25/01/2018 Business Questions


25/01/2018

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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in the spring.

Business question.

Could the Leader of the House please

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update the House on the forthcoming

business?

Thank you, Mr Speaker. The

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business for the week commencing

29th of January will include Monday

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29th of January remaining stages of

the Armed Forces flexible working

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bill, followed by remaining stages

of the automated and electric

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vehicles built. Tuesday 30th of

January, second reading of the

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high-speed rail West Midlands to

crooks bill, followed by motions

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relating to the high-speed rail West

Midlands to crew bill. Wednesday the

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31st of January, an allotted half

day subjectively announced. Followed

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by a debate on motions relating to

the restoration and renewal of the

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Palace of Westminster. Thursday the

1st of February, a debate on a

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motion on baby leave for members of

Parliament followed by a debate on

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the motion on hospital parking

charges. Friday 2nd of February,

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private members bills. The

provisional business for the week

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commencing 5th of February 2008 team

will include on Monday the 5th of

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February motions relating to the

draft Social Security benefits

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operating order 2018 and the draft

guaranteed minimum pensions increase

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order 2018, followed by remaining

stages of the smart metres bill. Mr

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Speaker, we all remember those that

suffered such tremendous atrocities

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during the Holocaust as we mark

Holocaust Memorial Day this weekend

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and I think we are united in our

desire to eradicate such evil acts

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from our world. Next week, the House

will have the opportunity to discuss

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the restoration and renewal of the

Palace of Westminster. This must be

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a decision made by Parliament

itself. It is not one for

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government. I do urge all colleagues

to take a basement tour to see the

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challenges that lie ahead. Members

may also wish to read the reports by

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the joint committee, the Public

Accounts Committee, the Treasury

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Select Committee, and the financial

memoranda to the motions to acquaint

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themselves with issues raised in

these. They are all available online

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on the Parliament website and my

door is always open to any member

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who wants to discuss this in advance

of the debate. Finally, I would like

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to wish everyone a very happy Burns

Night celebration tonight,

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particularly Scottish colleagues on

both sides of the House.

Can I thank

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the Leader of the House for the

business and also for the letter she

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sent to me about the new list of

ministerial responsibilities. Her

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letter states it is scheduled for

March but the new list may be

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available soon. I don't know of the

Government are waiting for changes,

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whether the Foreign Secretary will

now become the Health Secretary, but

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he was reminded he is the Foreign

Secretary. Ministers must know their

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responsibilities by now so can we

have an update sooner rather than

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later? Can we also have the date

Parliament will rise in July. We

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have the date we will return, but I

have been summoned for jury service

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and I would like to give them a date

when I'm available. I thank the

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Leader of the House for tabling the

motions and for the debate on

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restoration renewal. We have those

two motions which complicates the

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debate in the three hours and last

week the Leader of the House of

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Lords of the seriousness of the

decision, they will not be

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amendable. It will either be a case

of the first motion or if that

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falls, the second motion. Erskine

may says if the amended notice does

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not exceed the scope of the original

notice and the Speaker provides it

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is proper for the motion to be

tabled, it can move forward. Hurrah

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for democracy and for you, Mr

Speaker. It is important, and I

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concur I have been down to the

basement, it is important for

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members to no costs are being

incurred every day while a decision

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is not being raised. I raised on

many occasions at business

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questions, and the honourable member

for Gower raised a point yesterday,

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on the issue of the Swansea Bay

tidal lagoon. Can the Prime Minister

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respond to Carwyn Jones' letter,

which he sent seven weeks ago

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offering financial help for this

project. The Government should be

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working with the Welsh government.

His democratically elected very

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clever First Minister. We know the

Government is committed to the

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environment because they said so in

their document, but amazingly there

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was no mention of fracking so can I

draw the attention of the Leader of

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the House to a new study, the

inability of UK shale gas in

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comparison with other electricity

options. The study examines economic

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and social sustainability of

fracking so can we have a statement

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on why exploratory drilling is going

ahead in Lancashire when the study

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ranked shale gas seven out of nine

different energy sources and could

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we have a statement on the data

which shows the number of people

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applying to be teachers has fallen

by a third in the past year. Sadly,

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Mr Speaker, we need a statement on

why teachers have been asking for

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financial support from the charity

Education Support Partnership. We

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need a statement from the new

Secretary of State for Education

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because we are asking our teachers,

we want them to teach our children

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personal social health and economic

education. The leader would have

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heard from the honourable member for

