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and that they can increasingly flow

in order to bring much needed

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sustenance medicine and help to a

country in deep peril.

Business

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question, Valerie Baz.

Could be

Minister please give the ministers

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of the house -- business of the

house to the house please.

Paul

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Maynard.

I am sure as eagle eyed

member of the house will notice, I

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am not the leader of the house, my

right honourable friend is attending

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Sandringham and sent her apologies

as I stand in her place. The

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business will include the following,

we will have the second reading of

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the space industry bill. On Tuesday

the 16th of January we will have

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remaining exchanges of the European

Union withdraw build day one.

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Followed on Wednesday the 17th of

January by the conclusion of the

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remaining stages of the European

withdrawal bill. On Thursday the

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18th of January we will have two

debates recommended by the backbench

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business committee, the motion on

the treatment of SME's followed by a

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general debate on Holocaust Memorial

Day 2018. This will be followed on

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Friday the 19th of January where we

will debate private members bills.

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Provisional will include the falling

on Monday the 22nd we will have the

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second reading of the financial

claim Bill, on Tuesday the 23rd we

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will have nuclear safeguards Bill 's

consideration telecommunications

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infrastructure relief from

nondomestic rates bill. On Wednesday

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the 24th we will have built its

allotted opposition day and there

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will be a debate on an opposition

motion with the subject to be

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announced. On Thursday the 25th of

January there will be a debate on a

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motion on joint enterprise followed

by a general debate on the

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prescription both debates determined

once again by the backbench business

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community. On the half-full of the

leader of the house I am sure I wish

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all members to wish the member of

Northampton North congratulations on

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being promoted from deputy leader to

the new rule where I am sure his

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urbane approach will suit him. And

Mr Speaker may I also welcome back

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all members from what I hoped was a

restful and peaceful Christmas and

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New Year break. I very much hope the

appreciated the house 's efforts in

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restarting the bells and Big Ben for

New Year. I hope we all have an

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interesting and exciting 2018 but

not too exciting because we don't

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like too much excitement and

politics do we?

I am excited

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already, can I thank the Minister

for turning up and taking business

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questions and setting out

government, he has now been

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promoted, maybe he is replaceable Mr

Speaker? We thank him for all his

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work. My first question is could

muster please confirm if there will

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be a deputy leader of the house and

following your suggestion to the

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Treasury bench yesterday Mr Speaker

could the list of responsibilities

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be updated as soon as possible? Mr

Speaker I am not sure if Bananarama

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was on the playlist of the Prime

Minister but I don't know if you

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recall the song it ain't what you do

it's the way that you do it. That is

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what gets results. But with the

reshuffle it was the same old same

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old, same old people, new titles,

all of the responsibilities in their

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departmental portfolios. So should

be Minister please ensure with the

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changes of titles there is no

further cost to the public purse. It

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seems men can say no and the Prime

Minister goes all right but when a

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woman says no she is sacked. To

paraphrase the Prime Minister, there

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really are boys jobs and girls jobs.

We will wait to see what the fallout

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is. It seems the government is

following what the opposition is

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doing because the opposition already

have in the Shadow Cabinet at Shadow

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Cabinet level and Minister for

Housing and social care. Now it is

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policy the government is announcing

no vote on fox hunting, while

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animals in circuses. That was put

through September 2014 and the

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government have done nothing, and

now they say they will introducing

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legislation so could the Minister

confirm it will not be another four

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years before we get legislation to

ban wild animals in circuses. It

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seems the government has gone from

hunting and was to hugging animals.

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The Secretary of State for Transport

is missing, missing on the day that

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the rail fares for increased by

3.4%, the highest increase in five

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years. Missing the opportunity to

explain to the house why, when the

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passenger focused survey which found

91% of people are satisfied with

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East Coast mainline which returned

£1 billion to the Treasury the

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government sells it. No explanation

why the franchises terminated. Could

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we have a statement, he was years

yesterday at opposite the as to the

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cost not only the projective

prospect profits but the full cost

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of the bailout? Yet again the

government did not vote in favour of

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our motion or oppose it or amend it.

There is a fatal flaw in the

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government arguments. They say they

plan for the winter so the shadow

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set to the was right when he said it

is preventable and predictable. The

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evidence is clear on the NHS, the

evidence is clear of cancelled

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operations and people waiting on

trolleys. My friend and constituent

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was discharged from New Cross

Hospital on the 15th of December and

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I spoke to him. On the 2nd of

January he had a huge heart attack

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and was dead. The Secretary of State

has to take responsibility and be

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accountable. Could the Minister say

why then if there are no concerns on

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the behalf of the government why

have the Care Quality Commission

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decided to suspend routine

inspections because of as they see

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winter pressures? Did the government

plan for that? Could we have a

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statement on today's announcement by

NHS providers that they cannot

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deliver as set out under the NHS

Constitution are safe and decent

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standard of patient care? It is

about accountability and

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responsibility. The deputy shadow

leader of the house, we do have a

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deputy shadow leader of the house

has written an excellent article

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about accountability in the health

service Journal. You will recall

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what Nye Bevan said, if a bedpan

dropped you would hear it in

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Whitehall. We say it's the other way

around, what happens in Whitehall

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should be Howard Adil local level.

It's accountability which is most

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important. But it seems they do not

get contracts they are sued and get

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paid out public money. If they

cannot fulfil a public contract the

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build out by public are paying for

this. I don't know if you have seen

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but there is announcement of enquiry

so the Minister please tell the

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house what the government position

is on the enquiry which has been

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announced by the commissioner for

public appointments into the

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government 's failure to followed

due diligence in the appointments to

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the office of students? Why had the

Minister not done the appropriate

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checks? And finally Mr Speaker as we

celebrate the anniversary of the 100

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years of women being able to vote I

hope this year we can celebrate that

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whether you are called carry our

whether you're called John you will

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be paid equally for equal work

wherever you work. Can I agree with

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the Minister, welcome back everyone

and to wish everyone a very happy

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New Year.

