35

independent crime survey for England

and Wales. That is a testament to

0:41:350:41:39

the excellent work done by our

police forces to whom we are all

0:41:390:41:42

extremely grateful.

The Leader of

the House may be aware of the case

0:41:420:41:48

of my constituents Ernie Ross, a

former Uefa executive who has been

0:41:480:41:52

missing since the 18th of October.

He may be in France or Switzerland.

0:41:520:41:58

Uefa will not help them and the

family are struggling to get help

0:41:580:42:01

from the peace forces in the EU

states. Could the Leader of the

0:42:010:42:04

House used her influence to help get

Bernie Ross home for Christmas?

I am

0:42:040:42:11

very sorry to hear about the

honourable lady's case and if she

0:42:110:42:15

would like to write to me, I will

take up on her behalf.

The Leader of

0:42:150:42:22

the House please confirm immediately

that Nottinghamshire police are

0:42:220:42:26

about to recruit or are recruiting

an extra 120 police officers?

I am

0:42:260:42:33

delighted to hear the news that my

honourable friend raises directly

0:42:330:42:36

from the horse's mouth and again I

would just like to... I would just

0:42:360:42:44

like to pay tribute to the excellent

work of our police forces right

0:42:440:42:48

across the United Kingdom.

I think

the Leader of the House was

0:42:480:42:56

referring to the right honourable

lady in the spirit of saying that

0:42:560:42:59

she was the authentic voice of her

people just as the honourable

0:42:590:43:03

gentleman is the authentic voice.

Forget horses, we cannot have an

0:43:030:43:09

ongoing turf war between

Nottinghamshire members. Liz

0:43:090:43:15

McKinna.

Can the leader of the has

informed the House when the results

0:43:150:43:23

of the consultation on penalties

causing death by dangerous driving

0:43:230:43:25

is going to come to Parliament and

become enshrined into law?

If the

0:43:250:43:31

honourable lady would like to write

to me on that point I can take it up

0:43:310:43:35

with the department on her behalf.

The collective spirit free school in

0:43:350:43:41

my constituency close, displacing

200 pupils. We have had an

0:43:410:43:46

adjournment debate and we have had

further questions and the government

0:43:460:43:53

refused to release an internal audit

report about financial probity. Can

0:43:530:43:59

we have time in government's time to

debate the oversight of free

0:43:590:44:03

schools?

The honourable gentleman

raises a specific point about a

0:44:030:44:09

school in his constituency which

would be highly appropriate for an

0:44:090:44:12

adjournment debate.

My constituency

is at a standstill following an

0:44:120:44:20

accident. With the leader join with

me and support the campaign in the

0:44:200:44:24

local press for a review of safety

on the A 19 and support a debate on

0:44:240:44:30

the A 19 and investment in

infrastructure in the North East?

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What I can say to the honourable

gentleman is we have transport

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questions on the 30th of November

and I am sure ministers will be

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pleased to answer his specific

question there.

Could the members of

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the House who visited Bangladesh

last week have the chance to pass on

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to the House the dreadful suffering

of the Rohinga people who have been

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so cruelly persecuted in order that

this issue is not forgotten and

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remains visible to us because their

suffering is dreadful. The scale is

0:45:060:45:11

unimaginable and the help is

pitiful.

I think all members would

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share with the honourable

gentleman's concern about the plight

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of the range of people. There are

now believed to be over 600,000

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refugees in Bangladesh, it is a

major humanitarian crisis. What I

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can say is the UK Government has

given £47 million in relief,

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including 5 million to match the

very generous donations by the

0:45:360:45:40

British public to an appeal. There

has been a backbench debate on the

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plight of the Rohinga people and

there will be further statements to

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come.

The Resolution Foundation have

found that there is underinvestment

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in nine out of ten firms, citing

economic uncertainty is a factor.

0:45:560:46:03

Hard Brexit poses a further threat

to businesses. Can we have a debate

0:46:030:46:09

in government time on the future of

investment in the UK?

What I can say

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to the honourable lady is that this

government is absolutely committed

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to a strong Brexit arrangement for

the UK and for our European friends

0:46:200:46:25

that enables businesses to continue

to thrive. However, she will also be

0:46:250:46:29

aware of the government's industrial

strategy which is seeking to really

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put true for and particular segments

of our industries so they can

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benefit from innovation, science and

technology that is available in the

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UK.

On the 26th of September a

petition was signed by 1.8 million

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and presented to the UN

decolonisation committee. Will the

0:46:550:47:00

Leader of the House join me in

welcoming this collective expression

0:47:000:47:02

of well and ask for a debate on West

patois.

I am happy to share the

0:47:020:47:12

honourable gentleman's enthusiasm

for the strength of that petition

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and I encouraged him to seek a

debate in Westminster or an

0:47:150:47:20

adjournment debate.

A sentence each.

A clinical commissioning group wants

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to remove free transport for kidney

dialysis patients and instead

0:47:270:47:30

introduce an assessment. Can we

please have a debate as this is

0:47:300:47:38

terrifying for kidney dialysis

patients?

I do encourage the right

0:47:380:47:43

honourable lady to seek a question

in health questions or indeed an

0:47:430:47:48

adjournment debate to focus on the

specific issue she raises.

DWP have

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issued a contract for facilities

management to a company called in to

0:47:560:48:00

serve through the media are saying

are in financial difficulty. Can we

0:48:000:48:03

have a statement to ensure that the

staff who are due to be transferred

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to this company and that their

concerns will be addressed?

He will

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appreciate that DWP will look very

carefully at all of those

0:48:170:48:20

contractors to whom they give their

business to make sure they are in a

0:48:200:48:24

financially solvent position.

Could

we expect a debate on government

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time on the Burns report on Lords

reform so we once and for all can

0:48:290:48:33

put an end to hereditary peers in

the House of parliament?

We all

0:48:330:48:38

welcome the Lords' own review of

their own procedures. The honourable

0:48:380:48:43

gentleman will be aware that it is

not a priority for the government to

0:48:430:48:47

look at legislating for Lords reform

but we await with interest the

0:48:470:48:51

conclusion of the Lord's' own review

of their own proceedings.

There has

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been increased human rights abuse

and persecution of Christians in

0:48:560:49:05

Tibet and against Buddhists as well.

With the Leader of the House agreed

0:49:050:49:08

to debate this important matter?

Right across the House we all shared

0:49:080:49:14

the determination to see the rights

of those of faith and no faith have

0:49:140:49:18

their rights upheld. The honourable

gentleman raises a very important

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point and I encouraged him to

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