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Majesty has signified her Royal

assent to the following act.

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European Union approval is at 2017.

-- approvals act. Business question,

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Valerie Baz. -- Vaz.

The Leader of

the House please update the house on

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the forthcoming business?

Andrea

Leeds.

-- Andrea Letson. It will

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include Monday the 11th of December,

second reading of the Finance Bill.

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Tuesday the 12th of December,

continuation and committee of the

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European Union withdrawal bill Day

six. Wednesday the 13th of December,

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continuation and committee of the

European withdrawal bill day seven.

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Thursday the 14th of December,

debate on a motion of equality

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pension provision for women followed

by a debate on hormone pregnancy

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tests. The subject for these debates

were determined by the backbench

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business committee. Friday the 15th

of December, the house will not be

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sitting. The provisional business

for the week commencing the 18th of

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December will include, Monday the

18th of December, consideration in

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committee of the Finance Bill Day

one. Tuesday the 19th, consideration

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in committee of the Finance Bill Day

two. Wednesday the 20th of December,

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conclusion of continuation in

committee of the European withdrawal

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Bill Day eight. Thursday the 21st of

December, a general debate on

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Russian interference in UK politics

in society followed by a general

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debate on matters to be raised

before the forthcoming adjournment.

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Friday the 22nd of December, the

house will not be sitting. Mr

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Speaker, today is a day of

celebration. I'm sure colleagues

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across the house will join me in

congratulating our fellow

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parliamentarians down under, who

have today legalised gay marriage.

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Australia becomes the 23rd country

to recognise that marriage is a

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celebration of all love and it has

been wonderful to see such happy and

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celebratory scenes in their

parliament. In further good news,

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today is the commissioning of the

UK's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen

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Elizabeth, where Her Majesty herself

will be guest of honour at the event

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and we hope it is a huge success. Mr

Speaker, I would also like to wish

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good luck to the five cities who

will this evening find out which one

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of them will be crowned the UK City

of Culture. It is a tough choice

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between Stoke-on-Trent, Swansea,

Sunderland, Coventry and Paisley but

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I know the successful city will do

the entire country proud. And

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lastly, Mr Speaker, my final bit of

good news is for the Right

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Honourable member for Walsall South,

the lady opposite, and I'm sure the

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whole house will join me in wishing

her a very happy birthday today. I

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look forward to our catch-up later,

where I am sure we will be having a

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piece of cake together.

Thank you,

Mr Speaker. Follow that, as they

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say. Just I think the numbers were

printed incorrectly for my age, but,

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anyway... Reverse it. Can I thank

the Leader of the House for updating

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the house on business for the next

few weeks. It is more or less

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settled, I suspect subject to a few

phone calls because clearly we were

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expecting a statement from the Prime

Minister earlier this week. We have

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the business for the 11th of

January, the R and R debate is fixed

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and I wonder if the Leader of the

House could update us on the

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business for that week and on R and

R, does she agree with me that given

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the recent action by Unite and the

GMB, she will know more than £10

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billion was paid out last year to

over 250 working people who had been

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denied a job because their name

appeared on a blacklist. I'm sure we

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will look at any future contracts

under R and R to ensure this illegal

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activity doesn't take place because

it has ruined lives. I don't know if

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she is in a position, the Leader of

the House, to publish the motion

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before Christmas so members can have

a chance to amend it? Can I ask the

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Leader of the House to correct the

record, the Chancellor, and I have

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notified him that I would raise this

today, he said in his budget

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statement we have heard a lot of

talk recently about the opposition

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and about what they would do to

crack down on tax avoidance, but the

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truth is that they did not and he

was doing the job the Labour

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Government failed to do in office.

That is totally incorrect. I have

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asked the House of Commons library

what a Labour Government did and

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they have set out measures in the 14

budget reports of all the tax

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implications that were set out by

the Labour Government to protect our

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tax revenues. I will write to the

Chancellor and the Leader of the

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House and place that on record and

also on my website, but I think it

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is important to say tax measures to

protect our revenues did take place.

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It is important because the deficit

is the difference between what the

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Government spends and what it

receives. If it is reducing the tax

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base and cutting jobs in hey Jim is

it, it is hard to know where they

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are going to get the money from and

that is why there have been cuts to

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public services and people living in

poverty -- cutting jobs in HMRC. 75

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years of the Beveridge report the

commission resigns en masse,

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including the former Secretary of

State for Education now in the Other

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Place, because they say the

Government seems unable to commit

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the necessary energy to the social

mobility agenda and the Joseph

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Rowntree then reduced its 2017

report and found that nearly one in

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three disabled people are living in

poverty. 36% of children at and

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pensioners live in relative poverty.

So when will we have an urgent

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debate on the state of poverty in

the UK? And when will there be new

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appointments to the board? We turn

now to the invisible papers, as I

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call them. I have a few questions,

the who, where, what and why? We

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know who, because the motion was

very clear. The Secretary of State

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had to give papers to the exit

committee. In 2016, they were called

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assessments, in December 2016, they

were set some analyses, and it is

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highly bizarre, members have do make

an appointment, arrived five minutes

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early and the new Den get escorted

to look at the papers with a

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Government official. You cannot take

your mobile phone, you have to take

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a notebook and perhaps we are given

a stubby pencil or a pen with

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invisible ink. That is bizarre, we

are elected representatives and

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entitled to see the papers. And if

there is nothing in the papers, why

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is it so secretive? But the bigger

why is why has the Government is not

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conducted the impact assessments

when it is affecting 88% of our

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economy. I join the Leader of the

House in celebrating gay marriage in

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Australia, but more importantly, on

Sunday is human rights Day, Amnesty

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International asks us to remember

our actions that freed Albert would

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Fox, who was held in the USA for 43

years in solitary confinement and

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others in Burma and Mexico. They

have all said when they were

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released it was a result of the role

of Amnesty International and you, Mr

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Speaker, launched yesterday in the

speakers has the Write for Rights.

