18/01/2018 Business Questions


18/01/2018

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


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hydrogen train working on a real

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Business question.

Thank you. Will

the Leader of the House please

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update the hosts on the forthcoming

business? Leader of the House,

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Andrea Leadsom. Thank you, Mr

Speaker. On Monday the 22nd of

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January the business will include

second reading of the financial

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guidance and claims bill. Tuesday

the 23rd of January, remaining

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stages of the new killer safeguards

built, followed by consideration of

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Lords amendments to the

telecommunications infrastructure

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relief from non-domestic rates bill,

followed by a motion relating to the

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apartment of a board member to the

independent Parliamentary standards

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authority, followed by a motion of

the appointment of an electoral

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Commissioner. Wednesday the 24th of

January, opposition date. There will

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be a debate on an opposition motion

subject to be announced. Thursday

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the 25th of January, debate on our

motion on joint enterprise followed

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by a general debate on prescription

of his brother. The sad fact that

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these debates were decided by the

backbench business committee. Friday

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the 26th of January the house will

not be sitting. The provisional

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business for the week commencing the

29th of January will include Monday

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the 29th, remaining stages of the

Armed Forces flexible working built,

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followed by remaining stages of the

automated and electric vehicles

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built. Tuesday the 30th, second

reading of the high-speed rail West

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Midlands to crew built, followed by

motions relating to the High Speed

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Rail West Midlands to crew built.

Wednesday the 31st of January,

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opposition date and on a lot of

half-day, subject to be announced,

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followed by a debate on motions

relating to the restoration of the

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Palace of Westminster. Thursday the

first of debris, business to be

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nominated by the backbench business

committee. Friday the second of

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debris, Private Members' Bill is. I

am tempted to burst into song at

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this point because a little bird has

told me it is your birthday

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tomorrow, but I will spare the house

that embarrassment and instead wish

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you a very happy birthday. What

better way to celebrate than by

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listening to the moral's Private

Members' Bill is where we will be

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discussing the valuables proposed by

the honourable lady for Westminster

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North and by my honourable friend

the member for Totnes. These bills

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will ensure that homes are fit for

human habitation and will also give

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much greater protection from

stalking. This week we achieved a

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significant milestone in completing

all stages of the EU withdrawal

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bill. We wish it well for its second

reading in the upper house the week

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after next.

Thank you Mr Speaker.

Can I thank the Leader of the House

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for forthcoming business. The

restoration renewal debate will take

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place after the opposition date.

That is quite surprising given that

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the government have to motions and

it is almost like the motions were

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written for the previous debate. I

can only think of one phrase, that

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the government cannot be serious! If

is if the joint committee have never

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met. The joint committee took the

evidence and reported it to nor the

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government does in their motion is

to note it and could the government

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think about this again and we tabled

this? I asked for the list of

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ministerial responsibilities and

that hasn't been done, so that could

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please be updated? The Prime

Minister made a speech on the

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environment. The government built

against environment for protection

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and all the while trashes Labour

wheels. She clearly hasn't read the

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briefing papers because Labour Wales

is either a second report depending

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on how you calculate recycling rates

in the world. Labour Wales

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introduced the five B charge on

plastic carrier bags in 2011. Could

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the leader of the high speeds

explained by the government is

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negotiating group on wheels --

reducing growth unveils? The

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government's will report back the

title lagoon. 100 businesses and

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cross-party is a corporate decision.

When will the government make a

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statement on its position or is the

government putting politics before

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people? Will the government put

people first before politics and

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support my honourable friend the

member for Swansea East's request

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for a fund to help families with

funeral costs for their children?

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Can delete confirm if the Prime

Minister said that the cost of

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burials as for the grieving. That

might be right but if the Prime

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Minister could meet with my

honourable friend she would be able

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to explain that it is only for those

who cannot afford the burial costs.

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Can the government follow Labour

Wales and do this in Martin Harris's

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memory? Can the government respond

to the point of order made by by

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honourable friend and the motion

passed in the Welsh assembly

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yesterday about retaining Welsh law

following the withdrawal from the

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EU? It looks like we are back to the

casino economy. It causes

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devastation on people's lives. Short

sellers made £137 million when

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Carillon's share price fell 70% over

the course of three trading days

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following the July profit warning.

Hedge funds were betting on the

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collapse of a company's shares which

provides vital public services. When

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will the government make a statement

on the urgent steps it is taking

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following the insolvency of

Carillon? Will the government set up

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a task force that would support

innocent people doing their jobs one

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day but out of a job the day through

no fault of their own? When will the

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government make a statement on while

Richard Hosey and who has a pay

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packet of 1.5 million and is

employed while apprentices and other

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employees are right of a job or are

being made redundant? Could we have

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a statement on why the Wood group

won a lucrative contract to carry

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out inspections at the government's

new Hinkley Point power plant as the

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sole provider, sole supplier with Mr

Howson is a director? At the Leader

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of the House say if the director

disqualification proceedings started

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against him and the other directors?

Will the government asked the banks

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took quantitatively eased the small

business suppliers and paid them

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within the government's on deadline

of 30 days? And the government

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ensured that the prompt payment code

is now mandatory? That is why we

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need a task force with the great and

the time frame and the debates of

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the Minister can update the house

next week. This week we remembered

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Martin Luther King and it is sad

that the president of the United

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States and did not follow the

tradition of previous presidents and

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do public servers. Martin Luther

King lived beyond the colour of

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people's skin to the content of the

character. We also remember at the

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death of Cyrille Regis who live

beyond the racist chants and

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provided inspiration to many.

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We have been per -- offered the

Bayeaux tapestry. Finally I want to

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miss you are happy about it. This is

what it says about Capricorn. They

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have a secret desire to be admired

by family and friends and the world

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at large.

LAUGHTER

It could not be more apt!

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Thank you, I am tempted to give an

opinion on that, but perhaps in

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private rather than public. From our

recent outing with the youth

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Parliament, you had universal

approval, if I may say that. They

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were delighted with your support for

them, and there are many countries

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are grateful for your interventions

to support those who do not always

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have their voice heard. And grateful

to the honourable lady for her

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comments and questions. Specifically

for raising the point about Andrew

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with the king, and I would like to

pay tribute to her because she often

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raises important issues of progress

inequality. I am grateful to her

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with that and the work on harassment

and continual support for the

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quality. That is incredibly

important, and I pay tribute to her.