I hope she retains her

sense of excitement throughout the

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forthcoming exchanges. I am

disappointed I think that she wants

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me to be replaced so quickly in this

new role. But nonetheless I will do

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my best in the short time I have

available. She rightly raises the

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importance of winter planning in the

NHS and I am sure she will have read

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carefully and listened carefully to

the debate yesterday afternoon and

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the words of the Prime Minister

where it was made clear she has

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apologised to those who have seen

operations cancelled. 437 million

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winter funding this year and NHS

providers have been clear that the

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NHS has not been better prepared for

winter than ever before. I think

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part of appropriate planning for

winter is making sure patients don't

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find out on the day that their

operation is being cancelled. I

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welcome her comments on many of the

environmental policies this

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government is adopting. I think it

is right we are having a 25 year

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plan for the environment and many

across the house will be interested

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to see what that will involved and I

hope to welcome the Prime Minister's

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announcement today of the extension

to the plastic bag charge,

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contributing 95 million to good

causes across the country. I think

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it's right we expand that to smaller

enterprises because I am sure they

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will also be keen to participate.

She also makes a point about one of

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our previous areas of expertise, the

issue of rail fares. I'm surprised

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that she wants a statement so soon

there was a opposition day debate

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yesterday where many of these issues

were referred to. To me the

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challenge I think is clear to the

party opposite, as they will be

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aware of the Secretary of State is

clear she aspires, one of the

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biggest obstacles is on her own

side, I would love to be a fly on

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the wall to the ACE Labour Party to

persuade the RMT trying to drop

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their excessive wage demands. That

is a conversation I would love to

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see. As a child of the 80s I have

very fond memories of Bananarama and

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many hits that maybe she might

recall the comic relief guys because

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that was more the tone of what she

had to say with her comments on the

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reshuffle. I find it bizarre that

anyone on the opposition benches has

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the temerity to criticise a

reshuffle. I remember a time in the

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not so distant past when opposition

reshuffles came along as often as a

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London bus. It was almost a random

number generator. The competition

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for the front pitch was as random

and unpredictable as the national

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lottery. She may regard herself a

bonus ball in any reshuffle but I

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think what we have seen today with a

range of new ministers on the front

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bench shows how our government now

resembles increasingly the nation we

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are seeking to serve and I think we

are seeing a front bench which has a

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range of new talent coming through.

At least when we do a reshuffle we

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make positive progress. Thank you

for your comments today.

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THE SPEAKER: I know that the

honourable gentleman from the front

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bench will respond in similar vein.

Will my honourable friend find a

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time for debate on employment

agencies and temporary workers, in

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particular. Before becoming an MP I

was in the recruitment business for

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many years. I am horrified with how

it is being flouted by HMRC and the

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workers themselves.

I know I can not

go far without the honourable

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gentleman pursuing him to the

dispatch box. It is noted across the

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House. As we know we will review

employment practises across the

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country. Reviewing those responses

to that consultation. I am sure he

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will join me in looking forward to

seeing what views they come out with

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at the end of that process.

Could I

wish you and all the staff of the

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House a very happy New Year. I thank

the honourable gentleman for

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announcing the business for next

week. By the overwhelming success of

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this Cabinet reshuffle, I thought I

had missed the announcement from the

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deputy leader of the House. There

wasn't one made. We are grateful to

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the honourable gentleman for filling

in. He may dazzle us enough to be

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given this job permanently. Who

wouldn't jump enough at the end of

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the debates and relieved the leader

of the House... I am glad to see she

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retained her place. In the words of

banana ram ma it has not been a

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cruel sum summer, but a hard winter.

Never before has a Cabinet reshuffle

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diminished the authority of a Prime

Minister in quite a way this one

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has. Quite an outstanding feat, even

for this Government. The repel bill

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comes back next week and there is

disappointment in Scotland. The

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Secretary of State, his failure to

deliver has even disappointed and

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frustrated his own Scottish

Conservative colleagues.. Would be

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unacceptable is for these amendments

and issues to be considered in an

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unelected House of Lords. The

nation's aristocrats, church of

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England Bishops and party donors and

cronies will have more say on

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critical issues than directly

elected Members of Parliament from

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Scotland. What democracy could this

be? It is a big test for my friends

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in the Scottish Conservative Party.

They know, they cannot possibly vote

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for this knowing its flaws w the

hope it may be fixed for them. There

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is all this blind loyalty - is it

really, really worth it? For all the

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commitment to the lobby. Not one of

them was thought to be sufficient

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quality to be promoted...

THE SPEAKER: Immensely grateful to

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the honourable gentleman. I know

he's completed his contribution. We

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are deeply obliged to him.

I am grateful to his ingenious word

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play. Playing a game of bingo with

his opponents in the chamber. The

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success of my colleagues from

Scotland by unhow often he refers to

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them.

With the concern over the EU bill.

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He would have heard yesterday that

negotiations are intensifying in

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getting that clause right. When we

have agreed, it will appear on the

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order paper. Maybe he can use his

immense influence in Edinburgh to

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help ensure those negotiations go as

speedily as possible. We are keen to

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get that amendment on the order

paper. I hope he's just as keen.

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Help him to help us.

The best way,

as we know, to get a good deal out

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of the EU is make clear we are

prepared for no deal. When we have

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the debate next week, will we have

the minister for hard Brexit in the

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chamber, as we were promised during

or after the reshuffle, so we can

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question him or her? If not, why

not?

