14/12/2017 Business Questions


14/12/2017

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the House has not been met in this

case. I do not judge that points of

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order can arise from these rulings.

Business question, Valerie Vaz 's

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topic at the Leader of the House

please update the House on the

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forthcoming business. Leader of the

House Andrea Leadsom.

Thank you Mr

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Speaker. The business for the week

commencing the 18th of December will

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be Monday the 18th of December

consideration in committee of the

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Finance Bill Day one. Tuesday the

19th of December, continuation of

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consideration in committee of the

Finance Bill Day two, followed by a

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motion to approve a statutory

instrument relating to terrorism,

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followed by a motion to approve

European documents relating to the

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Schengen information system.

Wednesday the 20th of December,

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conclusion of continuation of

committee of the European Withdrawal

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Bill Day eight. Thursday the 21st of

December, General debate on Russian

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interference in UK politics and

society followed by a general debate

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on matters to be raised before the

forthcoming adjournment. The

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subjects for these debates were

determined by the Backbench Business

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Committee. Friday the 22nd of

December the House will not be

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setting. The business of the week

commencing the 8th of January will

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include on Monday the 8th of January

the second reading of the taxation

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cross-border trade Bill. Colleagues

will also wish to know that

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remaining stages of the European

Union Withdrawal Bill will take

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place on Tuesday the 16th and

Wednesday the 17th of January 2018.

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Mr Speaker, six months have passed

since the awful tragedy at Grenfell

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Tower. Our hearts go out to those

who suffered such trauma and have

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had to rebuild their lives after

such terrible loss. This was a truly

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unimaginable tragedy and it should

never have happened. Today's

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memorial service will remember those

we lost and will thank the emergency

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services, the recovery team, the

community, public support workers

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and volunteers who did everything

they could on that terrible night.

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Valerie Vaz.

Thank you. Can I thank

the Leader of the House for the

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future business. I note cheese only

gone as far as the 8th of January so

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I'm not sure with a date for the

restoration renewal has also been

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fixed for the 11 or if it's going to

be moved. Mr Speaker, they say good

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things come in threes. Firstly

tomorrow it is Save the Children

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Christmas Jumper Day. Secondly, we

congratulate the new member of the

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Alabama the Democrat Doug Jones on

his victory that politics is about

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hope and not division. Thirdly, the

matter of yesterday. We are very

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pleased that finally Parliament has

been recognised as being sovereign.

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It brings back to Parliament the

final vote on the deal so Parliament

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can have a say, just as every

Parliament in the EU will have a say

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on the deal. It enables us to do our

job. Mr Speaker, you thought three

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was the magic number, actually four

is the magic number. Before anything

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happens to those MPs who voted to

bring sovereignty back to

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Parliament, let's remember there are

many rebels still sitting in this

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House. One of the things that are

going to flow from the EU Withdrawal

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Bill are the many SIs which will be

coming out. The government has

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conceded the amendment from the

procedure committee so can I ask

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when will the new committee be set

up, the sifting committee? Can she

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ensured the cheque comes from the

opposition? Mr Speaker I've heard

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what you said about the content and

the sexual analysis of the

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assessments. I have seen the

documents. We have to almost sign a

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note to say we cannot reveal what's

in it. We are democratically elected

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members of Parliament, we cannot

share that information with our

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constituents, I don't think that is

acceptable. If there is any

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commercial information in there that

may or may not be excluded, and if

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it's just a matter of fact, I can

see no reason why members can't see

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the documents in the reference

library and why it can't be

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published. I'm not sure if I can

reveal this bit but in the

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footnotes, many of the footnotes,

from the office of National is to do

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so it is in the public domain in any

event. -- Office of National

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Statistics. Having undertaken the

biggest reorganisation in the NHS

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the government has embarked on

another one with transformational

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plans. They now intend to bring

forward regulations to support the

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setting up of accountable care

organisations, an idea imported from

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the United States. It's not clear

how the ACOs will be accountable to

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the public and what level of private

sector involvement there will be and

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what implications that will be for

NHS staff. We've had CCG 's, STP 's,

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ACOs, it's becoming an anachronism

of incompetence from this

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government. The Shadow Secretary of

State for help has written to the

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leader to ask whether the

regulations will be published in the

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New Year. Can I ask is that the

government's intention to do so and

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if so when? Can the leader reassure

the House there will be adequate

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time for a debate and vote? Again

we've got a government that cannot

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make a decision. We've got a new

industrial strategy but made a

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decision on the Swansea tidal

lagoon. There was a letter on the

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20th of November signed by 100

businesses. We've had adjournment

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debates from members on our side,

we've had oral questions, written

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questions on the latest one says a

decision will be made in due course.

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Could the Leader of the House please

say what that means, or is it the

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case the government don't want to

make an investment in Labour Wales?

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Turning to the motion of the

opposition day and how the

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information has been dealt with,

it's crucial for us, the opposition

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and members of Parliament to hold

the government to account. We've got

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a situation where the Leader of the

House said on the 26th of October

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that the relevant Minister will

respond to opposition Day motion is

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no later than 12 weeks. There was a

point of order last week by my

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honourable friend the shadows

negative state of education. She

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said she received a response on the

tuition fee motion that had no

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bearing on the motion. It was done

in a written statement on the last

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day so it didn't give us an

opportunity to question the Minister

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on that. Could the Leader of the

House meet with me and perhaps

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discuss with the House authorities

how we can take this forward and

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have proper information so that we

can hold the government to account

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which is what our job is. Mr

Speaker, I fail to mention

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previously the passing away of Jimmy

Hurd MP. He was a good servant of

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this House, he was chairman of the

European scrutiny select committee

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and the panel of chairs for 14

years. He served this House well. I

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want to honour his memory just as

I've joined the Leader of the House

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in honouring the memory of those who

died at Grenfell Tower. There was a

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memorial yesterday which you

attended and there will be a

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memorial in St Paul's Cathedral

today attended by the Prime Minister

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and the Leader of the Opposition.

The shadow Housing Minister has

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asked the Prime Minister why, when

she said I have fixed deadline of

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three weeks everyone affected to be

found a home nearby, but that hasn't

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taken place. Mr Speaker, as you let

the hammock candle yesterday in

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Speaker 's house, candles will be

lit to remember the innocent dead at

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St Paul's which will take place any

minute now -- Hannukah candle.

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One-minute people watching TV or

doing their homework, the next

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minute they are dead. The light has

gone out of their lives but the

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flame of remembrance will continue

to burn as we remember them today

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and always.

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Thank you Mr Speaker and certainly I

share in the great tribute from the

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lady opposite to those who suffered

in the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Our

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thoughts with them today and all the

time. The government has been

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committed in the last six months,

all the way through, that the

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families and survivors will have

needs taken care of. Something the

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government remains committed to. I

also want to pay tribute to Jamie

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Hood, a great servant to the house.