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They want us to write for amnesty,

their chair and director, 49

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defenders of Turkish rights. I know

the whole house will join in

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thanking the Burgundy town of

Avignon that named one of its

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streets Rue Jo Cox, which reads

"British MP killed for her

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convictions." We condemn those who

support his killer and their group

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and we stand with those who opposed

them and of course, salute the

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silence breakers. And finally, Mr

Speaker, can I congratulate you on

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your wedding anniversary, you and

Sally.

Thank you, Mr Speaker. I was

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not aware it is your wedding

anniversary, congratulations. I

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would also like to share with the

honourable lady in remembering Jo

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Cox and in congratulating that

community in France who have sought

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to recognise her memory and for the

work that she did to promote human

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rights and cohesive communities. She

will never be forgotten and I think

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all honourable members would want to

remember her. She has raised the

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specific issue of blacklisting and

she will be pleased to know that it

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has been made very clear in all of

our procurement contracts that

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blacklisting may not form a part of

any of our suppliers' activities and

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we have received that assurance in

the work and contract for the

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restoration of Big Ben and Elizabeth

tower, so I share her concern about

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that issue. On the matter of tax

avoidance, she sought pleads that

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the Labour Government did a lot to

try and ensure measures to avoid tax

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avoidance but the facts are that

since 2010, HMRC have generated £160

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billion of tax revenues from

measures to stop avoidance and

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evasion. That is an extraordinary

and strong achievement that we

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should congratulate HMRC for but

also this Government, because all

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too often, the opposition talks the

talk but do not walk the walk. They

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simply do not achieve what they

promise and now under this

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Government, the top 1% are paying

27% of all taxes. The top 5% nearly

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half of all taxes. People who earn

more have never been taxed more than

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under this Government, so

progressive taxation is a feature of

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our Government's achievement, far

more so than when the Labour

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Government is work in office. She

talks about the social equality

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commission and, yes, she is

absolutely right to point out that

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Alan Milburn did a great show and

downs of resigning on a job that was

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actually coming to end -- made a

great song and dance of resigning.

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What I would like to point out to

the honourable lady is the amazing

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achievement just this week of

children's literacy in our schools

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in England, where England is joint

eighth in the world for our reading

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as a result of this Government's

changing to phonics and the amazing

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dedication of teachers across the

country. Also, how Green paper on

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mental health, where we on this side

of the house are determined to

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ensure there is parity of esteem

between mental and physical health.

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There are more than 600,000 disabled

people now in work compared to 2010,

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that is a record of achievement that

we on this side of the house are

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proud of and, of course, there are

600,000 fewer children in workless

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households than there were in 2010.

All things designed to support young

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people that are measures this side

of the house have put in place and

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have been determined to make

progress on. Finally, she talks

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about the impact assessments. May I

say to the house that the opposition

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have absolutely caused enormous

headlines and publicity over this

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issue. The house will be interested

to know that the sum total of 16

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members of this House and members of

the House of Lords have taken the

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trouble to go and see that analysis

that has been made available. And of

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course, it is very important, as all

honourable member should respect,

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that the freedom of civil servants

to discuss freely and give advice

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freely to ministers must be upheld

and that is why it is important that

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these reports are held in a

confidential and secure way, so that

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those who have a need and an

interest in reading them can do so.

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But I say again, only 60 members

across both houses have availed

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themselves of that opportunity.

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we have outlawed forced marriages in

this country, but could we have a

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debate on children of 16 still being

able to be married with the consent

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of their appearance, instead of

waiting until the 18, because that

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seems to be an anomaly we should be

fixing.

I think the honourable lady

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raises a question that many people

have concerns about, which is about

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the safety of our children until

they reach an age they can reach

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decisions for themselves. It has

been a long-standing law that young

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people can marry from the age of 16,

and I do not think that is likely to

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be reviewed in the near future.

And

I thank the House for announcing the

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business. Can I wish the honourable

lady happy birthday, and U2, Mr

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Speaker, a happy wedding

anniversary. What a dramatic week,

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when you think that this Brexit

chaotic cluelessness could not get

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any worse, the government surprises

you all over again. I am now

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embarrassed that my nation of

Scotland is caught up in this

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disaster. We did not go looking for

this, we certainly didn't vote for

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it, but the institutions of my

nation are caught up in the

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collateral of it. The government is

in thrall to the DUP, I hope they

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business has been given in advance,

in case they have to hastily

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withdraw. The analysis papers are

still going on, detailing 50 to 60

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impacts, while not existing at all!

What is coming clear is that there

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was never such papers, and for some

reason the government took it upon

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itself to boast about the existence

regarding papers that didn't even

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exist on a binding vote! Is that not

contempt of Parliament? The

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Secretary of State needs to consider

his position. This week everyone

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noticed the repeal Bill is not fit

for purpose and damages the

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settlement, but today the clauses of

the bill still remain in place.

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Yesterday the Secretary of State for

Scotland said he would bring

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amendments at report stage and he

will be held to that, but can he

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ensure they are tabled early so they

Scottish Government can assess

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whether they are sufficient? Can I

also congratulate the cities in the

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city of culture, but you will

forgive us if we give an extra bit

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of support for the city of Paisley

to become the first-ever city of

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culture for the UK?

