23/11/2017 Business Questions


23/11/2017

Live coverage of the announcement of Commons business for the week ahead and questions to the Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom.


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people more control over the theatre

and help punish people who do not

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have high data protection standards.

-- more broadly.

Could the Leader of

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the House give us the forthcoming

business?

In an attempt to be as

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helpful as possible to the House and

with your prior agreement, Mr

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Speaker, I would like to give the

provisional business for the period

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up until the Christmas recess. The

business for the week commencing the

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27th of November will include Monday

27th, continuation of the budget

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debate, Tuesday the 28th, conclusion

of the budget debate. Wednesday the

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29th, opposition day, the allotted

day, there will be a debate by the

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Scottish National Party with the

subject to be announced. 30th of

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November, SMEs by the RBS

restructuring group and also mental

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health and suicide within the autism

Committee. This was by the back

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bends business Committee. Friday the

1st of December, Private members

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bills. The provision of business the

week commencing the 4th of December

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will include, one day, fourth

December, European Union withdrawal

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Bill day four. Tuesday the fifth,

opposition day, sixth allotted day.

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Debate on an opposition motion,

subject to be announced. Wednesday

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the sixth, continuation of Committee

European withdrawal Bill Day five.

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Thursday the seventh, debate on a

motion on prison reform and a safety

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followed by a general debate on the

UK fishing industry. The subject for

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these debates were determined by the

Backbench Business Committee. Friday

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the eighth, the House will not

accept. The business for the week

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commencing the 11th of December will

include, Monday the 11th, second

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reading of the Finance Bill. Tuesday

the 12th, continuation in Committee

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of the European Union withdrawal

Bill day six. Wednesday the 13th,

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continuation in Committee of the

European withdrawal Bill day seven.

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Thursday the 14th, business to be

nominated by the Backbench Business

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Committee. Friday the 15th, the

House will not be setting. The

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provisional business for the week

commencing the 18th of December will

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include, Monday the 18th,

consideration of the Finance Bill in

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Committee B1. Tuesday the 19th,

consideration in Committee of the

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Finance Bill the two. Wednesday the

20th, conclusion of the continuation

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in Committee of the European Union

withdrawal Bill, Day eight Mac.

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Thursday the 20... Business to be

nominated by the Backbench Business

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Committee. Friday the 20th, the

House will not be sitting. I would

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like to inform the House that the

debate on restoration and renewal

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will now take place on Thursday the

11th of January, 2018. I should also

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like to inform the House that the

business in Westminster Hall for

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December will be 4th of December,

debate on the new petition relating

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to public sector Bill. 11th of

December, petitions on the

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referendum for the exit from the

European Union. 12th of December,

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general debate on funding for

domestic violence refuges. 19th of

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December, general debate on the

steel sector deal. This week, the

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working group on an independent

grievance policy held further

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meetings. I am pleased to report the

positive progress we're making and I

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would like to thank colleagues for

the constructive way we are working

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together. All members of the working

group are committed to bringing the

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proposals to the House before it

rises on the 21st December. The

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group has received the number of

contributions, all of which will

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inform the final policy and will be

commissioned to survey that are

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distributed to staff inside and

outside of the estate of Parliament.

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We're balancing the need for fast

action with Due Diligence and we

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will continue to update the House.

The light of the work on harassment,

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it is right to mention that this

Saturday is International Day for

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the elimination of violence against

women. We in this House stand for

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all of those who are working to put

at an end the basis of gender based

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violence. Can I congratulate Her

Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh on

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the occasion of the 70th wedding

anniversary. I think the entire

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country has been inspired by the

wonderful achievement. Thank you.

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THE SPEAKER:

There's heavy pressure

on time today. The phenomena of

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colleagues beatling into the chamber

after the leader has started to give

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the business has been growing in

recent times. This is really very

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unsatisfactory. Members must keep an

eye on the monitor and make sure

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they're here on time. It's not fair

to come late and then expect to be

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called, delaying progress to later

business and opportunities for

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colleagues to participate in that

later business. So, frankly, today,

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I am disinclined to call people who

turned up late. Their conduct must

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improve. Valerie Vaas.

Thank you.

Can Iing thank the leader for

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the-coming business all the way up

to the Christmas recess. That's very

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helpful. Can I thank the leader also

for the extra opposition day. That

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too is very helpful and useful. I'm

slightly saddened, the date for RNR

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is not the date you originally

intended to have it before the

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House. It is now on a Thursday which

is not particularly helpful for

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members who come from far flung

constituencies. Could I ask her to

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look at possibly having the debate

earlier in the week? And could we

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have... Could we have a look at the

motion before we rise? She'll know

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it has been 14 months since the

report and... Sorry s there a

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problem? OK. That costs will be...