The honourable lady asks about the

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scheduling of the debate on

restoration, she will be were a

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number of representations have been

made from members across both sides

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of the house. Looking into options

other than those before the debate

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to take place. A number of

priorities to consider. We are

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listening to representation being

made on the debate. Future of

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business will continue to be

announced in the usual way. The

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honourable lady asks about the issue

of the shifting committee. I want to

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pay tribute to my honourable friend,

proposing amendments that I have

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been happy to confirm I will propose

changes to standing orders once the

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bill has received Royal assent. The

honourable lady asks about viewing

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the analysis and you yourself have

just confirmed that after taking

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advice from the Brexit select

committee you are satisfied that

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they are satisfied, this is a very

important point. Addressing the

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major challenges facing the hills

give challenge system. Improving

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integration. I think we can all

agree, it is vital that we focus on

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making the most productive use, out

of the resources available. On the

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subject of opposition day debates,

when a motion has been approved by

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the house, the relevant Minister

will respond to the resolution by

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making a statement no more than 12

weeks after the debate.

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We will be able to open any actions

that have been taken. It is a very

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complex and the track record is

excellent, 26% of electricity

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derived from renewables, improving

low carbon and electricity resources

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should not be ignored. I just want

to reiterate that we are working

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closely with the Royal Borough of

Kensington and Chelsea to provide

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that we can provide social housing.

It may be sensible to have another

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Grenfell Tower United meeting in six

months. We will not forget what we

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heard this week, so we can learn

more from those who have life after

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death. Remembering the Foreign

Secretary's visit to Iran, it could

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be a good idea that the relevant

ministers look back into deportation

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from this country and ask if it is

seriously sensible to try to expel

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somebody who has been living here

for most of their life, after

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criminal attack has lost hands and

feet. And also to review the case,

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when someone who has not lived in

Ghana for more than a year since he

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was four. Up for deportation.

The

only thing missing in that

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fascinating essay, request for a

statement or debate.

Next week.

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Referred to the first week back.

Zero statement or debate. It is not

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beyond the competence. Can I gently

say to other members, if they wish

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to imitate the right honourable

member, this should not seek to

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imitate him in length today.

Thank

you Mr Speaker. I absolutely share

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my right honourable friend's for the

review of the experience of

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survivors six months on from today.

With regards to his point on

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deportation I am not aware of the

specific keys but Foreign Office

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ministers will discuss those with.

Can I thank the leader of the house

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for announcing next week, and thank

you for the helpful statement and I

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fully appreciate but in the wider

context something has to change. We

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have to get back onto an even keel,

these difficulties are down to the

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fact that these governments are not

prepared to participate fully in the

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Democratic stature is of this house.

We have satisfactory, contrary to

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all democratic instincts, badly

letting down constituents that we

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represent and serve. When government

diminish, bad start happens and bad

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stuff happens in the context of

this. It has to stop. Return the

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house to the conditions prior to the

last election, diminish democracy we

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can proud of. I know it is party

season, but today few site the

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morning after the night before. You

can almost feel the groggy heads,

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defeat for Brexit plans. Hopefully

this is going to be the first steps

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of the brakes on sanity. I think one

of the lessons from last night has

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to be that it is conclusive that you

have cross-party talks across the

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house about the Brexit process and

that must involve the democratic

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assemblies across the United

Kingdom. Mr Speaker, can we have a

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debate on trading standards. I think

the feeling in Scotland is that we

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have been sold a Tory pup. Scottish

Conservative MPs said they would

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come down here, proudly and

defiantly, taking on the Scottish

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Government. Nothing other than the

conservative lobby for this. Down to

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the whip. Scotland is demanding the

money back. If we cannot get the

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money back, can we at least have

these honourable gentleman replaced

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by champions for Scotland who will

act for the entries in this house.

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Thank you Mr Speaker. The honourable

gentleman is obviously on good form

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this morning. He made a slip up,

calling my friends, gentlemen. A

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lady or two among them. I take that

seriously. They make an enormous

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contribution to the constituencies

in Scotland. Regularly attending

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this, so that they can't raise

particular issues. I encourage them

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to do that. The honourable gentleman

does not mention the two billion

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additional funding for Scotland that

was announced by the Chancellor in

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the recent budget that should be a

very good boost to Scottish

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finances. That should actually

enable the Scottish Government not

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to take the step of making Scotland

the most highly taxed part of the

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United Kingdom. Also raising the

question of democracy and listening.

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He will be aware... In this place we

have had countless opportunities to

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discuss Briggs, the government has

been listening and I myself have

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taken part in a number of

discussions about how we can more

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carefully accommodate the views of

this house, we have been listening

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carefully and I have been delighted

to accommodate the effort and

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procedures of the committee,

something that the house was keen to

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see. We have had eight hours of

protected debate every day, eight

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days of the committee. Exhaustively

looking at every aspect. This is

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certainly not evidence of a failure

to communicate or engage. The

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government is listening and we are

keen to engage across the house.

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That is good to continue to be the

case as we seek to leave the

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European Union with a good deal for

all parts of the native kingdom. --

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United.

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Before the debate announced, will

she reflect on the fact that many of

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Winston Churchill's greatest war

time speeches, were made from Church

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House. Would she consider that would

be an appropriate location?

Well...

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My honourable friend will no doubt

want to take part in the debate on

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the question of restoration but it

is vital that we focus on the key

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issues. Protecting the Paris for

future generations. It is a heritage

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site, 1 million visitors every year.

The future is paramount. So to,

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costs to taxpayers. We absolutely

have to focus on the best value for

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money that we can.

Can I thank the

leader of the house for the business

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statement, and also for the meeting

that she had with me last week to

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discuss a range of issues. Can I as

again for early notice of any time

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allocation for the backbench

business committee for January so

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that members can have ample notice

for times. How the chamber and

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Westminster Hall. A little gripe...

The backbench business committee has

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a membership of eight. Usually,

four. Can I ask that we actually

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looked at that in standing orders.

Possibly a similar forum, could she

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possibly have a word with her

colleague, with the committee of

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selection and ask him not to pick

members of the backbench business

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committee for the statutory

instrument committee at the same

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time.

I am always very happy to

address representations from the

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honourable gentleman. I will look

into the point that he has

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mentioned.

Last week, the general

electorate announced the loss of

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1000 jobs in my constituency and

could we have a statement from the

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government both on the support that

will be provided to those trained

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and excellent workers to find other

work but also to show how the United

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Kingdom government will support

power engineering saw that it can

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maintain and grow the position in

research, manufacturing and export?

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I am very sorry to hear of these

potential losses. My honourable

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friend is absolutely correct to

support constituents. The government

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meets with the general electorate to

discuss business and November

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announced plans for the global

restructuring. Consultation under

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way on the redundancies and the

timescale is yet to be announced.

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The government stands ready to

support anyone who loses their job

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through the DWP rapid response

service.