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The reason for the motion regarding

the Palace of Westminster is that

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this is a decision for the House,

the House needs to decide whether we

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can afford to justify the undoubted

amount of work that needs replaced

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to restore this palace, with over a

million visitors a year, at a time

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when there are great fiscal

constraints. It is a genuinely open

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decision that the House needs to

make, and the government has tried

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to take into account the broad range

of views across the House on what

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should happen, and put forward first

of all an open discussion about

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whether the House is willing to bear

the cost from the taxpayers' purse,

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and secondly, if the House does

believe that now is the time, then

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how do we go about it to ensure the

very best value for taxpayers? She

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has asked to look at the update of

ministerial responsibility. I will

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take that away and do that. She

talks about environmental protection

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and the work Labour has done on

recycling in Wales. I would like to

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point out that this government was a

key contributor to one of the

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greatest truly global legally

binding agreements to tackle climate

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change, which was the Palace

agreement. Also, the fantastic piece

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of news that in June 2016, wind,

nuclear and solar power generated

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more nuclear power than gas and coal

combined. The UK is doing an

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incredibly good job in decarbonising

and tackling climate change. This

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government has kept 9 billion

plastic bags out of circulation

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through the 5p charge, and is

spending £95 million generated on

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good causes. She raises Swansea Bay,

which as she knows is still under

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review. It is an expensive project,

and vital we get good value for

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taxpayers. Regarding the cost of

burials for children, I am very

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sympathetic to her honourable friend

who has raised this with me a number

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of times. I will look at whether

more can be done, but often funeral

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directors and local councils can

pick up such costs, and whether

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there should be something more

centrally managed to address it, but

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I pay tribute to the honourable lady

of what is a good campaign. She

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talks about Carillion, an incredibly

important and huge issue, as all

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members will appreciate. There was a

statement just this week from the

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Minister, the Duchy of Lancashire,

and he has made it clear that the

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government is working on contingency

plans, it is a very troubling time

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for many employees of Carillion, and

those who are contractors and those

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providing public services, the

government will absolutely undertake

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to ensure all public services

continue to be paid for and that

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those employees continue to be paid

for the work they do. There are many

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different resources ranging from a

helpline from the insolvency

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services themselves, by businesses

and employees that want more

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information. This is a difficult

time that the government is doing

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everything it can as quickly as it

can to try to resolve issues and

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preserve as many jobs as possible.

As usual, a great number of members

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are looking to catch my eye. It

might be useful to the House to know

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that there is a select committee

statement to follow, and that

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approximately 50 honourable members

are looking to contribute to the two

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debates taking place under the

auspices of the backbench business

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committee later. So if I am to

accommodate the level of interest or

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get near to doing so, there is a

premium on brevity.

I also welcome

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what the leader has said about there

being a genuine choice in repair or

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renewal. It is important to reflect

because there is a lot of public

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money involved and we have to

justify to constituents that it is

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the right thing to do, so, can I

commend the leader on her approach?

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I am grateful to my honourable

friend for his contribution and I

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think he is right, this needs to be

a decision by the House and it is

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vital that we take into account the

value and importance of this

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building as a historic national

icon, that attracts many hundreds of

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thousands of tourists,

schoolchildren and so on, and

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there's the seat of our democracy,

but on the other side of that it is

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vital we consider the cost to the

taxpayer and value for taxpayers.

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Happy birthday tomorrow, the card is

in the post and you will get it

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tomorrow morning. Can I thank the

House for announcing the business

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next week. The repeal bill heads to

the House of Lords and we have

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failed to address the devolution

threatening clause 11, even though

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we were promised that the issue

would be addressed by the Secretary

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of State. Apparently it is all to be

dealt with in the House of Lords,

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where the Scottish people have no

democratic relationship with

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whatsoever, and I do not think this

will be resolved properly. It looks

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like we are taking power back excuse

me. A lot Theresa May about this.

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Taking back unelected bureaucrats to

hand it over to aristocrats and

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bishops. But they are British

unelected Lords. In order to help

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the government get this bill

through, 13 new government appears

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to be ennobled, and we have the gall

to lecture the developing world

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about patronage and the quality of

its democracy. Not to be outdone, we

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have to get three new momentum style

labour laws! They will be donning

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the are ermine for the few. The

right honourable member was wind-up

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with a series of amendments to this

debate, so I appeal to the Leader of

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the House to think again about the

time allocated to this and ensure

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there is sufficient time. We wasted

two hours yesterday for the simple

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process of just recording a vote.

Throughout the course of the

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European bell, 14 hours were lost,

standing in packed lobby is doing

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absolutely nothing. We have to

seriously review how we do work

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here. We have to replace this

antiquated relic about how we vote

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in the House and replace it with

electronic voting. The leader has to

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get this started.

I am grateful for

his myriad of thoughts as ever. On

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clause 11, as has been made very

clear, amendments to clause 11 of

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the bill will be brought forward in

the Lords, and that is because they

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are constructive talks with devolved

administrations which have not

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reached a conclusion, and surely it

is better to get it right than rush

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it. Surely he would agree. I think

that is important. He gives his own

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view, which he is not a fan of the

other House. For my part, the view

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we taken a large part in this

chamber is that the other place

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carries out an incredibly valuable

job revising legislation, including

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legislation. There is some real

expertise in the other place that

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weekend on to be able to add to the

work of the selected House, and I

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support it. He talks about R and R,

and a tribute to my honourable

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friend for Gainsborough all sorts of

jumping around, which I am not

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seeing and doing. We have had many

discussions about restoration and

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renewal, and will continue to do so

throughout the process. Finally he

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mentions electronic voting. This is

obviously something the House has

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looked at in the past, will continue

under review, but the reality is, we

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have seen in the last couple of

days, after a period when the House

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has not met, often meeting in the

lobbies and getting the opportunity

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to raise issues with ministers, the

information is incredibly valuable,

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and the honourable gentleman is

shouting from his sedentary position

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that it is all right for us, but I

sometimes do meet with the

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honourable gentleman to discuss

issues of common interest. So, I

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personally feel the lobby has a

valuable role to play.