Yardley on the events at the

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Presidents club. Members called for

the expedition so could the Leader

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of the House tells us when that will

be expedited. The Leader of the

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House also tell the House if the

visit by the Minister to the

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Presidents club was an official

visit or a private visit. Whether it

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is the Presidents club or all the

Presidents men, either way it is an

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abuse of power. And it is important

to have opposition days because

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yesterday the debate was on

Carillion and the number of

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questions I and others asked, the

Minister came to the House to answer

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the questions and he actually is

following up what the TUC have asked

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for and that is a task force but the

opposition look forward to the

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delivery of the documents so could

the Leader of the House say when

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those will be delivered? When we had

a debate on human rights. The Leader

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of the Opposition reminded us to

sign the book of a commitment which

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are still available to be signed

outside the members cloakroom

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between 2pm and 4pm and it's a

reminder every right in the European

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Convention on human rights, which

was then enacted into UK law in the

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Human Rights Act, every one of those

rights was systematically abused and

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violated in the Second World War.

Human rights and dignity should be

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at the core of our society.

Thank

you, Mr Speaker, and I'm grateful to

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the honourable lady for her series

of questions. On the subject of the

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ministerial list, I have written to

her on that saying it will be

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available as soon as possible. On

the rise of the House in July I am

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appraised of the fact she needs time

for her jury service, I wouldn't

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dream of delaying that unduly and I

will absolutely seek to ensure we

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give that consideration to inform

the House as soon as we possibly

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can. She asks about the motions for

the restoration and renewal of the

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Palace. As I said last week and as I

think the honourable lady agrees,

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what we want is for this House to be

able to take a decision and so what

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I wanted to see is what sorts of

amendments came forward and I think

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I made clear last week that what we

need is some sensible alternatives

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for the House to be able to discuss,

and there are some very sensible

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amendments that have been tabled,

and I certainly commit to

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undertaking to ensure those are

included in the options available to

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the House, but nevertheless the

important point is that this House

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is able to make an informed decision

next week. She asked about the

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Swansea Bay lagoon. As we have

exchanged several times in this

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chamber, it is a very expensive

projects, extremely expensive

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compared to other forms of renewable

energy, it requires a careful

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decision and I know that is still

under consideration. On fracking, it

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is clear that natural gas provided

by fracking with some of the world's

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strongest and most careful

regulation anywhere is a way forward

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for the UK as we move towards zero

carbon targets for our electricity

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generation. We cannot do that from

where we are today, going through

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getting rid of coal from the system

which we hope to do from 2025 and

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moving straight to lower carbon

forms. Gas will continue to be an

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important part of our transition

towards the low carbon future and

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natural gas through fracking is one

option open. She raises the issue of

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teacher applications. There are

15,500 more teachers now in our

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classrooms since 2010. The number of

teachers returning to the classroom

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has increased 8% since 2000 tenths

which is good news. And there are

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more teachers with first-class

degrees, so really highly qualified

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teachers able to impart information

to our young people, that is vital.

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I share her disgust at what took

place at the Presidents club. There

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is absolutely no place for that type

of activity men only club

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effectively abusing young women in

the way that this story has been

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reported, is absolutely

unacceptable. And as she will be

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aware from the urgent question quite

rightly raised yesterday, that the

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issue of when we will be introducing

sex and relationship education in

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schools is currently still subject

to consultation with young people

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themselves and it is vital we don't

guess at what it is they want to

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learn about, but that we ask them,

so we need to take the time further

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consultation. On Carillion, I can

assure the House the request of the

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House will be absolutely upheld and

that the documents will be made

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available but as she will know, the

Public Accounts Committee and

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already has the means to ask for

such documents to be to them.

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Finally, I share her desire to

reflect the importance of human

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rights in everything we do, not just

in remembering the appalling actions

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in the Holocaust but in all of the

appalling civil wars and problems we

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see in our own lifetime. Human

rights must be upheld.

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THE SPEAKER: Many members are

seeking to catch my eye in these

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exchanges. I remind the House there

is a statement by the Secretary of

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State for Defence to follow, in

which I imagine there'll be

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interest. That will be followed by

two well subscribed debates to be

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taken under the auspices of the

backbench. Mr Douglas Ross.

The

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excellent employment figures

released this week.

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Mr Speaker, a perfect example of Bev

vetty, is it not? My honourable

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friend has raised this issue. There

are 32.1 million in work. 415,000

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more than for a year earlier. The

number of people in employment has

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increased by 3.1 million since 2010.