The honourable member ought to no,

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he's a lawyer. Judges wouldn't put

up with this. It has been 14 months

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since the report. Costs are

increasing. I raised last week the

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issue which the leader didn't

respond to in her address nor has

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she written to me on the list of

minister ace interests. It has not

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been updated since September. Could

the leader ensure that's done as

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soon as possible? Particularly as

trade negotiations are going on. We

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want to make sure there is

transparency and no condition

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flicked of interest. I don't know if

the Leader of the House is aware of

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when the impact assessments

requested will be provided to the

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chair of the committee of exiting

the union? I think the deadline is

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on Tuesday? I'm sure she's aware of

the sanctions for that. Could we

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also have a statement on what the £3

billion mentioned in the budge tote

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prepare the exit from the EU?

There's to detail on. That we know

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there are 300 staff, the inner tash

until trade has 200 staff. Could the

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leader be explicit what it is for or

could the Chancellor make a

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straight. There's still the

immigration bill, the fisheries bill

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and the agriculture bill. Could the

leader of house please say when

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those will be published. Despite the

secretary saying we wouldn't, we've

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lost the European banking agency to

France and the European medicines

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agency to Holland, we're also losing

our influence, we've lost our judge

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on the international #k0ur9. --

court. Could you do the House the

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courtesy of having a debate or oral

statement on forensics services. In

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2012, the Government sold off the

Florence why I can science service

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despite warning that standards were

slipping two years ago. The Policing

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Minister in a written statement on

Tuesday confirmed tests from Trimega

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between 2010 and 2014 and Randox

Testing Services are being treated

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as potentially unreliable. The

police were informed there may have

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been manipulation of test results.

Customers include local authorities,

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legal representatives, #e78 ployers

and the police. The House needs to

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know what the Government will do to

restore public confidence in

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forensic science and restore the

Forensic Science Service. The

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minister must come to the House as

requested by the honourable member

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for Sheffield. If it is not being

sold off it is being cut. Could we

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have an urgent statement from the

Justice Secretary in response to the

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Shadow Justice Secretary in answer

to his written question that there

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are cumulative cuts of 40% to the

Mods budget ending 2020. The former

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leader of the House has gone to a

department cut in half. The Law

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Society says these cuts are having a

real impact on the ability of the

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most vulnerable in our society to

access justice. So justice for the

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few not the many. The chance willer

appears to have forgotten about

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defending our country. Nothing on

defence. Nothing on social care,

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nothing on student finance or on the

review of university finance.

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Forgotten about the public sector.

Services which underpin our

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communities. He's forgotten about

affordable homes. How much was set

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aside for the liabilities we have to

pay to the EU and mental health. £28

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billion to a cash-rich local

authority and nothing to anyone

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else. Could we have a statement on

all those topics? No invasion just

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stagnation. Nor did the Chancellor

mention the OBR said Brexit played a

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part in weak productivity which

result in the a revised downward

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growth forecast and no measure to

kick-start a stagnant economy. The

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pound has fallen today. Could we

have a statement on what's going to

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be done on that by the Chancellor.

That's why the honourable member

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from Burton resulted to personal

insults to the Leader of the

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Opposition yesterday. There were

plenty of seats Mr Speaker, plenty

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of seats and for the Chancellor. No

need to sit on the stairs. We debate

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in this chamber, I thought, we don't

sledge. That's just for cricket

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matches. Oh, I forgot, there was one

thing the Chancellor did which was

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innovative. The Chancellor and

Government seems to be obsessed by

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driverless cars. We know why.

Because when driverst cars crash,

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there is no driver to take the

blame.

Thank you. I'm personally

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delighted that the Government is

embracing the opportunities of

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future technology and the high

skilled jobs of the future. I regret

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that the honourable lady seeks to

down play the importance of new

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technologies in creating a bright

future for the UK. She asks about

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the debate on the restoration and

renewal of the palace. I can assure

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all honourable members and encourage

honourable members, please do come

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to my third drop-in session next

Tuesday evening where the engineers

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for the R&R programme are on #457bed

to answer questions. I'm there to

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hear all views on what we should be

doing about this fantastic palace of

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Westminster. It is right we get a

grip on it. That's what we are

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doing. That's why we'll have a

debate on 11th January. I encourage

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all members to make sure they're

aware of the issues before then. The

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honourable lady asks about the

impact assessments. As I have said

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many times, we will be absolutely

meeting the obligations of the

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motion that was passed by the House

with regards to impact assessments.

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She asks for information on the

break down of the budget that was

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given to preparedness for leaving

the EU. She will appreciate as we

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leave the EU, there are requirements

to be ready for that, have new

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systems and procedures in place. It

is quite right the Chancellor

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provides funding for those new

systems and procedures. And, as we

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go through the Brexit legislation,

it will be apparent the extent of

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excellent preparation work that's

going on amongst all departments on

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the Government side. She asks about

the immigration, fisheries and

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agriculture bills. They will all be

coming forward in due course. A lot

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of work is already underway to

prepare for that. She asks about the

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UK's influence in the world. I'm

sure she does not mean to talk down

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our great country. We, on this side

of the House, are extremely

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optimistic about the future for the