Well, I am sure we will have a

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range of dedicated across a number

of departments making a success to

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the leaders of the EU. I am sure it

will be a lively debate next week. I

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look forward to all members making a

full contribution to it.

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I am very grateful, Mr Speaker. Can

I wish you and all members of the

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staff and members around the House a

very happy and healthy 2018. Happy

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New Year, everyone. Mr Speaker, the

Backbench Business Committee has

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received a very heavily subscribed

application for a debate about the

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restoration and renewal of the

palace of Westminster wesmt could

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the minister -- Westminster. Could

the minister let us know if there

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will be a debate in Government time

in the near future? As we thought

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they would, as that would be

preferable to using backbench

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committee time, which is under heavy

application from members. You may

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remember just before Christmas and

now that the festivities are over, I

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did invite yourself and the leader

of the House to visit Newcastle and

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Gateshead for the Great Exhibition

of the North running through to

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September, which will culminate in

the Great North Run. Can I review

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that invitation. Please do come and

visit us for the Great Exhibition of

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the North. It will be the North at

its best.

It is my first chance to

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say thank you for all the work he

does. It is an important part of the

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House. He mentions the RNR debate.

We are keen as a Government to hear

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all the views, of all of those on

all sides, on what their views are

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on this issue. We are working hard

to get the right date in the

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parliamentary calendar to make sure

that as many members can take part

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as possible. That should not stop

the need to have a wider debate. We

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will secure that date as soon as

possible, I hope. I hear his kind

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invitation. As he spent many days in

Durham up to the New Year. I enjoyed

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my time in Gateshead. I have been to

see it. I was much impressed. Thank

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you.

I wonder whether a debate on

rural bus transport could be

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organised? My residents in the

village of Tiverton have had their

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bus service cancelled. They have a

once a week bus service. This means

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they cannot access the pharmacy,

collect their pensions from the

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local village and I also have

problems with increasing journey

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times.

I know what a beautiful range of

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villages she represents. It is

vitally important they have good bus

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connections. I would urge her to

make use on Thursday of the

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ministerial questions and put the

questions to the team.

Yesterday

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Rose The mother of Gordon Gentle,

one of the first soldiers to die in

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the Iraq war, expressed her regret

at the statement by Government that

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seems to absolve Parliament from the

conclusions of the Chilcot report.

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And we need, as she called, an act

of apology from this House and this

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Parliament, it wasn't one man, it

was the opposition, it was three

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committees, who were leaders for

that worst mistake we have made this

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century. Wouldn't a suitable act of

apology be followed by the reading

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of the names of 179 soldiers that we

sent to their deaths?

I know you

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have been a consistent campaigner on

this issue for many years. I will

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make sure I pass his comments on to

the leader of the House, who I am

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sure will do her best to get him a

suitable response to that point.

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Thank you very much. Could we please

have a debate in Government time

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over the failure of consultation in

major infrastructure projects.

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Junction 25 on the 25 is a artery

route. They have to check priority

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in local Government. Could we have a

debate on that?

I recognise he has a

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long-running concern over these

issues. I would urge him to apply

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for an adjournment or Westminster

debate. Get the minute stallal

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response to which I believe he's

genuinely entitled.

The national

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with Westminster bank is 73% public

owned. It is closing its branch in

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Port crawl, where millions roll into

it from the businesses across the

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town and the large number of

retirees who live in the town. Is it

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not time that those banks which are

publicly owned, bailed out the

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public should have a social

responsibility clause to enable them

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to continue so, they cannot close

without the permission of the

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community in which they serve?

I

recognise her concerns over banking

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in her local community are widely

shared across the House on both

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sides. I recognise that at a time

when changes she will know she will

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have an opportunity today at

Westminster Hall, 3pm, to have a

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debate on the role of bank in the

community. I am sure she will make

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her voice heard there.

My honourable

friend was an excellent rail

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minister until earlier this week. I

don't know if he was in the habit of

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buying the Daily Mail when he

travelled on Virgin Trains, buff he

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will know that they have taken

action and they have in effect

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banned customers from buying this.

Could we have a debate about this

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rather unacceptable act by Virgin?

I

think many observe what may be a

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matter for a particular company, as

a commuter on that particular line,

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I hope that the Government minister,

into their own corporate values.

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Getting home might become quite

difficult as a consequence.

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Thank you, Mr Speaker. This UK

Government has finally got around to

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launching its 25-year plan and

catching up with the Welsh Labour

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Government on the plastic bag levy,

just six years later. But this plan

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lacks substance, is full of weak

proposals and no laws. It is not

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innovative, not radical and is a

cheap attempt by this Prime Minister

0:23:320:23:36

at re-branding the Tories with green

wash. Will the Government commit to

0:23:360:23:40

making a statement on this plan in

this House to allow for proper

0:23:400:23:44

scrutiny?

I am disapointsed she's a

little churl lish over what we are

0:23:440:23:52

seeking to do. There are some issues

across the House we can unite and do

0:23:520:23:56

what is right for the future

generations. I would caution her to

0:23:560:24:00

wait to learn more information as to

what is decided. I am sure it will

0:24:000:24:04

be discussed at length across the

House in the forthcoming business.

0:24:040:24:07

And she will learn more today, I

hope, more in the future as well.

0:24:070:24:12

Thank you, Mr Speaker. Earlier this

week a cable brought local services

0:24:120:24:21

to services of the a halt. Could we

have a debate on the effect of crime

0:24:210:24:26

on rail services? And contingency

planning for the disruption it

0:24:260:24:30

causes?

Back into my former

pastures, which I to avoid whenever

0:24:300:24:39

possible. I would urge him to apply

for an adjournment debate. Getting

0:24:390:24:45

rail services right when they break

down at short notice is a difficult

0:24:450:24:51

thing to perfect. There are powers

over disruption and I am sure he can

0:24:510:24:55

take that up with the RR to see what

redress can be achieved.