We will always

be very understanding of his desire

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to support his own local contender,

that is acceptable to all, but

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nevertheless in the Westminster

Parliament we do congratulate all of

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them and wish them luck. He asks

about the claim that the should

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continue to be contempt of

Parliament, but I must utterly

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refute that. The government has

satisfied a motion covering 68

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sectors of the economy. We were

always clear that the analysis did

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not exist in the form the Parliament

requested, but the department has

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taken time to bring together the

analysis in a way that meets the

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request of Parliament, which is to

provide it with the respect it is

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due, and you have now had

recognition from the Brexit select

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committee that they consider that

matter has been closed. The

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honourable gentleman also asks about

devolved administrations, and it has

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been made clear that there will be

close consultation with all the

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consultations including Scotland on

all subjects relating to the bright

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future that we believe lies for the

United Kingdom once we leave the

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European Union.

Will he find time

for a debate on nuisance telephone

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calls made randomly by cold callers?

Yesterday I was driving along the

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day 13 hands-free when a young lady

came on the phone to say she had

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heard I had been involved in a road

accident, to which I replied, if I

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get one more call I will be involved

in a road accident.

I am pleased

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that he always drives carefully, and

also T here he was using a

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hands-free device. But he raises a

very important point of concern to

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many constituents. In the past the

information Commissioners office had

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to prove that an office had to -- a

company had to cause distress before

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they could step in. Now there is a

new law we're friends can be made.

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He might want to seek a Westminster

Hall debate are is the issue at DCS

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questions.

Winter is beginning to

bite, and up and down the country

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accident and emergency is struggling

to cope with the demand. Report this

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morning, 1 million people have not

been served within four hours in

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accident and emergency. In

Huddersfield we have closure of AMD

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threatened. Can we have a debate on

it, the shortage of beds, the

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shortage of doctors?

He will be

aware that, thanks to the hard work

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and dedication of staff, alongside

record levels of funding, the NHS

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has prepared for a winter this year

more than ever before. We know that

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the NHS is facing increased

pressure, which is why it has robust

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plans in place supported by an extra

335 million and announced in the

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autumn budget on top of the

previously announced 100 million to

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support accident and emergency

departments. Nationally there are

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more than 1000 extra beds freed up

since February by reducing delayed

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transfer of key, and areas continue

to work to increase that number to

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more than 3000 extra beds over the

winter period.

Would the Leader of

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the House consider holding a debate

on access to NHS dentists in rural

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areas? Oral health in children is

reaching crisis levels with almost a

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quarter of five-year-old suffering

from tooth DK, and in my

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constituency with a population of

12000 and growing, but not a single

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NHS dentist. I believe this should

be debated to ensure everyone,

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irrespective of where you live,

should have access to good dental

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care.

She's quite right to raise

this. NHS England has a legal duty

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to commission primary care NHS

dental services to meet your needs.

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Access has improved in recent years,

but there is more that needs to be

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done and I encourage her to seek an

adjournment debate so she can raise

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this.

Happy wedding anniversary. And

a happy birthday to my collie, and I

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am happy to see that she is at an

age where the candles do not cost

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more than the cake! It is a very

fine line! Could I ask the Leader of

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the House for early indications of

taming is over Christmas. I am

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hoping we will get some time on the

following Thursday because we had a

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deferred debate... We're getting

indications regarding important

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matters. On the sectoral analysis

and impact assessments, the

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north-east of England has a

particular set of problems when it

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comes to the economy of the United

Kingdom. There is no sectoral impact

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assessment for anywhere else. We

would like one for the north-east of

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England. We are part of a country

that has a balance of payments

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surplus in manufacturing at the

moment, and it is a great deal of

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concern if there is nothing outlined

in terms of what our future would be

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as a region.

I am sympathetic to his

request for more time backbench

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business debates, particularly the

he mentioned that was rescheduled

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for the RBS restructuring group. He

mentioned the impact assessment and

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issues specifically for the

north-east, and I am sure he will be

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reassured since 2010 unemployment is

down 41% in the north-east, 44,000

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more children in good or outstanding

schools, but he makes a good point,

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and I can assure him the government

is committed to making a success of

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leaving the EU for all parts of the

United Kingdom.

Order, could I

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indicate to the House there are 34

colleagues seeking to contribute,

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that we really should finish this

set of exchanges by midday, because

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there is a statement from the

parliamentary undersecretary of

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state the Department of Health to

follow, and thereafter two very well

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subscribed backbench business

committee debates. So, there is a

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premium on brevity. If colleagues

have prepared too long text, please

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have for others that would be

represented, by cutting that, and if

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you cannot, don't bother with the

question because the debates that

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follow are very important and I have

to respect the interests of those

0:23:370:23:41

who want to content -- contribute to

the debates. I was hoping Sir

0:23:410:23:48

Desmond was going to help out

because he is always the master of

0:23:480:23:50

brevity. His questions do not take

much time anyway.

Simple question,

0:23:500:23:59

we're going to build more houses, we

welcome that, but can we have a

0:23:590:24:07

debate to stop estate agents abusing

their position with price-fixing

0:24:070:24:11

Western Mark I agree we want to

build more houses -- your position

0:24:110:24:17

with price-fixing?.

There are DC L

questions next year, but my

0:24:170:24:26

honourable friend, I will suggest

that he writes to me on that point

0:24:260:24:32

and I will take it up with them.