UK as we seek to leave the EU. We

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have very strong support. We are a

key member of the United Nations

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Security Council. We are absolutely

key to many of the international

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agencies around the world, not least

of which is in our support for

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international aid. Something I'm

sure the honourable lady will

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welcome. She asks specifically about

the Forensic Science Services. It is

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a very concerning report. I'm sure

there will be much more to be said

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about that in due course. She may

well wish, and honourable members,

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to raise that in questions at the

first opportunity. She also asks

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about the 40% cuts in the MOJ

budget. There are questions on 5th

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December. As she will be aware. All

departments are looking to to make

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efficiency savings. It is not the

case cuts automatically mean less

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access to any service. There are

efficiencies being made right across

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Government which is something to

welcome to offer better value to the

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taxpayer. Timmy, in regard to her

points about yesterday's budget,

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yesterday, my Right Honourable

Friend delivered a budget that will

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support a Britain fit for the

future. We've scrapped stamp duty

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for over 80% of first time buyers.

Fantastic news for young people.

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Increased the living wage, great

news for low easterners. Cut income

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tax and frozen fuel duty. These

measures support everyone in the UK

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providing a particularly boost for

the lower paid. The budget proves

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we're taking a balanced approach to

the economy while supporting even

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more people in their every day

lives. Thank you Mr Speaker.

Thank

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you. I'm one of the offenders, as I

said last time, I threw myself on

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your mother'sy but I was on time,

sir.

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THE SPEAKER:

Order, I wasn't aware

the honourable gentleman had been

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late! The fellow behind him is...

The honourable gentleman, the member

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for Gainsborough is chuntering from

a saidant tripost its for the simple

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reason I haven't the foggiest idea

from this distance what he's

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chuntering about. I'm sure he'll

tell me what it is. Meanwhile, the

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honourable gentleman for

Gainsborough can sit quietly and

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await his fate. We'll hear from the

honourable member for Bridgwater.

I

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will not chunter. The Leader of the

House is fully aware at the moment

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we're trying to get built as soon as

possible. One of the problems is the

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A358 which is now under yet again

another set of consultation. Taunton

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Dean Council lied that the road go

ahead has been given. That is not

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true. Could we have a debate on

this. As the Hinkley sea project is

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of massive and international

importance?

My honourable friend

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raises a point that is of grave

concern to him. I encourage him to

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take this up with DCLG ministers.

My

honourable friend sends his

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apologies to you. I want to welcome

the appointment of Sarah Clarke, the

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first black rod. Her appoint the

follows the announcement of the

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first Doctor Who. One inhabits a

weird and whammy universe and the

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other one flies around in a Tardis.

It seems the Leader of the House has

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acquired a time machine. The

pre-Christmas debate on restoration

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renewal will take place before

Christmas 2018 in the new year.

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Another pioneering woman was Winnie

ewing. We're grateful to you for her

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maiden speecheer 50 years ago.

That's why it is quite timely we

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will have the first SNP opposition

day since before the election on

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Wednesday. I know the House is in a

state of breathless anticipation

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waiting to find out what topics we

will chose and whether the

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Government will maintain its policy

of abstaining on opposition day

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motions. We welcome the announced

yesterday from the Chancellor to

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scrap VAT on Scotland's fire and

police services. It is interesting

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Scotland's Tory MPs are trying to

claim credit for the Chancellor's

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change of heart. Any time it's been

raised by SNP members they've tried

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to shout us down. That begs the

question, what is the point of

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Scottish Tory MPs? A couple of weeks

ago, the Leader of the House told us

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it was their job to hold the

Scottish Government to account. She

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told me the place to hold Scottish

ministers to account is the Scottish

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Parliament from whence many of our

colleagues came. If they're so

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obsessed with the performance of the

Scottish Government they should go

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back. We'll find out whether our

Scottish colleagues are prepared to

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get on with their day job and join

SNP MPs in holding this Government,

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the UK Government, to account.

First

of all, I'd like to wish his

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honourable friend well who very

kindly gave the honourable lady

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opposite and myself prior notice he

wouldn't be here. So we do wish him

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well. Secondly, the honourable

gentleman raises the absolutely

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correctly, the issue of SNP

opposition day next week. And we do

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all await with baited breath the

subject for discussion. I would

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encourage him to let the subject for

debate be indeed to congratulate my

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honourable friends, the Conservative

members for Scotland on the

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excellent negotiations that they

held with my Right Honourable Friend

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the Chancellor to try and ensure the

police and Fire Services in Scotland

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would be able to recover VAT which

the Scottish Government decided to

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bring under Scottish rule in the

full knowledge that VAT would not be

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recoverable. So, it seems

extraordinary that honourable

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members on the SNP benches should be

criticising rather than thanking my

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honourable friends for their

contribution and certainly, I'm very

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glad the honourable gentleman

welcomes the debate on R&R. It is

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not just before Christmas 2018, it

is just into the new year of 2018.

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Remembered for Stafford is joining

the end continued celebration a mere

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five days later about Arsenal's 2-0

victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

My

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right honourable friend has not

mentioned the second reading of a

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jest to phase two AA. Can I ask for

a debate on the importance on

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preparing for such a major project

in terms of national road

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infrastructure. These 2A will cut

across lots of busy roads in a short

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space. It is vital that this

national infrastructure is protected

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Julian Lake the Phase 2A if it is to

go ahead.