I want to raise the issue

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of rough sleeping. My constituents

are contacting me, very concerned

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especially in this weather weather

rapid rise of people sleeping on the

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streets. Hull council have done good

work to prevent 500 cases of

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homelessness but a 75% increase and

I wanted to know if we can get the

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government debate on why it has

since 2010 rough sleeping has

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doubled in this country,

particularly the last year.

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The honourable lady is right to

raise the subject. It is extremely

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disturbing to see anyone sleeping

rough in our country. The government

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is investing a significant sum to

eliminate rough sleeping altogether

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by 2027 but the Harvard by 2022.

Certainly in my own area, the Hope

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centre in Northampton is doing

excellent work as are so many

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homeless charities around the

country to ensure that during this

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cold patch nobody is having to sleep

rough. I shared the honourable

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lady's concern and she may wish to

seek a backbench debate to discuss

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this concerning issue.

Following on

from my colleague, this week to bury

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vulnerable people were driven from

Taunton Deane and left in Bridgwater

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on an excuse which I find

unacceptable in the 21st century.

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They unfortunately were left to

tonight 's fending for themselves

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and a tragedy could have occurred.

If it wasn't very kind people we

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would have had a nightmare on our

hands. Can I follow my Labour

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colleagues to say can we please have

a debate in this House and homeless

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people and people who are vulnerable

in our society. Can we please have a

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debate in government time to talk

about this.

Just before the Leader

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of the House responds I listened

most attentively to what the

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honourable gentleman said, but can I

just very politely say to him that

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if he is going to refer to another

honourable member's constituency it

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would be a courtesy to notify that

member in advance. That's all I want

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to say. Matters should be sorted out

between colleagues but I think that

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that is what I would call a point of

courtesy rather than a point of

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order.

I completely share the

concern about homelessness and rough

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sleeping. It is something that is a

huge worry across the House and died

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in courage all members to consider

combining to have a backbench debate

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on the subject. We have implemented

the Homelessness Reduction Act.

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We've allocated £550 million to

tackle homelessness and Rob sleeping

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through to 2020 and also 10 million

of funding to support eight new

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social impact project so we can give

targeted support of the most

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difficult issues around rough

sleeping.

I'm grateful to the Leader

0:25:570:26:03

of the House that she is thinking

about moving the date of the debate

0:26:030:26:06

because it is better not to have it

on a Thursday. Can I ask whether we

0:26:060:26:10

can have a debate on Ipsa,

specifically because of the way I

0:26:100:26:16

will stop treated. Most employers

bring forward the December staff and

0:26:160:26:23

salary payment before Christmas. Why

can't Ipsa do that?

The honourable

0:26:230:26:29

gentleman raises a very interesting

point which I am happy to look into

0:26:290:26:33

and his behalf.

0:26:330:26:43

Mr Speaker, East Worthing will be

briefer than West Worthing. When we

0:26:440:26:48

going to have a debate on the

parlous state of children's social

0:26:480:26:54

care?

My honourable friend and I

share a deep interest in the plight

0:26:540:27:07

of the earliest years and the

importance of secure early

0:27:070:27:11

attachment for the future mental and

emotional well-being of children,

0:27:110:27:15

right the way through their lives. I

certainly and always happy to

0:27:150:27:21

support in his efforts to achieve

debates in this House on that

0:27:210:27:23

subject.

I have details here from

Norfolk police of regular occasions

0:27:230:27:33

when people are held unlawfully by

the police while they are waiting

0:27:330:27:39

for mental health services to

respond. In one case someone was

0:27:390:27:43

detained for 68 hours in police

custody. We know this is now

0:27:430:27:46

happening around the country quite

readily. Will the Leader of the

0:27:460:27:53

House arrange for the Health

Secretary to make a statement to

0:27:530:27:56

this House? It is surely intolerable

that the police are put into a

0:27:560:28:00

position where they are having to

detain people unlawfully because of

0:28:000:28:04

failures of mental health services.

Well, what I can say to the

0:28:040:28:15

gentleman is the government has

shown a huge commitment to mental

0:28:150:28:19

health services. I share his concern

about the specific point he raises

0:28:190:28:24

and I do encourage him to try and

attend health questions next Tuesday

0:28:240:28:28

where he will get the opportunity to

ask ministers directly.

Thank you Mr

0:28:280:28:35

Speaker for your words about the

courtesies of this House and the way

0:28:350:28:38

we should conduct ourselves. I

wanted to say that last week I met

0:28:380:28:42

with the Taunton Chamber of Commerce

and most of the members of that

0:28:420:28:46

chamber are small and medium-sized

businesses and are the backbone of

0:28:460:28:49

our thriving economy in Taunton and

Wellington. Enabling them to grow is

0:28:490:28:54

really important as we move forward,

especially with Brexit. Could we

0:28:540:28:58

have a debate on how to benefit this

sector in the south-west with

0:28:580:29:05

specific reference on how to unlock

opportunities through the government

0:29:050:29:09

is commendable industrial strategy?

I totally agree with my honourable

0:29:090:29:15

friend. SME's are the lifeblood of

our economy and they deserve our

0:29:150:29:21

praise and support. Taunton Chamber

of Commerce are putting some

0:29:210:29:24

incredibly smart measures in place

to support local businesses and I

0:29:240:29:28

congratulate them for that. Our

industrial strategy will support

0:29:280:29:31

businesses. The retail sector will

benefit from business rate relief,

0:29:310:29:36

cutting £10 billion of red tape and

improving access to finance.

0:29:360:29:42

LAUGHTER

Thank you Mr Speaker. Let

me tell the House about my

0:29:420:29:58

constituent. He wasn't allowed to

take breaks. He was then refused

0:29:580:30:09

annual leave and was prevented from

carrying annual leave over. Due to

0:30:090:30:14

the tribunal fees he wasn't able to

take them to court. I've managed to

0:30:140:30:20

get him some money back but they

haven't engaged in any meaningful

0:30:200:30:25

way with myself to get him full

compensation. Can I get a statement

0:30:250:30:30

confirming the Leader of the House

will review how they treat employees

0:30:300:30:33

and advise how I can get that

settlement back?

As he often does

0:30:330:30:40

the honourable gentleman raises a

very serious constituency issue and

0:30:400:30:44

I recommend to him that he seeks an

adjournment debate so he can address

0:30:440:30:48

this directly with ministers.

This

evening I'll be joining the upfield

0:30:480:30:55

Chamber of Commerce that their

Christmas dinner celebrating small

0:30:550:30:58

businesses across my constituency

providing opportunity and security.

0:30:580:31:03

In fact, since 2010 1000 jobs have

been created every day. Will the

0:31:030:31:10

Leader of the House provide time for

debate on the government's success

0:31:100:31:14

in employment?

Well, I'm very

pleased to join my honourable friend

0:31:140:31:20

in welcoming the latest employment

figures and in congratulating

0:31:200:31:25

upfield Chamber of Commerce that the

work they do to support businesses.