That is more than the entire

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population of Wales. Over 70% of

this rising employment has been in

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higher skilled jobs and

unemploymentment hasn't been lower

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since 19716789 it is a great news

for our economy, Mr Speaker.

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THE SPEAKER: I am reminded there is

a Select Committee statement, which

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won't absorb a great deal of time,

but which is important. So all of

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that adds to the pressure of time.

Mr Speaker, can I thank the Chief

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Superintendent tan of the House for

announcing the business of the House

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and announcing the importance of

Holocaust Day. Today we celebrate

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the birth of Scotland's greatest

poet. He said of mice and men, who

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started with this Brexit scheme a

few months ago. Now is not the time,

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and we need the Leader of the House

to be braver on restoration and

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renewal. What we cannot have is a

curtailment of any debate and the

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closing down of option on these

critical matters W the huge costs

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involved our constituents expect us

to have time to debate these issues

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and we must sure we must have them.

All the options are fully considered

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and we have to hear there'll be no

attempt to curtail debate by having

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amendments rejected. I hope that the

whole House joins me and the SNP's

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campaign to reclaim our time, to end

a ridiculous farce of wasting days

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of the parliamentary deal by

standing in packed lobbies simply to

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vote. The fallout of the President

club's dinner continues to develop

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and appal. Can we have a debate

about these clubs and see what more

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can be done to challenge the laws

that sustains them and the culture

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which thinks they are acceptable. We

are in a new era of "zero tolerance"

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for this type of behaviour. Now is

the time to make real and

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substantial progress and stamp out

this pathetic behaviour. As our

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devolution settlement is passed on

to the great and the good to the

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House of Lords, let's remember what

Burns said about the petty pomposity

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and the sense of entitlement of

those who consider themselves our

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better.

Who struts and stands, the man of

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independent mind, he looks and

laughs at all that.

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Mr Speaker, I can't possibly hope to

emulate that brilliant portrayals of

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Robbie Burns, some of his finest

words. What I can say is in the

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context of his urge to me to be

brave, is when I was growing up, my

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wonderful step dad who is a Scott,

would say if you are sitting around,

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that will not get the piece. I hope

that is adequate, we want the jelly

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pieces to be happening. He's right

to raise the issues for restoration

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and renewal. We need a decision. We

look forward to that next week. He's

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right to raise the issue of the

President's club. It is unacceptable

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this kind of thing still goes on. My

honourable friend who answered the

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question yesterday, she is

astonished to hear this type of

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thing is still happening. How

ridiculous is it that anyone thinks

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that is appropriate? I would like to

pay tribute to his excellent efforts

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on the working group that I chair on

behalf of the Prime Minister that is

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looking into issues of bullying and

harassment in this place. He has

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been a stalwart champion of getting

this work done, as have other

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members of his party. I am very

grateful for that. We have to agree

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to disagree about the other place.

In my view, they do provide a very

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important revising role, for which

we are vital. They do have some

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expertise that in this House we

benefit from.

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Mr Speaker, what more can the Leader

of the House do to help millions of

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consumers currently being ripped off

by rip off energy prices?

My

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honourable friend raises a point

that is incredibly important to so

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many people. The issue of energy

prices for some people comes down to

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whether they can afford to heat or

eat. It is a fundamental desire that

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the Prime Minister has expressed to

sort out the rip off prices that are

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charged by some energy companies

towards their most loyal clear

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customers. In other words, if you

stick with us, you will get ripped

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off. The bill we will bring forward

will seek to put a cap on those

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standard variable tariffs to ensure

that rip off energy prices are a

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thing of the past.

Could I thank the

leader for the business statement?

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We are open for business and I would

just ask the members to remain, to

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think ahead in terms of memorial and

celebration days. I am anticipating

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applications about women's

international days and about St

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David's Day, in our Welsh debate. If

members can think ahead to those

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important dates in the diary and

bring forward their applications in

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a timely way so we can get them

planned well ahead and then I am

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glad to say that the haggis is not

yet an en dangered species. Even the

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clockwise one I understand with

their legs being longer on one side.

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Still run around the hills very

happily in all of the Highlands. I

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think on the Burns day that we

should all think about the very sage

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words of Robert Burns when he said,

while some power to see ourselves as

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others see us.