The debate on HS2 will be

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as soon as possible in the New Year.

He is right to point out that proper

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infrastructure to accommodate this

enormous project is vital. There are

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transport questions on the 30th of

November and I encourage him two

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days that matter there In order to

protect subsequent business I were

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advising the House I would like to

move onto the next business by

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11:45am.

Perhaps members can train

your contributions accordingly.

Can

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I thank the leader for the business

being announced up until the

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Christmas recess. The backbench

Committee has already had

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provisional determinations for the

days that have been announced. On

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the seventh we have prison and

perform and safety. And also a

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general debate on the UK fishing

industry prior the EU fishing

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council in December. The provisional

determination for the 14th would be

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on the quality of prevention --

pension provision for women and also

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pregnancy tests. And for the 21st is

Russian interference in UK politics

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and a general debate on matters to

be raised before the adjournment of

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the Christmas recess.

The I say I am

delighted he was able to accommodate

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the debate on fishing prior to the

December counsel.

We rightly devolve

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money to mayors across the country,

I will not allude to the ball like

0:23:220:23:29

Cuba can I wish Arsenal well in the

Europa League tonight. We provide

0:23:290:23:34

funding to metal mayors and other

local authorities and I asked them

0:23:340:23:37

to spend it wisely. The Labour Mayor

of London has been on the airwaves

0:23:370:23:45

complaining about the funding for

the Metropolitan Police and other

0:23:450:23:50

services. He sits on £2.5 billion of

unallocated reserves and indeed has

0:23:500:23:55

failed to spend a symbol penny of

the record amount of money for

0:23:550:24:01

social housing in London. Can we

have a debate at some time about the

0:24:010:24:07

performance of our devolved

institutions?

Arsenal fans are

0:24:070:24:16

incorrigible. I will stay out of

that one. Northampton rugby side for

0:24:160:24:22

me. My friend makes a very good

point. It is unconscionable for the

0:24:220:24:30

Mayor of London whenever he fall

short in terms of provision for

0:24:300:24:34

Londoners to point the finger at

central Government for the lack of

0:24:340:24:37

funding when he is sitting on the

enormous reserves.

Can I ask the

0:24:370:24:43

Leader of the House for a debate on

the plight of the Muslims in

0:24:430:24:54

Pakistan, particularly people who

have been sentenced to death because

0:24:540:25:03

of the particular sect of Islam that

offends blasphemy laws.

The

0:25:030:25:08

honourable lady raises a sensitive

issue and it is something across

0:25:080:25:13

this House that they condemn, the

death penalty in the first sentence

0:25:130:25:22

-- first instance and also... I

encourage the honourable lady too

0:25:220:25:25

late to the Foreign Office who will

be pleased to take up this issue for

0:25:250:25:28

her.

Like many others on the side of

the House I have received lots of

0:25:280:25:35

correspondence after voting against

an amendment about animal being

0:25:350:25:40

sentiment, it would have limited

practical impact, can my friend

0:25:400:25:47

reactivate the statement released

today by the Environment Secretary

0:25:470:25:49

that confirms this Government does

believe that this Government thinks

0:25:490:25:53

that animals are scenting beings and

that all members want a policy that

0:25:530:25:59

protects animals rather than

supporting this particular amendment

0:25:590:26:03

which an EU term still allows

bull-fighting and Poppy smuggling.

0:26:030:26:12

-- puppy. We are the nation bloc of

animal lovers. -- nation of animal

0:26:120:26:18

lovers. We are proposing to increase

the sentencing for animal cruelty

0:26:180:26:27

and CCTV in all slaughterhouses. He

is right to point out that the

0:26:270:26:33

current EU instrument, Article 13,

has not delivered on the progress we

0:26:330:26:35

want to see. In practice its effect

is very unclear in this field to

0:26:350:26:42

prevent practices across the EU

which are cruel and painful to

0:26:420:26:46

animals. This Government is

committed to the highest standards

0:26:460:26:50

of animal welfare and will take all

steps necessary to ensure that is

0:26:500:26:54

the case in the law.

I wanted to ask

the Leader of the House when the

0:26:540:27:00

Government plans to continue on what

was the courts in prison Bill which

0:27:000:27:08

fell because of the general

election. I have been told they is

0:27:080:27:12

not now a Parliamentary time to

restart a Bill that had cross-party

0:27:120:27:16

support that would end the

unnecessary deaths of children in

0:27:160:27:20

the family courts.

The honourable

lady raises an important point. In

0:27:200:27:28

regard to the previous poll that was

not completed by the end of the last

0:27:280:27:33

parliament, different but similar

measures are being brought forward

0:27:330:27:36

in this Parliament and they will

come forward as soon as the

0:27:360:27:39

Parliamentary timetable allows.