0:31:250:31:30

There are 325,000 more people in

work than this time last year. Youth

0:31:300:31:35

unemployment is down 416,000 since

2010. Figures I'm sure the whole

0:31:350:31:40

house will welcome.

Last night we

had the unedifying sight of a

0:31:400:31:48

government Minister frantically

coming to the dispatch box to give

0:31:480:31:51

concessions to his own backbenchers

to push through government policy.

0:31:510:31:54

Last week we had clause 11 of the EU

Withdrawal Bill where many of the

0:31:540:31:58

backbenches on the government side

said it was deficient but amendments

0:31:580:32:01

were brought forward. Can we have a

statement or debate when the

0:32:010:32:05

government will bring forward

amendments to crawl seven which her

0:32:050:32:08

side says is deficient in the Bill?

-- clause seven.

The honourable

0:32:080:32:13

gentleman will be aware that they

ate as I've just announced of the EU

0:32:130:32:20

Withdrawal Bill will be debated next

week so he may wish to raise his

0:32:200:32:22

point Ben -- day eight will be

debated next week the whole house

0:32:220:32:29

will agree constituency thought to

be equalised but the departure.

--

0:32:290:32:33

we will be cutting the cost of

governance. Can she make sure any

0:32:330:32:37

private members Bill coming along

that my correct this debate gets the

0:32:370:32:42

money billet needs? -- Bill that it

needs.

I will look closely at what

0:32:420:32:51

might honourable friend suggests.

Can if I may declare an interest. I

0:32:510:33:02

travel to Bangladesh to see the

Rohingya refugee camps. Can I ask

0:33:020:33:07

the Leader of the House, can we have

a debate on the situation of the

0:33:070:33:11

Rohingya? I know there have been a

number of debates focusing on the

0:33:110:33:15

crisis as people fled Myanmar. The

situation of 800,000 people living

0:33:150:33:21

in camps and 36,000 unaccompanied

children, 30,000 women who have been

0:33:210:33:26

raped and are now pregnant, the need

for clean water, the need for

0:33:260:33:30

refugees, we need to know what the

ongoing commitment about our

0:33:300:33:34

government and ministers will be to

help the plight of the Rohingya.

0:33:340:33:40

Festival I commend the honourable

gentleman who are going to see fit

0:33:400:33:43

himself, I know a number of

honourable members from all sides of

0:33:430:33:47

the House have been to lend their

own personal support and I commend

0:33:470:33:51

all of them for that. It is a

harrowing case. We've had three

0:33:510:33:56

debates and questions on this

subject in September and I know the

0:33:560:33:59

government is watching it incredibly

closely. My right honourable friend

0:33:590:34:04

the International Development

Secretary has announced further UK

0:34:040:34:06

aid of £12 million to try and help

support the Rohingya people,

0:34:060:34:11

bringing the UK's total support of

£59 million. I also want to commend

0:34:110:34:16

the generosity of the British people

who have personally contributed

0:34:160:34:21

millions of pounds to helping

support the plight of the Rohingya

0:34:210:34:24

people.

According to the latest

Office of National Statistics

0:34:240:34:36

figures, unemployment in Crawley has

reduced by 59% since 2010. Can we

0:34:360:34:41

have a debate early in the New Year

and continuing economic policies

0:34:410:34:45

that increase employment and

therefore more revenue for our

0:34:450:34:49

important public services?

I'm

delighted to hear about the

0:34:490:34:55

employment statistics in my

honourable friend's constituency. I

0:34:550:34:59

know he shares my enthusiasm for the

fact employment is up more than 3

0:34:590:35:05

million since 2010. That's more

people than ever before with these

0:35:050:35:08

security of a pay packet to support

themselves and their families.

The

0:35:080:35:16

government's draft ombudsman Bill is

of great interest to many of my

0:35:160:35:19

constituents who are victims to the

attacks of the technology pension

0:35:190:35:23

scheme which cannot be investigated

due to a loophole in the law. Will

0:35:230:35:26

the leader find the time for this

important Bill to come to the House

0:35:260:35:30

in the New Year?

The honourable lady

will be aware that the government

0:35:300:35:37

considers carefully all of the

potential different bills and tries

0:35:370:35:41

to accommodate as far as possible

those important bills that improve

0:35:410:35:46

the lives of all of our

constituents. She raises an

0:35:460:35:49

important issue and I will look at

it.

Can we have a debate in this

0:35:490:35:55

House and very damaging policies

being pursued by the SNP with regard

0:35:550:36:00

to taxation which will have a huge

impact on my constituents and across

0:36:000:36:06

Scotland? Does my right honourable

friend agree with me that the SNP

0:36:060:36:11

should stick with their manifesto

commitment of not raising the basic

0:36:110:36:14

rate of income tax which they went

to the Scottish public with, to stop

0:36:140:36:20

Scotland being the highest taxed

part of the UK?

My honourable friend

0:36:200:36:27

continues to be a champion for his

constituents and he's absolutely

0:36:270:36:32

right to raise his concerns. Income

tax powers were an important part of

0:36:320:36:36

the Smith commission recommendations

and we have devolved them through

0:36:360:36:40

the Scotland Act of 2016. It does

say a lot about the priorities of

0:36:400:36:44

the Scottish Government that within

just a year of having these powers

0:36:440:36:49

they are threatening to renege on a

manifesto commitment. As I said

0:36:490:36:52

earlier, it would be a great shame

that if Scotland were to become the

0:36:520:36:57

highest taxed part of the UK.

Mr

Speaker, does the Leader of the

0:36:570:37:06

House understand that 1,300,000

people will be killed this year by

0:37:060:37:11

road death? Does she understand also

that this week we have had global

0:37:110:37:18

legislators from all over the world

in this Parliament including the

0:37:180:37:22

Speaker of the Moldovan Parliament

here debating the auspices of the

0:37:220:37:27

zero foundation that we will

actually tackle this? It's the

0:37:270:37:32

greatest epidemic of our time, can

we have a debate on it in the New

0:37:320:37:36

Year?

I'm certainly aware that the

government have tried hard to insert

0:37:360:37:47

year -- ensure that we reduce

incidence of road traffic accidents

0:37:470:37:50

and tried to provide all drivers

with the right know-how to be able

0:37:500:37:54

to drive safely and carefully. He

will be aware of legislation coming

0:37:540:37:59

forward for driverless vehicles and

that is an opportunity to improve

0:37:590:38:03

road safety. But nevertheless he may

well wish to seek an adjournment

0:38:030:38:08

debate so you can discuss the

specific and good work of the

0:38:080:38:11

organisation he mentions.

Thank you.

The government is committed to

0:38:110:38:17

helping at least another 11 million

children in the poorest countries

0:38:170:38:20

get a decent education by 2020. Will

the leader find the time to hold a

0:38:200:38:26

debate on the importance of

investing in education as a means to

0:38:260:38:30

helping children out of poverty?