Well, as ever, I do assure the

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honourable gentleman we do take into

account the needs of the Backbench

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Business Committee. I know they are

holding popular and important

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debates. We will continue to provide

dates as early as we can. I do share

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his concern about the endangered

nature of the haggis. I think the

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opportunities for cloning them in

future, according to today's press,

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it could be possible to clone haggis

in the future. But the honourable

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gentleman is right to raise the

importance of getting timely

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notification of available days and

we will make sure that happens.

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Mr Speaker, the Government has made

great strides in recent months on

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bearing down on unnecessary plastic

waste. At airports like Gatwick, in

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my constituency, of course, as

people go through security a lot of

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plastic bottles are discarded. Could

we have a statement from our Right

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Honourable friend the Environment

Secretary on ensuring that there are

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water refilling points in many

places like airports so that we can

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reduce plastic waste, which is so

unnecessary?

Well, my honourable

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friend raises a point that I think

all members across the House will be

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delighted to see some of the

initiatives there are water

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fountains and drinking water taps

made available in all key points

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across the UK. We have seen some

progress towards that. I think it

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would be very welcomed, not least of

which because it will save costs to

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consumers as well as the enormous

amount of plastic that finds its way

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into our marine areas.

Thank you, Mr

Speaker. With Government figures

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released today showing the levels of

rough sleeping is at the highest on

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record, can we expect a statement

from a minister next week about the

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serious issue which is affecting all

parts of our country?

The honourable

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lady is right to raise the appalling

homelessness issue which nobody on

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this, in this Parliament accepts, as

a way forward at all. What the

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Government has done is to sign up to

the bill of my honourable friend,

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the member for Harrow East, a very

important bill, to ensure that we do

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everything possible to eradicate

homelessness by 2027 and to half it

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by 2022. There are a number of

homeless reduction task forces going

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ahead to look at what more can be

done. The reasons for homelessness

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can be complicated and it's not just

necessarily about the housing but

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about mental health issues and

addiction issues and so on and is a

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very complicated issue.

Could we

have a statement on the boundary

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review recommendations for

constituencies, so that they can

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come if before the house and for us

to ratify them. Some of us are very

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much in favour of the proposals to

reduce the cost of running this

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Parliament.

My honourable friend raidses a point

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that is quite contentious across

this place, but he may want to seek

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a debate on this through the

backbench committee so that

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colleagues can discuss it.

With £3 billion set aside for Brexit

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contingency planning. £2 million

lost as a result of slower growth

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and £300 million being spent on new

civil servants, can the Leader of

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the House make time available for

the Foreign Secretary to come to the

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House and explain where he's going

to get the £350 million a week for

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the NHS?

Well, I don't accept any of

the numbers that the honourable

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gentleman is ban ding about. The

fact is he should be delighted, as

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we are on this side of the House, at

the employment numbers that belie

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all of the claims by those who

sought to keep the UK within the EU,

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that said that our economy would be

in disastrous straights that

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unemployment would rise, that we

would be in recession. None of those

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things have happened. The economy

economy is growing. More people than

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ever have the security of a pay

packet and the ability to feed

0:23:210:23:25

themselveses and their family.

I wonder if I can have a debate

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about the state of top-class

sporting facilities. Football

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supporters are concerned that

Coventry city are nine games away

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from homelessness and speedway fans

can no longer watch at bran Dan

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because it has got into a state of

disrepair.

Well, I am sorry so hear

0:23:470:23:52

that and I understand the

frustration of Coventry City

0:23:520:23:56

supporters. Football clubs are

valuable assets and every care

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should be taken to protect their

long-term future. It is not the

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place of Government to intervene in

the fortunes of any claub. It is for

0:24:040:24:09

the footballing authorities to

administer their sport. In this case

0:24:090:24:11

it is a matter for the English

Football League.

Thank you very

0:24:110:24:15

much, Mr Speaker. I am sure you'll

be as appalled as I am to know half

0:24:150:24:21

of all table wear bought by the

House was not made in England, never

0:24:210:24:27

mind, not made in Stoke-on-Trent.

Can we have a debate on public

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procurement post of Brexit so we can

ensure that we are actually buying

0:24:340:24:38

British?

Well, I share the

honourable lady's enthusiasm for

0:24:380:24:44

buying British wherever possible.

She will be aware that when we leave

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the European Union we will be able

to look at our own procurement rules

0:24:470:24:52

and wherever possible, where British

goods are equal and in many cases

0:24:520:24:55

the best, then we will be able to

purchase them for ourselves.