After the foot end -- the end of the

0:27:390:27:46

foreign stage of Newark, we did not

think it would happen again but

0:27:460:27:51

network rail is doing it to us this

time. The barriers at new work

0:27:510:27:57

station are down continuously. The

town is cut off and the hundreds of

0:27:570:28:00

thousands of people who want to come

and shop and work in my time cannot

0:28:000:28:04

get in. Can the Leader of the House

to a debate on the appalling

0:28:040:28:08

performance of network rail which is

under national ownership and how we

0:28:080:28:13

can get things moving again in

Newark.

My honourable friend is

0:28:130:28:19

chasing an incredibly important

point. Newark is a fabulous time and

0:28:190:28:22

I am sure of his constituents are

very annoyed about what is going on.

0:28:220:28:26

He will be reassured to know about

transport questions on the 13th of

0:28:260:28:32

November and that is a good time to

raise his concerns. -- 30th.

As the

0:28:320:28:39

leader had time to read -- read a

linked report from Irish embassies

0:28:390:28:45

that paint the unflattering picture

of the UK Government's negotiating

0:28:450:28:50

skills with relation to Brexit. They

talk about British ambassadors --

0:28:500:28:55

feeling sorry for British

ambassadors trying to present a

0:28:550:28:58

coherent picture with confusion at

home. Will the reader make time for

0:28:580:29:03

a debate on the Government's

incompetence and inability to

0:29:030:29:07

deliver Brexit with the risk of

there being no deal.

There are quite

0:29:070:29:12

a number of debates going on about

Brexit at the moment. Perhaps he has

0:29:120:29:17

not been present in the chamber? I

would also encourage him to stop

0:29:170:29:21

talking the talk -- country down. We

are optimistic about the prospects

0:29:210:29:27

for the country as we leave the EU

and his pessimism is not helping.

I

0:29:270:29:35

was delighted to hear the Chancellor

focusing on infrastructure, air

0:29:350:29:40

pollution and productivity in his

speech yesterday. Infrastructure

0:29:400:29:47

issues and linked growth are vital

for improving air quality. With the

0:29:470:29:51

Leader of the House consider finding

time for the full debate on this

0:29:510:29:54

issue?

My honourable friend is

exactly right, air quality is a

0:29:540:30:02

vital issue for this country. We all

want to see transport moving to

0:30:020:30:07

ensure that we are not unnecessarily

polluting. She is right to raise the

0:30:070:30:12

Chancellor's announcement of more

money for infrastructure funding,

0:30:120:30:16

particularly for linked awards. She

will find a way to discuss the

0:30:160:30:19

specific issue for her constituency,

perhaps through the German debate. I

0:30:190:30:25

think the Chancellor's announcements

yesterday shows a commitment to

0:30:250:30:29

solving the twin problems of

transport and air pollution.

0:30:290:30:35

Congratulations to the Public

Accounts Committee for just the

0:30:350:30:39

revealing a financial calamity of

giant proportions. Instead of the

0:30:390:30:44

anticipated subsidy of £6 billion to

Hinkley point, the Public Accounts

0:30:440:30:49

Committee to look -- calculate it

will be £330 billion of subsidy and

0:30:490:30:57

that the costs will fall on the

poorest consumers. The EPR reactor

0:30:570:31:03

has not produced a single watt of

electricity. Every other examples

0:31:030:31:09

are years late and billions over

budget. Isn't it essential we debate

0:31:090:31:13

this before we have more sinkholes

for dumping billions of pounds of

0:31:130:31:17

public money into?

As has been the

case for a long time, I admire the

0:31:170:31:29

commitment of the honourable

gentleman about talking down nuclear

0:31:290:31:33

power. I have to say to him gently,

he will be aware that this country

0:31:330:31:40

depends greatly on nuclear

electricity generation to keep our

0:31:400:31:42

lights on and will continue to do

so. He will be aware that the

0:31:420:31:49

nuclear power plants are at the end

of the useful life, we need projects

0:31:490:31:54

like Hinkley point, not just for

developing jobs but also for keeping

0:31:540:31:58

the lights on as a low carbon source

of electricity generation that will

0:31:580:32:02

take us into the decades ahead.

Even

these illustrious knights of the

0:32:020:32:12

realm have to learn to arrive on

time. Which of them is the more

0:32:120:32:16

deserving? I think you'll hear from

Sir David Amis.

Will my right

0:32:160:32:27

honourable friend find time for the

debate on animal welfare? Many of

0:32:270:32:33

our constituents have been led to

believe that when we believe the

0:32:330:32:39

European Union, standards of animal

welfare will decline. As an animal

0:32:390:32:43

lover myself, not only do I want to

see high standards maintained but I

0:32:430:32:47

want to see them improved further.

As the Prime Minister said

0:32:470:32:54

yesterday, we have some of the

highest animal welfare standards and

0:32:540:32:58

the world. We have already set out

our proposals to introduce mandatory

0:32:580:33:06

CCTV in slaughterhouses, to increase

sentences for animal cruelty to five

0:33:060:33:10

years. To ban Michael beads that

cause harm to marine life and to ban

0:33:100:33:14

the ivory trade to bring an end to

elephant poaching. -- micro beads.