It is one of

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the wrongs of this House to

scrutinise the work of government.

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So, could I ask my right honourable

friend to help me get proper answers

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to two written questions I have

tabled about financial services. The

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answer I received was from an

account called, no reply, and a

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truly lived up to that title.

I am

genuinely very sorry to hear that,

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and very happy to take it up with

the Department on the half of my

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right honourable friend. But can I

say to her, as the Secretary of

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State said last night when he paid

tribute to many honourable and right

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honourable members across the House,

the government is determined and has

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been shown to be listening very

carefully to proposed improvements

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to the bill, and has adopted many

suggestions made by members across

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the House, but in regard to this

point I will take it up on her

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behalf.

My constituency is plagued

with dangerous driving in high

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performance cars. Many are not

adequately insured, but they can

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abuse the system and stay under the

police radar. Can we have a debate

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about closing loopholes to make the

roads safer?

I thank her for raising

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something as she often does, which

is very important to people in her

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area, and I encourage her to seek an

adjournment debate so she can raise

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the specific examples she has in

mind.

I also welcome the Leader of

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the House laying the motions

regarding replacement and renewal of

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Parliament. People up and down the

country are making tough decisions,

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so will the Leader of the House

ensure that as part of these debates

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we exercise financial prudence in

whatever decision we take regarding

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the future of this House.

My

honourable friend is right to point

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out that whatever we do, whether we

decide to look at this again later

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in Parliament or whether we decide

to take action now, at the heart of

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the decision must be getting the

best possible value for taxpayers

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money.

Can I wish you a happy

birthday for tomorrow. I guess we

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don't have to warn the London Fire

Brigade about conservation of the

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cake. Many happy returns. --

conflagration. I would guess that

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from the application that the

backbench committee has received

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about their replacement work, a

half-day debate would not be enough

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to persuade members to engage in

debate, and it may well be we have

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to have such a debate in backbench

time, subsequent to the debate

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tabled by the Leader of the House. A

lot of members are interested in

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discussing the pros and cons,

because it will not be cheap and

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there are significant costs to the

public purse.

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This afternoon there is an important

debate about RBS recovery systems.

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My cheek think about having a debate

in government time about banking

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practice generally in the aftermath

of the International financial

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crisis because I am certainly aware

of certain -- significant number of

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additional cases by Lloyds, Allied

Dunbar and many other banks which

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have caused grievous problems to

SMEs around the country putting

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people into pen your E.

I certainly

of course would welcome the back

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bench committee having a further

debate on this. He raises an

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important point about the demand for

debate on it and if I could just say

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to all honourable members in the

chamber that if they wanted to do at

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tour of the basement to avail

themselves of some very useful

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information prior to the debate,

then the engineers stand ready to

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provide those to your convenience

and I can tell you it is very

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enlightening if members, I'm sure

you have done it, Mr Speaker, then

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members please do. He raises the

important point about the ways that

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banks have treated SMEs. A city

minister myself I had grave concerns

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about that and investigated a number

of cases. I'm sure he would have

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support from honourable members of

the wanted to suggest further

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debates of the backbench business

committee. I'm grateful to the chair

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of the backbench business committee

to awarding myself and other

0:23:560:23:59

colleagues a debate on restoration

renewal on Thursday the first of

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their breed because I think this has

forced the issue. Are we going to

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have adequate time and perhaps the

could say more about that? If the

0:24:080:24:13

second motion comes for debate or

rather vote because the first motion

0:24:130:24:20

has not been passed, will the second

motion be amendable? Because the

0:24:200:24:24

motion I was going to put down was

amendable. It was on the clear

0:24:240:24:30

premise that what we are set up for

sponsoring authority, it could be on

0:24:300:24:36

the premise that this debating

chamber should stay in the Palace at

0:24:360:24:40

all times. The second motion should

be amendable to this point to be put

0:24:400:24:44

to the house.

What I can say to my

honourable friend is that because of

0:24:440:24:49

the seriousness of the decision that

lies before the house, the two

0:24:490:24:56

motions will not be amendable. It

will be a case of either the first

0:24:560:25:00

motion or if that involves the

second motion.

Nixon if.

Mr Speaker,

0:25:000:25:10

today's Financial Times reports

pandemonium at Corinthian corruption

0:25:100:25:17

strikes sites and the PMQ is

yesterday but no answers to the

0:25:170:25:21

concerns of thousands of apprentices

across the country and there is much

0:25:210:25:25

complexity over the various pension

pots, could we have a government

0:25:250:25:28

statement on its progress responding

to this calamity?

We are of course

0:25:280:25:37

taking every possible action to try

and resolve the inevitable

0:25:370:25:41

uncertainty when a company of this

size goes into financial

0:25:410:25:46

difficulties. The honourable

gentleman is right to particularly

0:25:460:25:49

focus on the issues of apprentices.

My right honourable friend are

0:25:490:25:53

looking very carefully at what can

be done and I would like to point

0:25:530:25:56

out that but those who are seeking

advice there is a web page set up by

0:25:560:26:01

the insolvency service, also a

dedicated website set up by the

0:26:010:26:06

special managers PwC to try to

provide more information for those

0:26:060:26:09

in the dash for those individuals.

The government has set up a group to

0:26:090:26:14

be able to discuss with trade

unions, with industry

0:26:140:26:20

representatives to be able to ensure

that we get to the bottom of this as

0:26:200:26:23

soon as we possibly can.

At

approximately 11:40am we would need

0:26:230:26:28

to move onto the next business, so

could I gently say that all I

0:26:280:26:33

understand the desire to give

context and preamble before asking a

0:26:330:26:37

question, members who now proceed

with what is probably as scripted

0:26:370:26:42

and rather long question will be

doing so knowing that they are

0:26:420:26:47

stopping their colleagues taking

part. Can I appeal to colleagues to

0:26:470:26:51

help each other?