0:24:550:25:01

Many of the NHS Trusts in Yorkshire

are currently considering proposals

0:25:010:25:06

to transfer NHS staff over to

companies. . Can we have a debate on

0:25:060:25:16

this in Government time?

Well, I

recognise many honourable ... To

0:25:160:25:28

bring care providers together in

local areas and make it more

0:25:280:25:31

effective. Want to ensure better

community provision so fewer people

0:25:310:25:36

do have to attend hospital. That way

we make sure all our NHS resources

0:25:360:25:41

are best deployed in the

communities.

0:25:410:25:44

Back to railways.

He knows that the Secretary of State

0:25:440:25:49

for Transport is keen to open some

of the closed railway lines around

0:25:490:25:53

the country. As he was himself when

he was a minister. Is it possible to

0:25:530:25:58

get an early statement about where

those lines may be. Many people are

0:25:580:26:03

keen to open a line which will

enable them to visit Skipton, Leeds

0:26:030:26:09

and other such great places and that

the people of Yorkshire may be able

0:26:090:26:12

to visit the people of Lancashire,

to see what great hospitality we

0:26:120:26:17

have in store for them.

0:26:170:26:24

I think it's important to stress to

all honourable members that the best

0:26:240:26:29

vehicle to seek to promote your

local and size partnership and your

0:26:290:26:33

local councils and whether its

economic growth opportunity and

0:26:330:26:37

housing opportunity the government

will look favourably on those

0:26:370:26:40

schemes. More information will be

released in due course in how to go

0:26:400:26:44

about promoting these opportunities.

A number of my constituents have

0:26:440:26:50

contacted me over the leasehold

scandal and the government needs to

0:26:500:26:57

do something about it, what about

those already caught? Can we have a

0:26:570:27:00

debate to hear what the government

intends to do for those already

0:27:000:27:05

affected by it?

We have already

committed to making progress, you'll

0:27:050:27:10

heard what the Prime Minister has

said about these concerns, I am sure

0:27:100:27:14

there will be an opportunity to

secure debate in either Westminster

0:27:140:27:20

hall or elsewhere to raise these

important points.

Could we have a

0:27:200:27:27

statement on the hospital in Oxford

as that seems to be the only way of

0:27:270:27:31

showing that no changes to

chemotherapy treatment have been

0:27:310:27:35

made in hospital at all.

Has been a

degree of confusion over what is

0:27:350:27:41

happening at the Churchill trust. I

know the member for Banbury was

0:27:410:27:46

clear yesterday that it is important

that no one undergoing cancer

0:27:460:27:49

treatment at the Churchill Hospital

should in any way doubt about their

0:27:490:27:52

treatment would not be continuing. I

welcome any opportunity to make

0:27:520:27:56

clear what the situation is.

Can we

please have a statement on the

0:27:560:28:04

record is the government holds of

former Ministry of Defence civil

0:28:040:28:07

servants who served overseas and in

particular how these individuals

0:28:070:28:10

should proceed to access their

service records? A constituent of

0:28:100:28:15

mine taught in British motorist

kills in Germany but has been told

0:28:150:28:19

that no records exists falling and

access request to the Ministry of

0:28:190:28:25

Defence. When I wrote to the

Ministry of Defence on their behalf

0:28:250:28:28

the advice I was given that he

should submit yet another subject

0:28:280:28:32

access request even though he had

already done so twice. My

0:28:320:28:37

constituents requires this proof of

servers saw his grandchildren may

0:28:370:28:41

get British passports. Clear

guidance is needed urgent.

I know

0:28:410:28:48

the leader of the house is listed US

in following up issues and I'm sure

0:28:480:28:54

she will pick this one up and deal

with it through MOD to try to seek

0:28:540:28:58

further clarification.

Can we have

an urgent statement on the fact that

0:28:580:29:08

despite government guidelines

hospital car parking charges for

0:29:080:29:10

most people have increased by 47%

and 50% of hospitals charge disabled

0:29:100:29:16

people to park. I don't know if my

honourable friend saw the campaign

0:29:160:29:21

over Christmas which showed how

patients are suffering because of

0:29:210:29:24

high hospital car parking costs. Can

you write to the Health Secretary

0:29:240:29:28

and get an urgent statement?

I know

my honourable friend has been a

0:29:280:29:36

long-term campaigner over this

issue. He raises an important issue

0:29:360:29:39

that I am sure will be discussed in

more detail at the next set of

0:29:390:29:43

questions when they are due but he

is welcome to seek to secure a

0:29:430:29:48

Westminster hall debate for an

important issue for many on both

0:29:480:29:52

sides of the chamber.

While

conducting a survey on bus services

0:29:520:29:58

in my constituency of Barnsley East

I heard time and again the needs of

0:29:580:30:02

residents are being ignored by bus

companies who prioritise profits or

0:30:020:30:06

passengers. Can we have a debate on

allowing local authorities to

0:30:060:30:10

operate bus companies to ensure they

are run in the interest of local

0:30:100:30:14

people.

I'm sure she will be aware

we recently passed the bus services

0:30:140:30:22

act to allow greater opportunities

to local councils to decide how they

0:30:220:30:27

deploy their bus services. Transport

questions is the perfect opportunity

0:30:270:30:30

to raise that question in the

chamber to a minister who will know

0:30:300:30:34

better answer than I.