0:33:140:33:22

We also recognise and respect the

right that animals are sent into

0:33:220:33:27

beings and should be treated

accordingly. We will do everything

0:33:270:33:30

to ensure that our animal welfare

standards remain as high or higher

0:33:300:33:35

as we leave the European Union.

Yesterday we saw another 3 billion

0:33:350:33:42

tossed into the endless black hole

of blacks it. With just 2.8 billion

0:33:420:33:47

extra going to NHS England and

skiers amount for Wales to use. I

0:33:470:33:52

don't know about you Mr Speaker but

I do not remember seeing a big red

0:33:520:33:58

bus driving around stating, Vote

Leave for less NHS spending because

0:33:580:34:02

we have to blow it all on Brexit.

Perhaps they could not find the big

0:34:020:34:06

enough boss? Will the Government

make a statement on this?

The

0:34:060:34:15

honourable lady will be aware that

this Government will be investing

0:34:150:34:18

one third of £1 trillion on the NHS

during this Parliament and

0:34:180:34:23

yesterday, the Chancellor of the

Czech announced an extra 6.3 billion

0:34:230:34:27

of additional funding to meet the

pressure that the NHS is under. And

0:34:270:34:35

an additional 2.8 billion of

resource funding to improve NHS

0:34:350:34:42

performance and ensure that more

patients receive the care that they

0:34:420:34:46

need more quickly. This side of the

House is fully committed to an NHS

0:34:460:34:50

that works for all people in our

country. She should also be a demand

0:34:500:34:56

that the NHS has been independently

voted the best health system in the

0:34:560:34:59

world.

0:34:590:35:00

I apologise for being late. Turning

up late to the vineyard, the

0:35:050:35:12

labourer is entitled to equal wages.

Can I ask my right honourable friend

0:35:120:35:20

about the debate on restoration

renewal? It'll be the first week we

0:35:200:35:23

get back. Can I urge her to lay her

motion early, perhaps before we

0:35:230:35:29

break for the Christmas recess,

because certainly I would like to be

0:35:290:35:33

putting down an amendment and will

need time on the order paper, time

0:35:330:35:39

is it Mr Speaker is kind enough to

select it, for people who want to

0:35:390:35:43

sign it. We accept there should be

the delivery authority responsible

0:35:430:35:49

as the leader of the hazards and

talking about. But unless there is a

0:35:490:35:54

clear instruction to the boards of

experts, will be pressure to take us

0:35:540:36:00

out of the old palace for many years

and take us out of the old Chamber.

0:36:000:36:05

-- kick as out.

He will be aware the

joint committee report sets out that

0:36:050:36:17

it was not possible to set a precise

Budget for the programme at this

0:36:170:36:21

stage and as part of further

feasibility work it will be

0:36:210:36:24

imperative that a thorough business

case should be... In order to assess

0:36:240:36:33

in more detail. The work of the

motion to establish a sponsor board

0:36:330:36:38

and delivery authority will be

essential to provide the rubber

0:36:380:36:42

evaluation of the options and we

will bring forward a motion as soon

0:36:420:36:45

as we can. -- proper evaluation.

The

work of the parliamentary health

0:36:450:36:53

service ombudsman. Their constituent

complained in November 20 16th told

0:36:530:36:59

would receive a response by March

2017 and did not get a response

0:36:590:37:06

until October. We sent many e-mails,

my office, and the weight was too

0:37:060:37:13

long.

If the honourable gentleman

wants to write to me on his behalf,

0:37:130:37:20

I will take it up.

I wish Motherwell

all the best in the League Cup

0:37:200:37:26

final. As they wished other teams

well earlier on in the Chamber.

0:37:260:37:33

Medical assessments by the DWP

agencies and contractors. My

0:37:330:37:39

constituent has cerebral palsy from

birth. She was assessed, zero

0:37:390:37:49

points, received a letter which cost

to try and commit suicide. Can we

0:37:490:37:55

have a debate because honourable

people are being put at risk?

It is

0:37:550:38:00

a concerning issue. As I have said

in this place a number of times it

0:38:000:38:06

is good that all honourable

colleagues do take up specific

0:38:060:38:15

constituency cases. £50 billion has

been committed by the DWP for

0:38:150:38:19

support to people with disabilities

and the double assessments are

0:38:190:38:26

designed to give more control over

lives and care. But there are

0:38:260:38:29

specific cases where the work has

not been done properly and I

0:38:290:38:34

encourage her to make contact with

DWP minister is on her specific

0:38:340:38:39

case.

The Budget red book has 376

words on the whole of the Northern

0:38:390:38:46

Powerhouse Section but 453 words

just on the Oxford, Cambridge,

0:38:460:38:52

Milton Keynes growth corridor. Can

we have a debate on the funding and

0:38:520:38:59

fair investments for the North?