Last week I raised with the Leader

0:24:320:24:40

of the House the possibility of

having a debate about the position

0:24:400:24:43

of Muslims in Pakistan, particularly

those sentenced to death because of

0:24:430:24:49

the beliefs. Now we understand that

a captain, the parliamentarian who

0:24:490:24:56

raised the issues is about to visit

the UK. Can we have a debate to see

0:24:560:25:03

what the government will say to him

about their plight?

I'm sure she

0:25:030:25:10

will be in touch with ministers and

the Foreign Office to make sure she

0:25:100:25:13

has reflected her views to them and

I'm sure they will be happy to

0:25:130:25:16

respond to her request on what the

official line will be when he

0:25:160:25:21

visits.

My constituent had an offer

on his House of £200,000 before fees

0:25:210:25:30

to part of HS2 was announced. They

have now valued it at £185,000. Can

0:25:300:25:36

we have a statement on how HS2 Ltd

are instructing these valuations?

I

0:25:360:25:43

thank him for raising this very

important matter, which has been of

0:25:430:25:47

great concern to my own constituents

and yours. I continued to challenge

0:25:470:25:54

them on a number of constituents

House purchase matters that have

0:25:540:25:57

been outstanding, and I urge my

honourable friend to seek an

0:25:570:26:02

adjournment debate or a Westminster

Hall debate to get a further

0:26:020:26:05

response from ministers on what more

can be done to ensure HS2 and

0:26:050:26:11

addressing all the concerns of the

Association of medical research

0:26:110:26:18

charities has published its report

large all concerns girly.

Can we

0:26:180:26:28

have a debate on how to increase

access to cross blatant dogs?

All

0:26:280:26:38

members have issues within their

constituencies about OFT

0:26:380:26:52

-- off patent drugs. I'm sure there

will be support for a debate on the

0:26:520:26:55

subject.

I am concerned about the

way the boundary commission is

0:26:550:27:03

operating its consultation because

5957 respondents, which is 96% of

0:27:030:27:10

all people consulted in my

constituency put on a response that

0:27:100:27:17

was substantial to say they wanted

to keep Morecambe and Lunesdale

0:27:170:27:21

intact. Both parties agree that both

communities should be kept separate,

0:27:210:27:26

and since then over 1000 more

submissions have been put in.

0:27:260:27:33

Well, my honourable friend is

raising a very important point. The

0:27:330:27:36

boundary commission for England,

Scotland and Wales publicised

0:27:360:27:40

Bakkali to publish provisos and the

consultation does not end until

0:27:400:27:46

September -- published revisions. It

is right to come forward before the

0:27:460:27:54

closure.

Last month, I met my

constituents Margaret and Richard in

0:27:540:27:58

Parliament at an event organised by

CRY, and sadly they were there

0:27:580:28:06

because they lost their son, Tom

Hartmann, who was a talented local

0:28:060:28:10

cricketer who died of sudden cardiac

death, so can we have a debate on

0:28:100:28:15

the work done by CRY and how we can

prevent the 600 deaths every year?

0:28:150:28:21

I'm so sorry to hear about that,

that is a really tragic case and

0:28:210:28:25

there are too many of those. As she

says, 600 cases a year. I do think

0:28:250:28:29

it is absolutely right to raise

these issues in the chamber and

0:28:290:28:33

encourage the honourable lady to

seek an adjournment debate on it.

I

0:28:330:28:38

received an e-mail this week from

two of my constituents, whose mother

0:28:380:28:42

is a former member of the women's

auxiliary air force and was

0:28:420:28:47

stationed at Bletchley Park in World

War II and is being cared for at the

0:28:470:28:52

Royal British Legion care home,

Dunkirk Memorial house in Taunton

0:28:520:28:54

Deane and they wanted to express

their immense praise and thanks for

0:28:540:28:56

the fantastic care their mother has

got, and other veterans get, in

0:28:560:29:01

these homes, so would the Leader of

the House joined me in praising the

0:29:010:29:05

staff at Dunkirk as an pass on the

message perhaps to the Ministry of

0:29:050:29:09

Defence about how important these

Royal British Legion care homes are

0:29:090:29:11

to our veterans.

Well, I'm delighted

to join my honourable friend in

0:29:110:29:18

praising the excellent work carried

out by the staff at the Royal

0:29:180:29:22

British Legion's Dunkirk Memorial

house in her constituency. All six

0:29:220:29:25

of the Legion's care homes around

the country make an enormous

0:29:250:29:28

difference to the lives of

ex-service men and women and their

0:29:280:29:31

families and I know my colleagues in

the defence team recognise that.

A

0:29:310:29:36

recent joint police and DVLA

operation in Bradford on uninsured

0:29:360:29:41

or taxed vehicles showed 540 taxed

vehicles identified and vehicles

0:29:410:29:49

seized because of drivers with no

insurance. It is highest tax evasion

0:29:490:29:53

rate forever decade. But the whole

house join me in congratulating

0:29:530:29:56

Yorkshire police in their innovative

operation to tackle dangerous

0:29:560:30:01

driving in Bradford and with the

Leader of the House grand

0:30:010:30:03

Parliamentary time to discuss this

issue?

Well I certainly share the

0:30:030:30:08

honourable lady's congratulations to

her local police force on tackling

0:30:080:30:13

this, that sounds like an enormous

achievement. I again encourage her

0:30:130:30:17

to seek an adjournment debate to

raise specific points and share best

0:30:170:30:20

practice in catching this type of

evasion.

I'm hoping that somebody

0:30:200:30:25

might perhaps, just conceivably,

manage a single sentence question?

0:30:250:30:31

Mr Stephen Curry...

0:30:310:30:43

-- Kerr.