Can we have a

debate on how this government is

0:30:340:30:42

supporting growth deals? We have

ambitious plans going forward but we

0:30:420:30:45

need both governments to work

together to deliver the best

0:30:450:30:49

possible results. Does my honourable

friend agree that comments this week

0:30:490:30:53

from the SNP that they may go it

alone with some deals would actually

0:30:530:30:58

be counter-productive and deliver

far less to our area than a joint

0:30:580:31:02

growth deal with UK and Scottish

governments?

Further proof should I

0:31:020:31:10

needed that the more noise I hear

opposite the further proof I have we

0:31:100:31:13

are doing the right thing. It is

important that as a Westminster

0:31:130:31:18

government we do all we can to

support local growth in areas of

0:31:180:31:21

Scotland. Will the Minister make

sure the Foreign Secretary comes to

0:31:210:31:28

the house to explain his policy on

Bermuda?

Last summer Bermuda was

0:31:280:31:34

required to introduce same-sex

marriage which it has now done. Six

0:31:340:31:38

months later the Bermudan parliament

is begging the Foreign Secretary to

0:31:380:31:42

allow them to cancel same-sex

marriage. This is a retrograde step,

0:31:420:31:47

six couples who are already married

would be unmarried which even this

0:31:470:31:50

government must think is wrong? Can

he make sure the Bermudan Parliament

0:31:500:31:57

is told firmly no way we are

sticking with same-sex marriage.

At

0:31:570:32:08

the moment, this is a moment I have

long waited for, to face over the

0:32:080:32:14

dispatch box. A very important point

has been raised, I will make sure

0:32:140:32:22

leaders of the house communicate to

get the answer that is sought

0:32:220:32:26

because it is an important point.

In

his previous role my honourable

0:32:260:32:32

friend conducted a detailed

consultation on disabled access at

0:32:320:32:35

stations. And many of my

constituents took the opportunity to

0:32:350:32:40

ask for lifts to be installed. Could

he therefore arrange for his

0:32:400:32:45

successor to come to the house and

make a statement on what is going to

0:32:450:32:49

happen now on providing proper

disabled access to our stations

0:32:490:32:52

across the country.

It's quite right

to stress the importance of

0:32:520:32:59

improving disabled access, he will

be more than aware we have an

0:32:590:33:02

ongoing consultation. I spent a very

happy Christmas reading all the

0:33:020:33:07

replies and I am aware of the

interest, access of all is an

0:33:070:33:13

important programme. I know the

government is considering carefully

0:33:130:33:16

how best to target it and there will

be an announcement in due course as

0:33:160:33:19

to how it will be responded to.

Mr

Speaker not everybody had a good New

0:33:190:33:26

Year. Another four young men were

killed and stabbed on New Year's Eve

0:33:260:33:31

in London. Clearly our thoughts go

out to the family and friends

0:33:310:33:35

dealing with such tragic loss. What

we need to know is when will the

0:33:350:33:41

government serious violent strategy

be published and can I urge the

0:33:410:33:46

government to look at the root

causes of youth violence as part of

0:33:460:33:51

the strategy?

We all share the shock

at what occurred on New Year's Eve

0:33:510:33:55

and the early hours of New Year 's

morning, I was horrified when I saw

0:33:550:33:59

the news the next day. She will be

aware a lot of work has been going

0:33:590:34:02

on on the heart of the Mayor of

London, the image in them may have

0:34:020:34:06

boots and the Home Office to make

sure we look carefully at how we use

0:34:060:34:10

stop and search powers. An important

and powerful point is made and I

0:34:100:34:13

make sure we get a suitable action

to the date of publication as soon

0:34:130:34:17

as we can.

Privy Council business in

Sandringham but the residents of

0:34:170:34:25

Sandringham in Worsley have had to

put up with derelict shops falling

0:34:250:34:29

into rack and ruin over many years.

Could we have a debate in government

0:34:290:34:35

time on local authorities powers to

deal with derelict buildings and

0:34:350:34:38

bring them back into use whether as

shops, commercial or housing.

I can

0:34:380:34:45

only applaud the dexterity, I know

from my own experience that vacant

0:34:450:34:49

houses can take a long, long

councils for local councils to get

0:34:490:34:53

ownership of so it's right, I would

urge him to apply for a Westminster

0:34:530:34:57

hall debate.

Has the temporary

shadow leader seen EDM 775 on

0:34:570:35:12

airline charges for musical

instruments I declare my interest as

0:35:120:35:15

a member of the musicians union.

Airlines are increasingly making

0:35:150:35:18

life difficult for musicians with

guitar sized and smaller musical

0:35:180:35:23

instruments and is it not time for

the government to have a debate

0:35:230:35:26

about this or at least Colin the

airlines to talk to them about

0:35:260:35:29

setting up a code of conduct of some

kind to make sure talented musicians

0:35:290:35:34

are not appeared in this way?

I know

he has raised this before on a

0:35:340:35:40

number of occasions. I am not yet at

the stage of taking that broke back

0:35:400:35:44

for bedtime reading. As you know we

have transport questions on Thursday

0:35:440:35:48

which is a perfect opportunity to

speak to the new aviation minister

0:35:480:35:52

to see what they have about what I

know is an important issue

0:35:520:35:56

particularly those with larger

instruments can be a real challenge.

0:35:560:36:01

I know the importance my honourable

friend places on apprenticeships,

0:36:010:36:05

could we have a debate on the

importance of further education

0:36:050:36:08

colleges such as Stafford and

Newcastle College in Staffordshire

0:36:080:36:12

on providing those high quality

apprenticeships locally.

Quite right

0:36:120:36:17

to make sure we have all possible

education avenues further education

0:36:170:36:25

is really important I have a superb

provider in my own constituency and

0:36:250:36:29

I know he does as well so I hope,

maybe reply to the backbench

0:36:290:36:34

business committee so we can all

have a say in that important matter.