I am

surprised at the question, I think

0:38:590:39:07

the Northern Powerhouse has been at

the heart of everything this

0:39:070:39:10

Government has sought to do since

2010 under the previous and current

0:39:100:39:15

Chancellor. They have shown enormous

commitment to the Northern

0:39:150:39:19

Powerhouse. There has been

employment growth, investment in

0:39:190:39:25

transport and rail infrastructure

and that is spread right across the

0:39:250:39:27

United Kingdom. If the honourable

lady wants to take up the specifics,

0:39:270:39:31

I suggest she raises this during the

Finance Bill debate or the Budget

0:39:310:39:35

debate.

The Foreign Secretary is yet

to make a statement to the House on

0:39:350:39:46

the Rohinga Muslims fleeing my mark.

Each day where our Government fails

0:39:460:39:54

to act is another day wasted with

innocent lives lost -- Myanmar. Can

0:39:540:40:05

we have time for discussion on

numerous reports subjecting

0:40:050:40:13

bystanders to genocide.

We are

concerned about the plight of the

0:40:130:40:22

Rohinga people. It is a major

humanitarian crisis and I commend

0:40:220:40:29

the honourable lady for taking steps

to see it for herself as have other

0:40:290:40:32

members. The UK has delivered a

clear message that the Burmese

0:40:320:40:37

authorities must act urgently to

protect civilians to allow full

0:40:370:40:41

humanitarian access and allow

refugees to return. The UK people

0:40:410:40:46

have given £47 million to an aid

efforts including £5 million...

0:40:460:40:57

Thanks to your gracious hospitality

yesterday women's aid were able to

0:40:570:41:01

hold a reception in your apartments.

We had the most incredibly moving

0:41:010:41:06

testimony from my constituent,

Claire, on how her children were

0:41:060:41:12

murdered by their father when he

barricaded them in an attic and set

0:41:120:41:16

fire to the family home. The leader

has already acknowledged the

0:41:160:41:22

importance of the issue of domestic

violence. Can as once again that we

0:41:220:41:28

have both the Courts Bill and the

domestic violence Bill not within

0:41:280:41:33

this Parliament but within this

Session of Parliament.

I must say

0:41:330:41:41

that I was privileged to be there

with her and many others yesterday.

0:41:410:41:45

And I say in this Chamber what I

said to Claire, her Speech was the

0:41:450:41:55

bravest and most remarkable Speech

that I have ever heard in Speaker 's

0:41:550:42:01

House in nearly 8.5 years as

Speaker. I salute her quite

0:42:010:42:09

extraordinary courage and

determination, as I think everybody

0:42:090:42:10

present date. It was a privilege to

hear.

That sounds incredibly

0:42:100:42:22

harrowing and my heart goes out to

her. It must have been the most

0:42:220:42:25

horrendous experience. May I say

that the Prime Minister has

0:42:250:42:32

personally over many years shown her

own commitment to eradicating the

0:42:320:42:37

appalling and frequent incidents of

domestic violence. We have a

0:42:370:42:43

commitment to bringing forward a

domestic violence Bill. It will be

0:42:430:42:47

done as soon as possible and hope to

encourage the honourable lady, as I

0:42:470:42:52

know she will, to continue to speak

with Home Office ministers about her

0:42:520:43:03

constituency and reshape the bill

should take.

Herders and Christian

0:43:030:43:12

farmers in... With the leader of the

House agreed to a statement on the

0:43:120:43:20

basis that our UK Government could

stop or mitigate this violence?

The

0:43:200:43:31

battles going on right across the

world, he raises the point, he

0:43:310:43:37

offered raises different aspects of

the religious and ethnic battles

0:43:370:43:41

going on, he is right to do that and

I encourage him to continue to

0:43:410:43:44

highlight these cases and should he

feel the need to have a specific

0:43:440:43:49

adjournment debate to highlight a

specific issue, Anchorage and to do

0:43:490:43:52

so. -- I encourage them to do so.

The future of local authorities, not

0:43:520:44:02

a word in the Budget, social care,

yet millions of our citizens depend

0:44:020:44:06

upon them. They are not

efficiencies, they are cuts to the

0:44:060:44:18

services our constituents depend

upon.

He will be aware as we all are

0:44:180:44:25

of the pressures our economy is

under as we seek to balance the need

0:44:250:44:28

to get the deficit under control

that we inherited in 2010 to avoid

0:44:280:44:34

leaving that the burden of debt for

the next generation. At the same

0:44:340:44:40

time, the Chancellor made clear

yesterday he is taking steps to have

0:44:400:44:44

a balanced approach which enables us

to support the most needy and at the

0:44:440:44:48

same time to protect our public

finances.

One of the most vulnerable

0:44:480:44:56

community are those bereaved by

suicide. Dr Sharon MacDonald,

0:44:560:45:08

director at the University of

Manchester, research on those

0:45:080:45:13

bereaved by suicide to prevent

future deaths. Did we have a debate

0:45:130:45:19

on suicide bereavements and its

impact on families and friends but

0:45:190:45:23

also will the Leader of the House

support me in encouraging members to

0:45:230:45:28

circulate the survey to their

constituents?