0:24:550:25:01

Thank you, Mr Speaker. On the day we

rightly celebrate the lights of

0:25:010:25:08

Burns, another of Scotland's

cultural iconic centres the sterling

0:25:080:25:13

Smith museum is threatened by

closure by the local SNP council in

0:25:130:25:18

sterling. Can we have a statement to

confirm the Scottish budget is

0:25:180:25:24

protected in real terms and

therefore it is political choice and

0:25:240:25:28

not necessity for the Scottish

Government to impose spending cuts

0:25:280:25:35

on local councils?

I know my friend

is, woing the friends of the museum

0:25:350:25:41

to save this valuable asset. I

understand it has the world's oldest

0:25:410:25:47

football as one of its exhibits. He

will be aware of the result of the

0:25:470:25:53

budget a further £2 billion is part

of the settlement for Scotland and

0:25:530:25:58

they can safe this asset should they

choose.ment no proper consultation

0:25:580:26:06

councillors reducing the paid

councillors meaning they'll have

0:26:060:26:13

fewer voluntary councillors than

smaller councils. Can we have a

0:26:130:26:16

debate between district and town

councils? The honourable gentleman

0:26:160:26:22

raises a very important issue about

local democracy and we would all

0:26:220:26:26

like to see greater decision making

at the local level and good people

0:26:260:26:30

coming forward to take up those

posts. It seems it would be a good

0:26:300:26:36

candidate for an adjournment debate

to raise the issues.

0:26:360:26:39

Today's rural vulnerability day, so

could you join me in celebrating

0:26:490:26:51

this to shine a light in areas like

Taunton Deane and what the Leader of

0:26:510:26:57

the House fine time for debate on

this issue? I would welcome the

0:26:570:27:02

Speaker to this event taking place

in the Palace today.

Of course I am

0:27:020:27:06

happy to share in my honourable

friend's pleasure at this new focus

0:27:060:27:12

on rural vulnerability. For many

people living in rural areas access

0:27:120:27:16

to transport and other services can

be difficult, and of course the

0:27:160:27:20

issue of loneliness can be more

acute so it is rightly look more

0:27:200:27:24

specifically these issues and I'm

happy to support her her campaign.

0:27:240:27:31

The reason we need an urgent debate

on homelessness and rough sleeping

0:27:310:27:35

is because it exploded over the past

few years, not just in major cities

0:27:350:27:39

but even in towns like Dudley and is

being made worse by benefit cuts and

0:27:390:27:45

reductions to social care, health

and support services. That's why we

0:27:450:27:48

need an urgent debate on this issue.

I say again to the honourable

0:27:480:27:55

gentleman, homelessness is an

appalling situation for anyone to

0:27:550:27:59

find themselves in. The Government

is dedicating over £1 billion to

0:27:590:28:04

tackling homelessness and rough

sleeping, as well as supporting the

0:28:040:28:08

Homelessness Reduction Act, and we

are looking at what more councils

0:28:080:28:12

can do to avoid homelessness in the

first place. The Government is

0:28:120:28:16

investing now in our affordable

homes programme over £9 billion in

0:28:160:28:21

making sure we provide homes for

people who are vulnerable.

Carol

0:28:210:28:31

Shields in Glasgow has highlighted

to me the difficulties in transition

0:28:310:28:35

between young people's benefits and

adult benefits within the Social

0:28:350:28:39

Security system so can we have a

debate about this important issue?

0:28:390:28:43

Because people should not have to

wait for a 12 week transition in the

0:28:430:28:51

circumstances as her son was.

It is

an important constituency issue and

0:28:510:28:56

if she wants to write to me about it

I will happily take up that specific

0:28:560:29:00

case with the relevant minister on

her behalf but this seems to me like

0:29:000:29:04

the sort of issue she should raise

at the next question is opportunity.

0:29:040:29:10

I'm still waiting for an answer to

my question, what caused the

0:29:100:29:15

Grenfell Tower fire, which I was

told was imminent last autumn. Could

0:29:150:29:20

we hear from ministers on fire

safety, especially of domestic

0:29:200:29:29

appliances? Last Sunday they

announced a new office of product

0:29:290:29:32

safety, this appears to be a new

name for business as usual.

I would

0:29:320:29:38

like to say again that we continue

to be appalled by what happened at

0:29:380:29:42

Grenfell. The honourable gentleman

will be aware we have been working

0:29:420:29:46

since then to make sure people

living in high-rise buildings are

0:29:460:29:49

safe through a series of checking

and testing which includes

0:29:490:29:54

identifying ACM cladding and also

larger scale tests to establish how

0:29:540:29:58

different combinations of cladding

and insulation materials behave in a

0:29:580:30:01

fire but there are reviews of the

rules around fire safety and the

0:30:010:30:06

honourable gentleman is right to

raise the importance of it.