0:38:300:38:37

My honourable friend raises

something the Government is

0:38:370:38:40

extremely proud of and that is our

efforts at international aid support

0:38:400:38:44

all young people everywhere to get a

decent education and I do encourage

0:38:440:38:49

him to seek an adjournment debate or

perhaps a backbench debate so all

0:38:490:38:54

colleagues can celebrate the

contribution of the UK people

0:38:540:38:57

towards ensuring education for all.

With an estimated 1400 people with

0:38:570:39:06

dementia stuck in hospital on

Christmas Day, dementia patients

0:39:060:39:10

will make up a quarter of people who

will spend this Christmas Day in

0:39:100:39:14

hospital because of delays in

finding them care. The Alzheimer

0:39:140:39:19

Society described hospital wards as

being turned into waiting rooms...

I

0:39:190:39:30

think we all share in the desire to

see, particularly at Christmas, as

0:39:300:39:36

many people as possible receiving

the right sort of care and

0:39:360:39:40

protection and also some company. I

think the issue of loneliness is

0:39:400:39:45

also something that's been raised in

this chamber a great deal. We all

0:39:450:39:49

know that the NHS faces increased

pressures at wintertime and that's

0:39:490:39:53

why we have put in place an extra

£335 million on top of the

0:39:530:39:59

previously announced 100 million for

A&E departments. Beds have been

0:39:590:40:07

freed up since February and areas

continue to work to increase that

0:40:070:40:13

number to 3000 extra beds over the

winter period. Really important for

0:40:130:40:17

those who find themselves in

hospital during the Christmas

0:40:170:40:19

period.

Will the Leader of the House

join me in congratulating the Cancer

0:40:190:40:31

Research UK committee for launching

Cancer Research UK hat and scarf.

0:40:310:40:39

Some colleagues are in the gallery

today showing off the wonderful

0:40:390:40:43

staff. Will the leader consider

calling a debate on the excellent

0:40:430:40:50

work of charities in fighting cancer

and will the right honourable friend

0:40:500:40:53

agree with me it is a fetching item

that will no doubt raise lots of

0:40:530:41:00

money for Cancer Research UK?

By

sheer coincidence, this morning I

0:41:000:41:05

decided to wear a pink jacket, and

when my honourable friend presented

0:41:050:41:09

me with one of these wonderful

scarves that Elaine and her

0:41:090:41:15

colleagues have produced for Cancer

Research UK I was absolutely

0:41:150:41:18

delighted to find the chill in this

chamber could be offset by something

0:41:180:41:24

warm from Scotland. I'm absolutely

delighted with the contribution of

0:41:240:41:27

all of those volunteers to come

Syriza, having had family members

0:41:270:41:33

suffer from this terrible disease

myself. We should all celebrate the

0:41:330:41:37

excellent work of volunteers.

If I

had known of the intention of the

0:41:370:41:43

honourable gentleman in advance and

of the sartorial plans of the Leader

0:41:430:41:47

of the House, I would myself have

worn a pink tie of which I'm proud

0:41:470:41:51

to say I have several. Nevertheless

the important point is the great

0:41:510:41:57

cause has been eloquently

highlighted and that is what this

0:41:570:41:59

place exists to do.

Could she asked

the Department for Work and Pensions

0:41:590:42:10

to come before the House to talk

about personal independence

0:42:100:42:19

payments. I had a case of a lady

recently who had cancer which has

0:42:190:42:24

had life changing effects on Earth.

When I challenged the case, they

0:42:240:42:28

said it had been below standard. Can

she ask them to come urgently and

0:42:280:42:35

make a statement?

The honourable

gentleman raises concerning case and

0:42:350:42:42

I'm sure ministers would be happy to

talk to him about this. In fact if

0:42:420:42:47

he wants to e-mail me I can take it

up on his behalf but I would say

0:42:470:42:50

this Government has been committed

to helping those with disabilities

0:42:500:42:54

to take control of their own care

and to be able to be funded to meet

0:42:540:42:59

their own needs and also to help

them get into work, which for many

0:42:590:43:03

people gives them the opportunity to

contribute and have the

0:43:030:43:08

self-confidence that arises from

being able to work within their

0:43:080:43:11

capability to do so.

On one of the

and busiest Saturdays in the run-up

0:43:110:43:18

to Christmas in Totnes, local

activists decided to parade with a

0:43:180:43:25

real coffin and leave a large

carefully constructed model of a

0:43:250:43:31

coffin at my constituency office.

Does the Leader of the House feel,

0:43:310:43:36

particularly in light of the report

on intimidation in public life, this

0:43:360:43:41

overstepped the line of decency and

there are real dangers in using the

0:43:410:43:45

imagery of death directed against

individuals to whip up hatred and

0:43:450:43:48

most importantly of all this kind of

thing deters good candidates from

0:43:480:43:53

applying for public life.

Yes, I was

disgusted, as I'm sure all

0:43:530:44:02

honourable and right honourable

members work to hear about the awful

0:44:020:44:05

experience of my honourable friend,

and really high at the time texted

0:44:050:44:10

heard to say I hope she was OK. That

must have been terrifying, truly

0:44:100:44:16

horrible. We should all condemn it

and call it out wherever we see this

0:44:160:44:20

kind of behaviour. I think the

report into the abuse and

0:44:200:44:26

intimidation of candidates

highlights that this is not a simple

0:44:260:44:29

matter of holding politicians to

account. This goes far beyond that

0:44:290:44:36

and it will be a deterrent to seeing

the calibre of candidates we want so

0:44:360:44:44

we all combine in condemning that

action against my friend.

Can the

0:44:440:44:54

Minister arrange for a debate in

Government time, and don't refer me

0:44:540:45:00

for an adjournment debate, on the

impact of Brexit on the national

0:45:000:45:04

health service and the threat of

privatisation?

Since this September,

0:45:040:45:16

the Department for exiting the EU

has answered departmental questions

0:45:160:45:20

on three occasions including just

before now. They have made several

0:45:200:45:23

oral statements. Deputy ministers

have appeared before the select

0:45:230:45:28

committee on three occasions and

that's in addition to the many hours

0:45:280:45:35

we have already spent discussing

legislation and we will of course be

0:45:350:45:38

discussing further legislation in

great detail over the next 18 months

0:45:380:45:43

so I'm sure the honourable gentleman

will have ample opportunity to raise

0:45:430:45:46

his specific interests.

Can we have

a debate on government time with

0:45:460:45:54

relation to dementia? Many members

in this House have family members

0:45:540:45:58

who suffer from this wicked and

cruel disease. Can we have a debate

0:45:580:46:02

where we look at not just the

disease itself, but the social care

0:46:020:46:06

system, the health service and all

other aspects of society that

0:46:060:46:11

touches on dementia and hopefully

let's take this action forward.