Of course, I am always

0:45:280:45:33

delighted to help in anyway I can to

try and promote something that as

0:45:330:45:39

important as the right honourable

lady discusses, the impact on those

0:45:390:45:42

bereaved by suicide. I do encourage

her to seek a Westminster Hall and

0:45:420:45:49

adjournment debate so that other

members can bring forward examples

0:45:490:45:54

from their own constituencies.

Could

we have a debate on Government time

0:45:540:45:59

on the process and implementation of

school exclusions because nearly 900

0:45:590:46:03

peoples across North East

Lincolnshire in the last year alone

0:46:030:46:06

have lost 3489 days of the education

and it is critical that schools have

0:46:060:46:13

the support that they need to

provide education that children

0:46:130:46:20

deserve, it is really important.

It

is right to highlight the importance

0:46:200:46:27

of every child getting a good

education and she might be aware on

0:46:270:46:33

the 11th of December there are such

questions I am sure that the

0:46:330:46:37

Minister will be pleased to answer

those questions. We have a

0:46:370:46:42

commitment to £4800 for every

secondary school child, three dozen

0:46:420:46:45

five in Japan for every primary

school child, but also increases in

0:46:450:46:49

specific plans for dealing with

issues for special needs for

0:46:490:46:54

children -- 3500 pounds for every

primary school child. We are

0:46:540:47:04

focusing our education spent on

those who need it most.

I have been

0:47:040:47:10

contacted by occupational pension

scheme at HS BC Midland bank. In

0:47:100:47:23

terms of access to state pensions,

can we have a debate on this

0:47:230:47:27

important subject which is affecting

thousands of people?

The issue of

0:47:270:47:33

pensions, whether private or public,

is important for those affected. The

0:47:330:47:40

honourable gentleman will be aware

he can write and take this up with

0:47:400:47:45

the Financial Conduct Authority who

can look into specific concerns that

0:47:450:47:52

pensioners have a boat a specific

skin. He may well wish to raise that

0:47:520:47:57

during the Budget update next week.

-- pensioners who have a specific

0:47:570:48:02

concern.

It is crystal clear to

everybody, one of my constituents

0:48:020:48:10

has -- my constituent is... Can we

have an urgent debate on Government

0:48:100:48:26

time and the ability of the

Government to vilify the honourable

0:48:260:48:31

and disabled in our society?

I

reject what the honourable lady is

0:48:310:48:38

saying about the Government's

approach. We have done an enormous

0:48:380:48:41

amount to improve the ability of

those with disabilities to be in

0:48:410:48:50

control of the spend on their

welfare. Those in greater need

0:48:500:48:55

receive greater support from the

Government. If the honourable lady

0:48:550:48:58

wishes to raise her particular case

I encourage her to do so at DWP

0:48:580:49:04

questions or the statements that

follows.

Christmas is coming but the

0:49:040:49:12

thing making my constituents unhappy

is the an affair and excessive

0:49:120:49:16

delivery charges they are being

charged, and escalating blight on

0:49:160:49:21

the Highlands and other rural

constituencies, an issue I have

0:49:210:49:24

raised many times. Can we have a

debate on Government time and

0:49:240:49:28

finally dealing with this shark

practice?

This was raised by one of

0:49:280:49:35

my honourable friend on this side

and I completely agree with him and

0:49:350:49:40

with my honourable friend that it is

not right that delivery charges

0:49:400:49:42

should be artificially put up for

particular areas and Anchorage and

0:49:420:49:47

to take this up and see what can be

done about it.

0:49:470:49:53

Last weekend, I attended a

conference Girls To The Front with

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over 200 women and girls discussing,

among other things, feminism and sex

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education in schools. Can we have a

debate on this important issue?

I

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commend her for taking part and

encouraging young women to talk

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about the issues of feminism and the

rights of young women and their

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success in the workplace and so on.

Absolutely vital that we act as role

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models as much as we possibly can,

to encourage young women to aspire

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to fulfil their dreams, and I do

encourage her to seek an adjournment

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so that we can further share our

experiences in that area.

This week,

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the Competitions And Market

Authority said Concorde ear had

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overcharged the NHS when they raised

the price of some tablets from £4 to

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£258. When will the Leader of the

House make sure that it's time for

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the Secretary of State to come to

the size and in a statement, or is

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that talking down greedy corporate

bosses at Concordia?

I share his

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concern about the example he has

given. If true, I am sure ministers

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will want to look at that. He will

be aware that health questions on

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the 19th of December, so if he

cannot get an answer before then, I

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encouraged him to raise it at that

health questions.

It has now been

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two years since at Glasgow deal has

been announced, and some of that was

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supposed to be my constituency, but

some of that is still derelict land

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and I was disappointed that was not

the budget yesterday about that. Can

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we have a debate to consider how we

can regenerate urban areas that have

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suffered from deindustrialisation

and dereliction.

He raises an

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incredibly important point. Right

across the UK, there are pockets of

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areas that do require to beat

generation. I think the

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announcements yesterday of war money

for infrastructure to make a Britain

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that is fit for the future, we will

absolutely want to look at specific

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cases

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