Mr

0:30:060:30:14

Speaker, as the roll-out of

Universal Credit accelerates,

0:30:140:30:17

ministers will be is soon confronted

with the task of transitioning

0:30:170:30:22

people on tax credit to Universal

Credit. Ministers must say soon how

0:30:220:30:26

people will be informed of the

changes and whether the draft will

0:30:260:30:34

be laid. There have been a number of

statements, urgent questions, and

0:30:340:30:45

ministers coming to this House to

explain change is Universal Credit,

0:30:450:30:49

as quite rightly we need to learn

all of the lessons to improve this

0:30:490:30:55

system. Universal Credit is designed

to ensure work always pays. There is

0:30:550:31:00

evidence that this working, people

on Universal Credit spend more time

0:31:000:31:05

seeking work and are being more

successful at finding work. We have

0:31:050:31:08

also ensured people who are

transitioning to Universal Credit

0:31:080:31:12

can receive a transitional payment

for housing, that they can have

0:31:120:31:17

their housing benefits paid directly

to the landlord, where necessary,

0:31:170:31:22

that people can get their payments

on day one of their claims should

0:31:220:31:25

they need to have that. So we have

listened, we have made changes to

0:31:250:31:30

the system and the transitional is

now significantly improved. When can

0:31:300:31:37

we take advantage of the pragmatic

and progressive views of the new

0:31:370:31:41

prisons minister who has

acknowledged that the crisis we have

0:31:410:31:44

in our prisons of overcrowding and

self harm is the result of 50 years

0:31:440:31:49

of error by all parties, and camera

compared the crisis we have now here

0:31:490:31:54

with the one in the Netherlands

where they have a crisis of a

0:31:540:31:58

shortage of prisoners and they have

had to close down 19 of their

0:31:580:32:02

prisons. Isn't this the kind of

problem we would like to have here.

0:32:020:32:09

I absolutely agree with the

honourable gentleman, that is the

0:32:090:32:12

kind of problem we want to have.

He's right to mention my honourable

0:32:120:32:17

friend the new Justice Minister's

commitment to clean and safe

0:32:170:32:22

prisons, which places of discipline

and rehabilitation, not places of

0:32:220:32:28

harm and violence. It was this

Government that last year gave

0:32:280:32:32

greater powers to Her Majesty's

Inspectorate of prisons so specific

0:32:320:32:36

issues in prison could be raised

immediately. We have recruited 2500

0:32:360:32:46

new prison officers and should be at

the full complement by the end of

0:32:460:32:50

2018 so there is more to do but we

have made progress.

I am waiting for

0:32:500:32:55

a reply to my question about the

anti-corruption tsar. Who is the

0:32:550:33:03

current anti-corruption tsar or has

won not yet been appointed?

I'm

0:33:030:33:10

happy to write to the honourable

lady with a response.

The Leader of

0:33:100:33:19

the House, unlike your good self,

has never had the advantage of

0:33:190:33:23

visiting the National Centre of

textiles in Huddersfield, she

0:33:230:33:31

comments on the crisis of

productivity skills?

Productivity

0:33:310:33:39

rise was greater in the last quarter

than it has been since the financial

0:33:390:33:44

crisis so there is a long way to go.

Productivity has lagged since that

0:33:440:33:48

financial crisis and it is essential

that government focuses on

0:33:480:33:53

everything we can do to invest in

greater productivity, and we have

0:33:530:33:57

that national productivity plan

worth £31 billion to make sure we

0:33:570:34:02

improve productivity right across

the UK.

I'm sure everyone will agree

0:34:020:34:09

police dogs are an effective tool in

policing yet following years of cuts

0:34:090:34:16

to police budgets across England and

Wales we have seen forces reduce the

0:34:160:34:20

number of police dogs between 50 and

80% over the last six years. Can we

0:34:200:34:27

have time in the chamber for

parliamentarians to outline their

0:34:270:34:30

support for the amazing work of

police dogs and their handlers.

0:34:300:34:37

Police dogs do a fantastic job,

there's no doubt about that, and I

0:34:370:34:41

share her enthusiasm for them. She

may wish to seek a debate for

0:34:410:34:46

colleagues to give their experiences

and what more can be done to improve

0:34:460:34:49

the resources available to policing

such as police dogs to help tackle

0:34:490:34:54

crime.