My

0:46:110:46:16

honourable friend raises an issue

that is of concern to all of us in

0:46:160:46:20

our constituencies and often also in

our families and it's certainly

0:46:200:46:24

something that is an increasing

problem in the UK and across the

0:46:240:46:28

world and something we should

regularly discuss so I do encourage

0:46:280:46:32

him to seek perhaps a backbench

debate on that subject so we can

0:46:320:46:36

look at exactly what further

measures can be taken to ensure we

0:46:360:46:39

do the best we can for those

suffering from dementia and their

0:46:390:46:43

families and friends.

As part of the

work of the cross-party commission,

0:46:430:46:50

looking into the root causes of

youth violence, this week we heard

0:46:500:46:54

from a panel of experts about the

public health approach to reducing

0:46:540:46:59

violence and the evidence -based

results they have achieved. Can we

0:46:590:47:03

have a debate on this extremely

important issue?

The honourable lady

0:47:030:47:10

has worked hard on this issue and I

commend her for that and I do

0:47:100:47:14

encourage her to seek an adjournment

debate on the subject. I'm sure it

0:47:140:47:19

would be of interest to a great

number of members.

On Tuesday night

0:47:190:47:23

members from across the House

attended the Grenfell United meeting

0:47:230:47:27

on which you made a deeply emotional

and moving introduction. But the

0:47:270:47:37

reality is that most survivors gave

stories that are truly harrowing.

0:47:370:47:41

The reality is that this Christmas

most of those survivors will still

0:47:410:47:46

be in hotels or bed and breakfast

accommodation. Equally, the people

0:47:460:47:54

of this country have very willingly

parted with huge amounts of money in

0:47:540:48:00

compensation for those victims. The

money can't bring their relatives

0:48:000:48:04

back but that money does not appear

to be going and reaching the victims

0:48:040:48:09

and those people last ill in

temporary housing. So could we have

0:48:090:48:14

two statements, Mr Speaker, one from

the Secretary of State on the

0:48:140:48:18

progress of rehousing the survivors,

but also from the Secretary of State

0:48:180:48:27

for Culture, Media and Sport who are

responsible I understand for the

0:48:270:48:29

money being distributed to the

victims on where the money is going

0:48:290:48:32

and how it will reach the victims so

they can live their lives at least

0:48:320:48:36

in some degree of comfort.

My

honourable friend raises some very

0:48:360:48:45

important points and I will very

happily go away and discuss that

0:48:450:48:49

with our honourable friends in the

DCLG. Latest figures I have are that

0:48:490:49:01

142 of the 151 households of

accepted an offer of either

0:49:010:49:06

temporary or permanent

accommodation, 99 of these have

0:49:060:49:10

moved in and of which 54 households

have moved into temporary

0:49:100:49:15

accommodation and 45 into permanent

accommodation. But I think is all

0:49:150:49:19

honourable members will know and

appreciate, we can move only at the

0:49:190:49:24

pace that those survivors wish to go

out and it's a very difficult area

0:49:240:49:30

and nobody wants to force anybody to

move at a pace they are

0:49:300:49:35

uncomfortable with. I hope all

honourable members will rest assured

0:49:350:49:39

the Government is utterly determined

to provide the right level of

0:49:390:49:43

support and care for all those who

are still very much suffering at the

0:49:430:49:48

present time.

Is it possible, given

the ongoing problems with the

0:49:480:49:55

roll-out, that we can have a

statement or an urgent debate on

0:49:550:50:01

Universal Credit? There's a family

in my constituency who were told to

0:50:010:50:05

claim Universal Credit and shut down

their child tax credit claim. That

0:50:050:50:11

was the wrong advice as they had

more than two children. They are now

0:50:110:50:16

being told to claim job-seeker's

allowance which HMRC won't backdate

0:50:160:50:22

or reinstate their tax credits. So

they are living on less than £1 60

0:50:220:50:27

per day. Given the UN's target of

nobody should be below two dollars

0:50:270:50:33

per day, how does that sit with the

Government's anti-poverty strategy?

0:50:330:50:39

The honourable gentleman raises a

very concerning constituency matter.

0:50:390:50:46

He may well wish to raise that

specific point on Monday. On

0:50:460:50:52

Universal Credit more generally, the

Government really has listened, this

0:50:520:50:56

is an attempt to ensure that

Universal Credit provides a good

0:50:560:51:01

solution for people that combines

six PVS benefits into one, that

0:51:010:51:06

improves access to childcare -- six

previous benefits into one, it

0:51:060:51:13

enables them to keep more of what

they earn as they move into work.

0:51:130:51:17

They can get 100% of their first

payment up front if they need to and

0:51:170:51:22

return it over 12 months. We have

introduced an overlap for those

0:51:220:51:26

already receiving housing benefit to

ensure a smooth transition onto the

0:51:260:51:31

new system, and really importantly

Universal Credit is expected to

0:51:310:51:34

boost employment by 250,000. Because

it is a simpler system that makes

0:51:340:51:41

sure work always pays.

A family run

high street shop in my constituency

0:51:410:51:53

recently received national and

international notoriety by taking on

0:51:530:51:58

the big hitting supermarkets and

produced the ultimate heart-warming

0:51:580:52:01

Christmas advert for the production

cost of just £7. I strongly

0:52:010:52:07

recommend all members of this House

to go online and look at it. But can

0:52:070:52:11

I ask my right honourable friend if

we can have a debate on how we

0:52:110:52:16

promote our independent high-street

shops, showing that through sheer

0:52:160:52:21

imagination and ingenuity, David

really can't take on Goliath.

I

0:52:210:52:27

congratulate Harford hardware on

their Christmas advert. It just goes

0:52:270:52:30

to show the kind of entrepreneurial

spirit in our businesses. We aim to

0:52:300:52:38

support businesses like this to

prosper and grow so they can compete

0:52:380:52:41

with the likes of Moz the monster

with their own successful Christmas

0:52:410:52:50

campaigns.

My constituent Matthew

pounder was served an eviction

0:52:500:52:53

notice when he chose to switch to a

month by month contract rather than

0:52:530:52:58

sign up to a 12 month tenancy. He

later discovered letting agents.

0:52:580:53:03

Told his landlords Matthew wanted to

leave the property. The agents try

0:53:030:53:07

to force him out of the home in

order to profit from the fees of a

0:53:070:53:11

new tenancy. Can we look at how we

can strengthen regulations on how to

0:53:110:53:17

protect renters.

0:53:170:53:20

Again, the honourable gentleman

raises an important and concerning

0:53:200:53:25

case. As I've mentioned there are

DWP questions on Monday. It may be

0:53:250:53:31

tricky but he may find a way to be

able to raise the question there.

0:53:310:53:35

More generally what I would say to

the honourable gentleman is the

0:53:350:53:38

government is looking at measures to

protect rental tenants better. The

0:53:380:53:43

draft measures coming forward and

consultations and wait to try and

0:53:430:53:47

ensure that people in rented

accommodation have protected

0:53:470:53:50

tenancies and more security in the

longevity of their ability to remain

0:53:500:53:54

in their home.