0:36:340:36:39

The report support services in my

constituency has recognising motions

0:36:390:36:45

at 31 so can we have a debate or

statement on funding for volunteer

0:36:450:36:50

support services to ensure they have

the resources to empower women and

0:36:500:36:55

defeat isolation?

I know this is an

issue the leader of the house

0:36:550:36:59

attaches great importance to as does

the Home Secretary. I am sure he

0:36:590:37:03

will join me in praising the work of

the local organisation. I would urge

0:37:030:37:07

him to keep pressing for debate

opportunities in the house to bring

0:37:070:37:11

attention to what I know is an

important issue for all honourable

0:37:110:37:15

members across house.

With the

threat of a national supermarket

0:37:150:37:21

chain looking to take over a highly

influential high-street location the

0:37:210:37:26

people in my constituency came

together to find a building known as

0:37:260:37:30

the corn exchange, 220 people

invested in the project which

0:37:300:37:33

completed at Christmas time and now

offers three outstanding shops and

0:37:330:37:37

flats for rent. This is a prime

example of an ambitious community

0:37:370:37:40

led project so could we have a

debate on what more the government

0:37:400:37:44

can do to encourage such outstanding

community projects?

I praise the

0:37:440:37:50

project what they have achieved. I

would direct all honourable members

0:37:500:37:53

to look more closely at the

committee ownership schemes. There

0:37:530:38:01

is such a fertile ground for all

community projects, plenty of

0:38:010:38:05

opportunity out there to make sure

we can do what we can in our local

0:38:050:38:08

times.

For some years I have been in

correspondence with the chief

0:38:080:38:16

executive of persimmons about houses

which were built in my constituency

0:38:160:38:20

and there are gardens slipping into

the drain. I got no response until I

0:38:200:38:24

threaten to raise it in Parliament

but when I held that same chief

0:38:240:38:29

executive was to receive £110

million as a bonus on the back of

0:38:290:38:34

the government policy of right to

buy which equates to about £3100 per

0:38:340:38:39

house built, I wondered if the

government think it's now time to

0:38:390:38:43

have a debate in this house about

corporate greed and corporate

0:38:430:38:48

responsibility?

She has raised an

important issue in her constituency

0:38:480:38:54

already in the chamber but I might

urge it to go further and secure a

0:38:540:38:58

debate in the general debate perhaps

to raise the issue more thoroughly

0:38:580:39:01

because it sounds as though it

deserves it.

Mr Speaker given the

0:39:010:39:08

challenges the NHS services

regularly faced during the winter

0:39:080:39:11

period and the excellent cost

effective contribution local GP

0:39:110:39:13

services can make in easing a and E

pressures in particular can we have

0:39:130:39:18

an urgent debate on the support

government can give to ensure the

0:39:180:39:24

surgeries are fully equipped to give

the required primary care?

I think

0:39:240:39:28

my honourable friend makes an

important point about how we need to

0:39:280:39:32

ensure we manage rising demand with

2.9 million more attendances at

0:39:320:39:38

accident and emergency since 2010.

We have a dynamically changing

0:39:380:39:41

health care demand pattern out

there. It's important we do all we

0:39:410:39:45

can in our local communities to

manage that demand better. GPs have

0:39:450:39:49

a clear role to play in that and I

hope things can be further looked at

0:39:490:39:54

in this chamber.

Closes tomorrow in

the face of massive public

0:39:540:40:01

opposition so when will the new

employment Minister come to this

0:40:010:40:04

house and offer us reassurances that

no further job centres in Glasgow

0:40:040:40:07

will be under threat?

I hear what is

said and I understand the concern,

0:40:070:40:17

we are increasingly number of job

centre plus staff in Scotland and

0:40:170:40:21

across the country to provide

support to those who need it most.

0:40:210:40:25

There are smaller offices being

merged into bigger sites. We have

0:40:250:40:30

consulted the public in areas where

people will have to travel more than

0:40:300:40:33

three miles and more than 20

minutes. If he remains concerned

0:40:330:40:36

about his own particular example in

Glasgow I urge him to secure a

0:40:360:40:40

debate on that issue to get more

detailed answers.

Woolly honourable

0:40:400:40:48

gentleman agree with me the last

seven years have seen excessive

0:40:480:40:51

increase in air pollution, marine

pollution, pollution of the

0:40:510:40:56

countryside, isn't it about time we

had an early debate that took real

0:40:560:41:00

scrutiny on the record of this

government and its environmental

0:41:000:41:03

protection policies?

0:41:030:41:04

A doughty attendee, at all Question

Time 's. He has made some very

0:41:090:41:15

important issues. We have a 25

environment plan, that is the

0:41:150:41:22

obvious vehicle, he has rightly

raise this concern.

0:41:220:41:29

Martin Doherty queues. Clydebank

will be celebrating the opening of

0:41:300:41:37

their new headquarters, they will

continue after 25 years offering

0:41:370:41:40

support to those suffering from an

seeking compensation from

0:41:400:41:43

asbestos-related conditions, does

Minister join me in congratulating

0:41:430:41:47

him but also think it is time the

government abated whether those

0:41:470:41:52

living in England and Wales received

the same compensation given by the

0:41:520:41:58

Parliament of Holly Road and

Scotland for those suffering from it

0:41:580:42:01

over ten years ago.

I very much

support what he has got to say about

0:42:010:42:06

it, and the support in his part of

Scotland, I also hear his case.

Most

0:42:060:42:19

recent figures show 69% of new

houses built in the north-west are

0:42:190:42:26

unnecessarily sold as leasehold,

leaving homeowners at the mercy of

0:42:260:42:30

cowboy financiers, who by their

freeholds in job lots in order to

0:42:300:42:36

exploit them financially. He gave a

poor answer to my honourable friend

0:42:360:42:40

the member for Holton who asked

about this earlier. -- buy. Can we

0:42:400:42:45

have an urgent debate in government

time about what this government will

0:42:450:42:47

do now to help thousands of people

including many of my constituents,

0:42:470:42:54

subject to this appalling financial

exploitation.