We need a debate on

Carillon. We have had a disaster

0:26:510:27:00

just outside my constituency. The

group went over time, over budget

0:27:000:27:03

and it was a shambles. Time to have

the debate now please.

My honourable

0:27:030:27:09

friend raises a very important

issue, that the government is very

0:27:090:27:13

closely looking at and I encourage

him to seek an adjournment debate on

0:27:130:27:16

any specific issues that relate to

his constituency.

Is the leader of

0:27:160:27:23

the hosts aware that many people

believe that the pressure on the

0:27:230:27:26

health service is partly due to the

collapse in the social network

0:27:260:27:30

support services in our communities?

Can we have an early debate than

0:27:300:27:34

just what has gone on in community

support services and let's have an

0:27:340:27:39

early debate, as well?

I think there

are many community support services

0:27:390:27:45

that do an incredibly good job to

brother support people's health

0:27:450:27:49

needs, not least of which some of

the health implications derived from

0:27:490:27:54

loneliness, for example, some of the

work that the Prime Minister has

0:27:540:27:59

announced we have now appointed a

new minister to tackle that specific

0:27:590:28:03

issue. He will be aware that NHS is

now funded even more than it ever

0:28:030:28:10

has been. A further 6.3 billion of

new funding announced that the

0:28:100:28:15

budget. The government is tackling

determinedly they need to recruit

0:28:150:28:19

more doctors and nurses and to

ensure that the NHS is able to meet

0:28:190:28:25

the very particular demands that

they said this winter.

Did the

0:28:250:28:30

leader of the high CB opinion poll

last week the chill that 84% of

0:28:300:28:34

people want money diverted from the

overseas aid budget to the NHS? Can

0:28:340:28:38

we have a debate on this issue so we

can see how out of touch this House

0:28:380:28:42

is once again with the public

opinion at large?

I think my right

0:28:420:28:51

honourable friend for International

development has made very clear that

0:28:510:28:53

she will ensure that the generosity

of the British people will be put to

0:28:530:29:02

the best use and you will be ever

more demanding that we focus on

0:29:020:29:06

those areas that other governments

cannot begin to deal with

0:29:060:29:10

themselves. It is very important to

focus on the UK's generosity with

0:29:100:29:17

regards to aid in crisis, to

supporting the rights of women and

0:29:170:29:20

girls to dealing with some of the

problems of the very poorest in the

0:29:200:29:24

world. It is the right balance that

we should give to those who are far

0:29:240:29:29

worse off than we are, as well as

looking as we have done at

0:29:290:29:33

increasing funding for our vital

NHS.

Last week I visited a foodbank

0:29:330:29:43

and want to pay tribute to their

work. Can we have an urgent debating

0:29:430:29:47

government time on food poverty and

white through the roll-out of

0:29:470:29:51

Universal Credit this government

considers acceptable for my

0:29:510:29:54

constituents to choose between

heating and eating less, I share the

0:29:540:30:01

honourable lady's tribute to the

work of volunteers and food banks.

0:30:010:30:05

They do a fantastic job. What I

would say to her is with the

0:30:050:30:09

roll-out of Universal Credit the

government has listened to members

0:30:090:30:12

across the house and citizens advice

bureau and have raised the value of

0:30:120:30:18

advances, have ensured that people

can get their Universal Credit on

0:30:180:30:22

day one, we have reduced the waiting

time to nothing, have enabled that

0:30:220:30:26

the transitionary funding for people

who are in private housing

0:30:260:30:31

accommodation to make sure that

people as they transition to

0:30:310:30:35

Universal Credit or always better of

them work, but that the transition

0:30:350:30:38

is made easier for them.

Following

the publication of the motions on

0:30:380:30:46

restoration and renewal, can't we

have a statement to update the house

0:30:460:30:48

on what lessons have been learnt

following the reported cost overruns

0:30:480:30:52

on the Elizabeth Tower project

currently underway?

My honourable

0:30:520:30:58

friend raises a very good point. I

was extremely concerned to hear

0:30:580:31:03

about the cost overrun to Elizabeth

Tower and certainly the house

0:31:030:31:11

parties were also disappointed and

have learned lessons, have tried to

0:31:110:31:16

ensure that via the proposal of an

Olympic style delivery authority to

0:31:160:31:21

oversee the restoration and renewal

of the palace, but that would

0:31:210:31:25

reflect the absolute need to ensure

that the project, if it happens, is

0:31:250:31:30

done with the best value for

taxpayers money in mind and the

0:31:300:31:34

Tigers control possible on costs.

If

people stabbed then murdered in

0:31:340:31:43

London in 2017, 30 7,000 knife crime

offences in 2017, an increase of

0:31:430:31:51

26%. This is an epidemic. A tragedy.

It must stop. Clearly the current

0:31:510:31:58

approach isn't working and a new

approach is required. We need across

0:31:580:32:03

department debate in government time

on how we tackle the root causes of

0:32:030:32:09

youth violence. Will the Leader of

the House scheduled time for this?

0:32:090:32:15

All members are incredibly concerned

about the incidence of knife crime

0:32:150:32:20

particularly amongst young people

and she will be aware that the Home

0:32:200:32:24

Office are reviewing this, taking

evidence on this and will be coming

0:32:240:32:27

out with proposals on how to tackle

this further.

Jo Cox was a fantastic

0:32:270:32:33

advocate for improving the lives of

those who suffer from loneliness. It

0:32:330:32:42

is brilliant this work will continue

through the Jo Cox commission. Can

0:32:420:32:46

we have a debate on what more can be

done to ensure that nobody finds

0:32:460:32:51

themselves alone and without social

interaction?

My honourable friend is

0:32:510:32:57

right. I am happy to pay tribute to

the work of Jo Cox which inspired

0:32:570:33:02

the loneliness commission in her

name. It is shocking that over 9

0:33:020:33:05

million people in the UK always or

often feel lonely. The Minister for

0:33:050:33:11

sport and civil society will take

forward the important work the Jo

0:33:110:33:15

Cox commission has started and I

wish great success. For own part, in

0:33:150:33:22

my own constituency tackling

loneliness is one of my top

0:33:220:33:25

priorities and doing that through

trying to establish copy mornings on

0:33:250:33:29

a regular basis, which goes some way

to getting people out to meet each

0:33:290:33:32

other.