I'm sure the Leader of the

House will know this week that a

0:34:540:35:00

full analysis was published of

transport investment over the next

0:35:000:35:03

four years which showed her head

London will get five times what

0:35:030:35:07

Yorkshire and the Humber will

receive. With Crossrail 2 already so

0:35:070:35:13

far advanced, there's nothing in

Transport For The North's advisory

0:35:130:35:16

capacity that can change that

underfunding over the next few years

0:35:160:35:21

and I wondered if we could have a

statement from the Transport

0:35:210:35:24

Secretary about what exactly he has

got against the north, and rather

0:35:240:35:29

than denying the underfunding he

actually addresses it?

The

0:35:290:35:35

Government is absolutely committed

to the northern powerhouse, and to

0:35:350:35:41

giving the great towns and cities of

the north of England much more say

0:35:410:35:45

over transport investment through

Transport For The North. We are

0:35:450:35:51

spending over £13 billion to

transform transport across the north

0:35:510:35:53

which is the biggest transport

investment in the region for a

0:35:530:35:57

generation.

Could she confirm

whether there will be the

0:35:570:36:02

opportunity for votes on the

amendment is being made to the R&R

0:36:020:36:08

motions, particularly on the one on

introducing electronic voting.

0:36:080:36:15

Surely now is the day and now is the

hour.

I share his enthusiasm for a

0:36:150:36:22

certain decision to be taken by this

House and as I think I have made

0:36:220:36:27

very clear, we are determined to

ensure there are some clear

0:36:270:36:31

decisions to be taken. As to

amendments being selected, that is a

0:36:310:36:35

matter for the chair and not myself

but we are looking carefully to make

0:36:350:36:39

sure there are proper proposals put

forward for the House to make a

0:36:390:36:44

decision on.

This month in

Nottingham Councillor David Mellon

0:36:440:36:47

is reading to 2018 Nottingham

children to raise money for the

0:36:470:36:52

library scheme. I wondered if she

would join me in congratulating

0:36:520:37:01

councillor Mellon.

Of course I'm

very happy to congratulate his

0:37:010:37:05

constituents who was a councillor

who was looking at this very

0:37:050:37:09

important programme. Anything we can

do to prepare young people for

0:37:090:37:13

adults hold and for a successful and

emotionally secure life is vital.

0:37:130:37:18

For my own part, I strongly favour

even earlier intervention in the

0:37:180:37:23

perinatal period.

I'm delighted the

Leader of the House thinks there is

0:37:230:37:30

a very sensible amendment, her

words, that has been tabled, which I

0:37:300:37:33

take to mean the one tabled by

myself and 11 chairs of select

0:37:330:37:40

committees including several

Conservatives. I hope that means she

0:37:400:37:43

will be able to vote for it because

it will be a free vote, ministers

0:37:430:37:48

can do exactly what they want, so

they make the right decision for

0:37:480:37:53

this country. Can she say what time

the votes will be next Wednesday?

0:37:530:37:57

I'm grateful to the honourable

gentleman for putting thoughts into

0:37:570:38:01

my mind about how I might vote. I

will be looking at what motions come

0:38:010:38:05

forward and making my decision to

that we do come forward with the

0:38:050:38:11

best solution that suits the desires

of most members of this place.

0:38:110:38:15

That's what we are seeking to do.

With regards to the timing next

0:38:150:38:20

week, we cannot say categorically

what the timing is, we can never do

0:38:200:38:24

that, but it will be the second

debate next Wednesday 31st of

0:38:240:38:28

January.

Can we have a statement on

the sale of high caffeine energy

0:38:280:38:35

drinks, which can be harmful to

under 16s.

He's absolutely right to

0:38:350:38:45

raise the fact these drinks can be

very harmful to young people. I

0:38:450:38:48

would urge him to seek an

adjournment debate, that's the

0:38:480:38:52

appropriate debate for that sort of

subject, or to question ministers in

0:38:520:38:58

health at next Oral Questions.

Cardiff airport has announced its

0:38:580:39:03

2017 results showing nearly 50%

growth since it was taken into

0:39:030:39:07

public ownership. Can we have a

debate in Government time on reform

0:39:070:39:11

of air passenger duty so are

publicly owned airport can continue

0:39:110:39:16

to thrive?