On always disappointed

0:42:540:43:03

by these concerns. The Prime

Minister was clear yesterday,

0:43:030:43:08

bringing forward changes to

legislation. I suggest she urges a

0:43:080:43:13

degree of patience, to make sure we

get it right, and then we can

0:43:130:43:17

discuss the proposals.

Can I press

the minister, when will there be a

0:43:170:43:24

statement from the government on the

PR launch by the Prime Minister on

0:43:240:43:29

the 25 year plan for the

environment, when will we see it?

As

0:43:290:43:35

the honourable lady for... If the

honourable lady for Cardiff will let

0:43:350:43:41

me have a chance to get my mouth in

gear to say something. My voice box

0:43:410:43:46

does not operate at the same speed

as everybody else, please be

0:43:460:43:49

patient. I'm sure you will agree

with me, the secretary of State for

0:43:490:43:56

Defra will be keen to make sure the

house is fully aware of all we are

0:43:560:44:00

seeking to do in terms of

environmental plans and will not

0:44:000:44:03

have to wait long to hear in this

place for what we are seeking to do.

0:44:030:44:08

Important announcements will be made

today, I'm sure we will have a

0:44:080:44:12

further opportunity to discuss in

the days and weeks to come.

The

0:44:120:44:20

government's welcome review into

fixed odds betting terminals will be

0:44:200:44:24

a looking to change the stakes, many

issues around policy without the

0:44:240:44:28

need for primary legislation. We do

not want this to be delayed any

0:44:280:44:34

further but it does leave a

democratic deficit, will the

0:44:340:44:36

government allow for a debate in

government time around this, so that

0:44:360:44:42

we can sure that this crucial issue

is properly debated.

A number of

0:44:420:44:45

debates in the house in this issue,

it is an important one in my own

0:44:450:44:51

constituency, as I know from my own

casework, I would urge the

0:44:510:44:55

honourable gentleman to make sure he

is applying for all sorts of debate,

0:44:550:44:59

so we can explore the issue further.

Another announcement is coming in

0:44:590:45:02

due course.

0:45:020:45:06

We have seen a rise in mopeds

related crime and knife crime,

0:45:080:45:14

prosecution rates have flat line.

Will the government provide time to

0:45:140:45:18

debate this inability to provide

justice to victims and families and

0:45:180:45:22

when will the government improve its

shabby track record?

I'm sure you

0:45:220:45:26

will recognise the volume of work

undergone right now. To understand

0:45:260:45:35

what the underlying causes are, that

leads to increase have seen. It is

0:45:350:45:41

quite right to press the government,

I urge them to do so through the

0:45:410:45:45

usual challenges.

0:45:450:45:49

This week, the Cabinet Office

confirmed to me the target

0:45:530:45:57

turnaround time for response to

members is 20 days and yet in

0:45:570:46:01

letters I have sent, it took two

months to get a letter from the

0:46:010:46:05

Chancellor, I am now approaching 100

days and counting for a response

0:46:050:46:09

from the Environment Secretary. And

two months waiting for a response

0:46:090:46:14

from the energy minister, can you

outline what is going to be done to

0:46:140:46:18

hold this new dynamic to account in

terms of responding to the

0:46:180:46:21

honourable members.

The leader of

the house takes this immensely

0:46:210:46:26

seriously, as I did when I was a

responding minister. They are

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monitored carefully, I would urge

them to ensure that we chase this

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up. But I will make sure as leader

of the house that we will always

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strive for continuous improvement.

Can the Minister make time to debate

0:46:440:46:49

the planned closure of the Unilever

and Britvic plants in Norwich South,

0:46:490:46:53

local people want the government

ministers to take action, so far we

0:46:530:46:59

have a Business Secretary refusing

to come to the city and meet the

0:46:590:47:03

workers, another Trade Minister who

says he does not want to be

0:47:030:47:07

involved, and another Business

Minister who said that he actively

0:47:070:47:11

wants to see the plant closed.

Please, pull your finger out.

I

0:47:110:47:18

heard the point of order yesterday,

this concerns many people Unilever

0:47:180:47:23

employees will feel uncertainty. The

government is disappointed that

0:47:230:47:31

Unilever has closed the Norwich

plant, we welcome the commitment to

0:47:310:47:34

maintain most of the production in

Norwich, we stand-by ready to help

0:47:340:47:38

the workforce wherever we can, we

need to work with Unilever to get

0:47:380:47:49

further clarity.

The automotive

sector in this country is facing

0:47:490:47:51

challenging times, no more than in

my constituency, the Vauxhall car

0:47:510:47:57

plant, another 250 redundancies were

announced on top of 400 last

0:47:570:48:01

October, can we have a debate as a

matter of urgency about what are the

0:48:010:48:05

practical steps the government can

do to protect manufacturing jobs and

0:48:050:48:08

protect the future of the car plant.

You will not be surprised if here

0:48:080:48:16

that I understand the importance of

Vauxhall Lotus to the community, I

0:48:160:48:20

was disappointed to hear of the job

losses. The response has been put

0:48:200:48:24

into action, the government is

trying to in gauge with Vauxhall

0:48:240:48:28

further, throughout the process, to

do all we can to protect UK jobs and

0:48:280:48:32

help those who are affected. --

trying to engage. We will make sure

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the leader of the house passes them

on to me to debate.