Ben Bradshaw. The statement

from the Education Secretary about

0:33:320:33:43

the decision to reject the bid by

Exeter College to continue to

0:33:430:33:47

deliver apprenticeships are small

businesses locally, although they

0:33:470:33:51

have one of the best record in

England for doing so and warned the

0:33:510:33:55

government that this would have

serious consequences for the

0:33:550:33:58

provision of apprenticeships in my

local area.

I am sorry to hear about

0:33:580:34:05

that issue that he raises. I do

encourage him to either seek an

0:34:050:34:10

adjournment debate or rear said that

education questions, said it is a

0:34:100:34:13

very specific point.

At a time when

Cheltenham's a handy needs capital

0:34:130:34:21

investment in its emergency

department, will members have the

0:34:210:34:24

full opportunity to make the point

that spending wildly

0:34:240:34:28

disproportionate sums on this place

would be unacceptable to my

0:34:280:34:33

constituents and risks damaging the

democracy we seek to uphold?

He is a

0:34:330:34:36

keen advocate for his constituency

and that is the size lead the sort

0:34:360:34:39

of reason why we need to discuss

affordability and value per

0:34:390:34:44

taxpayer's money as we seek to

restore this very old and in very

0:34:440:34:49

bad state of repair Palace of

Westminster.

Can we have a debating

0:34:490:34:56

government time following on from

the restoration and renewal debate

0:34:560:35:00

about making this place and all

public buildings truly autism

0:35:000:35:03

friendly?

The honourable lady raises

a very good point and certainly in

0:35:030:35:11

looking at the issue of restoration

and renewal, should be decide to

0:35:110:35:15

spend the money to repair this place

there is no doubt that issues like

0:35:150:35:18

autism friendliness and making

facilities appropriate for other

0:35:180:35:23

disabilities will be absolutely

vital.

Could we have an urgent

0:35:230:35:32

statement on the sensitivities

around the mess that violence? My

0:35:320:35:36

honourable friend will know a recent

tragic case in my own constituency

0:35:360:35:42

and sadly yesterday as senior Labour

councillor, M Dan Purvis, made a

0:35:420:35:47

joke about beating 1's wife, which

is also incredibly being supported

0:35:470:35:52

as a colloquialism by the manager of

Harlow Chamber of Commerce. Does you

0:35:520:35:56

not agree that to be -- that we too

condemn this, the Council should

0:35:560:36:02

resign, the head of the Chamber of

Commerce there should resign and we

0:36:020:36:06

should be sensitive about domestic

violence?

My honourable friend is

0:36:060:36:09

exactly right. There is nothing

funny, nothing at all amusing about

0:36:090:36:14

domestic violence. I certainly agree

with him that people in public life

0:36:140:36:20

need to be extremely careful about

the jokes they make. Of course, just

0:36:200:36:25

to reassure him, the government is

absolutely committed to stamping out

0:36:250:36:31

domestic violence and they will be

introducing a draft domestic

0:36:310:36:34

violence and abuse bill and tomorrow

looking at the Private Members' Bill

0:36:340:36:37

by the member forum Totnes on

stalking protection. It is vital we

0:36:370:36:43

do everything we can to stamp out

domestic violence.

In 2006 jury are

0:36:430:36:50

introduced a degree that permission

must be... Not a single person has

0:36:500:36:59

been given permission to build

church premises witchy as agreed to

0:36:590:37:04

a statement to encourage the

Algerian government to cease closure

0:37:040:37:09

of churches and to give permits for

new churches to continue?

He raises

0:37:090:37:16

an important point about religious

freedom. I encourage him to seek an

0:37:160:37:20

adjournment debate to take it

further.

0:37:200:37:25

Could we have a debate on the

importance of the marine

0:37:250:37:29

environment? My constituents have

written to me. Which he joined me in

0:37:290:37:35

recognising the excellent steps

government has taken in banning my

0:37:350:37:39

crew beads?

I am delighted to share

her pleasure in the work the

0:37:390:37:45

government has taken in banning

microbeads in cosmetic and other

0:37:450:37:51

products. She is right that we need

to protect Marine environment. We

0:37:510:38:03

have to stamp out the problem of

plastics in oceans.

In a Public

0:38:030:38:11

Accounts Committee hearing this week

we heard the explosive fact that

0:38:110:38:17

well directed not just take Ofsted

to review, it also took a super

0:38:170:38:23

injunction to stop government bodies

discussing this. Can we have a

0:38:230:38:29

debate on the conduct of companies

funded by public money?

She has

0:38:290:38:36

great expertise in this area and

raises an important point. The chief

0:38:360:38:40

executive of learn direct has

written to the chair of the Public

0:38:400:38:43

Accounts Committee on this issue.

Concerning specific legal costs, the

0:38:430:38:52

Department for Education determines

what is acceptable expenditure, but

0:38:520:38:55

as she would expect any income over

that can be used that the provider's

0:38:550:38:59

discretion.

Would my right

honourable friend provide for a

0:38:590:39:06

debate in government time on the

progress of domestic preparations to

0:39:060:39:11

leave the EU, with and without a

deal?

I am delighted he has the

0:39:110:39:20

appetite for yet more discussions!

Over and above the 64 hours we have

0:39:200:39:25

gone through to discuss this. There

will be very many opportunities to

0:39:250:39:30

have further debate and discussion

about that, but I can assure him

0:39:300:39:34

that the government is determined we

leave the European Union in a way

0:39:340:39:39

that works very well for EU friends

and neighbours, and also for the

0:39:390:39:43

United Kingdom.

Public Health

England this week showed that the

0:39:430:39:49

most deprived parts of the country

hit hardest by austerity, such as my

0:39:490:39:56

constituency in Hull, life

expectancy has fallen since 2011,

0:39:560:40:00

and this breaks a peacetime trend

going back to Victorian times. Could

0:40:000:40:04

we have a debate in government time

about why this has happened?