Lastly, RBS which is owned

by the taxpayer and as branch

0:30:440:30:48

closures and the loss of jobs,

including the branch in my

0:30:480:30:53

constituency. Can the Leader of the

House, in Government time, provide

0:30:530:30:56

for us a debate on the announcement

of these closures and the future of

0:30:560:30:59

retail banking in this country?

Well, my honourable friend is a

0:30:590:31:04

strong champion for his constituency

and raises a very important point.

0:31:040:31:08

All banks must now comply with the

access to banking standard that

0:31:080:31:12

requires consultation and careful

thought before closures and he will

0:31:120:31:16

be aware that the Post Office now

provides access to basic banking

0:31:160:31:21

services for all retail banks, but

nevertheless, he raises a very

0:31:210:31:24

important point that I do encourage

him to pursue, perhaps with the FCA

0:31:240:31:28

or the bank themselves.

In recent

weeks, I've noticed an increase in

0:31:280:31:34

immigration casework and I'd

previously written to the Home

0:31:340:31:37

Office regarding the effect delays

are having my constituents. Data

0:31:370:31:41

published by the Department last

week showed only 62% of MPs' letters

0:31:410:31:46

and 72% of e-mails are responded to

within their standard service

0:31:460:31:50

timescale. Could you please have a

debate on the modernisation of Home

0:31:500:31:54

of his correspondence so members and

their constituents can receive

0:31:540:31:56

responses in a timely fashion?

Well,

the honourable lady raises an

0:31:560:32:01

important point that, for many

others, we all have constituency

0:32:010:32:05

cases with regards to these

challenges. I know from speaking to

0:32:050:32:09

the Home Office, quite often the

problem is slow responses from

0:32:090:32:12

overseas countries to enquiries, so

it is quite difficult to totally be

0:32:120:32:17

in control of response times but she

raises an important point that she

0:32:170:32:20

might want to bring about Home

Office questions.

This is an

0:32:200:32:25

important week in the taxing trade

-- taxi trade because the world's

0:32:250:32:31

first purpose-built electric taxi is

being made in Anstey Park in my

0:32:310:32:37

constituency and has been certified

for use in London. Can we have a

0:32:370:32:42

debate on how these initiatives can

meet environmental objectives?

I

0:32:420:32:49

congratulate him on that achievement

in his constituency, that is great

0:32:490:32:52

news for London and it is certainly

great news for rugby. The Government

0:32:520:32:57

is fully committed to reducing the

carbon footprint of our transport

0:32:570:33:01

system and this is a great new step

and it will certainly provide relief

0:33:010:33:04

for many people living in London.

Research carried out by the citizens

0:33:040:33:12

Project at Goldsmiths in my

constituency show that pollution in

0:33:120:33:16

south-east London reached six times

the world health limit on several

0:33:160:33:20

occasions during the last year. Can

we have a debate on this important

0:33:200:33:24

public health issue?

Well, the

honourable lady will have no doubt

0:33:240:33:30

been delighted by the mention of the

first London certified electric taxi

0:33:300:33:35

being built in his constituency. She

raises something that matters

0:33:350:33:38

enormously to all of us, the problem

of air pollution in London but right

0:33:380:33:44

around the country, it is something

the Government is determined to

0:33:440:33:48

tackle and we are taking strong

steps to encourage and to help local

0:33:480:33:51

authorities to pay for new pollution

free zones, but, equally, she should

0:33:510:33:57

speak to the Mayor of London, who

does of course have the challenge in

0:33:570:34:01

London are putting in place measures

to reduce the poor air quality in

0:34:010:34:05

our great city.

Having come eighth

in the international Reading test

0:34:050:34:12

only this week, can we have a debate

on phonics and the underlying

0:34:120:34:16

teaching of literacy in order that

we can make all children great

0:34:160:34:19

readers?

Well, I completely agree

with my honourable friend. This is a

0:34:190:34:26

great achievement that demonstrates

just how far the Government's

0:34:260:34:29

teaching reforms have taken us and I

would like to again praise all

0:34:290:34:34

teachers for their amazing

dedication. And also the pupils

0:34:340:34:38

themselves, congratulations to all

those children on England delivering

0:34:380:34:40

its best result since 2001, in no

small part thanks to our increased

0:34:400:34:46

emphasis on phonics.

Mr Speaker,

many Conservative MPs said Monday

0:34:460:34:53

that Clause 11 of the EU withdrawal

bill was deficient and yet voted for

0:34:530:34:56

the cause. The Secretary of State

that Scottish questioned yesterday

0:34:560:35:00

said the committee stage of this

House was merely to listen. Can we

0:35:000:35:02

have the urgent debate on what the

stages of bills are supposed to be

0:35:020:35:06

at this House?

As has been made

clear so many times, included by

0:35:060:35:14

myself, we are determined to get the

best possible deal for the United

0:35:140:35:17

Kingdom and for the EU 27 as we

leave the EU and an important part

0:35:170:35:21

of that is listening to all views,

constructive views, that seek to

0:35:210:35:27

amend and improve the legislation.

That is what we have been doing and

0:35:270:35:30

that is what we will continue to do.

Reports suggest that some 800

0:35:300:35:37

British citizens may have gone to

fight for the evil death called

0:35:370:35:40

Daesh in Iraq and Syria my right

honourable friend the Defence

0:35:400:35:45

Secretary and indeed the Ministry of

State at the Foreign & Commonwealth

0:35:450:35:50

Office have both indicated those

individuals not be allowed to be --

0:35:500:35:56

to return to the UK and may be

hunted down and kill. Am I right

0:35:560:36:00

honourable friend arrange

restatement to be made before

0:36:000:36:02

Christmas, because clearly this is a

matter of great importance for

0:36:020:36:05

policy for members across the house?