Good news, more

people are getting on their bike. In

0:53:540:54:04

my constituency for work or leisure.

That's a good thing because it's

0:54:040:54:09

very polluted in my constituency.

But a number of my constituents have

0:54:090:54:14

contacted me about shared spaces and

the danger of pedestrians mixing

0:54:140:54:19

with cyclists and the impact on

people with impaired vision. Could

0:54:190:54:22

the Leader of the House find time

for a debate on this safety issue?

I

0:54:220:54:29

know my honourable friend always

speaks up for her constituents and

0:54:290:54:33

particularly she is concerned about

congestion and a big fan of cycling

0:54:330:54:36

so I commend her for that. She's

right to raise the issue of sharing

0:54:360:54:42

pavements between cyclists and

pedestrians and I encourage her to

0:54:420:54:45

seek an adjournment debate so she

can talk about the specific concerns

0:54:450:54:49

she has.

I've recently been

contacted by five constituents who

0:54:490:54:55

have told me that the pain infusions

they need are being stopped because

0:54:550:55:00

of government cuts to East Riding

CCG. Please can we have an urgent

0:55:000:55:05

debate on the levels of funding for

the CCGs to provide therapeutic care

0:55:050:55:10

so these people can continue to have

some quality of life?

What I can say

0:55:100:55:16

is that NHS funding will be over

half £1 trillion from 2015 to 2020.

0:55:160:55:25

We have record funding for the NHS.

Record numbers of doctors, nurses

0:55:250:55:31

and midwives. Last year the NHS

treated more people than ever

0:55:310:55:34

before. The Commonwealth fund has

rated the NHS the number one health

0:55:340:55:39

system in the world for the second

time in a row. There is record

0:55:390:55:43

funding available to the NHS. Where

she has specific concerns she should

0:55:430:55:47

absolutely raise them with

ministers, but be in no doubt this

0:55:470:55:51

government is absolutely committed

to a successful NHS that protects

0:55:510:55:56

our people and the people of this

country benefit from the amazing

0:55:560:56:00

work done by all our NHS staff

0:56:000:56:04

country benefit from the amazing

work done by all our NHS staff.

0:56:040:56:07

Would the Leader of the House join

me in welcoming ID cards for

0:56:070:56:13

Britain's 2.5 million military

veterans and will she provide time

0:56:130:56:17

for a debate for our veterans and

the Armed Forces Covenant?

I do

0:56:170:56:24

commend the honourable friend to the

work he does as the treasurer of the

0:56:240:56:27

APPG on the Armed Forces Covenant.

As the Prime Minister has already

0:56:270:56:32

said, those who have served deserve

recognition for their sacrifice and

0:56:320:56:36

we will continue to make sure they

get it. As part of the government's

0:56:360:56:41

continued commitment to the veterans

card will ensure the public can

0:56:410:56:45

recognise our heroes when they are

accessing specific support such as

0:56:450:56:49

for health care, housing and the

charitable sector.

Tonight Cardiff

0:56:490:56:57

has been designated officially as a

music city and can I congratulate

0:56:570:56:59

the campaign and colleagues in

Cardiff for that achievement. In the

0:56:590:57:06

New Year when my honourable friend

brings in his ten minute rule Bill

0:57:060:57:10

on January the tent, will she take a

look at it and consider giving it

0:57:100:57:14

government time in order to make

sure that other parts of the country

0:57:140:57:18

can benefit from having great music

venues into the future?

I think

0:57:180:57:25

music brings enormous pressure right

across the UK and I congratulate

0:57:250:57:30

Cardiff for the opportunity to

celebrate musical achievements. I'm

0:57:300:57:33

not completely familiar with the

event that he is raising but I

0:57:330:57:37

congratulate them and wish them

every success with it. I will of

0:57:370:57:41

course look closely at the ten

minute rule Bill.

Enfield is very

0:57:410:57:49

fortunate to benefit from three

local theatres, the Millfield

0:57:490:57:52

chicken shed and the Birkdale. I'll

be taking my grandchildren to the

0:57:520:57:59

Millfield to enjoy Dick Whittington

over the Christmas period. These

0:57:590:58:09

kind of local facilities are very

important. Can we have a early

0:58:090:58:14

debating government time about how

the government's very deep cuts to

0:58:140:58:18

local authorities has affected the

ability of the arts venues to

0:58:180:58:23

provide these kind of events and

programmes for local people?

0:58:230:58:29

Certainly can I congratulate all

those taking part in those plays at

0:58:290:58:36

Christmas time. The pantomime is

such good fun, my family continues

0:58:360:58:40

to enjoy it. It is important we

continue to enjoy and support those

0:58:400:58:48

local venues and the arts are a

vital part of a thriving UK economy.

0:58:480:58:52

She will be pleased to know there

are these CMS questions next week,

0:58:520:58:56

she can raise how this government

supports the arts and she will have

0:58:560:59:03

the chance before Christmas to put

her questions to ministers.

May we

0:59:030:59:13

have a debate on the needful easylaw

lords etched by the all-party

0:59:130:59:18

Parliamentary Group -- Lucy's law.

Lucy was a black spaniel who was

0:59:180:59:28

puppy farms and sadly died.

I think

the honourable lady is absolutely

0:59:280:59:36

right to raise this issue. We are a

nation of animal lovers. I myself as

0:59:360:59:41

Defra Secretary was pleased to

change the rules on puppy licensing

0:59:410:59:47

and it's important we continue to do

everything we can to enhance our

0:59:470:59:51

already very high standards of

animal welfare.

Like many across

0:59:510:59:57

this House I'm becoming increasingly

concerned about the impact of

0:59:571:00:02

government policies on the mental

help of my constituents, especially

1:00:021:00:06

those moving onto Universal Credit

over Christmas. Can we have a debate

1:00:061:00:10

in government time on the impact of

government policy on mental health?

1:00:101:00:19

The honourable gentleman is right

that mental health is a very key and

1:00:191:00:23

important issue across the UK. He

will be pleased to know that around

1:00:231:00:28

1400 more people are accessing

mental health services every day

1:00:281:00:32

compared to 2010, that is up 40%.

There is a fivefold increase in the

1:00:321:00:37

number of people accessing talking

therapies since 2010 and spending on

1:00:371:00:41

mental health has increased to a

record 11.6 billion. There is a long

1:00:411:00:46

way to go and I certainly was

delighted to see the government's

1:00:461:00:48

launch of the green paper on mental

health last week. I'm sure the

1:00:481:00:53

honourable gentleman will want to

take part in that discussion and

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provide his input to it.

Mr Speaker,

this week the humanitarian

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organisation the Enough Project

published a report which outlines

1:01:071:01:10

the government of Sudan's continued

oppression of religious minorities

1:01:101:01:14

and support for extremist groups.

Despite the Sudanese government

1:01:141:01:18

claims of improving human rights,

there is an ongoing campaign of

1:01:181:01:22

violence against Christians, Muslims

and other groups. The Leader of the

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House agreed to a statement on this

matter?