Yes, I

0:40:040:40:12

also saw the report, which is of

course very concerning, and as I

0:40:120:40:15

understand that there are complex

reasons for that. Some of them are

0:40:150:40:19

related to lifestyles, issues like

loneliness and mental health and so

0:40:190:40:24

on, and it needs to be carefully

looked at hand considered. If she

0:40:240:40:28

wants to discuss the issues for her

area in particular, I encourage her

0:40:280:40:32

to seek an adjournment debate.

Constituents have contacted the

0:40:320:40:37

asking the government to stick to

its manifesto pledge to have

0:40:370:40:43

inclusivity rules regarding Roman

Catholic schools. Will she make sure

0:40:430:40:48

that the Secretary of State for

education comes under updates us on

0:40:480:40:51

the progress?

My right honourable

friend has quite a lot to grapple

0:40:510:40:57

with in his first few days as the

Secretary of State, but I am sure he

0:40:570:41:00

will be delighted to answer

questions on that at the next

0:41:000:41:05

education oral questions.

I received

wonderful and moving letters from

0:41:050:41:10

young constituents from a primary

school regarding unfair treatment of

0:41:100:41:19

asylum seekers and refugees. Could

we have a debate on these issues, so

0:41:190:41:22

we can actually stand up for refugee

children around the world.

The issue

0:41:220:41:32

of refugee children is a very grave

one, and this country has been very

0:41:320:41:39

generous in taking in refugee

children, as she will no. There is

0:41:390:41:42

the UK French summit today, where

they will be further discussions

0:41:420:41:46

about refugee children trying to

cross into the United Kingdom, but

0:41:460:41:49

we can all be proud of the fact that

Eurostat figures show that in 2016

0:41:490:41:56

the UK settled more refugees from

outside Europe than any other EU

0:41:560:41:59

member state.

I wanted to remind the

House that the World Heritage site

0:41:590:42:07

is one of such importance to current

and future generations around the

0:42:070:42:11

world, so considering the

restoration of this building and the

0:42:110:42:14

difficult choices we have to make,

could I seek assurances that we will

0:42:140:42:19

consider not just our own purposes

in the building but those who visit

0:42:190:42:22

every year?

He is exactly right,

that is the choice that faces us.

0:42:220:42:30

This is an incredible building, not

just of value to us. We have over 1

0:42:300:42:34

million visitors every year hundreds

of thousands of schoolchildren come

0:42:340:42:41

here as part of education, and any

tourists. It is one of the most

0:42:410:42:46

famous sites in the world, and we

have a duty to ourselves and

0:42:460:42:53

countrymen and the next generation

of schoolchildren to ensure we make

0:42:530:42:57

the right decision.

One of my

communities is being blighted by the

0:42:570:43:07

sale of black mamba, business being

done in a phone box, and we have all

0:43:070:43:18

asked BT to move it, but because of

what it is being used for, it is

0:43:180:43:22

making money. Can we have a

discussion about local communities

0:43:220:43:31

suffering such crime?

She has done a

very good job raising it in this

0:43:310:43:35

House today, and I am hopeful she

will see action rapidly on the basis

0:43:350:43:38

of that. I do encourage her to seek

perhaps a backbench debate on the

0:43:380:43:44

subject of what more businesses can

do. Many of them are diligent in

0:43:440:43:48

doing what they can to support

communities, but she is right, all

0:43:480:43:53

businesses should be doing the same.

Ensuring we have secure well-paid

0:43:530:43:59

jobs that people in East

Renfrewshire deserve, could we have

0:43:590:44:04

a debate on productivity, given the

review on the ONS figures,...

He's

0:44:040:44:14

quite right, the excellent

productivity news is good, but there

0:44:140:44:18

is much more to do. It has been

weeks since the financial crisis of

0:44:180:44:30

2009-10. We are focused on improving

productivity investing in research

0:44:300:44:35

and development, improving skills,

upgrading infrastructure and

0:44:350:44:38

promoting the best environment for

new and growing businesses.

The

0:44:380:44:47

Leader of the House, leaving aside

my own views of the object, the

0:44:470:44:50

government's approach to renewal has

to be moved from circus -- has been

0:44:500:44:56

moved from circus too fast. If the

Leader of the House is to take this

0:44:560:45:02

how seriously and want a proper

debate, will she allocate a full

0:45:020:45:08

day, make sure motions are

substantial and amendable, and come

0:45:080:45:12

back again to ensure this has a

proper debate?

It is quite

0:45:120:45:20

astonishing that the honourable

gentleman says the government is not

0:45:200:45:24

taking this seriously. This is a

matter for the House. House leads to

0:45:240:45:28

make the decision on whether the

balance of taxpayers' fiscal issues

0:45:280:45:36

can be outweighed by the need to

restore the Palace of Westminster.

0:45:360:45:40

It is properly a debate for the

House, and there is government time

0:45:400:45:44

being given to that. Honourable

members will recognise the

0:45:440:45:48

government has moved the date to

Wednesday the convenience of members

0:45:480:45:54

who were clear we did not want the

debate to take place on Thursday.

0:45:540:45:59

The government is facilitating

discussion and decision by members

0:45:590:46:02

of this House, and it is right we

should do that.

I will -- bubble

0:46:020:46:14

cancer kills many people each year,

will she join me in congratulating

0:46:140:46:18

the screening team on the Kettering

Hospital after the tenth anniversary

0:46:180:46:22

of the successful work which has

detected 800 cancer, 300,000

0:46:220:46:26

potential cancerous growths. Can we

also have a statement on other

0:46:260:46:32

successful initiatives like this

across the NHS?

I am very happy to

0:46:320:46:37

pay tribute to Kettering General

Hospital, that is excellent results,

0:46:370:46:40

and also the government's target of

better results for cancer patients

0:46:400:46:46

overall is also something we should

be proud of.

As the Leader of the

0:46:460:46:52

House said, the government is

supporting my honourable friend's

0:46:520:46:59

bill on habitation. Could I ask her

to support my Private members Bill

0:46:590:47:05

from extending the freedom and

information act to private sector

0:47:050:47:08

companies undertaking contracts. The

chaos of Carillion, the government

0:47:080:47:17

and the company kept it to

themselves for too long.