My honourable friend is right to

0:36:050:36:10

raise this issue and I would like to

pay tribute to the amazing work of

0:36:100:36:15

our counterintelligence people in

this country who we have just heard

0:36:150:36:19

recently have been able to thwart

multiple terror efforts in this

0:36:190:36:24

country. It is important that we

continue to support them and we are

0:36:240:36:29

continuing to invest in

counterterrorism. Equally, my

0:36:290:36:32

honourable friend raises the

question of what we do to stop

0:36:320:36:35

terrorists from coming back to this

country from overseas and it is

0:36:350:36:38

clearly the case that we need to use

every means at our disposal to do

0:36:380:36:43

so.

Could the leader do something or

could we have a debate about the

0:36:430:36:48

Government publishing routine

information? I have been trying for

0:36:480:36:53

15 months to get the library's task

force dataset published and have had

0:36:530:36:58

various answers that it will be

published in due course or the near

0:36:580:37:01

future. If the Government can

publish papers that don't exist,

0:37:010:37:04

surely they can publish papers that

do exist and honourable members of

0:37:040:37:08

the public can see them.

If the

honourable gentleman wants to write

0:37:080:37:12

to me, I will take that up on his

behalf.

Mr Speaker, when I visited

0:37:120:37:20

the excellent Trinity high school in

Redditch just recently, I had the

0:37:200:37:23

privilege of speaking to the

wonderful people there and asked

0:37:230:37:26

them about their experience of being

a teenager in today's world and they

0:37:260:37:30

did indicate to me some of the

pressures that they face due to

0:37:300:37:34

social media and their lives today.

So would she joined me in welcoming

0:37:340:37:37

the massive boost to children's and

young people's mental health

0:37:370:37:41

services and will she work with the

Department of Health to make sure

0:37:410:37:44

this funding gets to work on the

ground in Redditch and elsewhere?

My

0:37:440:37:50

honourable friend is quite right,

there are huge challenges facing

0:37:500:37:54

young people, unique challenges from

social media, from cyber bullying

0:37:540:37:57

and so on and the Government's Green

paper on mental health does seek to

0:37:570:38:02

alleviate that and to address the

problem at its core. For me

0:38:020:38:07

personally, in the very earliest

years, building that robust

0:38:070:38:09

emotional strength that children can

then rely on for the rest of their

0:38:090:38:13

lives.

The Leader of the House will

have seen that virgin care have sued

0:38:130:38:21

the NHS and this is familiar to me

because they threaten to me when I

0:38:210:38:25

raised their dubious practices in

this House previously. Would she

0:38:250:38:28

consider the debate and make it

clear that she will consider

0:38:280:38:38

protecting from corporations like

virgin question mark absolutely, the

0:38:380:38:40

NHS is something that right across

this House we share a commitment to,

0:38:400:38:43

we share a commitment to service is

being free at the point of delivery

0:38:430:38:48

and we will always defend the NHS

against any external threats to it,

0:38:480:38:52

including from private providers.

--

private providers. Some private

0:38:520:38:58

provision has been incredibly

beneficial to patients and the NHS

0:38:580:39:04

and we shouldn't overlook that.

My

constituent recently received a

0:39:040:39:08

demand for payment of £160 from

parking contractors on behalf of his

0:39:080:39:16

local Lidl supermarket while he shot

better about 50 minutes and writing

0:39:160:39:19

to the chief Executive, he was

distinctly disinterested -- while he

0:39:190:39:24

was shopping there for about 50

minutes. Can we have a debate about

0:39:240:39:28

the abuse parking charges by certain

companies?

I think we can all share

0:39:280:39:33

my honourable friend's frustration

about some of the appalling abuses

0:39:330:39:38

of this type of activity by private

parking enforcement organisations

0:39:380:39:43

and I certainly share his concern, I

am very sympathetic to that and he

0:39:430:39:47

should, I'm sure, seek an

adjournment debates so other members

0:39:470:39:50

can also hear about this situation.

The British Association of social

0:39:500:39:55

workers issued advice to their

workers this week saying they

0:39:550:39:58

consider it unethical and grading to

subject a woman to disclosure of an

0:39:580:40:01

incident of rape to a third party

just to access benefits. They join a

0:40:010:40:06

listing including the Scottish

Government, Unison and RBN. Can we

0:40:060:40:12

join them in a condemnation of this

policy and the Clause?

What I say to

0:40:120:40:18

the honourable lady is we fully

recognise this is a very difficult

0:40:180:40:21

and sensitive issue but can I assure

her a mother -- another will never

0:40:210:40:28

be questioned by a member of HMRC or

staff, they will simply take the

0:40:280:40:35

claim and seek professional

third-party evidence. There will not

0:40:350:40:37

be any requirement for evidence of a

criminal conviction or judicial

0:40:370:40:40

finding. We have adjusted our

approach to make sure women are

0:40:400:40:46

getting the support they need and

additional financial support is

0:40:460:40:49

going to those to whom it was

intended.

Mr Speaker, I am afraid of

0:40:490:40:56

a steelworker's pension scandal

brewing. Constituent of mine are

0:40:560:41:01

worried about making the wrong

decision for pensions transfer. The

0:41:010:41:05

Financial Conduct Authority is, I

think, providing insufficient

0:41:050:41:09

support to steelworkers at this

crucial time, so can we have a

0:41:090:41:15

ministerial statement and an action

plan from the NCA to support

0:41:150:41:19

steelworkers trying to do the right

thing for their families? -- FCA.