The honourable gentleman

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raises a very serious issue about

human rights and particularly the

1:01:341:01:37

rights of different religious

groups. As ever I encourage him to

1:01:371:01:41

seek an adjournment debate on the

very important points he raises.

1:01:411:01:50

There is her tanned the world are

meant amongst many disabled people

1:01:501:01:55

about the extraordinary statement by

the Chancellor of the Exchequer that

1:01:551:01:59

one of the reasons for Britain's low

productivity figures is the

1:01:591:02:04

excessive number of disabled people

in the workforce. This is the

1:02:041:02:07

reverse of the truth, because every

disabled person who comes from

1:02:071:02:15

benefits to full-time work improve

productivity figures. When can we

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have a debate to celebrate the great

work of all governments and the

1:02:191:02:25

European Union in increasing

opportunities for disabled people to

1:02:251:02:29

get into the workplace, and to thank

them for their heroic contributions

1:02:291:02:33

to our economy?

The honourable

gentleman is raising a really

1:02:331:02:41

important point about the

contribution of disabled people to

1:02:411:02:45

our economy, and I'm absolutely

delighted to thank and praise them

1:02:451:02:48

from the dispatch box for the

contribution they make. There are

1:02:481:02:52

now more than 600,000 more disabled

people in work over the last three

1:02:521:02:58

years, 3.5 million people now in

work who have disabilities. This

1:02:581:03:03

government has a proud record of

supporting them and encouraging

1:03:031:03:06

them.

Following yesterday's victory

in Parliament over the meaningful

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vote, will the Leader of the House

make time available for a DeXEU

1:03:161:03:26

ministered to set out the assessment

they have conducted over the impact

1:03:261:03:35

of Brexit?

As ever the honourable

gentleman uses terms that I would

1:03:351:03:41

not personally use. There will be

ample opportunities for him to raise

1:03:411:03:45

any questions that he has about the

arrangements of the UK as we seek to

1:03:451:03:51

leave the EU with the best possible

deal for all of the United Kingdom

1:03:511:03:56

and for our EU friends and

neighbours. That is what the

1:03:561:04:00

government is determined to do to

fulfil the referendum that took

1:04:001:04:04

place last year that took the very

clear decision that the UK will be

1:04:041:04:09

leaving the European Union.

Last

week I chaired an event has chaired

1:04:091:04:16

of the social enterprise all-party

group on Chris White a former Member

1:04:161:04:20

for Leamington and I mentioned this

to the current member earlier.

1:04:201:04:24

Chris's report reviewed the public

services value Act and recommended

1:04:241:04:32

to strengthen, extend social value

including to this praise. --

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displays.

It sounds like a very

interesting report. Not one I'd seen

1:04:431:04:47

myself but I think the honourable

gentleman is right to raise it. We

1:04:471:04:51

need to look at ways to ensure we

get the best value for the public

1:04:511:04:55

purse than para gym to seek an

adjournment debate -- and I

1:04:551:05:02

encourage him.

I received

notification from the post office

1:05:021:05:06

that their branch in my constituency

was closing. I understand they were

1:05:061:05:10

aware for almost a year but they

just gave myself and constituents

1:05:101:05:14

three weeks notice. To rub salt in,

they also asked me if I had any idea

1:05:141:05:19

who might be interested in taking

over the branch. This is no way to

1:05:191:05:24

run a business let alone a public

servers. Can we have a debate on the

1:05:241:05:29

competence and accountability of

those running the post office?

I'm

1:05:291:05:33

genuinely sorry to hear that, I

think that is unusual. Normally with

1:05:331:05:38

post office closures all members

receive good prior notice in

1:05:381:05:41

colluding specific requests for

suggestions on who might be

1:05:411:05:45

interested in taking over, and

obviously quite often we as MPs are

1:05:451:05:48

in a position to suggest

individuals. I'm generally sorry to

1:05:481:05:52

hear about that. He may be

interested to know that next

1:05:521:05:55

Wednesday there is a debate on post

office closures in Westminster Hall

1:05:551:05:59

and he may wish to take part in

that.

One in ten fathers suffer with

1:05:591:06:09

postnatal depression and the suicide

rate rapidly increases in men

1:06:091:06:13

between the age of 30 and 43 after

having a child. My constituents Mark

1:06:131:06:18

Williams has been campaigning on

these subjects. Can I ask the Leader

1:06:181:06:23

of the House to find some time for a

government debate to bring new light

1:06:231:06:26

onto this part of mental health that

has a real impact on fathers across

1:06:261:06:30

the UK?

I'm absolutely sympathetic

to the honourable gentleman's point

1:06:301:06:37

and in fact I may even have heard a

speech by the gentleman he mentions.

1:06:371:06:44

This is a subject that I care

passionately about, the perinatal

1:06:441:06:49

period. Not least of which because

of pre-, Perry and postnatal

1:06:491:06:55

depression of both mothers and

fathers but of course the extremely

1:06:551:06:59

profound impact that can have on the

future long-term mental health of

1:06:591:07:03

their child. I am very sympathetic

to the honourable gentleman's point

1:07:031:07:09

and I positively encourage him to

seek a backbench debate on this

1:07:091:07:12

subject because I know there are

members who take a big interest in

1:07:121:07:15

early years.

The Leader of the House

will be aware of industrial action

1:07:151:07:22

by driving examiners this week and

the concerns of many bad management

1:07:221:07:28

of the DVLA are refusing to

negotiate. Can we have a debate and

1:07:281:07:37

ask the Department for Transport to

intervene in this matter?

I think

1:07:371:07:42

the honourable gentleman may wish to

take this up directly with the

1:07:421:07:46

Department for Transport ministers.

I think he will recognise that a

1:07:461:07:50

debate on this subject would be very

helpful to try and move things

1:07:501:07:53

forward. If there are good ideas

suggested by members of Parliament.

1:07:531:07:57

Nevertheless it would be the

ministers to intervene if there is

1:07:571:08:00

intervention necessary.

The people

in Syria were subject to a horrific

1:08:001:08:11

attack which killed 1700 people and

since then 400,000 civilians have

1:08:111:08:16

suffered constant artillery

bombardment and the blocking of

1:08:161:08:21

medical evacuations. May I ask for a

statement on the representations he

1:08:211:08:26

is making to help the people of

eastern Ghouta and what further

1:08:261:08:33

efforts can be taken to secure

peace?

This government has shown our

1:08:331:08:40

very strong commitment to bed

sharing in finding a solution to the

1:08:401:08:44

problems of Syria but also in

providing aid to alleviate the

1:08:441:08:50

suffering of so many who have been

displaced or driven away altogether

1:08:501:08:54

into neighbouring countries. I think

we can be proud of our contribution

1:08:541:08:57

but the honourable gentleman may

well wish to raise that adds

1:08:571:09:02

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