I am happy

0:47:170:47:21

to look at what the honourable

gentleman says. He will appreciate

0:47:210:47:26

Private members bills are exactly

that, it is for the Private member

0:47:260:47:31

to seek support across the House,

and I wish him luck in doing that.

0:47:310:47:35

As we start to debate the

restoration and renewal of this

0:47:350:47:41

House, would my right honourable

friend assure us it is not just for

0:47:410:47:45

the safety of people who work here,

but also those who visit?

Yes, she

0:47:450:47:53

is quite right to raise the fact

that in restoring this House we will

0:47:530:47:57

be addressing largely some of the

issues around safety in this place,

0:47:570:48:03

risks due to problems with water,

electricity, sewage, asbestos, risk

0:48:030:48:09

of fire and so on, and while it is

always maintained that a safe level,

0:48:090:48:13

there is no doubt that the

restoration and renewal would solve

0:48:130:48:16

the problems for a much longer

period than we are able to do with

0:48:160:48:22

the current patch and mend approach.

Yesterday in the Welsh Assembly, a

0:48:220:48:29

Conservative member won a debate by

31-2, to ask this House to legalise

0:48:290:48:36

medicinal cannabis. Will the

government follow suit and give fair

0:48:360:48:39

wind to the bill before the House

that will deliberate seriously ill

0:48:390:48:50

people...

This is an issue the

honourable gentleman has championed

0:48:500:48:57

in this place, and as he knows, the

government keeps this under review,

0:48:570:49:01

but it is not our policy to allow to

legalise the use of cannabis.

Can my

0:49:010:49:09

right honourable friend arranged in

a statement to be made in relation

0:49:090:49:12

to the approved Corporation on

intelligence, defence and security,

0:49:120:49:18

as well as allowing more child

refugees to come to the country as a

0:49:180:49:23

result of the visit of President

Macron today.

We can all welcome the

0:49:230:49:31

visit of President Macron to look at

further cooperation between the

0:49:310:49:34

British and French on the very

strong bilateral relationship we

0:49:340:49:39

have with them, particularly in

areas such as security and to my

0:49:390:49:44

great situation -- migrant situation

in Calais. My constituent Gemma

0:49:440:49:57

Hartnell founded a charity to tackle

period poverty.

Too many young

0:49:570:50:03

people in schools, homeless people

and homeless people who need food

0:50:030:50:08

banks cannot afford the cost of

sanitary products. Can we have a

0:50:080:50:12

debate as to how we tackle this very

personal and intimate crisis?

I

0:50:120:50:20

share the honourable Lady's concern.

It can be humiliating for young

0:50:200:50:25

people and I empathise with the

point she makes. I encourage her to

0:50:250:50:30

seek an adjournment debate so she

can hear from the Minister of what

0:50:300:50:33

more can be done.

A report about

electrical goods in the UK

0:50:330:50:47

highlights safety concerns than 1

million Whirlpool tumble dryers and

0:50:470:50:50

plastic rack fridge freezers. When

can we have a statement about this?

0:50:500:50:59

I encourage my honourable friend to

write to the department and seek

0:50:590:51:05

their thoughts on it, and I would be

happy to take it up on your behalf.

0:51:050:51:12

In light of the collapse of

Carillion, does the government

0:51:120:51:16

intend to make a statement on the

decision to award the facilities

0:51:160:51:19

management contract to a company

with huge debts, a large pension and

0:51:190:51:30

-- pension deficit?

I can see that

as she will be aware, the Chancellor

0:51:300:51:35

of the Duchess of Lancashire made a

statement and will make further

0:51:350:51:37

statements. Looking at this from

every aspect, I have been absolutely

0:51:370:51:45

reassured that all government

contracts are kept closely under

0:51:450:51:49

review, as these ones were with

Carillion, and as she will know, the

0:51:490:51:53

decision was making that Carillion

contracts would be awarded as

0:51:530:52:01

joint-venture contracts so that they

would be continuity of something

0:52:010:52:05

were to happen. Profit warnings in

themselves do not mean it would be

0:52:050:52:09

legitimate to then rule out a

company from being able to accept

0:52:090:52:12

government contracts.

Short, single

sentence questions without preamble

0:52:120:52:20

would be appreciated.

0:52:200:52:25

The government fails to by consumers

in the Highlands and Islands page 2p

0:52:250:52:30

up to 6% more per unit for their

electricity due to un-parent network

0:52:300:52:37

and distributing charges. Can we

have a debate on how to end this

0:52:370:52:40

shabby treatment for the people on

the Highlands and Islands another

0:52:400:52:44

rural areas?

It is an issue I was

concerned about his energy Minister

0:52:440:52:49

had equally he will understand that

the virtue of their electricity

0:52:490:52:55

prices in the Highlands and Islands

and the subsidies and extra

0:52:550:52:58

supported of the devolved matter.

There were many debates on fuel

0:52:580:53:01

poverty and on support for people

through that. What the government is

0:53:010:53:07

doing, which isn't a devolved

matter, is the energy price. The

0:53:070:53:12

Prime Minister has made it a

personal priority to bring forward

0:53:120:53:15

proposals to stay and to ensure that

people are treated fairly.

Cardiff

0:53:150:53:21

Central... Can we have a debating

government time on the genocide

0:53:210:53:33

caused by the Burmese military which

has caused the refugee problem in

0:53:330:53:37

Bangladesh?

The whole house is very

concerned about the humanitarian

0:53:370:53:43

crisis that has been caused by

armour's military. Many row finger

0:53:430:53:50

had been killed and over 650,000

have fled to Bangladesh. She will be

0:53:500:53:55

aware that the UK is one of the

biggest donors to this crisis and

0:53:550:53:59

that has stepped up efforts with an

additional £59 million to support

0:53:590:54:05

the latest influx of refugees. We

had a debate recently on the plight

0:54:050:54:10

of the Rohingya Muslims and she may

well seek to have a further debate.