0:41:190:41:25

Pensions is of course a complex

subject and for anybody who is

0:41:250:41:29

trying to make decisions, they do

need the right advice for that. The

0:41:290:41:32

honourable gentleman is right to

raise it in this chamber and I do

0:41:320:41:36

encourage him to seek further

guidance from the FCA so that he can

0:41:360:41:40

provide support to his own

constituents.

When are we going to

0:41:400:41:45

have a statement on the rights of EU

nationals, in particular Irish

0:41:450:41:49

citizens, many of whom have lived in

this country for decades. Even if

0:41:490:41:53

the Government can't sort out

anything else on the EU withdrawal,

0:41:530:41:56

please can we have a statement on

this, which is causing anxiety to

0:41:560:42:00

millions of people in this country?

Well, I'm surprised to hear the

0:42:000:42:06

honourable gentleman seek that

reassurance. The Prime Minister has

0:42:060:42:08

made very clear on numerous

occasions, including in her Florence

0:42:080:42:13

speech, that all EU citizens will be

able to carry on living their lives

0:42:130:42:17

as before and we have committed to

incorporating our agreement on

0:42:170:42:21

citizens rights fully into UK law.

Can we have a statement from the

0:42:210:42:29

Home Office regarding a constituent

of mine who lost his passport but

0:42:290:42:33

has indefinitely to Remain. He has

been stuck for three months even

0:42:330:42:36

with a replacement passport. His

wife is pregnant, can the Minister

0:42:360:42:39

look into this?

0:42:390:42:43

I am sure the honourable gentleman

is already in contact with UK BA,

0:42:430:42:48

and I am happy to look into it on

his behalf if he wants to write to

0:42:480:42:52

me.

Can I gently say to the

honourable gentleman, the Leader of

0:42:520:42:59

the House is not to the best of my

knowledge the chief Executive of the

0:42:590:43:04

citizens advice Bureau. And although

the honourable gentleman was allowed

0:43:040:43:08

to continue with his question,

questions should be about the

0:43:080:43:11

business for next week, so my little

hint to him if he should seek to get

0:43:110:43:16

into his enquiry referenced to a

request for a statement or debate.

0:43:160:43:24

That is very much the correct form

for business questions, not, will

0:43:240:43:28

you have a look into something and

let me know? It is not quite the

0:43:280:43:33

same thing. Nevertheless we let him

off on this occasion, and I see that

0:43:330:43:38

in the friendliest possible spirit.

From the current city of culture,

0:43:380:43:44

can I say that we send our very best

wishes to those bidding to be the

0:43:440:43:50

next city of culture. This week

radio Humberside is reporting that

0:43:500:43:55

there has been an upsurge in the

roof of mopeds to commit anti-social

0:43:550:44:00

behaviour. -- in the use of mopeds.

What practical steps can we take to

0:44:000:44:09

deal with this, and why is it

happening? It is not just in Hull,

0:44:090:44:14

and beyond the side of decent people

against this yob culture.

Yes, we

0:44:140:44:20

can all share in her concern in

this. We have seen a rise in more

0:44:200:44:26

bed crying, we are concerned about

this and the Home Office. I am sure

0:44:260:44:30

the chairman of the backbench

business committee would be

0:44:300:44:33

delighted to hear from her with the

suggestion that there be a

0:44:330:44:37

cross-party debate on it.

Will the

Leader of the House make time

0:44:370:44:41

available for a debate on why the

government have conducted an impact

0:44:410:44:44

assessment into gravity fell sewers

and games, but not into the UK

0:44:440:44:54

leaving the European Union.

We're

back to the government smells, are

0:44:540:45:01

we? Here's being quite deliberately

flippant. As he will know, the

0:45:010:45:09

government has produced sectoral

analysis, which has been provided in

0:45:090:45:12

a form that is useful to Parliament

in accordance with requirements of

0:45:120:45:17

the motion passed. Therefore the

government has fulfilled the request

0:45:170:45:21

made and I sincerely hope the

honourable gentleman is enjoying

0:45:210:45:26

looking at that analysis and

learning from it.

It has been two

0:45:260:45:33

years since the Glasgow city deal

was announced, but in recent days we

0:45:330:45:37

have heard the Scottish Government

agency transport Scotland is

0:45:370:45:42

backsliding on their commitment to

deliver the Glasgow Airport rail

0:45:420:45:46

link, having sabotaged the project a

decade ago. Could we call a debate

0:45:460:45:50

or make a statement on the delivery

of the Glasgow city deal to ensure

0:45:500:45:54

it delivers the infrastructure

needed for Britain's second city?

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I'm extremely sympathetic to his

call for further progress. The

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government is fully committed to

these city deals, and perhaps make

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like to seek an adjournment debate

to discuss what more can be done to

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make this happen faster.

Increasing

the number of live exports of

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animals has been suggested to cope

with the expected 80% collapse in

0:46:230:46:29

meat exploits post Brexit,

increasing the number of animals

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exported on the hoof rather than on

the hook. Will Brexit be paid for in

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increased suffering by defenceless

animals?

I can see that we are proud

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of having some of the highest animal

welfare standards in the world, and

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it is in fact the EU that prevents

the UK from looking at curbing

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further measures to export live

animals. But if I can just say to

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him, the movement of live animals is

not the export, it is the distance

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they have to travel without proper

care for food and drink undressed

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and so on, that is the issue he

should be concerned with, not the

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export or the distant travel of

those animals. We remain absolutely

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committed to doing everything we can

to further improve the welfare of

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animals as we leave the EU.