Firstly I congratulate

Cardiff airport on its increasing

0:39:160:39:23

passenger numbers, that's great

news, and certainly always the

0:39:230:39:27

Treasury will be looking at ways to

improve economic growth in the four

0:39:270:39:31

nations in this great country of

ours and I encourage her to raise it

0:39:310:39:35

at the next Treasury questions.

Official figures released this week

0:39:350:39:39

reveal there are 22,000 fewer police

officers in England and Wales than

0:39:390:39:47

in 2010. My Dewsbury constituency is

suffering a plague of car crime and

0:39:470:39:54

anti-social behaviour and the police

don't have the resources to manage

0:39:540:39:57

this. Can we have an urgent debate

on police numbers.

The honourable

0:39:570:40:02

lady will be aware that overall

police funding has remained steady

0:40:020:40:06

in real terms and that there are

opportunities next year to increase

0:40:060:40:12

if the police and crime commission

is use the precept of levy that will

0:40:120:40:16

enable them to do that.

Specifically, the way policing is

0:40:160:40:21

managed needs to reflect the new

threats from cyber crime and other

0:40:210:40:25

types of criminal activity, yet the

front line policing across the

0:40:250:40:32

country as a whole has not changed

and in fact has slightly increased

0:40:320:40:36

since 2010.

Can I have a statement

on today's ONS figures that show a

0:40:360:40:44

21% increase in knife crime from

last year and does the Leader of the

0:40:440:40:49

House support my call for an

immediate cross-party, across

0:40:490:40:53

government departments inquiry into

the root causes of youth violence

0:40:530:40:58

and not just the symptoms?

The

honourable lady often raises issues

0:40:580:41:03

around youth violence and she's

absolutely right to do so. Tackling

0:41:030:41:08

knife crime absolutely as a priority

for this Government. It has

0:41:080:41:12

devastating consequences on victims,

families and our communities. There

0:41:120:41:17

is an initiative operation sector

which the Government continues to

0:41:170:41:21

encourage police forces whereby they

undertake a series of co-ordinated

0:41:210:41:25

national weeks of action to tackle

knife crime. We host a briefing

0:41:250:41:29

event on the 23rd of January and a

record 38 police forces have signed

0:41:290:41:34

up to take part in the next week of

action planned for February. The

0:41:340:41:39

operation includes targeting

habitual knife carriers, weapons

0:41:390:41:43

weeps, test purchases of knives from

identified retailers, and the use of

0:41:430:41:48

surrender bins. The Government has

also launched a consultation on the

0:41:480:41:53

14th of October 2017 and it is now

closed and we are looking at what

0:41:530:41:56

more can be done to get rid of this

appalling crime.

0:41:560:42:07

Two years ago today a Cambridge

researcher had gone missing, he had

0:42:070:42:14

been murdered. It calls into

question very basic academic

0:42:140:42:18

freedoms. Could we have a statement

from the minister on what is being

0:42:180:42:23

done to mark the event and what

pressure is been exerted on the

0:42:230:42:29

Egyptian Government to find out what

had happened to Julio.

That was an

0:42:290:42:34

appalling case. Everybody who

readn't knit the press was

0:42:340:42:38

horrified. May I suggest he takes it

up at Foreign Office Questions,

0:42:380:42:41

where he can get a proper answer to

that question.

Thank you. Moss on

0:42:410:42:47

the gate is a fine example of how an

old building has been brought back

0:42:470:42:53

to life. Planning permission has not

been granted, despite the best

0:42:530:42:59

efforts, to do so. Can we have a

debate on what can be done to bring

0:42:590:43:05

irresponsible developers to task?

The honourable gentleman is raising

0:43:050:43:09

something which is very important in

his constituency. I do urge him to

0:43:090:43:13

seek an adjournment debate so he can

get a reply from a minister.

NGOs

0:43:130:43:20

working with religious refugees,

they have not had the same access to

0:43:200:43:27

humanitarian access as a majority of

religious groups and other

0:43:270:43:30

nationalities. Jordan and Turkey

needs to do more to ensure that they

0:43:300:43:36

have equal access to humanitarian

assistance and recent opportunities.

0:43:360:43:40

Will the Leader of the House agree

to a statement or a debate on this

0:43:400:43:45

matter?

Well, the gentleman raises a

very important point. What the UK

0:43:450:43:51

Government's approach is to look at

need rather than at religious faith.

0:43:510:43:54

He raises a very important issue.

0:43:540:43:56

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