0:54:100:54:17

Can we have a debate or a stable don

the public services in relation to

0:54:170:54:21

the retention of pay quiz tomorrow

teachers are leaving the profession,

0:54:210:54:27

as well as public service workers

and there have been polluters in

0:54:270:54:31

Coventry. Can she do something about

that?

I think the honourable

0:54:310:54:38

gentleman is talking about retention

of public sector staff? Yes. In the

0:54:380:54:44

NHS there will be 5,000 new nurse

training places each year starting

0:54:440:54:49

this September. The government is

very committed to ensuring that we

0:54:490:54:53

retain staff and there are many more

teachers coming back into teaching

0:54:530:54:59

following a career break. What is

important is not just retention but

0:54:590:55:03

also attracting people back after a

period of time and we are getting

0:55:030:55:08

new people into those public sector

professions. That is something the

0:55:080:55:11

government is focused on.

Could we

have a debate on the capacity of

0:55:110:55:17

hotlines? A talented young football

and refugee he wants to take part in

0:55:170:55:24

a training academy in Portugal. Hi

RMP is supposed to raise these cases

0:55:240:55:31

if we can get through to the

hotlines?

What I could say to the

0:55:310:55:35

honourable gentleman is if there is

a problem of hotlines he should

0:55:350:55:39

raise it with the Department. I am

happy to do that on his behalf of

0:55:390:55:42

the e-mails me and I will take it up

for him. With regard to that

0:55:420:55:46

individual case, again he could

perhaps race at departmental

0:55:460:55:50

questions.

This chamber rightly sees

a lot of robust partisan politics

0:55:500:55:57

but we should never forget the ethos

of public service which I believe

0:55:570:56:01

would appears the vast majority of

elected representatives. There was

0:56:010:56:04

no better example of that than my

friend and colleague Kieran Quinn,

0:56:040:56:10

the leader of Thamesside Council,

who tragically collapsed on

0:56:100:56:13

Christmas Eve and died on Christmas

Day. Today has polluted to join me

0:56:130:56:20

in prison and the live, work and

commitment of local leaders like

0:56:200:56:24

keirin, who do an incredible job in

difficult circumstances.

The

0:56:240:56:32

honourable gentleman is absolutely

right to paid tribute to his

0:56:320:56:38

constituent councillor, and to all

of those who give so much of their

0:56:380:56:41

time, very often unpaid extra time

that is paid in serving their

0:56:410:56:46

community and we owe them all a debt

of gratitude.

Can we have a

0:56:460:56:50

statement about the impact of the

removal of GSA mortgage support,

0:56:500:56:56

like a constituent of mine who paid

into the system all his working

0:56:560:57:00

life?

I'm sorry to hear about the

case that he raises. You may want to

0:57:000:57:07

raise that that departmental

questions as constituency case.

0:57:070:57:15

There are... There have been example

of companies that are falsely

0:57:150:57:23

advertising nappies that are

actually going to landfill sites.

0:57:230:57:32

False advertising is incredibly

harmful and that he has examples of

0:57:320:57:35

such instances he should raise it

with the Department and team may

0:57:350:57:39

wish to have an adjournment debate

on that.

Last Friday we woke up to

0:57:390:57:46

the new separated leader Bella Twins

vision was ablaze. Witchy ally

0:57:460:57:51

debate to consider the terrific work

Notts Fire and rescue in tackling

0:57:510:57:56

this fire and having things running

again within a day.

We all realise

0:57:560:58:02

what a debt of gratitude we owe to

our fire officers who do such an

0:58:020:58:05

amazing job and at such great risk

to themselves, so I paid tribute to

0:58:050:58:10

them alongside him.

In line with the

honourable friend, I would like to

0:58:100:58:17

request an urgent debate about

private companies providing public

0:58:170:58:20

services to be subjected the same

standards of openness and

0:58:200:58:24

transparency as the public sector is

so companies like Carillon can no

0:58:240:58:27

longer hide behind commercial

confidentiality.

The honourable lady

0:58:270:58:33

raises a very important point in the

context of what has happened with

0:58:330:58:37

Carillon. She can rest assured that

the government will be looking

0:58:370:58:39

carefully at whether we can improve

processes as a result of this

0:58:390:58:44

experience, but you must also

recognise that there are great

0:58:440:58:46

values to the taxpayer of being able

to use private sector companies to

0:58:460:58:50

deliver some services that are of

much better value and efficiency to

0:58:500:58:55

the public sector than bringing it

all in-house.

On the 6th of December

0:58:550:59:01

last year the Secretary of State of

Scotland give undertakings with

0:59:010:59:04

regard to an amendment in the EU

withdraw like. Could we have a

0:59:040:59:08

statement clarifying the record and

explaining why it wasn't met?

I

0:59:080:59:13

encourage the honourable gentleman

to take that but Scotland questions

0:59:130:59:16

with the Secretary of State

directly.

0:59:160:59:27

Next week in the House of Commons we

have Church of England questions, so

0:59:280:59:33

can we have a debate about moving

away from a medieval setup and

0:59:330:59:38

separating the UK state from church?

I think that is an extremely

0:59:380:59:45

controversial subject that the

honourable gentleman raises which

0:59:450:59:48

would have significant

constitutional applications. As a

0:59:480:59:51

first point of call he may well wish

to raise that the Church

0:59:510:59:55

Commissioners questions next week.

Will the Leader of the House

0:59:551:00:03

recognise the concerns of

hard-working GPs in Plymouth.

1:00:031:00:06

Primary care is in a state of crisis

of GPs working to the point of

1:00:061:00:10

exhaustion. Can we have a debate

about the state of primary care?

1:00:101:00:15

First of all, just to say GPs do a

fantastic job and we are all

1:00:151:00:20

incredibly grateful. We know that

they are under pressure, we know

1:00:201:00:23

that there are more numbers of

doctors now than ever before, but

1:00:231:00:28

they are equally greater demands on

their time than ever before and that

1:00:281:00:31

is why the government has provided

an extra 6.3 billion of funding for

1:00:311:00:36

the NHS to ensure that we can meet

the demands being made on GPs and

1:00:361:00:40

others.

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