You may be aware

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of the concern that many parents

have about skin gambling and looped

0:48:440:48:48

boxes and worries in the video games

sector of authorised third-party

0:48:480:48:53

websites selling those items,

turning young people into gamblers,

0:48:530:48:58

and reports of young people losing a

great deal of money very quickly.

0:48:580:49:02

Can we have a debate in government

time on how best to protect young

0:49:020:49:05

people and safeguard successful and

vibrant video game industry.

He has

0:49:050:49:11

raised an important example of how

Internet element and technology can

0:49:110:49:17

see new threats and dangers, we need

to make sure we are fully prepared

0:49:170:49:20

for them. He raises an important

point, it is important to move for a

0:49:200:49:25

debate which will make sure the

ministers look to it more fully.

0:49:250:49:32

Minister has already commented on

the European withdrawal Bill clause

0:49:320:49:36

11, and the debates and discussions

taking place elsewhere regarding

0:49:360:49:39

this, could we have an urgent

statement rectifying the record

0:49:390:49:43

where assurances were made to

members across the house that the

0:49:430:49:46

amendments would be tabled next

week.

I have listened carefully to

0:49:460:49:51

his many assiduous points of order

that have been made here, and you

0:49:510:49:56

will have heard my earlier reply

that the government is committed to

0:49:560:49:59

making sure this is tabled. Can only

do so when negotiations are

0:49:590:50:03

successfully concluded, intensifying

efforts, and making sure it is as

0:50:030:50:10

soon as possible.

Despite not one

single minister setting foot in any

0:50:100:50:14

of the job centres is government

will close in Glasgow which start

0:50:140:50:17

from tomorrow, they plan to go ahead

anyway. Can we have a statement

0:50:170:50:22

because this news comes in the same

week that privately owned first bus

0:50:220:50:26

is increasing fares by up to 40% for

sums travellers in the city. When

0:50:260:50:33

this programme of closures finishes,

there will be nine centres, there

0:50:330:50:36

are currently 16, we need an urgent

debate, will he facilitate it?

I

0:50:360:50:41

know that this has been discussed on

a number of occasions, what I would

0:50:410:50:45

ask him to focus on is not just the

input, but the output, having more

0:50:450:50:52

available over Glasgow. We need the

support from the job centre. I have

0:50:520:51:01

been working with two teenage

constituents whose...

Daughters will

0:51:010:51:09

not inherit any of the pension and

the money will go to be a strange

0:51:090:51:14

second husband. Can we have a

statement about the issue of

0:51:140:51:18

wrongful inheritance, please.

Important point, not one that I can

0:51:180:51:25

give them an answer to. Make it a

statement of fact from the relevant

0:51:250:51:34

department.

Results of a survey of

bullying in this place, results

0:51:340:51:46

which will come as no surprise to

the members of the Unite

0:51:460:51:50

Parliamentary staff Branch. In view

of this survey, can you tell the

0:51:500:51:53

house whether there is progress on

publication of the report into

0:51:530:51:57

bullying and sexual harassment.

I am

sure he will be aware that the

0:51:570:52:02

leader of the house is taken is

extremely seriously, playing a key

0:52:020:52:05

role in working with the house on

the working group that is trying to

0:52:050:52:10

come up with a cross-party consensus

on what steps should be taken.

0:52:100:52:16

Whatever the venue, workplace

bullying is wrong, more so than ever

0:52:160:52:19

in this place, we all rely on the

people who work so hard in private

0:52:190:52:24

offices to manage both the

constituency and the business and

0:52:240:52:26

what we do here in Westminster

should be retreated -- treated with

0:52:260:52:32

respect at all times.

Can I first of

also, I'm very grateful to the Prime

0:52:320:52:40

Minister for raising the importance

of freedom of religion and belief in

0:52:400:52:43

a Christmas message. December last

year, eyewitness the alarming scale

0:52:430:52:47

of deaths in farmers in Nigeria's

middle belt. There were attacks on

0:52:470:52:58

Christian communities. Could the

Minister request a statement of

0:52:580:53:04

review of the trainee the UK provide

to the Nigerian Armed Forces to

0:53:040:53:08

ensure that these interests are

protected.

And assiduous campaign on

0:53:080:53:13

this, and many numerous rates from

this issue, my constituents contact

0:53:130:53:19

me with these concerns as well, so I

congratulate him on his persistence

0:53:190:53:24

and urge him to continue with those

debates, they raise an important

0:53:240:53:27

issue.

The minister will be made

aware today of the impending closure

0:53:270:53:32

of the job centres, which serves

half of my constituency but may not

0:53:320:53:36

be aware of the Freedom of

information request put in for an

0:53:360:53:39

impact assessment of the closure,

the nearest job centre will be three

0:53:390:53:42

miles away, and at a distant pro

portion at impact will be had on

0:53:420:53:47

those with caring responsibilities,

women and ethnic Norwich is, so will

0:53:470:53:50

the Minister insist that the new

Minister attends this, on the impact

0:53:500:53:55

of and how he will mitigate them. --

women and ethnic minorities.

Longer

0:53:550:54:04

journey times will have a full

public consultation on the decision,

0:54:040:54:07

what I also said to the honourable

member, which is, I would like into

0:54:070:54:12

focus as much is possible on the

outputs of the process, with more

0:54:120:54:18

work coaches assisting his

constituents.

The Scottish

0:54:180:54:22

Government has twice now written to

the outgoing Secretary of State

0:54:220:54:25

asking to intervene to save jobs in

the culture and sport sector,

0:54:250:54:30

following a decline in revenues. Can

we have a debate on the importance

0:54:300:54:36

of sport and culture and how we

plugged the huge gap in resources

0:54:360:54:40

that these sectors are suffering

from.

I want to make sure he gets

0:54:400:54:47

the response he is exciting, I would

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