Last

week Her Majesty's inspector didn't

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of Constabulary announced the police

force is not fit for service, with

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people in my constituency waiting

over an hour for a response.

I think

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we are always extremely grateful to

our police forces for the work they

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do, the honourable gentleman is

raising a point I am not aware of,

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but he may wish to raise it in Home

Office questions or through an

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adjournment debate to get further

information.

Since 2012, and two

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thirds of Britain's total waste

plastic exports are being shipped to

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China and Hong Kong. From January

that has to stop, China is banning

0:48:230:48:27

the imports. Can we have a statement

as to where we will send plastic

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waste come the New Year?

I am sure

she will appreciate that this

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government has been totally

committed to doing as much as

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possible to protect our environment,

particularly marine environment

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through the introduction of the

Bluebell and protected areas around

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the coastline, our proposal to ban

micro beads and face cleansing

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products, this government has banned

plastic bag use without charge

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against them, and we're fully

committed to doing what we can to

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protect our environment. Should she

wish to seek an adjournment debate

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on this matter, I am sure ministers

will be delighted to discuss that

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with her.

Nepal has passed a new

criminal Court Bill criminalising

0:49:140:49:20

so-called blasphemy and the

conversion of others. Widespread

0:49:200:49:27

concern... With the Leader of the

House agreed to a statement on this

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issue?

I agree about the importance

of international freedoms and

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looking after the rights of

minorities such as he mentions, and

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I encourage him to seek a debate on

that subject.

On the Royal Bank of

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Scotland and small business customer

treatment, could we have a debate as

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soon as possible, but certainly

before the government flogs off its

0:49:590:50:03

shares and avoids accountability?

I

think he will be pleased to have

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seen that RBS is recovering and

detox about the government flogging

0:50:090:50:12

off its shares. Because the

government's intention to return it,

0:50:120:50:20

and recoup the money the taxpayer

used to bail them out. He is

0:50:200:50:24

absolutely right, the debate was the

important one about the

0:50:240:50:29

restructuring that it. I know his

honourable friend, the chairman of

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the backbench committee, is seeking

to the schedule it as soon as he

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can.

Amongst the spin of how

powerful the new Scottish Tories are

0:50:360:50:44

and how they secured a £40 million

VAT exemption for police and Fire

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Services, yesterday I highlighted

that has come at a cost of 265

0:50:490:50:54

million Scottish Tory. If they

genuinely did so much work in terms

0:50:540:50:59

of the VAT exemption, could she make

a statement outlining why the

0:50:590:51:02

Chancellor was not able to give me

in writing a date of one meeting

0:51:020:51:06

with any one of the 12 backbench

Scotty Tories on exemption?

I am

0:51:060:51:13

delighted he recognises the amazing

work done by my honourable friends

0:51:130:51:20

the Scottish Conservatives. I share

the enthusiasm for looking after the

0:51:200:51:25

interests of their Scottish

constituents, and I am sure the

0:51:250:51:28

honourable gentleman will be

delighted that in our budget a

0:51:280:51:31

couple of weeks ago the Chancellor

was able to confirm a £2 billion

0:51:310:51:37

consequential budget boost for the

Scottish Parliament.

Eight months

0:51:370:51:47

ago I informed the HSBC bank is

closing, no others are closing,

0:51:470:51:56

leaving my constituents with one

bank. What can ministers do to

0:51:560:52:01

address the issue of banks closing?

There is a new protocol that banks

0:52:010:52:14

must take to properly consult. As he

will be aware, the footfall in bank

0:52:140:52:20

branches has resumed -- reduced

significantly. But any areas where

0:52:200:52:28

there are older people who are not

so able, post offices and now

0:52:280:52:38

offering basic banking services for

all high street banks, which in some

0:52:380:52:42

cases means better opening hours and

a better service for constituents.

0:52:420:52:45

But he is right to raise this and I

would encourage him to seek an

0:52:450:52:49

adjournment debate.

We will hear

today who will be the winner of the

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UK city of culture, and Paisley is

now one of the favourites after a

0:53:030:53:06

difficult start to the campaign. Can

we have a statement on the

0:53:060:53:10

competition to raise awareness of

the winner and the campaign?

We wish

0:53:100:53:17

all of those competitors the best of

luck and it is great to see the

0:53:170:53:20

honourable gentleman sticking up for

his own local applicant, and I wish

0:53:200:53:24

you every success with it. I am sure

there will be plenty of

0:53:240:53:28

opportunities for him to raise his

issue directly with the Prime

0:53:280:53:31

Minister should they be successful.

On the 9th of November last year,

0:53:310:53:38

seven people lost their lives and

many more were injured in the

0:53:380:53:43

Croydon tramp hash which was the

largest of its kind in 50 years.

0:53:430:53:49

Today there rail accident

investigation Branch are publishing

0:53:490:53:51

their findings into the causes of

the accident, and I have had early

0:53:510:53:57

site, and it is clear the findings

will apply across all of the

0:53:570:54:01

different tram networks of the UK.

For the sake of those who died, many

0:54:010:54:05

of whom were just going on their way

to work, never to return again, to

0:54:050:54:11

the Secretary of State come to this

place and make a statement about how

0:54:110:54:15

he's going to ensure the findings of

the investigation will be

0:54:150:54:20

implemented as quickly as possible

so this never happens again?

All

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members, I think the whole country

was horrified by what happened, it

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was an absolute tragedy, and I think

we all send our great condolences to

0:54:310:54:35

families and friends those who died,

and it is right that we learn the

0:54:350:54:41

lessons from that report, and we

will be very happy to discuss what

0:54:410:54:45

kind of feedback we

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